A Vintage Supper Club-Inspired Wedding at The Metropolitan Ballroom in Minneapolis

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Jan 132014
 

This beautiful Minneapolis wedding is all about the details. For their wedding on November 9th, 2012, Kathleen and James enlisted Amy Zaroff Events + Design to bring their English garden ceremony and supper club reception to life. Lush flowers, shimmering vintage-style gold and a 19-piece band come together for a cozy, classy wedding celebration.

A little over a year after meeting on E-Harmony, Kathleen and James took a trip to California to celebrate Kathleen's birthday. As they walked along the cliffs of the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel looking for whales, James got down on one knee and asked Kathleen to be his wife. "It happened at sunset—it was incredibly romantic," she says.

The supper club theme lent itself beautifully to James and Kathleen's black tie affair.

When wedding dress shopping, Kathleen knew she wanted something traditional and modest. "I love lace, so that was a must," she says. She wore a beaded tulle garter and peep-toe pumps beneath her classic gown, with a British six pence in her shoe for good luck.

James's boutonniere featured hydrangea blossoms, berries, and acorns.

Kathleen carried a bouquet of white and light pink roses, hydrangeas, peonies, scabiosa pods, and Jasmine vines. The bouquet was wrapped in lace, and featured a framed portrait of the bride's dog, Barnaby.

The aisle of the University of Northwestern St. Paul's Nazareth Chapel was decorated with gorgeous arrangements of roses, hydrangeas and greens. "I love the church's gorgeous interior, and was so excited to get married at my alma mater," says Kathleen. Her father walked her down the aisle.

Warm gold and ivory came together for the evening reception. Antique-style dishes and flatware brought the 1930s supper club theme to life, where the couple offered their guests an indulgent menu featuring beef tenderloin and pheasant.

The couple's guest book kept with the 1930's theme. They created a poster with their wedding details, then had guests sign around the edges for a memento they can display in their home.

A 19-piece band kept the couple and their guests dancing to big-band classics all night. James and Kathleen's first dance was to "The Best Is Yet To Come" by Frank Sinatra.

The highlight of the evening was the French Patisserie display. From macarons to flourless chocolate cake, there was no shortage of sweets! The three-tiered cake featured rich burgundy, gold and ivory. Sugar rosettes were printed with lyrics to the couple's favorite songs. And in case they hadn't had enough dessert, guests were given boxes of macarons to bring home with them at the end of the night.

Kathleen recommends that all couples hire a wedding planner and designer. "Having a wedding planner will enable you to really enjoy the time with your partner. Trust your planner to handle the details, big and small!" she says.

Ceremony Venue: Nazareth Chapel || Reception Venue: The Metropolitan Ballroom & Clubroom || Wedding Planner: Amy Zaroff Events + Design || Bride's Wedding Dress: Luxe Bridal || Hair: Sherry Fredkove || Makeup: Amanda from MAC || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm || Groom's Attire: Heimie's Haberdashery || Florist: Martha's Gardens || Invitations: William Arthur || Music: Ceremony - Lake string Quartet, Bagpiper - Jeff Perry, Reception - The Wolverines Big Band || Catering: D'Amico Catering || Cake: Gateaux Inc. || Favors: International Cigars, Inc., Cocoa & Fig || Rentals: Linen Effects, Après Party and Tent Rental, Richfield Flowers and Events || Photography: Kelly Brown Weddings

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Vintage-Inspired DIY Wedding at Cornerstone Sonoma in California

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Dec 052013
 

Julia and Hieu were the exact opposite of what you'd expect a couple planning their wedding to be like, and it all started with the proposal. "It was very casual, just like us," says Julia. "Hieu was telling me about a dream he had in which he proposed, and the question just came out naturally." A week later, they planned a more traditional proposal for their parents, where their two families gathered together for blessings and the formal engagement.

