Monday Vintage Finds: Cupid's Arrow lock and key FOR SALE!

May 31, 2010

I'm still hooked on the lock and key idea ... one lovebird holding the lock and the other holding the key {for engagement photos or a killer save the date} and so whenever I come across a vintage lock that leaps out at me because it has a special shape or saying or design, I typically scarf it up and that's just what I did with this cute duo above.

I found the sweet pair on another antiquing excusion to Alabama and as soon as I saw the "cupid's arrow," I was smitten ... and then to find that it actually had the working key to go with it - I was beyond excited! And I love how rusty and weathered the key is!!

If you're sold on the idea, you're in luck because not only am I selling this one {details below} ... I also have 3 other sets for sale in my shop here! :o)

Details on the Cupid's Arrow lock and key {shown above}:
The lock is in good vintage condition and the key opens and locks it easily. It is approximately 1" tall. There is some rusting on the key from age but I find the distressed look only adds to the charm. They make an adorable pair together for photo ops and just sitting together as decor.
Price for both the lock and key: $68.00 + shipping
If you're interested in purchasing, just send an e-mail with your zip code to for a shipping quote.

A Sunday kind of Love, No. 40

May 30, 2010

Let's imagine these as pared-down bridal portraits ... minimal make-up, minimal styling ... just a tousled bride and her dress ... dreaming about her day ... what do you think?

Happy Sunday!

{Images of Vlada Roslyakova by Vincent Peters via Vogue China, April 2008}

Relaxed honeymoon look

May 29, 2010

Loving this relaxed look for a sunny honeymoon ... My only suggestion? Add in some chunky diamonds ... because they make everything better! I'm liking some pretties from the Everlon Collection. ;o)

{Image of Anna Claudia Oliveira by Christoph Musiol for My Magazine Spring 2010}

This post is sponsored.

Classic Finds: A little shimmer on FoF

May 28, 2010

Click over to Flights of Fancy to see my full post on adding a little sparkle to your big day ... Happy Friday!

May Thursdays with Love + Lavender, p.4: Hydrangeas

May 27, 2010

So thrilled to welcome back the charming pair of Love + Lavender, Aileen and Ellen, who have been guest posting every Thursday this month here on Classic Bride. Today the girls will be sharing one last pretty board with us - all about hydrangeas ... my favorite! Let's swoon together ... :

For our last post, we decided to highlight the hydrangea. Hydrangeas have full, lush blooms with muted colors that play well into a vintage summer wedding with subtle seaside elements. Soft blues and greys would keep the color palette subdued, while white chandeliers would twinkle from the trees, overlooking tables decorated with candle-filled seashells and antique blue mason jars filled with hydrangeas. The bride would wear a dress with layers of closely packed ruffles paired with classic white heels and a crystal headband. A spread of various cheeses and crackers would make perfect appetizers, whetting the guests' appetite for a delicious seafood meal. A white cake with intricate details would top the meal off perfectly.

Image Credits:
Cake via Martha Stewart Weddings, Dress via Style Me Pretty, Shoes via Aisle Dash, Bridesmaids via Perfect Bound, Bouquet via New Jersey Bride, Chandeliers via Project Wedding, Ring pillow via A. Hana, Headband via The Knotty Bride, Seashell Candles via Martha Stewart Weddings, Hydrangeas in mason jars via The Daily Daisy, Cheese table via Postcards and Pretties, Pencils via Postcards and Pretties, Getaway car via Postcards and Pretties
Thank you to Sarah for giving us the opportunity to share some inspiration with you! We are so grateful for our time here on Classic Bride.
Oh, thanks so much to both of you for stopping by every week on CB this May! Each Thursday was such a delight - please know you're always welcome back!
For more inspiration, hop over to Aileen and Ellen's fabulous wedding blog - you're in for a treat!

LAST DAY to bid on this charming bridal mirror ...

May 26, 2010

Did you see this ridiculously gorgeous mirror up for auction awhile ago? Well, today is the LAST DAY she's up for bids - the auction closes tonight at midnight CST so if you're smitten, make sure you get a bid in before she's gone!

