It’s All In The Details

Lets face it, it is very trendy to have a vintage inspired wedding these days, especially Deco style! But there is one thing that all those other Gatsby themed weddings won’t have: YOU! It is in the little details that make you so unique and here at The English Dept. are all about celebrating individuality on your big day.

A great way to get a certain “look” while still showcasing your personality is through accessorizing. We recently brought in a number of new Nicole Miller dresses into the shop for this very reason. We love her clean lines, ultra feminine silhouettes, and not to mention her amazing prices! We feel they are the perfect blank canvases for a modern gal with vintage dreams. Here are a few of our new Nicole Miller dresses paired with our favorite vintage inspired accessories:

 

Luxe fabric, feminine cut, and lace cap veil in cathedral length with cascading ribbons. Dress: Nicole Miller “Lia” Veil: Erica Koesler “820-108″

Luxe fabric, feminine cut, and lace cap veil in cathedral length with cascading ribbons.
Dress: Nicole Miller “Lia”
Veil: Erica Koesler “820-108″

Sexy silhouette with edgy beaded sash and subtle veil. Dress: Nicole Miller “Marilyn” Sash: The English Dept. “Deco on Grey” Veil: Twigs and Honey “221″

Sexy silhouette with edgy beaded sash and subtle veil.
Dress: Nicole Miller “Marilyn”
Sash: The English Dept. “Deco on Grey”
Veil: Twigs and Honey “221″

Modern lines paired with charming lace and rhinestones. Dress: Nicole Miller “Dakota” Sash: Twigs and Honey “228″ Veil: Twigs and Honey “302″

Modern lines paired with charming lace and rhinestones.
Dress: Nicole Miller “Dakota”
Sash: Twigs and Honey “228″
Veil: Twigs and Honey “302″

This is just the beginning! Imagine vintage jewelry, the heels of your dreams (maybe in a favorite color!), classic yet modern make up and hair, and your groom in the most strapping custom tailored suit. We know the task of accessorizing can be quite daunting, but that why we are here to help. Come by and have one of our expert stylists help you find that perfect look that is all your own!

I mean really, should a wedding represent a decade, movie, or the unique love between two very lucky individuals? We think we know your answer and couldn’t agree more!

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Pdx Prop Houses

Imagine saying your “i do” in front of these incredible old doors, propped against a large oak, or nestled in the corner of a garden. Aren’t we always oogling over those totally original, think it’s never been thought of, details? And then you think, where might one DIY bride find a garden with oversized Victorian doors, or a field with a vintage couch, or a vineyard filled with antique church pews? Your options are not limited to yucky rental companies and buying up your favorite antique mall. Ask the owner at your favorite neighborhood antique store if they are willing to rent out some of their collections. Surprisingly, most are more than happy to lend you some vintage goodies for a weekend. You can’t always guarantee certain items until the month or week of your wedding, but if you love the shop, you are bound to find enough one-of-a-kind wares to fill your your venue with totally original, never been thought of, details.

Some of our favorite Portland shops that we know are willing to share their lovely finds include Bernadette Breu Experience (where I found these fab doors) , Seek The Unique, & Porch Light.

Cover-Ups


Speaking of finishing touches…we’re often asked for cover-up or wrap suggestions for after the ceremony. While the classic pashmina is always a smart choice, we also think ‘something old‘ like a vintage shrug can be a perfect accessory to keep you warm as the celebration continues into the evening. If you’re too busy to scour vintage shops (and with all those wedding details, who isn’t?) online stores like Etsy and Ebay are good resources for beautifully embellished vintage pieces. Happy hunting!

Vintage Wedding Photos

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Tres Sugar has an amazing post of vintage wedding photos from the past three decades. My, how the times have changed. Which are your favorites, and do you think you’ll look back fondly on your wedding photos?