Their wedding planning was equally casual. The couple was engaged for almost 18 months, but didn't start planning their September 4, 2012, wedding until 9 months before. "Our coordinators said we were the most relaxed, go-with-the-flow couple they'd ever worked with!" says the bride. They chose a venue with sprawling grounds–and lots of local art–where they could host their ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception in different areas. Their vintage, rustic wedding was full of DIY projects that helped keep them on-budget, bringing together their family and friends to help turn their wedding dream into a reality.

Wedding bands and engagement ring at a California wedding.

Lace-inspired nude and cream Tadashi Shoji wedding gown.

Julia knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding dress, and found herself at an impasse when she was in love with different aspects of three different dresses. "I knew I wanted an intricate back, balanced by a more simple front. And I wanted to showcase my frame with a feel that wasn't too heavy, but didn't appear flat or dull," she says. She came upon this Tadashi Shoji gown, inspired by vintage lace. She took a chance and ordered the dress online, and it was just as wonderful in person as she'd imagined.

Julia and her bridesmaids wore personalized rings featuring their names.

The bride ordered her headpiece with a slight birdcage veil from a designer in Copenhagen. It arrived fastened to a headband, but her hairstylist reattached it to a clip in order to style it into her hair.

Bride's bouquet of craspedia and baby's breath. Bridesmaid's simple baby's breath bouquet.

Bridesmaids in mis-matched nude dresses.

The couple sourced their flowers from the San Francisco Flower Market. Julia carried a bouquet of craspedia, while her bridesmaids carried simple bunches of baby's breath.

The bridesmaids wore neutral-hued knee-length dresses with vintage details, allowing them to pick something original that would complement Julia's gown. Hieu and his groomsmen wore matching gray suits, with the groomsmen wearing different colored ties.

Bride and groom at the Cornerstone Sonoma in California.

One of the reasons Hieu and Julia picked Cornerstone Sonoma as their venue was the plethora of options for photographs. "It also helped keep our guests entertained and occupied in between events," she says.

An outdoor wedding ceremony at Cornerstone Sonoma.

Baby's breath wedding aisle decor.

A DIY wedding ceremony altar decorated with tulle ribbons.

The outdoor ceremony was incredibly simple. Julia saw an altar she loved on Pinterest, and her aunt recreated it for the wedding with tulle and jars of flowers. The couple worked with the officiant to personalize their vows.
At the end of the aisle was a set of freestanding doors that Julia and Hieu had built. The doors were opened for Hieu and the wedding party's processional, then closed again before being reopened for Julia and her father.

Warm weather and a late sunset meant the couple and their guests could celebrate outdoors. Tables were arranged under an open-sided tent.

Escort cards arranged near a typewriter at a California wedding.

Escort cards were playfully displayed on a miniature clothesline strung between wine bottles. Collected jars overflowed with craspedia and baby's breath, while tea-stained table numbers told guests where to sit.

The couple's seats at the sweetheart table were adorned with handmade chalkboard-style Mr. & Mrs. Signs.

The wedding cake and dessert bar were a real labor of love. The maid of honor prepared all of the sweets, then she and the bridesmaids held layers of cake in their laps as they drove from the hotel to the venue. "We'd underestimated cooler space!" says Julia. After the ceremony, the maid of honor stepped out to assemble and decorate the cake during cocktail hour.

Though there were a few bumps in the road, there were lots of helping hands to make sure the wedding was a success. Says Julia, "Everything came together in the end!"

This calm, cool, and collected couple is excited to buy their first house, but "we're surprisingly still very casual about the whole 'married' thing," says Julia, "but then again, that's just the type of people we are."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma || Day-of Coordinator: Romielyn of Very Merry Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Tadashi Shoji || Shoes: Valentino || Hair: Ivadell Vida || Makeup: Mary Craig || Wedding Bands: Willow Glen Diamond Company || Invitations & Paper Goods: DIY || Music: DJ Teddy Rockspin || Catering & Rentals: Alex's Catering || Cake: Made by the Maid of Honor || Photography: Sun and Life Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A 1920’s Wedding Inspiration Shoot With Nautical Flair

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Nov 282013
 

For couples seeking out a wedding style that will stand the test of time, there's nothing better than gathering inspiration from a bygone era that is just as gorgeous now as it was then. This inspiration shoot, designed by Lindye Galloway and photographed by Jasmine Star, does just that, taking details grounded in the 1920's and making them fresh and modern, with a nautical twist.

