Wednesday Nesting: European Wishlist, No. 3

Mar 31, 2010


I've had a thing for these tall, majestic candle stands/holders for years ... I love how when clustered and lit, they emit a tinge of sacredness and mystery all at once. Wouldn't they look fabulous all standing tall together in an ancient fireplace? I think that would be the perfect 'stage' for a wedding altar, as well!

Hope to find a little goldmine of them while we're in Europe! :o)
{Image found via Country French Antiques}

Megan + Jesse's Southern {Slice of Heaven} wedding

Mar 30, 2010

I'm always wowed by the real wedding submissions I receive but - oh my lord, Megan and Jesse's wedding made my heart skip a beat and took my breath away all at the same time! The darling couple wed on August 1, 2010, at the jaw-droppingly gorgeous Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina - one of my all-time favorite venues. Together, they incorporated vintage and classically Southern details to create a most beautiful event. Let's take a look:


I don't think you could squeeze another ounce of charm into this Southern venue if you tried - Can you get over how deliciously cute that little chapel is? Read on for a glimpse at how the day unfolded, as told by Megan ... 

Tell us about your wedding style ... :
I can't help but laugh - I'm not even sure we had an actual 'wedding style'. I suppose when planning I just wanted our wedding to fit the venue and represent us. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is just as advertised - low country elegance - at its best!!

Personal touches ... :
The most personal touches of our wedding ended up being surprises instead of plans. During the first year Jesse and I were dating he came home from a trip to Charleston with a gift for me ... a brooch. Yes, a pretty brooch - but 5 years down the road he was still joking about the brooch I never wore. While packing for our wedding trip I was going through my jewelry and came across the brooch. The style of it went so well with my dress, I packed it and surprised him when it was attached to my bouquet. It took a while but I finally found its perfect use!!

Jesse decided he wanted to wear his grandfather's (and namesake) wedding band and called his dad to see if that would be okay, given we wanted to have it engraved. When his dad got the ring out he discovered it was already engraved with the his grandparent's initials (same initials as his grandfather, JGW), and the date....... 08-01-40. What are the odds? We were married on the same date as them 08-01-09, 69 years later. Such a neat thing ...

Our personal planned touch would be our now 3 year old yellow-lab. She's such a huge part of our lives, our wedding would not have been the same had she not made her way down the aisle ... which she decided to do twice.. =)

I am still in love with our wedding guest book. A sweet friend (and neighbor) took our engagement pictures,  Erin Cobb. She is actually a children's photographer which I believe helped capture the playful, fun loving side of my and Jesse's relationship. These pictures were made into a coffee table book and guests left us the sweetest messages throughout the book.

What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
Goodness...so many things come to mind!!

My grandfather unexpectedly died the week before my wedding. He and Jesse had developed a very close, unique relationship and he had been wanting us to tie the knot for several years. He was so excited about our destination wedding. The chapel Jesse and I were married in sits on the water and as we left the ceremony, we came outside to find a beautiful rainbow stretching over the river. I knew exactly who had something to do with that rainbow! =)

I loved the gospel choir that surprised everyone as they entered the chapel ahead of me, singing me down the aisle to "This Little Light of Mine" and then again as everyone left the chapel to "Oh Happy Day!"

I loved the fact that my dad rarely left the dance floor during the entire reception!! And how our band had everyone circle around us and sing to us "Lean On Me" for the last song of the evening!

I loved the 'after-thought' of s'mores at the fire pits by the river in lieu of a grooms cake. My husband is up for a bonfire any night of the week and this was such a great time for him to truly hang out with his buddies.

What advice do you have to share with fellow brides?
Easy! This is your wedding day - remember this and keep everything else in perspective!! During the months of wedding planning, I heard from so many different brides how stressful their wedding day was, about the breakdowns they had leading up to the wedding, or how glad they were once it was all over. I am happy to say that with the help of my three wonderful sisters and mom - I truly enjoyed planning our wedding. There was not one moment of our wedding day that I didn't feel complete happiness. Palmetto Bluff's service is truly unparalleled! I woke up the next morning and the first thing I thought was 'I hope every bride feels this way the day after her wedding!' I understand now, without a doubt, why people say your wedding is one of the best days of your life!!!

Credits: Photographer: Melanie Mauer / Ceremony and Reception Location: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina / Planner: Kelli Corn of The Inn at Palmetto Bluff / Florist: Sue Burden / Caterer: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff / Cake: Savannah Custom Cakes / Ceremony Musicians: Huspah Gospel Choir / Reception Musicians: Deas Guyz / Dress: Jim Hjelm / Shoes: J. Crew and Anne Klein

A heartfelt thank you to Megan and Jesse for sharing your big day and a special thanks to photographer Melanie Mauer for sending over these beautiful photos! 

And the winners are ...

