Thursday, 30 April 2015

1930s Vintage Wedding Dress in Slinky Satin, for Real Vintage Bride Emily.

Dear Readers,
Emily is our Vintage Bride of the Week, wearing a beautiful original 1930s wedding dress in ivory satin...
Let's give Emily a moment to tell the story in her own words
"My experience with Helena helping me choose my wedding dress was wonderful from start to finish. Visiting her studio of unique and original dresses from every decade made me feel like a child in a sweet shop! We consulted by email beforehand and although I'd decided I was looking for a dress that was 1920s/30s in style I had a wonderful time exploring all the different possibilities." 
"The dress I chose felt so beautiful to wear, the quality and weight of the material was like nothing modern I had tried before and when she showed me the black and white photo of the original bride wearing it in the 1930s I just fell in love with it!"
"I had some ideas for a bespoke headdress too and Helena was so helpful putting me in touch with a contact at HT Headwear which really finished off the look. I visited Helena 4 or 5 times for fittings, even to try the dress with different shoes and each time she was so patient, and welcomed me (and my mum) with a smile, tea and wonderful advice."
"I can't recommend the service enough and I felt so special in my dress on the day. Hopefully my smile in these photos says it all!"
I think Emily's right. Her words and these lovely pictures really do say it all. Such a beautiful, happy bride! I'm delighted to have been a part of her day. If you'd like to know more, or to view my range of original or vintage-inspired dresses, please do contact me
Heavenly Vintage Brides

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Accessories for Vintage Wedding Dresses – The Birdcage Veil.

Dear Reader,
Some time ago I promised to show you my new range. So here at last is the first of my new heavenly vintage veils...!
The first of my new range of veils for vintage wedding dresses - Heavenly Vintage Brides
My clients usually ask for advice on accessorising vintage wedding dresses, and it is hard to find subtle and delicate vintage-style accessories that suit every period. So the answer…? Well, it was under my nose! To design my own range of beautiful, high-quality veils using the same fabulous-quality authentic laces and fabrics I sourced for my dresses.
Close-up of Birdcage veil for vintage wedding dresses - Heavenly Vintage Brides
This first style is a birdcage veil - and I have kept it very simple and versatile. This darling little veil can look mysterious and glamorous with a 1930s or 1940s dress, or cute and pretty with a 1950s wedding dress.
How to wear Birdcage veil for vintage wedding dresses - Heavenly Vintage Brides
My birdcage veil can be worn at a pretty angle over one eye. Or for a subtly sexy look, can be worn across the top part of the face as shown here - slightly obscuring both eyes to give a little mystery. The size of the veil can be tiny and super-subtle, or larger and more dramatic as you wish. 
Full length pic of Birdcage veil for vintage wedding dresses - Heavenly Vintage Brides
I have several examples here in my studio for my clients to try out and have fun with, whilst they are trying on the dresses – they suit everyone and most girls love them!
Full face close-up showing Birdcage veil over eyes, with vintage wedding dress 'Angel' - Heavenly Vintage Brides
Shown here with the Angel dress from my Heavenly Collection in fine lace and blush underslip, my Vintage Birdcage Veils are priced from £25–£50. Keep watching as I have more styles to show you very soon.
Heavenly Vintage Brides

Friday, 17 April 2015

Vintage 1950s wedding dress by Christian Dior – Friday Inspiration.

Dear Reader,
Spring is Oh-So-Sprung, the blossom is blooming, and the sun is shining. Hooray! Let's celebrate with a gorgeous floral Friday Inspiration...
This classic 1950s wedding dress is by Christian Dior, and has all the signature features of his divine 'New Look' with its heightened femininity, tiny waist, fabulous flowers and acres of luscious fabric. Just beautiful.
Heavenly Vintage Brides

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Real Vintage Bride Joanna in Fabulous 1980s Fringed Wedding Dress.

Dear Reader,
This amazing 1980s bead-fringed piece is a real showstopper. It's a beautiful dress, but I always knew it would take a special bride to wear it and truly make it her own...
The moment Joanna tried it on, she was obviously the one!
Super-stylish taxidermist Jo married web designer Aki in Bristol, in a wedding she describes as "kind of 60s mod / Dusty Springfield goes wild in Morocco".
From the Moroccan themed venue, to the seashell-clad cake, to the entertainment provided by Bristol Ukelele Club (of which Jo is a founder member), two belly dancers and a magician, the whole day was a quirky and individual success!
As Jo says, 
"There is absolutely nothing I would change about our wedding. And I love my dress so much I’ve already worn it again to a party at the Lord Mayor of London's house!"
What a super-cool vintage bride! If you'd like to see more of Jo and Aki's gorgeous photos, their wedding also featured in RocknRollBride.
Heavenly Vintage Brides

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Photography with thanks to Noel Deasington
Aki's suit by Clifton Suits
Jo’s Shoes by Jeffrey Campbell
Jo's Headpiece by Death + Glory Taxidermy (Jo's own company)

Friday, 3 April 2015

Vintage-Style Wedding Dress by Alexander McQueen – our Friday Inspiration.

Dear Reader,
The V&A Fashion department's spectacular Alexander McQueen show, Museum of Savage Beauty, is now in its third week and garnering rave reviews. This vintage-inspired wedding dress showcases all his couture skills and includes so many of my favourite features...
High neck...? Check. Head to toe ivory lace...? Check. Long sleeves...? Check. Absolutely beautiful...? Check check check!

The fairytale styling in this picture is amazing, but the dress itself is remarkably beautiful and wearable. (Ok, it probably costs about a million pounds too!) The exhibition continues until 2 August. 

Enjoy the long Easter weekend!
Heavenly Vintage Brides

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