The shoot took place at the Marion Davis Beach House in Santa Monica, California. Says Lindye, "it is a place full of history and architectural beauty, which made it the perfect home to which we could add our own 1920's wedding flair!" Muted sea green, cream, and gold--with touches of navy for contrast--combine with shell-inspired shapes to create a salt-weathered, airy, sunlit atmosphere. And when the venue is as beautiful as the Marion Davis Beach House before it's decorated, you know the end result will be stunning. The décor takes advantage of all the home has to offer, making this shoot a sun-kissed mixture of cozy and chic.

The simple invitation suite sets the scene. A graphic blue pattern, reminiscent of rolling waves, ties into the seaside location and adds Art Deco sensibility.

A scalloped pattern, made of gold sequins, covers the three panels that form the backdrop of the altar. Tables topped with lush floral arrangements complete the vignette. And how creative (and comfortable) is the seating? Vintage sofas, settees and armchairs are a fantastic upgrade to the traditional options, and also help to bring the ceremony back to a time past. Overhead, a crystal chandelier harkens back to the Roaring '20s.

Ceremony altar with white and gold flowers and a gold sequin backdrop.

Ceremony decor with golden and white roses and a brooch.

Golden and white roses, white chrysanthemums and dusty miller leaves create a soft, warm color palette. Hints of gold, from brooches on the vases to the base of the side tables, add a touch of modern shine. The use of vintage furniture for the ceremony seating heightens the antique, timeless atmosphere.

Golden and white bridal bouquet with chrysanthemums, roses and dusty miller leaves.

Roses, hydrangeas, chrysanthemums and dusty miller are wrapped in lace and finished with a vintage-inspired gold brooch. The subtly shimmering décor is perfect for a formal ceremony.

This beautiful Jim Hjelm dress will definitely stand the test of time. The textured skirt and shimmering belt keep it current, while the elegant low back, sweetheart neck, and modified ball gown skirt will never go out of style.

A white rose boutonniere is a classy, timeless addition to a traditional tuxedo. Arrangements of gold and white flowers in the foyer create cohesion by bringing the color scheme from the ceremony through the home and into the reception.

Vintage furniture lends a cozy vibe to an intimate wedding reception. The dining room's alcoves provide sweet spots to display additional floral arrangements, while floor-to-ceiling windows let in the sunshine.

A low centerpiece of hydrangeas and roses with gold accents.

Low centerpieces ensure that guests can see one another across the table. Golden roses stud arrangements overflowing with white hydrangeas, warming up the sleek table. Tall gold bottles and gilded votive holders give the centerpiece some shine.

Printed menus tie in the wave-inspired motif from the invitation. A similarly textured tone-on-tone placemat is a playful update on a neutral. Treat your guests to something unexpected with gilded flatware, gold-rimmed dishes and luxe golden napkins.

Vintage-inspired deviled egg and caviar appetizers.

1920's cocktail culture inspires the menu. Passed bites–from dressed-up deviled eggs to a modern take on potato pancakes and caviar–are tastily traditional. And for the cocktails themselves, the addition of fresh fruit puts a colorful spin on classic flavors.

White and gold centerpieces with votive candles.

The 1920's were all about glitz and glimmer. Here, a few statement pieces, like these tall gold bottles and gilded votive holders, create a vintage vibe, while the shape and texture are all modern.

Accents of lace, texture, and soft flowers make the table a refreshing combination of antique and contemporary. Dusty miller leaves, overblown chrysanthemums and hydrangeas blur the sharp lines of the vases and bottles.

Vintage furniture used for seating at a wedding reception.