Mar 29, 2010

Two winning announcements today:

First, the winner of the $50 gift certificate to 1st Class Wedding Invitations giveaway is ... Erica, who said: I think the Pewter and Citrine Silhouette Wedding Invitation is just marvelous!


Next up, the winner of the Honeymoon Travel Giveaway is ... Krystin, who said: Hey CB! My future husband and I are going to Greece for our honeymoon! I absolutely adore the eye mask, I have to wear one every night because my fiance is a total night owl!


Congrats to both of you and you will be receiving an e-mail soon regarding your prize!

A Sunday kind of Love ...

Mar 28, 2010


As much as I'm looking forward to living in Europe again, the actual moving and planning can be a bit stressful. I wouldn't mind kicking back with a glass of wine {or two ... or three ... } with my most favorite people in the world at this table ... right now. ;o)

{Would be a grand setting for a rehearsal dinner, as well!}

Happy Sunday!

{Dining room image via chateau lyon, found here on Savvy City Farmer}

Vintage Suitcase Love ...

Mar 27, 2010


Vintage suitcases seem to capture a small piece of time when traveling was something one looked forward to ... it was a special occasion and a time to dress properly and look refined and that in no way excluded traveling components. The luggage designs were typically formal yet streamlined ... there were no shapeless duffel or sports bags ... what happened to those times?

I'm wanting to inject a bit of formal femininity into my travels with one of these pink or blue beauties shown above! If you're feeling the same way, check out the vintage luggage I have for sale in my wedding boutique! They'd be adorable for a his and hers honeymoon suitcase set. ;o)

{Images: 1 + 2:  Via French Charming; 3: Tanya Dziahileva by Nicolas Moore for Vogue Espana September 2009 via a glamorous little side project + Lace & Tea 4: Via CB Vintage}

Chic + Practical Honeymoon Packing

Mar 26, 2010


The only thing I love more than vacationing is packing for a vacation. No, seriously, I love planning out a myriad of different outfits and imagining how I can mix and match them to ensure I'll be able to fit everything into my carry-on and not have to check two extra bags!

When I packed for our honeymoon two years ago, I went pretty light and stuck to the bare essentials as I didn't want to tote much around - a few pairs of sandals, a big beach tote, shorts and tees, several seersucker sundresses, a long strand of pearls and a pair of Kate Spade sunglasses. It was all I needed and I had enough to be comfortable for lounging on the beach, going out at night and everything in between.

With the temps getting warmer here, I thought it would be fun to 'virtually' pack for an imaginary {second} honeymoon to Argentina {I've always wanted to go so why not!} ...

Above is a peek at what would be tops on my list and below are the details and links. What are your packing essentials?

Image Credits:
{Clockwise, from top left}
Ruffly swimsuit from J. Crew; Heys XCase Exotic in Crocodile from Shoebuy {love that I'd be able to spot this croc case immediately at baggage claim!}; Gold Isabella Flat from Kate Spade; Shown the Ropes bracelet from Anthropologie; Seaside tote from J. Crew; Gold and Olive Eyeglass Chain from Tissage {for plane or beach reading}; Birkenstock Arizona Suede sandals from Shoebuy.com {Love the comfort factor with these!}

This post is sponsored by Shoebuy.com. In order to comply with newly revised FTC Regulations, all items listed above from Shoebuy.com were sent to me.

Designer Crush: Vicente Villarin

Mar 25, 2010


Completely and utterly in love with these darling frocks from Vicente Villarin! Structured yet brimming with femininity, I think they'd be perfect for almost any soiree, including rehearsal dinners and brunches! I'm personally liking the top left ensemble for a birthday bash!

{Images: Vicente Villarin collection via Weddings Fresh}

Wednesday Nesting: European Wishlist, No. 2

Mar 24, 2010


Next up on my mental European Antique Acquiring Wishlist is a banquette for the breakfast nook {if we end up having a breakfast nook!}. I love the idea of placing an elaborate French trumeau mirror above the area to open up the space and juxtaposing its antiquity with a few more modern + streamlined pieces. The perfect mix of elegance without any of the stuffiness!

{Image via Cote de Texas, designed by Katie Stassi}

Redefining Farmhouse Chic ...

Mar 23, 2010


Adoring the juxtaposition of flouncy couture style and basic bales of hay - Would these not make the most amazing bridal portraits ever? And how precious is that lamb? Love.

{Images: Editorial by Camilla Akrans via Lace&Tea found here}

Honeymoon Travel GIVEAWAY!

Mar 22, 2010


Honeymoons are much like the dessert of a wedding ... they are sweet to look forward to and are best when savored. I think every moment of your special getaway should be enjoyed - even the traveling part - and this exclusive giveaway is intended to help you and your honey do just that!

