Vintage should mean something. Vintage for me is so much more than a pretty theme; it’s finding pieces with their own story to tell – heirlooms, treasures and trinkets with real meaning. You can’t buy vintage in Debenhams – but discovering the true meaning of vintage is a journey many of us fall in love with. Today’s shoot is one to cherish: the wedding dress belonged to lovely Helen’s mum, and so this is a very personal inspiration piece which has me falling in love with it all the more.
Words & images: Helen Spencer, Eyesome Photography
The inspiration for this shoot has been staring me in the face for my entire life, every time I opened the wardrobe door of my parents’ bedroom in the house in which I was born. My parents married in March 1957 in Birmingham, my home town. They were both 22 years old and mad about each other. They were still mad about each other in 2007 which was the year of their 50th anniversary and the year in which my mum passed away.
My mum’s wedding dress has been perfectly preserved in that wardbrobe (and now my own) for the past 59 years and it felt good to take it out of the wrapping and dress my model Anna in it.
The dress was handmade for my mother (an action born not out of precociousness, but out of thrift) in lace, with a satin underbody. It is classic 1950s simplicity in style. With it she wore a headpiece and veil to complement her pixie hair cut. My dad has now too, sadly, passed away, making the dress all the more precious.
Photography by Yorkshire wedding photographer Eyesome Photography. Do follow Helen on Facebook too: Facebook.com/eyesomephoto
Make up by Rishu Puri
Hair by Louise Fawcett
The flowers were Helen’s own creation (thrift runs in the genes!)