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Customer Spotlight-Krista’s Rockabilly Vegas Wedding

Krista and * (and their fabulous 1955 Ford pick-up!)

Krista and Bob Louttit (and their fabulous 1955 Ford pick-up!)

Are you a rockin’ rockabilly gal planning a 50s themed wedding? Well here is some Viva Las Vegas wedding inspiration from our happy customer, Krista Louttit,  who told us  planning her 1950s rockabilly wedding to her handsome hubby Bob was easy. “It was a no brainer for a vintage inspired wedding, as that is pretty much us on a daily basis.”    I so love that they embrace this look all the time!

The couple have a serious passion for hot rods, all things tiki, Johnny Cash, and clearly, each other.   They had already scheduled a trip to attend Viva Las Vegas“the biggest rockabilly party in the the world” and decided that it would also be the perfect place to get hitched! Along with a handful of friends, the fun-loving couple tied the knot at Graceland Wedding Chapel, where celebs like Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Ray Cyrus have also held their weddings.

The groom rocked it out in a perfectly tailored sharkskin suit, while bridesmaids looked radiantly retro in classic 50s style dresses and matching (homemade by Krista herself!) rose rings and bouquets.  The royal blue outfits matched their extremely cool 1955 pickup truck!

The bride wore a stunning  ivory 1950s inspired  full circle dress with a flattering shelf bust  that she purchased from Blue Velvet Vintage, and accessorized it with a hair flower and a pair of great ankle strap peep toe platform heels. Her gorgeous retro hairdo and makeup completed the look nicely!  Krista said she first discovered her dress on pinterest – along with a few others – but kept finding herself going back to this one in particular.  She knew it was “the one”. 

After the ceremony the bridal party cruised down the strip to the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign for some great photos. The couple and their friends then headed to  dinner at Capo’s Italian Steakhouse  where the maid of honor and best maid surprised the newlyweds with the perfect Vegas themed wedding cake. And what better way to end a beautiful rockabilly wedding day but with cocktails at Frankie’s Tiki Bar. Sounds like these two had an amazing wedding day filled with friends, fun and a little bit of rock and roll!

Krista and her bridesmaids look positively smokin!

Krista and her bridesmaids look positively smokin!

The wedding party under the fabulous Las Vegas sign.

The wedding party under the fabulous Las Vegas sign.


Congrats Bob and Krista!


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50s Style Wedding Dresses for the Alternative Bride

If you’re a non-traditional gal who is about to get married, may I suggest a fabulous alternative to the long, trained wedding gown?   How about a 50s  tea length wedding dress?  A growing trend is toward more creativity in planning that special day. And vintage themes are on the top of the list because they’re so fun!

Going by our own 50′s wedding dress sales, the 1950s is definitely one of the more popular eras for a wedding theme. Whether it’s rock and roll, rockabilly, Las Vegas or vintage Hollywood theme there is a perfect 50s wedding dress or 50s inspired dress that will complement your vintage dream wedding!  Because the fashions from that decade are so classy and timeless, this look also works well for second weddings, garden weddings, town hall ceremonies and destination weddings.

The 50s look is a great option for brides looking for something more informal, but still very elegant and glamorous.  The fit and flared silhouette is flattering on pretty much all figures.   Even though finding a one of a kind, authentic vintage 50′s wedding dress can be very exciting, they are pretty scarce. So you need to allow lots of extra time to find the perfect one, as many are in very tiny sizes or not in pristine condition. Luckily there are new reproductions that will give you that same fabulous 50s look!

Check out these photos of Liz Taylor and Audrey Hepburn for some vintage wedding fashion inspiration!

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face

Elizabeth Taylor in 50s tea length halter dress.

Elizabeth Taylor in 50s tea length halter dress.

And here’s a little collage I put together featuring “The Sweetheart”, our  50s style wedding dress from our Classic Dame line,along with pretty blue purse, shoes and hair flower that I think would look lovely with it!

Classic Dame 50s style wedding dress

Classic Dame 50s style wedding dress


Thanks for visiting:)

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Happy Bride in our Vintage Inspired Wedding Gown

We always love to hear from happy brides!  Jennifer Hathaway purchased our vintage inspired  beaded tulle mermaid dress for her wedding. and was kind enough to contact us through Facebook to tell us

I was finally able to wear my beautiful wedding dress on March 23rd! It was bought a year and 1/2 ago. It looked amazing!

