Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2009

Hope everyone has a fun + spooky night!

p.s. I'm loving those mercury glass pumpkins from Pottery Barn for fall wedding decor!

{Images: 1: Martha Stewart; 2: Pottery Barn}

Classic Finds: Vintage costume jewelry on FoF

Oct 30, 2009

Continuing with my fall guest posts, click over to Flights of Fancy for my full board and post on collecting vintage costume jewelry and how to incorporate it in your wedding day. And if you're shopping for your own unique assortment of vintage costume jewelry, make sure you browse the beautiful collection I have for sale at CB Vintage!

Contest reminder

Oct 29, 2009

Don't forget to enter the custom Save the Date GIVEAWAY from Minted! Only a few days left! Click here for details.

Hazel + Chris: Alamo, California wedding

Loving this traditional + modern + vibrant wedding. Click here for more.

New advertising options on CB!

Oct 28, 2009

Just a quick note on advertising - There are now two larger sizes of ads available and introductory rates are currently available. If you'd like more information, click here or send an e-mail to theclassicbride@gmail.com for more details, including current rates + discounts.

{Above is an example of the largest ad size available, measuring 300 x 250 pixels}

{Above is an example of a medium-sized ad, measuring 300 x 100 pixels}

Wednesday Nesting

As I'm getting more and more into decorating + designing our newlywed nest, I thought it would be fun to integrate that passion into my blog and share fun finds, DIY projects, house inspiration and lots more with you every Wednesday. Most posts will be tied to weddings in some way but I thought it might be a welcome change to expand CB and sometimes chat about the joys of feathering our married {or soon-to-be married} nests. :o)

For the first installment, I thought I'd start out with a little house inspiration fit for the fall season. It's the hauntingly beautiful Victorian home from the movie Practical Magic.

I loved all the nooks and crannies and history that went along with the enchanting house and I was more than a little sad to find out that the house doesn't actually exist - it was built for the movie and promptly torn down after production ended. Luckily, I can visit it whenever I like by just popping the dvd in ... but wouldn't it have made the most phenomenal backdrop for a ceremony?! What's your favorite movie house?

Read more about the Practical Magic house here.

Custom Save the Date GIVEAWAY from Minted

Oct 27, 2009

I am amazed at the great selection of designs that Minted always has in stock for its customers, especially for brides + grooms! And that's why I'm so excited that the lovely staff at Minted has so kindly offered to host a giveaway on CB! I know you're excited, too, so let's get right to the details:

Minted is offering 50 free custom Save the Date cards to TWO lucky CB readers! The best part is that the cards can be personalized to suit any event e.g. wedding invites, bridal showers, etc.

HOW {to enter}:
Now for the fun part! Browse through Minted's collection of gorgeous designs, then choose your favorite and share it with us in the comment section below to enter. Make sure to include a valid e-mail address so we have a way of contacting you in case you win.

Deadline is Tuesday, November 3, at midnight CST. A winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

Beautiful new looks at Maida Vale

Oct 26, 2009

One of my favorite wedding stationery designers, Heather of Maida Vale, just re-launched her site and is offering a slew of new designs {loving the Wren line above!}, products and options ... and, of course, I just had to share with you, my dear friends!

Among the best new offerings is Maida Vale's brand new "letterpress for less." Every design is now available in luxurious letterpress or affordable offset printing, at either 1- or 2-ink colors. For 100 sets, offset printing starts at $4.64 per invitation, and letterpress printing starts at $7.85 per invitation - how great is that? And the price per invitation decreases significantly as the quantity increases.

And, as the saying goes, I've saved the best for last. Heather is kindly offering Classic Bride readers a 15% discount on all orders placed before November 15. Just use promo code CL111509 to receive the discount and enjoy!

A Sunday kind of Love ... + our first anniversary!

