One great way to soften the blow of Mondays? Beautiful bridal accessories, of course, and no one does them better than Tessa Kim. The designer extraordinaire has released her Summer 2016 collection, and it’s chock full of stunning hair accessories, capes, robes, and more. Photographer Deyla Huss captured everything so we could pore over these images all day!
As a lover and admirer of all things English, I was tickled pink to see this wedding sent over by Joanna Brown. Bride Rosie embraced her British heritage and arranged a wedding day full of lots of love, handmade goodness, and vintage details. Her silk wedding gown was last worn by a bride in the 1930s, and came with a portrait of the original owner on her wedding day!
From the bride, Rosie: We wanted it to be relaxed and informal but still stylish – without looking overdone. The emphasis throughout the day was sharing-from our food choices and seating plan right through to the evening entertainment.
Our style was vintage, country, rustic chic, with a good measure of Brit-love thrown in! We got married during a year where the world was hooked on the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics so we wanted to celebrate all that is great about England and particularly Sussex (the county where we live and got married). There were lots of DIY touches — bunting made from vintage hankies that guests could help themselves to during the speeches; to photos of our families weddings from the 1920s to the 1970s for guests to write messages on; hand-stamped name tags with the words ‘spread the love’ stamped on the reverse, tied to mini jars of jam and honey, which doubled as place settings and favours; to giant wooden initials which we threaded with white LED lights.
I bought my dress from a vintage dealer-on the strength of one photo! I travelled three hours to see it and fell in love instantly. When it fit like a glove, with no alterations required I knew it was meant to be. It was an original 1930s oyster crepe-backed silk satin gown. Last worn in 1937, and purchased along with a photo of the lady who wore it and a copy of her order of service.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t rush into booking suppliers just to tick things off the list. And go with your gut instinct. Meet people, talk to them. If they embrace your ideas the chances are it’ll all go smoothly on the day. Try taking on some DIY projects. You don’t have to be naturally ‘crafty’ — I’m definitely not, but they do add a personal touch. Buy local. We sourced food, soft drinks, and our wine all within a 20 mile radius of where we live. It helped make the day feel very personal to us and supported local producers. Shop around before handing over your credit card — and take the time to track down small suppliers. You’ll get a more personal service and end up with something you want to buy-not something they want to sell. Sign up to Etsy. I sourced several original vintage pieces including my French beaded bouquet and my 1950s head piece by Hattie Carnegie for a fraction of the cost it would have been from a boutique.
Wedding Location: Lindfield, West Sussex, England / Wedding Photographer: Joanna Brown Photography / Event Design: Bride, Roses All Over / Wedding Flowers: The Home Grown Flower Company / Wedding Dress: Vintage via Abigail’s Vintage Bridal / Hair: Mandie of Strands and Co. / Makeup: Ruth McHugh / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Frock Me / Groom’s Suit: Reiss / Groom’s Tie: William Hunt / Wedding Caterer: Jacqui Hobbs / Wedding Music: The Vintage Give / DJ: Stick It On / Wedding Invitations: Sam Warner / Transportation: Premier Wedding Cars
Continuing our post on Royal Brides from yesterday, we’d like to focus on a perennial royal wedding tradition: cathedral length veils. Though tiaras may be an enduring mainstay of the royal wedding, we’re sure loving the modern twist on these vintage veils – especially cap and mantilla veils.
Some past royal brides whose headwear we’re crushing on in particular:
Clockwise from top left: Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and HRH the Duke of York; Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark; Princess Birgitta of Sweden; Princess Caroline of Monaco; Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.
Clockwise from top left:
1. Cathedral length veil from Wedding Veils Online
2. DIY bridal cap veil; see the original wedding here. Love this modern take on a mantilla veil, and you can make your own! All you need is wide Alençon lace trim.
3. Lace cap veil from Twigs and Honey, photo by Elizabeth Messina
4. Delphine Manivet cap veil; see the original wedding here. Available at Lovely.
photo credits: Getty Images
This fall Michigan wedding embodies the cozy romance of the season perfectly. Her shawl and veil are so classic and the decor is spot-on seasonal. Many hands pitched in to make this romantic affair and all the little details add up to a magical, autumnal wedding day.
From the bride. We envisioned a classic vintage-rustic wedding with a cozy feel. I have a lot of respect for the women of the 1930s-1950s, they were always gorgeous, showing off their assets without being sleazy. I didn’t want it to feel like a stuffy formal event, I wanted everyone to feel like they were just in their backyard with a few good friends celebrating.
