The company allows authentic fine china from the thirties, forties and fifties to be hired for weddings and special events. True to the company name, these one-of-a-kind pieces are treasured family heirlooms belonging to company owner Sue Fyfe-Williams
According to the fashion forecasters, vintage shows no sign of wavering. In fact one of the most sought after products in wedding planning this season is vintage crockery. Sourcing vintage china can be a lengthy and costly process, but fortunately Aunties Vintage China is on hand to help create your dream wedding.
To capture the true appeal of vintage dining and to promote the company, a bridal photo shoot was organised within the grounds of Goldney Hall last year. I was invited along to take a peek and keen to see Aunties Vintage China in action, promptly RSVP’d, especially as you rarely get the promise of afternoon tea and burlesque in the same invitation
On arrival, I was greeted by Sue and offered a cup of tea, naturally. Before me, vintage wedding scenarios had been created and three round tables were adorned with vintage cutlery, crockery and glassware. Flowers spilled from antique vases and cake stands were decorated with miniature desserts from Mmm…Yummy Cakes (07732 989622). Ambience Venue Styling provided chair covers and, pulling the whole look together, there was a selection of flowers including rose amnesia, lisianthus and hydrangea from Claire Nicholson at The Wilde Bunch (07966 183530).
A vintage wedding calls for a very special wedding dress. The Handmade Corset Company created the gowns, corsages and fascinators for the photo shoot. Penn O’Gara and Cathy Price offer a bespoke dressmaking service, specialising in vintage and theatrical pieces. Cathy says, “We hope that people come to us with a dream to be realised.”
The afternoon culminated with the photo shoot as photographers Paul O’Connor and Simon Mosse (07846 711579) created a narrative for three vintage weddings.
Our 1930s bride wore a plunging silver and ivory bias cut grown gown. Dressmaker Penn used embroidered chiffon over creped-backed satin and designed pearl beaded straps. Hair stylists Sian and Abi from Sk109 salon reworked a thirties up-do to include a handmade floral circlet and a vintage veil.
Our 1950s bride wore a strapless ivory gown made from Thai silk and duchess satin. The ballerina-length dress had a vintage lace underskirt and was styled with elbow length white gloves. She wore a string of pearls and a headdress with a floor-length veil.
Make up artist Annabella Hodge spoke about the role of make up during the photo shoot; “It’s amazing how you can transform someone with the stroke of a brush.” Annabella wanted to modernise the vintage imagery by merely enhancing the model’s natural beauty. Citing burlesque star Dita Von Teese as a vintage inspiration, Annabella accentuated the eyes with false lashes and went for bold lip colours.
If hearing about all this has whetted your appetite for some more vintage styling, Aunties Vintage China is supporting the first Wedding Fayre to be held at Goldney Hall, Bristol. Sunday 17 April, from 11am-4pm.