It’s no secret that I am a Fur Coat No Knickers super fan. Laura and Emma are the purveyors of the friendliest bridal boutique in the country. No joke, these babes are some of the nicest human beings you will ever meet.
For years now they’ve been the go-to store for vintage wedding dresses, and in 2013 they expanded their range to include made to measure designs. All lovingly handmade in Britain, they wanted to be able to help every bride, whatever her shape or size. They love their vintage gowns, but with vintage sizing being stingy at the best of times, it was really hard for them to cater to anyone over a size 12.
“We love vintage dresses but by their nature they are on the small side”, they say. “Although we search for more realistic sizes, there have been occasions where we just can’t help. We hated that. So we set about designing our very own collection that would be every bit as beautiful as the dresses in our shop but available from size 8 to 22. That collection is Flaunt It.”
“The designs are based on vintage dresses that we’ve found and loved over the years, with shapes that are very flattering. They are created from carefully chosen lace, tulle and silk organza which, to our eyes, don’t stand out as being too modern when hanging next to the original dresses.”
“The dresses can all be customised by taking away sleeves, adding different volumes of petticoat, coloured binding, sashes, headpieces and of course by tweaking the fit to the individual, just like we do with our vintage dresses.”
Tom and Emma were married in Florida. Their wedding was nerdy, with a touch of vintage, just like them! They had loads of lovely handmade and especially sourced details such as paper flower bouquets and Ski Soda brought in from Illinois.
“Pretty much all of our décor was made by us”, began the bride. “We wanted our tables to look like home. We wanted our guests to look around and feel like they were at their grandma’s house. We had stacks of old books, doilies, jars and lace. Actually, the jars used in our centerpieces were Tom’s grandmas from the 50s!”
“Tom taught himself how to make bow ties for his groomsmen’s presents and enjoyed it so much he has started a bow-tie business. We had DIY book page garlands, book page roses, and opted for hand painted signs to keep our guests informed. We fell in love with a lace a burlap aisle runner on Etsy, and the length we needed would have cost us about $180 dollars, so I ordered some burlap lace and made it myself for about $30.”
Demelza and Andy were married in Stoke Newington Town Hall followed by a reception at The Mildmay Club in Newington Green. Their wedding was inspired by the kitchen sink dramas of the 60s.
“We wanted a really personal wedding so we made sure as much of it as possible was designed and made by either ourselves or our friends”, wrote the bride. “We also wanted a local wedding which is why we got married at our local town hall and had the reception in the working men’s club at the end of our street. We are very lucky to have two such amazing buildings so close to us. The inspiration just came from us, our home and what we love, we basically wanted to have a massive party with all our friends and family, great food and dancing all night!”
“Andy designed a font for our names and we had a large rubber stamp made with the idea of gold foil embossing each of the 130 invites by hand”, she continued. “This was a lovely idea and looked fantastic but each one took about half an hour to make and involved special powder, potions and a hair dryer!! Hence only half our guest received foiled invites, the rest got gold paint.”
“Our biggest expense, but also our biggest highlight was the band, The Tamla Motown Sound. Live music is really important to us so we knew we had to have a band playing. We absolutely love Motown and so do all our friends so we knew they would keep everyone dancing all night, they were fabulous.”
Kerry and Andrew were married at Mythe Barn in Birmingham. Their wedding was full of lovely rustic, home made touches. The bride wore a stunning 1960s vintage wedding dress which she found at Luxe Bridal and instead of a traditional bouquet, she carried dried flowers (!!) from The Artisan Dried Flower Company. All the rest of the flowers they arranged themselves.
“Our wedding was DIY, vintage, industrial and recycled with stag motifs and wood everywhere!”, Kerry explained. “It was basically a mixture of everything we love whilst keeping the theme of the venue in mind. As serious as a wedding is, we wanted to say our vows and basically have one big party with all our family and friends. A lot of weddings that we have been to have been very traditional but it’s just not us.”
There’s nothing quite like a beautiful retro wedding, and Marta and Bartosz’s big day, sent to me all the way from Poland, is one of the most gorgeous I’ve seen in ages! They were married in October.
“We wanted something different for our wedding”, wrote Marta. “A lot of couples these days (especially in Poland) seem to go for very typical weddings but we wanted something more. My dress was a subtle yellow colour and we got really creative with our portraits. The vintage American airstream stands in the middle of Częstochowa (our home town) and sells the best hamburgers in the city!”
I fell in love with Erin and Jon’s budget wedding as soon as I saw it – I loved the cute, affordable and easy-to-DIY details, the beautiful venue and the bride’s lilac dress (which was actually a bridesmaid’s dress from J Crew). The day was held at Shadowbrook Restaurant in Captiola, California on the bride’s birthday (!) and was planned, in the most part, by her mother. She did almost everything herself, from chalk painting the mason jars to making the dessert trays from using vintage plates and tea cups.
“The overall theme for our wedding was vintage shabby chic”, explained Erin. “I have always looked up to my Nana and Papa and their marriage and I wanted our wedding to feel classic and vintage like an old love story. We had vintage photos of couples in our seating chart and lavender medicine bottles from 1900s in each centerpiece. Most of the décor was from antique stores and flea markets. I wanted the colors to reflect the season so we chose lavender and purples.”