Vintage weddings: Dorset wedding photographer

vintage tealights used at a wedding

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At the moment there’s a trend in the market for vintage weddings, but what exactly is a “vintage” wedding?

Opinions differ through the wedding industry, but as a photographer I see them as weddings that are themed and styled in the fashion of days gone by. For some it’s the elegance of the 30s, or the rock ’n roll era of the 50s or 60s, or indeed anything in-between, but at the end of the day it’s dressing in a different style and having a theme about the whole wedding day.

Some photographers use Photoshop actions to create an artificial ageing appearance that’s reminiscent of the results we used to get from film in those days, but it has to be done extremely well, and I don’t believe that ageing a photograph makes the wedding itself a vintage style.

It’s easy to look at magazines and Blogs and think “wow, wouldn’t that be fun to do”, but you have to think about whether it’s actually you, and if it truly reflects both your personalities. It might be fun on the day, but if that’s not who you are, then you may look back in years to come and regret your decision. Your wedding day has to be about the two of you.

For those of you who love vintage, there are plenty of sources of inspiration for your special day, but can I offer a word of caution, because the term “vintage” can often get added to things that have just been made to look old … and some are just plain tatty!

Vintage weddings can be really beautiful, but I think they work best when the theme truly reflects the personalities and interests of the couple, and when that happens you get something really special.

If you’re looking to hire vintage crockery, then get in touch with Carrie from Simply Love Vintage – based in Dorset, they “boast a fabulous range of eclectic vintage crockery, glassware, china, vases, tablecloths, napkins and vintage inspired accessories”.

If I get the chance (and the inspiration!), I’ll out something together in the future about styles and trends, so keep an eye out!

In the meantime, have fun planning your wedding, whatever style it is.


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