Who doesn’t love a graceful, timeless event? While all of the new wedding trends are incredibly exciting and fun, we always love to see a beautiful, classic vow exchange. Brides and grooms who want to embrace the elegance of a modern, formal event while also giving a nod to the traditions of the past often find themselves puzzled with how to design a personalized wedding. Marrying the love of your life while also marrying your tastes for one-of-a-kind nuptials can be tricky, so going with a simple, clean motif can help to create a lovely compromise.
Classic weddings have a tendency to highlight tones of white throughout the design and décor, adding in accents of lighter hues, such as blush or champagne. Bridal dresses are typically in ball gown style, and bridesmaids might don either light-colored ensembles to match the scheme or chic black frocks to complement the suits of the groomsmen. While there are always customized elements to be featured in classic weddings, the overall concept is simple and elevated – what better way to style your special day?
Gain inspiration for your timeless soirée from the real weddings below, and be sure to click on the photos to see more from each event.
Helene & Kyle's Wedding in New York
Kyle revealed that Helene was "distractingly pretty" when he first laid eyes on her in their first year of law school. The pair decided to marry at the beautiful Oheka Castle, incorporating a sweet white-and-pink color scheme into their day. The event was brimming with fresh florals and soft lighting matching the romantic vibe the two were trying to convey. Photos by Brett Matthews Photography; Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal; Venue: Oheka Castle
Allison & Scott's Wedding in Illinois
This pair had a classic meet-cute at a friend's party when Allison accidentally bumped into a wall and Scott offered to help. After becoming engaged, the lovebirds set out to create a sentimental vow exchange that represented their relationship. Allison's bouquet was entirely comprised of ivory peonies – her favorite flower – and their reception space featured glass elements amongst the pops of blush. Photos by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography
Kathryn & Derrick's Wedding in California
Meeting in high school, Kathryn and Derrick managed to maintain a long-distance relationship for many years before finally moving to the same city. Deciding to marry seaside, the couple combined the classic concept with elements from their Chinese heritage to personalize the day. Everything was bathed in light hues, including the intricately textured linen of their sweetheart table! Photos by Laurie Bailey Photography; Linens by Luxe Linen
Mariateresa & Paul's Wedding in Pennsylvania
Paul popped the question just outside of the bar where he shared his first date with Mariateresa upon discovering the place wouldn't open for another 10 minutes when they arrived. Hosting their vow exchange in a beautiful Catholic church, the bride wore a sparkling ball gown with crystal detailing. The reception featured a sophisticated mixture of deep hues and ivory tones. Photos by Joey Kennedy Photography; Bridal Gown by Liancarlo
Leila & Nabil's Wedding in Washington, DC
Missing at least two other opportunities to run into one another, Leila and Nabil were finally introduced at a wedding. Upon deciding to marry, the long-distance couple began planning their timeless fête with a metallic motif in mind. Leila displayed fresh garden flowers in her bouquet and hung her wedding dress upon a custom pearl-encrusted clothes hanger when the day was through. Photos by The Observatory; Linens by Nüage Designs; Planning & Design by SoCo Events