Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Vintage Treats – A Glimpse Inside Luella's Boudoir...

Dear Reader, 
There's something I haven't told you. It's not that I've been keeping secrets, just waiting for the right moment…
And here it is. I'm delighted to announce that my Heavenly Collection of vintage inspired wedding dresses is now available at Luella's Boudoir.

Luella's Boudoir is a wonderfully chi-chi bridal boutique in London's Wimbledon Village. There you can view (and try on) my range of dresses in gorgeous girly surroundings – with luxurious decor, chandeliers and pretty antiques to get you in the vintage wedding mood!

1930s style wedding dress Violette, in silk satin and French lace
The boutique is filled with a sumptuous collection of vintage and vintage-style bridal accessories from shoes to veils too… 


1930s style lace wedding dress – Butterfly
So you can plan the perfect wedding outfit – from the top of your head to the tip of your white satin-clad toes...
1930s style lace wedding dress – Butterfly
1930s inspired lace wedding dress, Angel
1940s inspired satin and lace wedding dress, Florence
1930s style lace wedding dress, Butterfly
1930s style wedding dress Violette
(And they have red kid suede too, if that's more your style…!)
1940s style wedding dress – Bette
1940s inspired wedding dress, Florence
All Luella's range are carefully picked by their team of stylists, and are chosen for their originality and beauty. Many designs are exclusive to Luella's, and they also source a range of original vintage pieces. They work with UK and international designers, and I'm thrilled that you can now see my Heavenly Collection in this gorgeous vintage wedding treasure trove!
1940s style wedding dress, Bette
All the pretty accessories featured here are available at Luella's. You can see more of them and read about our exciting collaboration on Luella's vintage wedding blog here. And if you're feeling inspired to go and try on some fabulous vintage wedding dresses, then just click here to book an appointment

Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides
All dresses above from my Heavenly Collection, available now at Luella's Boudoir. 
With thanks to Robert Lawler Photography

Thursday, 20 August 2015

So Long Our Cilla, We'll Miss You Chuck x

Dear Reader,
It's time to bid a fond farewell to Our Cilla today… 

Remember Blind Date? Back in 1988 – way before X Factor or BGT – Cilla Black's saucy TV dating game was an essential part of my Saturday night. Well, every girl's Saturday night really. It was the perfect backdrop to pouffing up your 80s hairdo ready for a night's dancing...!

But it's easy to forget that Cilla was a pop star twenty years before this, with a sweet and expressive voice that earned her a string of great hits. Take a look at her in 1968 – adorable at age 25, and already a mahoosive star. This song was written for her by Paul McCartney!


With her cute 60s style and natural warmth, Cilla became an enduring icon of the Swinging Sixties




Cilla with Cathy McGowan

Cilla's own 1969 wedding to Bobby Willis was a media event in itself. Check out this gorgeous clip from Pathe News, which was broadcast into cinemas…




Sadly, Bobby died in 1999. But they did enjoy a long and loving marriage that lasted 30 years.
With Cathy McGowan in Kensington's Biba store
So long Cilla – we send you off with a lorra lorra love!
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides

Friday, 14 August 2015

Friday Inspiration – 1950s Wedding Dresses and Original Vintage Kisses!

Dear Reader,
Romance is in the air today at Heavenly Vintage Brides, as we take our Friday Inspiration from a charming new book, Hackney Kisses
Original 1950s wedding dresses and original 1950s kisses!
Created by Sweden–based photographer Stephen Gill, the book has a lovely back-story too. While browsing on ebay, Stephen came across a single 1950s photograph that interested him. He bought it, and then saw another listed. And another. And so on. 
1950s wedding dresses and original 1950s kisses!
Eventually, he contacted the owner and offered to buy the entire archive – a treasure trove of over 9,000 vintage wedding photographs from the mid to late 1950s. The photographs were all in packets addressed to the bride's parents, but with no other details.
1950s wedding dresses and original 1950s kisses!
Some packets had many photographs, some just three or four...
1950s wedding dresses and original 1950s kisses!
But in every packet, the image that really leapt out was the kiss.
Original 1950s wedding dresses and original 1950s kisses!
Of the brides, Stephen says "I've never gone looking for relatives, but wouldn't it be great if someone recognised their aunt, or their mum."
Original 1950s wedding dresses and original 1950s kisses!
1950s wedding dresses and original 1950s kisses!
1950s wedding dresses and original 1950s kisses!
If you'd like to see more of these delightful rediscovered pictures, click here...
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Vintage Bride Carly, in a Flirty 1950s Lace Wedding Dress

Dear Reader, 
Excuse my absence last week… I was away enjoying a glass or two of prosecco in the warm sunshine!  Now I'm happy to be back with pictures of this week's darling real vintage bride, Carly…

For her Bristol wedding, Carly chose this original 1950s wedding dress – so pretty with its nipped-in waist, frothy full skirt and all-over cotton lace. Carly looked amazing in the dress, teamed with sassy red peep-toe shoes and a neat birdcage veil. And it suited her lovely personality to a T.

1950s wedding dresses are made to show off your curves, so a perfect fit is important. As soon as lovely Carly tried on this beautiful dress, it looked gorgeous on her. But as always, a few subtle and clever alterations can still make a big difference – lifting a dress from pretty to fabulousThat's where my secret weapon – super-talented seamstress Grace – comes in. As well as ensuring this dress perfectly fitted Carly's lovely figure, Grace even made the pretty teardrop headpiece and veil to go with it. 
Congratulations Carly, you look 1950s-fabulous! (And since my secret is out, I shall tell everyone more about Grace in another post very soon.)
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides

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