The mirror makes a lovely menu or cocktail board {and I'm happy to include the white ink that works on it - it just wipes right off with a damp cloth!} ... or as a directional sign to the wedding ... or to hold some special lyrics/lines of a poem ... it's also beyond perfect for getting-ready shots ...

To read more {and see more} about the pretty ... as well as info on how to bid, click here!

Wednesday Nesting: Pennants {+ 4 for sale}

I love the feel vintage pennants emit ... collegiate and spirited and optimistic ... they're so much fun to decorate with, too ... in the office or guestroom ... they provide a little bit of history and interest.

I also think they'd be super fun to use as decor in a wedding - especially if you and your love are from the same hometown or went to the same university, etc.

Here's the info on the two little ones above:

Two Fort Myers, Fla. pennants
Each measures approximately 12" long and 4.5" wide. They are in good vintage condition with no rips or tears. The maroon one is just missing one of its tassels.
Price: $50.00 for both + shipping
If you're interested in the pennants and would like a shipping quote, just drop me a note at All payments are accepted via PayPal.

And below are two larger pennants ...

Larger pennants - "Tulane" and "Philadelphia, PA"
The "Tulane" pennant measures approximately 27" long and 10.5" wide. The "Philadelphia, PA" pennant measures approximately 22.5" long and 8" wide. Both are in good vintage condition and the "Philadelphia, PA" pennant has no rips or tears. The "Tulane" pennant does have 4 holes along the "T" from age ... it is thought to date back to the 1940s because of the style of helmet featured.
Price: $40.00 each + shipping
If you're interested in any of the pennants and would like a shipping quote, just drop me a note at All payments are accepted via PayPal.

Gorgeous Sash/Corsage/Hairpiece from Quatre Coeur WINNER!

May 25, 2010

Amanda and Ruth, of Quatre Coeur, just let me know who they randomly selected as the winner for their fabulous giveaway so without further ado, the lucky winner they selected is ... Mansi!

Congrats! Mansi, you'll receive an e-mail shortly regarding your prize.

Hand-tatted Ecru Vintage Dress FOR SALE!

Today I have another pretty to share with you! Scroll down for pictures and all the details ...

Gorgeously Hand-tatted Ecru Vintage dress
I love how versatile this one-of-a-kind dress can be! It could be an exquisite and tasteful alternative to lingerie on your wedding night and continue to be a gorgeous nightgown for your newlywed life ... I also think it could create an amazing look as a swimsuit cover-up on your honeymoon - paired with metallic sandals and hints of a bright bikini peeking through ... It also transforms magnificently as a dress for cocktails at sunset - just pop it over a slip and use a skinny belt to cinch the waist and voila, you have a gorgeously-updated-vintage look!

The dress features exquisite hand-done tatting that forms the neckline and shoulders of the dress and there is more delicious tatting along the bottom edge. {If you're not familiar with the details of hand-tatting, I've provided some information on the technique below.} The ecru tatted lace features beautiful floral motifs and the ecru lawn fabric that forms the body of the dress is soft and sumptuous, making it a luxurious choice for lounging, sleeping or even dressing up for a night out on the town!

The dress measures 36" around the bust and measures 40" in length.

Price: $175.00 + shipping
If you're interested in the dress, just message me your zip code at for a shipping quote.

About tatting:
Tatting dates to the early 19th century. The term for tatting is derived from French frivolité, which refers to the purely decorative nature of the textiles produced by this technique. The technique was developed to imitate point lace. Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops .. it can be used to make lace edging and is formed by a pattern of rings and chains. Gaps can be left between the stitches to form picots, which are used for practical construction as well as decorative effect.

{Above info from source; Photos all by me}

ps. If you're interested in any of the props shown in this shoot, just message me for pricing and shipping details! ;o)

Williams-Sonoma $250 giveaway WINNER!

May 24, 2010

Drumroll please ...
The winner of the W-S $250 giveaway is Jessica! Congrats!
You'll receive an e-mail shortly regarding your prize.

Adorable Vintage Aprons FOR SALE!

