Dresses of Royal Weddings Past: Our Favorites!

It’s hard to believe that next Saturday is the next big royal wedding! We can’t wait to see what Meghan Markle is wearing for the occasion. Royal weddings are known for their fabulous fashion. To honor this, we’re looking back at some iconic and favorite looks from past weddings. What royal bride wore your favorite look?!

Queen Elizabeth II, 1947

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Image Source: Vogue UK

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Trend Alert: Spring Wedding Dresses

Wedding season is here and we are loving this year’s new bridal trends! Our top two picks? Long-sleeved gowns and bold, dark accents.

We absolutely adore a long-sleeved lace-y gown. We’ve seen deep v cuts, both in the front and the back, more modest necklines, and completely backless dresses and really love them all. A classic smooth long-sleeve dress is a beautiful option if you’re not as big of a fan of lace as we are! We love that long-sleeve gowns are sticking around all year round instead of just debuting for the fall and winter seasons. This beautiful style has a soft, timeless look to it that any bride can rock!

For those looking to make a bold statement, we’re seeing an increase in bold, black accents in a bride’s gown. While we weren’t sure how we felt about it at first, if done properly, we absolutely love this look as well! Whether it’s through subtle beading, tulle, ribbons, or even black lace, this look certainly steps out of the traditional box in a bold way. We’re excited to see what new ways brides will come up with to further incorporate this daring trend into their big days!

The Jewel Tone Story

When thinking about this concept, we were inspired to mix the old with the new. The gardens and architecture of this late 1800s historical home nestled in the heart of Amherst, Massachusetts, created a simple but elegant backdrop to allow our deep beautiful jewel tones to take center stage.

Our vision for this beautiful shoot was to showcase a deep modern jewel tone palette and embrace a balance of the classic surroundings and the rich modern romance. We created a bold design with hues of pinks, purples, greens and blues, a palette that we accented with the mixture of vintage details and modern touches.

From the modern invitation suite with its geometric shapes and bold colors to the ombre guest seating we were inspired by this beautiful balance of classic and modern.

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Winter Gathering

When creating this Winter Gathering concept, Parsimony Inspired's vision was to embrace the color palette of winter but balance the look with soft feminine accents. We created a design with hues of creams, greys and greens, a palette that we softened with flowing fabrics, gold accents and mixed textures.

Tucked in the mountains of the Berkshires, Bloom Meadows was the perfect backdrop for this romantic winter shoot. A space with beautiful lines, natural elements and neutral colors, our designs felt rooted in the space and allowed our soft color palette to pop against the beautiful white walls. We loved the venue's design so much we had our invitation designer Kim Small of With Wild and Grace draw the venue and add it to the elegant invitation suite's design. One of our favorite ways to add a custom detail. 

Our bride was styled in a stunning chiffon A-line Lilian West gown. The illusion V-neck and the detail of the lace appliqués also brought a feminine touch to the bridal look, while the long sleeves and chapel length train were the perfect look for a winter wedding. The hair style framed our bride's face with greenery touches while soft makeup with a smokey eye gave a bit of drama to the final look. To add a little sparkle to our bride's style, she wore a stunning engagement ring and wedding band set designed by Megan Thorne and stunning hand crafted moonstone earrings designed by Pamela Froman.

When it came to working with floral designer Stacey Radcliffe of The Tangled Grapevine, we knew that we wanted the flowers to be filled with different types of greenery, our favorite trend for 2017. We incorporated greenery in every aspect of the design from the aerial floral installation above our reception table to greenery in our bride's hair. Stacey created a lush presentation bouquet filled with white Anemone, silver Brunia, white Lisianthus, peach Spray Roses, white Tulips, seeded Eucalyptus, Ruscus, Asparagus Fern and Gooseneck Loosestrifes.

From the serene Berkshire winter setting, the soft and romantic invitation suite with it's perfect vellum wax seal to the amazing marbled cakedesigned by the talented Pete of Pete's Sweets, we balanced winter's neutral palette and elements of nature with soft fabrics, feminine touches and meaningful details that would make you want to spend a winter's eve snuggled up with the one you love.

Photography: Brooke Ellen Photography & Alison Marie Photography | Planning & Design: Parsimony Inspired | Flowers: The Tangled Grapevine | Invitations & Stationery: With Wild and Grace | Cake: Pete’s Sweets | Dress: Lillian West from In White | Makeup: KiSSandMaKeUp | Jewellery: Don Muller Gallery | Videography: Embark Films | Venue: Bloom Meadows

Summer Wedding Dress Trends

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With a new season comes new wedding dress trends! This summer, ditch the sleeves and embrace fun textures as you prepare to walk down the aisle. Think warm weather, slight breeze blowing your dress in the wind, and a glowing sun as you pick out your dream summer wedding dress!

