Weddings, tips, tricks and all things vintage!
|Posted on 8 February, 2017 at 0:25|
When it came to my shoes I looked at every price range, from, Vivienne Westwood to Ted Baker to New Look. Initially I wanted something sparkly or something that as soon as you’d lift up the dress people would say wow!
I after looking at all sorts of styles, I thought, rather than mixing up the funky look with the vintage theme I wanted to be a ‘full on’ classic movie star look, think Grace Kelly, Judy Garland.. so I looked at classic style shows but with a little sparkle. I found NOTHING I liked. I ended up admiring the blue Manolo Blahnik’s that stared in the Sex and the City movie but I didn’t fancy the price tag!
So I concluded that I wanted a similar blue to the Manolo’s as I loved the thought of that vintage deep blue with the ivory dress and lace bolero and perhaps with some diamante shoe clips to give that movie star look. At first I looked everywhere for a pointed ‘D’orsay’ style shoe in that blue… NO-WHERE to be seen! But then… there on the shelf, the last pair left, in my size, perfect and better yet in the sale in Primark for £6!!! Yes that’s right £6! Of course…. There is nothing wrong with Primark but I thought if the photographer were to snap some artistic shots of the shoes, I wouldn’t want the label to give my game away so I bought some padded soft, light pink in-soles from new look to add a bit more quality to the look as well as look after my feet on the day!
On I went to find some quality shoe clips to add some sparkle. I found some fabulous clips online so I bought 3 sets of them, one for myself and also some to embellished the cake (yes, to match my shoes). I love them so much I now sell them on this website! Quality, weighty and secure. See my shoe-clips page to view the three classic types! Now you can walk around like a movie star on your day too, and even match the bridesmaids too if you like! The shoe’s (including in-soles and shoe-clips) cost a total of just £30.99! Most shoe’s in Next can’t even match that price!
So that’s it, I ended up creating a similar classic look for a fraction of the cost! I really recommend it! They won’t break the bank, everyone still thinks they cost a bomb! AND you can re-use the shoe clips on other shoes! They also look spectacular in the photos!
|Posted on 12 January, 2017 at 7:20|
So I must say it’s only since organising my own wedding I have fallen in love with all things Bridal! From looking for venues to choosing the final touches. My wedding was mostly a DIY affair when it came to the décor and favours. I am a creative kinda gal and so I loved creating the save the dates, invites, favours and buying in the various décor pieces to save on cash!
As you are reading this on my website, you will know I hand make jewellery, I love creating matching pieces so took this opportunity to hand make all the lady guests a ring and all the male guests cuff links, these matched the pale yellow theme for the day and looked great inside the teeny tiny jars at their places at the table (yes my friends were eating jam for me months before the wedding so i could have the jars back!).
I wanted to go with a vintage theme, I love art deco, elegant old movies stars like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn (old fashioned romance!), so I tried to express that when organising and creating the décor and theme for the big day.
I’m not one of these people that knew exactly what type of wedding dress I would have from a young age, in fact, I realised I didn’t know what I wanted until I tried every single style on (well, why not?), I wanted a vintage style and loved the 20’s silk dresses but surprisingly I went for a more modern dress just because the shape and fit suited me most (sweet heart neck line with slight fish tail/ bubble hem skirt), however, it was the back that drew me in, the elegant bow detail with diamante sparkled and it was like nothing I had seen before, so I went for it! To make it slightly more vintage I got a dress maker to make a fabulous vintage style lace bolero with unique floral detailing that we had designed together. It really framed the back of the dress.
The men wore tuxedos which really fitted in well with the vintage theme, my husband wore a deep blue tux with an ivory shirt and black bow tie, all grooms men wore a silk pastel yellow pocket square to match the bridesmaids, these were also handmade by my fabulous dress maker and designed to reflect the bubble hem detail of the wedding dress.
The fabulous Sarah’s Doo Wop Do’s came to whip up an amazing 40’s hair style as well as fixing up some amazing do’s on the bridesmaids. Her hair creations are the best I have seen. She didn’t disappoint, I felt like a 40’s film star and that’s how I wanted to feel on the day!
Venues - St Andrews Church, Ampthill and www.woodlandmanorhotel.co.uk
Hair Styling – sarahsdoowopdos.wordpress.com
Photography – victoriamitchellphotography.com
Wedding Dress – Sottero & Midgley ‘Kendall' at www.bridesandbustles.co.uk
Handmade Bolero & Bridesmaid dresses – www.megandrupert.com
Bridal beauty prep – www.lordsandladiesbedford.co.uk
Flowers – www.fleurette-florist.co.uk
Wedding car - www.hiremyds.co.uk
If you would like to know more about my day or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (via contact page). For a link to my lovely hair stylists blog on my wedding, please https://sarahsdoowopdos.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/caroline-and-neils-vintage-wedding/" target="_blank"> sarahsdoowopdos.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/caroline-and-neils-vintage-wedding" target="_blank">click here and enjoy!