Friday, October 12, 2012

Vintage Wedding Dresses

There are less than six months to go until our wedding! Six months!! There is still so much we haven't done and so much we probably won't bother doing (florists? Who needs em!). We're making progress though, slowly but surely. I feel happy that every aspect of the wedding so far feels really right and really 'us'.

Now I'm looking forward to spending my last 6 months as a 'bride to be' lapping up inspiration from my favourite wedding blogs (Love My Dress and 100 layer cake) and magazines and Pinterest as we get closer and closer to the day. I find looking at other peoples weddings so inspiring - especially when it comes to the little creative details. Don't ever let anyone tell you that planning a wedding is stressful - it's fun and easy! It's only as stressful as you want it to be. I haven't spoken about the planning much here but now we've got most of the big things in place I'm looking forward to being able to share my excitement as things start to come together!

First on the list - wedding dress shopping! Last weekend I went to visit the lovely Kathryn Handscombe of Vintage Wedding Dresses in Kingston upon-Thames, Surrey. Kathryn has an incredible collection of vintage wedding dresses from the 1900's to the 1960's! It was a pleasure just to see these beautifully preserved and restored gowns in person, let alone try some of them on! Each and every piece in the collection is exquisite - most of the dresses are made of gorgeous silk or satin and some have lovely lace and hand embroidery. The pieces vary in price according to age and condition but most hover around the £500 mark, which for a sliver of genuine 1920's flapper glamour or 1940's swagger seems like daylight robbery? Don't worry I won't be giving away the surprise of my dress before the day but here are a few pictures I snapped in Kathryn's studio. You can see more photos (better photos) on her website here. If you're a Surrey bride to be with a love of vintage clothes, I really recommend paying Kathryn a visit. As well as beautiful and delicate vintage dresses she has an equally amazing collection of vintage accessories including some beautiful 1920's wax flower crowns. Kathryn's blog is also fascinating and you can take a peek here.

The lace on this dress is over 100 years old and in perfect condition.

Trying on a gorgeous original 1930's evening gown.

The 1930's dress had a beautiful sheer tulle fishtail skirt (excuse the unpainted toe nails!).

A big satin bow.

I was so taken by this sweet 1920's silk flapper dress!


  1. Hi Chloe, Thank you so much for your lovely review, which my daughter has linked to our blog. You all looked amazing on 'The Day'! We wish you both every happiness xxx

  2. Hi Chloe, Thanks again for your your blog!
    I've been looking for a nice font for my website makeover and rather like the 'Comfort' used on your title, do you know where it came from?
    Many thanks,

    1. It's lovely isn't it? The font is called Cursif and if you pop it into Google you should be able to download it for free - let me know how you get on, if you can't find it I should be able to send it to you x


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