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IMAGE COURTESY OF: MODWEDDING

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IMAGE COURTESY OF: SYBRAND CILLIE

Finding a wedding dress with flirty hints of lace is perfect for summer! Whether you go sleeveless or strapless, the lace accents will be thin and airy for the warm summer heat.

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IMAGE COURTESY OF: FOX GOWN

Beat the heat during your big day with a wedding dress that isn’t full of puffy layers and extra weight. Wearing a dress with lighter material, such a chiffon or silk, will be beneficial in the warm weather.

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IMAGE COURTESY OF: BRIDAL MUSINGS

Having a little extra skin showing is another great way to stay cool at your summer wedding. Pair that with a light material dress and you’ll be dancing the night away all while staying fresh and cool!

The Minimalist Story

We were inspired by the gardens and architecture of this late 1800's historical home nestled next to the Emily Dickinson homestead in the heart of Amherst, Massachusetts. The house and surrounding grounds helped us create a space where we could incorporate the unique elements of softness, texture and romance.

Our vision for this seasonal shoot was to embrace a balance of nature's elegance and feminine romance. We created a soft design with hues of creams, greys and blues, a palette that softened our base of earth textures; wood, succulents and ivy.

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While touring the grounds we decided to set our table beneath the canopy of a gorgeous old tree, whose low hanging branches created a stunning backdrop. Our table was a mix of wood, bark and succulents softened by accents of gold and sweeping fabric. It was the type of setting would make any guest linger in their seat to absorb the surroundings and details.

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Our bride was styled in a beautiful lace BHLDN gown and elegant accessories. Her hair was simply done and her soft makeup with a hint of pink lip was all this bride needed to allow her stunning lace dress to take center stage.

The setting was dreamy, and perfect for a lush, cascading bouquet filled with Dogwood, roses, peonies, the first sight of dahlias and on-site greenery designed by Flowers by Justine.

From the elegant invitation with its perfect velvet envelope, the earth inspired cake with its handmade details of succulents and grapevine, to the beautiful balance of nature and romance, the new Minimalist Bride is defined.

Event Design: Parsimony Vintage | Photography: Melanie Zacek | Fine Art Photography | Model: Maya Simone | Succulent Favors: AudandEl | Table Number: Everlaser | Floral Design: Flowers By Justine | Hair and Makeup: Michelle Anne Hair Design | Wedding Veil and Hairpeice: Bridal Heirlooms | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Rentals: Jerome's Party Plus | Cake: Pete's Sweets  | Jewelry : DMG Gallery  | Ring Box: OaknShield | Invitations: With Wild and Grace | Wedding Venue: Amherst Women's Club

2017 Bridal Trends

The 2017 runways have spoken! We wanted to share with you our top picks for trends from the runway that you can incorporate into your wedding day style and beyond!


Depending on your style, a veil might not be for you. A great alternative to help create an ethereal look is to wear a bridal cape or capelet! The cape has been trending for a few years and we think its a trend that is not going away anytime soon. Incorporating a cape into your big day's attire is a great way to give a way to switch up your dress; where the cape for your ceremony and then take it off for the dance party reception!

Cape styles are versatile, so there is a cape for every season and every dress style. Time to glam it up!

Top Left: Photo Jose Villa  Dress Lihi Hod | Top Right: Alberta Ferreti | Bottom Left: Temperley via One Day Fab | Bottom Right: David's Bridal


Who doesn't want their wedding day to be dripping in flowers! So why not have botanical design elements incorporated into your dress. Leaves and blooms and vines, on my! We love this trend for the bride that wants her day's look to feel romantic but have a modern flare.

Top Left: Tara Lynn Lawton Photography | Top Right: BHLDN | Bottom Left: Claire Pettibone | Bottom Right: David's Bridal


The metallic trend has been one of our favorites for awhile and from the looks of the 2017 runways it continues to be everyone's favorite. Who doesn't want a little extra sparkle on their big day! From gold to silver to champagne, there is a metallic to fit every style, every bride and every wedding day's design.

Top Left: Maggie Sottero | Top Right: Erica Velasco Photographers Dress Truvelle | Bottom Left: Maggie Sottero | Bottom Right: Photo: Sophie Epton Dress: Alon Livine 


Looking for a fun style? Ruffles bring that unexpected surprise to a dress design. You can go full ruffle for dramatic effect, or have a little ruffle add flare to your style. Ruffles are a great way to add dimension to your hips (if you need it!). We love ruffles for brides who want to add a sense of whimsical and fun to their big day's style.

