Thursday, June 18, 2009

And The Bride Wore...

Non-Vintage (Quell Horror!)

Hello Kittens! It's been a whirlwind of a month for me - first getting married and then jetting off on honeymoon.

But now I am back in Melbourne and settling in to married life (and attempting to get back into work mode....).

I've had a few requests for me to do a post about my wedding as there has been quite a bit of speculation as to what a Vintage Clothing blogger would wear as a bride.

Sorry to disappoint, but I decided not to wear vintage. Now before you run for the smelling salts, let me explain why.

First and foremost, a wedding is about two people coming together to celebrate their marriage. You hear a great deal about how a wedding is "all about the bride" but that is just not true, kittens (and don't let anyone tell you otherwise). The groom is equally as important and I detest the multi-billion dollar industry that breeds the attitude that they are merely an appendage on the big day.

Mr VV supports my vintage obsession with good grace, but it is really my, not his thing, if you understand what I mean and I wanted our wedding day to be about us - not just me.

I chose instead to wear very special heirloom pieces. Or, they will become heirloom pieces now.

My very wonderful and talented Mother Verve (MV) made my gown and my new Mother-in-law made my Cathedral length veil. MV also made the dresses for my brides maids, the flower girl and also made our delicious wedding cake.

If you look closely, you may be able to spot my something blue (that after 6 hours had to be changed lest they cripple me during our dancing).


With my adorable niece flower girl


Father Verve walking me down the aisle.


Back view of my train and veil


Mr VV and I during our bridal dance.

Having the women in my family hand make my wedding gown and veil make them even more sentimentally valuable to me. All the fittings, discussions and sewing in the lead up to our wedding day were lovely bonding experiences that we will have to share forever.
And who knows.... perhaps one day one of my own children or a niece or even a great niece or grand daughter may want to wear an heirloom dress or veil, that will just so happen to be a carefully stored and pre-loved vintage item.

17 comments:

Miss_Red said...

You look simply amazing! What a lovely dress...and those shoes!! Such an unexpected way to wear 'something blue' Looks like you had an enchanting day ♥

Ballarat Vintage Style said...

You look beautiful! The shoes were a perfect touch. By having a new dress and veil, you're creating the vintage pieces of tomorrow. That's pretty special :)

diamondsinchampagne said...

Oh my goodness... you looked absolutley gorgeous! LOVE that dress and the colour.
Congratulations my dear
xxx

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Congratulation, welcome back! You were a beautiful bride and I am most impressed with your mother's sewing skills.

Rosie Unknown said...

You look beautiful! What an amazing dress!

Bucca said...

Aw you look so beautiful, love the dress congratulations!

angelaseeangelablog said...

Aww you look fabulous!! The blue shoes were a great touch.

Congratulations
XXASAB

Grant said...

Congratulations to you and Mr. VV darling girl! You look positively resplendent and it looks as though you had an amazing day!

Looking forward to your posting again now that you're back from the Honeymoon :D

Xx

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Lady Melbourne said...

Congratulations you look absolutely darling!
I love the 'blue' touch as well(I looked very hard for it!)
LM
x

eednic said...

i'm new to following your blog but i must say: WOW! that is a stunning wedding dress and you look beautiful in it! i like that it was made for you and it's completely unique. i also like that it's not white white, but more of a cream or ivory color. gorgeous!! congratulations on getting married!!

Velour said...

Ohhh you look so so stunning Neroli, your mum did such an amazing job!
Congratulations to the both of you.
xx

Super Kawaii Mama said...

Lovely! I'm sure you had the most delightful time, you look so happy. Take good care of the gown and it will always love you back.
Congratulations. xx

Vintage Verve said...

Thank you everyone. We did have a wonderful day and everything was as smooth as silk.

I am so lucky to have such a talented mother and patient mother-in-law (edging my massive veil took many, many hours of fiddly painstaking work).

And I still am so pleased I wore my blue shoes. They certainly made an impression where-ever I went that day: at our after-party a perfect stranger approached me to tell me his wife loved my blue shoes (even though by this stage I had changed into my 'backups'). They had seen us having our photos taken in St Kilda earlier in the day!

esme and the lane way said...

Oh my goodness, you look beautiful! Beautiful, beautiful gown. And I honestly couldn't agree more with everything – every single bit – you have written regarding weddings. A woman after my own heart! Thank you for sharing these, and welcome back!

suzie wuzie said...

amazing dress! i would love to wear a handmade wedding dress rather than a store bought one.

Porcelain Blonde said...

Congratulations! You look radiant and your gown is beautiful. And what a handsome groom! :)

I think it's so beautiful that your dress was made by family - that's a true family heirloom xxx

ps...how good was the Chanel movie?!