February is the month of Love !! Valentine’s Day is a special day which lovebirds throughout celebrate each other. Ah yes, Love – or as the romantic French coo… L’amour is in the air! We wanted to jubilate all things vintage this month, and how unique and exquisite old, beautiful pieces can really add a memorable and special touch to your wedding. Our region has a good number of wonderful vintage stores where more and more brides are choosing their old world bride’s dresses and bridesmaids dresses. Vintage accessories are so charming and original, and the possibilities of what you can find in vintage and antique stores are limitless. The quaint little store in DC “It’s Vintage Darling” is a treasure trove of finds from vintage dresses to shoes to accessories. http://itsvintagedarlingdc.com/gallery.htm.
“Rock it Again” http://www.rockitagain.com/search/label/Dresses on U Street in DC is another great store with fabulous vintage dresses. We can’t forget to mention “Eclectic Threads” in Arlington, Virginia, where you can find amazing vintage dresses and accessories for you and your bridesmaids. http://www.ecleticthreadsva.com/forsale.html
Lots of couples are getting married this month on or around Valentine’s Day, and we have one story in particular which we wanted to share with our Frilly Fairy Tales fans. It’s a touching, empowering story about Amber, a young unemployed single mother of 5 children who is a survivor of domestic violence. She has finally found Love again and is getting married to a wonderful, responsible man on Valentine’s Day and we are so excited to follow her during this beautiful time. Unable to afford anything, we discovered that a team of generous and kind souls in the wedding industry are working to give Amber the wedding of her dreams which she so deserves! Her story has just recently been made public, and already, there have been donations of wedding dresses, hair, makeup services, photography services, a wedding cake and financial contributions. We are humbled and moved by the outpour of support from the community to make Amber’s dreams come true. We hear that her children are over the moon with excitement and cannot wait for their mother to marry the man of her dreams. Amber has chosen the colors red and white for her color scheme at her wedding like many couples do during this month. The combination is delightful and we have so many ideas for you! Stay tuned for pictures of Amber’s wedding and an update on her life and how she has reversed her misfortune. If you would like more information on Amber or would like to kindly contribute to making her dreams come true, please contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Congratulations Amber, we are sending you much love from the entire family at Frilly Fairy Tales.
Here is a picture of our lovely bride-to-be, Amber, trying on dresses!
Like we said above, the dominant color palette for February is always red and white. Red signifies many things, especially Love, and is a very powerful, intense color, elevating the heart rate and breathing patterns. In some cultures, the color red depicts strong energy, good fortune, bravery, passion, marriage, faith and communication. There are 285 different shades of red visible to the naked eye and any one you choose, when paired up with white, is truly an aesthetic wonder.
Gorgeous young bride, Elizabeth, was married in 2009 with a red and white color theme. Her lipstick is a gorgeous deep crimson shade which is so reminiscent of vintage chic. Red lips are so old world glamour and we are obsessed with them! Check out her pics! Additionally, more photos from this wonderful photographer can be seen at: http://www.marnomuth.com/blog/
Frilly Fairy Tales could create beautiful custom creations for the little girls in your life in red and white for that feeling of Love and Valentine’s Day magic.
Elizabeth’s adorable little girl, Taylor, was a big part of her Mommy’s friend’s wedding. This dress from David's Bridal is so cute and we’re in love with the beautiful mother and child! The apple certainly does not fall far from the tree...
And voila, more vintage dresses! We are infatuated with this Omelia gown with its intricate detail, craftsmanship and homage to the loveliness of vintage glamour.
For your “Something Borrowed” item, a gorgeous vintage piece like this hand-carved ivory and silver necklace is an eye-catching new way to use old world glamour. Think of unique, memorable looks which blend for example, the grace and delicate flairs of a vintage wedding gown, with the surprising allure of a unique, chunkier vintage accessory.
Having a black and white photo booth at your wedding will keep guests entertained all night long and we found a fun way to accessorize your pics! http://www.etsy.com/listing/98738449/photo-booth-props-cigar-and-martini?ref=sr_gallery_10&ga_includes=tags&ga_search_query=wedding+photobooth+props&ga_search_type=all&ga_page=1&ga_view_type=gallery%20%28etsy
The vintage feel warms the heart and will give your guests a nice journey back in time. Check out this mini vintage aluminum tray depicting a passionate scene from the legendary 1926 classic silent film “Son of a Sheikh” with the Italian silent film actor, Rudolf Valentino (1895-1926) who was truly the George Clooney of his day. We would put this tray as part of the table décor which can be used as a tray with some other cool vintage finds, or mounted against a plate stand.
Adorn your dining tables at your wedding with gorgeous vintage candle snuffers like this one:
Check out this vintage frame we picked up at the Goodwill store for $7. It has a built-in working clock and the traditional wedding vow beautifully inscribed inside it.
We love February weddings and all the romance getting married on Valentine’s Day brings. We cherish love stories old and new - humanity has always been moved throughout the beginning of history by wondrous stories of Love… Cleopatra and Mark Anthony, Romeo and Juliet, Napoleon and Josephine... and your heart will melt when you hear the story about the Love Shah Jahan, the ruler of the Mughal Empire, had for his new bride. In 1612, he commissioned the building of the great Taj Mahal in her honor. The Taj Mahal took two decades, 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants to build. Today this magnificent monument is a reminder and a glorious symbol of the beautiful things Love can make us do.
We look forward to hearing more about Amber’s love story and sharing it with all of you!
Cheers everyone… Ta-ta!
To view Amber's story on video, please click on the video below.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, or know someone who is a victim, links are provided below the video to helpful outside resources.