Autumn weddings and Halloween parties.

Dramatic vintage props, clever floral displays and a touch of candlelight..

As the nights draw in and you start to celebrate during my favourite season, you can start to add a bit of drama and candlelit romance to your styling. Be bold and go for painted pumpkins or gourds with a touch of halloween burlesque or why not try mixing vintage props with autumnal flowers for unique centrepieces. 

 Pinterest collage

Pinterest collage

The following set of photos showcase a uniquely styled October vintage wedding by Itsy Bitsy Vintage and I simply loved combining my love of vintage accessories with beautiful floral displays. Add to that some ambient candlelight and the room transformed as the sun set over Morecambe Bay. Venue: Midland Hotel, florist: Flowers By Design, photography: Jonathan Bean Photography.

Since working this wedding I have acquired a lovely collection of black birdcages, which I am currently styling in a spooky gothic fashion for my own halloween celebrations. I always try and use props in unusual ways such as caging a pair of vintage shoes or a framed vintage photograph topped off with a jaunty top hat. Think outside the box, be whimsical, have fun, be the drama queen you always wanted to be!

Happy Halloween!

(image courtesy of Pinterest)


Wedding Themes and Venues: Styling Ideas Part 2

A 1960's inspired cocktail party for those special birthdays!

Some of you just love a party, some of you also love a particular film or TV show. With bags of creativity and a smidgen of confidence you can throw a celebration like no other. Take your passions, throw in your own personal style, bags of creativitiy and hey presto, you too can party like Mad Men, or the Great Gatsby, dress like Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys, dance to the tunes of the Jazz Age, kick your heels to the Charleston, travel the world as a Steam Punk Exlorer, share a Brief Encounter themed affair, or sup tea in a Downton Abbey garden party.

Your choice of venue is if course key to how you might start to style your party, and with so many wonderful venues to choose from, this will be your starting point for dressing a room and yourself. The growing interest during the last year in teepee and barn weddings suggest that you like to party big, have fun and enjoy the festivities in plenty of outdoor space. You can throw into the mix pretty much anything in these spaces (you will need to think big with your styling) and party games. For more glamour, think heritage hotels and unusual entertainment venues such as theatres and cinemas, where you can be transported back in time to the heyday of the picture and pleasure palaces of the 1920's and 30's. Within these incredible buildings you can become your own showgirl or stars of your own hollywood show!

Whether you choose to DIY in a barn or prefer the focussed customer service of a 5 star hotel, Itsy Bitsy Vintage can help you develop your style and theme with design consultations and prop hires. Here are a just a few ideas for themes, which would you pick?

Images have been collaged from a selection of my own work and other images taken from Pinterest to provide these inspiration design boards. All images for Itsy Bitsy Vintage taken by Jonathan Bean Photography.

A Teepee Boho Festival themed wedding.
(including images by Jonathan Bean Photography and Samantha Broadley for a teepee shoot with Teepee Tent Hire, styling by Itsy Bitsy Vintage.)

A retro seaside themed wedding inspired by Morecambe Bay and the Midland Hotel.

A DIY homespun Vintage Barn Wedding
(with travel inspired guest table props and centrepieces designed by Itsy Bitsy Vintage photographed by Jonathan Bean Photography)

A rustic flower filled barn wedding.
Suggested vintage china settings and rustic inspired centrepieces by Itsy Bitsy Vintage. Venue photos by Jonathan Bean Photography at the Bayhorse Inn, Forton.

A 1920's inspired Speakeasy Wedding with flappers and prohibition props.
(with Midland Moonshine bottles created by Itsy Bitsy Vintage for a Prohibition wedding at the Midland Hotel in Morecambe. Suitcase photo by Jonathan Bean Photography.)