We have to agree! Jennifer not only looks amazing in the gown she purchased from us, but her husband looks positively debonair and the children are simply adorable!   And the white, blue and black  theme  is very classy color combination.  Well done!


Jennifer Hathaway wearing beaded tulle mermaid gown from Blue Velvet Vintage

Jennifer Hathaway wearing beaded tulle mermaid gown from Blue Velvet Vintage

Jennifer Hathaway wedding

Jennifer Hathaway wedding

Many, many thanks to Jennifer for sharing photos of her wedding day with us and for giving Blue Velvet Vintage the opportunity to be a part of it:)


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Blue Velvet Vintage Debuts “Old Hollywood Glamour” Fashion Video

Everyone at Blue Velvet Vintage is soooo excited to finally see our first video!  I wanted to feature some of our favorite vintage style gowns in a manner that would inspire those looking for that classic “Old Hollywood Glamour” look.  Doug Monce of Atomic Age Pictures,  along with pinup model Miss  Amanda Lee ,  did a fabulous job of bringing my vision to life!   Titled “Let Blue Velvet Vintage Make You a Star”, it is shot like an old time movie.

Miss Amanda dreams she is invited to the big premiere, but has nothing to wear.  With help from Blue Velvet Vintage she ends up on opening night looking like a silver screen starlet in the vintage inspired evening gown of her dreams.   Please watch the video to see how it happens!

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Vintage Theme Wedding Invitations

Weddings with a vintage theme are becoming increasingly popular. It’s not surprising,  since more and more brides are looking  for unique ways to make their special day especially memorable.  And many girls who plan on wearing a vintage or retro wedding dress also want a celebration that reflects their appreciation of the romance and nostalgia of days gone by.

Part of pulling together a vintage themed wedding includes having the proper invitations to complement the vintage vibe you are going for.  And  a great place to get creative retro style wedding invitations is from Vintage Wedding Invitations.com.   From the same clever people at Retro Gift Ideas who I wrote about in a previous post on retro party invites and gifts.

Below are examples of their various invitations, including a Vintage Vegas wedding, Fabulous Fifties, Art Deco, Classic 40s and Hooray for Hollywood.  They’re so adorable I think I may have get married again so I can order some!

Vintage wedding invitations

Vintage Style Wedding Invitations

Of course, they offer the whole matchy matchy she-bang, including RSVP’s, directions cards, save that date magnets with the bride and groom picture on it, thank you notes,etc.

Retro Wedding Invitations

More Vintage Wedding Invitations

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Bridal Fashion Illustrations-Delineator Magazine April 1925

For anyone considering a 1920s era vintage themed wedding, here are some great illustrations and text for inspiration from the April 1925 issue of Delineator Magazine.

The title of this illustration  states “the Easter bride takes the white veil and gown of tradition or turns to silver or faint pink”.

The text reads-”The wiseacres who say that brides are not what they once were, are sometimes right. Instead of following the tradition of dead white for veil, gown and slippers, many brides choose white and silver and more occasionally gold or pale pink with a veil of flesh pink tulle.  A famous French dressmaker advocates the gown of very delicate blush rose pink with a tulle veil of the same shade. And it has been used for a number of important weddings.”

bridal fashion illustration delineator magazine 1925

Bridal fashion illustration Delineator magazine 1925

And, of course, no trousseau would be complete without the proper intimates for the honeymoon!

“The success of the trousseau is founded on the slim lines of well cut lingerie”.

Lingerie illustration April 1925 Delineator magazine

Lingerie illustration April 1925 Delineator magazine

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50′s Style Tea Length Wedding Dresses

New additions to our line of vintage inspired dresses.  We now have 1950′s style tea length wedding dresses in ivory silk shantung.  Created exclusively for Blue Velvet Vintage and available only at our online boutique. For discerning brides who love that  classic “new look” style, and desire a less formal look on her special day. Click on images for more information.

50's style "True Romance" wedding dress

50's style "True Romance" wedding dress

50's style "Uptown Doll" wedding dress

50's style "Uptown Doll" wedding dress

And I had such a fun time hanging with my fav pinup photographer, Janette Valentine and her crew at the Terribly Girly Photography Studio in Miami.  Janette, her hair and make up girl, along with Crystal Hamel, who is the brunette bombshell beauty in the photos, combined forces to capture the glamorous 50′s vintage vibe I was looking for to showcase my dresses.

