fab find #12: everything for the modern vintage bride
Last Sunday I was invited to The Vintage Wedding Fair in Chiswick, with over 50 wedding suppliers showing off their vintage goodies. It was great to see so many brides getting stuck in trying on the dresses, accessories, and munching on beautiful cupcakes and tea whilst being entertained by The Marjorie Belles & Mouthful O’ Jam.
The fair was jam packed full of inspiration, not just for vintage brides, but all brides. I’ve picked out a few of my favourite finds to introduce to you today.
Charlotte Casadéjus – Original Vintage & Vintage Inspired Gowns
Wearing a beautiful silk dress from her collection, Charlotte caught my eye and I couldn’t wait to find out more about her and her stunning designs! Inspired by bridal fashions from the 1900’s to the 70’s, she launched her first bridal collection in 2009, and from her London showroom designs and makes the most exquisite vintage inspired dresses using original beading, lace and embellishments she has collected, using couture techniques.
The new 2011 collection is inspired by vintage corsetry and couture techniques, resulting in fashion conscious, modern and glamorous dresses. Yet by using the softest silks and subtly metallic tulles, embellished with feathers and petals, they also have a wonderfully romantic, feminine feel.
View the full collection here
I have long been a fan of Rachel’s beautiful shoe collections, so was delighted to finally get a chance to meet her properly! She has a wonderful passion for her shoes, inspired by the 1920’s and 30’s, they are stylish, beautifully made, with elegant details, vintage yet also right on trend. Each style is available in different heel heights, ensuring your feet not only look great, but are comfortable all day long!
Debbie is well known for her glitzy bespoke bouquets, and also creates the most stunning headpieces and accessories using vintage jewellery, buttons, crystal, beads, feathers and luxury fabrics. Each bouquet is unique, and designed with the bride to coordinate with her gown and can incorporate heirloom pieces too. You can view the full bouquet and accessories collection here
The colourful and crisp bunting hung around the Bunting Queen’s stand led me to a lovely chat with Lucy, aka The Bunting Queen.
I love the idea of bunting at weddings, especially at an English garden wedding (a clean white marquee with colourful bunting) or a village hall (think vintage tea party), but unless you are a whizz with a sewing machine, or have a very willing family seamstress, it’s a very time consuming DIY project! And what do you do with 100 meters of bunting after the big day?!
The solution is to hire (or buy) by the meter from the Bunting Queen and her ‘Princess’ bunting makers. It’s ready-made in pretty much every colour and pattern, but if you can’t find the perfect design they can also create something that fits your requirements. They will also help you work out quantities, post it out to you a couple of days before your wedding, and you just simply return it a couple of days later. Simple!
The prettiest cupcakes greeted me at Victoria’s Kitchen! Victoria trained with ‘The Cupcake Lady’, Ann Warren of Cupcake Café New York, and some of our very own best cake decorators in London, before setting up her own kitchen in Chiswick to share her passion for baking. Everything is made from scratch with fresh ingredients and love. All the decorations are handmade by Victoria too, making each cake completely unique!
If you missed the Chiswick fair don’t worry, the next one is in Harrogate on 18th September. Click here for information and tickets and details of upcoming fairs in Bath, Chester and Chiswick again later in the year.