Weddings we wish we’d been to: Mia Farrow & Frank Sinatra

On July 19, 1966, actress Mia Farrow married singer Frank Sinatra at the Las Vegas casino of Jack Entratter. Farrow was just 21 years old at the time while Sinatra was 50.  The celebrity wedding ceremony lasted four minutes, with no members of Frank’s family present.  Old Sinatra pal William Goetz, a movie producer and his wife served as best man and matron of honor, respectively, at the civil ceremony.

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At 21, Mia Farrow personified the adjective gamine: Her close-cropped hair perfectly complemented her delicate features and she wore a white silk faille mini-dress with diamond-shaped buttons. paired with a short, boxy matching jacket – the epitome of 60s mod.

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The newlyweds jetted off to Palm Springs for a blowout bash featuring a Who’s Who of Hollywood: Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Dean Martin, Edward G. Robinson and many more.

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They met while she was visiting the set of Sinatra’s film, Von Ryan’s Express and at that the time Sinatra was enjoying a wave of renewed popularity as the song ‘Strangers in the Night’ returned him to the top of the charts.  They both said the age difference didn’t matter but to his children, it mattered as Mia was five years younger than his oldest daughter, Nancy.

It is said the deal was if Mia were to marry Frank, she had to agree to give up her career. His previous wife Ava Gardner had worked throughout their marriage, and Frank didn’t like it.  Sinatra wanted Farrow to give up her acting career which she initially agreed to do.  She accompanied Sinatra while he was shooting several of his films but soon tired of doing nothing and signed on to star in Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby. Filming for Rosemary’s Baby ran over its initial estimated filming schedule which allegedly angered Sinatra who had cast Farrow in a role in his film The Detective. After Farrow failed to report for filming, Sinatra cast actress Jacqueline Bisset in Farrow’s role.

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In November 1967, while Farrow was filming Rosemary’s Baby, Sinatra’s lawyer served her with divorce papers. Their divorce was finalised in August 1968. Farrow later blamed the demise of the marriage on their age difference and stated that she was an “impossibly immature teenager” when she married Sinatra. The two remained friends until Sinatra’s death in 1998.

Are you going to be a vintage bride soon? Come visit one of our upcoming vintage wedding fairs in Cambridge on 14th September, Harrogate on 21st September, Stoke Newington, London on 12th October or Chiswick, London on 9th November and find everything you need for your big day. For more details check the website – www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk.

Written by Sarah Gorlov.

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Everything Etsy: 5 Flower free buttonholes

If you are currently planning a vintage wedding, or looking for wedding inspiration we suspect you will be quite familiar with handmade and vintage marketplace Etsy. Selling products from around the world it is a wonderful collection of bespoke items you just won’t find anywhere else, the hardest part is making a choice! Todays Etsy selection is five different buttonholes or ‘boutonnieres’, none of which are made from fresh flowers to make your groom and groomsmen look amazing.

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Add a touch of class to your beautiful day. This feather Boutonniere for the groom or groomsmen will complement his outfit and add your colour scheme.  Add feathers to your bouquet and floral displays to tie it all together.

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This cute little boutonniere features a dried eryngium thistle,silver brunia balls, corn head, mimosa and a dried craspedia ball gives a pop of yellow, the design is completed with a natural twine heart and twine binding.  Perfect worn with tartan or tweeds for a rustic country wedding…

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This vintage book page flower buttonhole can be colour-co-ordinated with the colour brushed on the old book page flowers.  This origami flower buttonhole is made of a stem of lily and rose, using natrual twigs and finished with natural twine.  Plus you can put them in a vase to display after the wedding, remind you a the best day of your life.

 

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 Feeling lucky?  The perfect boutonniere for a Las Vegas Wedding 0r perhaps for a Casino themed wedding!  Any suit can be livened up with a stylish buttonhole such as this poker chip and playing card buttonhole.  This seller provided all the stars of the 2012 MOBO Awards with their music-themed button corsages.

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 5For the fairy tale lovers…. Lovingly handmade with high quality beads, embellishments and artificial Ivy, this fantasy themed buttonhole is the perfect accessory for your special day!  Something to be lovingly cherished for years to come, a long lasting memento for your bridal party.  The seller can also make coordinating bridal and bridesmaid bouquets or more elaborate versions to tie in beautifully with this. 

