Bridal Fashion

Vintage Bridal Fashion Inspiration from Josie Richardson Photography

I have such a treat of an Inspiration Shoot for you to start this week! Chic Vintage Brides photographer fave and sponsor Josie Richardson (you may recognise her from her Sponsor Intro) sent over this shoot exploring bridal wear from the last century and packed full of amazing vintage fashion inspiration…..

Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson

Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson

Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson

The inspiration shoot originally came about after Josie found a 1950’s dress in a second hand store in Brisbane and instantly fell in love with it. Handmade and fashioned after Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, it spoke volumes about the era from which it came – after WWII when fabric was still so scarce wedding dresses were often borrowed. Josie tells us more about the shoot and the stories behind the dresses.

“What originally started off as a ‘one dress, one model’ shoot grew to encompass styles from nearly every era, as far back as the roaring 1920s, as more and more dresses found their way to me. A 1960s dress was given to Glenys at ‘Preloved Bridal’, by the husband of it’s original owner after she’d passed away. It had been made by a local woman who had individually stitched the pin tucked details around the bodice and sleeves by hand. Ultimately I ended up with 12 wedding dresses, many with their own unique story. Included was a new Karen Willis Holmes design, the ‘Millie’, to cover the modern bride though still with a distinctively vintage look to it…..”

Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson

Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson

Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson

Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson

Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson

Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson

Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson

It’s not just the fashion that I adore about this shoot, although clearly the dresses are fabulous! I love the warmth and texture Josie has captured by using a photography technique all too often overlooked today, but maybe making a much welcomed reappearance??…..
“In order to remain true to the historical theme of the shoot I photographed the bulk of it in film. I’ve found the look and colour of film to surpass that of very good digital cameras, but mostly the grain in the black and white images gives them a vintage feel that matches the eras of the dresses.”
 
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
 Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
Vintage Bridal Shoot by Josie Richardson
A big thank-you to Josie for allowing me to share her work with you, and to everyone who contributed dresses, accessories and time to the shoot. If you would like to see more of Josie’s wonderful photos head over to her swanky new website and take a gander.
What’s your favourite era for bridal fashion? Mine would have to be 1930s for all of its sleek glamour…. this week at least! I can’t help but change my mind almost every time I post a Chic Vintage Bride.
Amy
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Photographer – Josie Richardson
Dresses – Karen Willis HolmesCan You Keep A SecretBella Donna GownsPre-loved BridalMaudies MillineryThe Forever Dress,
Flowers – Emma Blak Flowers
Hats and Headpeices – Maudies MillineryKaren Willis Holmes
Groomswear – Can you keep a secret
Hair and Make-up – Nicola Gangemi