Violet Bells Bridal Blog

Mr. Selfridge April 10 2015

A daughters Wedding
What did you think of Mr. Selfridge first daughters wedding? Amazing, right!?! I didn’t expect it to be anything less from perfect, being that Mr. Selfridge always strived for the extravagant.
Lustrous clusters of white lilies & the light as a feather like of ferns are the most stunning collaboration I have ever laid my eyes on. They are timeless in any setting.
Rosalie’s veil is like soft clouds of silk tulle and lace cascading down into a pool of more lace. I have been waiting for this moment, for this veil style to be featured on a historical drama. I think to myself, "yes! we are beginning to open up to this timeless bridal veil style". I can NOT wait to put this inspiration to use, VERY soon.
I am simply delighted with the brides maids dresses. They are designed in the most beautiful shade of ‪‎violet, and the bridal gown is oh so sweet and elegant.

Charming 1920's Elopement March 06 2015

For the Summer vintage bride, look no further.

The scene of this sweet elopement is like stepping into a Southern 1920s dream. It was the hottest day of the Summer in Chicago. As we were finalizing all the details of the style shoot, we felt more like we were having a soiree in the Louisiana bayou, rather than creating a styled party in Illinois. The heat and the intimate setting definitely set the mood for the day.
We took a fresh approach to the 1920s. By adding shades of white, a hint of rose pink, and soft peach, we brought a feeling of allure - a fresh twist to the 1920s. The Chantilly lace cap veil - “The Mia veil” - ties the whole scene together. We also adorned the precious flower girl in a floral lace encrusted headband and dressed the sweet maid of honor in a delicate china silk floral headpiece & baby sequin sash. The bridal gown was also custom made for this timeless collaboration. The Chantilly lace veil and bridal gown were a match made in heaven.

We found the perfect setting located in the Prairie District neighborhood of Chicago. This area brings you back to a time of iron lamp posts, cobblestone lined roads, and iron gates surrounding a quaint park. In a one block radius there are two Museums - The Clarke House Museum, that survived the Chicago Fire, and The Glessner House.  Just down the road, The Keith House  served as the perfect backdrop (and a great space to host  an intimate event!). The Keith House is an amazing space with a rich history. We even found a built in wooden bar that was the perfect back drop for our sweets table. 

We wanted to create an atmosphere full of light, and an intimate ceremony with delicate details. Pistil and Vine's floral arrangements created a soft and lovely surrounding. The exquisite cake made by Luscious Layers Bakery was inspired by an architectural photo. A lot of our inspiration came from details of the Art Deco and Art Nouveau time periods. We were also greatly inspired by the movie movie, "The Great Gatsby," with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. The film had a playful, light, and airy approach which we tried to capture also in our style shoot. 

We hope you'll enjoy the spirited fun, beautiful atmosphere, and stunning details from this charming 1920's elopement styled shoot!


Photographer: Julia Franzosa Photography

Concept design / Set styling: Kristine Aletha Weddings

Concept design / Dresses and headpieces: Violet Bells

Props / Set styling: find Joy

Floral: Pistil and Vine

Cake and Sweets: Luscious Layers

Stationery: Sarah Drake Design

Bridesmaid Dress: Mignonette Bridal

Models: Dana Jacobsen (bride), Patrick Cunningham (groom) Jill Schwendeman (attendant)

Venues: The Keith House and The Clarke House, Chicago, IL