One lucky CB reader will win the three following products: 
1. A Little Honey Luxury Travel Pillow Super light, stylish and comfy, this darling pillow would be perfect for any plane, train or automobile.
2. Goodnight Lovely Eyemask in Peacock from Zinke Relax and catch some zzzz's in style during your travels. 
3. Paddywax Eco Candle in Verbena & Lemongrass – A refreshing and uplifting blend of citrusy lemongrass and herbal verbena, this candle will re-energize and revitalize.

Enter to win:
It's incredibly simple! Just leave a comment below telling us where you're traveling on your honeymoon. Make sure to include a valid e-mail so we have a way of contacting you in case you win. You are also welcome to enter as many times as you'd like.

The contest will run through Sunday, March 28 at midnight CST. A winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

This post is sponsored. In order to comply with newly revised FTC Regulations, all items featured in the honeymoon travel giveaway were also sent to me.

Megan + Justin's Mad Men-esque E-Shoot

Mar 21, 2010

When Megan sent me her engagement photos, I was instantly enamored with the fabulous vintage vibe and Megan described everything so perfectly, I'm just going to share a bit of her e-mail:

We went for a Mad Men type theme (people always say we look like Don and Betty Draper). I had my hair pinned up and had my red lips on, and Justin went with a European suit and skinny tie.

Check out the gorgeous photos:


With such beautiful engagement photos, I can't imagine how gorgeous Megan and Justin's July wedding will be! Congrats to both of you and thanks for sharing your shoot with us! xox.


Details:

Megan and Justin's photographer was {Nashville based} Daniel Sutton of Creative Push. Megan's dress is ABS; jacket is bebe. Justin's suit is Alfaini and tie is Calvin Klein.

$50 GIVEAWAY to 1st Class Wedding Invitations!

Mar 20, 2010



Aren't these invitation suites lovely? I am just loving the great selection of designs that 1st Class Wedding Invitations always has in stock for its customers! And that's why I'm so excited to share this great giveaway on CB! I know you're excited, too, so let's get right to the details:

WHAT:
1st Class Wedding Invitations is offering a $50 gift certificate to ONE lucky CB reader! The certificate will be redeemable for up to $50 for any order from http://www.1st-class-wedding-invitations.com/ ... In addition to the huge selection of wedding invitations, they also have great wedding favors and wedding napkins, as well as a section of DIY Wedding Invitations!

HOW {to enter}:
Now for the fun part! Browse through the 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. Entries that do not include an e-mail will not be considered.

WHEN:
Deadline is Sunday, March 28, at midnight CST. A winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

This post is sponsored.

Chris + Vanessa's Rustic Farm Wedding in Gardner, Kansas

Mar 19, 2010

Vanessa and Chris wed in late November at quaint Mildale Farm in Gardner, Kansas. Together, the couple scoured antique stores, flea markets and Etsy for one-of-a-kind vintage details in order to create a charming rustic vibe - and they did an amaaazing job! Let's take a look:


Aren't they the most darling couple? And I lovelovelove Vanessa's hairstyle - it's the perfect modern touch for this vintageous wedding! Okay, let's hear the details from Vanessa  ...

Tell us about your wedding style ... :
If I had to pick three words that described our wedding they would be warm, vintage and rustic. I have always had a passion for old things and I truly enjoyed infusing these details into our wedding day. We were always on the lookout for inspiration at antique stores, flea markets, etc. Our base colors were navy and ivory...but the flowers, which were a muted fall combo, were what really completed the look. Pheasant feathers, hypericum berries and apples were mixed into the floral arrangements to get everything a more autumn/rustic look.

Personal touches ... :
A few items that helped us add the vintage touch were ... An old set of house shutters that served as our place card display; a pair or vintage earrings found at a Kansas City flea market; a fur stole purchased from an etsy seller who wore it to her prom in the 1950's; my birdcage veil; navy evening clutch; and my feather hair piece.

Although I spent a lot of time focusing on the details to make the day personal, the barn where we had our reception had so much character it really didn't need any dressing up. Mildale Farm is 5 minutes down the country road from my parent's home and I used to drive by it on my way back to college at Kansas State University. It is an amazing sight from the road and I always joked about this being the place where I would get married. Little did I know that the barn was even more beautiful on the inside -and it would be the place where I would get married!
Favorite Moment ... :
The day of the wedding, it was like everything just fell into place. The details we'd spent months planning fit perfectly with the venue - creating the romantic, vintage feel we had hoped for. I remember looking around the barn at one point in the evening when everyone was dancing and it occurred to me that never in my life had I had all of the people that I loved in one place...until then. That was our favorite part of the day! It was everything we had hoped and more :)

Advice ... :
My advice to other brides would be not to stress out too much over the decisions. In the beginning I would go back and forth so much that it felt like we were always discussing, but never accomplishing anything! I finally got to the point where I said "I'm going to decide, be happy with it, and move on!" And I didn't look back after that :) My other piece of advice would be not to worry about how things are "supposed" to be done. Your wedding day will be more personal and more "you" if you don't follow the rules :) Good luck!!