Last time I was at my parents' house, my Mom gave me the most amazing collection of vintage aprons I've ever seen ... what's even cooler is that several were my great-grandmother's and she actually made them by hand out of old feedsacks from her small farm! As my Mom was laying the aprons out, one after another, I was awestruck by the exquisite detailing ... the gorgeously vibrant colors ... the authentic vintage feel ... I felt like I was in an Anthropologie store except this was 100x better because these aprons weren't wannabe repros ... they were really used in bygone eras by wives and moms who loved to look chic and pretty while cooking and baking for those they loved. :o)

While I'm happily donning several of the sentimental pretties now while I bake up goodies in my own kitchen, I thought I'd share three of the beauties with my dear readers ... I think they'd be a great little something to start a newlywed life with ... they'd also make a seriously sweet gift for a bride {paired w/a blender or some fun bowls} ... and I think it would be super fab if you thought outside the box and staged an engagement shoot in your kitchen baking some cupcakes with your love while wearing one of these vintage darlings. Tell me that wouldn't be fun! ;o)

Vintage Lavender and White Gingham Apron
Gorgeous in its simplicity, this tie-back apron is hand-smocked along the top edge and emits a cheerful vibe. It also features a small pocket on the right side for tucking away a recipe, etc. Apron string/ties measure 69" tip to tip.
Price: $38.00 + shipping
If you're interested in the apron {or have any questions}, just message me your zip code at for a shipping quote.

Vintage Yellow Apron
Extremely unique and full of cheer, this bright yellow apron features a darling lace trim around the neckline, on the cute right-side pocket and is also edged in lace at the bottom. The apron fits around the neck and ties around the waist. The apron string/ties measure 63" tip to tip.
Price: $58.00 + shipping
If you're interested in the apron {or have any questions}, just message me your zip code at for a shipping quote.

Vintage Rose-patterned Apron
Oozing vintage appeal and charm, this rose-patterned apron features beautiful hand-tatting along all of the outer edges of the apron - even along the sweet front pocket and neck edging! The apron fits around the neck and ties around the waist. The apron string/ties measure 66" tip to tip. The apron does have one worn spot/hole in the front near the pocket but I honestly feel that it just adds to the rustic heirloom feel of the gorgeous fabric.
Price: $48.00 + shipping
If you're interested in the apron, just message me your zip code at for a shipping quote.

ps. If you're interested in any of the props shown in this shoot, just drop me a note at ... I'd be happy to share a price with you on any of the items.

A Sunday kind of Love, No. 39

May 23, 2010

Hope your Sunday is full of whimsy!

{Image by Eugenio Recuenco}

Aniko + Ben's Malibu Hills Engagement

May 22, 2010

When reader Aniko e-mailed me her engagement photos, I was instantly smitten with the fun-loving + relaxed vibe ... As Aniko says, "The shoot was not a huge production, just a big meadow, some simple props and a lot of beautiful afternoon light."


{All images by Sara Mayti}

Reminder: Two fabulous contests on CB!

May 21, 2010

Did you know there's TWO awesome contests currently up on Classic Bride? Yep - to win the handmade sash/corsage/hair piece by Quatre Couer shown above, just click here to enter!

And if you love Williams-Sonoma as much as I do, make sure you enter this contest - there's a $250 gift certificate up for grabs! How great is that?! Imagine all the Le Creuset cookware you could get! Or the monogrammed wine glasses that could be sitting pretty in your dining room ... so many gorgeous options! Just click here to enter the contest! But hurry - there's only a few days left!

Classic Finds: Perfect Scents on FoF

Click over to Flights of Fancy to read my guest post on creating a special scent for your wedding and sharing it with guests by placing it in vintage perfume bottles sprinkled throughout the florals. :o)

Southern shoot sneak peek + mirror for auction!

May 20, 2010

Oh my gosh, I had a ball styling a little Southern-inspired photoshoot here in Mississippi yesterday! I'll share more later but I wanted to pop in and share a sneak preview of one of the elements we included - the fabulous vintage mirror {that is actually up for auction right now! So bid away if you like. (o: }

We used the mirror as a menu board {How cool is that?! The idea was inspired by this post} and hung the lovely on a tree in the idyllic little field we found ... I can't even fathom how gorgeous it would be if used in a wedding ... you could use it as a menu board or to list out your signature cocktails ... or direct guests in the direction of your ceremony venue ... you could even write sweet nothings on it and use it as a fun prop with your newly-minted hubby. ;o)

