My First Year as a Wedding Stylist

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Happy new year, lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I wanted to write about my 2017, to show you all that went on for Vintage Amy last year, as it was my first year in business and rather a good one, if I do say so myself! So below is a round-up of some of the highlights of my year, from styled shoots to real weddings and beyond...

April: A styled shoot amongst the bluebells

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Back in April, a bunch of talented wedding suppliers and I got together to create this beauty. I wanted to showcase how you could use vintage decor for a woodland wedding in an elegant and romantic setting, allowing inspiration for brides to see that you do not have to have a rustic or boho woodland wedding if that's not your bag.

For this shoot I used a lot of vintage lace, adding it throughout for texture and to add a soft element in contrast to the woods. I used my vintage props - that are available to hire here - in various set-ups, including creating inspiration for a wedding photobooth. You can see all the photos from this shoot in part 1 here and part 2 here, with full supplier listings.

May: Selina & Dave's Wedding

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In May, I had the absolute pleasure of styling Selina and Dave's wedding in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Selina and Dave had a wonderful wedding day full of family, and they wanted to use vintage touches in a modern way for their wedding styling, which was perfect for me.

We kept the look fairly informal and added lots of detail through the flowers and beautiful brass elements. I created table numbers using a brass hoop and some of the flowers were displayed in little brass terrariums. You can see the full wedding styling here.

June: Our four-year anniversary

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I got married in June 2013, and whilst there are a few things I would do differently, overall I love looking back and remembering how happy we were. The design for our wedding day was heavily focussed on my love of vintage, whilst making the day as personal as possible to us both. I used lots of items from the 1930s, like my wedding dress and the dressing table, and we incorporated lots of flowers throughout in soft, pastel colours.

I look back on the day with such fondness, and so I created a post about it to show some of you some of the pics, which you can view here.

July: An elegant vintage styled shoot

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I didn't realise at the time, but this stunning styled shoot featuring wedding reception details using my vintage prop hire collection, has been my favourite, and most successful, work to date. I created this shoot to inspire the bride who loves vintage, but wants to use it in a unique way.

I kept the look fresh and elegant and worked with beautiful shades of blue and pink on a clean, white background. My favourite piece was the alternate cake table I created on my vintage dressing table. And I also loved the table plan I created using little tags on vintage medicine bottles. You can see part 1 of the shoot here and part 2 of the shoot here, with details of all the other lovely wedding suppliers that were involved.

August: My hiring collection started coming along nicely

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Over the years I have collected some beautiful pieces of vintage china and decor items, and as the collection continued to grow over the year I decided to launch an extra service - vintage prop and china hire for weddings and events. From brass candlesticks to vintage medicine bottles and even small pieces of furniture, I have some really lovely items.

I tend to pick up bits when I see them, from charity shops to vintage fairs and even bootsales. Or you may find me trawling eBay for that perfect piece to add to the collection. My vintage prop hire collection can be collected from my house in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, or I can deliver it to you when you order over £100 worth of items. You can see my vintage prop collection here.

September: Window dressing at Miss Kay's

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It was an absolute honour to be asked to style the window for Autumn at Miss Kay Seamstress's boutique in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. The brief was to create an elegant and boutique-feel to the window, and I think I achieved that. 

I chose to use lots of vintage lace, elements of gold & brass and silk flowers on hoops and in vintage vases. Miss Kay put one of her lovely wedding dresses in the window and we draped a veil with vintage lace on one of my vintage chairs. We wanted the window to inspire brides to be for ideas for their wedding day. You can see more photos here.

October: A stunning rustic luxe styled shoot

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In October I had the absolute pleasure to be asked to style at Jennifer Pinder's floral workshop. Jennifer holds regular workshops for florists, and as the florists were creating beautiful bouquets and stunning installations, Maryanne and I created a mini styled shoot featuring the beautiful floristry work.

We wanted to show the flowers off as much as possible, so the details were kept minimal. The shoot was set to inspire for an elopement, with the shots taken outside and all nature playing a heavy part. Some of the photos from the shoot were featured on Festival Brides, which you can see here, along with a full list of suppliers.

November: Featured on Grazia 

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I think my biggest achievement of 2017 was appearing on Grazia Daily. I was interviewed to give my expert advice on how you can style a vintage wedding whilst still keeping it modern.

This is a subject very close to my heart, as for me I love using vintage in a fresh and modern way. There are so many thoughts when people hear the word vintage, and these words can often be twee, chintzy, rustic, mismatched, etc. For me, I want my styling to be mixing old and new - using my beautiful vintage props in a unique way to create styling that is elegant, romantic, soft and timeless. You can see the Grazia article here.

And December was just as lovely! The styled shoot that I did in July was featured in Perfect Wedding December issue, I created some beautiful inspiration for using vintage within your Christmas decor - which you can read the blog on here - and I took a little break to be with my family.

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Well what a year! I am super excited for 2018 and to see what it will bring. I have lots of lovely things in the pipeline, including another beautiful styled shoot, working alongside some stunning venues and of course, some more weddings.

And perhaps 2018 is the year that you're getting married? Or the year that you are cementing all your plans for your 2019 wedding? If you would love for me to work with you, designing and styling your dream wedding day, using vintage in a fresh and modern way, let's chat! You can drop me a line here or give me a bell at any time.

Thanks for reading, VA x