Top Left: Allure Bridal | Top Right: Persy | Bottom Left: David's Bridal | Bottom Right: David's Bridal

Winter Wedding Inspiration Board

Photo Credit:  Darren Roberts  

Photo Credit: Darren Roberts 

Baby it's cold outside! As the last leaves fall here in New England, Fall fades away and Winter is right around the corner. 

If you close your eyes and think of snow capped mountains when you think about your wedding day, than nothing is more romantic than a winter wedding.  Your surroundings covered in a blanket of snow, snuggling up by a fire and kissing under the mistletoe!

Whether you're planning a holiday-themed event filled with spruce pine, hot chocolate and wool wraps, or a winter wonderland gathering with frost covered details and sparkles, this season is bountiful with inspiration.

Get in the mood with our top picks for winter inspiration including colors, dresses, flowers and other fun winter ideas. 

 


Touch Of Blush

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We've created this Color Story to invoke the tones and hues of youth and innocence, while never losing it's classic, elegant sophistication. Soft pastels that play off each other, and bold, shining metallic pieces give this look a playful, yet refined air. 

Come, see why growing up doesn't have to mean growing old!

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CREATIVE CONCEPT AND DESIGN: PARSIMONY VINTAGE

FLORAL DESIGN: PAMELA MCCULLOUGH PARSIMONY VINTAGE

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARLIN

BRIDAL GOWN: BRIDAL HEIRLOOMS

HAIR: JACLYN LOPES MORIN, BRUSH SALON

MAKEUP: ALY TERLIK

CAKES: PETE'S SWEETS 

JEWELRY: DON MULLER GALLERY  

ART AND INVITE DESIGNS: DAVID BUSCEMI, ART DIRECTOR, PARSIMONY VINTAGE

RENTALS: JEROME'S PARTY PLUS

MODEL: OLIVIA BUSCEMI

Pop of Pink!

We can't even articulate how excited we are to be featured on Wedding Chicks! Dream come true!

Here are our favorites and a slideshow of all the pictures taken at this fun and fabulous photoshoot. Start pinning!

 

In true Parsimony Vintage fashion, here are some tips on how to capture this look yourself! 

For this look we chose a girly #swoonworthy color palette of pinks and purples. A great way to bring in some style to your reception venue is opting for a color linen. Having a base of color really brightens a room and helps create a mood. And as with most things we love, your wallet won't take a hit! Most standard rental companies will provide a solid color linen for about 2.00 more than a white or cream rental. A lot of style for a great price!

Add paper details! Bring personality and detail to your reception by adding custom paper products. Custom doesn't always need to mean expensive. Can't afford to have a custom menu card at each place setting? Why not opt to have just one or two in stands at each table? Add beautifully designed table number for an extra element of style. These simple additions range from 1.00 to 3.00 a print, so your dollar delivers a lot of style. Be sure to check out Parsimony Vintage's Paper Goods Shoppe and buy your paper details today!

Is your favorite flower peony? Yup, ours too. Depending on the season, some blooms will be more expensive depending on how far your floral provider has to go to get the out of season blooms. Don't be discouraged! Try having your florist incorporate some silk flowers into your bouquet or centerpieces. This is a great way to incorporate your favorite flowers without having to go over budget, or skimp on other important elements of your day. Best part is that you can collect any silk flowers that were used during your big day and make an arrangement that you can appreciate in your home everyday. Waste not, want not, we always say! 

Pop of Pink is a young, fresh and fun concept, so go to town pinning and get one step closer to your big day's style.

 

PARSIMONY VINTAGE

To celebrate this publication we are taking 30% of the Pop of Pink paper goods suite! Just use coupon code WEDDINGCHICKS2016. 

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CREATIVE CONCEPT AND DESIGN: PARSIMONY VINTAGE

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARLIN

BRIDAL GOWN: BRIDAL HEIRLOOMS

FLOWERS AND FLORAL CROWN: THE TANGLED GRAPEVINE

HAIR: JACLYN LOPES MORIN, BRUSH SALON

MAKEUP: ALY TERLIK

CAKES: PETE'S SWEETS 

JEWELRY: DON MULLER GALLERY  

ART AND INVITE DESIGNS: DAVID BUSCEMI, ART DIRECTOR, PARSIMONY VINTAGE

RENTALS: JEROME'S PARTY PLUS

GIANT BALLOON AND TASSEL: BLUSH BAZAAR

MODEL: OLIVIA BUSCEMI