Apr 30, 2013

Front row fashion show - grab a seat!

A Vintage Affair was delighted to launch their one-of-a-kind bridal fashions ranging from the 1940s to the 1970s at the Vintage Wedding Showcase. Paired with vintage jewelry from their shop and headpieces from Boutique JuJu, the White Carpet fashion show was a highlight of the event. Thank you to Sarah Mayerson Design for providing the gorgeous bouquets carried by our brides. Our dapper grooms were outfitted in formals by Cameo & Cufflinks and the sparkling, bridal footwear is from our sponsor, Nine West. Tara Watts of Inglewood Beauty Bar, was our Hair Stylist, perfectly blending looks both old and new. That final touch of glam was added by Make-up Artist Shea Brown, of The Hair Studio, Okotoks.

1940s Glamour! Soft and flowing with a gathered bodice and soutache details.

With its Katherine Hepburn qualities, this 1940s dress is entirely handmade from open-work embroidery fabric.

1950s Vintage Hollywood Glam with a sequined bodice, full tulle skirt and attached shoulder scarf.

Sweet and sassy, this off the shoulder 1950s dress is perfect for a casual or day-time wedding.

This 1950s dress has it all for the girly-girl! Layers of tulle & lace and a pretty neckline…this is known as the “Cupcake Dress”.

An inconic 1950s strapless style with matching bolero. Superb details with beaded stand-up collar on the jacket.

A 1950s dress that is ready for a party! Flattering v-neckline and full layered skirt with embroidered fabric, if you love to hit the dance floor and twirl at your reception, this is the dress for you!

This dramatic gown was dubbed the Marie Antoinette dress! In true French style, this 1950s dress is traditional and elegant with the use of lace and rows of tulle in the split skirt.

This 1950s dress has been reworked from its original state by removing the sleeves. By doing this, this dress is instantly transformed into a more wearable and modern vintage look. The elegant simplicity of this gown make it a wonderful option for a classic bride

An ivory 1950s strapless tea length dress is terrific for a destination wedding, amped up with a lipstick red bolero jacket, designed by A Vintage Affair.

Another 1950s classic! Lovely scooped neckline and a full skirt accented by bows at the waist make this gown super-sophisticated and chic.

Casual, Vegas or destination wedding?? The 1950s bombshell dress in white lace is easy going with loads of attitude. The chiffon fly-away panels at each side of the waist simply unhook for a totally different look for the reception.

Bridesmaid dresses in the same era, but in slightly different styles are a great choice for your girls. This 1950s coral dress has a darling peplum and outstanding color.

A blushing 1950s bride wore this lovely full-skirted gown. There are so many details that make this dress truly feminine. The netted neckline is accented with iridescent sequins as is the skirt, which give it some gorgeous glimmer.

Moving into the 1960’s, this chic ivory brocade sheath dress is paired with a vintage mink stole. Fur is an ever popular accent for Canadian brides!

The white velvet bodice accented with tiny pearls and rhinestones makes this 1960s sheath dress winter-bride-ready and full of Audrey Hepburn class.

Who knew that 1970s bridal fashions could be so wonderful? Can’t you just picture this bohemian white eyelet halter dress with daisy back for a sunny beach ceremony?

Gunne Sax was a very sought after 1970s label with their feminine, “hippie princess” looks. Another wonderful alternative for a casual wedding or after elopement party, this off shoulder dress is made from white cotton gauze, and is flowing and easy to wear.

All of these dresses are authentic vintage and range in price from $250 to $850. Bridal gown shopping is by appointment only, so please call A Vintage Affair at 587-351-7363 to arrange a time to go in and find your dream, vintage dress.

Images courtesy of RWPhoto

Apr 29, 2013

Daisy, Gatsby and Blush Vintage Rentals

It's 1920...prohibibition has hit the Country and there's nowhere to party. Looks like you will have to "jazz" up your event with a "Speakeasy" for champagne, Manhattans and music. Why, you'll be the cat's pyjamas!

That is exactly what Blush Vintage Rentals did at Vintage Wedding Showcase. The inside of our speakeasy's d├ęcor was accentuated with lavish, extravagant touches, such as crushed red velvet chais lounge, crystal, flowers (by Sarah Mayerson Design), a cake (by Cakeworks) and art deco furniture. It's all in the details and oh boy, there were a lot of details.

