Posts Tagged: Vintage

Florals & Cakes for A Stylish 70s Inspired Boho Hackney Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Urban, Vintage Inspired

Photography by Lisa Jane Photography

If you’re a fan of food, florals and boho style, then the Hackney wedding of Khaly and Martin ticks all those boxes and some. A beautiful boho bride, floral bridesmaids, afternoon tea and a dessert table that Mary Berry would be proud of.

Stylish Boho Hackney London Wedding by Lisa Jane Photography

I think it goes without saying that Khaly’s bridal style is effortless, boho elegance at it’s finest. The original vintage 70s off the shoulder layered lace gown is relaxed but feminine and with her dark flowing locks, soft metallic eyes and that incredible headpiece by Joanna Reed she looks every inch the perfect boho bride with her dashing groom in blue.  Not to mention her girls looking fair maids in their floor length dark floral dresses (from Marks and Spencer’s would you believe, just goes to show keep your mind open!),

The super cool boho chic backdrop of photographic location The Roost in Hackney was not only a local venue for them, but one that complimented this couple’s style perfectly.  Ending the night with a DJ dance party in the basement and a pizza van is a pretty good way to see the evening out I say. 

Also worth noting to anyone thinking about speeches, and how you imagine they’ll be a few minutes each at the most, as these guys prove, they can go on for over an hour so you might want to keep that in mind! Sounds like they were worth every minute. 

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1930s Inspired London Lido Wedding at Brockwell Lido

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Photography by Peachey Photography

Graphic designers, Holly and Ben had a traditional Church ceremony followed by a fun 1930s inspired celebration which took place poolside at a London Lido

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Holly and Ben had a fun 1930s inspired modern London lido wedding at The Lido Café in Brockwell South London in May earlier this year. I have been waiting forever for someone to submit their wedding at this location, something so utterly fun about celebrating poolside, even if it is in the middle of London!

When two designers get married you know there’s going to be some fun details as part of the day. In fact the groom Ben, created design guidelines for the wedding, which in their own words was “A contemporary twist on classic elegance with a bit of 1930s flair, softened by a friendly, fun voice’. I couldn’t have described this wedding much better than that so I think they nailed their own brief!

From the stylish pair themselves to the gorgeous seasonal flowers and can we talk about the fact they had their names on the train departure board as they made their way by train with their guests from the Church to the reception? London goals….

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Cosy Autumn London Pub Wedding & Bride in Original 1940s Wedding Dress

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Photography by Miss Gen

Cosy Autumn London Pub Wedding by Miss Gen Photography

Lizi and Gideon had a lovely personal wedding ceremony in Hackney followed by a cosy Autumn London pub wedding. Lizi chose a beautifully unique original 1940s vintage dress from Elizabeth Avey and along with the berry toned florals created by close family, some twinkling lights, a hint of metallic made this the perfect Autumn London wedding. 

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Pretty Pastel Vintage Inspired Pub Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Photography by Joanna Brown

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Tom and Eve had a fun and relaxed pub wedding after their town hall ceremony in Stoke Newington. I love bride Eve’s slightly 60s style with her dashing groom and pretty maid all perfectly paired. They added some lovely fun touches such as pom poms, balloons and lights to the pub to ‘prettify’ their pub ‘knees up’.

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Vintage Style In The City at The National Theatre + 06 St Chads Place

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Photography by Lisa Jane Photography

Vanessa and Anthony had a memorable ceremony near to where they got engaged at The National Theatre and a relaxed reception at 06 St Chad’s.

Lisa Jane Photography

This is a gorgeous wedding, which has such a beautiful relaxed feel to it. Vanessa’s bridal style is vintage inspired with her stunning antique lace dress and modern vintage shoes. As a Spring wedding it’s so fun to see bright colours used in the floral details in the flowers.

Lovely how they incorporated their story of meeting each other into the day by choosing venues that were near to where their story met, and now they have added more wonderful new memories there too.

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A Little Hackney Wedding With A Bride In Her Grandmother’s Dress

WEDDINGS, Informal

Little Hackney Wedding by Laura McCluskey

Today’s wedding is a super sweet little Hackney wedding. Sarah and Aaron kept their wedding all about their marriage by just having a simple town hall registry office wedding at the location that they first met each other, followed by a few drinks with their closest friends and family. It’s so adorable to see a couple get ready together with their family, and a day that’s just about the marriage, no frills! In keeping with the low-key feel to the day, Sarah wore not just any vintage dress, but her own Grandmother’s which fitted her like a glove, how romantic is that…

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From the bride Sarah: We got married one year to the day that we met near Hackney Town Hall. Originally, we were going to elope but decided to have a small ceremony with close family. Essentially, we just wanted to get married, so the details actually weren’t that important to us other than we wanted to stay close to the places around Hackney where we had our first date and keep the day as relaxed as possible!

