How to use Heirloom and Vintage Pieces for your Wedding

Being able to mix the most beautiful antique and vintage pieces into your wedding style can be tricky. Whether it’s Family heirloom and keepsake pieces with heaps of meaning you’d love to include, or some of the most beautiful decorative pieces you can find and hire, Vintage Amy has plenty of advice and inspiration for you today! See her fusion of unique, character filled pieces with the modern fine art wedding style in her shoot with Helen Warner Photography here today for lot of beautiful inspiration for planning your wedding day! Here’s Amy to tell us more about the details;
The Inspiration:
My favourite thing to do is to take heirloom pieces – pieces with character and history – and give them a new lease for life, bringing them to the 21st century and creating a more classic, timeless look. This was the inspiration behind this shoot, showing brides what a soft, romantic and elegant look you can achieve by really concentrating on the finer details. I knew that the person to capture all of this would be Fine Art Wedding Photographer, Helen Warner – whose soft and natural photography style would capture this inspiration shoot perfectly.

The Venue and Decor:
JJ Media’s industrial loft wedding venue AREA was just perfect to show this, from its bare brick walls to its industrial windows and high ceilings, it gave me a perfect backdrop to bring in the elegance and grace. Top of my wish list were vintage armchairs around the dining table – and these are from Anthology Vintage – just used at the top table is a great way of adding luxury without going over the top. I kept the details on the tablescape simple, to allow for all of the vintage pieces to really stand out. With tableware from Classic Crockery paired with my brass candlesticks and unique brass vase. The other pieces I chose were all unique vintage pieces, allowing for the white blank canvas of the venue to stand out. I wanted to show a story with lovely details popping up throughout the day, like the dressing table all set up for the bride, the bar cart with its cut -glass details and the aisle with a floral backdrop and those beautiful vintage armchairs again.



The Bride:
I knew that the only person to create such a gentle and romantic bridal look, that would work with all of these details, would be Chase Make Up. Mari created three different looks throughout the day and we kept the looks classic and graceful, with simple makeup that let the beauty of the bride say it all. The pretty lingerie set is by Ailsa Munro, and the soft, boudoir style worked so beautifully to show our bride leisurely getting ready on the morning of her wedding. Wouldn’t every bride want to have a wedding morning that looked like this!? I chose three stunning wedding dresses and a veil from Sienna Von Hildemar, whose style is creating elegant and classic designs for the modern bride, so perfect for what we were creating. The three dresses each had such beautiful details and with classic touches, which we matched with the rest of the bridal details for each look. The exquisite hair pieces are from Afshan Shamas, whose beautiful gold pieces were the perfect match for the opulence I brought in from brass pieces in the décor. With shoes from Emmy London and a garter from Silk Garters, the classic and graceful looks were complete.

The Details:
Creating a floral installation was top of my wishlist, and clever Some Enchanted created this beauty and all of the floral arrangements. We were keen to keep the palette neutral for the flowers, with lots of foliage, allowing for the colour elsewhere that we were bringing in to shine through. The soft colours and delicate flowers chosen were stunning, and really worked with all of the other elements. I created a little dessert cabinet with the most delicious treats by MonAnnie Cakes, who also created this stunning cake, picking out the blue that we used in some of the other elements. Finally, this kind of wedding deserves simple yet luxury stationery, which Lilac and White provided with this beautiful scrolling script on cotton rag. The beautiful linen, from the tablecloth and runner through to the ribbons on the bouquets, were from Silk & Purl.





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