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Our 5 Etsy buying tips –

  • Be clever with your search options. Use specific colour and shape descriptions as keywords. So instead of just searching for ‘pink dress’, search for cerise dress, fuchsia dress, pastel dress, blush dress, coral dress etc. Search every day as people list all the time and you don’t want to miss out on the perfect item because you didn’t find it in time.
  • Consider the location of your seller. You can buy globally on Etsy but factor in timescales, postage costs, customs charges and language differences.
  • Use Paypal. This will protect both you and the seller and provide you with extra protection in case of a problem.
  • Request samples. This one is particularly key if you’re thinking about co-ordinating lots of different products together, as colours can vary widely and photographs aren’t always accurate. Most sellers should be open to sending you small samples, especially if you’re willing to pay postage or a small fee.
  • Read the feedback and askabout the return policy. Check out what other shoppers have said as comments and reviews are a great sources of information. When you’re buying products sight unseen, there should always be an easy return or exchange option. Check out the seller’s return policy, and if it’s not on the site, feel free to ask about it.

Are you going to be a vintage bride soon? Come visit one of our upcoming vintage wedding fairs in Cambridge on 14th September, Harrogate on 21st September, or in Stoke Newington, London on 12th October or Chiswick, London on 9th November and find everything you need for your big day. For more details check the website – www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk.

Written by Sarah Gorlov.

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Our Timeless Ten: Floral displays

Flowers are a key part of any vintage wedding.  Apart from your bouquet and buttonholes, the floral displays you create at your venue are one of the main decorations you have.  Whatever style you choose there are arrangements to suit your wedding day theme whether you go dramatic and large, simple and elegant or small and pretty.  In todays blog we at National Vintage Wedding Fair showcase ten ideas we think you’ll just love.

Create a wonderful entrance to your wedding reception by mixing flowers with vintage props.  Add your chosen flowers and wrap round your pieces.  Look for items that are freestanding and have height to them for a really striking display.

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If you want a really bright floral display that isn’t too busy, pick a couple of matching bright flowers, display them in volume and co-ordinate with the same colour table or stand.  This creates a really striking display that will stop people in their tracks.

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Can flowers be art?  We think they can.  Create a ‘canvas’ of beautiful flowers and display in a beautiful frame and display them around your venue.

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Create simple and fun flower box displays using wooden trugs or window boxes.  Add lots of bright flowers for impact and mix in with other decorations such as candles and bunting.

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For a really wow display pile up vintage crates and tea chests and add your flowers in volume.  Use simple jam jars and vintage bottles for vases.  Keep the flower colours tonal but with the display the bigger, the better.  We love this!

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Don’t be afraid to mix fruit, vegetables and other decorative items into your flowers.  This is great for a seasonal wedding but also will make your floral displays look unique.  We love the idea of pumpkins for a Halloween wedding, berries for a winter wedding or bright citrus fruits for a summer bash.

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Consider setting up floating or sunken flower displays.  There is something so fresh about seeing a beautiful flower suspended in water.   The beauty of the flower really comes to the fore and it looks so elegant.

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If your budget allows suspending hanging floral displays is about as good as you can get.  Large wreathes of flowers and foliage with hanging threads of single flowers dropping down will take your guests breath away.  Expensive to do but you will need very few flowers elsewhere in your venue.

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Sometimes simple can look just as good as grand.  Line up vintage medicine bottles and add a single flower or small bunch of wildflowers to each.  For bigger spaces add more bottles of various sizes.

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Look at all sorts of items to display your flowers in.  Your are using vintage china for your food then display your flowers in vintage china too.  We love these small displays of flowers in teacups that can be scattered throughout your wedding.  So sweet.

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Are you going to be a vintage bride soon? Come visit one of our upcoming vintage wedding fairs in Cambridge on 14th September, Harrogate on 21st September, Stoke Newington, London on 12th October or Chiswick, London on 9th November and find everything you need for your big day. For more details check the website – www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk.

Written by Sarah Gorlov

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