The Victorian Era brought with it a romantic love that was the principal necessity for marriage and courtship. It was such an integral part of the “wooing” process, that it became a sort of art form for the upper classes trying to win over the lady of their dreams. With the presence of chaperones, hand written love letters, and dreamy lace, we delve into the modern take of this lovely era in Vintage Glamour.
Dreaming up Vintage Glamour was a breeze once entering the Dole Mansion. The historic landmark was developed on the vast 1000 acres of land in 1860 which surround Crystal Lake. Featuring the romantic Italianate style craftsmanship throughout the magnificent mansion, one can only dream of all the secrets this beautiful backdrop has acquired over the last 158 years. The upstairs private family rooms which overlook the grounds and the lake, have kept their intricate allure creating the perfect setting for any bride, says Planner Victoria Thanoukos of Kensington Florals & Events. Capturing the essence of the time period while injecting hints of glamour was important throughout the day.
Vintage tributes with touches of old Hollywood were created by Golden Bridal Design that shown through in the gorgeous makeup applique and voluminous styled hair with an antique hair brooch. A custom Juliet cap cathedral veil by Sew Bridal was over 9ft long and had the most beautiful and delicately hand sown lace detailing both at the crown and the tail. A gorgeous full lace covered bodice dress from Dame Couture provided the perfect overall fancifully romantic effect illustrating the mood of the day. Elegant custom vintage jewelry was designed and provided by Calla Couture Jewelers taking this glamour vintage look to new heights!
A divine, antiqued blue cake by Amy Beck Cake Designs, was decorated with a simple wrap-around of handcrafted sugar-floral matching the lush urn floral pieces created by Kensington Floral Events to exemplify the old-world ambiance carried throughout the day. Striking flowers placed in the bridal bouquet by Blooming Events fashioned this over the top look perfectly tying in each element beautifully.
When new meets old-fashioned, proper bridesmaid dresses are the seamless touch in adding that perfect pop of color and whimsy. Carrying various shades of blue, each bridesmaid made an entrance in her lovely dress by Bridesmaids Social dazzling on lookers and tying in the hues from the lovely floral blue hued stationery custom designed by Emery Ann Designs, the cake and accents of the day.
Gracefully captured by the talented Jillian Plaminek of Truly Sublime Photography, we all had a dreamy time designing Vintage Glamour at the picturesque Dole Mansion.
Planning & Stylist: Kensington Events
Photographer: Truly Sublime Photography
Venue: Dole Mansion
Hair/Makeup: Golden Bridal Designs
Floral: Blooming Events by Ana Vicol and Kensington Events
Bridal Gown: Dame Couture
Bridal Dress: Sew Bridal Designs
Bridesmaid Dress: Bridesmaids Social
Stationery: Emery Ann Design
Jewelry/Accessories: Calla Couture Jewelers
Bride: Kendall Lauren
Bridesmaids: Angie Kniss, Brittney Hourigan, Jessica Dziadkowiec