Sunday, 30 January 2011

Vintage Carriages Trust and our Vintage Wedding Gown Photo Shoot.

I'm that excited I'm simply fizzing! and no, Mr D is not driving a steam train, but we had a very exciting meeting with the man in charge, Mr Paul Holroyd.

The Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel is owned by Vintage Carriages Trust and as Paul said, "is nothing to do with them lot out there," pointing at the Worth Valley Steam Railway, so is to be the venue for a forthcoming photo shoot to showcase our small vintage collection of wedding gowns available to buy late February.

It's a very exciting time for us as we generally focus on bespoke wedding gowns,but now seems as good a time as any to launch the new vintage line.

We felt that the vintage theme needed a vintage setting and when Mr D quite aptly suggested the Vintage Carriages trust Museum, who better than to take the photos than my favourite photographer, Mr Rob Booker and supply the vintage headwear than HF Couture Accessories.

Rob sent Mr D and myself to check out the venue and asked for some sample shots of our all access areas to get a general idea of how he was going to work.

Paul Holroyd, who accompanies his beloved carriages all over the country while on location for films such as The Railway Children with actors such as David Suchet and Nicole Kidman and supplying memorabilia for train mad Roy Cropper of Coronation Street was an ever ending supply of knowledge and sheer fascination.

We really do have an access all areas which means we can sit in the carriages and even use the authentic suitcases lined up alongside the wonderful trains.

Our props!

It really is going to be super amazing and if you would like to come along and watch the professionals at work and also have a chat with photographer Rob Booker, accessories and bespoke jewellery maker Jane of HF Couture, makeup artist Leanne Anderson and super florist Leafy couture, then please do feel free to join us for what will be a fun and vintage themed gathering.
You are more than welcome to join us afterwards for a light lunch of sandwiches, cupcakes and lashings of ginger beer and of course, more wedding chat.


When - Sunday 20th february 2011 at 12noon.

Where - Vintage Carriages Trust Museum Ingrow

Vintage Frocks

Accessories and headwear



Makeup artist Leanne Anderson 01274833608/07862713910

Hair stylist Donna Judson

Venue Vintage Carriages Trust

Please do be aware that there may be a small fee for the upkeep of the museum and a warm coat may be necessary as the shed doesn't have heating. The light lunch is free!

Very much looking forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Wedding Day Trouser Suit for a Yorkshire Bride.

It all began with a simple sketch; a favourite all-in-one outfit Sarah had worn many years ago and not wanting the traditional wedding outfit, chose something she knew she loved.

Slight variations were made to the original design by way of a back rather than the straps having the 'bib and brace' appearence.

The suit was made from silk crepe and lined with a silk lining. The edges were decorated with a diamante sparkle embellishment.

The happy couple married at Skipton registry office.

Reception at The Dog and Gun Crosshills for fish and chips.

The fabulous detail of the crossover straps.
Sarah, thank you so much for the images. You looked amazing.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Dresses at No. 9 Competition and Meeting Our Winner.

This year seems to be marching on full steam ahead and in no way am I being left behind!
We seem to be in great demand from new clients and with some fabulous designs and gowns to get our teeth into our popularity doesn't seem to be letting up any time soon.
Today I had the greatest of pleasures to meet our Dresses at No. 9 competition winner, Abi and her wonderful mum.
Abi brought along the wedding ideas she had been collecting so we immediatly began discussing everything about it.
Romance is the key feature using soft palettes along with vintage elements to bring together the Tea Party theme set for the reception.
Abi doesn't want the traditional wedding breakfast, to be held at her Aunts 200 year old white washed walled barn (and Marquee), so opted for the tea party theme comprising of sandwiches, nibbles finishing off with plenty of cake. All served up on vintage crockery I might add.
"So," I said. "Will you be hiring the china for your 70 guests?"
"No," she said. "My aunt has plenty of the stuff. I'm sure she even has 70 cups and 70 saucers hidden around the kitchen!"
We talked about the bridesmaids outfits, flowers, the photography and even discussed an outfit for mum. Of course, the bridal gown is going to be a close guarded secret (a bit like Kate Middlestons gown) but I can say it is going to be one heck of a show stopper. Both Abi and I are very excited now the design has been sketched and fabrics chosen.
We chatted for over three hours and after Abi and her mum left, I felt a little like I'd just done the Conveyer Belt from The Generation Game! ("Did we go a bit fast for you there?") with everything still wizzing around in my head.
So, with the design drawn, fabrics covered along with other ideas, it's full steam ahead. And I simply cannot wait!!