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Still loving them: all the wedding feathers you’ll ever need

Friday, January 29th, 2010

After adding yesterday’s vintage feather-beaded bridal handbag to our vintage wedding boutique, I decided to round up some other favorite feathery wedding accessories for you. I especially like them for destination weddings, in which you may not want to wrangle with a far-away florist once you arrive. To be honest, many times I favor what is easiest, simplest, painless. These are all that, and undeniably beautiful…

To Wear in Your Hair…

CastleBride Couture Daisy Couture Veil, $160, at Orange & Blossom; Rose Hair Bouquet, $8 by Angel Hearts; Bridal Feather Headpiece, $120 by Mesela; CastleBride Couture Belinda Couture Veil, $280, from Orange & Blossom.

To Hold…

The Marueen Feather Bouquet, $150 by Jujubee455; Cream Rose Bridal Bouquet, $124 by Hairbowswonderworld; Couture White Bride Feather Bouquet, $160 by Croska; Espresso of Love Bouquet, $179 by Hairbowswonderworld.

And to Carry…

Gardenia Satin Clutch, $59, and Ostrich Feather Bridal Clutch, $59 both by PowderBlueBijoux.

To Wear as You Dare...

White Orchid Bolero with Feathers, $198 by Tocatta; Peacock Feather Shoe Clips with Vintage Rhinestone Centers, $45/pair by Radokri.

Just About Everywhere…

Vintage White Feather 1960s Maxi Coat with wild bow and vibrant psychedelic lining, $320 from Timeless Vixen.

Add Something Just for Him…

Vintage Chic Feather Boutonniere, $15 by Hairbowswonderworld;  Greens Feather Boutonniere, $19, by Intothelookinglass; Key to Their Hearts Boutonniere, $35 for 3 by SanctusNatura; Chic Guinea Feathers Boutonniere, $10, by Ardesign;  Calypso Ivory & Aqua Feather Boutonniere, $15 by Hairbowswonderworld; Custom Wedding Feather Boutonniere, $15 by Radokri; Red, Black & White Feather Boutonniere, $15, by Intothelookinglass.

And the Flower Girl, Too…

Princess of the Petals Flower Girl Purse With Feather Trim, $22, from Orange & Blossom; Rock n Roll Zebra Glam Paper Cone, $15, from Orange and Blossom (these work just as well as decorations).

New vintage finds: daisies on your head, feathers in your hand

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Today’s new vintage items are easily two of my favorites: a coy, ivory wedding veil in halo-hat style with a daisy chain, curl of ribbon, and fine, stiff netting (very 1960s all around) and an enchanted evening beaded handbag in soft gray with white feathers. The lining is so soft with two tiny pockets. Why must they leave me?

Over the coming weeks, we have so much more to share. I’ve been collecting a wonderful little handful of vintage something-blue items (gleaming rhinestone-studded earrings, a beaded envelope clutch, the most AMAZING Marie Antionette-style bridal feathers hat with pale velvet bows) and a couple goodies straight from France, including champagne flutes in a French tole holder (you won’t believe your eyes!) and a white beaded handbag with just a touch of gold. Anything else you desire? Do tell; we’re always listening…

Oh Audrey, where art thou? Bridal accessories with Hepburn-style

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

I don’t think I’ve met a woman who didn’t love Audrey Hepburn, or at least like her a great deal. (And if I did, I think I would feel instantly skeptical and borderline defensive.) No need to gush here about her glamour, poise & grace, both in real life and on screen. It’s clear when you browse our latest selection of vintage wedding items (growing all the time, with nearly 50 available at the moment) that we’ve created our own sort of Breakfast At Tiffany’s tribute.

In the weeks to come, we’ll be adding more vintage bridal handbags, white gloves, rhinestone deco jewelry, and lots of other surprises (not entirely Audrey-inspired, of course). We also have a special affection for 1950s and 1960s headpieces and veils, Victorian-era feather fans, most anything French… shall we go on?

But, speaking of Audrey, since we already were, a wonderful gift book for your bridesmaids or for your own bedside reading is “How to Be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life” by Melissa Hellstern. “On many occasions, she was approached to pen her autobiography, the definitive book of Audrey Hepburn, yet she never agreed. A beloved icon who found success as an actress, a mother and an humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn perfected the art of gracious living.

More philosophy than biography, How to Be Lovely revisits the many interviews Audrey gave over the years, allowing us to hear her voice directly on universal topics of concern to women the world over: careers, love lives, motherhood and relationships. Enhanced by rarely seen photographs, behind-the-scenes stories, and insights from the friends who knew her well, How to Be Lovely uncovers the real Audrey, in her own words.” I couldn’t have said it better… A must for the lovely lady in us all.

DIY wedding centerpiece idea: vintage-style glass carrier caddy

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Want to do your own wedding flowers but not exactly a master arranger? We’re always scouting new ideas and this one caught my eye the other day in Wisteria’s new catalog: a caddy of 6 glass cups in a vintage-style wire carrier. Could it be easier? They even travel well, given their low profile and balanced design; $24 each.

