It’s all about the 1960’s wedding inspiration today, a decade of rule breaking and fun, here we talk to you about styles from the era and give you some perfect 1960’s wedding inspiration, accessories ideas and styling for your 1960’s wedding.
“The 1960s was such an exciting time for fashion and for women also. For the first time they chose to wear clothes that were a million miles away from what their parents wore and they went out and had fun. I am often asked which era I would like to go back to and it is definitely the 1960s. Imagine the optimism for the future, the freedom that teenagers felt and the excitement of discovering flower power fashions and micro minis! We wanted to incorporate some of this feeling using original short wedding dresses alongside bright colours such as the red phone box and the yellow button daisies.”
“We realise that this is just one look from the decade though. Designers recognised that a bride wanted a dress that was fitting for a church service, yet one that was also youthful and fashionable. Designers such as Mary Quant and Bellville Sassoon created Ready to Wear dresses in the early 60s which were a shorter knee length yet still with the fit and flare shape from the 1950s. However most brides still chose a full length gown with a fitted bodice and A-line column skirt, feeling the need to play it safe.”
“However in the second half of the decade bridal hemlines were short to match the daywear. John Bates designed a mini dress and coat for his Jean Veron label which can be seen in the V&A museum this year. Despite its short length it was still felt to be appropriate for the occasion. Veils were short and puffy, worn on the back of the head. Another popular choice was a pillbox hat, a decorated skull cap or even a large rimmed floppy hat.”
“Daisies were everywhere – seen within the lace of the dresses, the veils, on caps making them the perfect choice for bouquets. Shoes were pointy, pale tights were often worn and hair was big.”
“All our shoots are photographed by Binky Nixon who works locally to us in Bedfordshire. We work so well together and she always captures the spirit that I want to convey as well as taking fantastic shots. These were also taken in black and white, as they would have been originally and each one immediately takes me back to this decade.”
“The shoot was in a small, sleepy yet picturesque village called Pavenham in Bedfordshire. It was the perfect backdrop for the shoot, with the phone box and a matching red door as well as long winding road. The bride, model Dakota Hunt, is photographed on the way to her wedding, she has broken down, makes a phone call and is waiting for someone to pick her up. When the black and white is added it actually looks slightly melancholic…where is her groom? Both Binky and I love the overall effect; she is thoughtful even though her clothes are playful.”
“The locals came out to watch, reminiscing about the 1960s and how they used to dress like this. One lady described her wedding day in the late 60s, how she wore her hair backcombed with a short veil and carried a horse shoe. She wanted to wear a short dress but her mother wouldn’t let her, instead choosing the classic column dress but her guests wore short occasion dresses though! She was envious of the choice we have today and loved the fact we were embracing the wedding designs that have gone before, even wearing the originals”
The Team – 1960’s Wedding Inspiration with Daisy Details and Button Bouquets
Photography: Binky Nixon
Model: Dakota Hunt
Hair: Lee Danagher for The Chiswick Salon and Cassie Collings, CeeCee Hair Extensions
Make-up: Barbara Stepansky
Styling: Kate Beavis
Short Veil: Petite Lumiere
Long veil and cap: Truly Vintage
Pearl head piece: Cherished
Button Bouquets: I Heart Buttons
Jewellery and handbags: Your Vintage Life
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