 An Opulent Great Gatsby and Charleston themed party.
(1920's props and table dressing for a Great Gatsby Showcase at the Midland Hotel by Itsy Bitsy Vintage. Prop photos by Jonathan Bean Photography)

An Art Deco styled Cinema wedding.
(suggested centrepieces styled for the Torch Club Ball by Itsy Bitsy Vintage and photographed by Jonathan Bean Photography. Venue photos of the Stockport Plaza.)

A Brief Encounter anniversary celebration by the Dukes Cinema, Lancaster, November 2015. Vintage china by Itsy Bitsy Vintage, train and clock props by the Dukes. Photos by Jonathan Bean Photography. 

 Mid Century cool with a Mad Men inspired wedding.

 A Darker Shade of Vintage: A SteamPunk and Showgirl inspired theme for you Divas and Gents! 

Edwardian chic for a gentrified garden party with cream tea. Vintage china cake stands by Itsy Bitsy Vintage, china photos by Jonathan Bean Photography. 

All other photos courtesy of Pinterest.


Winter Warmers and Sizzling Spring 2016 offers from Itsy Bitsy Vintage



I welcomed in 2016 with a broken ankle, but now to the great relief of my poor husband, the cast is finally off and I'm walking with just a stick. Horah! Whilst I'm not kicking my way into the New Year, I'm now fully focussed on Itsy Bitsy Vintage and am excited about the year ahead, with bookings taken for both 2016 and 2017.

With winter dragging on, but some special days and occassions ahead of us, my attention is now on Valentines and Mother's Day, and the forthcoming Spring and Summer wedding season. I know that lots of you too are planning family gatherings, big birthday celebrations, starting wedding planning or putting finishing touches in place whilst the dull weather continues. With this in mind I am running a special offer on all booked china hires above £100 taken during February and March. My beautiful range of vintage china adds the perfect and easy Wow factor to any celebration, you don't even have to do the washing up! You can read glowing reviews from previous customers on my testimonial page, so don't hesitate to contact me, you're in good hands.


Decades of Vintage Inspiration: Styling Ideas Part 1

The Highs and Woes of Pinterest.

Downton Abbey and the Edwardian Age

(Itsy Bitsy Vintage typewriter, props and china top two across)

The Highs of Pinterest: I love Pinterest, it's such a wonderful tool for finding inspiration for all your weddings, parties and celebrations. It also allows me to keep all the wonderful photos that Jonathan Bean Photography and other kind photographers have taken of my work, and to put them in boards which are easy to find and inspire you. I can also pin images into boards with my own vintage theme which I can draw on at ease.

During the course of helping you to plan your wedding or parties, I can also create a private pinterest board into which we both share ideas. It's always a starting point for discussions and to build a shared aesthetic of your day. I get to know you a little better from the images you share and it's easy for those of you who feel you don't have any creativity. In my experience everyone can be creative if given the right starting point and it's fun!

I've created the period collages here from some of my favourite images on my pinterest boards. Love vintage but not sure where to start? Perhaps one of these period collages speaks best to you. With styling inspired from the turn of the century right through to the Eighties, weddings by Itsy Bitsy Vintage can be as glamourous as Downton Abbey or as fun as the disco filled Seventies and Eighties. Each of the collages include photos of my own work, I wonder if you can spot them?

The Roaring Twenties

(Itsy Bitsy Vintage: underwood typewriter top right corner)

The Woes of Pinterest: getting started on your own visual quest can be a bit tricky however since you're bombarded with thousands of images representing both budget and blow out celebrations. Surrounded by so much pretty and an abundance of creative ideas, especially from styled shoots, it's easy to think that you need to have all the details. Yes, details matter, it's what I do, but stylists cannot always replicate the looks you see unless you have a budget to match.

Most of my styling happens within the logistical constraints of a venue, so usually I have between two and three hours to set up, sometimes working on my own and sometimes working with helpers. The gorgeous top tables you see on Pinterest have been styled for a photoshoot and have probably taken two hours alone of a stylists time, working with florists and caterers, let alone the time it takes to style an entire room! I try and choose images which are achievable rather than aspirational, and which can be adapted to different budget constraints. I will discuss themes and styling dictated by the venue and location of your choice in my next post.

Glamourous Art Deco c.1926 - 1934.

(Itsy Bitsy Vintage: top table styling,
top left corner)

1930's romance and the Golden Age of Hollywood.

( guest table styling with sewing machine and vintage shoe centrepiece by Itsy Bitsy Vintage)

Homespun 1940's

(Itsy Bitsy Vintage: tea settings and vintage crockery, top left and middle right)

 1950's Rockabilly

(Itsy Bitsy Vintage: spotty china and props, top left: cream suitcase and styling, bottom right)

 1950's Prom

(Itsy Bitsy Vintage:pink rose teacup and floral teapot)

1960's Mod 

(Itsy Bitsy Vintage: Retro camera and colourful binding centrepiece)

 1960's Mods and Northern Soul.

(Itsy Bitsy Vintage: yellow teapot and 'Jacky' top table china and styling)

  Retro Boho: the colourful 1970's

 Eighties glitter disco.


A Vintage Wedding Showcase with some Great Gatsby Styling.

The Art Deco Midland Hotel, Morecambe.

I'm delighted to have acted as vintage consultant at the recent Vintage Wedding Showcase at the Midland Hotel in my home town of Morecambe, to help them showcase a fantastic array of talented local suppliers who all work in a vintage style for modern vintage and design aware couples.

Hot on the heels of the incredibly successful 'Vintage by the Sea' Festival I wanted to help create an event with a real understanding of  the vintage scene and the architectural heritage of this Art Deco gem of a hotel. Suppliers showcased work inspired by a variety of decades from the 1920's through to the 1950's, and the hotel itself payed homage to it's own seaside nostalgia with two new giant Midland Hotel deckchairs! There were lindy hop dancers, vintage singers, a beach hut photo booth, a gin bar, canapes and cocktails, and of course a catwalk show of swoon worthy vintage wedding dresses and accessories. Photographers including Jonathan Bean Photography, florists, stationary designers, cake makers, and an illuminated letter and lighting company all took part to make this a special and fun day. I hope to be part of the team that helps to grow this event year by year.

Photos of the Midland Hotel

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside..

I was there to promote my styling services, prop and china hire collection with a top table inspired by the Great Gatsby with co-ordinated floral arrangements by Katie at Made in Flowers. In shades of peach, pink, blush gold, silver and ivory, with orchids and 1920's accessories, and a little bit of bling from a sequinned table runner, I hope I recreated some of the opulence and glamour of the 1920's and Great Gatsby period.

Vintage Glamour!

(All table and model images by Jonathan Bean Photography)

As part of the build up to the showcase I was interviewed by the marketing team at English Lakes Hotels: why I love vintage, where this passion came from, and how I'm part of a creative bunch of vintage lovers and artists trying to regenerate Morecambe with innovative and quality led events and festivals. The Midland Hotel is at the forefront of this regeneration with it's incredible Modern Vintage designed interior by Urban Splash and it's ongoing collaboration with Wayne Hemingway and the Vintage Festival. I'm so proud of this town and what we're trying to do.

'In preparation for The Midland Vintage Wedding Showcase, I met up with Carol Bean, co-founder and Director of Itsy Bitsy and discovered a wealth of knowledge about the Vintage era and what’s going on creatively in Morecambe. She is also our expert advisor for The Midland Wedding ShowcaseHere is someone to whom I would feel very comfortable handing over the style reins of any Vintage glamorous wedding or event. '

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Wayne Hemingway at Vintage by the Sea Festival.

That's me still vintage loving after all these years.

Photos by Jonathan Bean Photography.

Photos by Jonathan Bean Photography.

Guest photograph by Tobiah Tayo.

Art deco styled weddings by Itsy Bitsy Vintage.

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