I had so many awesome accessories for my wedding that I felt that they needed their own post to do them justice (If you would like to see the dress, please visit my earlier post) So here goes….
The Shoes-My Something Blue
My Shoes for the wedding are the first thing I purchased (even before my dress) and they really set the tone for the colour scheme for my wedding. They are Irregular Choice shoes and I found them in Ireland while on vacation and fell in love right away. I mean really…look at them…how could you not??? Plus I loved that it had a scotty dog on them as my husband parents are from Scotland and it made the shoes even more special.
The only bummer part about my shoes, was that about a month before my wedding I was dancing and twisted my ankle pretty bad. By the time I got married I could only wear the shoes down the aisles and for some pictures 🙁
I was determined NOT to have a lot of real flowers at my wedding (to save money) and so I looked on the internet for “non flower” bouquet inspirations and I stumbled upon several photos of “vintage brooch bouquets”. I loved this idea but after looking at the price to buy one (way out of my budget), I gave up the idea of ever getting one. Until a friend of mine and the wife of my husbands best friend/best man, Brooke told me she would like to make it for my wedding. I cried after reading the email and said yes right away! Here is her hard work (below and above)….
Brooke spent a few months looking for these vintage brooches and I’m honestly still blown away at how beautiful it is every time I pass by it on display in my livingroom.
My Hair and makeup (the Ultimate Accessory)
I was fortunate to stumble upon (via the land of the internet), Blonde Moxie aka Larissa the Vintage Hair & Makeup queen 🙂 She did an amazing job making my wish come true to look like a 1950’s pin-up.
My necklace above is 1950’s Vintage as well from a great Etsy seller called “Love in the Afternoon“. I actually purchased the necklace at a Vintage Fair that was held here in Toronto and the ladies working the booth were so nice and helpful and their selection and prices were wonderful.
My Veil and Earrings
My Veil is not vintage but it came from “Fancy Bridal New York” where I purchased my wedding dress. My earrings were my grandmothers and were my “something borrowed”. Here is another shot of the hair as well…sigh I wish I could repeat this look on my own.
My Fur Jacket is very special to me as it belonged to my Grandmother (my mom’s mother) also named “Elizabeth” who passed away only a year before I was born. The jacket is from the 1950’s and it even has her initials in the inside (see below pic, It’s on the right side).
1950’s vintage from a favorite Queen St. West Vintage shop called “The Painted Table” (1716 Queen St. West, Toronto).
Another 1950’s Vintage Find from a dear friend who owns her own vintage online store called “Swanky Selections“.
After the Wedding Hair Accessory
After I got married, I changed out of my veil and put on the most darling hair flower. If you are reading my blog then you know that I’m obsessed with hair flowers so it only made sense that I wore one for my wedding. The flower is from “Sara Gabriel Veiling & Headpieces” and I actually purchased it at a bridal salon called “Gabriella New York” in NYC because I wanted to see the pieces in person and since it was Sara Gabriels flag-ship store they had many items out on display. Note….Shopping at Gabriella was AWESOME! They treated me like I was buying one of their $5000 dresses as opposed to a $200 hair piece. “Campbell, with a “C” as he made it clear when we met lol helped me chose my hair piece and he was funny and helpful and made me want to stay and hang out for the rest of the day at the salon 🙂 Amazing experience there, loved it.
After purchase it was sent away to be created just for me and then weeks later it showed back up at Gabriella (I chose to pick it up there when I went back from my dress fitting at Fancy) in a beautiful box with a ribbon and my name on it. Inside there was a handwritten note thanking me for my purchase and they wished for me to have a wonderful wedding day…how nice! Here is my purchase…
I don’t have a picture of this item 🙁 But I was carrying a 1950’s handkerchief with a bride on it, in my dress pocket.
So there you have it, all my accessories for the wedding. Now you see why I needed to create its own post?
Next Post will be on all my DIY and Etsy purchases I made for the wedding.
I thought I would share my April 28th, 2012 Vintage inspired wedding in Toronto, Canada with you 🙂
The wedding & reception was held at this amazing hall in Toronto called “The St. Lawrence Hall“. The hall was built-in 1850 as a meeting place for public gatherings, concerts and exhibits and in the 1960’s was designated a “national historic site“. So basically we were getting married in a venue with a lot of history and character (you will see pics of the inside over my next couple of blog posts).
The idea behind my wedding was to bring the activity that brought my husband and I together (Swing dancing aka Lindy hop) and my love for 1940’s-50’s vintage into one budget friendly DIY wedding.
It was very important to me that my wedding dress reflect who I was as a person and that meant it had to be a 1950’s tea-length gown. I was going to go vintage but then I stumbled upon the designer “Fancy of New York” and the dresses were exactly what I was looking for, so I hopped on a plane and flew to NYC to pick my dress. The experience was wonderful and I could go on and on about how awesome Fancy is, but I don’t have time so I will just say that you need to buy your dress there if you’re in the market because you will not be disappointed 🙂
Dress details: The dress came with a crinoline and sash of which I could pick the colours for. The fabric of the sash is actually “vintage ribbon” from a supplier that I was told was top-secret (bummer lol). The crinoline has a matching red ribbon sewn on the bottom so that when I danced you just saw a hint of red when I spun (which I LOVED). The back was a scoop back (another fav of mine) and the dress had POCKETS!!!! eeekkkk!! yes pockets!!!
Here is the dress…
They were filming a commercial in the background,hence the camera stuff in the background of pic lol
See Pockets!!! yay! My bridesmaids in their cute red and white polka dot dresses that I had to track down after Mod Cloth sold out of them. I ended up finding them in the UK after an online hunt that took a couple of hours. It was worth it I was happy with how pretty that looked.
Here is a pic of the inside of the Hall and my dress (and another pic of my handsome Scottish husband).