Other fresh ideas for a quick DIY centerpiece include Wiseria’s white-washed French Flourished Vase, a beatiful Frenchy ceramic glazed cachepot that would make an unfussy centerpiece filled with a topiary or blooming plant; $34 each. And our Orange & Blossom Pebble on the Beach Japanese Frog Vase, a chic, minimalist centerpiece with organic shape and modern style. Place just a few blooms in the vase’s traditional Japanese “frog” for easy and exact DIY centerpiece flower arranging, $28 each.

Happy New Year! Vintage champagne toasting flutes & more…

Friday, January 1st, 2010

One of our New Year’s Resolutions here at Orange & Blossom: see life’s moments as a series of celebrations. Not to get gushy, but it’s true that every moment is a choice in perspective.

Today, three sets of vintage champange glasses join our ever-growing boutique of vintage wedding accessories. Here’s to a bubbly 2010! See you in the shop…

As seen in… What Junebug Loves wedding blog

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

It can make a girl’s day to wake up and find a post about something you’re really passionate about. Yesterday morning was just like that. Christy from What Junebug Loves wrote such a sweet post about us. I’m sure you’re already a Junebug fan like me. Their Real Weddings pages will cheer you up any day of the week. Always works for me… Thank you, Christy!

A goddess vintage bridal gown…and a beaded bag to match

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

As it is Christmas Eve, we are saving our new batch of vintage items for next Thursday and adding so, so many wonderful new ones at that time. You’re likely already settled in with family and friends for the holiday, not on the internet shopping, anyway! Though, if you are, take a look at this lovely vintage 1960s goddess gown.

It could be a really unusual vintage wedding gown choice for the right bride in the right location. A steal at $158! Its ivory & silver beading is similar to our little floral beaded cutch from Japan, just one of the vintage goodies coming next week…

Having trouble tracking down the perfect vintage touches for your wedding? We can help. Be in touch with whatever you need and let us work our magic!

The best vintage dress for rehearsal dinner or mother of the bride

Friday, December 18th, 2009

I saw this vintage black dress the other day on etsy and haven’t been able to get her off my mind. She’s simply dazzling, isn’t she? Ah, they don’t make them like this one any more. If your mom is petite, well, I think you could reinvent the image of what a mother of the bride should wear (vintage, of course…) in the quick click of a pair of black heels with this one. The hourglass “wiggle” shape, pencil skirt, cocktail length, portrait collar with rhinestone-buckle bow… it’s pure 1950s couture by Lilli Diamond. Pricetag: $375.


Also from Timeless Vixen Vintage’s amazing vintage dress shoppe on etsy comes this dusty peach princess-of-the-ball gown. Special enough for a wedding or anywhere else you want to make the men drool and the ladies swoon. She’s so Parisian, oui? That timeless pattern is EMBROIDERED in champagne and silver thread. I almost can’t take the glamour. Pricetag: $390.


I won’t be owning either of these anytime soon, so I decided to let you know about them… As well as two little items from our shop that compliment their wedding styles: Our black chandelier recycled wood favor tags & our dusty pink feathered lovebirds cake topper or decor. Happy Friday!

Thank you bridal buzz… and congrats on your top 10!

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

As our little vintage wedding boutique grows by the week, its treasures are catching the eyes of brides & bridal bloggers alike. I was so flattered when Kristin Cronkright (blogger, invitation designer, mom-to-be!) of the Bridal Buzz blog emailed to say she was adding a post about our site. After all, her musings were just listed with 9 others in Bride’s magazine’s Top 10 Bridal Blogs. It truly makes me warm as toast inside when people find our offerings to be valuable to couples & meaningful to wedding days. We are 100% committed to that. Like many of you, I too have a soft spot for small heirlooms that smell of something older than me & feel like the best moments of a lost era, tucked away in a box for the future to adore…

a glimpse of the Bridal Buzz blog post

{a glimpse of the Bridal Buzz blog post}

Our vintage wedding items section remains purposefully small for calm, enjoyable browsing. Soon we’ll be moving all of the “sold” items (we keep a few at a time up on the site for eye candy) into an inspiration gallery. While sometimes it’s fun to sift & wade through lots of listings or many antique stores, other times you just want to get to the good stuff!

One of today’s new additions…

vintage pillowcases in soft yet crisp 1950s American cotton, embroidered with "Mr." & "Mrs." surrounded by red rosebuds

{vintage pillowcases in soft yet crisp 1950s American cotton, embroidered with “Mr.” & “Mrs.” & red rosebuds}

Kristin, thank you again. Like you’ve proven, when something means a great deal to you, others just know it.

New vintage items & new section: wedding cake toppers

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

vintage_wedding_cake_topper_from_japanOf course we love a swirl of fresh flowers on top of a wedding cake. Who doesn’t? Flowers wilt in hot weather and are gone with the day, no matter how much you try to preserve them.

So… we also love the idea of a vintage cake topper that has been around for years & will be around in your own home for many more.

Our new boutique of wedding toppers, many of them unique vintage finds, contains both traditional and more modern interpretations of the “cake top,” with many more to come. The miniatures from Japan (like the one shown here) are so adorable! I’d love to frame them in a shadow box after the wedding day.

See our new wedding cake toppers section and our ever-growing (and ever-disappearing!) vintage wedding items sections.

Soon, we’ll be adding a gallery of our sold items. If you see something you love, we’re happy to try to track down something similar. They do go fast!

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