... And the details:
Reception Venue: Mildale Farm, Edgerton, KS
Photographer: Rebecca Peters Photography
Florist: Craig Sole Design
Coordination: Something New Events
Catering: Brancato's Catering
Photobooth: KC Photobooth
DJ: Encore Elite Entertainment
Wedding Gown: Renella De Fina from Bridal Extraordinaire, Kansas City
Groom's Attire: Bridal Extraordinaire

{All photos by Rebecca Peters Photography}

Designer Crush: Romona Keveza

Mar 18, 2010


Loving these bold and coquettishly short styles from Romona Keveza's Spring 2010 collection! And while they'd be quite fitting and uber adorable for a city hall ceremony or a relaxed beach soiree, I would find it so refreshing and edgy and beautiful if a bride wore one of these short frocks for a garden wedding steeped in tradition ...

Wednesday Nesting: European Wishlist No. 1

Mar 17, 2010


As you all know, we're busy preparing for a European move this summer so I thought I would start a sporadic series for my Wednesday Nesting posts that give a glimpse of my mental wishlist for furniture, etc., that I'm hoping to find during our three-year stay. :o)

First up, a French secretary or cupboard! I would LOVE to find one with a mesh/chicken wire door like the one on the right above! I think it would be perfect to store all my CB Vintage treasures {until they are mailed off to their new owner!} and packing supplies in my office. Then again, I may need two as I think it would be darling in the laundry room to hold detergents and clothespins, etc.

What would you use it for?

{Images: 1: Via Flickr via Brabourne Farm; 2: Country Homes & Gardens Magazine via Brabourne Farm}

Red + White + Sequin Sparkle

Mar 16, 2010


There's something so cheerful and uplifting about a red and white palette that makes it a no-brainer color combo for a warm spring wedding. I love that when details are kept to a minimal two-color palette, they tend to really pop and appear so crisp and clean - it's so energizing!

And I'm love, love, loving this Red Grace Sequin Clutch from Felix Rey {shown below} as a must-have accessory for any wedding with a healthy dose of sass! I'd love to see a bride carry such a clutch in place of a bouquet as a statement accessory or have her 'maids carry one in place of their bouquets - wouldn't that be a much better gift than flowers that while momentarily beautiful ... will eventually wilt?

With its celebratory sparkle, I think it would be positively dazzling for a holiday wedding, as well - imagine a Christmas, New Years, Valentines, or Fourth of July wedding with a red + white theme - wouldn't the clutch be a darling accent? Love!

Style Board Photo Credits:
Row 1: Stacey Kane image via The Knot; Cox & Cox sugar cubes via Google
Row 2: Stacey Kane image via The Knot; Millie Holloman image via Southern Weddings

This post sponsored by Felix Rey. In order to comply with newly revised FTC Regulations, a FR Grace Clutch was sent to me.

SP*: Exquisite NINA Shoes Giveaway WINNER!

Mar 15, 2010

And the winner of the Nina Shoe Giveaway is ...

Kim, who said ... My guy and I are about the same height (we like to say that we see eye to eye!) so we are BOTH more comfy when I'm in flats like the Duffy! I'm following Nina on Twitter. cheers!

Congratulations on winning, Kim! You'll be receiving an e-mail from Nina Shoes soon regarding your prize. :o)

ps. For all contestants who entered, Nina Shoes is generously offering a special promo to receive 30% off your next order. Just enter code 'classicbride' at check out and enjoy! ... But hurry - the code expires at midnight on Friday, March 19. ;o)

CB Vintage Inspiration Shoot in New Orleans!

As promised, below is a peek at the CB Vintage photo/inspiration shoot my husband and I did in New Orleans with photographer Maile Lani. :o)

The reason I really wanted to do this inspiration shoot was so I could incorporate some of my favorite vintage items and demonstrate just how awesomely brilliant they can really be when used in an engagement shoot {or in our case, a married couple's shoot!} ;o) ... And to make things even more fun, everything featured in the shoot is FOR SALE! Most of the items are listed on CBV but a few of them haven't made it there yet and are listed at the bottom of this post. If you have any questions or would like to see more photos of a certain item, feel free to message me at theclassicbride@gmail.com! I'd be happy to chat!

So let's get back to the shoot ... I've wanted to do an afternoon picnic shoot for years and now that the launch of CBV gave me a reasonable excuse to do so, we took a day off and went over to New Orleans where we found a perfect little spot under a mossy oak tree in Audubon Park in the Garden District to use as our backdrop. We unfolded the beautifully hand-sewn patchwork quilt and I started styling the smaller pieces from there ...


