Wedding Memories: Wedding Videos

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Back in the 1980’s and early 1990’s EVERYBODY had a wedding video.  The videographer with a huge camera blocking everyone’s view and slowing down the proceedings.  Weddings had got bigger and more OTT and people wanted to record them with the newest technology…technology that at the time was big, heavy and needed its own big microphone!

Wedding Memories 1980's 1990's wedding video via National Vintage Wedding Fair

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Home video was a phenomenon.  Cameras that had only been used in television suddenly became available to anyone who could afford them and the idea you could record your day from beginning to end (if you had enough tapes!) rather than just photograph it was incredibly appealing to the big brash 80’s consumer.

Wedding Memories 1980's wedding video camera advert via National Vintage Wedding Fair

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After the special effects, music and fading was added you were delivered a wonderful record of your day…but sometimes people ended up with a badly filmed, badly cut tape that didn’t reflect their day at all.  Videographers got more ‘artistic’ in a crowded market but the end result often dated really badly leaving tapes sitting getting dusty on the shelf.  At least wedding photos could be framed and put on display.

Wedding Memories 1980's 1990's wedding video effects via National Vintage Wedding Fair

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Often after the wedding video was made it then sat on the shelf with all the other tapes and hardly ever got watched again…unless you were unlucky enough to be invited round someone’s house to watch theirs.  But by the mid 90’s, with digital photography on the rise and exciting brand new format DVD being introduced the fad was dying out.

Wedding Memories 1980's wedding old videotapes via National Vintage Wedding Fair

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Now in the days of more inventive wedding photograph and the ability to record video on pretty much any smartphone, videos aren’t so popular anymore. However there is now a resurgance of vintage looking film especially ones filmed on Super 8mm. These capture the spirit of your day while still having a nostalgic feel to them (but not in a 1980s way!). We love the ones filmed by We Love Wedding Film

 

Do you have any great wedding memories you’d like to see in this blog?  Let us know your memories of things they just don’t do anymore.

Are you going to be a vintage bride soon? Come visit one of our upcoming vintage wedding fairs in Harrogate on 21st September, Stoke Newington, London on 12th October and 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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Weddings we wish we’d been at: Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love

Would you wear a second hand dress to your wedding?  More importantly would you let your groom wear his pyjamas?!?  Not your usual type of celebrity weddings it seems then.

Cobain met Courtney Love on the 12th January 1990, in a nightclub in Portland. In 1992 Love discovered that she was pregnant with Cobain’s child and on 24th February 1992, a few days after the conclusion of Nirvana’s sell out Pacific Rim tour, Cobain and Love were married on a cliff overlooking Waikiki Beach on the island of O’aho in Hawaii.  For their sunset wedding, Kurt wore his old striped pyjamas with a woven Guatemalan purse while Courtney wore an old dress that once belonged to Seattle actress Frances Farmer.

Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love iconic wedding photo via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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Love wore a handed down satin and lace dress with bright red lipstick and Cobain wore green pyjamas, because he said he had been “too lazy to put on a tux”. They both carried huge sheaths of tropical flowers.  Kurt said he did not want a big ceremony and there were only eight people in attendance and no family members.  His best friend and band co-founder Krist Novoselic and his wife did not come to the ceremony because Krist was angry Kurt was still using heroin heavily and it is said he also thought Courtney had a bad influence on him.  Band member Dave Grohl did come to the wedding and poised for this photo holding the bride’s hand.

Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love iconic wedding photo with Dave Grohl via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love iconic 1990's wedding photo via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love iconic 1990's wedding certificate photo via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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On the 18th August, 1992, the couple’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain was born.  Sadly, the Cobain’s would only be married for a little over two years before Kurt Cobain tragically died on the 8th April 1994.

In 2006 Frances Bean wore the same pyjamas in an Elle fashion spread. She was photographed wearing one of her father’s famous cardigans, tattered blue Converse All-Stars and the pyjama pants he was married in.

Frances bean cobain in Elle wearing Kurt Cobains wedding pyjamas via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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Grungy, yet cool this would of been a wild night on the beach we’d of loved to of gone to…the music would of been great too!!!

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

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Get The Look: Vintage Lingerie

Just what is it about vintage style lingerie that is so attractive to us? Perhaps it is the idea of wearing underwear that really should be shown off. Perhaps it is the feel of soft lace and silk against our skin. Alternatively, perhaps it is the aura of ultimate femininity that it brings.

So many of the original styles are perfect for your wedding day, to go with your vintage dress as well as to simply make you feel beautiful.

Vintage lingerie could perhaps be defined as lingerie from the time when women were liberated from their underwear. Out went the restraining, uncomfortable corsets that pushed women’s bodies into unnatural shapes, and in came loose camisoles that floated around the female curves. If you want 20s vintage lingerie, look for silk camisoles, French knickers and satin slips in ivory, soft greys and pale pinks.

 

1920s vintage lingerie from The National Vintage Wedding Fair

Then, in the 40s and 50s, women rediscovered their curves and underwear became all about showing them off. Small waists and curvy hips were back in but, this time, the underwear was about sensuality rather than restraint. Black and red were the colours of choice, with black stockings and suspenders, to make legs look slimmer and longer, and red trims around bodices. Waists and hips were accentuated with skin-tight girdles and bosoms were pushed up with bullet shaped bras. However, unlike in the 1920s, lingerie in this era was manufactured using manmade material, such as nylon, which was not as kind to the skin or as sensuous as satin and silk. This era’s lingerie highlighted the shape of the female body, a look that is still very popular and accessible today. Despite many women’s preference for tights, stockings are still sold in great numbers, and lingerie shops always stock bustiers that can give you the figure of Marilyn Monroe.

1950s vintage lingerie from National Vintage Wedding Fair

Of course, lingerie, unlike plain old everyday underwear, is meant to be seen and, in some cases, played with, so if you are looking for lingerie with a fun feel, check out these pastie deals from lingeriediva.com.

Retro styles are still popular, with many celebrities sporting a vintage look. Katy Perry, for example, while often seen in bold, modern outfits, occasionally adopts a more vintage style, as she did when she wore a strapless red velvet Dolce and Gabbana dress that gave her a true 50s silhouette. Scarlett Johansson can also pull off the 40s bombshell easily, wearing body-hugging dresses with sweetheart necklines, cap sleeves, and vintage lace. Drew Barrymore prefers 1930s glamour, wearing long silky evening dresses, sparkling with sequins and shiny beads. But perhaps the best vintage-wearing celebrity event was the Oscars when Julia Roberts wowed the crowds with the original Valentino black dress with white stripes and chiffon train that she found in a second-hand store in LA.

Julia Roberts

 

Vintage lingerie started with the 1920s flapper and is still with us today because, like all classics, it endures. The great thing about vintage lingerie is that, because you are wearing something special against your skin that is not on show, you feel more confident on the outside, and that is always the key to success.