Posts Tagged: vintage inspired

A Vintage Bride for a Peckham Pub Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal

Photography by We Heart Pictures

Claudine and Rob chose to celebrate with a Peckham wedding with local venues and suppliers for their relaxed pub wedding reception with a vintage nod and DIY touches.

London Peckham Pub Wedding and Vintage Bride by We Heart Pictures Photography

If you’re looking for laid back inspiration done with style then this should be it! Gorgeous couple Claudine and Rob chose to celebrate in Peckham with an intimate civil ceremony at their local registry office followed by a fun pun reception. Given the bride is an illustrator there are lots of lovely creative touches that enabled them to put their style to the day and we love their laid back vintage style and use of dried flowers. Also, is there any better location for portraits than a London rooftop car park? Great work by We Heart Pictures Photography.

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Old Hollywood Relaxed Glamour City Wedding & Eliza Jane Howell Dress

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Photography by Louise Adby

An Autumn wedding that combines Old Hollywood glamour with iconic London cityscapes, a relaxed and personal reception with a sprinkling of rain like only London know knows how.

Old Hollywood Inspired London City Wedding by Louise Adby Photography

This wedding has such a perfect balance of glamour but with an effortless relaxed format. Inspired by the 1940s, this couple looked every inch the part with the bride in a dazzling Eliza Jane Howell gown and delicate Britten Wedding veil and a bouquet by Daisy Ellen Floral Design that echoed not only the season but the shades of burgundy to co-ordinate with a very dashing groom.

Victoria’s hair and make is up such a gorgeous timeless look, which I’m sure will serve as great inspiration for brides out there. After a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony at the breathtakingly beautiful St Etheldredas Church, the couple and their guests hopped on a gold London bus (who thought a bus could have a hint of glitz?) and took to the iconic areas of St Paul’s for a beautiful backdrop for their portraits with their photographer Louise Adby.

In contrast they chose the relaxed pub setting of The Happenstance in the city where they could indulge in good food and drink whilst adding personal touches to the day for their guests to enjoy such as a temporary tattoo station and a Krispy Kreme doughnut cake. We love how this story transitions through the photographs, and particularly the evening dancing images which just show how much fun was had right until the end of the night!

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From Boho to Hollywood Glamour – Debbie Carlisle 2015 Collection

AISLE STYLE, Accessories

Debbie Carlisle 2015 Accessories Collection

When I look at brides in real weddings, sometimes it’s those unique little touches they add that really bring their bridal style to life. Whether it’s a bracelet, a simple hair accessory or a killer pair of shoes. If you’re at the stage of having the dress firmly in the ‘tick’ checklist box then you may be starting to think (and pin!) about your overall look and the finishing touches to your bridal style.

In which case, you’ll definitely be interested in the beautiful 2015 collection from designer Debbie Carlisle. What I love about this collection, is that Debbie has obviously really connected with brides as she offers two distinct styles within the collection whether you are a vintage-loving lady or a relaxed boho bride, there is something for everyone and many versatile ways of wearing each one to suit your style.

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The ‘Limelight’ pieces are for those looking for glitz and glamour with their vintage inspired Old Hollywood and Art Deco styles but with an updated modern feel, perfect for adding a touch of sparkle. “All of the Limelight headpieces work well with my existing birdcage veil designs, and I’ve also added a new ‘mask veil’ made from the same soft fine French netting which pins at either side of the head and is a great way to wear a veil with a headpiece which can be easily removed later in the day without having to take off your headband or comb.” 

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‘Enchanted’ is inspired by the natural world, think woodland, florals and delicate vines, so if you’re after something a little less statement with a relaxed pretty feel there is plenty of choice. Each design is also available in both silver and a particular favourite of mine, a warm antique gold. “Most of the Enchanted designs are wired together with gold or silver plated wire and use intricately carved mother of pearl flowers which gives the pieces a more relaxed and bohemian feel. The silver versions use clear faceted Czech crystals mixed with tiny pale ivory freshwater pearls, while the gold versions use beautiful antique gold faceted Czech crystals which are partly glazed to create a delicate and warm golden shimmer.”