Old records are always so much fun to include in shoots and I just looove the one featured above that says "An American in Paris" - perfect for any Francophile, no? You can check out all the records I have for sale at CBV here, including that one!

And isn't the light blue alarm clock fun? It has such a great Alice in Wonderland vibe to it and it's a true vintage piece from Yugoslavia! If you want to know more, scroll down to the bottom of this post for details.


I recently found some old, wooden dominoes and thought they'd be such fun to play during our shoot! And isn't the moss in the tree divine? So primitive and ethereal at the same time - love!

For a listing of all vintage books like the one above titled "An Old-Fashioned Girl," head here to CBV - there are so many fun ones that would be perfect for photo ops!

I love mixing fresh fruits into a scene - they always have such rich colors and great texture. I'm dying to do another shoot and incorporate some milkglass vases holding bright red cherries and others overflowing with frosted black grapes. :o)

You can click here for details on the Dr Pepper bottle as well as other fab vintage glassware. And if you're looking for a selection of milk glass, I have several darling varieties!


I love the one corner I set up with the vintage stepstool ... It feels so farmhouse chic to me with the wire basket, milkglass hen and bird's nest nestled under the glass terrarium. I placed some dried lavender in the aqua mason jar to incorporate some more texture.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of our photoshoot and I hope you feel inspired to create a little scene all your own for your engagement or couple's session - props add so much dimension and give you something to focus your energy on! It can be uncomfortable being directed by a photographer you don't know very well - especially when you're being told to kiss and cuddle on cue ... it tends to help a bit when you can snuggle up on a quilt, read a funny book together or play a game of dominoes. ;o)

{And a big mushy thank you to my sweet husband [which will most definitely embarrass him] for spending all day lugging things in and out of the park, helping to model my vintage wares and making me laugh all day long. You're my hero! xx.}

And here's the details on some of the pieces featured in the shoot - everything else can be found at CB Vintage! :o) If you have any questions, feel free to message me at theclassicbride@gmail.com!

Light Blue Vintage Alarm Clock
Made in Yugoslavia, this vintage light blue wind-up clock adds a touch of whimsy and charm and could be a delicious touch to any centerpiece. We haven't tried to wind it up so we can't guarantee that it will work but it is a delightful prop regardless.
Price: $139.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the alarm clock, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Mint Green Savoy Camera
This super cute 1960s camera has an incredibly retro/space age look and reads 'Savoy' on the front. It still has the attached wrist strap making travel a cinch. Measures approximately 4" high x 4" long x 3 1/2" wide. It does appear to work but as I haven't actually tried it, I can't say for sure.
Price: $144.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the camera, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Metal Wire Locker Bin
Strikes the perfect balance between utilitarian modernism and vintage charm - the wire bin used to be a locker and we were told it was most likely available to patrons of a swimming pool where they could stow their personal items. Today, it makes a cute storage bin for an office or it could be a interesting card or program holder at a wedding. It still has the faded locker numbers on the front and is in great vintage condition.
Price: $49.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the metal locker bin, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Milk Glass Hen Dish
A classic, this dish features an adorable milk glass hen roosting on a nest-covered dish. The bottom portion of the dish features a criss-cross basketweave texture. The dish is in superb condition with no cracks or chips and would make a lovely gift for a bridesmaid or flowergirl. It would also be a perfect accessory in a bird-themed wedding! Measures approximately 4" x 3" x 3.5" tall.
Price: $64.00 + shipping

If you would like to purchase the milkglass hen dish, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Glass Terrarium w/Real Bird's Nest and three sparkly gold eggs
Such a great accent for a wedding with a bird theme! The nest inside the terrarium is indeed a real bird's nest - it was abandoned when we found it so don't worry - we didn't take anyone's home! ;o) The eggs we placed inside are sparkly and gold and add just the right amount of shimmer and shine. Would be a lovely centerpiece in a wedding or at home.
Price: $229.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the terrarium, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Vintage Step Stool
This stool embodies an irresistible primitiveness. The weathered appearance and overall simplicity are the perfect match for a vintage modern wedding. The stool would look positively dreamy holding vases of overflowing floral arrangements.
Price: $389.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the vintage step stool, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Shabby Chic Floral bowl
This quaint little charmer actually used to be a chamber pot - would you have guessed? I think it would be a witty/silly touch if used as a floral vase. It has been broken and fixed - there are several crack marks but it was glued and seems to be a sturdy piece once again. I actually find the cracks to add to the shabby chicness!
Price: $79.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the floral pot, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Vintage Dominoes
The set is composed of 25 dominoes and there is no box. We believe they are made of wood. They all contain an elaborate embossed design on the back and are in great condition. Lovely for an e-shoot, wedding or house decor!
Price: $44.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the dominoes, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Vintage Picnic Basket
The wooden picnic basket is extremely sturdy and the two top wooden flaps open and shut perfectly allowing you to stow away everything you'd need for a getaway in the park. Perfect for e-shoots or any Saturday afternoon! Measures approximately 13" long x 18" wide x 8" tall.
Price: $129.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the picnic basket, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

{All images by Maile Lani}

Announcing the grand opening of CB VINTAGE!


