Saturday, 31 January 2015

Vintage Wedding Dress Trends 2015 - Number 1!

Dear Reader, 
The year is flying by, isn't it? … high time I made my predictions for the upcoming seasons! So today and all next week, I'll be sharing my Vintage Wedding Dress Trends for 2015. Here's my No 1…


Brides often ask how they can be a little bit sexy on their wedding day, and still keep the vintage look. I love an open or low back dress as a way of revealing a little skin while keeping the charm and modesty of a classic vintage wedding dress.
1930s inspired lace wedding dress, ANGEL, from my Heavenly Collection
Butterfly (below) and Angel (above) from my Heavenly Collection both have glamorous - and quietly sexy - low backs.
1930s style lace wedding dress BUTTERFLY, from my Heavenly Collection
Keyholes are also showing strongly in this trend, as in mainstream fashion. I've just updated my lovely Florence 1940s-style satin dress with a keyhole detail.
1940s style wedding dress in satin and lace, FLORENCE, from my Heavenly Collection
As you can see, I kept it very subtle…
1940s style wedding dress in satin and lace, FLORENCE, from my Heavenly Collection
This subtly sexy look translates to most vintage wedding dresses with great success. You probably know by now - I'm all for subtly restyling vintage wedding dresses to make them perfect for a new bride. Just so long as it maintains the beauty and character of the original dress.

Pop back tomorrow to find out my Trend No 2…!
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Thanks to Robert Lawler for the gorgeous photography.
And thanks to Abby at Cherished Vintage for the beautiful headwear.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Real Vintage Bride Genevieve - Keeping it in the Family!

Dear Reader,
Today I'm specially pleased to show you gorgeous vintage bride Genevieve…
Vintage bride Genevieve in 1940s lace and satin wedding dress
Genevieve is one of four stunning sisters from a truly charming family. And Genny is the third sister who visited my London studio to find her perfect vintage wedding dress!
Champagne satin and beading on glamorous 1940s wedding dress
Genevieve chose a champagne-coloured satin 1940s wedding dress. It's a very glamorous dress with exquisite beading on the bodice and a long, long train with delicate lace inserts.
Real vintage bride Genevieve shines in her 1940s dress
Genevieve has such a lovely personality, and her 1940s dress was the perfect complement - allowing her graceful beauty to really shine. 
You may remember seeing more of Genevieve's family here on my blog and on my website. First, at sister Felicity's wedding (with bridesmaid Genevieve on the far right)...
Felicity in vintage cotton lace wedding dress, with bridesmaid sisters!
And then again at sister Molly's wedding...
And sister Molly wears gorgeous 1960s wedding dress with high neckline
Each sister has her own distinctive style. And as you can see each is a stunning bride! Charming mother Sue and Aunt Molly add to this remarkable family who were such a pleasure to work with. In Genevieve's kind words...
"I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your help in finding me my wonderful wedding dress! It was a perfect day and I felt beautiful in the dress and had so many compliments on it.  
The day really wouldn't have been the same without your help! I will of course be recommending you to everyone (not just for the family tradition!)"
What a family! I hope you've enjoyed seeing them. (And thanks to photographer Mairead McDaid.) Pop back next week for my Vintage Wedding Dress Trends for 2015.
Heavenly Vintage Brides

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Vintage Wedding Dress of the Week: 1950s-style Chantilly.

Dear Reader,
Today I'd like to show you 1950s-style Chantilly, from my Heavenly Collection of vintage-inspired wedding dresses.
Close-up pic of model in vintage-style wedding dress Chantilly
Full length pic of model in Chantilly vintage-inspired wedding dress
Chantilly is based on a classic 1950s silhouette, with its slim-fitting lace bodice and beautifully swishy skirt - elegant, feminine and fun to wear at the same time!
Rear shot of 1950s style Chantilly dress, showing lace bodice
What really sets Chantilly apart is the gorgeous quality fabrics that give it such great fit and movement. The skirt is made in a specially-sourced Italian silk organza, and the bodice is made from the finest French Chantilly lace (shown here with a mocha lining for a pretty vintage colour effect).
Full-length pic of Chantilly 1950s-style wedding dress
I've shown it here in tea length. But it looks equally stunning in ballerina length or for a really dramatic look in full length.
Full length CHANTILLY 1950s wedding dress
And just to round off this post, here's real vintage bride Sophie looking fabulous in Chantilly on her big day!
Sophie laughing after her wedding, in Chantilly dress from the Heavenly Collection.
If you'd like to see more of this gorgeous 1950s-style dress, check out my Heavenly Collection here or just make an appointment to visit my London studio
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If you like this post, see more of vintage bride Sophie here
Real bride Sophie on her wedding day, outside the venue, drink in hand

