I absolutely love your blog, I luckily came across it when I was looking unique wedding dress ideas. I really love all the vintage and short dresses your brides wear and I’d love to get something like that for myself. It’s been quite a relief to see that not everyone wants the whole traditional wedding!
However, living in quite a remote location, all the wedding dress shops around my area only stock boring, traditional wedding dresses. Argh! My thought is that I wanted to try and buy a vintage style dress online. I’ve found a few great online shops through your site (Vivien of Holloway, Unique Vintage, Fur Coat No Knickers) but I’m a little scared of ordering such a big purchase online. I don’t suppose you have some tips on how to make sure I order correctly? Style, sizing etc?
Thanks so much in advance and I really do love your site!!
A few weeks ago I received this email from reader Toni, so I asked my friends at Vivien of Holloway if that had any insider knowledge they could share…
Photography Credit: Jazz Hans Photography
Model: Anna Fur Laxis
Buying your perfect wedding dress online can be a little bit tricky. But knowing a few tips and tricks for a perfect fit can make it a little easier. Here at Vivien of Holloway, we have sold countless brides their perfect gown, some from as far away as America and Australia, and we’re always safe in the knowledge that they will look as good as they feel on their big day. So hopefully a bit of advice from us will prove useful!
This week I bought myself a new lens. I’m not going to bore you non-photographers with camera geekery but it’s very lovely (I’ve been swooning over it on Twitter, so if you are interested be sure to follow me.) It only arrived yesterday so only the kitten photos are taken with it (lucky me for having such beautiful models lounging around my house all day.)
This week I visited my scrumptious friend, photographer Emma Case in Birmingham who gave me some pointers to using my camera. I’m now so excited to do a photo shoot with some willing victims soon (oh yes! watch this space)
Taking inspiration from music festivals and garden parties, April & Alex wanted to create a laid back, personal wedding. They loved creating a lot of the details themselves and really wanted to make something that not only reflected them but was fun for their guests.
The bride made all the wedding stationary herself – from the invitations to the luggage tags. “I designed the postcard sized invitations on photoshop, lined the envelopes with floral paper and stamped the backs with an old fashioned address stamp,” she explained. “The orders of service were hand stamped, bound with a sewn spine and decorated with mismatched fabric hearts. We stuck to kraft paper and the same font to pull everything together. I didn’t like the idea of picking one colour as a ‘theme’ but stuck to hot and dusky pink, peach and greens as my colour palate. The confetti packets were a project from Martha Stewart and made by sewing together tracing paper and a handstamped label. For the table plan I stretched some floral fabric over a wooden frame and pinned everyone’s names on hand stamped parcel tags in alphabetical order, each with their table number. I painted cheap frames from Ikea backed with fabric for the table numbers and the place settings were also hand stamped parcel labels. I used inexpensive different sizes glass cosmetic bottles bought online to use as vases.”
Jesse & Susan’s minimalist, stark paper & industrial themed engagement shoot makes me heart go a-flutter. Mainly because it’s so different to anything I’ve seen before. It’s almost avant garde in it’s simplistic randomness and I just adore it.
“The paper people was something I had wanted to do for a really long time” photographer & creative genius Duston Todd told me. “It just took the right couple and timing. Luckily Susan is an award winning designer, made her own vintage wedding dress and was able to put her talents to good use and help create the life sized paper outfits. We started out stiff and clean with the paper, then the couple suggested to rough it up and have fun – and I feel that is where some of the best work came out.”
“As for the industrial bit, I always encourage the couple to make the sessions about them. After all, the shoot is about them, it’s their images that they’ll be hanging on their walls of their home. So I always ask a couple to give me a direction they want to take it. A collaborative effort of sorts, once I get the direction they want to take it – I’ll run with it. In this case they wanted industrial. They had brought along vintage clothes to kick it off and I found some Salt Lake gems for the setting.”
When I read the email that Aaron & Jay send to their photographer when they enquired about her shooting their wedding I was smitten. I wonder why huh?!
“I love your photos and would be thrilled if you could shoot our wedding on July 17th of this year. We are planning a super fun, little bit retro and a little bit country wild and crazy with a whole lot of DIY elements party here in Vancouver. ps. I found you through Rock n Roll Bride (the best wedding blog in the world).”
Yeah…flattery really will get you everywhere. Aaron & Jay’s wedding is also completely stupendously rad …always helps when you want to get your wedding featured on these here pages!
The couple were married outside The Old Hastings Mill Store, which was one of the only buildings in Vancouver to survive the Great Fire of 1886. It is now located near Jericho Beach in Kitsilano. They were married with a view of the harbour, the boats and the mountains – bliss. For their reception they headed to Cambrian Hall.
The couple’s very first date was at Nikkyo Sushi on Main Street in Vancouver which just happened to be around the corner from their reception venue. So, for some fun wedding day pictures, the couple and their photographer Lisa headed out to have some sushi & beer. The couple also served sushi from Nikkyo Sushi at their reception!
Aaron wore a custom made dress from Dolly Couture and accessories from Farmer’s Daughter on Etsy. To compliment her outfit, her bridesmaids wore polkadot 1950s style dresses and they all had different coloured petticoats underneath. How gorgeous is that?!