Before I wandered into the world of weddings, I worked in theater design, mostly costumes. So when Amanda Hein‘s bridal inspiration graced the inbox at Smitten, I was positively giddy! Amanda and her wonderful team created ten different looks, each inspired by a different decade starting with 1920. Each look is spot on, beautiful, detailed, fresh and playful. Working with modern gowns from Alice Padrul, Hello Darling styled them to period perfection and added lovely florals. The blank white space of Chez in Chicago made a wonderful backdrop for imagination to play. Here are the first three decades: 1920, 1930, and 1940.
First up, 1920 and Hello Darling’s comments on the concept: “Our 1920’s bride is fresh-faced, wearing a less form-fitting silhouette in Swiss dot lace (The Dora gown), accented by a flapper-inspired headband, long necklace and drop earrings that echoes the intriguing look of this era. Her bouquet is a more modern take on the long and often cascading, love-knot decorated bouquets of the period. Delicate stems of stunning white bridal veil and white saponaria were gathered and tied with a single sash, double-faced satin bow to be carried in the asymmetrical, presentation style of this bygone era. The fringed ottoman was the perfect piece to add a bit of 1920’s interior styling to our set.”
Next up the luxe thirties. “Our 1930’s bride is head-over-heels glamorous, posing in a vignette created for an Old Hollywood screen star. She wore a silky sheath (The Claudia gown) with simple silk shoes and sparkling jewelry, with her hair swept to the side and delicate rose blossoms tucked into it. She’s alluring and mysterious, laying across the emerald velvet couch, covered in bountiful rose petals. The luxurious presentation bouquet of unruly roses, peonies, and ferns completes the look.”
This week we end with the 1940s. “Our 1940’s bride is elegant and demure. We imagined her getting ready to walk down the aisle to marry into a royal family, waiting for her cue in a room decorated with a vintage blue linen wall covering. A delicate tulle veil was draped over her flowy dress with its lace and ribbon bodice (The Dahlia gown), complemented by sparkling earrings and a petite crown for a timeless and graceful look. She carried a tailored teardrop bouquet of ladylike white clematis, freesia, and bouvardia, tied with a band of ivory double-faced satin.”
Next week we’ll have 1950-1980!