Sunday, 21 August 2016

A model family of stylish brides, with wedding dresses from 1930s to 1950s, 1960s and 1980s...

Dear Reader,
Here at Heavenly Towers we've been admiring a remarkable treasure trove of wedding photographs – all from the family of my lovely model, Patience... 
Patience, modelling 1950s style 'Blanche' dress from my own Collection.
You may have seen the wonderful Victorian wedding dresses from our earlier instalments of this fabulous saga (if not, just see the links at the base of this post). You may remember that we've colour–coded them too, so you can have fun tracing Patience's maternal (captioned in red) and paternal (in blue) lineage...
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses: Patience's 
Great–Grandmother Georgina in Edwardian silk wedding dress
And now, here's a last sumptuous assortment – zooming us from the Edwardian period and through the age of modernism with the 1930s, 1950s and 1960s to now...
Great–Grandmother Jane in the 1930s (No, Jane didn't wed
 in her tennis whites – however pretty they are! Eschewing 
tradition, Jane chose a simple, private country wedding.)
Here's Jane attending a most glamorous party: SO many wonderfully 
elegant 1930s ladies in divine evening dresses! 
Great Great Aunt Patricia, in 1938 (the page boy is Great Uncle
Richard, and young bridesmaid is Grandmother Lisa!)
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Grandmother Lisa, stunning in 1950s duchesse satin.
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great Aunt Apphia in beautiful high-necked dress, 1961
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great Aunt Apphia in 1961
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great Aunt Apphia (and page boy, Patience's Uncle)
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great Aunt Jennifer, married 1962
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Patience's Mother Rose, pretty in classic 80s peach, 1984
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses: The story continues… 
Gorgeous Patience models an original 1950s cotton lace dress.
I'm secretly hoping that one day I'll feature the next generation of weddings from this fabulous clan. Big thanks to Patience and her family for sharing their story – what a wonderful group of ladies!
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides

To see the other posts in this series, click on the links below

Part One – A Model Family, 125 Years of Society Brides


Part Two – Victorian and Edwardian brides from a model family




Wednesday, 3 August 2016

A Model Family Part 2 – Victorian to Edwardian wedding style.

Dear Reader,
In our last post, we started a thread of fabulous and historic wedding photographs from the family of Patience (who you can see modelling my own Heavenly Collection of vintage–inspired wedding dresses). 
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Fanny & The Wedding Party, 1888
This elegant 1888 Victorian wedding of Fanny, Patience's own Great–Great–Grandmother (above) is where we began. Now let's roll the clock forward to the next generation of society brides in wonderful Victorian and Edwardian wedding dresses...
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great-Great-Grandmother Gladys' wedding, June 1903
You may notice some of the captions are in red (for Patience's maternal lineage) and some in blue (for her paternal line). It's fun to trace the likeness down the generations…
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Gladys in beautiful honeymoon outfit, 1903
Gladys' wedding to Walter, from The Times 1903
“Each bridesmaid was attired in a Romney costume of white muslin, with belts 
of pale blue silk, a fichu of white muslin being draped round the shoulders 
and caught in front with a single La France rose...”
Gladys’ "wedding dress and travelling costume and bridesmaids’ toilette" 
from The Times 1903
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great–Great–Grandmother Apphia Elizabeth's engagement photo, 1904
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great–Great–Grandmother Apphia, 1904
Great–Great–Grandmother Apphia, 1904
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great–Great–Grandmother Apphia, 1904
The wedding of Great–Great–Great Aunt Irene to Francis, 
from The Times 1910
Great–Great–Great Aunt Irene’s "wedding gown and bridesmaids’ toilettes" 
from The Times, 1910
Don't forget to check back soon for the next instalment in this fascinating history of a remarkable family. I have some wonderful images from the 1930s to today to show you!
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides

Sunday, 24 July 2016

A Model Family, Part 1 – 125 Years of Society Beauties in Vintage Wedding Dresses.

Dear Reader,
You may recognise this beauty: Patience, the darling girl who regularly models my vintage wedding dresses…?
Patience in original 1960s wedding dress.
Well, it seems Patience comes from an illustrious line of society beauties! Aided by her lovely mother Rose, Patience recently raided the family archives. There, she discovered a remarkable history of wedding fashion... 
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great–Great–Grandmother Fanny, January 1888
I'm delighted that the family has agreed we can share these beautiful photos – many of which are from original wedding announcements in The Times, some even illustrated by hand.
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Great–Great–Grandmother Fanny, Canterbury 1888
And so – beginning with the sumptuous style of this Victorian wedding from 1888, and continuing over the next few posts – I'm delighted to bring you almost 130 years of an illustrious family in their fabulous wedding dresses.
125 Years of Vintage Wedding Dresses:
Fanny & The Wedding Party, 1888
What a stunning piece of real history. Check back very soon, for the next instalment in this fabulous family saga.
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Beautiful, ethically made AND affordable? My newest Heavenly lace wedding dresses mean you CAN have it all...