My dress belonged to my grandma (her evening dress, she wore it with an emerald green stole). It was meant to be, fitted me perfectly without alterations!

Thanks for sharing such a small and special day Sarah and Aaron and to Laura for capturing it perfectly.

Photography: Laura McCluskey, LM Weddings / Ceremony: Hackney Town Hall / Reception: The Cock Tavern / Bride’s Dress: Bride’s Grandmother (Vintage!) / Flowers: Grace & Thorn / Bride’s Shoes: Saint Laurent / Groom’s Outfit: Asos, Grenson & Ralph Lauren

Autumnal Brunswick House Wedding + An Erdem Bride

WEDDINGS, Informal

Brunswick House Wedding London by Emilie White Photography

Seems appropriate to share this one with you today as the clocks have gone back and the evenings are starting to darken but during the day we are delighted with the rich shades of Autumn suppyling us with the dappled light and the beautiful rich spectrum of leaves.  Richard and Rosemary (love the double R!) were married in Autumn last year, and where better to do so in London at that time of year than amongst the leafy surroundings of the WWT London Wetland Centre. They followed this with a laid back, quirky reception at the wonderfully unique Brunswick House by LASSCO (a supplier of beautiful architectural antiques, salvage and curiosity pieces). I also have to mention the lovely Rosemary’s stunning Erdem dress. Please brides, let’s see more non-bridal wedding dresses, they look amazing, no? Photography by Emilie White.

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“We didn’t have a particular theme for our wedding but made sure we incorporated our personal interests into the day so that it felt really ‘us’.

In organising the wedding we both knew instantly when we’d found the right things, in particular the venues which reflected us perfectly. Both my engagement ring and Richard’s wedding band are Georgian so it seemed perfect when we found Brunswick House after stopping for lunch there whilst out viewing other possible venues. We enjoy good food and on the day there were amazing seasonal dishes including a trifle people are still talking about!

We are both quite creative so we drew and and handprinted our invitations and name cards. We also commissioned a traditional wedding corn dolly incorporating our initials which now hangs above our bed as a reminder of a brilliant day.”

Trust in your own choices, I didn’t show anyone my dress before I bought it. I also looked at a lot of blogs, if nothing else you will be able to work out what you don’t want.  

It may not suit everybody but we found organising our wedding in a short space of time meant we focussed and made decisions easier.”

There were lots of sweet little details such as the knitted cake toppers made by the bride, the bespoke corn dolly with their initials on and I have to say they chose a beautiful piece of music for Rosemary to walk down the aisle to that I’d not heard before, if you need a quiet five minutes, pop this on – Moondog – Pastoral.

“I was so worried about forgetting what to do or say at the ceremony but as soon as I got there it seemed so easy and right, I remember feeling very happy and couldn’t stop smiling.”

Thank you for sharing your day with us, so lovely to see brides go with their instincts and keep things personal. Beautiful!

Photography: Emilie White / Ceremony: WWT London Wetlands Centre / Reception Venue: Brunswick House / Bride’s Dress: Erdem / Bride’s Cardigan: Tom of Holland / Bride’s Hair Accessory: Vintage Brooch / Groom’s Suit: J Crew / Flowers: The Fresh Flower Company  / Hair & Make-Up: Helen Lancaster

V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition London + London Bride on TV!

LONDON BRIDE LIFE, PLANNING, Events Calendar

V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition London

Today I wanted to get around to finally sharing the fantastic V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition with you AND as an added bonus there’s a little bit of me on screen too [yikes].

The exhibition at the V&A, one of the most inspiring cultural spots in London, began earlier this year and will run through to March 2015 and is a fascinating and unique insight into the history of wedding dresses from 1775 through to current day.

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As well as being able to see dresses from centuries ago, the exhibition highlights the history behind the dresses, and very interestingly how the economic and cultures of the time influenced the fashion.

In the exhibition there are over 80 wedding dresses by leading designers such as Ian Stuart, Jenny Packham, Vera Wang, Bruce Oldfield as well as millinerry from Philip Treacy and Stephen Jones.

that are historic, romantic and extravagant – revealing insights into the wearers and their circumstances. There are a number of celebrity dresses too including the infamous purple Vivienne Westwood dress worn by Dita Von Teese when she married Marilyn Manson and of course, Kate Moss and Jamie Hince’s stunning wedding day outfits from their day back in 2011 which was stunning to see up close, see some of my images below – the detail on her John Galliano designed dress was just stunning.

