For all the brides-to-be, if vintage fashion is your niche then you best keep reading! The Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair took place this weekend, in the Davenport Hotel on Merrion Square. Over 30 vendors represented all the elements of wedding planning from the very important wedding dress to photography, cakes, accessories and music. And all represented vintage at its best.
Photography courtesy & copyright of Nirina Plunkett & Paul Kolbe.
The All-Important Dress
Caroline Atelier by Caroline Matthews designs intricate wedding dresses with vintage in mind. She offers brides something different from the usual, by mixing old vintage with modern wedding dress shapes. Caroline uses lace, embellishments and silk satin in ivory hues to create vintage-style dresses that are all unique. Also available are handcrafted headpieces, boleros and brooches for the bridal party. For the bridal collection and details, visit http://www.caroline-atelier.com/
Bella Bleu is Cork’s first and foremost bridal boutique for vintage fashion. This boutique stocks dresses from the 1920s to the 1970s, which have been carefully restored and cleaned for all vintage brides-to-be. Dresses feature intricate lace, embellishment and pearl detail, and accessories are plentiful at Bella Bleu, stocking Irish and international designers’ headpieces, jewellery and even knitwear. Vintage footwear is also available, with pearl and ribbon details. For all the details, visit http://bellableu.ie/
Emma McManus creates bespoke vintage designs for all the extra bits for your special day. Jewellery and headpieces are Emma’s specialty, she designs all the pieces herself, using her love of all things vintage as inspiration. Having studied Textile Crafts and specializing in hand weaving techniques, Emma found her skills in creating handmade brooches, headpieces with unique touches for all types of brides. For all details, contact Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruffled Ruby is an amazing alternative for vintage-loving brides-to-be. They provide brides with bouquets made of textured vintage material to form flower bouquets filled with lace, pearl pins, brooches and the ladies behind it all, Barbara McDonagh & Caitriona Barry, encourage their customers to use any family heirlooms or accessories to make their bouquet even more special. Accessories for the mother-of-the-bride are also available, as are headpieces, corsages and detailed buttonhole pieces. For the full collection, visit http://www.ruffledruby.com/
Wild is a couture florists by Jill O’Keefe, based in Cork City. Jill’s business has been about since 2006, helping to create a very unique vintage-themed look for your big day. As well as flowers of all sorts and styles, Wild offers accessories for table décor, bouquets and buttonhole pieces. Inspired by her grandfather and the World War II era, Jill offers everything from old clocks to buttons and vintage lace, and even an old rocking horse. For all the details, visit http://wild.ie/
Ivana Patarcic is a Croatian wedding photographer living in Dublin, that brings vintage to your wedding album. Her photos have personality and emotion and focus on all the details of every brides’ big day. Her preference for natural light helps create beautiful images, and her eye for detail helps create that vintage feel. Ivana ensures every couples’ comfort while capturing the wedding day, by meeting the bride and groom beforehand for consultation with tea and cake. For contact details, visit http://www.ivana-photography.com/weddings/
Inspired by Love is a photography business by Sona. In her 4th year of photography, Sona focuses on all the details using natural light and no camera filters to capture beautiful shots of everything important you want for your wedding album. Sona covers all types of wedding-related photography from the engagement, the wedding to the Trash/Cherish the Dress session. For contact details, visit http://www.inspiredbylove.ie
The Cake Cuppery is a unique take on wedding cakes and cupcakes. Run by Dubliner Cat Lawlor, vintage wedding cake couture will be one of the highlights of your wedding. All cakes and cupcakes are handmade and designed with vintage imagery, like lace, ribbon, pearls and floral designs of all sorts. Cat creates every baked goodie herself, in her home bakery in Lucan, in an assortment of vintage pastel colours. Her typical cake flavours include vanilla, chocolate, lemon, red velvet and rose-infusion. Her inspiration for creating these beautiful goodies was to offer something different and chic, for every bridal dream. For pricing and contact details, visit http://www.thecakecuppery.ie/
Emily’s Pantry offers beautiful cake creations with vintage colours and designs in mind. Pretty pastels for cupcakes, desserts, cake pops and the all-important wedding cake that come in a variety of flavours. Inspired by her grandmother, a patisserie chef, Emily has honed baking and patisserie skills over the last couple of years. Working by herself in her home-studio bakery, she designs the cakes to please her bride-to-be customers, with tasting consultations beforehand. For pricing and contact details, visit http://www.emilyspantry.ie/
The Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair was complete with a fashion show, represented by two beautiful models. They wore dresses by the designers present, held bouquets by both Ruffled Ruby and Wild, and wore jewellery, headpieces, veils & shoes by designers in the fair. Both small size and plus size shapes were represented beautifully. The models wore both vintage and modern dresses, with lace being a huge feature, as well as different necklines and dress shapes.