The use of a love seat for the bride and groom ensures that they'll be close together all night, and is a great way to add more vintage furniture to the room. A few pillows bring some color to the neutral-hued chairs.

A display of arrangements in varying heights creates a beautiful tableau and dresses up the room without overwhelming the table with blooms.

Wedding dessert display of macarons, cupcakes, cake pops, cookies and wedding cake in white and gold.

Shades of cream, gold and brown unify the dessert display and dress up simple sweets like cupcakes and cookies. Pearlescent macarons, glitter-topped cake pops and chocolate-dipped cookies are sure to satisfy every sweet tooth. Boxes, trays, and stands on shelves are a fresh take on the dessert bar.

The pièce de résistance is this white and gold wedding cake. Scalloped fondant adds a touch of nautical, while strands of sugar gems are incredibly opulent. The square shape is a beautiful mix of Art Deco and modern.

Simple, elegant makeup, a soft up-do and vintage-inspired jewelry make this a wedding day look any bride would be happy to look back on in the years to come. That mini cupcake? An absolutely delicious (and adorable) sign of the times.

Location: Marion Davies Guest House || Design: Lindye Galloway Design || Production: The Bridal Bar || Florist: Peony & Plum || Invitations, Menus, Place Cards & Paper Details: Laura Hooper Calligraphy || Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals || Cocktails & Catering: GOOD GRACIOUS! Events || Cake & Desserts: Vanilla Bake Shop || Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm || Headpiece: Yana Beauty Studio || Belt & Jewelry: Maria Elena Headpieces & Accessories || Bridal Shoes: CHROMATICgallerie || Hair & Makeup: Melina Ruiz, Reign of Beauty || Tuxedo & Shoes: Men's Wearhouse || Models: Susy Diab of Q Model Management, Alejandro Rojas of Wilhelmina Panama || Videographer: Cloudless Weddings || Photographer: Jasmine Star Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Whimsical Wedding at Long Island City’s Metropolitan Building

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Aug 122013
 

When Will, a graphic artist with a penchant for photography, proposed to Rachel, he didn't just ask that all-important question—he spelled it out in images he captured of billboards and signs from the couple's travels. "He created a book," Rachel explains, "each page spelling out, 'Will you marry me, Rachel?'"

The couple planned their April wedding with the same creative zest, dividing wedding planning duties to design a fete at the Metropolitan Building that appears both effortless and organic.

After Rachel and Will discovered Long Island's Metropolitan Building, "it felt as if it was our space," the bride says. Its open—and even hidden—rooms, distressed wood floors, wall-to-ceiling bookshelves and ornate crystal chandeliers "created a grand and romantic space" for their wedding, Rachel says.

Before she slipped into her gown, Rachel swept her loosely-curled hair to the side, accenting the casual bun with two small, white blooms. The bride also wore a pair of diamond earrings her father brought from Singapore and a pearl bracelet purchased by her aunt. "Both were perfect," she says.

A textile designer by trade, the bride "decided to design the wedding dress, you know, being a designer and all," she says. Inspired by a piece of lace from her grandmother, Rachel created a layered gown with buttons that trailed down her back.

Rachel's bouquet overflowed with peachy-pink peonies, yellow tea roses and large tropical leaves.

Bridesmaids chose their own black dresses "so that they could wear them on another occasion," the bride says. "You can never have too many little black dresses."

Their bouquets mimicked the bride's, a mix of vibrant peonies, tea roses, ranunculus and greens.

Boutonnieres were made from single roses. Groomsmen also donned an engraved tie clip, a gift from the groom.

The bride describes their wedding ceremony, held in one of the Metropolitan Building's many rooms decorated with leafy garlands for the occasion, as "simple, personal and tranquil."

Will's brother, who served as the couple's best man, played the acoustic guitar during the ceremony. "We don't remember a moment where people weren't dancing or the atmosphere was not enhanced by the music playing," Rachel recalls.

The couple's reception decoration "centered around the space," the bride says. "Once we found that, it evolved."

