Friday, 25 September 2015

Friday Inspiration – more fabulous vintage wedding dresses from the Vogue Weddings Book.

Dear Reader,
I promised I'd show you more of the Vogue Weddings Book, didn't I? So for this week's Inspiration, let's kick back and enjoy more iconic photos from 120 years of vintage wedding style…

Divine!
All photographs with thanks to Vogue.
Love 
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides

Monday, 21 September 2015

1940s–style wedding dress, for elegant vintage bride Terry.

Dear Reader, 
Often, my brides have no clear idea what they're looking for. They love the romance of vintage wedding dresses, or the glamour. Sometimes its the timeless quality of vintage that appeals. Beyond that, they have no picture of which decade or style is right for them. 

That's absolutely fine – showing the many options that vintage offers is always enjoyable. But there's a special pleasure that comes when I meet a bride who has a clear sense of her own style, and knows exactly what she's looking for.
Lovely Terry was just such a bride – a very elegant lady with clear style ideas. Terry came to me knowing exactly how she wanted to look for her Brighton wedding: simple, elegant... and gorgeous.


So we adapted the 1940s–inspired Bette dress, from my Heavenly Collection. It's already a very elegant shape, and we made it just as Terry imagined by raising the skirt a little to show off her lovely jewelled Harriet Wilde shoes. We slimmed the A-line silhouette too, for a very slender line...

The silver beaded trim used for the belt and neckline was a one–off, a vintage find that perfectly suited the dress. 

The same attention to detail went into the choice of dresses for bridesmaids Carli, Sian and Rhian – a different Alfred Sung design to suit each bridesmaid but all in Terry's favourite Bluebell colour.
And of course, the same colour threads through the wedding – from the groom's tie, to the pretty delphinium in the bouquets.
Thanks go to Terry for showing us your lovely seaside wedding. We love your style!
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides


Photographs with thanks to Brian Handford Photography
Hair by Terry's dear friend Mavis
Wedding Flowers: Dazzling Decor
Bride's Bouquet and Bridesmaid Posies: Ginger Lily Floral Designs
Bridesmaids's Dresses: Alfred Sung by Dessy

Friday, 18 September 2015

Friday Inspiration – Vogue Weddings Book: Brides, Dresses, Designers.

Dear Reader,
Today's inspiration is the spectacular Vogue Weddings Book...
Exactly as you'd hope from Vogue, it's a gorgeous glossy collection of over 400 iconic wedding photographs that have appeared in the magazine over the past 120 years. Pictures so beautiful speak for themselves…
But if you'd like to see more about Vogue's sumptuous book, just click here… And keep watching, I'll be featuring more of these fabulous images very soon.
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides

All photographs with thanks to Vogue.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

A 1960s Lace Wedding Dress for Ambreen – Mad Men Style.

Dear Reader,
Today we have Real Vintage Bride Ambreen, looking fabulous in an original 1960s lace wedding dress...

Ambreen's cocktail–style dress in superb quality lace is a classic 1960s style. With its close–fitted bodice, three–quarter sleeves and on–the–knee length, it perfectly shows off Ambreen's gorgeous hourglass figure and chic style. 

Ambreen cleverly kept her accessories simple – Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon shoes, a pearl bracelet and a pretty birdcage veil, created bespoke by my brilliant seamstress Grace.
A fabulous Mad Men look, for a wonderfully individual wedding.
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides

If you'd like to see more 1960s–style wedding dresses, 


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

White Horses, White Sands... and White Vintage Wedding Dresses.

Dear Reader,
I have gorgeous pictures for you today – all featuring one of my original vintage wedding dresses…




The model is wearing a beautiful 1930s lace dress with a rayon satin slip… dainty and delicate as can be.
It's a classic dress from a wonderful era – simple and romantic, yet with very clever pattern cutting.


It's this quality I've aimed for in 1930s–style Angel and Butterfly, from my own Heavenly Collection... Elegant simplicity, underpinned by the finest fabrics and clever cuts.

These gorgeous beach images are from a shoot by charming Kent wedding photographer, Sam Riley, with the help of stylist Lisa Nicolaou and hair and make-up artist Hannah Sorcha

And these lovely wedding blooms are by Wild Things, Mayfair.


One of my vintage veils also features in the pictures. You can see many more at my studio, or even have one specially made to complement your dress...

If you love the dress, I have a few similar 1930s wedding dresses at the moment – priced between £695 and £995. Do contact me if you'd like to come and see them. 

And of course, I have a full range of vintage–inspired wedding dresses in my Heavenly Collection. You can view these in the luxe surroundings of my stockists Luella's Boudoir (London) and Vintage Bride (Dublin).

White ponies, white sands, white dresses… Heavenly!
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides


All beach photographs with thanks to Sam Riley
Art Direction & Styling: Lisa Nicolaou
Hair & Make-Up: Hannah Sorcha
Flowers: Wild Things, Mayfair
Film Scans: UK Film Lab
Shot on location at Camber Sands exclusively on film using Fuji 440H with Contax 645 and Canon EOS 1 cameras