Vintage Chic
February 15, 2007

One of our readers, Alice, recently sent me some ideas for her June wedding, and asked me to do an inspiration board for her. I was especially happy to see that Alice has exquisite taste, so the task was actually quite easy! I am obsessed with her Monique Lhuillier dress and being from the San Francisco area, I am in love with her Lake Tahoe wedding location.

When I saw the pictures that she sent me, I had absolutely no trouble coming up with a concept...vintage chic.


Top Row: Kylie Lambert cupcake, cake featured on Brides, candle holders from Wisteria; Center Row: photo from Brides, Alice's bridesmaids dresses by Anthropologie, champagne from Brides; Bottom Row: Flowers and Pear on Brides, Monique Lhuillier gown

The moment I laid eye's on Alice's gown, ideas started flowing. With a dress THAT gorgeous, the wedding has got to be good. I took the lace overlay on the dress as inspiration for an ultra chic, vintage wedding. In my head, the affair would be held outside with natural elements like greenery, fruit, overflowing white florals...and of course, LOTS of candles. Wisteria makes those awesome candle holders on the inspiration board, but way back in my wedding day when I was hoarding old copies of Martha Stewart, she had a how-to on paper luminaries that would work really nicely with this look.

-Starting with fashion, I really see Alice with a loose chignon or some kind of messy, romantic up-do and antique gold chandelier earrings. I honestly don't think that a veil is necessary, but if that is something that Alice wants, then I would go with a cathedral length, super sheer SIMPLE veil tucked into a low chignon. Then, I'd ditch the veil at the reception.

-I picture the ceremony to be very intimate...either a small chapel or outside in the open air. A late afternoon ceremony would be perfect, because you could easily transition into a sunset cocktail hour and dinner, taking care to enjoy the best part of the day and get some great photo opps. I imagine that in June, Alice's wedding month, the weather will be quite hot, so perfect little fans for the guests would be a lovely touch. Not those big paper fans, but either sandalwood fans or delicate paper fans.

-For the reception, which Alice is having on a golf course in Lake Tahoe, I would evoke the true inner Martha Stewart...then glam it up a bit. Have waiters serving peach Bellini's or a champagne cocktail as guests arrive at the reception area, complete with a monogrammed napkin. Have a nice balance of chic, monochromatic flower arrangements and those with a bit more texture and dimension, all in the white or ivory family. Lots of heirloom and cabbage roses. Big pieces of garden pottery overflowing with hydrangeas. And of course, repeat the mantra...lots and lots of candles (see first paragraph).

-As for stationery, this is one time where letterpress would be beautiful. Companies like Abby Jean (toot, toot), Peculiar Pair, Cheree Berry, Hello Lucky, Mr. Boddington and Robin Beth all have great vintage feeling letterpress.Most of them created by hand on antique presses. If you want to look, but not the price tag, definitely go with Wiley Valentine. For colors, I would stick with chocolates and greens, on soft white paper.

-For favors, I love the Wendy Kromer cupcakes that are featured above. In my opinion, the most gorgeous cupcake I have ever seen. AND, they are so pretty that they would be another element of decoration for the reception, set up in a pyramid on round table.

I could go on and on, but my husband is beginning to think that I am a lunatic...I keep saying "yes" out loud when a thought pops into my head. So...that's it girls. Alice, there is no doubt that if your taste is reflected in the dresses you chose, your wedding will be a huge success.