Vintage, Rustic, Cozy, and classic. We used all fall colors (oranges, reds, wines, browns) to create something vintage, rustic, cozy and classic. My aunt Lori, the creative genius in my family, hand-painted a few signs and our table numbers, as well as painted Mr and Mrs white pumpkins. She also created all of my place cards, he “happily ever after” sign and table numbers were painted on recycled old barn wood.
My mom, sister, and I dried hydrangeas for the ceremony decorations and created the arrangements that hung on the chairs lining the ceremony aisles. My mom also dried apples and put them in my lanterns as decoration.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? 1)Use the INTERNET, this was my saving grace, if I thought of an idea I would google it and try to find similar ideas to use as inspiration or hints so I wasn’t re-writing the book! 2) Try to use local vendors it usually cuts the price dramatically 3) Choose a Master and Mistress of ceremonies that are organized and handle pressure well. They handle and deal with all the stress that day so you don’t have to! I don’t know what I would have done without my aunt and uncle.
Wedding Vendors (Millburg, MI):
Venue: Blue Dress Barn / Photographer: Amy Carroll / Florist: Floral Brook Florist / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm from Eva’s Bridal / Veil: Love, Lulu Mae / Shoes: Maxstudio/ Makeup: Julie Strating / Hair: Abby Allison-Dutcher / Bridesmaid Dresses: Belsoie/ Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein/ DJ: A&W Disc Jockeys / Caterer: Classic Catering / Bartending: Michigan Street Catering / Caramel Apple Favors: Sweet Seasons Orchards/ Wedding Cake: Dee’s Specialty Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Paper Garnish / Transportation: Indian Trails
This bookishly sweet love shoot was sent to us by Josh McCullock, who teamed up with Gibson Events to produce a perfectly conceptualized mini-reception based on books, literature and a little bit of sparkle. You’re sure to fall in love with it just as quickly as I did.
From the design team: We loved the idea of two bookish types tying the knot in an old library or bookstore. She isn’t the white dress type and opted, instead, for dressy separates in a light palate. He sports new frames and a bow tie for the occasion.
Our bride incorporated hand made paper flowers into her bouquet and her décor carries a restrained, but a little sparkly, aesthetic. Stacked volumes, primitive pewter and mercury glass vessels filled with kale, lambs ear, rose hips, black dahlia, hydrangea, terra cotta and ivory roses compliment the silver rimmed china and glassware.
Custom napkins and padded chair backs featuring Mr. Darcy’s second profession of affection from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (possibly the most romantic passage in literature?) round out the guest table.
The sophisticated palate of peacock, pewter, terra cotta, ivory and navy presents itself seamlessly throughout the décor and wardrobe. An old typewriter font graces the chair backs, cake, invitation and brew bar menu. Speaking of the invitation, a sweet (but fictional) story of the couple printed on a standard vellum page features the pertinent information in a larger point to make it jump off the page. The theme continues with a book page motif gracing the three layer meringue cake.
Venue: Scottish Rite Temple, Guthrie, Oklahoma / Photography: Josh McCullock / Concept, design and styling: Lindsay Gibson for Gibson Events / Pour over coffee bar: Café Evoke / Cake and cookies: Mishelle Handy Cakes / Chocolate Covered Caramels: 7000 ft. Sweets for Gibson Essentials / Her Jewelry: Stella and Dot / Flowers: Kelly Long for Poppy Lane Design / Invitation: Gibson Essentials / Clutch: AO3 Design available through Gibson Essentials / His Bow tie: Beau Ties Ltd, of Vermont/ Mercury Glass birds: Gibson Essentials/ Paper flowers (in bouquet): Collected Thread/ Rentals: Marianne’s Rentals for Special Events
We have a gorgeous wedding that we’ll be sharing today, but first I’d like to introduce you to Red Ruby Rose clutches. If you haven’t heard of them yet, you must be living under a rock! Their sleek designs are comprised of their own patterns and top of the line materials, not to mention that each of them is made by hand. Rowena also accepts custom orders, so you can use your own pattern or swap lining/exterior.
Below are some of my favorites…I am loving particularly the second one. It can be used either for a 1930’s Art Deco wedding or for a modern fête. Plus, it doesn’t scream bridal, so you can continue to use after the wedding day. The print on the last one is a vintage telegram, you know I couldn’t resist sharing!
I make every clutch from start to finish, which I think is a nice thing for buyers to connect with, as it’s a handmade artisan product which has a bit of soul, rather than being outsourced using cheap labour. Also, some of the clutches are made using their own textile/leather designs which means it’s a unique product that can’t be found elsewhere.
