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Designer of the Week: Claire Pettibone

23 Jul

If you’re looking to float down the aisle like an ethereal queen then you’ll love our designer of the week, Claire Pettibone. With lots of intricate lace detailing her vintage style dresses have a really soft elegant feel.

The closest stockist for you gals of Kent is Blackburn Bridal, which is in Blackheath, London.

All images from Claire Pettibone

 

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Part 5: Planning a Vintage Wedding: The Dress

18 May

Welcome to the final part of our planning a vintage wedding special and what a way to finish – it’s the all important dress!

You have a big decision to make here as you can go one of two ways. Real vintage or well…sort of…. modern vintage i.e. brand spanking new but with a vintage style. You are literally spoilt for choice.

First let’s start on preloved (wedding speak darhhhling for second-hand). A true vintage wedding dress isn’t as easy to find as you’d think. Firstly it depends on what era you are going for, even now the 80’s gets the vintage label in some circles, so you will need to be selective. If you are going way back it’s always going to get more difficult, so unless you have Granny’s dress waiting in the wings prepare yourself for a lot of leg work.

One of the best places to start is dedicated online website Preloved Wedding Dresses. They have over 10,000 new sample and used wedding gowns, some of which are truly vintage. You might also find a hidden gem of a vintage style dress that fits nicely into your not so vintage budget. You can also try The Vintage Wedding Dress Company, although they haven’t got a stockist in Kent their flagship store is in Central London. Run by renowned stylist, Charlie Brear, it’s well worth the trip into the big smoke to join its growing number of celebrity fans.

The Vintage Wedding Dress Company

The Vintage Wedding Dress Company

The Vintage Wedding Dress Company

The Vintage Wedding Dress Company

There’s also some vintage boutiques to try closer to home including Bridesdressrevisited in the little Kent village of Otford, where you can make an appointment to view their full collection of preloved dresses.

If second-hand just isn’t you then there are some brilliant designers who offer vintage style dresses. Here are just some of our absolute favourite dresses available now from Charlotte BalbierCandy AnthonyClaire PettiboneCharlotte Casadejus and Johanna Hehir.

Charlotte Casadejus

Charlotte Casadejus

Charlotte Balbier

Charlotte Balbier

Johanna Hehir

Johanna Hehir

Wedding dress by Candy Anthony

Candy Anthony

Claire Pettibone

Claire Pettibone

For more inspiration on planning vintage weddings in Kent then take a look at Vintage Kent Directory where you will find lots of suppliers to help you in your quest.

In case you ‘ve missed them check out the rest of the post in our vintage wedding series here:

Part 1: Vintage Music

Part 2: Hair & Make Up

Part 3: Vintage Shoes

Part 4: Tea Time

And if you are planning a vintage wedding don’t forget to share your experience with us here!

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Planning a Vintage Wedding Part 2: Hair and Make up

28 Apr

In part two of our Planning a Vintage Wedding special we take a look at creating your own vintage look. We caught up with three industry experts who, just like us, love vintage hair and make-up. ALOT!

Christina Jessel, hair and make-up specialist, says “Vintage is very much requested in my work at the moment. Its fun, classic, glamorous and works with all face shapes and hair textures. Adding a beautiful sparkly hair decoration with jewels or an accessory with fine, small feathers really completes the vintage look.

Caroline from Powder and Glow loves recreating vintage make up. “From mastering a 1940’s starlet, a 1950’s siren pout or a 1960’s smokey eye, we can work with you to get the vintage look you want. We also offer personal vintage styling tutorials so you can learn to create the looks yourself”.

Liz Bower from Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair specialises in wedding hair. “It’s fantastic to create a lovely soft, vintage feel, incorportating Marcel waves and twists, finishing beautifully with the most gorgeous hair comb.”

Here’s some inspiration from the ladies!

If you missed Part 1 of our Vintage Special catch it here and see you next week for Part 3 when we talk vintage wedding shoes.

Have a great weekend x

Image Credits

1 – 5: Courtesy of Christina Jessel 6-9: Courtesy of Powder & Glow 10-14 : Courtesy of Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair

Six of the Best: Wedding Garters

4 Apr

The wedding tradition that Brides wear a garter and then toss it to the men in the wedding party for good luck seems to be hitting a snag at Wedding Dolls HQ.

Our round-up of these beautiful garters means no bride will be giving them up that easily.

Whether or not you are going to be adding the ‘blue bit’ into the mix (are you keeping up with this tradition stuff?) these garters should definitely be yours to love forever!

Ariane Ivory Lace Wedding Garter, £39, Lovebysusie

Glitterati Silk Tulle Garter by Florrie Mitton, £58.95, Etsy

Aphrodite Beaded Garter, Florrie Mitton, £49.98, Etsy

Romance Bridal Garter, £39.99, Atelier Rousseau

Marlene Wedding Garter, £29.99, Atelier Rousseau

Vintage Bow Brooch Garter, £39.99, Atelier Rousseau

Don’t forget to let us know if you will be tossing your garter, or if this is a tradition you won’t be sticking too! We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Images direct from the designers websites:

Lovebysusie

Florrie Mitton at Etsy

Atelier Rousseau

Eco Wedding? Try the Natural Wedding Book

16 Mar

We have seen growing numbers of couples who want a more eco-friendly wedding. Whether it’s using sustainable printing for stationery or going completely organic for the wedding breakfast it’s a theme that is growing in popularity.  At the Wedding Dolls we just love “The Natural Wedding” book which is dedicated to helping you have a completely natural wedding. From stunning vintage dresses to intricately crafted organic cup cakes, this book will provide you stylish solutions with a natural twist.

The author and eco wedding designer, Louise Moon, suggests simple how-tos and insider tips to make your day truly unique. It’s set out into bite sized chapters for each topic and is great to dip in and out of when planning.

Louise says in her introduction “I wanted to write the book to give couples inspiration and advice on every aspect of their greener celebration. Its my eco-chic guide to weddings without hairy shirts or mud in sight!”

If you are anything like us you will love this book and it might just persuade you that eco chic is the way to go for your big day.

The book is published by Alastair Sawday’s and is available to purchase online for £14.99.

Images from Alastair Sawday’s