Oct 25, 2009

Unforgettable, that's what you are
Unforgettable though near or far
Like a song of love that clings to me
How the thought of you does things to me
Never before has someone been more
Unforgettable in every way
And forever more, thats how you'll stay
That's why, darling, it's incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am unforgettable too
Unforgettable in every way
And forever more, that's how you'll stay
That's why, darling, it's incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am unforgettable, too
Happy first anniversary, love.

{Lyrics- Nat King Cole; Photo by Look Photography}

Southern Charm: Atlanta

Oct 24, 2009

First of all, can you believe this venue isn't tucked away in the English countryside but rather right here in our backyard in Atlanta?! It's actually the Atlanta History Center -- how fabulous is that?! See more photos from this dreamy wedding here.

{Images by W. Scott Chester, found here}

Classic Finds: Vintage books at FoF

Oct 23, 2009

Continuing with my fall guest posts, click over to Flights of Fancy for my full board and post on the fun ways to incorporate vintage books in your wedding and your home!

And if you're shopping for your own unique assortment of vintage books, make sure you browse the beautiful collection I have for sale at CB Vintage ... they range from etiquette books to bridal fiction to silly titles and would make a delightful touch at a vintage-themed wedding, either as centerpieces {stacked and surrounded by a ribbon} or tucked around the cake table or guestbook table for decoration.

Let your gown inspire your cake design

Oct 22, 2009

I am in love with the sheer elegance of this cake ... The icing details seem to mimic the design and beading of the bride's beautiful dress.

What do you think about letting your wedding gown inspire your cake design?

See more from this wedding here.

Beautiful invitations from Delphine

Oct 21, 2009

Have you guys seen the beautiful invitations available by Delphine at Cardstore?? They're really pretty amazing and I love that they offer a high-end, customized look at such an affordable prices! Make sure you check them out!
p.s. I'm also loving that Summerville, South Carolina is used as the venue location in the samples -- my old hometown! xox

My wedding dress, bolero + veil for SALE! *SOLD*

Oct 20, 2009

It's true! I have decided to sell my beautiful and beloved wedding dress, bolero and veil. While it was a tough choice, I have to admit it seems a waste for such a gorgeous frock to hang in my closet and receive no love while another bride could be enjoying it on her big day!

So, if you're interested, I've created some boards below that showcase almost all angles of the ensemble, as well as detail shots. Peruse at your leisure and if you still find yourself interested or with questions, shoot me an e-mail. Serious inquiries only, please!

The dress is a strapless, tea-length style and is made of ivory Alençon lace {a lace with a floral design on a sheer net background}. The lace is hand-beaded with pearls, clear glass beads and clear sequins. The dress has a natural waist with a satin belt and the skirt is lined with 8 layers of tulle. It is a true size 4 and the style is no longer available in bridal salons. *SOLD*

The bolero jacket is a custom-made piece. It was constructed by a hired seamstress and features a scalloped neck and three-quarter length sleeves. It was lovingly and heavily hand-beaded by my very talented mother who spent over 2,500 hours hand-beading pearls, glass beads and sequins in extremely intricate patterns to achieve the couture look that we couldn't find in the southeast. The beading on the bolero is beyond stunning in person and matches the dress to a tee. A truly exquisite piece. There are also clear clasps {making them invisible} on both the bolero and the dress to secure the bolero in place. They worked perfectly on my wedding day. *SOLD*

The blusher veil is simple and lovely. It is made of a single layer of ivory tulle and has a hair comb to ensure that it stays in place. *SOLD*

All pieces are in pristine condition with no spots, stains or evidence of wear.