The glamour and ostentation served in contrast from the other areas of the event including the feminine dressing room space. The ladies at A Vintage Affair lent some beautiful, vintage, silk negligees to hang from the antique screen. Champagne, pearls and fur coats strewn around the room and a dressing table held everything to complete a lovely ladies look before heading out. Up front in the speakeasy there was a small stage for a live band (Heather Blush & Lemondrop), to play jazz tunes off the era, from the likes of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. Beside the stage we were able to include fabulous vintage clarinets, banjos just in case the occasional jazz player wanted to jump in. The piece that created the most buzz at the Showcase was the original 1919 "still" that was set up...and before you ask yes it works! It absolutely made the space.

While some people think of speakeasies as dark places with bathtub liquor, we like to think of them as swanky joints that we see in the movies. It's so much more fun to mimic the rich & famous (thinking about Gatsby & Daisy), we created the feel off an exclusive affair for all who crossed our threshold.

Photographs above provided by Tara Whittaker Photography

Images provided by RWPhoto

Head on over to Blush Vintage Rental's website for more on their outstanding selection of handpicked, vintage rentals.

Apr 26, 2013

A photo booth thank you

ASOV member Tara Whittaker Photography had her photo booth set up at Vintage Wedding Showcase on Sunday. Pop over to Tara's blog for a peek at a few of our volunteers letting their hair down. Without the contribution of these people (and many more), the event would not have been such a success. More on that next week.

Huge thanks from all of us at A Spoonful of Vintage!

Tara Whittaker Photography
Sarah Mayerson Design
Blush Vintage Rentals
A Vintage Affair
Toe Tappin' Swing

Come back next week for more images and behind-the-scenes stories from the event. First thing Monday, we'll show you the boudoir and speakeasy lounge created by Colleen Walker of Blush Vintage Rentals.

Apr 25, 2013

Vintage Wedding Showcase by Laura Ann Cinema

We were so fortunate to have Laura Ann Cinema filming Vintage Wedding Showcase on Sunday. Imagine our excitement when she sent this highlight video yesterday.
Check it out!

If you're a bride looking for a videographer for your wedding, be sure to pop over to Laura's site. We love that she has Super 8 on her video menu. What a lovely vintage touch! Thank you Laura

Apr 24, 2013

Vintage Decor Challenge - The Contenders

Yesterday was a pretty exciting day as we announced the winner of the Decor Challenge at Vintage Wedding Showcase. Sharon Auld of Naturally Chic was the overall winner with her "Mad men" themed tabletop. Today we're going to show you her competitors. Each of these talented Wedding Designers planned their table around a vintage movie/show theme and wow, did they pull out all of the stops.

First up, we have Lisa from WE CONNECT with Casablanca. Can't you just see Humphrey Bogart with his cigar, sitting up to that table, listening to Sam at the keys? We loved the pops of red too.

Next we have Cathy from Creative Weddings with Breakfast at Tiffany's. To me the whole table was a reflection of the iconic, black dress worn by the great Audrey Hepburn. Don't you love the pearls draped down the back of the chair? Breathtaking Cathy!

We admit it, we're in Downton withdrawal! What fun to have a little dose of Downton Abbey while we await the next season. Alway's Alexandra's Weddings gave us a healthy dose of English elegance that even the Dowager Countess would have approved of.

Callandra from Cherry Tree Occasions brought the sparkle and glamour of the 1920's with The Great Gatsby. We can't wait to see the remake now that Callandra has us in the mood. Charleston anyone?

Jasmine from Reflections Weddings took us "off to see the Wizard"! Jasmine didn't miss a beat with her Wizard of Oz themed display. It included everything from Dorothy's gingham dress, to a pair of ruby slippers and even her "little dog too"! It was a feast of colour and imagination!

Aren't they all amazing? So many people commented that as they looked around the hall, they felt that they had been transported back in time. Thank you to everyone that participated in the challenge.

We had to include a shot of Betty Draper's bar cart from Naturally Chic's Mad Men display along with our winner, Sharon. Pop over for one last peek. Congratulations!

Photos by Tara Whittaker Photography

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