For us vintage fans, making the decision to have a vintage wedding is an easy one but can sometimes feel hard to plan when bridal magazines are full of traditional styling ideas. Having a day that reflects you and your personality rather than what society tells you to have is what truly matters; it’s your day after all! Whichever era you choose, from the glamour of the 1920s/30s to the bohemian vibe of the 1970s, here are some top tips by our wedding editor, Kate Beavis who runs the Magpie Wedding Show, with some wise words from others in the vintage wedding business to help you get the day of your dreams.
The Wedding Suit That Was Returned After 50 Years!
By Kitty Von TastiqueIt was the late 1960s when Cupid struck his cheeky little arrow into two young lovebirds, Jennifer and Terry. After a whirlwind romance, they were soon to be married but unfortunately, money was tight.
Kate Beavis from the National Vintage Wedding Fair shares these beautiful photographs by Claire Macintyre, who has recaptured 1960s France reminding us of the beauty that is Brigitte Bardot.
When I picture Brigitte Bardot in my head, I always visualise an early 1960s girl with a tousled beehive, black eye makeup and that amazing pout. But by the late 1960s she had embraced an effortless bohemian style, with her flowing blonde hair, sun-kissed face and long floaty dresses, perfect for the hot French summers.
Vintage, boho weddings are often linked to the style of the 1970s, but it all began the decade before with the hippy, festival vibes from Woodstock and the fashion of Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks. Think maxi dresses, low cut necklines, layers of lace and tiered skirts which all make for a great summer wedding.
Claire Macintyre describes the look she wanted to recreate in this photo shoot, “Brigitte’s wedding is a concept I had been creatively working on for over a year and follows on from my Marilyn Monroe’s wedding project that was published earlier this year in Vintage Life magazine. Brigitte Bardot is the ultimate boho bride, a touch of sensuality with laid back vintage vibes, and I wanted to explore how she might look in a modern, vintage wedding theme. The shoot also coincides with the launch of Bardot Weddings, a unique Wedding Photography Collective that I have founded which offers some of the most talented wedding photographers in the UK.”
I love the French feel in these photos, from the pale blue colour in the flowers and cake through to the vineyard where it has been shot. With extra special touches added such as the macaroons, figs, a floppy hat and of course oodles of lace, this is a wonderful, vintage, rustic wedding look.
If you want this look for your wedding come along to the National Vintage Wedding Fair this autumn at Bath October 2nd, Manchester October 16th, Harrogate October 23rd, Leamington Spa November 6th and London November 13th, where you will find vintage and vintage inspired dresses, cakes, flowers and lots more. For more information visit www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk
Photography & Concept: Claire Macintyre from Bardot Weddings http://bardotweddings.com/
Styling: Kate Beavis, The National Vintage Wedding Fair www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk
Unique Bride Club https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/UniqueBrideClub,
Hope and Harlequin http://www.hopeandharlequin.com/
Katya Katya Shehurina http://www.shehurina.com/
Rock The Frock http://www.rockthefrockbridal.co.uk/
Cherished Vintage Bridal http://www.cherishedvintage.co.uk/
Unique Bride Club https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/UniqueBrideClub
Floristry by: Robin and Rose Floristry https://www.instagram.com/robinandrosefloristry/
Hair and Make Up: Pinups Bridal Hair http://www.pinupsbridalhair.com/
Cake by: Just Because Cakes http://www.justbecausecakes.co.uk/
Videography by: Little Whale http://www.littlewhalemedia.com/
Macaroons: The Real Macaroon Company https://therealmacaroncompany.com/
Venue: Stanlake Park Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shoot Co-ordination and Styling: Distinct Events http://www.distinct.events/
Kate Beavis from The National Vintage Wedding Fair shares these beautiful and very colourful vintage wedding ideas, every one adorned with the most stunning floral arrangements.Picture the scene – the sun is shining, you are surrounded by pretty scenery, and you and your guests are relaxing at your garden party wedding for tea, cakes and much fun. Beside and above you, hanging from the trees, are vintage homewares and glassware in bright shades of blue and pink. There are flowers everywhere – in your hair, around your waist, on the tables; large blousy blooms in oversized shapes to really create that sense of WOW.
Get the look by choosing pastel 1950s vintage prom dresses or wedding gowns, teamed with layers of different coloured petticoats and pearls. Alternatively add tulle – loads of it, underneath as well as for puffed-up full veils. Add contrasting ribbons to waistbands, leaving the ends to hang long and free. Display your vintage prints on trees, hang lampshades from the branches and layer up all your pretty china, suitcases, baskets and silverware on every available surface – including the grass! Lastly, add flowers everywhere you can, even your shoes! Handpick large hydrangeas, English scented roses and cottage garden favourites such as stocks, hollyhocks and sweet peas.
For similar vintage wedding dresses, accessories and pretty china to buy or hire visit The National Vintage Wedding Fair this autumn at their events around the country. For more information visit www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jane Geoghegan http://www.janeyannaphotography.com
FLORAL ACCESSORIES, STYLING AND PROPS: Sam Freeman http://www.rosadior.co.uk
DRESSES: Erica Jordan http://www.realgreendress.com
MUA: Viktoria Khol http://www.artblush.com
HAIR: Mark Lewis http://www.facebook.com/TravellingHairStylist
VINTAGE CHINA HIRE: Helen Baker http://www.bettylovesvintage.co.uk
MODELS: Brook Nicholls, Nikita Salt, Rosie Baker & Katherine Powell
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