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Luxurious Art Deco wedding dresses from Australian label Johanna Johnson

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 17th, 2012

I know I say this all the time, but I LOVE this art deco inspired wedding dress collection by Sydney-based designer Johanna Johnson. I finally caught up on the latest episode of Downton Abbey last night (don’t worry, there will be no spoilers here!), so my mind is truly on the glorious fashion and glamour of the 1920’s and 1930’s this morning, so discovering this beautiful collection of gowns is just perfect.

With swooping skirts, art deco panel lines, and Swarovski detailng on sumptuous ‘vintage’ silk satin, these  gowns will be perfect for brides wanting to ad a bit razzle dazzle of their wedding.

Prices range from $3,825.00 AUD to $7,157.50 AUD. Which one is your favourite?

The Amory

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How to plan your own Downton Abbey wedding

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 19th, 2012

We have finally managed to catch up on the latest episode of Downton Abbey, the hit TV series that follows the Crawley family and their servants as they go through romance, ambition, desire, shocks and heartbreak.

As those who follow the show knew, the third series would start with the planning of the wedding of Lady Mary Crawley and Matthew Crawley (apparently they’re related way down the line), who after an on-off romance in the previous seasons would finally get their fairytale wedding.

As viewers finally got to see Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) walk down the aisle to meet her husband-to-be, played by Dan Stevens, all we could think of: how could you have a Downton Abbey wedding yourself?

The venue

If you’re after a true Downton Abbey wedding this is your first port of call. The home of the Crawley’s is actually the sumptuous Highclere Castle, which is within easy reach of London, Bristol and Southampton. The Castle is licenced to hold civil ceremonies and will provide a out-of-this-world backdrop to your wedding photographs.

Whether you’re after an intimate wedding or a celebration extravaganza, the wedding co-ordinators are on hand to help you plan your perfect day, right through from ceremony to reception.

The only thing that could cast at shadow over your 1920’s style wedding location is the cost.. The venue fee ranges from £12,000 to £15,000 (+VAT) depending on season. But that’s worth it for the ultimate Downton wedding, right?!

 The wedding dress

Lady Mary looked every part the 1920’s bride as she came down the stairs, revealing her wedding gown to her father – and the world. As was the norm in this era, she wore a simple ivory column dress, with a satin sash drawing in below the waist and sheer, long sleeves. The look was completed with a jewelled headband and a cathedral length veil. Gorgeous!

There are a lot of wedding designers who specialise in this style of gowns, but we’d recommend taking a look at The Vintage Wedding Dress Company or Jenny Packham.

The hair and make-up

While Mary sported a rather demure look, for roaring twenties hairstyles think waves and Hollywood Glamour- and a feather or two – or a shiny bejewelled headband. When it comes to make-up it is all about bold lips and dramatic eyes . Take your time to research hair and make-up artists in your area to ensure you find the right person for the job. And look to celebsville for inspiration. More than one beauty has graced the red carpet in a 20’s style.

The groom’s attire

Your husband-to-be needs a morning suit with a matching waistcoat, no doubt about that. Add a top hat to the look for the ultimate 1920’s groom.

The guests

Now this is where it gets tricky. For the perfect replica of the Downton Abbey wedding, you’d need an eccentric American grandmother, a quirky and traditional English grandmother, a sister who married the chauffeur and lots – and we mean LOTS – of servants. Oh and a healthy dose of drama just before the ceremony…

The best solution: simply invite everyone dear to you and your future husband, and it will be a blast!

There you have it, the basic elements of planning your very own Downton Abbey wedding.

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The London vintage wedding fair returns to the capital this November

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 18th, 2012

If you love your Mad Men and Downton Abbey and dream of having a wedding set in an era gone past, then you should head to London this autumn as the Vintage Wedding Fair returns to the capital for the third time.

Set in the beautiful The Old Finsbury Town Hall in Clerkenwell, there will be lots of antique frocks, 1940’s teacups, hand-made shoes, vintage jewellery, bespoke milliners working in antique fabrics, and more on display.

When: 4 November, 11.00am-5pm; £10 in advance/£12 on door

Where: The Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4RP

Image credit: London Vintage Wedding Fair / James Finnigan

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Freya Rose introduces 1920’s style Gatsby inspired bridal shoes

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on June 14th, 2012

If you’re a fan of the 1920s and its dazzle and glamour, you’ll love these Great Gatsby inspired t-bar bridal shoes by Freya Rose.

A collaboration between the shoe designer and Debbie Carlisle, the art deco styled Audrey comes in ivory and black duchess silk as well as gold metallic leather, for £375.00.