I'm so excited to finally spill the secret and let you all in on the project I've been working diligently on for the past year {with the help of some greatly talented friends!} - CB Vintage!

I've had so much fun filling the shop with vintage ephemera and decor - from antique costume jewelry and birdcage veils to globes, trophy vases and retro cameras, there's something for every vintage-inspired wedding taste. 

ps. Check back in a bit for a peek at the CB Vintage photoshoot my husband and I did in New Orleans with photographer Maile Lani - we had so much fun! And the best part - everything featured is for sale! :o)

{Above image by Maile Lani}

A Sunday kind of Love ...

Mar 14, 2010


Happy lazy Sunday!

... And get excited!!! I have a surprise announcement coming up tomorrow! Can't wait to share! ;o) xox.

{Image via This is Glamorous}

The New York Weddings Event coming up soon!

Mar 13, 2010


Sometimes I do sooo wish we lived in Manhattan ... Tickets are still available, so make sure to reserve your spot before they're gone! And think of me while you enjoy the night! ;o)

BIG announcement coming up ...

Mar 12, 2010

I'm so excited to ring in the beginning of Spring {well, almost!!!} with an upcoming venture of mine that's been in the works for several months! So with that said, please make sure to stop by CB on Monday for a very special announcement! :o) See you then!

And, as always, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Playful + Vibrant Malibu Wedding

Elegant ... vibrant ... laidback ... cool ... All of these words come to mind when I try to describe this wedding! Jenn and Sep {how adorable are they?!} wed at a luxury Malibu beach house right off PCH and together they focused on lots of handmade details to give their posh locale a lovely homespun appeal. Let's take a look:


So many adorable details and I am beyond smitten with Jenn's dress! Gorgeous! Now let's hear a little from the bride about her spectacular day ...

Tell us about your wedding style ... :
Overall the wedding style was simple, colorful, and hopefully romantic. We didn't want to have to follow a strict schedule and wanted to be sure the guests had fun with enough food and drink and music! We wanted them to enjoy the beautiful surroundings by the ocean, feel loved and know that they were all very special to us.

Personal touches?
I hand made a lot of things for the wedding which I thoroughly enjoyed!! They included:
- Lemon/lime candle favors
- Painted the little food signs for the buffet
- Used chalkboard paint for the table names and the program/other signs (tables were named after little tidbits of Sepehr and I like "Vegas" which was where we met)
- Cut up fabric pieces for the fabric scrap book sign in
- Handmade all the name cards
- Did all the flowers
- All wedding invitations were hand made as well including the inner envelopes!

We also had a video booth where guests could sit and send a message to us in private. We had some really creative ones too!!

Favorite part of the wedding day?
Favorite part of the wedding day would have to be walking down the aisle to my new husband. I cannot explain the excitement and emotion I felt seeing him standing there, waiting for me. It made me feel immediately calm and at peace when our eyes met. Mushy yes, but so true. Second favorite part would have to be my brother's speech. Since my dad passed away when I was in high school, he really stepped it up and gave a touching speech. It was amazing and I am so thankful for him.

Credits: Ceremony & Reception venue - Malibu Luxury Beach House / Bride's attire - Cymbeline from Paris, style Colibri / Makeup/Hair - Nicole Walpert - nicwalpert.hair@gmail.com / Photographer - Christine Lee Smith Photography / Cake - Yummy Cupcake / Persian Dancers - Monica Ramos

Thanks to Jenn and Sep for sharing your big day with us and a special thanks to photographer Christine Lee Smith for sending over these beautiful photos!

Only 4 days left to win a pair of Nina shoes!!!

Mar 11, 2010

Whether you need a pair of classic pumps or flirty flats, I've got you covered! Just enter the Nina Shoes contest here to win! Contest closes this Sunday so make sure you get your entry in now! ;o)

Designer Crush: Christos


How I love the frothy layers of tulle, the cascading ruffles and the adorable floral details from Christos' Spring 2010 collection!

{And, oooops, I must have loved the top right design so much, I included it twice ... oh well, it deserves the extra spotlight! (o;}

Which is your fave?

{All images from Christos' Spring 2010 line via Martha Stewart Weddings}

Wednesday Nesting: Help! Camera Shopping {Need Your Advice!!!!}

Mar 10, 2010


Since nesting isn't all about interior design, I thought I'd stretch the scope of Wednesdays to encompass some lifestyle nesting posts, too ... Some will inevitably deal with J&I's impending move to Germany and you can consider this the first! :o)

For the past few years, I have loved my Nikon Coolpix S550 dearly ... it's always been dependable {We scooped it up w/no research at the nearest store after I dropped my old beloved Canon in the ocean on our honeymoon! Ooooops!! ...} and taken great photos but I'm finally feeling ready to make the transition to a DSLR and I thought now would be a great time to get comfortable with one ... you know, before we're back in Europe and surrounded by such insane beauty that somehow {in my mind} deserves more than what a point-and-shoot can deliver.