Here are a few photos I took of Janette’s little mid-century den of creativity.




The atmosphere is funky and upbeat, with lots of props, outfits and accessories for putting together the perfect pinup look.  Whether you envision yourself as  Bettie Page or Betty Grable, Janette and her crew will be sure to transform you into the pinup fantasy of your dreams!

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Vintage Wedding Dresses

Sheesh, where does the time go?   I just realized I haven’t posted for several days and over half the month is gone!  Since June is the most popular month for tying the knot, I thought I’d post some photos of vintage dresses that would be perfect for creative fashionistas who are entertaining the idea of a vintage themed wedding.

First up is this exquisite vintage ivory satin gown by Ceil Chapman.  For sale at Old Clothes.Com.  A petite size-32b 24w. Such a unique, special dress, it’s worth starving yourself to fit into it!

1950s Ceil Chapman wedding gown-32b 24w

1950s Ceil Chapman wedding gown

This pretty, feminine 1970s dress by Victor Costa

would be a lovely choice for a vintage garden wedding.

Offered at Couture Allure- 35b 26w


Vintage Victor Costa 1970s ruffled lace dress

Stunning 1990s Nolan Miller Couture  lace mermaid gown is an elegant vintage inspired look for an Old Hollywood glamour themed wedding.

For sale at Antique Dress- 35b 28w

Nolan Miller Couture in embroidered openwork lace organdy

Nolan Miller Couture in embroidered openwork lace organdy

Grace Kelly worthy Harvey Berin/Karen Stark design ivory chantilly lace vintage dress circa late 50s/early 60s- For sale at Blue Velvet Vintage-34b 26w

Harvey Berin Karen Stark dress in French chantilly lace

Harvey Berin Karen Stark dress in French chantilly lace

And if you’re looking for inspiration for your alternative/vintage/non traditional wedding you should check out these sites-

Offbeat Bride-Love her tag line “Alter your thinking”.  This blog is all about marrying to the beat of a different drum.  For the bride who flaunts tradition, this site if full of  wedding inspiration for the independent thinker.

Vintage Glam Weddings-  Lots of great ideas for adding that special vintage touch to your special day.

Queens of Vintage articles about vintage weddings.

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Martin McCrae Vintage Style Wedding Dresses

Are you, or someone you know,  searching for a non-traditional, ultra romantic, vintage inspired wedding gown? Well, look no further than  Martin McCrae Couture. This Tuscon, Az. based company specializes in limited production, period style wedding dresses, using the most sumptuous silks, chiffons,velvets and laces in their designs.

Whether you envision yourself in a delicate victorian or renaissance look, a 1920′s sleek, dropped waist flapper style,  30′s Harlowesque bias cuts, or glamorous curve hugging 40′s and 50′s silhouettes, they have a stunning creation to help make your vintage wedding fantasy come true.

Mccrae dress 4

Mccrae dress 7

Mccrae dress 2 

Mccrae dress 1 

Most of their dresses are made in a natural shade, but all fabrics can be dyed any color you desire. This makes them perfect not only for brides, but also for bridesmaids, mothers of the bride or anyone looking for an outstanding special occasion outfit. They do custom sizing orders, as well.

Mccrae dress 3 

Mccrae dress 5 

Mccrae dress 6 

Mccrae dress 8 

These are some of the most uniquely beautiful vintage style gowns I’ve seen and I like the idea that they’re made here in the US by a small company.

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50′s Style Wedding Dresses

Since June is the traditional wedding month, and with vintage themed weddings becoming more and more popular,  I thought I'd do some research on where brides could find vintage and vintage style attire.  The first website I'd like to recommend is Dolly Couture where you can order gorgeous 50's reproduction wedding dresses a la Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.  Classic silhouettes in a shorter length, they're perfect for semi-formal weddings, and are certainly glamorous enough to create an especially memorable vintage look for the big day!

Priced very reasonably between $300 and $400.  For a bit more, you can even have custom dresses designed as well.
Pictured below are a few of their classic creations.

"The Manhattan"

Dolly couture 1

"The Marin County"

Dolly couture 2

"Huntings on Hudson"

Dolly couture 4


Dolly couture 3

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