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

My Top 7 Vintage Brides of Last Year

Dear Reader,
While I'm thinking about my trends forecast for 2015, it often helps to look back over past seasons. It shows what worked best, which classics will always be in style, and what new ideas evolved…
It's always a pleasure looking back at my brides. It's almost impossible to choose favourites - I can honestly say they ALL looked fabulous. But here goes (drum roll, please)… in no particular order, my very favourite 7 Real Vintage Brides of last year!


Molly was a real angel, so unassuming and beautiful. We found the perfect dress for her - a high neck, long sleeve, willowy Priscilla of Boston dress.
I love a high neck dress with long sleeves and a slim-fitting skirt. It's such an elegant combination, so modest and charming. And vintage dresses do it best - just like Molly's.
High necklines don’t flatter every figure - I find they work best with a small bust. But when it does work - as here - it looks amazing
These gorgeous pics also showcase a big trend from 2014 - the natural flower circlet. How refreshing to see all those beautiful flower crowns and circlets, after a few years in the wilderness (sorry, just couldn't resist the hopeless pun!)


Lovely Felicity chose Butterfly from my own collection. I never tire of seeing girls bring my vintage style wedding dresses to life. I feel immensely proud of each bride, they all wear the dresses so differently and bring their own personality and style.
Felicity's dress really shows off her fantastic figure. And to me, her own style makes it looks the epitome of a perfect English summer wedding.  


Jane married her charming partner George last summer, in a stunning original 1950s blush lace dress.
I admit to being a bit greedy here. When I met these two lovely and very impressive women, I wanted them both to be Heavenly Vintage Brides! I tried to tempt George as well as Jane, but it was not to be! 
Instead, they cleverly coordinated their styles, both wearing 1950s silhouettes in tea length. And I'm delighted with the results. Jane looks devastating in her 1950s tulle and lace vintage wedding dress - so stylish, and the perfect complement to her dramatic red hair.


Chloe looks fabulous in the Blanche 1950s inspired wedding dress from my Heavenly Collection
She chose the ballerina length, with a three-quarter sleeve and we finished it off perfectly with a beautiful silk ribbon and handmade silk rose. It's such a classic beauty - and so is Chloe! 
Chloe and her family were really fun to work with, I loved being a part of their brilliant day.
Beautiful Selina is a teacher. With her lovely athletic figure and even lovelier sweet nature, she suited the Bette dress from my Heavenly Collection so well.
It was a complete pleasure to be involved in Selina's special day. I loved watching her transform from a charming, kind teacher to a fabulously slinky and glamorous bride!


Dainty Becky was married last summer in a delicate lace peach coloured original 1930s dress.
I'm a big fan of pastel coloured lace and vintage has plenty to offer in the way of pretty shades of palest pink, peach and champagne. Inspired by this, I offer a similar choice with my own Heavenly Collection of vintage-inspired wedding dresses. Becky’s dress was so simple and just perfectly lovely for her, she accessorised it very well with the long veil and pretty silk flowers, made by my lovely seamstress Grace.

Lucie chose a stunning 1940s original vintage dress. I've rarely found such a fabulous dress - with its long net train, beautiful corded lace, and those little cap sleeves.
Lucie really shone in her dress at her wedding last summer - a truly beautiful bride and a wonderfully colourful, sunny wedding.
I often feel the 1940s gets a little forgotten, between the slinky 30s bias cutting and the flirty fun 50s dresses. But it's a decade I'm really fond of - sophisticated and glamorous without being fussy.
So there they are, in no particular order. Forgive me if I missed out your own personal favourites - I'm proud to say every one of my brides looked beautiful in their vintage wedding dresses. Take a look at more stunning real vintage brides here… and make your own impossible choice!

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