I love vintage jewellery and always have done – my poor Nan, bless her, was forever finding her jewellery box raided and me looking like…..
(Image source Dazzling Divas)
Nothing can complete a bridal look like a bit of glitz and sparkle! And it is amazing how much more impressive and affecting vintage jewellery is – knowing the pieces have history, have a story of their own, have been worn and loved by others from another era, there is nothing like it. My lovely husband bought me two pieces for our special day – a gorgeous bracelet and the most divine earrings, that just made me feel SO glamorous!
But as vintage has become increasingly fashionable genuine, good quality and reasonably priced jewellery has become equally increasingly hard to find! Well, after discovering the fab Dear Emma Stationery shop on Etsy, with its fantastic range of vintage wedding stationery, I recently paid a visit to their sister jewellery store Vintage Bella Bride – and I was not disappointed, it is an Aladdin’s Cave of loveliness!
I love this art deco Pave and Baguette Rhinestone Bracelet – you can just see that it will wrap around your wrist so luxuriantly.
Inspired by the fabulous find that was those gorgeous Art Nouveau invites from the delightful Dear Emma Stationery store on Etsy but with a dash of THAT infamous dress in Atonement, I have pulled together an ‘Oh My God – Chartreuse’ Mood Board.
If only I had peach toned skin, like most lucky red heads, I may well have chosen this colour scheme for my own wedding, I just love it! Chartreuse is a really versatile colour – vibrant enough for Spring and Summer, but with more russet oranges it would be Autumnal perfection. It goes beautifully with ivory, with highlights in a blushing orange – the combination fresh, chic and oh so vintage.
I think it only right that the first designer I feature on my blog should be the designer I chose for my own wedding!
Jenny Packham is the award-winning British designer (International Couture Bridal Designer of the Year in 2007 and British Bridal Dress Designer in 2008) now world-renowned for her stunning, vintage inspired bridal dresses – she is the designer any bride wishing to recreate the glamour of a bygone era turns to, and its easy to see why…..
So evocative of the glamorous 1930s, I love the decadence of her designs, the opulence of the fabrics and the exquisitely lavish embellishments. The silhouettes she creates are fabulously fluid, her dresses are unstructured, yet cut in such a way that they fit and flatter.
What a wet & windy weekend….. but how well I spent it! I got to watch my latest vintage love, Downton Abbey, for the fourth time! Having already watched it twice in the UK, I couldn’t resist watching again when it was shown on Prime in New Zealand recently and when I spotted the DVD boxset for sale…. well I just simply had to buy it.
For anyone who hasn’t seen it (you MUST watch it!) Downton Abbey is a British Edwardian period drama, set in the fictional stately home of the title, it follows the lives of its aristocratic occupants and their servants. Created by Oscar winning writer Julian Fellows (of art deco feast Gosford Park fame) the acting is amazing, script perfection and storyline tantalizing! The attention to detail is truly painstaking, but of course, what all followers of everything vintage will really love are the exquisite costumes……
OK, so other than this, my blog Chic Vintage Brides, I have always been a little backward, or old-fashioned in staying in touch with my friends and family – I am not on Facebook (yet), don’t use MMS and, now on the other side of the world to them, can rarely afford to phone or text. Instead I choose the more personal and fun format of letters, notes and greeting cards, so I am a little obsessed with all forms of stationery – just ask my poor, long-suffering husband, how long he loses me to stationery shops and departments! And I always have half an eye open for elegant vintage, retro and quirky wedding stationery.
I was overjoyed when I stumbled across the delightfully vintage Dear Emma Stationery shop on Etsy
The 1890 – Art Nouveau Wedding Invitation
Opulent Black & Gold Paisley Garden Design
Peacock Feather Invitation Design
When I first started to think of chicvintagebrides.com I must admit to being in equal measures excited and nervous at the thought of sharing my wedding photos – excited that they may inspire future brides (as the images I found on Love My Dress did when I was planning my wedding ), but equally nervous to be sharing such precious, personal and private memories with strangers.
But, putting any nerves to the side, here goes….I hope you enjoy……
Martin and I were married on New Years Eve 2010 – after just 9 months of being engaged! It was everything I imagined it would be and so, so much more. It was emotional, fun, beautiful, full of so much love (it was palpable) and definitely the best day of my life so far.
I was incredibly proud of the day we had planned for our friends, family and most importantly for us – we made sure every element was just how we wanted it (no swaying from family or the pressure to conform) We wanted a small intimate wedding of the closest friends and family so venue was key for us – with 30 VIPs joining us on our special day we wanted a venue both intimate and impressive, a venue in which we wouldn’t feel lost but would be able to celebrate in
We chose the stunning East Close Hotel on the edge of the New Forest in Lymington. I still remember with clarity walking into the Gallery Room where the ceremony takes place – so perfect, it took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. Until that moment whilst we were planning the wedding I couldn’t visualise it, afterwards everything just fell into place. As much as when a bride tries on THE dress she knows, I believe the same can be said of the venue.