My bridal attire has been featured in both prestigious magazines and popular blogs and I have received so many wonderful compliments about my oh-so-classic look since the big day. Here are a few sweet highlights:

  • InStyle Weddings loved the look and said I had "incredible bridal style."
    To see the full feature, click here.
  • My wedding graced the pages of the uber-stylish Australian magazine, Wedding Style Guide this past spring. Here is an excerpt regarding my wedding day attire from the 4-page spread:
    "The bride was a true classic beauty, every detail carefully planned. Her lace bolero jacket was tailored for Sarah and lovingly hand-beaded by her mother."To see the full feature, click here.
  • My wedding and attire is also featured in the current Irish wedding glossy, B Magazine, in a 5-page spread. Click here to see the full feature.
If you'd like to see more photos of the ensemble, visit my Facebook photo gallery here.
And if you'd like more information/images/pricing, e-mail me at theclassicbride@gmail.com and I'll be happy to oblige.

{All images by Look Photography}

FREEBIE: A little Just Because love from Linda and Harriet

Oct 19, 2009

Today, Linda & Harriett will be giving away note cards in exchange for a promise to send the card to someone - just because. This specific day was chosen in honor of designer Liz Libre's mom, Linda, because she always showed kindness and made people feel special ­just because.

Simply e-mail lindaandharriett@gmail.com by noon EST today with your name and snail mail address; in return, they'll send you a note card and envelope. Liz will also be personally giving away cards at Blue Sky Bakery in Brooklyn (53 5th Ave. between Bergen St. and St. Marks Pl.) on Monday from 10am to 1pm so stop by on your lunch break! ;o)

and p.s. I have the pink and green chandelier cards and they are beyond luxe and gorgeous and everything else you could dream of ... take advantage of this and send one to someone you love! xox

Real Wedding: Modern Glam meets Backyard Chic

When I saw a sneak peek of Mike and Kristen's wedding on Look Photography's {fabulous} blog, I immediately e-mailed Vicki to find out more and to get an insider's look at the beautiful, very outside-the-box-style wedding. Once I saw the photos, I knew I had to share ... so scroll down for more eye candy and a short interview with the lovely bride ...

CB: Describe your wedding style in 5 words or less:
Kristen: Classic. Informal. Personal. Spectacular, Spectacular.

CB: Tell me what made you decide to have an intimate, backyard wedding.
K: We wanted a location that was personal to us – where we would always be reminded of the day and the love of not only our friends and family – but for each other. We bought the house knowing we wanted to be married at home – it exceeded our expectations and while we thought it might bring additional stress to planning – it was surprisingly peaceful and exciting.

CB: What is your favorite memory of the day?
K: Standing together at dark watching the sky lanterns take off and our guests illuminated by the the candle light, light on the bars, and light of the lanterns. It was as if time stood still for that moment.

CB: Favorite detail?
K: We loved having our friends play our wedding music. We loved seeing each other for the first time in our own back yard. We loved having the event feel like many different moments and that it kept changing with different sounds, light, food, and signature drinks. It was spectacular.

I love how cozy the backyard setting was and the incredibly glamorous vibe it took on after the sun went down:
Thanks for sharing a little bit of your big day with us, Kristen and Mike, and best wishes for a wonderful future together!

{All images by Look Photography}

A Sunday kind of Love ...

Oct 18, 2009

I'm convinced weathered shingles just make everything that much more romantic ... especially a wedding.

{Photo found here}

English garden wedding

Oct 17, 2009

Such a fairytale setting for a beautiful wedding.
{Images from Veranda magazine}

Classic Finds: Vintage milk glass on FoF

Oct 16, 2009

Continuing with my fall guest posts, click over to Flights of Fancy for my full board and post on the simple sweetness of incorporating vintage milk glass in your wedding! And if you're shopping for your own unique assortment of milk glass, make sure you browse the beautiful collection I have for sale at CB Vintage!

Overflowing with charm

Oct 15, 2009

Okay, the coffee bar at weddings has been done but how about updating it with custom stenciled messages? Cool, no? Go here to order yours.

psssst ... They even have one ready to purchase with 'Marry Me?' :o)

{Images from Coffee Stencil via Modern Vintage}

Magical beach wedding

Oct 14, 2009

I am utterly enchanted by the classic simplicity and the lovely soft palette of this laidback beach wedding. Check out more photos and details right here.