Lush List Vendor: The Vintage Look by Hilary’s Floral Design

A couple of weeks ago we introduced yo to Charlotte from Hilary’s Floral Design, one of our fabulous LUSH LIST vendors. Charlotte is back this week to talk about vintage inspired florals for your wedding. 

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The Vintage Look

A popular trend for weddings this year is the shabby chic vintage look.

At Hilary’s Floral Design we have seen a big increase in the amount of our Brides asking us to create a shabby chic, vintage look this year for their wedding flowers, as this trend is hugely popular in all the bridal magazines, blogs and social media.

For most Brides, the vintage look involves lace, hessian, jam jars, bunting, wood slices and props, such as ladders, picture frames and bird cages.  All of which can be decorated with vintage styled flowers and foliages to finish off the look. 3.jpg

A Soft pastel colour palette is the main theme to the vintage look, and there are plenty of flowers to choose from when planning your vintage wedding day. Popular colour combinations are either soft peach, ivory and dove greys, or pale blush pinks, lilacs and creams,

Beautiful flowers such as Astrantia, Wax flower, Astilbe, Gypsophilia, Lisianthus, Spray roses, Peonies, Lavender, Stocks, Sweet Williams, Sweet Peas, Nigella, Roses to name but a few.

What’s the most popular choice for vintage table flowers?

The most popular choice amongst most of our Brides at Hilary’s Floral Design, is to have a collection of jam jars mounted on a wood slice. This is such a pretty look, as we always correspond the flower selection with the Bridal flowers, so that you have continuity from Bridal flowers through to Venue flowers. A popular choice is to also decorate the jars with lace, hessian or floral patterned ribbon. 2.jpg5.jpg

What flowers are best for my vintage bridal bouquet?

When it comes to creating a vintage styled bridal bouquet, you need to go for a loose and relaxed styled bouquet. A bouquet with a tight domed shape is too neat and not quite that shabby chic , vintage look. So we would suggest having a mix of flowers and foliages such as Ammi, wax flower, astilbe, roses or peonies, stocks, Scabious, clematis, eucalyptus, Skimmia, perhaps lavender, rosemary or Sweet peas, lots of different textures and depths of colour. You want the bouquet to be loose and informal, but not too loose that it turns into a wild meadow/ country styled bouquet. And the finishing touch would be to have the stems banded with lace or hessian ribbon, or perhaps a vintage broach or pins. 9.jpg 4.jpg7.jpg 6.jpg

Charlotte Cooke,

Hilary’s Floral Design

01873 853086

contact@hilarysflowers.co.uk

Vintage Inspired Flower Girl’s Attire from the Vintage Bride

Vintage Bride Sophie has been sourcing some gorgeous flower girl outfits for you this week, all with a vintage twist of course! For all of Sophie’s posts on planning a vintage inspired wedding click here.

Hello Cwtchers and happy Spring!

It’s our third wedding anniversary this month and today I’m going to look at one of the elements of our wedding I didn’t play a part in… the flower girl’s attire.
Our flower girl was my bridesmaid’s little daughter Betsi. At the time of the wedding she and our little boy, Oscar, were 1 1/2. As if by magic, they both learnt to walk a week before the wedding and I’m not going to lie… they kinda stole the show (for which I will never forgive them) ;-)

Betsi’s gorgeous little outfit was from Poppy England and she looked absolutely amazing. My bridesmaid Ria organised her outfit which coordinated with her own beautifully and we sorted her out with some accessories and presents.
I now have two boys and don’t often get to look at little girls’ clothes so I’ve taken great pleasure in sourcing the finest little pieces the High Street has to offer your flower girl (with a vintage feel, of course). There are the sweetest dresses inspired by the 50s and the cutest little 60s inspired numbers (which I wish they made in grown up sizes!) I also have a selection of lovely accessories. I would have cried with joy as a girl if I’d had a red riding hood cape!!!
I Love Gorgeous winter cape

I Love Gorgeous winter cape

Sophie’s Vintage Inspired Flower Girl Pinterest Board

I’ve included a little something from each of the big names on the High Street, with a few shops you may not have known about thrown in for good measure. If you click on the image it will take you directly to the shop so if you don’t see anything you fancy you can browse at your own convenience. I hope it helps!
Till next time, enjoy the sunshine everyone!
Sophie x

Vintage Bride: Men’s Vintage Inspired Attire from the High Street

Vintage Bride Sophie is back this week with an in depth look into some of the hottest men from days gone by, a real hardship of course! All in the name of men’s vintage fashion for the groom to be…

Hello all!

Today I’m here to help out the often forgotten, left to the last minute, not-given-as-much-budget gentlemen amongst you. I think wedding attire is hard for a lot of men, it certainly was for mine! Gareth had never spent much on clothes. He bought things when he needed them and would never spend much (the wedding changed that; he’s now a shopaholic). Our wedding was the first time he’d ever been out to source an entire look, he didn’t know where to begin. If your man isn’t fashion conscious and is taking a backseat in the planning, it is likely he’ll be guided by a brief you deliver (and may need an nudge in the right direction).

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Gareth AKA Mr Vintage Bride! Image by Maria Farrelly

Ladies: Please place ipad or other reading device in husband-to-be’s hand. In the meantime, I would love to know… How involved has your man been? How soon into planning did he choose his outfit? Did YOU choose his outfit or was it left to him? Can your man be trusted (with shopping, obviously)?

Men: Fear not, you are in luck! There are so many vintage-inspired pieces on the high street at the moment!

I’ve taken a look at some legendary style icons of days gone by. Just for you lovely lot I’ve been looking through image, after image, after image, after image of James Dean, Steve McQueen and Elvis Presley. I know, I have a tough life These hotties oozed class. I can’t think of a better bunch of lads to show us how it’s done! So, please find below the best high street buys I can find to recreate these looks on your big day (with the odd luxury item thrown in – the boys deserve a splurge too, right?)

Elvis Presley

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Elvis & Priscilla. Image Source: Pinterest

Who knew his wedding suit was paisley print?! Well I tracked down a pretty good match!

Click any photo to see a larger size and, where appropriate, a link to purchase

 James Dean

James Dean. Image Source: Pinterest

James Dean. Image Source: Pinterest

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This man makes a classic black suit look SO cool (and those glasses! SWOON!!!)

Steve McQueen

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Steve McQueen wearing Persol Sunglasses. Image Source: Pinterest

Dressed like a gentleman, drove cars like a man!

I have another post coming up shortly with some more vintage mens’ looks to consider but if there are any old school looks (male or female) that you would like me to look at and recreate do let me know! This was fun!!!

Happy planning lovelies x

Wow thank you Sophie, what do you think cwtchers? Girl did good! Can you see your man wearing one of these looks on your wedding day? My personal favourite would be the James Dean look, although it’s hard to choose! x