Welcome to month two of our ‘New and Wonderful’ series where we share some of our fresh inventory that is all ready to join you at your event. We have new inventory joining us all. the. time. So we’re really just featuring something we especially love each month. And for the second month in the row… it’s a stunning arm chair! There’s something about classic upholstery and luxe fabrics that get us every time.
Meet Reynolds. Isn’t he charming? We especially love him headed into the holiday season. Did you spot our wreaths post last week? He’d look stunning paired with one IMHO. I think we may need to do a round up of our favourite ways to use upholstered arm chairs because there are SO many fabulous ways to make use of them in events… here’s a few of our faves: a signing table chair, a welcome vignette, a photo prop, in your getting ready room and photos, at the head table, in a comfy lounge area, in a man lounge (that’s a thing, really)… and honestly ANYWHERE you need a chair or some decor to spice up a corner. They’re so darn versatile and beautiful.
Tell us, where have you spied upholstered armchairs being used in weddings, events, and decor? We always love some new inspiration, link it up in the comments!
We are so excited to introduce you to a new feature we’ll be doing here on Bespoke Decor’s blog! Introducing you to our newest, greatest finds. We are constantly adding stock (like, daily) so there’s no way we can keep up with it all but when we find something we just can’t get enough of- it’s great to be able to share the excitement! We’ll show you our new images of the pieces (freshly cleaned up and ready to rent!) as well as suggest some ways you can use that piece in your event. Ready for the first?
Dear Elizabeth. The Elizabeth wing back chairs (there’s 2!) were such a score of a find when we were down in Portland. Look at those legs! They’re so beautifully detailed, which we love with a simple linen upholstery. For our stock images we paired these with our new marble table (soon to be added to online inventory!) but they’d look just as lovely sandwiching a vintage crate on end, as a signing chair, in a lounge setting, or mixed with seating at an outdoor reception. We simply can’t wait to see these wing back chairs in action! We’ll be sure to share photos of them in use when they go out (and go out, they will! Elizabeth is such a socialite).
This post was just so much fun to put together. If you’ve been following Bespoke Decor for a while, you might remember our super fun Kids at Weddings shoot from a couple years back! One of the most special bits from this shoot (although there were a lot!) was a vintage camper for the kiddos to duck into for some quiet time. Since then… we’re hooked. We couldn’t help but rounding up some of the best ideas on how to use vintage campers at your wedding- just in time for summer.
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ONE: This wedding is so bohemian it’s amazing. They used an airstream right front and centre as a backdrop to their vows.
TWO: A vintage camper indoors? Why not? This event makes it look like the best idea.
THREE: What an incredible location- am I right?! This wedding uses an airstream for a travelling bar… perfect!
FOUR: If you’re headed on a roadtrip for your honeymoon… why not make your vintage camper your getaway vehicle?
FIVE: So we’ve covered a mobile bar… but what about a mobile prep kitchen? It’s perfectly functional while making a fun backdrop.
SIX: How fun is this… a photo booth!? I love it!
SEVEN: Last but definitely not least… one of our fave shoots of all time. A children’s retreat.
What’s your favourite? Obviously we’re partial to our own… but also I’d love to see a bride and groom drive off with a vintage camper!
Every once in a while there’s a colour that is amazing… but it never seems to make it to weddings. And every once in a while, I like the challenge of finding beautiful inspiration to make that colour wedding friendly. Today that’s cobalt. It’s so vibrant and beautiful… but how often do you see it in weddings? Not enough, not enough. I especially love vintage cobalt glass, so I took a queue from that. Ready?
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ONE: Hydrangeas are the perfect pop of muted cobalt for a simple bouquet.
TWO: These satin pumps are the perfect something blue!
THREE: There’s that cobalt glass! All the heart eyes… am I right?
FOUR: You know we love a handsome groom! A bowtie and simple ribbon around a muted buttoner is the perfect way to add the vibrant colour to the mens wear.
FIVE: Finding a cake featuring cobalt that I liked… that was the hardest one for me to do! This one is simple, classic, and floral. And I like it a lot. But if anyone finds a watercolor cobalt cake? Well that would take the cake if you know what I mean.
SIX: I love the simple vintage look to these letterpress invitations. The little birds kind of remind me of Cinderella and the map? It could be straight from a storybook as well.
