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Picks on Paper - Vintage, Shabby Chic Bridal Shower Wednesday, February 29, 2012 ~ 9:25 a.m.

Whew! This week is just blowing by for me...I can't believe it's already Wednesday! I hope your day is off to a good start, and if not, I'm about to make it a whole lot better for ya, trust me! ;) When I first received this styled shoot from the lovely duo, Kirbi and Tina of the Houston-based Event Design + Prop Styling firm, A Style Collective, I was absolutely giddy. Like most girls, I'm excited at the sight of lots of pretty things, and I'm even more excited and grateful when I receive the opportunity to share it with all of you here on A Paper Proposal!


As you may or may not have noticed, I don't feature too many styled shoots. It's not that I don't love them, because I do! But I try to stay away from the especially far-fetched event concepts as much as I can. I honestly love looking at them as much as the next wedding blogger, but I just don't think that they're the right fit for my blog, personally. Mostly because I know that I could never expect to pull off anything so fantastical myself, so I don't think it's all that fair to showcase it here. However, when I do come across a styled shoot that is inspirational, but not impossible to imagine in "real life," I snap it up as fast as I can!


I think the beauty of the vintage, shabby chic trend going on in the wedding world right now is that it can be replicated in so many ways, in so many places and for so many occasions. The charm of it is, essentially, in the slight imperfections...the tattered pages, cracked paint, mismatched wooden chairs and the slightly worn floral tablecloths.


"We really just wanted to capture a totally feminine style complete with vintage props, china, and wardrobe," said Kirbi of A Style Collective (they have a super cute blog definitely worth checking out, by the way!). "We pulled off a plethora of girly details in the ruffled cake, pink cocktails, petite sweets, pillow-like peonies & ranunculus, shabby chic distressed furniture, and pink Victorian velvet couch. We added some yellow for a little pop of sunshine in the china, flowers, and hand-crafted pendant as well. We also incorporated some feminine green into the paper goods to complete this color palette. This styled set turned out incredibly sweet, and we love its ability to be versatile for an array of events from weddings, showers, luncheons, tea parties, or even a birthday. The way we posed the models for some of the shots even gives a bit of a whimsical, playing dress-up feel to it."


This sweet styled shoot was captured by Lacy Dagerath of More Than An Image at a park near Highlands, Texas. All of the fabulous Texas-based wedding professionals who took part are listed below the following images, and then keep scrolling for today's special edition of Picks on Paper to learn how to create your own modest version of this fabulous bridal shower!



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Vintage, Shabby Chic Bridal Shower - Vendors & Credits

Photographer: Lacy Dagerath, More Than An Image
Props, Floral, Paper & Event Styling: A Style Collective
Dessert: Sandee Moss, Cinderella Stories
Hair & Make-up: Your Make-Up Expert
Wardrobe: Lori Doucet-Alexander, 7 Closets Vintage
Hand Lettering (Invitations, placecards & other paper): Bethany Mathews (email bethanyjmathews-at-gmail.com for custom inquiries)




Picks on Paper - Build Your Own Vintage Bridal Shower!

  • Coupe champagne glasses: These elegant, vintage champagne glasses have definitely made a comeback with shows like Mad Men making them popular once again. They're a bit tougher to find new in stores amongst standard glassware; although if you search for "Vintage Champagne Glasses" on Ebay or Etsy, a bunch of options are likely to pop up in the search results. I found this beautiful set on Ebay for $10 each, and there are many cheaper options listed at the moment, as well!

  • Vintage champagne glasses and books
  • Classic novels: Thick vintage books make great cake stands, centerpieces and are a great, simple way to add height to sweets tables and such. Unlike the vintage dishes, old books are pretty easy to find around the house, and if not, chances are, there's a used bookstore somewhere near you. If you're desparate, many classic novels are being reprinted and sold with beautiful cover art to have as keepsakes. I've even started collecting them, given the fact that books seem to be turning obsolete with all of the electronic tablet readers out there nowadays. The Penguin Classics beautiful clothbound collection includes novels like Pride and Prejudice, Dracula and Treasure Island. I was in Barnes and Noble a couple of weeks ago, and came across a gorgeous selection of leatherbound novels there, as well! ...And if all else fails, revert back to your high school days and try covering your old text books with kraft paper, paper bags or pretty fabric.


  • Vintage dishes
  • Vintage dishware: Mismatched vintage dishes painted in delicate florals are nothing new, but finding them can certainly be challenging if you don't know where to look! Garage sales and flea markets are a good, cost effective solution, but if you don't have the time to spend on the weekends, you can find many options on Etsy. I actually featured a real wedding earlier this month that included vintage dishes. The bride had found several great options on Lovely Little Cake Stands and Love Me Again. The popular vintage style wedding blog, Ruffled has a relatively new Recycle Your Wedding marketplace, where you can find mason jars, cake toppers, napkins, tablecloths and yes, antique dishes, listed by brides looking to sell items used in their own weddings. Lastly, I would regret it if I didn't at least mention the beautiful pieces available on Antiquaria, although these are admittedly pretty pricey if you're purchasing for an event!


  • Cake pops
  • Cake pops: These seem to be popping up everywhere lately! Not only do they make cake even easier to serve at parties and to eat (no cutting or plates necessary, really), but they're just so darn cute, too! Cake pops can oftentimes be purchased at your local bakery, and there are more and more tutorials and tools to help you make your own at home. The unofficial queen of cake pops, Bakerella, has many great DIY tutorials available on her baking website. You may have also heard of a new kitchen gadget that helps you bake the cake pops in its spherical form, called the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker.


  • Vintage pearls and white gloves
  • Pearls and white gloves: Now that you've got your party all decorated, it's time to play dress up! You can find vintage clothing like the girls in this shoot wore at local vintage shops like 7 Closets Vintage. For a simpler option, I love the idea of providing little white gloves and long strands of pearls for your guests to try on for the occasion - you can even let them keep the items as party favors! These white lace gloves are absolutely gorgeous; and so are these and these white crocheted gloves are a more cost effective option. Pearl necklaces and bracelets are even easier to come by. Walk into any jewelry store in the mall, and you'll likely come upon some great, cost effective options. Or, simply search for "Faux Pearls" on Etsy, and you'll find tons of options at a variety of price points. Try to get a variety of looks for your guests to mix and match as they please!

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Jessica@TWB (Philadelphia)

Mar 1, 2012 3:57 AM

Wow, they did a great job pulling all of these sweet details together.

Erika {Borrowed&Bleu} (Orlando, FL)

Mar 1, 2012 7:29 AM

This is lovely, and as you pointed out, very "do-able." Great inspiration!

Colleen {Soundtrack To I Do} (Salinas, CA)

Mar 1, 2012 2:07 PM

Oh my goodness, so lovely!! What great tips and lovely inspiration!

hawaii wedding photographer (Hawaii)

Mar 24, 2013 8:45 PM

Great inspiration, love the edit & the ideas.