Florist Poppies & Posies placed "large tropical foliage juxtaposed with soft, pastel ranunculus, peonies and tea roses" in antique containers to created an eclectic look with touches of vintage whimsy, Rachel says.

Scattered among the centerpieces were books, adding height to the small arrangements.

The couple offered a full bar alongside a dinner menu that included grilled flank steak, marinated chicken breast, pasta and vegetables. Dessert? A choice of lavender, red velvet or carrot cupcakes.

Rachel and Will's small, white lavender wedding cake was inspired by the groom's love of LEGOs.

In lieu of more traditional favors, the couple opted for a photo booth, where guests could pop in and snap silly photos of themselves. The booth gave two copies of each image, and Rachel and Will asked guests to leave one copy with them as an extra-special wedding keepsake.

Asked to choose her favorite wedding memory, Rachel couldn't. "They were all wonderful," she says.

—Jillian Kramer

Ceremony Venue: Metropolitan Building || Reception Venue: Metropolitan Building || Bride's Wedding Dress: Rachel Rose || Bride's Wedding Ring: Rebecka Froberg || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Groom's Wedding Ring: Rebecka Froberg || Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Made by aunt of the bride || Florist: Poppies & Posies || Caterer: The Raging Skillet || Cake Baker: Pinisi Cafe & Bakery || Favors: Classic Photo Booth || Entertainment: Play Something Good || Photography: Shannen Norman Photography

A Whimsical Wedding at Long Island City’s Metropolitan Building

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Aug 122013
 

When Will, a graphic artist with a penchant for photography, proposed to Rachel, he didn't just ask that all-important question—he spelled it out in images he captured of billboards and signs from the couple's travels. "He created a book," Rachel explains, "each page spelling out, 'Will you marry me, Rachel?'"

The couple planned their April wedding with the same creative zest, dividing wedding planning duties to design a fete at the Metropolitan Building that appears both effortless and organic.

After Rachel and Will discovered Long Island's Metropolitan Building, "it felt as if it was our space," the bride says. Its open—and even hidden—rooms, distressed wood floors, wall-to-ceiling bookshelves and ornate crystal chandeliers "created a grand and romantic space" for their wedding, Rachel says.

Before she slipped into her gown, Rachel swept her loosely-curled hair to the side, accenting the casual bun with two small, white blooms. The bride also wore a pair of diamond earrings her father brought from Singapore and a pearl bracelet purchased by her aunt. "Both were perfect," she says.

A textile designer by trade, the bride "decided to design the wedding dress, you know, being a designer and all," she says. Inspired by a piece of lace from her grandmother, Rachel created a layered gown with buttons that trailed down her back.

Rachel's bouquet overflowed with peachy-pink peonies, yellow tea roses and large tropical leaves.

Bridesmaids chose their own black dresses "so that they could wear them on another occasion," the bride says. "You can never have too many little black dresses."

Their bouquets mimicked the bride's, a mix of vibrant peonies, tea roses, ranunculus and greens.

Boutonnieres were made from single roses. Groomsmen also donned an engraved tie clip, a gift from the groom.

The bride describes their wedding ceremony, held in one of the Metropolitan Building's many rooms decorated with leafy garlands for the occasion, as "simple, personal and tranquil."

Will's brother, who served as the couple's best man, played the acoustic guitar during the ceremony. "We don't remember a moment where people weren't dancing or the atmosphere was not enhanced by the music playing," Rachel recalls.

The couple's reception decoration "centered around the space," the bride says. "Once we found that, it evolved."

Florist Poppies & Posies placed "large tropical foliage juxtaposed with soft, pastel ranunculus, peonies and tea roses" in antique containers to created an eclectic look with touches of vintage whimsy, Rachel says.

Scattered among the centerpieces were books, adding height to the small arrangements.

The couple offered a full bar alongside a dinner menu that included grilled flank steak, marinated chicken breast, pasta and vegetables. Dessert? A choice of lavender, red velvet or carrot cupcakes.

