Tag Archives: Retro

Local Talent

This is something a little different for me to post but when I saw Rosie Parsons‘ last few ‘detail shoots’ I fell in love! The Bristol – based photographer has a great relationship with some fantastic local vendors, from Clara Bows who rents and sells gorgeous vintage crockery, to local florists Bella & Fifi with whom Rosie spend the day dashing around the city delivering blooms in an adorable eco-chic piaggio. Finally I had to share some photographs from Gilly Woo, a good friend of Rosies’ 30th birthday a few weeks ago. The birthday girl is also a ridiculously talented dress maker and so not only are the images pretty damn stunning but how retro chic gorgeous is the her sparkly gold vintage glam dress?

Credit: Rosie Parsons

The Pretty Pretty Princess Look

Brady & Carrie got hitched at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco. A retro/vintage affair, Carrie even designed her dress herself and had it made by Atelier Des Modistes, a quint little boutique on Russian Hill.  Carrie described the experience of designing her own dress as nerve-wracking but totally worth it. She didn’t even get to see what the dress would actually look like until the final week as all the fittings are done with muslin.  She painted a wonderful picture when she described the fittings,  Families walk by at night after dinner and I remember little girls with their nose pressed to the glass door watching me in my “gown”. They had that “pretty pretty princess” look in their eyes. So sweet.

Thanks to Jeremy for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us – we hope to see a lit more of his photographic gorgeousness on Rock n Roll Bride soon!

Credit: Jeremy Harris Weddings

The Story Of The 75 Cent Dress

I was in love with this wedding as soon as I laid eyes on it, I fell even more head over heels when I found the Bride’s adorable vintage fashion blog, but I was completely besotted when I discovered she paid 75…yes 75 Cents for her dress!

Tell me more!I hear you cry. Well the gorgeous Solanah explains her little treasure hunt:
Tagging along to garage sales with Josh, Amy, and Oliver usually results in Legos and Star Wars picture books. But over a year ago, one stop at a church rummage sale proved an unbelievable find.
I got armfuls of vintage goodies like hankies and a Stetson hat for Sam, but while I was waiting for everyone else to finish looking, I thought I’d take a shot at the glum looking clothing rack, full of dresses too new to be vintage, and too old to be interesting. I had passed it about a dozen times, but it looked so pathetic that the effort to stop and browse seemed like a waste of time. In the middle of the rack I came across an awful looking gray garment bag with a torn piece of masking tape stuck to the side that had “Old wedding dress” scribbled in sharpie. So I unzip it a few inches expecting an 80s monstrosity and instead get a preview of beautiful vintage cream lace. Although I had only seen a few inches of it, I grabbed the garment bag, threw it over my shoulder and waddled over to the payment table with everything in my arms, and Stetson on head.
It seemed like it would be an old dress, all torn up from age and poor storage, but at least I could salvage the pretty lace for a project, right?
The two old men at the payment booth were obviously put up to being at the sale by their wives, and looked as clueless as could be. I dumped everything on the table which they added up, but then came to “Old wedding dress.”
“Oh there was no price on that” I said. They looked at it, then squinted at a piece of paper tapped
to the table that had price categories listed.
“Well…here it says: Dresses, 75 cents.”
“75 cents?”
“Yeah is that ok?
“Um, yeah…”
We paid and loaded up the car, with Legos and old stuff, and kept on treasure hunting at other garage sales. A few hours later when I got home I was eager to see more than five inches of this dress. Taking it out of the bag did not reveal the tattered mess I expected but something stunning and flawless. Layers of tulle and lace, rows of covered buttons, and even a matching veil and armlets. But would it fit?
I slipped it on, and realized that it must have been somehow made for me 60 years ago, because it fit like a glove. Upon inspection I could not find a single snag in the tulle, or hole in lace. It was perfect.
And that is how I got my wedding dress for 75 cents.

I am so in love with this couple and I am so excited to be able to share there beeeeautiful wedding with you all! Thank you sooo much to photographers Ben & Alicia for allowing me to share the ♥ (love)

Credit: Vorpal Images – Make Up: Alicia Elfving

Pin Up Vixen

It’s nice to break away from all the weddingness sometimes and just spend some time enjoying some non wedding inspiration and Taylor’s senior portraits fall smack bang into this category. I’m sure it’s pretty obvious why I love these – the colours, the contrast and her gorgeous retro rockabilly style – she has got that pin up thing down to a tee with her fluttering eyelashes and her matt, crimson lips. Can you believe this gal is only 18!?

ps I ♥  that egg chair a little too much!

Credit: Tinywater Photography

Retro Italy Wedding

I’m well aware it’s very unlike me to blog so little on a Monday but I have been a bit of a busy bee today. Please forgive me and fret not because Janel & Jim’s ‘retro italian’ wedding is here y’all! (I don’t know where that ‘y’all’ came from either)

The couple continued to rock their awesome kitch/rockabilly style whist still managing to pull of a pretty damn elegant wedding. The dog was of course there being his cutie-pie self and the styling was second to none. From the vintage vespas (again) to the retro suitcase, from the kinky killer heels to the merrygoround – this wedding is one of pure rock n roll class.

Credit: Skye Blu Photography

Retro Italy Engagements

Janel & Jim are one of those couple’s the completely ooze cool. Their retro style – vespas, rockabilly hair, vans, pin up shoes and a teeny tiny dog – played huge part in their engagament session. Stay tuned for their gorgeous ‘retro Italian’ themed wedding next!

Credit: Skye Blu Photography