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2011 Vintage Wedding Trends

Through mutual friends, Sam has come to know Chris Sherburne.  He is an A-MA-ZING photographer and his images truly reflect the style and personalities of every couple he shoots. Sam asked him to give our daring.devoted. fans some insight on his current favorite trends.  So here goes…

2011 Vintage Wedding Trends – Oh Yes! A blast from the past gets a creative twist

by Chris Sherburne This year’s wedding trends include vintage styles, lots of details, untraditional ideas and a ton of creativity.  If you are looking to bring a touch of whimsical fun to your wedding day, here are a few ideas you might want to play around with.

Invitations For this year’s trend, incorporate vintage styles into your wedding by using vintage-looking invitations.  Using paper with an aged look, warmer ink colors, retro fonts and hand-drawn details, your invitations will jump and jive right out of the envelope.  This sort of look and feel will also excite your guests and build anticipation to see what you have planned for your big day.  Photography Photography is also taking a vintage turn.  Look for a photographer who uses the posed photo-journalistic (candid) approach to wedding photography.  This is now preferred by many brides as opposed to the traditional posed shots.  Capturing the day’s events as they happen will tell the most wonderful story of your wedding day.  A posed photo-journalist will also be able to pose pictures which will add to and play off of the vintage themes you have set. Non-Traditional Veils Hair combs are where it’s at this year, especially vintage or heirloom hair combs.  The traditional long veil is in the past. Go with short “full of fun” veils like the one shown in the picture below. Colors Wedding colors for 2011 are organic and natural, shades of charcoal, grey, lavender, silver peony; oyster and shell will be integrated with lively hues to make the colors explode! While Grey is the new black in 2011, navy blue and other deep colors such as honeysuckle are definitely making waves in the 2011 trends.    Outdoor weddings

Although weather is hard to predict, outdoor weddings are a huge trend for 2011. Why? Outdoor weddings are special, unique, naturally beautiful and relaxing. The raw, minimal backdrop of an outdoor setting also leaves room for personality and individuality of the couple to shine through. Lakeside venues, vineyard locations, barns, gardens, beaches and spaces situated alongside hills or mountains will really make a mark this year!   Reception Okay, now here is the fun part.  Rather than your traditional round tables, a unique trend with wedding receptions is mixing the shapes and sizes of tables. Not only is it unusual but it is one of the easiest ways to switch things up at a wedding.  If you want to be daring, throw in some different types of chairs, stools and perhaps even benches.  Better yet, the radical 2011 brides are nixing the old tradition of assigned seating and ditching the name tags.  They are having seating which will allow people to get up and move around; imagine one big fabulous party in a lounge setting. As for reception designs they seem to fall into two groups, simple or elegant.  For simple it’s ceramic jugs and large pitchers, individual glass vases, and mason jars.  Go ahead and mix and match.  For the more elegant bride use tall glass martini vases, filled with water and vintage pink roses of course. Rustic wedding cakes When it comes to the wedding cake, the 2011 bride could not be any luckier.  The wedding cakes will continue to be a touch of rustic-chic, fondant is replaced by a delicious butter cream and large sugar flowers are substituted by natural flowers, sugar glazed fruit or just fun details like the ceramic bride dragging the groom by the back of his collar.  New trends are also Dessert Bars which feature old fashion favorites like brownies, lemon bars and various different types of pies.  They can also feature a modern twist on the wedding cake – several varieties of homemade cakes rather than just one large one. So take advantage of the 2011 wedding trends which allow for this year’s bride to embrace her creativity, welcome the element of surprise and happily wisk away some of the stress and rigidness of the traditional wedding day anguish.  About Chris Sherburne: Chris’ ultimate goal is to create engagement and wedding pictures that exceed clients’ expectations. Working alongside the discerning bride and her groom-to-be, Chris listens to the vision of their dream wedding, and with his camera, turns their dreams into a reality. While he lives in Orlando with his wife and two dogs, his wedding photography takes him all over Florida. Additional tips and questions to ask your photographer can be found on his blog, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter at @ChrisSherburne Tell us ~ How are you planning to take advantage of some of 2011’s hottest trends? –Daring, LaShayla
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