Debbie Carlisle is best known for creating luxury vintage jewellery bouquets and vintage inspired headpieces for brides that want to sparkle one their wedding day.

Are you thinking about having a 1920’s styled wedding?

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Temperley Bridal Ophelia 2012 collection

By Andrea Petrou on May 11th, 2012

We’re officially in love. And this time we’re not talking about our hubby to be. Instead it’s Alice Temperley’s Ophelia 2012 bridal collection, which has stolen our hearts.

The range mixes boho, the flapper era and striking silhouettes to make this collection one to lust after.

If you’re a vintage gal at heart, you’ll love the designers Emmeline frock, which emulates the 20s Flapper look with beading and crystals, while the designer’s Kelly frock with its peacock design is great for brides who want to stand out in style.

It’s no wonder Kate Middleton is a fan of this designer.

See the gallery below for our top five frocks.

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Art deco inspired bridal jewellery by Amanda Field

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on April 11th, 2012

You had me at art deco. As one of my favourite eras (although the 50’s are pretty amazing too), any art deco inspired jewellery and gowns will grab my attention. The glamour and elegance of the 20’s and 30’s are definitely present in Amanda Field’s new Eternity Collection.

Each piece has been created with a particular attention to detail, featuring specially selected gems and material:

“The ancient Greeks believed pearls to be Aphrodite’s tears of joy and pearls, symbolic of innocence and purity, and pearls are a stunning feature of the bridal headpieces. Quartz, a stone of protection and care, complements pearls beautifully, and the subtle sparkle offered by the gem quality faceted pieces evokes Art Deco to perfection.”

A selection of jewellery, headpieces, hats, fascinators and headbands, there is something in this collection for both the bride, bridesmaids and wedding guests.

Available from www.amandafield.co.uk.

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Vintage wonderland with Sabina Motasem Bride and Eltham Palace

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 9th, 2012

I do love when a bit of Art Deco lands in my inbox. This time it came from bridal designer Sabina Motasem Bride who has teamed up with one of London’s most sought after wedding venue, Eltham Palace, Greenwich – one of the UK’s finest examples of Art Deco style. The gorgeous venue is the backdrop of the labels’ new collection, which features vintage inspired wedding gowns for the modern bride who has a penchant for the eras past.

The new collection draws inspiration from the style and glamour of iconic performers at the Folies Bergeres in 1900s- 1930s Paris. Think slinky, understated dresses that complement the opulent and decadent Art Deco interior perfectly.

I’ll let you be the judge of the prettiest dress of them all, but these are gorgeous.

Sabina Motasem - Cabaret

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The “Cabaret” dress was shot in Stephen Courtauld’s bedroom, designed by John Seely, is an aspen lined bedroom with the side walls covered in scenic block printed wallpaper depicting Kew Gardens made by Sandersons, creating a delicate 3D effect.

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Gatsby vintage jewelled bridal head band by Gillian Million

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 22nd, 2011

With Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan set to hit the screens in the film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby be certain that vintage elegance and the Twenties will be a huge source of inspiration for brides-to-be.

If you are after something to compliment your wedding dress, check out Gillian Million’s vintage bridal jewelled head band aptly named ‘Gatsby’.

An intricately jeweled skull cap siting asymmetrically on the side of the head. Vintage jewels are incorporated into this exquisitely beaded crystal headdress. It can be yours for £675.00. Perhaps a bit pricey for some, but if you hurry you can add it to your Christmas wish list!

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Bridal crystal head pieces by Jane Taylor Millinery

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 8th, 2011

Ever since discovering the stunning designs by Jane Taylor Millinery I’ve wanted to wear hats, fascinators and hair combs every single day. OK, in modern day life it’s just not doable but for weddings living in England means you can go crazy with your headwear! Here is a selection of the Crystal Collection, which you can see in full here.

Cosmic Swarovski elements cocktail hat - £720

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Introducing Lara Hannah, the long wedding dress line by British designer Toby Hannah

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 25th, 2011

Popular British bridal designer, Tobi Hannah – whose collections of short vintage inspired wedding dresses have taken the world with storm – has launched a sister line, Lara Hannah London, in order to fulfil the growing demand for long luxury vintage looking long wedding dresses that exude elegance.

The debut capsule collection of eight gowns is made from luxurious silks and embellished with fabrics especially designed by Tobi Hannah

The debut collection from Lara Hannah London is a capsule collection of eight vintage inspired long wedding dresses made from luxurious silks and embellished with fabrics designed by Tobi Hannah.