SEVEN: Hello pretty ladies! Cobalt can be super fancy in satin- but we love how laid back these flowy dresses are in this colour.
Tell me… what do you think of this bold colour for weddings? I’m totally smitten with those invites so I think it deserves a second thought!
February is the month for hearts so before it’s officially over, I thought I’d sneak in one more heartful post! This DIY Hearts garland with Vintage Sheet Music is really simple to pull off but I love the charm it gives to a simple vintage set. This garland would be perfect for the couple that love music, play music, or even met at a concert. It’s one of those decor pieces that can tell a story without words.
To make your own, you’ll need:
- A book of vintage sheet music
- Heart punch, cutting machine, or scissors and patience
- Sewing machine set with white thread
Before you get started, you’ll need to pick out your sheet music. Thrift and antique stores generally have these tucked away with books and post cards. I found this fun show boat collection at an antique store, but you could also get individual sheets (they generally are on thicker stock). If you aren’t having luck tracking down sheet music- or want a specific song on your garland, you can make your own. Just print the sheet music (easily found online) with a laser printer (so the ink doesn’t run), then age it using coffee and grounds on a baking sheet.
When you have your sheet music, it’s time to get cutting! We used a cutting machine (Cricut Explore), but a heart punch would have been just as easy. You could also cut your hearts by hand, but you’d need a Netflix marathon and glass of wine 😉 When your hearts are all cut, thread up your sewing machine and sew them together! Choose a longer straight stitch to speed things up and hold the heart that comes out of the foot to make sure the tension doesn’t pull them tight together.
That’s it! Tack it up on your wall, hang it from the ceiling (over a ceremony!?), or drape it down the aisle. There’s so many ways this sweet garland could make an appearance in a wedding, shower, or even your home- it’s just so sweet!
Every once in a while I realize that there’s a staple piece in our inventory I have NEVER talked about. And I have to fix it. That’s what’s happening for today’s Feature Friday… these vintage benches!! We love how they lend a casual appeal to a stunning wedding, how they look in photos (they let you snuggle up!), and how they look filled with florals or gifts. I mean, just look at all this inspiration!
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ONE / TWO / THREE / FOUR / FIVE / SIX / SEVEN / EIGHT / NINE / TEN
Now, I was going to let the photos speak for themselves- but I just can’t keep my mouth shut! I have to tell you that that last photo (gorgeous!!) is of a sunrise wedding. SUNRISE. Amazing. I’ll let it rest now… what’s your fave? That beach wedding is a close second to the sunrise one for me!
It’s officially winter… well it has been for a while and we’re loving it. We have a whole collection of winter decor available for rent and one of my favourite things we have is vintage snowshoes. They’re so unique and rustic, but in a classy way. Here’s some of our favourite ways we’ve seen them used in weddings.
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ONE: This ceremony backdrop from Alberta is just beautiful! We love how it embraces everything wonderful about a vintage winter.
TWO: What a fun cupcake display! Yes, I’ll take two of those.
THREE: Hung on a rustic wall above the cake is the perfect way to display vintage snowshoes.
FOUR: Can we talk about how fun they are as a photo prop?
FIVE: This outdoor winter wedding display features just a few of our favourite things. Plus… I spy some cupcakes hiding on there!
SIX: This gown is stunning on it’s own, but we love how it looks photographed with these vintage snowshoes! I think you could put snowshoes next to anything and they’d belong.
I’m not going to beat around the bush. That ceremony backdrop has stolen my heart. A close second is those cupcakes. But it could be because I’m craving cupcakes. What’s your favourite? How do you feel about snowshoes as wedding decor?
Skeleton keys, especially the vintage ones, are so tiny adorable. I always wonder what they were created to open- they all look like they belong in an ancient castle. Just me? Either way, now that they’re not functional for the most part any more, we’re lucky enough to collect them for using as wedding decor. Here’s some of our favourite ways they get used to spruce up the big day.
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ONE: If you weren’t in love with these vintage keys before… are you now? Seeing them en masse is one of my favourites! They make such lovely takeaways for guests and double as seating cards.
TWO: Not one, not two, but three keys layered and tied around a simple mason jar floral arrangement, stacked on top of some aqua vintage books. Is there anything about that sentence you don’t like?
