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ADDING A VINTAGE TWIST

So you love vintage. It doesn’t mean your wedding has to be a total step back in time however. A few vintage treats here or there can be enough to give it a vintage flavor. Here are few ideas to mix and match:

Vintage Car Display    

vintage car display

There is nothing that states the era like the car that gets you to the church on time. Ride in a style in a stately Bentley, classic Royals Royce or an adorable open topped beetle that once upon a time gone by, stole everybody’s hearts. If that doesn’t grab, maybe being whisked away to the wedding reception on the back of a vesper does.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Vintage Wedding Tea

Proper English tea complete with china tea sets and crockery makes for a truly colorful affair. Welcome your guests with a glass of bubbly but instead of a formal sit down dinner, invite them to join you for a lighter snack of old styled sandwiches, English scones with jam and clotted cream and a range of other tantalising goodies.

Candy Stand

Vintage Candy Stand

If you don’t think desert on its own will be enough or you feel you want to a little something extra t your wedding celebrations – keep your guests entertained with a old fashioned candy stand. Bring back the sherbet dips, rock candy, chocolate mice, jellybeans and a various array of colored bon bons. Take it one step further with Olde English candy for a real treat. After all, there is nothing like a trip down memory lane.

Old photos

table numbers

Use old photos of you and your groom when you were younger as your table number stands. The number of the table can represent your age in the photo – now that’s some photo fun for you. Sepia and black and whites work best for a vintage theme.

Camper Van

camper van wedding

Either turn up to your reception in one or have a revamped retro van for your vintage photo booth – trust us, your guests will have a blast. Fill with a selection of vintage styled photo props for a real laugh.

Food Trucks

food truck wedding

Its probably one for outdoor spring/summer weddings but there is nothing wrong with planning ahead and here is plenty of fun to be had with an old styled ice cream van, hot dog truck or bagel stand. Why not even put a rustic twist on a modern day satellite bar. Whatever you choose, rest assured that a food truck to wonderful way with which to quash those late evening snack attacks and never fails to go down a treat. Funny how vintage is suddenly the novelty factor – what a contradiction in terms!

Hessian and lace

burlap and lace

As much as it is a current trend, anything hessian and white lace harks back to a bygone era of rustic simplicity. Elegant and pretty without being too overstated or expensive for that matter, hessian table runners, chair bows or hessian bunting with white lace trim all succeeds in adding a rustic vintage chic edge to your wedding. Finish off the décor with lacy mason jars and plenty of gypsophila or baby’s breath, as it is more commonly known.

Vintage cut glasses and cutlery

vintage cut glass wedding

It’s all about first impressions and your tablescape will say a lot about the theme at hand. Pick out crockery, cutlery and glassware that speaks vintage and start to the set the scene. For a color pop, choose pastels and for a strictly classy Great Gatsby edge to the theme, go for gold.

Chalkboards

reception sign

Guests love to be entertained and what better then a chalkboard. Invite them to write down some words of wisdom, one word about how they met you or leave them to let their imagination run wild. Just insist to capture it on camera.

Retro Furniture

vintage wedding furniture

Chabby chic is the name of the game. A chest of drawers, dressing table or old styled writing desk can easily become your guest book table, favor table, rustic bar, or wedding cake display. We have even seen a shabby chic desk turned altar table. Choose a piece that you love or perhaps has been handed down and show it some love by giving it a new lease of life.

ADDING A VINTAGE TWIST

So you love vintage. It doesn’t mean your wedding has to be a total step back in time however. A few vintage treats here or there can be enough to give it a vintage flavor. Here are few ideas to mix and match:

Vintage Car Display    

vintage car display

There is nothing that states the era like the car that gets you to the church on time. Ride in a style in a stately Bentley, classic Royals Royce or an adorable open topped beetle that once upon a time gone by, stole everybody’s hearts. If that doesn’t grab, maybe being whisked away to the wedding reception on the back of a vesper does.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Vintage Wedding Tea

Proper English tea complete with china tea sets and crockery makes for a truly colorful affair. Welcome your guests with a glass of bubbly but instead of a formal sit down dinner, invite them to join you for a lighter snack of old styled sandwiches, English scones with jam and clotted cream and a range of other tantalising goodies.

