Fashionista: Vintage weddings return in elegance

Pictures; Jane Dyson
Pictures; Jane Dyson
Pictures; Jane Dyson

Pictures; Jane Dyson

Pictures; Jane Dyson

Pictures; Jane Dyson

Pictures; Jane Dyson

Pictures; Jane Dyson

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Vintage weddings are back.

Modern brides are winding back the style clock and going from classic contemporary to antique elegance.

If you haven't noticed by now, it's a return to the yesteryear for many brides-to-be.

Endless scrolls on the hugely popular global blog, Stylemepretty.com, and on-screen are gorgeous young things draped in delicate lace and veils that would make Grace Kelly proud.

They are signs of an emerging trend and Sutherland Shire is catering for the demand.

But it's not only the dresses catching the eyes of those who adore old worlde charm.

Liz Barkell of Chilton's Antiques, at Miranda, said today's brides wanted the whole vintage package.

At Chilton's, the current vintage collection is jaw-dropping in exceptional beauty.

"Vintage weddings are huge right now," she said. "About 80 per cent of our sales are vintage requests — from engagement rings to wedding bands, brooches and other accessories.

"Brides are looking at flea markets for one-off things that are not mass produced — they want something different."

Head down to The Barefaced Bride studio, at Kurnell, where Melanie Bowman is working busily to expand her bridal gowns, which she sells on consignment, in bygone-era revival.

"I've just increased my collection and taken on more than 25 vintage dresses," she said.

"They're gorgeous."

See Chilton's Antiques and The Barefaced Bride on Facebook.

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