And because I plan on sharing so many of our experiences {Read: LOTS of photos} abroad, I thought I would ask for your opinion! So if you're a photographer, amateur or professional, and have had some great experiences with your DSLR, please tell me what you think I should try! I've only ever taken an intro class to photography during college so I'd prefer a DSLR tailored for the super amateur. ;o)

Thanks bunches!!! xox.

{Image by Stacy Able Photography via Rock 'N Roll Bride - Don't you wish cameras still looked that cool?!?!}

Dulcima and Peter's vintage country wedding in Gloucestershire, England

Mar 9, 2010

When Dulcima sent me photos of her recent wedding, I was instantly smitten - the fabulously executed details appear sublime with just the right balance of rustic love and elegance.

Dulcima and Peter wed on July 25, 2009, at the Painswick Rococo Gardens in Gloucestershire, England before 80 of their closest friends and family. Let's take a peek at their incredible day:


Such a sweet and lovely day - and I love their vintage getaway car! Let's hear a bit from the bride about her beautiful day ...

Tell us your proposal story ... :
We were on holiday in Tobago for our 5th anniversary. Pete organized a speed boat to take us to a private cove, he asked the captain to turn around so I could change and suddenly produced a beautiful diamond ring asking me ‘will you make me the happiest man alive and be my Faraway Valentine’ (our surnames are Valentine and Faraway) Of course I said yes! He had vintage Perrier Jouet on ice and had arranged dinner on another private beach unfortunately sea sickness got to me and we ended up heading back to the hotel, I was devastated at the time but its funny looking back on it now.

Tell us about your wedding venue and style ... :
After considering many different ideas, we were married at the Rococo Gardens in Painswick Gloucestershire. We loved that you could get married outside which is very unusual for venues in the UK. The gardens have a stately feel without being too formal which was perfect for our laidback wedding.

The theme was a vintage country wedding with a rustic edge. We had 80 guests for the ceremony with a further 50 joining us in the evening at the Marquee at Miserden Cricket Ground where my husband plays cricket. The wedding was very DIY, all our friends mucked in which made it a very special and unique day.

Personal Touches ... :
I wore Monique Lhuillier’s Scarlet alencon lace wedding dress, I loved the chic vintage style. I knew I didn’t want a big dress. I wore it with my Grandmothers pearls in remembrance as she has died two weeks before the wedding day. My mother bought each of us three daughters pearl earrings for the wedding.

My bouquet was full of herbs and jasmine which contrasted beautifully with the cream roses, and it looked classic and organic. The table arrangements where designed by myself including cream stocks, cream spray roses, purple lisianthus and freshly picked oregano from my aunt. The flowers were delivered a few days in advance so they would be fully open for the day.

Favorite Moment ... :
As I was approaching the walk up the aisle I felt very nervous, I watched my flower girl, Paige boy and three bridesmaids go and then it was my turn, as my brother and I started the walk a gust of wind took my veil off my head and it flew into the bushes, from then on I could not stop smiling, nothing mattered I was about to marry the man I loved. Walking up that avenue it was magical. When they announced that we were man and wife, we both couldn’t stop smiling.

Advice to fellow brides? ... :
Don’t be afraid to do things yourself and get friends and family involved, it made our day even more special and saved us loads of money. It can be stressful without a wedding planner but on the day itself all the small details won’t matter, things that don’t work won’t be an issue and those that do are a bonus and when people compliment you on your day you can feel proud that it was all your hard work that pulled it off.

We had a joint stag and hen do, I would highly recommend this to couples who have joint friends we had an amazing weekend by the sea which included a fabulous 1920s murder mystery everyone looked fantastic in their costumes!

We waited 6 months to go on honeymoon to get some winter sun in the Maldives, it worked out well as it gave us something else to look forward to after the wedding. Kurumba was the perfect honeymoon destination I highly recommend the couples massage it was exquisite as was everything else. We extended the honeymoon by having a weekend in London first staying at the Rookery hotel which was gorgeous! On the Friday we went to Claridges for dinner and on the Saturday we went to a Jimmy Carr comedy night, it was the perfect start to what was a perfect week.

Congratulations to you, Dulcima and Peter ... and thank you so much for sharing a bit of your day with us!

{All photos by Gee Photography}

Exquisite Nina Shoes GIVEAWAY!!!