Candy Stand

Vintage Candy Stand

If you don’t think desert on its own will be enough or you feel you want to a little something extra t your wedding celebrations – keep your guests entertained with a old fashioned candy stand. Bring back the sherbet dips, rock candy, chocolate mice, jellybeans and a various array of colored bon bons. Take it one step further with Olde English candy for a real treat. After all, there is nothing like a trip down memory lane.

Old photos

table numbers

Use old photos of you and your groom when you were younger as your table number stands. The number of the table can represent your age in the photo – now that’s some photo fun for you. Sepia and black and whites work best for a vintage theme.

Camper Van

camper van wedding

Either turn up to your reception in one or have a revamped retro van for your vintage photo booth – trust us, your guests will have a blast. Fill with a selection of vintage styled photo props for a real laugh.

Food Trucks

food truck wedding

Its probably one for outdoor spring/summer weddings but there is nothing wrong with planning ahead and here is plenty of fun to be had with an old styled ice cream van, hot dog truck or bagel stand. Why not even put a rustic twist on a modern day satellite bar. Whatever you choose, rest assured that a food truck to wonderful way with which to quash those late evening snack attacks and never fails to go down a treat. Funny how vintage is suddenly the novelty factor – what a contradiction in terms!

Hessian and lace

burlap and lace

As much as it is a current trend, anything hessian and white lace harks back to a bygone era of rustic simplicity. Elegant and pretty without being too overstated or expensive for that matter, hessian table runners, chair bows or hessian bunting with white lace trim all succeeds in adding a rustic vintage chic edge to your wedding. Finish off the décor with lacy mason jars and plenty of gypsophila or baby’s breath, as it is more commonly known.

Vintage cut glasses and cutlery

vintage cut glass wedding

It’s all about first impressions and your tablescape will say a lot about the theme at hand. Pick out crockery, cutlery and glassware that speaks vintage and start to the set the scene. For a color pop, choose pastels and for a strictly classy Great Gatsby edge to the theme, go for gold.

Chalkboards

reception sign

Guests love to be entertained and what better then a chalkboard. Invite them to write down some words of wisdom, one word about how they met you or leave them to let their imagination run wild. Just insist to capture it on camera.

Retro Furniture

vintage wedding furniture

Chabby chic is the name of the game. A chest of drawers, dressing table or old styled writing desk can easily become your guest book table, favor table, rustic bar, or wedding cake display. We have even seen a shabby chic desk turned altar table. Choose a piece that you love or perhaps has been handed down and show it some love by giving it a new lease of life.

Bending the Wedding Color Combo Rules

Bending the Wedding Color Combo Rules

 


 
Not that there is anything wrong with a traditional all white wedding but many couples are now breaking away from traditions of old and are making new ones.
Coloured weddings are now a thing of the present but there is a new trend afoot.
 
Coloured affairs, as opposed to all-white, have up to now, taken the format of monochromatic schemes i.e. all blue or all purple with varying tones and shades of the same. More recently, the monochromatic scheme has battled for place alongside two tone weddings e.g. gold and silver, white and gold, white and green, to name but a few. We have however, slowly started to see multicoloured bouquets and bridesmaids dresses popping up and could it be that a new approach to colour schemes could be starting to make a new trend?
 
Here is how it works…
 
By choosing a neutral base (white, coffee, mocha, cream, beige) and adding colour to it, you have a whole new range of colour possibilities. The colour chart is now your oyster. Why limit yourself to purely red or pink centrepieces and a matching bouquet? I mean, why you can’t have your bouquet one colour and your table décor another?
 
This isn’t to say you have to go all rainbow on me – to create a classy, stylish look, all the table arrangements should be uniform but if your colour scheme base is…say…cream, white or coffee – any number of colour combos will work beautifully and harmoniously – a match made in heaven (pun intended!). Your table runner therefore doesn’t have to be the same tone of blue as the flowers. Napkins don’t have to match your bouquet and the bridesmaids dresses could be another colour completely. So long as it all blends, you have a winning set-up.
 