Dear Reader,
I hope 15 May is in your diary! My first vintage wedding fair of the season is only a few days away, and I'm in the middle of planning what delights to take. 
Perfectly boho! Original 1970s lace wedding dress.
Original French lace wedding bolero, priced £235 
In the elegant surroundings of Charlton House, I'll have over fifty romantic and boho vintage wedding dresses to show you. As well as samples from my own collection of beautiful boho dresses.
Original 1970s lace wedding dresses available from Heavenly Vintage Brides. So boho!
And completely new for the fair, I'm delighted to be launching an affordable line of the most beautiful, ethically–produced lace wedding dresses. All my vintage and boho wedding dresses are handmade here in London, using only the finest quality English laces. And now they're amazing value too – priced from just £950!
Butterfly floaty lace wedding dresses, now available from just £995
I've spent SO many hours researching, refining and talking to new suppliers to make this line possible – at amazing value (from just £950 including a pretty underslip) with no compromise on quality or principles. 
Violette, shown here in satin, is now available in lace from just £950
The dresses are all ethically made here in London, by hand, and feature the most beautiful silks and laces. Even the buttons are hand–covered in real silk... and their teeny–tiny delicate button loops too! All are created by a wonderful team of skilled traditional seamstresses here in London for the best possible quality and ethical credentials.
Angel lace wedding dress – beautifully handmade in England.
So by choosing these dresses you're supporting local industry, and helping the planet a little... as well as choosing the most fabulous, romantic lace wedding dresses possible!
Boho lace wedding dress Butterfly, now from £995
One of the pretty tulle and lace wedding dresses for sale at my stand on 15 May.
I'll be showing affordable – and stunning – new versions of my most popular dresses: Angel, Butterfly and Violette. I'll have samples of these beautiful new wedding dresses with me on the day (as well as many beautiful vintage boho wedding dresses, of course).
Angel, one of my new romantic lace wedding dresses
Butterfly, one of my romantic and boho lace wedding dresses from £995
My new Violette is now available as a lace dress over a satin slip (it's shown here in satin only, as it's so new I don't have the photos yet. So you'll have to come and see if for yourself!) It's in the most beautiful delicate 'cobwebby' cotton lace for a supersoft feel and a lovely drape – and still priced from just £950.
Violette, shown here in satin, is now available all in lace from just £950
Violette is similar to Butterfly and Angel (both pictured below), both of which are always very popular. But with its higher back and more structure, Violette is exceptionally flattering to a curvier figure.
Violette (shown here in satin) is now available in lace from just £950
My new Butterfly is in a gorgeous cotton blend lace, with a geometric 'art deco' style pattern. It's available for £995, including a pretty underslip in a choice of three colours. 
Butterfly lace wedding dress, so romantic, available from just £995
One of my other most popular lace dresses, Angel, will now be available in a very soft floral lace – very flowing and SO romantic – priced from £995 including a pretty underslip in choice of three colours.
Angel floaty lace wedding dress – now available from £995
The dresses can be bought online and will soon feature in my Etsy shop or you can find them at my studio in Brentford, West London. I'm proud to say they're all made as one–offs here in London, and the lace is also made in the UK. I really believe you can combine amazing beauty, quality and still use UK suppliers and manufacturers.
Angel lace wedding dress, handmade in England and priced from just £995
Look forward to seeing you on 15 May at Charlton House, or just contact me to visit my studio!
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides

If you'd like to see more of my lovely lace wedding dresses for sale, 

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Old-school glamour at the Met Gala

Dear Reader,
This week saw one of fashion's biggest annual events in New York: the fabulous opening night for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Manus x Machina exhibition
A Chanel wedding dress covered in silk camellias – and 700 hours in the making!
All about the meeting of style and technology, the exhibition features work by Vuitton, Chanel and Dior. And of course, the fashion world turned out in style for the opening – with a 'white tie' dress code. 

I don't know what you think, but there seemed to be fewer really beautiful dresses this year – perhaps the theme made it more difficult. But here's a small taster of this year's standout outfits. 
Blake Lively in beautiful pink Burberry gown.

Although it was neither high–tech nor white, Blake Lively looked pretty and elegant in her 1950s–styled baby pink Burberry dress, that flowed over her baby bump.
Lily–Rose Depp in Chanel, already so confident at 16.
Lily–Rose Depp looked amazing in white Chanel dress and bomber jacket casually slipping off her tiny frame. Only 16 and so confident... But then she does have mum and dad to guide her!
Rose Byrne, in fabulous 1970s style silver dress.
Silver was a big trend on the night, giving a techno feel to even the softest and most floaty of dresses. Here's Rose Byrne looking stunning in a slinky silver 1970s style dress.
Sienna Miller in 1970s style dress by Gucci
Keeping to the 1970s / metallic theme, Sienna Miller looked fab in her Gucci gown. Again, this one is very 1970s style – but still simple and chic. 
Lorde in Valentino tulle floor length dress
Lorde chose a super–pretty Valentino dress in layers of pastel tulle for her Met Gala debut.
Dakota Johnson in 1970s inspired Gucci with star-shaped lace panels
Many dresses have really divided opinions this year – including this kooky Gucci dress worn by Dakota Johnson, with its clashing colours and star–shaped lace panels. Young and fun, or a bit too Camden Market…? What do you think?
Elizabeth Debicki in pretty green Prada – and Tom Hiddleston
Another dress that garnered very mixed reactions is Elizabeth Debicki's green floral Prada gown. Personally, I think she looks darling in it – so fresh and pretty, with a timely hint of boho – and a lovely change from some of more obviously sexy (I'm being tactful… some were really tacky) outfits. What do you think of it?
Nicole Kidman in twinkly 1920s inspired dress by Alexander McQueen
Nicole Kidman stepped delightfully outside her comfort zone this year – leaving behind the severe minimalism of her usual red carpet choices to go for a twinkly, pretty and fun 1920s inspired dress with cape from Alexander McQueen. And the choice really paid off with a winning combination of glamour and prettiness. 
Clare Danes in beautiful 1950s style princess dress… with a secret...
And taking the theme to heart in a spectacular red carpet coup, Clare Danes completely stole the show in this 1950s style baby blue princess dress by Zac Posen. Yes, it was pretty. But more importantly…
Clare Danes lights up the red carpet, literally!
…It glowed in the dark! Truly combining technology with fashion, Clare's (slightly bonkers) dress is made from fibre optic woven organza and had 30 mini battery packs sewn into it.
Crazy… but also kinda fabulous. Fashion, eh!
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides