Finding the perfect wedding dress can be quite an ordeal, and trying to find the perfect vintage wedding dress is even more of a challenge. Unless, of course, you’ve gone straight to Whirlingturban. Well-known among vintage collectors as makers of some of the best vintage reproduction dresses out there, Whirlingturban has recently launched a Wedding Boutique, simplifying the search for the perfect vintage wedding dress. Here are a few of my favorite designs, including examples from real brides…

Whirlingturban’s Wing Bust dress combines the romance and tradition of a white dress with the whimsy of color – just a touch at the bustline (you can supply your own fabric for the contrast color to make sure it’s exactly what you want).

While Whirlingturban continues to create completely customized and custom-fit dresses, the prices in the newly launched ready-to-wear wedding boutique are incredibly reasonable, ranging from only $400 to $900! Even if you’ve never thought of yourself as a vintage bride, you might just change your mind when you see the wide range of styles that Whirlingturban has to offer.

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If you don’t know about the amazing resource that is, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Not only do they have an incredible variety of some of the best wedding stationery around, from some of my very favorite designers, but they also run some really fun contests from time to time – and this time they asked me to be a guest judge! Out of more than 300 submissions, I’ve chosen 7 of my favorites to share with you here.
Augusta by Beth Perry Design
Lovenest by Kelly Robinson Harris
The Farmer’s Daughter by Oscar + Emma
Say Something by Hoodoos & Pancakes
Sunkissed by Sarah Lenger
Leaves and Flowers by Alison K.
Eternity by Milkmaid Press

So which ones are your favorites? Let the designers and know which ones you love best by voting. Your favorite might even be available for purchase, because the top designs will be sold on! Go vote here. Oh, and if you vote for 50 or more designs, you’ll receive 10% off a wedding related item on Just vote and then email designers[at] with the email address they used.

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In addition to stepping back a bit from my own blogging, I’ve actually held off reading other blogs for a little while, so I don’t have as many wonderful links to share with you this week as I usually do. But some of these are such charming things I’ve had bookmarked for awhile, so even if you’ve already seen them, they’re good for a smile….

{by Mandy Lynne}

Mmmmm… pastries…. Paris….

Musical birds on a wire.

If only treadmills were actually this much fun.

Touching strangers.

Guerrilla wedding in the Met. This might just be the way to go.

I heart Richard Avedon – if you can get to this exhibit before it closes, you won’t regret it.

Well lovelies, that’s all the links for this week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have! And a big thank you once again for all of your support and kind words – my heart is filled to overflowing to know that there is a community here that, though I might not be able to see it, is certainly palpable and real. Have a happy happy weekend!

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