Violet Bells Bridal Blog

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


Romantic Winter Wedding February 10 2015

Come get lost in the thicket of white snow and gray aspens.  Photographer Mathew Irving brings to you a magical winter wonderland. The way the light cascades through trees at Rocky Mountain Aspen grove is like a dream.  Not to mention the real-life married couple is simply gorgeous! They are so lovely and sweet together.

Speaking of the models. Jamie is one our past brides, isn’t she lovely?!? I adore her in the Mia lace cap veil. She looks like a snow angel. Violet Bells is honored she decided to use her wedding veil for this stunning winter wedding styled shoot.

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Luxe Mountain Weddings

Photographer: Mathew Irving Photography | Apparel: Areve | Baroque Frames & Branch Card Holders: Kate Aspen | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Komono | Location: Rocky Mountain National Park | Apparel: Rust and Roses | Shoes: Timberland | Veils and Headpieces: Violet Bells Bridal | Floral Designer: Whole Foods Market