Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Love through the decades - our unique vintage wedding project

Here I am, on the other side of the wedding an official Mrs! The wedding was fantastic, but more will come on that later. Excuse the uncharacteristically corny post title - it's all going to become clear... Before all of our wedding pictures come in (we've seen a preview already and I just can't wait), while I don't have a lot to share, I thought now would be a good time to show you all what was probably the most unique aspect of our wedding day! It's actually harder than you think to come up with something that hasn't been done before for a wedding... or at least, that if it has, no one in your circle of friends - or theirs - has memory of seeing at another 'do.

It all started for us with a special conundrum of our particular reception venue - it had 17 A1 photo frames to fill, around the roof, that usually housed posters for their upcoming theatre shows. We could have left them, but it seemed a good opportunity to give our decor more of a personal touch without simply covering them up. However, I just couldn't for the life of me figure out what to put into these portrait-orientated frames, at first. I kept going down the 'seaside scenes' route, but my best ideas looked better in landscape. It was actually B that triggered the idea for what we then did, following a conversation about our wedding music. We put together our whole wedding playlist song by song and we wanted it to nod to vintage and be essentially  'songs through the decades' - starting in the 50s, we played songs from each decade in order (we thought about mixing them, but liked them all in their sets in the end). We then had the idea to put together a selfie photo station with a set of props from each decades and B said 'what about if we do something that ties with the decades theme for the photos?' and bam! We thought of the idea of putting us into the decades.

So, we set off on a long project to capture ourselves as a couple from each era for our picture frames! Many Sunday mornings over a series of weeks were spent dressing up and snapping portraits in our living room with my camera, studio lights and tripod. It was important to me that each look felt quite authentic - i.e. that we actually did look like a real young couple from each time, wearing clothes we could have seen ourselves wearing, rather than that we were wearing costumes. That's actually harder than you realise until you start trying to build six different era-appropriate outfits that look obviously like the time they're from. Fortunately we only had to worry about from the waist-up, as this project got rather expensive as it was!

So, here they all are - we had to get two photos from each (3 frames were reserved for other messaging) and I decided in one we would look the same each time and the other would be a posed 'of its time' posed shot. I genuinely don't think the internet has seen me looking the way I do in some of these photos ever before!! Brace yourselves...

Love through the decades wedding project - 1950s couple portrait

Love through the decades wedding project - 1950s couple portrait

This might surprise you, but the 50s look was one of the ones I struggled with most for my own costume! Partly this was because I wanted us to look like a couple and the most obvious way to go for B was a greaser style so I wanted to look like a fitting rebel girlfriend. Partly because I realised that while I have oodles of 50s-inspired pieces in my wardrobe, ones that looked more authentic were few and far between. I also find it very difficult to get my long hair into era-appropriate curls. So, ironically, I bought both a new top and a wig for this look and used nothing from my existing arsenal other than the makeup and it was actually the most expensive to put together here. I've written about this wig before and now you know what started that series off - I've also worn it in an outfit post too. Anyway, I find it hard to choose a favourite set from all of these but this one's up there because I think we nailed the 'silly' shot!

Love through the decades wedding project - 1960s couple portrait

Love through the decades wedding project - 1960s couple portrait

There was no contest when deciding where to go for the 60s! There's so many fun youth sub-cultures to take inspiration from, but it was mod all the way for us. This was again easier to do for B - he had all of his component parts already. I, again, struggled with my hair. I have lots of hair but its length doesn't an easy beehive make - and honestly I'm a bit rubbish at proper ones. So I decided to go in a different direction and use this wig, coupled with some volume-boosting sponges, to make this Cilla Black inspired bob with a hairband. I was really pleased with how it turned out. The top I picked up for cheap from Collectif's Bright & Beautiful outlet line on eBay. But the real clincher for these photos was my Photoshop skills. I managed to trim B's hair into a more mod-ish shape and gave more of a boost to my bob too. I also created that 'cigarette' for B, which isn't a cigarette at all, it's a rolled up receipt (you'll be able to tell now I've said)... I'd like to point out neither of us smoke and don't endorse it, it's merely a prop!

