I sneak peeked this shoot back in February but I had to wait until now to share the full thing…sorry to keep you all waiting, it was hard for me too!
I was asked by Lisa & Tania, the vintage jewellery aficionados behind Magpie Vintage if I’d like to model for their latest campaign – the launch of their brand new clothing line. Needless to say I didn’t need much convincing, even when they told me I had to get on a horse!
The Rose Collection will be officially launched in September 2011. Each each item will be a one off – a genuine piece of vintage clothing from the 1930’s-1960’s, reworked and quirked with the famous Magpie Vintage twist.
Just like the jewellery that they’ve become so well known for, rhinestones, vintage buttons, original gems and vintage ribbons and trims will sit alongside original vintage pieces, perfectly complementing the original source.
Each collection with be limited edition, and due to the amount of work that goes into each hand-crafted item, only 20 pieces will be created per season. Magpie Vintage‘s aim is to get these pieces on the red carpet, but I’ve been reliably informed that I’ll be able to wear some of these items at the various events I get invited too this year. BONUS!
Prices range from £200-£800 and consultations are available by appointment only.If you’re interested in purchasing any of these stunning pieces then be sure to get in touch with them right away.
Alison & Tim were married in January at the conservatory in The Barbican, one of London’s most iconic arts centres. It was a cool mixture of vintage and modern, reflected perfectly by what the couple wore and their dramatic venue. Alison looked beautiful in a Peter Langner dress, a pill-box hat by Jane Taylor Millinery and Emmy shoes. Tim and his best man both wore classic Cording’s green tweed suits.
The venue is famous for it’s 1960’s architecture which provided their photographer Rik Pennington with some great locations for the portraits. The venue for the wedding service was the palm conservatory at the top of the Barbican – another beautiful space – and one you certainly wouldn’t expect to find in the middle of London. The conservatory plays home to palm trees, ferns, running water and even exotic birds!
After the service the couple headed further into the palm house for portraits. “We wanted to capture the unique atmosphere of the venue,” photographer Rik told me. “It’s not every day that you feel like you’re in the depths of an exotic jungle in the middle of London! From there we headed out onto the sky walkways around the Barbican to get some cool shots using the strong lines and geometry of the architecture. We loved the blue lighting under one of the walkways and set up a few shots which couldn’t have been more of a contrast from the conservatory.”
The reception took place in the garden room which has the dramatic backdrop of the conservatory on one side and the illuminated tower blocks of The Barbican on the other.
Annette & Chris had a fancy dress/steampunk themed wedding in Liverpool. The bride wore a corset purchased from Corsets UK and a skirt from MTCoffinzUnderground on Etsy. “My dress wasn’t technically a ‘dress’ as it was a Corset and a separate skirt,” the bride told me. “I bought the white and black steel boned corset for around £60 and the skirt, which was described as a ‘Victorian Lace Gothic Ball Gown’, cost around £100.” She also wore Victorian-style black ankle boots which she hired from a fancy dress shop! Chris hired his unique outfit from a fancy dress shop too.
“The groom came up with the whole idea of a Victorian Circus themed wedding,” explained Annette. “We’re not ‘average’ kind of people and didn’t want to settle on an ‘average’ wedding, so it had to be fancy dress! Although we took our vows to each other seriously, we don’t believe a wedding should be a completely serious affair. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and have a massive party with all of your friends and family, which is what we did! I think that’s what makes us so Rock n Roll. Everyone said it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to, including their own!”
Emma & James had a wedding filled with love and laughter. With help from their family & friends, the couple pretty much handmade everything for their special day. The cake was made by James’ brother who has a family bakery, The Cherrytree Bakery, the bridesmaid dresses were made by a family friend and Emma, her Mum and her sisters made all the bouquets and buttonholes.
The couple designed their own invitations and their RSVP cards were drawn by their daughter Lily (aww.) “We wanted to be able to have something to hand out to our guests as they came in to the civil ceremony so made these little fans which listed the members of the bridal party, the names of the people doing readings and what they were reading, ” Emma explained. “These proved very useful on the dance floor later in the evening!”
The majority of the reception details and décor were also handmade. The bunting was crafted from paper doilies which Emma bought from a local £1 shop, cut into triangles and sprayed gold. They were then stapled onto red and white polka dot and gingham ribbons and were used to decorate the entrance marquee where the afternoon tea party took place. The seating plans were mad from Ikea frames, the table cloths and napkins were cut from fabric purchased very cheaply and the centrepieces were recycled tin cans that Emma knitted little jackets for (omg seriously dying over how cute these are!) Lily then made lots of little button and beaded hearts which they decorated the woolly jackets with.
Also on the table was vintage mismatched crockery and table numbers made from bottles that Emma and her Mum collected in the run up to the wedding. They were filled with homemade schnapps! Finally, Emma and Lily made moustaches and lips from Fimo and put them on sticks, “It was a lot of fun and much easier than I thought!” Emma said. “For favours each of our guests got a novelty gift on their chair we had stick on moustaches, masks, false teeth, funny glasses and lots of glow in the dark accessories as we wanted our room filled with laughter and ridiculous behaviour. These were picked up from pound and novelty shops and online.
Photographer Lisa Devlin told me about her plans for this shoot when we met up to discuss my initial ideas for The Big Fat Wedding Blogger’s Photo Shoot. She was keen to use the Hasselblad that we’d been lent for the shoot with one of her couples, and Tommy & Katie (and their bunny suits!) were the obvious choice.
“I saw some pictures of these two on Facebook dressed in big fluffy bunny suits at a fancy dress party and that sparked the idea for this quirky shoot,” Lisa explained. “Tommy is the singer in the alternative rock band Slaves to Gravity and Katie is a gorgeous 50’s chick so we were aiming for something a bit vintage and a bit dark. We shot a day in the life of them as this fantasy bunny couple and had a lot of fun. Well, it is the Year of the Rabbit!”
How fun! You can also check out the behind-the-scenes goodness on Lisa’s blog here.