Debbie is also very conscious of offering brides the chance to personalise their style with the way they can wear her pieces. The wired designs are incredibly versatile, whether worn curving around your head like ivy, with an elegant up-do or along with a veil, there are endless ways to wear them and you can see lots of examples on her website here, perfect inspiration!

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Hair accessories and birdcage veils: Debbie Carlisle www.debbiecarlisle.com / Photography: India Hobson www.indiahobsonweddings.co.uk / Hair: Alison Jenner www.alisonjennerhair.com / Make-up: Alex Jones www.makeupbyalex.co.uk / Flowers: Swallows and Damsons www.swallowsanddamsons.com / Venue: 156 Arundel Street, Sheffield www.156.st /Dresses and long veils: www.whiteroombridal.co.uk – gowns are Iris by Halfpenny London and Viola by Claire Pettibone.

Designer Spotlight – Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - ISERE SKIRTisere skirt

This year, amongst the couples I’ve worked with to plan and style their weddings, I’ve had 4 of my lovely brides (with impeccable taste!) all choose British designer and stylist, Charlie Brear (note: not to be confused with my own name, though they are strangely similar!) Considering all the designers out there, that’s a pretty good rate and I have to say, I’m not surprised.

The latest Charlie Brear 2015 collection is incredibly savvy and sophisticated. Inspired by iconic decades of style, the designs are flawlessly combined with Charlie’s own contemporary aesthetic (as seen in her ready-to-wear line). Beautiful cut silouhettes, layers of soft tulles, chiffons and romantic lace can all be combined with the innovative ‘Additions’ as each bride has the opportunity to create her own unique style. A simple crepe, satin or chiffon dress can be layered with anything from sequinned overdresses (these are wow, let me tell you), sheer lace backs, incredibly feminine tiered skirts, plus silk sashes or soft shrugs to add that finishing touch all fully customised to each bride effortlessly.

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From top to above: augustine lace & hurrel cape / aurele skirt / voulaire overdress & pettine versailles / mongolian gilet & manira skirt / casimir overdress / versailles jacket & catroux jacket / etoile sash / tavaline & fayette overdress voulaire top &  demi voulaire / chapelle

As a formal stylist, Charlie Brear created what was formerly known as The Vintage Wedding Dress Company back in 2005 after sourcing many a vintage wedding gown for a photo shoot. Since then amongst her love of vintage, Charlie grew the collection to include a capsule bridal offering of made to order gowns, using details and accents of decades gone by as inspiration for a contemporary take on vintage glamour.

Since then, the company was re-launched as Charlie Brear and as well as bridal collections, she also has ‘Additions’ which is a collection of unique pieces to compliment the made to order gowns, such as lace sleeves, over skirts, lace shrugs and this is what makes her designs so sought after as effectively this enables the bride to customise her own bespoke gown with a few small additions to suit the individual.

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All the collections are produced in the UK using a diverse range of hand selected fabrics and trims. In the beautiful flagship London boutique tucked away off  they also offer original one of a kind vintage dresses as part of their Original Vintage Collection.

Haivng visited the flagship boutique in Fitzrovia earlier this year, I was blown away by the fabrics, the cuts and most of all the excitement that comes of being able to tailor your dress to suit you and make the most of both your style and your figure. If you aren’t London based there are a number of other stockists available throughout the UK, which you can see listed here.

I literarily wouldn’t know where to start if I were trying these on, though I’d say the ‘Aurele’ tulle skirt with glittery sequin overlay would likely be a good place to start…

If you want a little look behind the scenes you can see a pretty cute little video here (in case the images above weren’t enough pretty for you!) and I also highly recommend you follow Charlie Brear on instagram, it’s a beautiful and inspiring feed!

