A Century of Bridal Beauty

The style and creativity to what Vintage means to us today. We’re in an era where Vintage is becoming more and more appreciated in the Wedding Industry. Brides are constantly inputting a vintage theme or design, including decor, jewelry, wardrobe & make up. We wanted to take it up a notch and created our Vintage Editorial Series: A Century of Bridal Beauty. Our highly trained team of professionals created the 19th Century Brides from 1915 – 1995.

During the twentieth century bridal fashion evolved through many different stages, from the trend towards practicality in the 1910′s to the no holds barred, anything goes style of the 1990′s.

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After the turn of the century brides often wore their ‘best dress’ as their wedding gown. The bodice was generally unshaped, hemlines were above the ankle and veils could be quite long. During the ‘Roaring Twenties’ the style was pure flapper, and brides choose to wear wedding dresses that they could wear again to dances and social events. Instead of veils brides preferred wearing head dresses or headbands.

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The 1930′s was an elegant era between the wars, and at that time designers began to cut material ‘on the bias’ which gave a lovely drape, so dresses hugged a woman’s curves.

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At the end of the 1940′s a boom in weddings coincided with the return of troops from the war. Wedding dresses were fairly plain, lacking any intricate beading or embroidery. Instead, the decoration went to the veil and headpiece.

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The ‘wiggle dress’ debuted in the 1950′s, and it highlighted the ideal hourglass silhouette. This look is perfect for a more informal wedding, and transitions effortlessly to the evening reception.

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Wedding dresses of the 1960′s favoured high waisted empire lines. Thin straps were acceptable, as the public wasn’t quite ready for the move to strapless gowns in the 1970′s.

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Tight posies were the preferred bouquet. Outdoor weddings became more popular in the 1970′s, and so did the trend to a more fancy free wedding dress. White remained a predominant color choice, but many dresses were designed as baby- doll or mini dresses. Garlands of flowers replaced veils.

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‘Excess’ is a perfect way to describe the fashion of the 1980′s. For brides, the pouf veil complimented the crimped big hair. Flashy metallic tulle and satins were in vogue.

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The biggest pop culture trend to merge from the 1990′s was the grunge look. A flannel shirt was a wardrobe staple, and went with everything. Whatever the era, it’s a given the bride will look beautiful in whatever outfit she chooses!

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Wardrobe: Perch Travelling Boutique
Photography: Alisha Khan Photography
Florals: Tangerine Orchid
Makeup: Toby Wesenberg
Hair: Jessica Langedyk – Elevate Beauty Loft
Jewelry headpiece: Snazzy Designs
Models: Maddy Laslett, Kristin Stratulat, Jessie Harbron
Locations: G.D Loane II, Fumerton House, Kelowna’s Heritage – Abbott Street

///Guest post by Alisha Khan from Alisha Khan Photography a wedding photographer in Canada. “Our passion is using our creative mind and remarkable relationships to photograph lasting memories while creating new ones.”

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Natural Engagement Photos by Cam Mack Photography

Today I would like to introduce you to Cam Mack Photography!  Cameron Mackey is a wedding and freelance photographer based in Southern California.  I have fallen in love with his cinematic style in his photos, keeping it natural and capturing the raw moments.  Especially in this engagement photo session Cam did of Severin and Kendall, you can just tell how much in love they are with one another!  Using only themselves to emerge into the natural background, Cam beautifully captured so much of these couple’s personality.  Enjoy the photos and read about Severin and Kendall’s love story!

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Classic Outdoor California Wedding

A few months back Michele contact us via our Etsy Shop for one of our signature item, the flower petal garland backdrop.  She was so sweet during our conversation, and was glad to have worked with her in helping with her wedding planning.  Michele kindly contacted us back after her wedding was over, to show us a picture of how she used the flower petals, and we were blown away!  She and her husband Marcus looked amazing on their special day, and obviously madly in love with each other.  Loving what we saw in the one little photo she sent us, we had to see more of these love birds and share it with the world. This beautiful outdoor California wedding could not have been a better fit for Michele and her classic beauty.  Her choices of minimal colors and decor all work together so well to emphasize their special moment of that day. Artsy Classic Outdoor Romantic California Wedding

Artsy Classic Outdoor Romantic California Wedding

Artsy Classic Outdoor Romantic California Wedding

Artsy Classic Outdoor Romantic California Wedding

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Michele’s advise for your wedding day:

“Make sure to have fun, dance, eat and take a few moments to sit back and look around and take it all in! The day goes by fast but it will be the best day of your life as long as you have fun! My husband and I stopped everything went outside and watched the sunset together it was our “take a deep breathe moment”

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We met from across the country asIlived in NYC and Marcus in California. We stumbled across each other and decided to meet when I planned a trip to California. Since then we have been inseparable. We both say, as cliche as it sounds, that it was “love at first sight”. We began our first journey together which was a 5,000 mile, cross country road trip from New York  to California. From that point on we knew that we could not be apart. We were engaged a little less than a year later and had our dream wedding August 15,2014.  We couldn’t be happier and can now truly say that fairy tales and soul mates do exist!”Artsy Classic Outdoor Romantic California Wedding