Many of these fabrics are printed with Rowena’s original designs. Inspiration comes from her photographic and alternative-process techniques including photogram and pinhole photography, and also her collage work which draws on layered organic images from natural forms such as petals and feathers. All the clutches are lined with beautiful dupioni silks and linens for a little added ‘secret’ luxury when they are opened.
Don’t forget to check out their store Red Ruby Rose on Etsy!
Next entry for our DIY Contest is from Caroline, who sent this project all the way from Ireland! If you’re planning a rock ‘n roll wedding, today is your lucky day. Caroline used a raven’s skull, amongst other vintage pieces to create a headband to wear at her brother’s wedding.
I made this headpiece to wear to my brothers wedding in Tuscany, Italy. I had bought a really pretty vintage dress, very demure and ladylike and i wanted to give it a bit of a funky edge. So I thought, what’s edgier than a skull?
What you’ll need:
– rhinestone applique
– vintage flowers
– vintage brooch
– hair comb
– a ravens skull (optional, taxidermy skull found at antique shop)
I sewed the applique to the comb, then the skull on to the applique. I arranged the flowers around and glued them into place and finally added the little brooch to one of the flowers. Quick and simple!
To enter our DIY Contest, simply email us 4-5 photos that are 600 pixels wide each, instructions and a list of materials to amanda @ruffledblog.com. Remember the first place winner will receive $500 and the second winner a $100 gift certificate to Wendy Mink Jewelry. Last day to enter is this Thursday, March 25. Good luck!
Pearls are, without a doubt, the uttermost symbol of bridal style. When I saw Sarah’s wedding on Justin and Mary Marantz blog, her modern use of pearls caught my eye. Several gorgeous accessories, with none of them being the traditional pearl strand necklace. Sarah is the epitome of a classic vintage bride: lace wedding dress, pearls and a timeless look that she pulled off gracefully.
Dress: Jim Hjelm from Kleinfelds
Shoes: Hey Lady Shoes
All hair accessories/headpieces: Sara Gabriel (purchased from Traci Romano Events in CT)
Pin for sash on back of dress: Antique (purchased from Stratford Antique Center in CT)
Clutch: Vintage (purchased from Stratford Antique Center in CT)
Shawl: The White Dress by the Shore – Clinton, CT
Bouquet: Fleur de Lys Floral – New Haven, CT (Lace from her mother’s bridal gown)
Pluma, a handmade feather accessories company based in Brooklyn is this week’s giveaway sponsor. I was so excited when Jessica contacted us to run a giveaway! Her hair accessories have been featured all over the press, though it does not surprise me. Check out the shop and see for yourself why.
They created 4 unique hair pieces with the chic modern bride in mind. Using crystals, feather and sequins, their bridal collection was born. Aside from their designs being top notch quality, their prices are also affordable.
Pluma is giving away $100 towards any accessory in their shop. You can even buy two different headbands with your gift certificate, and give one to your maid of honor as a gift. As always, this giveaway is not just open for brides. Everyone is welcome to participate as Pluma also carries other accessories as well.
To enter, simply visit Pluma’s shop and come back to tell me what you would purchase if you won the gift certificate. Easy, peasy. You can enter once a day to increase your chances of winning.
Giveaway entries close on Saturday, January 23 at 11:59p.m EST. Good luck!
What you will need:
Making your own birdcage veil headpiece is one of the cheapest DIY projects you can do! For less than 10 dollars and one hour, you will have your very own veil. Birdcage veil dimensions can vary from 8″ to 18″ long, depending if you would like to cover your entire face or just below the nose. Choose your desired dimension and sew each end onto a comb. Attach silk flower to either end of the veil and you’re done! If you’re making a traditional birdcage veil, cut a large rectangle (about 12″x”18″) piece of Russian netting and play up the shape before sewing onto a comb.
Doing your own makeup on your wedding day doesn’t get any easier than this.
This first video shows how to apply makeup very similar to what I did on my wedding day, minus the liquid liner.
This one below is my personal favorite…it’s so helpful to see other girls doing her own makeup. She also lists everything she used for each episode on the right side of the YT page. Don’t forget to check out her other videos, all her makeup ideas are amazing!
Watching these videos makes me want to wear makeup everyday. And I don’t even like make up.
These dainty clutch designs made by Krista Raak are one of a kind handmade bags made with vintage/recycled materials. Keep an eye for the bridal clutches she makes, with more delicate colors and accents, they are worth the wait if you have time. Clutch with satin bow ($73) and Gold clutch ($62)