Thanks to Helen Carter from Helen Carter Wedding Planning for sending through this gorgeous vintage winter wedding inspiration board – I love this one and I know all you vintage lovers will do too!.
Venue: Claridges; Vintage glassware and bride: Ashlee Carter via Love My Dress; Fur stole: Amy and Stuart Photography via Style Me Pretty; Votives: Nordic House; Gypsophila centrepiece and chandelier: Ryan Phillips via Style Me Pretty; Wedding gown: Claire Pettibone; Tube station: Mark Bothwell; Ice skaters: A Polar Bear’s Tale; Flowers: Red Gallery Photography
A belated Happy New Year to all you lovely LMW readers! It’s great to be back and I’m delighted to share another of my design concepts with you. I’ve known for a few weeks that I wanted January’s design board to be a white winter wonderland with plenty of sparkle, inspired by frost-laden trees, fluttering snowflakes and glistening icicles. However, I didn’t want the monochromatic colour scheme to feel all chic and uber-modern, so I’ve added a vintage twist for something a little different.
For me this is most definitely a city wedding that would take place somewhere upmarket and sophisticated, such as the stunning mirrored ballroom reception at Claridges in London. It’s all about natural, understated elegance and seamlessly blending the old with the new. The use of silver and sparkle in this design is really important both in punctuating the backdrop of white and incorporating a wintry feel – mercury glass votives on tables, decadent chandeliers, crystal wine goblets and soft lighting all help to create an air of seasonal vintage chic.
I love the idea of using large spheres of white gypsophila (baby’s breath) to decorate the dining tables. Not only do they make for wonderfully simple and classic focal pieces, they also look like giant snowballs and so perfectly complement the winter feel of the design! Subtle decorative touches are also important in adding to the styling of this wedding – occasional smatterings of cut glassware and vintage perfume bottles dotted on windowsills, perhaps a silk shawl draped casually over a welcoming comfy armchair, and a collection of old books left lazily open on a coffee table.
The atmosphere of this wedding should be a delicate balance of traditional formality and luxurious relaxation, with an overall easygoing feel to the proceedings. I’d hire a fabulous cocktail pianist for the drinks reception, and for the evening would have waitresses serving French martinis on silver platters whilst a swing band plays classic jazz tunes from the ‘20s and ‘30s.
I hope this design has given you plenty of inspiration – let me know what you think!
Click here to look at all the wedding inspiration boards on LMW and also make sure that you check out Helen Carter’s site. What are your thoughts on this one….. PS you can look here at all the LMW vintage wedding ideas.