I had the opportunity to sit down with Ashley, the owner of Blue Rose Vintage, after her recent Winter 2012 photo shoot to get more insight into the realm of genuine vintage bridal fashions. I also included some photos of my favorite dresses from the shoot with dates ranging from the 1960's all the way back to the 1930's!
For more photos, visit Ashley's website at www.bluerosevintage.com
What inspired you to open Blue Rose Vintage?
I have always wanted to do something with my life that is different and simply "out of the box". After college, I landed a great job at a Fortune 500 healthcare company, but I felt that something was missing. When I wasn't at work, I spent my time fixing up my 1940's cottage and watching vintage films. The day eventually came when I was laid off; but I actually had a smile on my face knowing that my end there was going to be the beginning of something greater. I soon took my love for vintage fashion and formed Blue Rose Vintage LLC.
What sets Blue Rose Vintage apart from other vintage apparel shops?
Blue Rose Vintage originally specialized in vintage women's clothing. When I was planning my vintage wedding during my first year in business, I realized that vintage bridal gowns and accessories were not plentiful on the market. That’s how I started to hone in on vintage wedding gowns and accessories. Now, the hand sewn lace of the 1800's, liquid satin of the 1940's and full skirts of the 1950's fill up the racks in my studio.
What tips can you give brides who want to add a modern touch or their own sense of style to a vintage bridal gown?
I would suggest pairing a couple of modern accessories with your vintage gown. For instance, if you have to have a vintage 1930's wedding gown with the originally worn 1930's wax floral veil, then I would suggest wearing modern pumps and a clutch to have that delicate balance of vintage and modern.