The Lara Hannah collection fuses inspiration from English Painter, John William Waterhouse (known for his depictions of women from both ancient Greek mythology and Arthurian legend) with silhouettes from the 30’s and 70’s to produce luxurious wedding dresses with an ethereal feel.

Lara Hannah - Adriana

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The embellished Adriana wedding dress will certainly flatter your figure thanks to the curved panel inserts on either side of the waist. This strapless Lara Hannah wedding dress is made from silk crepe and a luxurious silk lining. The curved panels on the waist and sweetheart neckline are embellished with hand stitched clear bugle beads. The optional short sleeved silk bolero also enjoys the hand-stitched bugle bead panelling.

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New Stephanie Allin 2012 twenties style Jazz Age wedding dress collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 7th, 2011

If you see yourself as a bit of a flapper bride, then Stephanie Allin‘s 2012 Jazz Age collection will be just to your taste.

The 1920s inspired wedding dress collection is simply stunning. Shot in Paris, the Twenties flapper-style collection oozes of romance – just take a look for yourself!


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How to be a Downton Abbey 1920’s bride

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 12th, 2011

Kate Moss famously opted for a vintage look for her summer wedding to rocker Jamie Hince – and looked stunning in the process. Vintage and the 1920’s is a popular era for brides to draw inspiration from for their wedding and with period drama Downton Abbey causing a stir we’ll be seeing this wedding trend in a long time to come.

Image: Press Association

How can you be a Downton Abbey 1920’s bride then? Think feathers, Art Deco shapes, long slinky gowns, a bit of fur and velvet! Check out the gallery below for some ideas on how to dress and what accessories to have for your 20’s wedding.

Feather headband - £32.00

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Be on trend with this white feather headpiece finished with a reworked vintage rhinestone brooch from Rock n Rose .


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Grecian and Swinging 20s with Yolan Cris’ The Three Graces wedding dress collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 4th, 2011

I can’t help but to think of America’s 1920’s Flapper girls when looking at Yolan Cris’ Le Tre Grazie – The Three Graces. With names like Charleston and Mississippi as well as other well-known American cities I think I’d be excused. But it is the elegant, luxurious and somewhat ethereal look with straight and tight cuts that really makes me think of Art Deco and the Swinging 20s.

But for Le Tre Grazie, the third of four 2012 wedding dress collections, Yolan Cris has been inspired by the three Graces of Greek and Roman mythology: the goddesses of joy, charm and beauty. Draped in gorgeous lines reminiscent of Grecian and Roman dresses any bride would look like she’s stepped out of a Rubens painting. With a sensual designs and delicate fabrics, embellished with feathers and guipure and jewels you will feel like a goddess on your wedding day.

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Charlotte Casadéjus vintage inspired wedding dress collection is breathtakingly beautiful

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 23rd, 2011

A little visual treat for you as we move into the weekend; these stunning vintage inspired wedding (and evening) dresses by Charlotte Casadéjus are simply breathtakingly beautiful. Hope you enjoy!

“the new charlotte casadéjus blanc collection 2011 is inspired by vintage corsetry and couture principles. charlotte has created a super glamorous, soft and feminine collection using sand-washed silks and the softest metallic flecked tulles complimenting wonderful feathers and petals. each dress has unique vintage detailing from 60’s metallic trims, to deco brooches, belts and glorious antique lace.”


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a perfect combination of ethereal beauty and structured elegance. alisa is made from cold-dipped silk georgette with flowing skirt and gathered, boned bodice. the vintage beading to the waist is unique to each dress. £2200


All images: http://www.charlottecasadejus.com

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Rodrigo Otazu Dramatic Jewels for brides now available in the UK

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 20th, 2011

This has got us so excited on a otherwise grey Tuesday. The ‘I Do’ bridal jewellery range of internationally acclaimed jewellery designer Rodrigo Otazu is coming to the UK!

A favourite of A-liste celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker and Madonna, the bridal collection will be exclusively sold by Dramatic Jewels. Fashionistas and some of the world’s most stylish women are clamouring to wear this amazing up and coming designer’s work. Rodrigo Otazu uses only the finest materials in his jewellery designs using AAA grade Swarovski Crystal Elements to create dazzling, unique designs that make the wearer feel truly special and different.

Rodrigo Otazu has enjoyed huge success in the USA, Europe and Russia and is now establishing a firm presence in the UK. “I feel privileged to be designing spectacular pieces that I believe will truly enhance the beauty of any bride on the most special day of her life.”

More of the Otazu range, including the full ‘I Do’ bridal range, can be seen online at www.dramatic-jewels.com

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