Rachel and Will's small, white lavender wedding cake was inspired by the groom's love of LEGOs.

In lieu of more traditional favors, the couple opted for a photo booth, where guests could pop in and snap silly photos of themselves. The booth gave two copies of each image, and Rachel and Will asked guests to leave one copy with them as an extra-special wedding keepsake.

Asked to choose her favorite wedding memory, Rachel couldn't. "They were all wonderful," she says.

—Jillian Kramer

Ceremony Venue: Metropolitan Building || Reception Venue: Metropolitan Building || Bride's Wedding Dress: Rachel Rose || Bride's Wedding Ring: Rebecka Froberg || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Groom's Wedding Ring: Rebecka Froberg || Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Made by aunt of the bride || Florist: Poppies & Posies || Caterer: The Raging Skillet || Cake Baker: Pinisi Cafe & Bakery || Favors: Classic Photo Booth || Entertainment: Play Something Good || Photography: Shannen Norman Photography

Watch: 1950s-Inspired Styled Wedding Shoot Captured on Video

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Jul 312013
 

Enjoy a few moments of pure inspiration with this artfully-created short film of a 1950s-inspired styled wedding shoot. Filmed by Vintage Cinema in collaboration with Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore who styled the shoot, the upbeat video brings to life all the details in this playful wedding sequence, from the sleek Airstream trailer to the vintage-inspired dresses by Ivy and Aster, Coren Moore and J. Crew. "We channeled Mad Men's Betty Draper," says Chapman, "and and conjured up playful attire that complemented the rustic setting. We hope this shoot inspires you to add a little bit of 1950's nostalgia to your wedding or welcome party!"

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Jul 052013
 
Wedding dress from the Claire Pettibone 2014 collection

Photo: Steve Eichner

While some brides want to model their wedding-day style after modern-day princesses (hello, Kate Middleton), vintage-loving gals may look to another regal lady for inspiration—Downton Abbey's Lady Mary. This gown from Claire Pettibone's Spring 2014 collection has a vintage-inspired cameo motif that offsets its slim, modern silhouette—perfect for a bride who wants a touch of Edwardian glamour on her wedding day. The romantic, embossed flowers and stripes are subtle but lovely, and the demure V-neck is universally flattering.

View the entire Claire Pettibone Spring 2014 collection and other looks from Bridal Fashion Week.

—Terri Pous

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May 292013
 
Wedding dress from the Junko Yoshioka 2014 collection

Photo: Thomas Iannacone

Thanks to its over-the-top, retro-glam decadence, Great Gatsby fever is showing no signs of slowing down. This above-the-knee, flapper-inspired Junko Yoshioka Spring 2014 wedding dress is playful and breezy, but the beading and contemporary illusion neckline keep the look bridal enough for a bohemian garden wedding. We love the possibilities that a casual wedding opens up for bridal fashion, and this frock proves that even a laid-back affair can still have plenty of glitz and glamour!

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PinkClouds.com to Sell Vintage Wedding Dresses Starting May 21!

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May 172013
 
Vintage Wedding Dresses from PinkClouds Vintage Wedding Dresses from PinkClouds

Photo: Courtesy of PinkClouds

Vintage-loving brides rejoice! Online vintage shop PinkClouds is launching a curated bridal section on May 21. Offering a stunning selection of dresses that span the decades, you're sure to find a gorgeous one-of-a-kind gown that speaks to your personal wedding style. "Depending on the era and the silhouette, brides can achieve a variety of looks," said Jennifer Collins, founder of PinkClouds. "If you want a flowy look, try dresses from the 1970s. If you're looking for something more body conscious, try a bias-cut gown from the 1930's. That's the beauty of vintage."

From her early days in her mother's closet admiring her "breathtaking" pieces from the 70s and 80s (including a gold and opal ring given to her then mother when she was in her 20s, that Collins wears today) to her college days spent scouring London's Portobello Road for the perfect vintage find, Collins has always been motivated by the thrill of the sartorial chase. After starting her career in luxury retail consulting for major fashion brands, the vintage collector felt the natural next step was to launch her own vintage shopping site.