Modern Vintage Romantic Wedding Shoot – Chosen Wedding Fair

INSPIRATION, Design & Decor, DIY, Florals, Food & Drink, PLANNING, Events Calendar

Modern Vintage Styled Romantic Inspired Wedding Shoot by Paola De Paola

Whilst we’re used to seeing lots of ‘vintage’ inspired wedding shoots, I love the fun fresh style to this shoot that puts a more modern spin on the whole styling. This shoot was the brain child of photographer Paola de Paola and Lauren of French Made with Curious Fair and Chosen Wedding stepping on board to bring things together further.

The project was a collaboration with talented friends and suppliers who are exhibitors at the upcoming Chosen Wedding Fair which will take place on Sunday 27th April at Islington Assembly Hall. 

“With the idea of showcasing a contemporary styled vintage wedding – the style of Chosen Wedding Fairs – we hope that the images show the unique, bespoke and fresh ideas that are on offer from these and more talented suppliers who are part of the Chosen family, as well as the fun, freedom and exhilaration that two people share on their wedding day.” 

The shoot that took place at alternative wedding venue, a Victorian warehouse Brixton East showcases a modern vintage romantic ‘secret wedding’ which offers a fresh approach just like the Chosen Wedding Fair aims to do. “We really wanted to show how contemporary styling could bring a different look or edge to a vintage styled wedding, offering an alternative fresh look to what is already lovely, but may have been done before. Finding Brixton East was a fantastic part of the journey in planning the shoot, the brickwork walls, wooden flooring and rustic feel set the perfect backdrop for the playful ‘secret wedding’ shoot bursting with colour, excitement and a lot of tiny details to bring the wow factor to life.”

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Curious Fair who also style the Chosen Wedding Fair’s event interior design – set chose a very romantic pink and pastel colour palette interspersed with glitter and sequins giving it a contemporary Art Deco vibe – something that the venue for our April fair encapsulates at the Deco built Assembly Hall in Islington. They also created geometric shape decorations placed throughout the sequinned tablescape. They created a couple of Art Deco inspired headdresses made from upcycled jewellery.

French Made owner Lauren combines her French background and love for fantastic tasting and high quality food with her now London based eclectic, rustic and vintage inspired style, they will be exhibiting with Chosen Wedding Fair in October.

Paola is a London based photographer who’s style of work encapsulates Chosen Wedding Fair’s vision – bringing to life contemporary but with a vintage style twist, you van meet Paola on April 27th and October 19th.

The Chosen Wedding Fair was created in 2012 by a frustrated bride-to-be, and has steadily been growing as it aims for a fresh and fun way to discover and design your own unique personalised wedding. Chosen work very hard to handpick each exhibitor and they are fortunate enough to showcase excellent talent from bespoke designer makers and vintage aficionados in the surrounding area. 

Their upcoming London event is held at Islington Assembly Hall on Sunday April 27th and also later in the year on October 19th 2014. To find out more information or to book tickets visit their website: www.chosenwedding.com

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Film-makers Lovestorage also captured the shoot on this fun film, enjoy!

It’s a pleasure to feature this shoot that showcases so many fabulous London wedding suppliers so do check out the credits below of all those involved!

Location: Brixton East/ Photographer: Paola de Paola / Designer + Stylist: Curious Fair /Headpieces: Curious Fair / Cake Designer: French Made / China + Props: Mrs Terrence / Hair + make up: Cristina Pala Hair Make up / Decor : The Sweet Hostess / Promoter: Chosen Wedding Fair / Flowers:  Ladybird Flowers  / Veil: Kelly Spence Bridal Design / Suit: Tweed Addict / Dresses: Days of Grace Vintage / Videographer: Love Storage  /Models: Adeline & Scott

* Entry closes Wednesday 23rd, winners will be contacted by email on Thursday 24th April

Belle and Bunty Bridal SS14 – Lady Zelle Collection

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Belle and Bunty Bridal SS14 - The Ophelia

