I used to have a pretty wicked collection of vintage wedding gowns. What started with just my wedding dress (circa 1999) and my mother-in-law's gorgeous 1950's gown, turned into an obsession. I began hunting in all the local antique stores, then online to snap up anything affordable (under $40) and older than me. I had a bit of a problem, but I had an awesome collection!
Last year I gathered some of my creative people, a few hot looking friends, and some bad ass photographers, and we decided to play. We took all the gowns, the jewelry, the accessories, and the skulls and we created some magic! Here are some of my favorite looks from the day.
This is Anna, one of my past brides and one of my favorite models! You might recognize her from her real wedding photo on the background of our website. We put her in my original wedding dress, added a black corset belt, black tights and heels, and lots of jewelry. We gave this a bit of a gothic, 80's edge (totally my style!) and I love it. I wish I'd thought about that corset belt when I got hitched all those years ago. I also love how the back shows off her ink (below)!!
(note the #blushrents tag was when I rented this stuff out for photo shoots and weddings. Unfortunately, most of these things were lost in the fire last summer. But I still have my dress!)
Next we put Anna in my mother-in-laws gorgeous 1950's gown. It was a little long for her, but I was in awe at how it fit around the middle! I always felt like, combined with her hair and makeup, this look was very Bride of Frankenstein.
We have this 12' long red veil that I borrowed from my favorite bridal shop, and we added a skull staff to the mix instead of a bouquet to complete her look. We pretty much nailed it.
Next, still with Anna, we put her in my Vera Wang reception dress (you guys, my wedding was so traditional!!), and added an apron that my grandmother made back in the 70's, and a vintage 80's beaded necklace. I love how it all looks with her black tights, such a fun casual look. Perfect for a cocktail reception!
The last look I want to share is this one with Heather. She is my kindred spirit, and I love her energy as she just shines. She's wearing a vintage 70s tea length dress along with my great grandmothers fur wrap and her kicky, two toned Mary Janes.
What I want to convey here, more than anything else, is how much fun you can have with what you wear. You don't have to spend a fortune to look amazing, be comfortable, and get hitched! Borrow something from friends or family, hit up some consignment or vintage stores, and add your own flare (go all Pretty In Pink with it!!). In my case, I just brought all my stuff and asked my creative friends to put looks together. We had so much fun with it, and came up with pairings I never would have thought of! Use your village, have some fun, and be fabulous!
Until next time, friends. Cheers!