Love through the decades wedding project - 1970s couple portrait

Love through the decades wedding project - 1970s couple portrait

These photos are the ones that every time I've shown someone they've remarked that a) it doesn't look like me at all and b) I look pretty. I'm not quite sure how to take that - I look pretty when I don't look like me?? Although, I guess, actually I do look like me here because I'm not really wearing much makeup at all. Trying to keep true to the era, I toned the eye makeup right down and upped the bronzer for that 70s glow. And actually, it didn't look as bad as I thought it would! My hair is another wig, of course, and I actually think it's pretty fun (and a friend said I had the same hairstyle as her mum used to have, so, winning!). The dress is an authentic vintage 70s dress, with a denim pinafore I already had over the top. B is also wearing a wig (and he haaaates how he looks in it) and a beautiful (lolz) 70s vintage shirt. These pictures might be our most authentic... If you haven't guessed what we were going for in the 'silly' photo, have a watch of a few Abba music videos and pretend I'm about to sing...

Love through the decades wedding project - 1980s couple portrait

Love through the decades wedding project - 1980s couple portrait

Ah, the 80s. The decade I was most dreading and the one that B couldn't wait for. Although he was less excited when I told him he couldn't just dress in a George Michael costume because most people in the 80s weren't that... 'stylish'. So for B we went for a Marty McFly inspired outfit with a hint of George in his bouffant and for me - my look is actually based on a photo of a group of women in their early 20s and one in particular who I've pretty much lifted the entire outfit of. I took the hair inspiration from Jude in St Elmo's Fire and again I was mainly aiming for everyday 80s vs OTT costume 80s, and this time I was using my natural hair. The makeup was particularly fun - I got a neon pink eyeshadow and basically stuck it everywhere. I don't think we're looking at our most beautiful here, but it's nothing compared to how B looks in the 90s...

Love through the decades wedding project - 1990s couple portrait

Love through the decades wedding project - 1990s couple portrait

See, now we've gotten to an era we both remember being around for and that made this more interesting! In this case, I wanted us to dress like we probably did back then. I know I have to now stop to acknowledge how hilarious B looks - that wig is truly horrendous. It looked even worse before I had a go at it in Photoshop, let me tell you. B has late 90s douchebag wrapped up - and he really did have bleach blonde hair and he did wear pretty much this outfit. Yikes. Good thing we didn't meet then. I was going for a Clueless vibe with my hair - and if only it had looked this straight and not like a frizzy mess pre-decent straighteners in the 90s. My outfit looks hilariously like what you see people wearing now, thanks to the 90s coming back in. In fact, my dress and choker were bought in sales from high street shops. I swear I had both back in the 90s. The makeup for this look was one of my favourites - I loved going back to brown lipstick - memories! Those eyebrows 'tho... Fear not, no eyebrows were harmed in the making of this post. I drew them thinly but I then airbrushed most of them out in Photoshop to get that 90s pencil brow. It's funny to me that though the 90s are back in right now, eyebrows are as far removed from those days as it's possible to be. Although, can you blame anyone...

Love through the decades wedding project - 2000s couple portrait

Love through the decades wedding project - 2000s couple portrait

Oh dear. Sticking with the theme of 'no, we really did used to look like this', here we are reliving our emo days of the noughties. I puzzled about what we'd do for the noughties until I thought about what I looked like back then and then this idea clicked into place. Fortunately for me, B was the same way inclined back then. We actually realised that if we'd met at the time, we probably would have had quite the crush on each other. It didn't take much to dig out my old beads (that apparently I couldn't bring myself to bin??) and one of my many hair bows and this vest top I still wear but I probably did buy back then. The hair though... yes, this is my hair, but I've given myself some layers and dyed it red in Photoshop. This is genuinely the colour my hair used to be, so it had to be red! The dog collar on my wrist? I used to wear it round my neck, actually, before I moved into the more cutesy emo years. In fact, I was wearing it in my very first 'adult' passport photo, that I then got stuck with until I was 26. Why do they let 16 year olds take passport photos?!

