All of us at Blue Velvet Vintage absolutely love when a customer is kind enough to send us photos of themselves at an event wearing an outfit they purchased from us. Selling on the internet doesn’t give us tons of opportunity to meet our customers in person, never mind actually seeing them in action wearing our clothes! So it is truly a treat when we get to see gals rocking our dresses and how they accessorized and styled their look.
Recently our customer, Morgan Nielsen, sent us photos of her wedding to her sweetheart Joe Ellis. And she had a Halloween themed wedding! Now I think this was a brilliant idea, as I always wanted to be married on Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. But the year I married, there were so many hurricanes in Florida in October, I had to move my wedding date up to December
Anyway, I was really intrigued by Morgan’s choice of a gothic Old Hollywood Glamour look to go with her wedding theme. Like she says below, she was going for a “Rita Hayworth meets Morticia Addams vibe.” How cool and creative is that? Plus I think non- traditional themed weddings are so much fun and a great option for having your wedding day reflect your own unique personality, interests, hobbies or lifestyle.
Morgan is a total doll for answering all my busybody questions about what led her to her wedding day choices. So read on to find out the details.
1. What inspired the theme for your wedding?
We knew we wanted a huge party and less of a “wedding”. Basically, an excuse to get dressed up and drink a lot! We are both big horror fans and love Halloween. It made sense that it would be a perfect day to get married. And this way he would have no excuse to forget our anniversary! We choose a haunted dairy plantation as our venue and it was absolutely perfect for us. Our guests really enjoyed wandering around the property “hunting” for spooky things. We debated whether or not we wanted our guests in costume, but ultimately decided that we would leave the option to them. I come from a very large family with lots of kids so we wanted no only to engage our guests as much as possible, but to still let the children have fun. It proved to be the right choice, as everyone seemed to let loose a little more in costume.
2.What made you decide to go non-traditional in your choice of dress? Did anything (movie, book, era, etc) inspire your choice?
I’ve always known that I didn’t want to wear white on my wedding. I’ve never worn a lot of white in my day to day wardrobe and I wanted to feel as comfortable as possible. It was too concerned about staining and couldn’t bring myself to spend an ungodly amount on a dress I was only going to wear for a few hours. I choose instead, to look for something that fit my style, and leave more to budget elsewhere. I love old Hollywood glamour and the style of gowns from that era. I was going for a Rita Hayworth meets Morticia Addams type vibe. Besides, with a Halloween wedding, I knew I needed to step up my dress game!
3.Do you dress in vintage or vintage inspired clothing on a regular basis?
I consider myself a “pinup in training”. I adore everything vintage and vintage inspired and dress as so when I have a night out. I am slowly building up my collection to more work appropriate pieces that provide more comfort and functionality for an office desk job and a two year old. I’m a bit on the curvier side, so I tend to lean more towards vintage repro since it can often times be difficult to find vintage pieces that will accommodate my measurements.
4. What were the reactions of your husband, family, friends and guests toward your wedding dress choice?
I distinctly remember getting a few, “You can’t wear a BLACK dress” reactions. I think there was a lot of initial skepticism, but once the vision on the wedding came to light, it was obvious that this was the perfect choice for us. Since I ordered the dress from the site, I didn’t have the “traditional” dress hunting at bridal salons that a lot of girls do. Because of this and living in a different city than my family, most everyone did not see me in my dress until the day of the wedding! Everyone gushed about how much they loved this dress and how unique it was.
5. How did you find us? Had you heard of us before?
Someone had posted a link to one of your dresses in one of the pinup communities when searching for their wedding gown. This prompted me to immediately check out your site. That’s one of the great things about being part of these communities is that you are introduced to brands you didn’t know about before as well as getting honest feedback from people that have worn the same styles you’re interested in. As soon as I saw my dress, I knew it was meant to be.
So happy, we were able to contribute to Morgan’s special day by supplying her with her gown. And I hope this post inspires more brides-to-be to consider a unique theme for their wedding. Not only will it be a memorable day for you, but your guests will never forget it either!!!
All these gorgeous Photos were taken by Jennifer Crowder of Stretch Photos