Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Vintage Bohemian Chic...Part II

I know it has been a while since you guys really heard from me. I just finished my take home exam for my summer family law class and I am ready to enjoy the rest of my summer (YAY!).

So...where did I leave off...? I showed you all my color scheme and dress. I felt initially that my dress had no real vintage appeal, but you lovely ladies pointed out to me that I might be a bit incorrect in my initial thinking.

I guess, what I had originally planned for my wedding, in my mind, was much more time period specific. You see, Glen Echo is fabulously designed in a very classic art deco style. What I originally envisioned was a wedding that looked a little like this or this, with an inspiration board such as this, this or this but incorporating my color scheme.

The dress, however, was not in the style that I was going for. I actually flipped out after I purchased the gown and bought a second one that does go with the art deco, 1920's type feel I originally thought about...but more on that saga later...When I found the dress, however, I felt I needed to focus or channel my style efforts towards something a bit more consistent with the vibe I was getting from her (I like to use pronouns when referring to items with a distinct character).

On a related side note...there is only one store that I am totally obsessed with (and wish I could afford more often) and that is Anthropologie. I absolutely love the clothes, the housewares, decor, jewelry, everything...but more importantly...I love the feel and the vibe of the retail chain itself. There is this smart, down home, earthy, feminine...but with a touch of ruggedness...vintage, bohemian, chic vibe to Anthropologie that I adore. I realized that is exactly what I should be going for!

I have to admit that this is not anything new...it is not like I stumbled across some totally unique and crazy idea. Plenty of women have used Anthropologie as inspiration...especially more recently (I mean, back yard, home spun weddings are all the rage now). So, I will definitely be following a trend...but I don't mind. I would rather my wedding reflect all the things that I love than worry about who else is doing the same thing.

Here are a few inspiration boards that I found, all via Snippet & Ink, that I absolutely love and give the vibe that I am hoping to achieve (the first one is my FAV!)Here are some links to some of my favorite and most inspired weddings...If my day looks anything like this, I am golden!

Where have you guys found your inspiration? Anyone else using their favorite "something" as a spring board for creativity?

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Blogger Miss Fairfax said...

there is something really magical about strings of paper lanterns (referring to that Bride's Cafe wedding).. I don't think I'll be able to work any into my wedding but I love seeing pictures like that.

for me the vintage buttons have shaped how we've approached developing a theme or whatever. every time I find a new something I'd like to incorporate, I think to myself "how will this go with the whole button thing?" or "where I can work buttons into this?" kind of adds a little whimsy and a little fun to everything.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh I love lanterns. We actually are going to have some. We are lucky because Glen Echo already has string lights up, so we will just add to them with the lanterns.

The very last link I added is my all time favorite wedding that I have seen on a blog because it is realistic (like no crazy bling, nothing that looks like it cost $500,000, etc) and it has a carousel like at GEP.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 1:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I definitely went with a few fashion shows, looked in my closet to see what my current favorite colors were, and then looked at who my fiance and I were as a couple and used those elements to start designing our wedding. We don't have a cohesive "theme," but we have a color scheme (navy and orange)! We did incorporate cycling into the theme (esp. with the save the dates) and candles, tons of them, for the centerpieces.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 4:05:00 PM  

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