I also started thinking what a beautiful + personal touch it would be to write out a phrase, song lyric or poem on the mirror that means something special to the bride and groom. How lovely would it be above the guestbook table or even as the focal point behind the altar flanked by some gorgeous florals? I loooove that the specially-chosen words would be {literally} reflecting the couple, if used behind the altar. :o)

And then, after the wedding, you could hang it in your home and write sweet little love notes back and forth with your husband. ;o)

And, of course, the mirror is also entirely swoon-worthy all on its own ... perfect for getting-ready shots, as shown below {from my own wedding featured in Wedding Style Guide magazine}:

So, if you're head over heels in love with the mirror {I know everyone at the shoot was!}, make sure you get a bid in before next Wednesday so you have a chance to win it! Click here for more information, photos and info on how to bid ... and best of luck! ;o)

{Last photo by Look Photography from Wedding Style Guide}

May Thursdays with Love + Lavender, p.3: Peonies

So thrilled to welcome back the darling duo of Love + Lavender, Aileen and Ellen, who are guest posting every Thursday this month here on Classic Bride. Today the girls will be sharing how delightful a wedding can be ... especially when it's overflowing with gorgeous peonies  ... Let's take a peek, shall we?:

Pink peonies are the classic springtime wedding flower. With their layers of ruffled petals, they are whimsical and unabashedly girly. We envisioned a blooming meadow with the afternoon sun reflecting off elegant pieces of furniture brought outdoors. For the centerpieces, peonies would sit in milkglass vases with accents of gold tastefully sprinkled throughout. The bride would wear a full, ruffly dress with glittery shoes peeking out from beneath. A simple cake with a sugar peony would complete this affair!

Image Credits:
Chaise via A Summer Picnic Wedding, Gold vanity via Desire to Inspire, Teacups via Santa Barbara Chic, Hairflower via Anna Wolf, Bouquet via Kiss the Groom, Peony in milkglass via Flickr, Pink lemonade via Southern Living, Milkglass via Sophisticating, Bridesmaids via Style Me Pretty, Gold shoes via Style Me Pretty, Earrings via Bergdorf Goodman, Cake via Santa Barbara Chic
Thanks so much for stopping by once again, girls! Make sure to check out Aileen and Ellen's fabulous wedding blog for more inspiration and, of course, swing by CB next Thursday for one last beautiful floral-based board from the girls! See you then!

Wednesday Nesting: Seaside inspiration

May 19, 2010

I've never been fully taken with incorporating beachy elements into our home decor but I suppose living along a coastline again has somehow opened me to the possibility ... I'm finding myself falling just a little bit for the oyster and driftwood floor lamps ... Thoughts?

{Images: 1: Shot by me on an antiquing excursion; 2: Found on This is Glamorous by Bobby McAlpine}

Gorgeous Sash/Corsage/Hair Piece GIVEAWAY!

May 18, 2010

When Amanda and Ruth from Quatre Coeur so kindly offered to give away one of their handmade darlings on CB, I was thrilled and I hope you are, too!

So here's how to win this beauty:
Super easy! If you'd like to be entered to win the gorgeous cluster of fabric flowers featured in this post {which could make a stunning sash, corsage or hair piece}, just leave us a comment below telling us how you would use the piece {and it doesn't have to be for a wedding!}. Just make sure to include a valid e-mail address so we have a way of contacting you in case you win. Entries not including an e-mail will not be considered.

The contest will run for one week, ending on Monday, May 24 at midnight CST. A winner will be randomly chosen by Amanda and Ruth and I will announce the winner the following day. Good luck!!!

{All images courtesy of Quatre Coeur}

Vintage brooches to adorn your bouquet

As promised, here's the mini-shoot I did with the gorgeous Quatre Coeur fabric bouquet ... I pinned on two different vintage brooches that I thought complimented the lines and colors perfectly ...

First, I pinned on my vintage cupid's bow & arrow brooch ... I love how it shimmers and shines all sorts of pretty pastel colors ... such a lovely statement to adorn your wedding bouquet, too!

And if you love the cupid pin as much as I do, it can be all yours because it's for sale!
Price: $98.00 + shipping
If you'd like to purchase the brooch, just send me a note at with your zip code and I will get you shipping quote. Payments are accepted PayPal.

