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How to Create Personal & Preppy Wedding Details

Editor’s Note: This post is being re-shared from the CB archives.

Once you have your wedding vendors lined up, you can start focusing on the smaller details for your wedding. This is where your style can really shine and this was the absolute favorite part of planning my own wedding. In fact, as you may know, I even started a wedding boutique, CBV, to offer brides the same preppy-meets-vintage look I achieved for my big day. Here are a few of my favorite ideas for a spring or summer wedding (that are currently available in CBV):

chelsea5Vintage milk glass is such a clean and classic accent and tends to complement almost any floral decor. I love the idea of keeping it simple by adding creamy white peonies or hydrangeas. You can check out my selection of milk glass here.

chelsea2Typewriters have been a bit of a trend in the wedding world for several years now but they evoke such a fun and timeless vibe that I don’t see them going anywhere for a long, long time. I adore the idea of having your photographer snap a few shots of you writing a love note to your future husband on the morning of your big day. And, of course, the idea of letting guests type out a note on a long scroll of typewriter paper is incredibly charming, too – it would be so pretty framed in your newlywed nest! Check out the selection of vintage typewriters I have available.

chelsea3I love a good legacy and this mod 1960s dress is just that – it’s the dress my Mom wore on her wedding day! I always admired my Mom’s wedding day style – she and my Dad were two incredibly cool California kids living on the beach who decided to elope in Vegas. She found her dress at a beachside boutique in SoCal and that was that – no fuss! While her dress didn’t fit with the type of wedding I ended up planning, I wanted to pay homage to it in some way so while my husband and I were living in Europe, we teamed up with a photographer in Paris and did a crazy fun inspiration shoot (that was later featured in Matchbook – pinch me!). And now my Mom’s amazing dress is for sale so if you’re curious, you can check out the details on her fabulously mod frock here.

chelsea6While I was living in Europe, I basically lived and breathed for the brocanting that my friends and I did religiously. I collected quite a few gorgeous antique demijohns from French flea markets from our travels to Provence, Brittany, the Loire Valley and the Champagne region. And several of those gems (with their dreamy waves and bubbles in the antique glass that you simply can’t find in reproductions) are available in CBV – check out my demijohn selection here. They make a stunning statement when used as vases or candle holders for a wedding. I especially love the idea of using them at a winery wedding to reflect their original use as wine jugs.

chelsea1Vintage cameras are an art piece all on their own. I love the idea of using them as photo props for engagements and weddings. And the idea of restoring one would be even more amazing. Check out my selection of vintage European and American cameras here.

chelsea4I developed a huge crush on bottle drying racks during my French travels. They used to be used to dry out champagne bottles (and sometimes still are!) but as you’ve probably noticed, people are currently using them to hang coffee cups and all sorts of other things. While you can find reproductions at big box stores, they’ll never match the gorgeous patina of the antique zinc on the originals. My favorite idea for these beauties is to make a flowering tower as a floral focal point for a wedding (as shown above). Check out the one and only French 5-tier bottle drying rack I have available in CBV.

I hope these ideas have helped to spark some creative thinking for your wedding! And chime in on the comments if you’re using antiques in a creative way for your wedding.

Images: 1-2 & 4-6 by moi; 3: Juliane Berry.

One Comment

  1. Michelle Michelle

    Thank you for sharing with us all your good tips !

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