Mar 8, 2010

I have loved Nina shoes ever since I started wearing heels so I was really ecstatic when I was contacted by the company to host a giveaway on CB! Their styles always mesh with my musts for the perfect shoe: Classic and demure but with full-on style and panache! ;o)

So without further ado, let's check out what's up for grabs:

First up is the lovely Papina heel - Perfect for walking down the aisle, no?


And up second is the stylish Duffy - a comfy must for dancing the night away!

So how can you win? It's a simple two-step process:
First, to be eligible, you need to sign up for Nina's fun mailing list, which lets you in on exclusive sale offers - you'll also receive 20% off your next order by signing up! How great is that? ;o)

Second, leave a comment below telling us which shoe - the beautiful Papina pump or the stylish Duffy flat - you would most like to win for your upcoming wedding and why ... Also make sure to include the same e-mail address that you used to sign up for the mailing list - this way we can confirm that your entry is valid and we have a way of contacting you in case you win. Entries that do not include an e-mail will not be considered.

The contest will run through Sunday, March 14 at midnight CST, and 1 lucky winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

ps. For an extra entry, just follow Nina Shoes on Twitter - just let us know in your comment that you're doing so. :o)

This post sponsored by Nina. In order to comply with newly revised FTC Regulations, I received a pair of Nina shoes in exchange for hosting this contest.

A Sunday kind of Love ...

Mar 7, 2010


Is there any sweeter wedding detail than a cherry red tandem bike? Honestly?!?

Happy Sunday!

{Images by Millie Holloman via Southern Weddings}

Postcards & Pretties

Mar 6, 2010


I'm not sure how I missed this incredible blog for so long but I'm quite glad I came across it and if Postcards & Pretties somehow missed your radar too, do have a visit! You're in for a treat with loads of beautiful inspiration boards ... colors melting into one another mixed with creative themes and touches that will have your mind racing with ideas. Two of my favorites are shown here - above is bird and twig inspiration board and below is my sweet valentine board. Enjoy!

Monica + Charlie's Engagement Shoot in Chicago

Mar 5, 2010

So many times you see e-shoots where the couple is decked out in casual-chic outfits pulled straight from the pages of a J. Crew catalogue and while that can work for many {I admit it did the trick for us several years ago (o; }, I find it incredibly refreshing to see Monica and Charlie braving the Chicago cold and snow in a realistic {but still super cute!} way - Aren't their matching flannel shirts and boots sweet? Lovely photos by New Orleans photographer Maile Lani:


And stay tuned this month for a super fun collaborative shoot Maile and I did together in the Garden District of New Orleans! :o)

{All photos by Maile Lani. Maile Lani is a current CB Sponsor.}

Designer Crush: Alice + Olivia

Mar 4, 2010


Mmmm! - I'm loving the Fall 2010 RTW Collection from Alice + Olivia! Wouldn't the top two be so fun to change into after the wedding if you plan to just chill with some of your besties? Just the right mix of edge and ethereal ... I'm liking the bottom two for a fun night out or maybe even a rehearsal dinner? What do you think????

{All images via NYMag}

Wednesday Nesting: NOLA elegance

Mar 3, 2010


From the first time I visited New Orleans, I immediately fell in love and felt at home at the same time ... the easy elegance won me over and had my heart from hello ... and I'm feeling the same way about NOLA-based designer Karyl Pierce Paxton's home {pictured above}. The French flair and whimsical touches are just heavenly ... I'd love to see this style translated to a wedding.

{Images via House Beautiful}

CB is Loving Cimber Designs

Mar 2, 2010


Kelly Cimber is an up-and-coming jewelry designer based in Miami and I love how her designs evoke such a tropical and vibrant feel. She also incorporates the most beautifully natural elements and I think many of the designs would coordinate well with colorful wedding palettes, creating the perfect statement piece for a destination bride or as sweet gifts for bridesmaids.

Shop the Cimber Designs site here or visit Kelly's facebook gallery for more photos. And the best part? Kelly is offering CB readers an exclusive discount - Just use code "bride15" at checkout and you will receive 15% off your order! Happy shopping!

This post sponsored by Cimber Designs. In order to comply with newly revised FTC Regulations, a necklace from Cimber Designs was sent to me.

Monday Vintage Finds: Milk bottles + Crates as Floral Vessels

Mar 1, 2010


I have always adored vintage milk bottles and crates ... Love the faded scripts on the bottles and the worn wood of the crates or the rusty metal ... Isn't it such a romantic notion to have fresh milk delivered to your door? Mmmm ...

How wondrous would it be to fill crate after crate with fresh lavender and have them dot a long farm table for an afternoon wedding? I'm imagining antique chandeliers, white-washed bentwood chairs and some lilacs mixed into milkglass for the full effect ...

And guess what? I'm selling several milk/bottle crates I scored while living in Europe! Check out the selection in my wedding boutique. :)

{Image by Elizabeth Messina}