THREE: Vintage books tied with cloth ribbon get a special touch with vintage skeleton keys to finish them off. This makes such a simple yet unique table centre for a wedding or bridal shower.
FOUR: A well dressed groom! We love how simply this skeleton key brings style and personality to a basic buttoner.
FIVE: Reason number 1000 to love them… they make for amazing ring photos. I had a hard time choosing which key and ring photo to put here but this rustic background was too good to pass up.
SIX: I had to throw a second seating arrangement in here. Displayed on a standing vintage door, skeleton keys make a stunning display at an outdoor wedding!
SEVEN: The casual way these little gold keys hang off of this floral arrangement is pretty much perfection. Just when we thought we were over burlap… this.
Now, can you even pick a favourite? I did… and it’s number one. But it’s a tight race with number seven coming in next. Have you spotted these little gems used in other unique ways? We’d love to hear about it!
What type of motor lacking transport is so charming and chic that it can play centre stage at a wedding? Nope, not the roller blades or skateboard. We’re talking vintage bicycles. And is there any reason we shouldn’t be? They’re SO much fun and crazy adorable. Let’s look at some inspiration to get you dreaming of cycling away to your dream wedding.
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ONE: If you love florals and vintage and charm… check out this whole wedding, really. I wanted to save every photo from it to use in round ups for the future here on Bespoke because there are so many perfect ideas! This bike filled with florals made it’s way from ceremony to reception (talk about easy to move around!), making it twice as loved.
TWO: Vintage bikes as signage? You know it! We especially love these arrows, but that could be because they’re one of the most used pieces in our inventory 😉
THREE: Vintage bicycles make for amazing wedding photos. Period.
FOUR: Can I convince you to go check out this whole wedding? I know this little vignette looks simple- bike basket for cards, little takeaways for guests in the crate… but it’s one of the most charming weddings I’ve ever seen. Hands down.
FIVE: This bike is fitted with a bright vintage crate and bold florals to match. Really, could it get any more fun?
SIX: Are you dreaming of cycling away from your dream wedding yet? The tin cans and signs are so adorable on this couple’s… if you do, you should definitely steal this idea!
SEVEN: The balloon on this bike just makes it so cheeky! The classic basket full of florals and handmade pennant welcome sign is in classic country territory… until you add that peachy balloon and, well… we like it a lot.
Can you even pick a favourite? I would have to say that the entire wedding from number four gets my love and affection but if we’re just talking the images here? Numero Uno. How could I not with those blooms spilling all over the place! #dreamy
Some pieces have so much charm wrapped up in themselves that they really don’t need to be paired with anything fancy. That’s how I feel about vintage weigh scales. I mean, I’ve managed to start collecting them without realizing and if I see more- you can bet they’ll be coming back with me to the warehouse. They add height to any table display, interest to any centrepiece, and give a unique platform to display favours, snacks, and florals. ‘Nuff said? How about some eye candy!
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ONE: This whole fall wedding shoot is so much fun, I love the rich colours. A weigh scale is the perfect way to show off some of your favours (especially when they come from the kitchen like this sweet apple butter!) and decorate the favour table without adding clutter.
TWO: Oh, vintage books. They’ve done it again in this shabby vintage centrepiece. Do I really need to say any more about this? Books and a scale. Period.
THREE: It really could not get any simpler than this. I’m a sucker for a mint green scale and this little number with tiny monogram letters? It’s personal and basic in all the right ways.
FOUR: Again with the simple… but it makes such a statement! This table features four vintage weigh scales– one with fresh fruit. Sure, you could keep adding things… but why when it’s this cute?
FIVE: These deep fall florals and quail feathers are a dynamite combination. I really need those succulents in my life… but I’ll digress and let you know that florals were made for weigh scales. If you’re looking for a classic vase alternative? Yep, these fit the bill.
SIX: Isn’t this the classic vintage centrepiece I get asked for all the time? Oh yes, yes it is! A weigh scale adds a fun twist to the popular bottles and jars filled with blooms.
Alright… let’s talk favourites? I’m probably not going to surprise you… I mean, I did make it the largest of all the photos- but there’s something simply perfect about the apple butter on that scale. It really fits the theme (I love food favours!) and doesn’t add anything it doesn’t need to, trying to be extra pretty. What’s your fave? Let us know in the comments!