Think about it as if you are creating a colour concept rather than a theme. We don’t tend to decorate our houses in one or two solid colours but rather mix and match colours that tone and contrast. We then bring in decorations to complement, enhance and create focus– so why not do the same with wedding venues?.
 
You don’t want an eclectic mishmash however – so think blend blend blend! Cleverly choose colours that can be paired together and the result is astonishing.
 

  1. Choose your base colour – must be a neutral e.g. coffee,
  2. Select colours that a) work well with coffee and b) you like e.g. pink, blush, red, terracotta, orange, cream, beige, chocolate, champagne, if you like warm tones. If you prefer blue tones, choose from: blue, purple, pink, silver, violet, green. All of these blend, complement and contrast with coffee but not clash with each other.
  3. Don’t go too multicolour (unless that’s your plan of course) but choose your top three or four fave colours from your selection that you would like to work around. So going back to our example… if your base colour is coffee, your top colour picks could be: blush, champagne and terracotta. See how this is beginning to take shape.
  4. Add in as many neutrals you need to complement or make your colour concept take form. Adding in white or cream here or there as a background colour can help the others stand out and create focus, interest and gives your colour vision a new dimension. In this case, a cream or white tablecloth and a coffee table runner is extremely elegant. Add to this a table arrangement of red flowers (for example) and the eye will be drawn slowly upwards. White flowers, a coffee runner and a white tablecloth is definitely classy but the colour dimension will give it a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’.
  5. As for the flowers; these don’t have to be a one-colour only affair either but colourful combos of blush, white/cream, terracotta and greenery
  6. Pick out décor that works within this colour concept e.g. champagne, gold or silver coloured candle holders; cream, coffee or blush coloured candles. This delicate blend will create a nice flow along the tabletops giving your guests more to take in and admire.
Working outside of the monochromatic or two tone colour scheme also succeeds in easing some of the decision making dilemmas, such as which flowers you need to choose for your tablescape that will best match your bridesmaid dresses.
 
You will also find that you will be able to give your tables a much fuller look with a lot less decoration. Consider it a colourful budget friendly illusion but hey, it works.

Bridal Make-Up DIY Style

Bridal Make-Up DIY Style
 
So are you doing your make-up?. Whether you are on a budget and are trying to keep costs down;, you don’t tend to wear a lot of make-up anyway and getting a pro in terrifies you or you are just one of those gals who just like to do it themselves, we have some great tips for bridal make-up glory - vintage or not!
 
Moisturizer – an artist should never put the onus his tools but it has to be said that part of the art to a great painting is the quality of the canvas. Don’t worry if you have some skin blemishes, this is not what we are talking about. Moisturizing your face is all part and parcel of great make-up. Soaps and facial washes can all too often leave your face dry and stripped clean (too clean) of natural oils and minerals. Moisturizing can replenish this loss for you without making your face feel greasy.
 
Facial Serum – packed with a myriad of nutrients, this is a winner. It gives back to the skin, the healthy shine that so many of us lack. Making the skin both supple and soft, there are plenty of serums to choose from that will suit both you and your wallet.
 
Primer – a facial primer covers your pores without clogging them and makes for the smooth application of foundation for a flawless photo look. It is essential for any type of make-up; heavy or natural. The same goes for an eye primer. All primers are key to prevent the build of excess oils through the make-up that will make you glisten, help you avoid that dark greasy build up of eye shadow in the crease of your eye lid and help to keep your make-up in place for as long as you need it. It has to be an all time staple of your make-up bag!
 