Vintage Wedding Dresses from PinkClouds

Photo: Courtesy of PinkClouds

The mission of PinkClouds is to "bring back inspiration and the feeling of discovery to the shopping experience," which Collins accomplishes by offering one-of-a-kind dresses and jewels with a unique history. After three years of success in vintage ready-to-wear, PinkClouds Bridal will go live next week on May 21. "We started with a focused collection of dresses that we felt spoke to a variety of brides. Vintage shopping is such a personal and emotional buying experience, and there is no better time to have a one-of-a-kind gown then on your wedding day."

Vintage Wedding Jewelry from PinkClouds

Photo: Courtesy of PinkClouds

Tips for pulling off a vintage wedding dress? "It is definitely all about the styling. I would say the more retro your dress feels, the more modern you should be with your hair and accessories. Pair your vintage gown with some extravagant Jimmy Choos or Manolos. Since most bridal wear is vintage inspired as it is, you have to be conscious not to look like you are wearing your grandmother's dress."

Asked about her own wedding day look, Collins isn't entirely sure (though she counts jewelry designer Pamela Love's bohemian wedding in Montauk and all 8 of Elizabeth Taylor's gowns as inspiration)—but she's confident that the look will include a vintage corset, with lace details that are "just impeccable," and vintage jewelry, "that's a definite!"

—Catherine Smith

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PinkClouds.com to Sell Vintage Wedding Dresses Starting May 21!

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May 172013
 
Vintage Wedding Dresses from PinkClouds

Photo: Courtesy of PinkClouds

Vintage-loving brides rejoice! Online vintage shop PinkClouds is launching a curated bridal section on May 21. Offering a stunning selection of dresses that span the decades, you're sure to find a gorgeous one-of-a-kind gown that speaks to your personal wedding style. "Depending on the era and the silhouette, brides can achieve a variety of looks," said Jennifer Collins, founder of PinkClouds. "If you want a flowy look, try dresses from the 1970s. If you're looking for something more body conscious, try a bias-cut gown from the 1930's. That's the beauty of vintage."

From her early days in her mother's closet admiring her "breathtaking" pieces from the 70s and 80s (including a gold and opal ring given to her then mother when she was in her 20s, that Collins wears today) to her college days spent scouring London's Portobello Road for the perfect vintage find, Collins has always been motivated by the thrill of the sartorial chase. After starting her career in luxury retail consulting for major fashion brands, the vintage collector felt the natural next step was to launch her own vintage shopping site.

Vintage Wedding Dresses from PinkClouds

Photo: Courtesy of PinkClouds

The mission of PinkClouds is to "bring back inspiration and the feeling of discovery to the shopping experience," which Collins accomplishes by offering one-of-a-kind dresses and jewels with a unique history. After three years of success in vintage ready-to-wear, PinkClouds Bridal will go live next week on May 21. "We started with a focused collection of dresses that we felt spoke to a variety of brides. Vintage shopping is such a personal and emotional buying experience, and there is no better time to have a one-of-a-kind gown then on your wedding day."

Vintage Wedding Jewelry from PinkClouds

Photo: Courtesy of PinkClouds

Tips for pulling off a vintage wedding dress? "It is definitely all about the styling. I would say the more retro your dress feels, the more modern you should be with your hair and accessories. Pair your vintage gown with some extravagant Jimmy Choos or Manolos. Since most bridal wear is vintage inspired as it is, you have to be conscious not to look like you are wearing your grandmother's dress."

Asked about her own wedding day look, Collins isn't entirely sure (though she counts jewelry designer Pamela Love's bohemian wedding in Montauk and all 8 of Elizabeth Taylor's gowns as inspiration)—but she's confident that the look will include a vintage corset, with lace details that are "just impeccable," and vintage jewelry, "that's a definite!"

—Catherine Smith

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