Vintage style wedding dresses – Moira Hughes

When Moira Hughes rang me out of the blue to see if I might be interested in styling & providing props for the shoot of her launch collection of couture bridal gowns – it didn’t take me long to decide. She loves my vintage rustic aesthetic, the shoot was in The Rocks, & the photographers were the legendary Sarah & Stevie from Mint Photography. I knew it was going to be pretty cool. Then the gowns arrived overflowing with layers of tulle, raw silk & Parisian lace. Breathtakingly beautiful vintage style wedding dresses. I was loving it.


From the buttons to the corsetry to the sashes – each detail is lovingly attended to & designed to flatter. Moira has even created matching shrugs that cleverly pair with her stylish gowns. What a beautiful way to change your look from ceremony to reception.


Here are a few of my favourite shots from the day…

This first one below features the ‘Rose’ gown plus a few crates, boxes, suitcases & trunks from our hire collection. I think this would make a great ‘photo booth’ set actually – chuck in a few fun props & there’s hours of hilarious photos on that couch.


The tunnel at The Argyle in The Rocks made for a stunning backdrop for the ‘Ellie’ gown – pictured here on a classic peacock chair with a whole heap of candles twinkling in the background. It took me ages to light them all – not to mention I nearly fainted blowing them all out. Ha! Candles en masse at a wedding (or any event really) is such a great look  – especially down a long table, lining a walkway, or filling a mantle or windowsill to overflowing.


Next up is the ‘Gabriella’ gown with shrug – what a flattering line this raw silk dress creates. Peaking out in the background are a few more bits & pieces from our collection – I just love vintage pianola scrolls. There’s something so romantic, & yet spooky, about a piano that can play itself. There’s got to be some ghostly things wondering around The Rocks surely… I asked if the guys at The Argyle had ever seen anything other wordly after hours – disappointingly they said no, except for the odd patron who has had a few too many & is perhaps a little out of this world. Not a chain rattler in site though.


Another gorgeous location just up the road from The Argyle are the famous Argyle stairs. These are the oldest surviving stairs in The Rocks & possibly Australia. Truly antique. And such a beautiful location to capture the ‘Eden’ gown.


And I have saved my favourite image for last….ohhh where do I start…the patina on that wall, the time worn sandstone blocks, the chippy wood door, the brick arch above – not to mention the Chloe gown with veil & striking red peony bouquet. Perfection.


Yep – it was a very cool shoot, and I was so thrilled to be involved & with such a fab team of people too. Check out all of Moira’s gowns at her website or visit her gorgeous new boutique in Paddington. Nearly wish I could get married again just so I could wear one of her gowns.


Gowns by Moira Hughes

Photos by Mint Photography

Styling & props by Ashley Diamond (that’s me) from A Little Character

Flowers from Petal & Sprout

Make-up by Liv Lundelius

Hair styling by Annie Johnson

Models – Jordan Murr, Renata Zareba, & Mike Neckoski

Locations – The Argyle & Sake in The Rocks / The Argyle stairs / Nurses Walk