Next up, I thought my vintage bee pin would be more than fitting ... doesn't it look like he's flitting about from flower to flower?

And you guessed it ... If you love the bee pin as much as I do, it can be all yours because it's for sale, too!
Price: $89.00 + shipping
If you'd like to purchase the brooch, just send me a note at with your zip code and I will get you shipping quote. Payments are accepted PayPal.

Coming up this afternoon - a GIVEAWAY with Quatre Coeur - stay tuned!

{Images all by me}

Quatre Coeur love ...

I. am. in. love ... with Quatre Coeur's hand-made fabric florals ... seriously, in love! The girls actually sent me a version of that top dahlia bouquet and it looks even more amazing in person {if that's possible} ... it totally reminds me of something a sugar plum fairy would carry down the aisle ... I think these fabric floral bouquets would be such fun gifts for bridesmaids ... they are so unique and original and would be a truly lovely keepsake.

I'm planning on incorporating the lovely they sent me in a European photoshoot once we move over to Germany so do stay tuned for that. ;o) But for something a bit sooner, stop back by later today for a peek at how I styled the sweet bouquet the girls sent me. :o) And you may want to stop by again a little later because the Quatre Coeur girls will be giving away a little something special to one lucky CB reader! ;o)

You can check out Quatre Coeur's website here and stay up to date with them on their fun blog here. They also do some amaaazing fresh arrangements and botanical design so check that out, too. Lots and lots of gorgeousness.

{My} Vintage Wedding Mirror AUCTION! Place your bids now!

May 17, 2010

I've decided to part with another celebrated piece from our wedding - my gorgeous vintage mirror - and I thought another auction would be a fun way to say goodbye!

If you're interested, read on for details and info on bidding ...

I found this darling vintage mirror at a little boutique in Alabama. It's actually from the 1960s, refurbished with a distressed look and I immediately fell in love ... it just seemed to emanate that classic bridal look I wanted in my wedding! I used the mirror for last-minute touchups while I was getting ready on the day of our wedding and the photos turned out so stunningly divine that one ended up gracing the pages of Wedding Style Guide magazine {as seen above} along with a feature on our wedding.

The mirror features a deliciously feminine and frilly design which undeniably echoes the lines and curves of delicate Alençon lace ... thus, the mirror almost creates a magical effect when reflecting a lacy bridal gown in photos ... the two just sing in unison together.

The mirror measures approximately 33" in length and 21" in width and is a relatively light piece.

To bid, just leave a comment on this post including your bid amount as well as a valid e-mail address. Bids without an e-mail will not be considered. Bidding will start at $95.00 and bid increments must be no less than $20.00. The auction will be open for 10 days, starting today. It will close on Wednesday, May 26 at midnight CST. Payment will be accepted via PayPal and domestic U.S. shipping will be included at no additional cost to the winning bidder.

Happy bidding! :o)

{Images: 1, 2 + 3 by Look Photography; 4, 5 + 6 by me}

A Sunday kind of Love, No. 38

May 16, 2010

Happy Sunday!

{Image by Marisa Leigh, found here}

Glammed-up teepees

May 15, 2010

How cool is this glammed-up indoor teepee? I'm so wanting to create one of these little escapes {complete with decadent chandelier} to dine beneath in our living room! Ha. :o)

And, back in wedding mode, wouldn't these tents be delightful enclaves for guests to relax and enjoy themselves? I love the idea of having several sprinkled throughout a courtyard wedding ... or they'd be a really fun and unexpected touch in a city loft ... I'm imagining lots of string lights, too.

What do you think?

{Image found here via dirtyprettything}

Classic Finds: Purple Haze on FoF

May 14, 2010

Click over to Flights of Fancy for my full guest post on incorporating the lovely shade of lavender in your wedding! Happy Friday!

May Thursdays with Love + Lavender, p.2: Anemones

May 13, 2010

So thrilled to welcome back the darling duo of Love + Lavender, Aileen and Ellen, who are guest posting every Thursday this month here on Classic Bride ... It's all yours, girls:

Hi again! We are excited to be back at Classic Bride and sharing a board based around another of our favorite flowers - the anemone!