Love through the decades wedding project - 2010s couple portrait

Love through the decades wedding project - 2010s couple portrait

Ah, that's a bit more familiar isn't it! I wasn't sure what to do for the 'today' pictures until I realised that the day we got engaged would be a great time to anchor them to. It was strange putting all these clothes back on again, but I can't pretend I wasn't the least worried about this set of photos! You can see the full outfit from that day in my previous post.

So there you go - 7 decades in 7 sets of photos! One of the best things about taking these pictures is it was a part of the wedding prep we had to do together. It wasn't always easy using up spare time to dress ourselves one way before showering and starting again so we could actually go out in public (!), but I wouldn't change it for the world now. Otherwise, you might have gathered that I was the styling coordinator behind both our looks - so I spent a lot of time researching vintage fashion to swot up on what was costume-y versus real. I really enjoyed this part of the process, as you might imagine, so it made some of the wedding planning a bit more enjoyable!

If anyone is wondering, they went down a storm with just about everyone who saw them. I didn't catch all of the reactions because I was one of the last people to make it into the reception venue, but those I did see were just what I wanted. So many people thought we went to a proper studio/had professional help to take the shots and our hairdresser friend couldn't believe that the 00s hair was a photoshop job on my real hair... 

So tell me, what's your favourite of our looks here??



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39 comments:

  1. Love these! I'm fairly certain that I wore the nineties outfit (literally, exactly the same) to my eighth grade dance. I think they are all great, but I especially love the sixties, seventies, and eighties.

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    1. You and me both! Ah, the ditsy print spaghetti strap dress, oh how we don't miss you... And thanks :)

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  2. What commitment! You did great! Although I must say that I do not remember any guys looking like that in the 80's. Ha ha! What their hair really that big?

    I often have difficulty distinguishing looks after the 80's but you guys did a great job.

    Well done and congratulations!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Maybe you didn't know any guys as stylish as my husband looks...?! I think more likely we got it a bit wrong but the hair was hard to recreate ;) thank you!

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    2. I thought his hair was very Glenn Medeiros, who was classic 1980s!

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  3. Congratulations!!! I love your era-photos, that is really inspired!

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  4. Oh my gosh!! These are fantastic!! I really loved the 80s look and omg the 2000s cracked me up bc it's so true!! Oh scene kids of 2000. Such a great idea! If Cody were more into posing for the camera, I could see us copying this in the future! The best form of flattery, no???? ;)

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    1. Oh totally, I would love for everyone to do it because the resulting photos would just be too much fun!

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  5. What an absolutely inspired idea!!! Tremendous pictures! The outfits and hairstyles and incredibly realistic! And a huge congratulations on your marriage!

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  6. These. Are. BRILLIANT! Forgive the caps, but it was a killer idea and I admire the work the two of you put into it. The photoshop work is great! It's a hard competition, you look great in all of them, but my favorite is the 60's, I think... You really look stunning.
    Belated Congratulations!

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    1. I think I probably look 'nicest' in the 60s, but for pure comedic value I lean towards some of the others... Thank you for your lovely comments!

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  7. OK, so this is basically the coolest wedding theme I've ever seen - kudos to you both for pulling it off! I love all of them, but the 90s one is just so spot on I'm voting for it as favourite: pretty sure I had that exact outfit and eyebrow shape!

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    1. Well, can't get better praise than that right?! I'm thankful I didn't over-pluck my eyebrows in the 90s - mostly because I wasn't really cool enough, but it's probably saved them in the long run...

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  8. I'm pleased to see these again, Chris and I were so impressed with the effort you put into creating these, we spent ages looking at them! Completely new idea to me, never seen it done before. I like 70s best, you're both quite The Good Life! And yes, 90s and 00s, oh my, I still have some items from that time... maybe I should do a 'Friends' and an 'Emo' look for my blog?!! Amazing photo project, and throughout your marriage you can add another photo each decade. Xx

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    1. I'm glad if people spent a while looking at them, cos they sure took long enough to put together ;) You should definitely follow suit, I'd love to see that! And I hadn't thought about that in terms of adding to the set but you're right, we could! xx