Artsy Classic Outdoor Romantic California Wedding

Artsy Classic Outdoor Romantic California Wedding

Artsy Classic Outdoor Romantic California Wedding

Artsy Classic Outdoor Romantic California Wedding

Artsy Classic Outdoor Romantic California Wedding

Wedding reception/Ceremony: Casa Romantica, San Clemente California
Flowers by: Desdemonia Gilbert
Wedding Planner: Priscilla Granger
Dress: Aire Barcelona purchased at The White dress, Corona del Mar
Photographer: Dawn Lowrey  www.dstylephoto.com
Band: Southland Mega Groove
DJ: DJ Nathan Shane
Wedding Officient: Travis Barton
Caterer: Carbonara Trattoria
Hair: Jamie Chan from Images Salon, Corona del Mar, CA
Makeup: Mac makeup studio Crystal
Cake: Cinderella Bakery
Rental Vendor: Signature rentals
Jewelry hand made: Renee Pawele
Invitations and stationary: www.momentaldesigns.com
Flower petal garland: The Little Canopy

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Putting Together the Perfect Reception Table for Your Wedding with BHLDN

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m honored to feature a guest blog from BHLDN! If you are recently engaged or are already married, I’m sure you have drooled over BHLDN’s beautiful wedding dresses and wedding decors.  Their artsy yet romantic wedding decors are suitable for any weddings, and also great for keepsake for your new home :)  BHLDN has put together a great post about how to create a perfect reception table for your wedding.  Enjoy!

 

Putting Together the Perfect Reception Table for Your Wedding with BHLDN

Whether it’s a romantic vineyard soiree, beachfront banquet, casual garden party or rustic barnyard bash, the setting of your wedding determines the overall tone for the event. Once you’ve selected the venue and chosen an overall theme for your special day, the next step is finding the perfect décor that will really bring the party to life.

When it comes to impressing your guests, start with the first place their attention will be drawn… your reception tables! Putting together the perfect display may seem overwhelming but with a little help from our friends at BHLDN you can make your tabletops the talk of the party.

 

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If you’ll be celebrating your big day under the stars, use soft tabletop lighting for your centerpieces to add to the romantic aura of the evening.

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Incorporate metallic details into your display for a look that is both sophisticated and glamorous. Table numbers, place cards, table runners and vases are a great way to achieve this romantic look.

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Beachfront Banquet

For brides planning a special seaside celebration, it’s all about the texture. Incorporate natural elements like wood and decorations reminiscent of seashells to subtly enhance your surroundings while keeping the overall look fresh and fun.

Wooden Box Planters Celebration Crinkle Fans

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Calming blue and green hues can also help to tie in a sea-inspired color palette.

Nightfall Votives Marseilles Table Runner

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Garden Party

There is a certain whimsical element to outdoor garden receptions; the flowers, the grass, the open evening air. Make your guests feel as though they’ve just stepped into a fairytale with tabletop décor featuring pops of color and floral details for an added touch of ethereal beauty.

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Barnyard Bash

Having your reception in an otherwise “simple” location doesn’t mean you have to forgo elements of glamour in your décor. To keep a barn wedding country chic, incorporate antique tableware and items with rustic finishes for effortless charm.

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No matter the wedding venue or theme that you choose, your guests are sure to be in awe with tables that look like these!

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Inspiration Board: Aqua Wedding

wedding-inspiration-board-aqua-color-theme-ideasAqua! Such a fresh color that you just can’t get tired of seeing! Aqua and teal will make your wedding decor pop and stand out for sure! Enjoy.

bug vase centerpiece / bridesmaid dresses / groomsmen shoes / birdcage table decor / teal chrysanthemum flower design / hydrangea bouquet / aqua heels / cupcakes

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DIY Colorful Yarn Pom Pom Ball Decoration

wedding-diy-easy-colorful-yarn-poof-ball-decorationsLearn how to make these cute little pom pom decorations in three easy steps! So cute!!

DIY Yarn Poof Ball Decorations Tutorial

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Favorites: Tiny Brass Leaves + Feathers Gold Crown

wedding-favorites-fraxinelle-tiny-brass-leaves-feathers-halo-headpiece-crownAbsolutely gorgeous! It’s a vintage romantic goddess vibe with this beautiful handmade gold leaves and feathers crown! And with that drop veil! Loving it!

Fraxinelle Tiny Brass Leaves + Feathers Gold Crown by Mignonne Handmade

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Inspiration: Desert Wedding Ideas

inspiration-photo-dessert-wedding-ideasHappy Mondays are started with a beautiful dress! This week’s inspiration photo is from a gorgeous and romantic desert photo shoot! If this does not make your Monday better, I don’t know what will.

See more from this shoot here!

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Inspiration Board: Sexy Wedding Dress Backs

Inspiration Board: Sexy Wedding Dress Backs

Needed a little dose of sexy backs this week! Remember, when you walk down the aisle and stand at the altar, your guests are staring at your back for a good while. Give them something pretty to look at! Enjoy!

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DIY Hammered Spoon Place Cards

wedding-diy-tutorial-hammered-silver-spoon-name-place-cardsThis requires a letterpress alphabet set, but how pretty would these hammered spoon place cards be? Acts as a great gift for your guests to take home too, so maybe worth the investment! Enjoy!

Hammered Spoon Tutorial here!

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