Anemones are beautiful, modern, and a little bit sassy. Inspired by how their bold black centers stand out graphically against the white petals, we designed a winter wedding full of contrasting blacks and whites. We love how the bride would stand out in her white dress against the black attire of the wedding party. Accents of black and white from the seating chart to the favors would make everything flow and the cake adorned with edible anemones would be a perfect touch of elegance!

Image Credits:
Row 1: Dress via Snippet & Ink, Tuxedo via Martha Stewart Weddings, Cake via Hip Hostess
Row 2: Bridesmaid via Something Old, Something New, Bouquet via Paul Johnson Photography, Ring bowl via Snippet & Ink
Row 3: Shoes via My Color Fashion, Veil via House of Distinction, Button seating chart via Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 4: Blackberries via Rebecca Thuss, Chalkboard via This is Glamorous, Monogram mugs via Anthropologie.

Thanks so much for stopping by once again, girls! Make sure to check out Aileen and Ellen's fabulous wedding blog for more inspiration and, of course, swing by CB next Thursday for another beautiful floral-based board from the girls! See you then!

Williams-Sonoma + $250 GIVEAWAY!

May 12, 2010

I grew up in a house that always had the most amaaaazingly mouth-watering aromas escaping from the kitchen ... Yep, my Mom loooooved to cook and bake {and still does!} and that's one trait {of many} I couldn't help but eventually inherit! So naturally, one of our favorite shops to spend time in is Williams-Sonoma ...  whether it's finding a new piece to add to my growing Le Creuset collection, checking out their lovely linens or perusing their yummy gourmet food finds, my Mom and I simply can't get enough of the goodness Williams-Sonoma has to offer!

And that's why I'm so excited to share this fun contest with you today! Just scroll down for the details ...

Featured above - A few of my favorite picks:
Row 1: Monogrammed DuraClear White Wine Glasses; Le Creuset 6-piece cookware set
Row 2: Monogrammed Hotel Silver 20-piece Flatware Set; Riedel Amadeo Wine Decanter


The Prize and How to Enter:
I'll be giving away $250 to one lucky winner and the cash prize is super easy to win - all you need to do is register for your wedding at Williams-Sonoma and then a leave a comment on this post sharing with us your favorite item for which you registered. If you already created a registry with W-S prior to today, just add at least 4 new items to your registry and let me know which was your fave. Also, make sure to include a valid e-mail address in your comment so we have a way of contacting you in case you win! Entries without an e-mail will not be considered.

Want an extra entry?
To receive an extra entry, just include your public registry link in your comment!

Contest deadline:
The contest will end on Saturday, May 22 at midnight CST and a winner will be announced on Monday, May 24. Good luck!

Featured above - a few more of my favorite picks!:
Row 1: Miele Dog & Cat Canister Vacuum; Seasonal Stripe Aprons
Row 2: KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer; Monogrammed Hemstitched Linen Dinner Napkins, Natural

This post sponsored by Williams-Sonoma.

Swing, swing ...

May 11, 2010

Wouldn't it be fun to swing for your bridal portraits?! And maybe even include your pup. ;o) Kind of like a tasteful boudoir session. Thoughts?

{Images: Jessica Simpson for Allure Magazine; Image via This is Glamorous}


May 10, 2010

Is there a vintage wedding treasure in CB Vintage you've been admiring or had your eye on? Well, now's the time to pounce! Due to our upcoming move to Europe, we're working on downscaling a bit to clear room for all the new European finds we'll be adding to the shop so that means it's time to mark down our current CBV items and watch them go on to happy new homes!

So from now through May 18, enjoy a 30% discount on everything in CBV! As always, if you'd like to purchase an item or have any questions, just drop me a note at Happy shopping and I hope to hear from you soon!

A Sunday kind of Love ...

May 9, 2010

Pearls always put a smile on my face. Aren't they so cheerful? Even clustered in a bowl, they look bright and fresh and lovely.

I'm imagining a wedding filled with milkglass compotes overflowing with pale pink pearls and dripping white candles ...

