Is it just me or has ‘vintage’ become such a big theme it’s been lost in translation? For true vintage bridal inspiration you need to look a little further these days, so it was with interest I began talking to lovely Elisabeth from Amamini Flowers in May. Elisabeth had worked with Heartfelt Vintage and Su Barclay to create a showcase shoot of vintage dresses from the 1920s through to the 1970s, along with authentic flowers to suit each era.
True vintage brides will find this one very interesting… Elisabeth explains how she created authentic bouquets and floral accessories for each part of the styled shoot, and to complement each vintage inspired gown. Images are by lovely Su Barclay who told me, “I have been working with Heartfelt Vintage for the past 4 years. Kate Ashwell the owner has a wonderful selection of bridal gowns and accessories and I love the way they range from the 1920s up to the 1970s – basically any era can be catered for and Kate sources them individually for clients as part of the service.”
“For this wedding shoot we wanted to let the bridal gowns be expressed in the era they were created for yet flow easily as a collection hence the slightly ‘alternative feel’ to the images. This was all possible due to the backdrop of a Classic Arts and craft room with inglenook fireplace and rich red walls…colour washed for that “aged” look. In the room also were beautiful long William Morris curtains and an exquisite 19th century medieval tapestry which added fabulous texture and drama to the portraits. Amamini Flowers were the icing on the cake, providing a beautiful selection of bouquets and headpeices complimenting the era of the bridal gowns.”
Choosing flowers for your vintage wedding era, by Amamini Flowers
“I was asked by Kate Ashwell (owner of Heartfelt Vintage) to produce flowers that complimented her authentic vintage wedding dresses rangin in period from the 1920s to the 1970s. The shoot took place in an authentic Arts and Craft ballroom (my home) and a potential small wedding party venue. The colour and areas of the room we would use did in some part influence my choice of flowers, as well as the season and the clothes themselves. I knew that Su Barclay’s work would be dreamy and vintage in style.
“Kate had said she wanted soft tones that would compliment the creamy satins and antique fabrics of the dresses. Peaches rather than pinks seemed to suit the mood and style and time of the shoot. I used bronze red Cymbidium Orchids (and white Orchids for one hair piece), which suited the season, colour, mood, style and period of the dresses and shoot – they complimented the soft peachy roses – both flowers giving an air of elegance and style to the 1920s, 30s 40s & 50s dresses.
“I did a modern hand-tied bouquet for the one using the peach and bronze Cymbidium, it is more formal in style, but it went well with the full skirted elegant dresses. I used white Calla Lilies which were very popular from the 1920s – doing a modern take on the over arm bouquets of the period.
“I used light pretty white daisy type flowers for a 60s dress with daisies at the neckline – this classic, timeless yet loose bouquet of flowers seemed to work well with other dresses too. For the barefoot boho 1970s dress I used simple flowers – cream freesia and astrantia and ivy to entwine in the hair and as a floral crown (the one that goes across the forehead with flowers at the sides).
“The astrantia were lightly dusted with antique gold flower spray which picked up the peaches and bronze reds and antique feel of many of the flowers – they worked very well against the tapestry and William Morris curtain fabric that the model is standing beside. The foliage I used was soft green eucalyptus Nicolli.
“I hope I captured a timeless feel for these bridal flowers – something that felt modern but with a nod to vintage but without the jam-jar mixed posy feel that sometimes goes with the word vintage – these flowers had structure and placing but I hope still had ‘border’ look looseness that I strive to achieve in my work.”
Elisabeth Anderson – Amamini Flowers.
Wedding Dresses & Accessories: Heartfelt Vintage
Photographer: Su Barclay Photography
Make Up Artist: Claire Clark
Hair Stylist: Louise Mackintosh
Styling: Louise Blois and Kate Ashwell
Headpieces: Able Mabel Designs
Models: Katie May, Sarah Lane, Danielle Luff, Lee-Ann Masters, Cleo Vasey, Izzie Breslin, Sophie & Ellie
All photos are copyright to Heartfelt Vintage.