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Anyone with an interest in fashion [or of course weddings] will be fascinated to see in one collection the change in bridal trends from historical gold embroidered dresses, to silk bias cut gowns of the 40s to the practical ‘DIY’ gowns [one made from curtains!] that emerged during the Second World War and how society and economic times depicted these.

Here are a few looks at the exhibition, though the gowns really are worth seeing up close in person. I seem to, as always, be drawn to sparkle, bows and glamour…

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When I was invited to the press event for the exhibition I was interviewed by a few media channels, including DW, for their piece on the V&A wedding dress exhibition which is broadcast internationally as part of their popular lifestyle channel Euromaxx. I try not to think how many 1000’s of people around the world may have seen my mug, scary thought.

So if you click on the image below it will take you to watch the video, you can see my little bit at 2 minutes 45 seconds in [though do watch the interview with Edwina Ehrman, the curator for her fascinating insight]. Having worked in TV and film previously I should add that I am very much used to being behind the camera so please excuse my pretty awful interview ability. I appear not to be able to speak English, but hopefully you get the gist of what I mean?!

 

DW TV - London Bride InterviewHuge thanks to Kate Halfpenny for letting us loose in her beautiful wedding dress boutique and to her assistant Izie who was incredibly patient with us!

 

The V&A is open daily 10:00 – 17:45 and late nights until 22:00 on Friday. Tickets are £12 [concessions available].

To book tickets to the show or for further information on the exhibition please visit the V&A website here.

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

A Vintage Fair with Mrs Scoops – 26th February – Milton Keynes

PLANNING, Events Calendar

I know this industry is full of lots of lovely people, but let me tell you one absolute diamond of a supplier who I’ve had the pleasure of working with [at the beautiful wedding of Emily + Stef] is… Mrs Scoops. Otherwise known as Hayley from Vintage Scoops, who is owner of Betty, the cutest  ice-cream van filled with deliciousness which can be hired for weddings and events. See, isn’t she sweet!
Hayley is hosting a Vintage Fair at Cruck Barn in Milton Keynes on Sunday 26th February so if you are a Bucks bride then you definitely should head on down to not only meet a whole host of vintage inspired suppliers but also the wonderful lady herself. From cakes to decoration to stationery to dresses, below are just some of the exhibitors that you’ll be able to meet on the day!

Johanna Hehir Bridal Gowns

Vicky Trainor Stationery

Rose and Aster Jewellery

Head on over to facebook to find out more infomation – Mrs Scoops Vintage Fair. Tickets are just £2 on the day!

Eco Bridal Week – Minna Bridal

AISLE STYLE, Accessories, Bridal Style

We are all [hopefully] becoming more aware of eco brands within the wedding industry and it’s always nice to know that there are options out there for brides if this is an important part of their wedding day. So this week I’m launching Eco-Bridal Week on London Bride where I hope to highlight some fantastic ideas and talented eco suppliers within the wedding industry, and not just for the ‘boho’ bride. 
Inspired by her clients wearing her dresses as their wedding dresses, Eco-Luxe designer Minna has launched a new wedding collection of vintage inspired dresses and romantic accessories – ‘To Have And To Hold’.
The dresses are seriously affordable [£200-500] and you can see how lovingly handmade they are. I really like that a lot of her dresses are short and lacy which I know so many brides out there are looking for as an alternative to a full skirted designer number and this was definitely something that the Finnish designer Minna had in mind as she wanted them to go from Vows to Festival to Cocktails, and for me they definitely tick all those boxes! 
They are simple, classic and cute plus the added bonus is that the materials are sustainable, with environmentally friendly production techniques including local manufacturing and zero waste pattern cutting techniques for every garment. 

The collection offers a range of affordable (£200-£500), thoughtfully designed and lovingly hand embellished dresses made in UK. Additionally, there is a stunning range of veils, hair adornments and capes to complete the romantically bohemian bridal look! Moreover, Minna wanted to embody wearability, hence the dresses are designed to go from vows to cocktails to festivals.

The old marital good luck custom can be added to the dresses to create unique embellishments with something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. A favourite love poem or wedding date can be hand embroidered to the dress as well and customers have Minna’s vast archive of lace fabrics to choose from. 

The frocks can be altered according to the client’s specification, and different fabrics can be used for bridesmaid’s garments for a complete nuptial-look.
Fabrics used vary from creamy silks to detailed laces and chiffons. The wedding collection stays true to the Minna brand with a rich palette of natural soft powder, ivory and white colours.


You can also check out this very boho video to see the dresses in more detail…

Check out the full collection over at: www.minna.co.uk/wedding