Happy Sunday and Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful Moms! Glad I was able to spend time with mine today - hope you did, too! :o)

{Image via Lobster and Swan}

Short + sweet

May 8, 2010

That dress. ... and that's all I really have to say about that. ;o)

{Dress by Palazzo of Chicago, Images via SWS}

Classic Finds: Vintage Fans on FoF

May 7, 2010

I'm a big sucker for vintage fans and have been for years. Head over to Flights of Fancy to read about my ideas for incorporating the rad artforms in your wedding and home.

And let me know if you're searching for a particular style - I'm going antiquing this weekend and will be looking for some fab ones to add to my shop. :o)

ps. I have one beautiful Tiffany Blue vintage fan for sale right now! ;)

May Thursdays with Love + Lavender, p.1: Lavender

May 6, 2010

I am soooo excited to tell you this fun news ... The very lovely Aileen and Ellen of Love + Lavender will be guest posting every Thursday this month here on Classic Bride and you get to enjoy a healthy dose of their delicious design and insight today! Before I gab on and on, let me turn it over to the talented duo to introduce their first fabulous wedding board of the series ... It's all yours, girls:

We are so honored to be guest posting this month on Classic Bride. Sarah has such impeccable taste and we've been reading Classic Bride since before we even starting blogging ourselves! Our Thursday posts on CB will be based on four different flowers that we've used as inspiration for weddings in each season.

First up, we decided to focus on one of our favorite flowers, lavender!

We obviously have a soft spot for the bloom, since it is in our name. Lavender is such a romantic and timeless flower and it just seemed natural to pair it with the city of romance - Paris. We envisioned a fall wedding with rustic elements like twine and weathered vintage keys in the decor. The bride would wear a lace gown with classic pearl jewelry and a vintage brooch would be pinned on her fragrant lavender bouquet. Lavender-colored accents in the china place settings, the cake, and the French macarons would tie into the theme.

Image Credits:
Row 1: Invitation via Once Wed, Silverware via Napa Style, Bride via Utterly Engaged
Row 2: Eiffel Tower via Santa Barbara Chic, Bouquet via Project Wedding, Pearl Jewelry via Veranda
Row 3: Macarons via Tartelette, China via Prima Donna Bride, Cake photo by Elizabeth Messina
Row 4: Cupcake liner garland via 100 Layer Cake, Vintage keys via Eloquent Essence

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing such drool-worthy eyecandy with us, girls! And for more inspiration, check out Aileen and Ellen's fabulous wedding blog and make sure to stop by CB next Thursday for another beautiful floral-based board! See you then!

Gorgeously unique chalkboard FOR SALE! SOLD!

May 5, 2010

Another goodie for sale today! When I found this unique vintage frame in an antique shop, I immediately knew it would make a perfect chalkboard so I got to work painting and sanding and spraying and cutting to transform this pretty frame into a fabulous chalkboard.

About the Chalkboard:
The frame is vintage and there are a few plaster/decor pieces that are missing, which you can see in the photos if you look closely. That said, I think they're barely noticeable and the visual result tends to add to the charming vintage vibe of the piece. The chalkboard was professionally installed and works perfectly. It measures approximately 32.5" tall and 20.5" wide.

There are so many fun possibilities for this adorable piece ... I think it would make an excellent 'Menu' board for a rehearsal dinner or wedding ... It could be a different take on a coloring book to keep the children entertained ... Perhaps an ever-changing guestbook ... Or a sign directing guests to the wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner, etc., etc. And, of course, after your event, you could absolutely put it to good use in your home! It would look great hanging in the kitchen with recipes scrawled or hanging in your foyer to scribble your to-dos. Such a deliciously versatile decor piece!

Price: $275.00 + shipping SOLD!
If you're interested in the chalkboard and would like to request a shipping quote, just message me your zip code at! First come, first serve.

Kari + Andrew's Central-Park-in-the-Spring e-shoot

May 4, 2010

Tell me the happiness in these photos isn't contagious ... between the gorgeous blooms, Kari's radiant smile and the delicious sun flares, I'm already reaching for my keys to go on a long walk to enjoy the spring weather.

Isn't spring just wonderful? It's like a free background prop for your e-shoot. ;o) See more from Kari and Andrew's session here.

{Images by Patricia Kantzos}

{Patricia Kantzos Photography is currently a CB Sponsor}