I am always completely head over heels for all the designs that the girls at Belle and Bunty Bridal dream up, and their latest SS14 collection is no different! The ‘Lady Zelle’ Bridal Collection is romantic and luxurious with silk satins, soft tulles, and delicate lace fabrics each design is so unique and  perfect for the Old Hollywood bride who is looking for floating, figure skimming sophistication. The Blossom (below) is an instant hit with me, the delicate lace cap sleeves and flattering keyhole back is pure grace, and oh how I’d long to float around in the incredibly feminine delicate lace and dotted tulle of The Aster, whilst The Maple sure has some va va voom to it with that fabulous structure…

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The Blossom incorporates the perfect mix of modern and romantic with hints of texture in its tiny lace capped sleeves and lace peplum around the fitted waistband. Created from the lightest Silk Chiffon layered on top of luxurious Silk Satin which you catch a glimpse of as you walk and the skirt splits to reveal the beautiful contrast of matt and shine beneath. Soft stitched panels run alongside the deep curved V neckline which is echoed in the keyhole back of the gown. Tiny button details at the neck and waist fastening are a subtle detail. Beautiful and incredibly flattering, The Blossom is a must for those looking for something delicate and graceful. 

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The Aster is a frothy bridal style combining a sweeping delicate dotty tulle skirt and beautiful lace bodice and full length fitted sleeves that delightfully rest on top of the shimmering Silk Satin boned strapless dress underneath. The boat neck and full length sleeves are contrasted by the low cut V at the back which is edged with a soft scalloped lace. Godet inserts in the skirt (a Belle & Bunty signature) will have you twirling around on the dancefloor! 

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The Ophelia is a modern twist on the all lace wedding gown with a blush silk satin underskirt overlayed with beautiful contrasting ivory lace and a stunning scalloped hem. The softly draped bodice, fitted dropped waist and flowing skirt with dotty tulle godet inserts for extra fullness, all accentuate the waist to fit and flare in all the best places. For a softer, romantic look for your big day The Ophelia should be your number one choice! 

Belle & Bunty Bridal Belle and Bunty Bridal SS14 - The ValentinaThe Valentina

Our Valentina dress screams sultry with its fit and flare shape and stunning low scooped back. A shimmering slim fitted Silk Satin skirt with its discreet Art Deco graphic panelled lines is offset with the prettiest and softest lace hanging bodice to enhance the wearer’s waist. With the additional details of elegant full length lace sleeves with a pretty scalloped edge which mirror the base of the lace bodice. With its high neck and full length sleeves; The Valentina offers a sophisticated ladylike look with an alluring back in true Belle & Bunty style.

Belle and Bunty Bridal SS14 - The TulipThe Tulip

Scallop lace trim and tulle is used to perfection with the introduction of the strapless Tulip Dress. This elegant, simple and classic style is fitted at the bust, around the waist and over the hips down into a sweeping dotty tulle skirt. Godet inserts in the skirt add that extra bit of fullness that will have you spinning on the dancefloor! 

Belle and Bunty Bridal SS14 - The MapleThe Maple

If you are looking for a slightly more structured style wedding dress then The Maple Dress is for you! Created with clean lines in Silk Morocain and offset with a dark antique crystal belt for a true mix of modern and vintage. It’s fitted at the bust into the waist and over the hips into a curved seam just above the knee where the skirt flares out into a gorgeous understated puddle train. For a cheeky edge to this somewhat modest gown we’ve added in a split up the front of the skirt to show off your pins and a pair of fantastic heels. 

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The dress designed and worn by Hannah {aka Bunty} to her own wedding, The Bunty Dress is the real romantic; light and floaty in Crinkle Silk Chiffon with a sumptuous Silk Satin underlay, finished with handmade silk corsages. With wide sheer straps, the delicate waist gathering creates graceful lines as the full skirt flows from the fitted waistband to the floor creating a train to the back. Delicate silk sashes at the back, which float as you walk, are The Bunty’s final feminine touch. 

The collection ranges from £1650 – £2700, for further information on the Lady Zelle Collection visit their website: www.belleandbunty.co.uk. They also have a lovely boutique in North London if any of the dresses catch your eye I highly recommend paying these ladies a visit to see the dresses in person.