Make-Up Fixer - There are two kinds – translucent or white powder. With enough blending the white powder doesn’t stay looking white on the skin, although if you happened to be a bit heavy handed with blusher, it can help to dim this down. Powder is a great way to fix your make up in place and help soak up any natural oil making a bid for freedom to give you an overall finished effect that will last for hours.. All you need is a light dusting and while it isn’t a necessity but can definitely come in useful. If you feel the white powder doesn’t really work for you, you could stick to its translucent counterpart or equally try a make-up fixer spray. The spray does not discolor your make-up and should not feel sticky. It just simply holds blusher and other make-up in place all day and all night. A little can last a long time and is perfect for hot weather climates. You can even use both a sealant powder and fixer spray without it feeling at all heavy on the face. A powder is great finishing touch for an overall blend and the fixer spray will keep everything looking fresh. Perfect!
 
Foundation - It goes without saying really! Foundation should be tone on tone with the color of your skin. Too light and you will seem pale. A shade too dark, and your make-up won’t look natural and at worst, the foundation will look too orange – no thank you! Don’t forget to blend your foundation down your neck, on to your ears and into your hairline – trust us!
 
Nude eye pencil – highlight around the eyes with this beauty to make your eyes seem wider and brighter. Can also use the under brow area to make eye shadow stand out and your eyes pop, but don’t forget to blend – nobody wants to see pencil lines!
 
Bronzer – summer is the perfect time to give yourself a golden hue to those cheeks. Go for gold or bronze rather than dark browns and don’t go too over the top, especially if you are contouring your foundation!
 
Brow brush or pencil – Don’t forgo the brows – even if you want something natural! Doing your brows complements the effort you have put into your eyes,. Give them a little shape, dimension and volume with pencil or an eyebrow mascara. It just looks a bit tidier and a little more polished without being too dramatic. For natural looking make-up, choose a colour that mimics your hair. Our ultimate go-to is the eyebrow mascara by Mac or the delightful eyebrow sculpt pencil by Kiko Milano. For an evening look, use a little of both – don’t be shy!
 
Lip liner – choose either a shade that matches your color choice or go for one shade darker to contour the edges of your lips. We advise not to go too dark. Either: use your lip liner to define lip edges and prevent lipstick from spreading over your lip line or color in your lips to add a little more definition to the lipstick color and to make it last longer. For smoother application – put a little foundation on your lips beforehand. Dap a touch of eyeshadow on the centre of your lips to contour and add a hint of shimmer without having to use gloss.

Waterproof Mascara – we don’t think we need explain this one!
 
Contouring kit/cream – if contouring scares you a little or worried you might get it all wrong – check out a few easy-to-follow YouTube vids. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Complete your all over foundation regime and then add a darker colour just below your cheek bones and blend. The best to use is a cream foundation to contour, rather than a liquid. Use a sponge to blend it in and dab – don’t smear. If you feel you have gone too dark, continue to blend using a bit more of the overall foundation and keep dabbing until you are happy. Brush all over with a colored double face powder for a smooth matte finish, especially if you have oily skin (try Clinique) or go directly to your bronzer and translucent face powder finish. There is no right or wrong way but play around and find out what works for you. Highlight under the eyes with an under eye concealer and blend until you obtain a smooth transition from your cheek to your eye area.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Our New Vintage Wedding Boutique

Well, we did it!  We have officially launched our brand new vintage wedding boutique!

As a four time Brides Choice Award winner and two time recipient of The People’s Choice Award for Vintage, we will now completely concentrate on unique specialty vintage bridal gowns in our Lambertville, NJ bridal boutique and online store.  From the From the Edwardian period through the 80’s, we have it all. Looking for vintage bridal accessories? We have them too! bridal consultations will now be available by appointment. 

Hand selecting vintage and antique items is a heartfelt mission for us. 

Much love,
Paula & Erica

Wedding Style: Classic Hollywood Glamour

There's nothing like the golden era of Classic Hollywood to evoke romance and timeless style, making it a perfect choice for your wedding day. The 1930s and 40s were a time where each actresses' image was tightly controlled by their studio, and because of this they were famed for having the most glamorous on-screen style.

There are 2 main styles from this era: the sleek satin dresses of the 1930s or the full glamorous gowns of the 1940s. Here's a quick guide to creating both styles.