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  9. I was late going to bed last night because I just had to read this post! The photos are awesome, you both look so good. The 90s one did make me giggle because as soon as I saw that first photo I thought, 'oh it's me!'. That's exactly how I looked in around 1993/94, the dress with a t-shirt underneath and the choker were a staple for me. I styled my hair almost identical, although it was my natural blonde colour, you know, very Alicia Silverstone!
    I'm so looking forward to all your wedding photos. The ones you've teased us with on Instagram are just so gorgeous! xx

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    1. A late bedtime is high praise indeed! I'm looking forward to my wedding photos too, it's torture only having seen the preview and knowing there's still weeks to wait for the rest! xx

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  10. Katia la bretonne21 June 2017 at 14:34

    This is by far the best wedding project I have ever seen!
    It's so original and spot on!
    It is so authentic that one can guess all the work carried out upstream.
    I just love all your "silly" photos, especially the Abba's one.
    Chapeau bas et vive les mariés!

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  11. OH wow, I rocked both the 90s and the 00s look back in the day, so yes. I feel ya there. its so funny how those looks seem so odd to me now. And yes, finding reproduction that looks authtintc to some of the 50s styles is hard isnt it? I had that problem when I was trying to work out an oufit for a 50s photoshoot I was going to be in, also the fact that my actual vintage is more 40s and 30s...Anyways the photos look fab!

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    1. It's quite easy to end up quite frumpy if you're completely recreating an authentic 50s look, I find I much prefer the modern pin-up spins on them to make them feel fresher. But that didn't work here!

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  12. Oh my what a wonderful idea all these photos are great and so fun! I love the 60's and 70's look on you both the best! Congratulations on your wedding! xo

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  13. This is an amazing project - you must have spent ages planning and doing it, and what fun you must have had. Just wonderful. All the photos are so gorgeous. I think I have to so for the 60s, though. That pair - and some of the others - could have been movie posters. So looking forward to seeing more from your wedding. Congratulations! Kx

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    1. Just a little bit of planning ;) Fortunately, I discovered I'm a planning extraordinaire during this wedding! More photos are coming soon, I promise. I just need to get them first :) x

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  14. The biggest of congratulations on your wedding! I saw some of the photos, and it looks beyond perfect. I really love this idea - it's really sweet and cheeky and charming, and also a fun way for you two to bond. The photos are too funny! The 90s ones are hilarious.

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    1. Thank you! It was a fun project to have together - I think often with weddings one of you (usually the bride) ends up kind of isolated in the planning of it, so it was nice to do this with B.

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  15. Such a cute idea! I laughed so much at the 80's and 90's ones; spot on! Congratulations on your wedding!

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    1. Ha, that's what they were intended to do :) And thank you!

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  16. First of all congratulations on your marriage, I've been enjoying your photos on insta! And oh my gosh these photos are amazing, you've really captured the styles of each era so perfectly! So amazing ahhh! xxx

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    1. I've only seen a fraction of our photos so I'm looking forward to sharing more... people are gonna be sick of it within a week!! x

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  17. These are absolutely incredible! I love the 90s look - I definitely had a similar dress and shade of brown lipstick (that I got free with some teen mag!)

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    1. The 90s seems to be a hit with everyone - is it because it's not that distant a memory?! I had so many lipbalms, glosses and lipsticks from magazines in the 90s - those were the days!

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  18. I just want emo to make a come back so that you post more outfits like that - that's a hell of a Myspace queen look if I ever saw one. Ahhh Myspace...emos...was it really all that long ago? Seriously you guys are emo couple goals right there and I say bring back the dog collar :p My favourite thing about these photos is that you can just see how much fun you are having which is lovely :)

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  19. Super fun pictures! :) And congrats to you both!!!

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  20. What a super idea! I think this is a brilliant thing to have done. It must have been such a fun project. Very clever.

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  21. I love this! So fun to look through, and I don't doubt they were a huge hit on your wedding day!

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  22. I came here from my explore page on instagram! Lol . . .. i must say i loved this and im not gonna lie, i was literally not even looking at him hahahaha you did so great! 50s and 90s were my favorite

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