1930s: Sleek Satin

Movies were getting more and more scandalous during the 1920s and as a result the Hays Code was introduced in the 1930s to crack down on risque outfits (amongst many other things). Silver screen stars were now told to cover-up their legs and heaving bosoms, heralding a decade of long elegant gowns which were fitted beautifully to the female form. Bias-cut satin was the material of choice, clinging to every curve on stars like Jean Harlow, Mae West and Garbo. Complete the look with some matching satin heels and pin-curled hair (in platinum blonde if you're feeling brave!). If you want to add a veil, then make it a long one if you're looking for authenticity.

Below: Vintage 1930s silk satin cascade gown in champagne, Salmon slipper satin vintage 30s wedding gown, Rust toned liquid satin vintage wedding dress.

1930 Silk Satin Cascade Vintage Wedding Gown

1930 Salmon Slipper Satin Vintage Wedding Gown

1940 Rust Toned Liquid Satin Vintage Wedding Gown

1940s: Full and Fabulous

By the 1940s Hollywood glamor was in full swing. Skirts and shoulders were getting wider and gowns were becoming more embellished adding sequins, embroidery and ruching. Style icons of this decade range from Ginger Rogers, to Rita Hayworth and Joan Crawford. Pair your vintage 40s dress with diamonds and glamorous set hair and top with a small veiled hat. Don't forget to add some red lipstick and even some gloves to complete the look!

Below: Vintage 1940s sequin wedding gown, 40s liquid silk leaf wedding gown, embroidered tea length vintage wedding dress.

1940 Dotted Sequin Vintage Wedding Gown

1940 Liquid Silk Leaf Vintage Wedding Gown

1940 Embroidered Tea Length Vintage Wedding Dress

 

 

New Arrivals!

Just in time for Spring...our new arrivals are here!  Check out three of our favorite looks for Spring or visit our collection of new arrivals and create your own look.

 

1950’s SUNDAY BRUNCH 

Dress:1950 Red Floral Vintage Party Dress
Shoes: Pin Up Bettie Pumps
Earrings: 14K Vermeil Chandelier Earrings
Hat: Cabana Stripe Hat

 

1960’s MOD

Dress: 1960 Pink & Black Silk Vintage Cocktail Dress
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Galata Pump
Earrings: Style & Co. Chandelier Earrings
Bag: Roberto Cavalli Small Bowling Bag

 

1970’s BOHO CHIC

Dress: 1970’s Joseph Magnin Vintage Boho Dress
Shoes: Sightseer Chrisscross Sandals
Bag: ASOS Floral Punch out Clutch Bag
Glasses: Drifter Shades
Bangle: Kate Spade Heart of Gold Bangle
Wire Bangle: Alex and Ani Endless Knot 

Get the Midas Touch

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  The New Year is just around the corner and 2015 has a lot in store for us. Our favorite trend of 2015 has got to be gold and fans of this little luxury will surely have a lot of fun with this chic trend.  The gold trend is all in the little details, especially in the coming season. We love that this extravagant metal can be expressed in combination with a myriad of colors or on it’s own.  The creative interpretations of gold can be seen in the cool geometric shapes and variants in materials, while exaggerated proportions truly capture the imagination. Looking for a few ways to show off your Midas touch at your next event?  We are here to help. We wish you a very safe and Happy New Year. red and gold outfit Dress: 1960’s Red and White Vintage Party Dress (coming soon) Clutch:  YSL Bag Shoes: Patent leather stiletto slingbacks Sweater: Red sweater bolero Bracelet: Saint Laurent gold open cuff Rings: Gold pyramid stackable rings Bracelet: Michael Kores cuff bracelet  navygold Dress: 1960’s Navy Ribbon Party Dress Shoes: Guess Bittan Dorsay Pumps Bracelet: Snake leather square bracelet Clutch: Diane Von Furstenberg Evil Eye Clutch Earrings: Navy and gold drop earrings black and gold party Dress: Black and gold vintage evening gown (coming soon) clutch: Rhinestone clutch bracelet: Rhinestone stretch bracelet earrings: Art Deco rhinestone earrings nail polish: Gold Nail Polish