If you’re looking for a pretty and whimsical headpiece for your wedding day that has a really unique quality you will love today’s Etsy find!
I’m so excited to introduce to you Waxflower Vintage. Vintage loving crown maker Emily tells us all about her passion and the process for restoring these beautifully vintage headpieces…
Restoring vintage treasures
Waxflower Vintage specialises in exquisite, one-off handmade and vintage bridal headpieces. I source antique and vintage wax flower crowns and bouquets and lovingly restore and rework them to create beautiful modern-day heirloom pieces.
Each piece is either a vintage item, or is hand-crafted by me from vintage and antique materials, so each piece is unique.
The Waxflower Vintage story started with my own wedding. I was looking for a vintage-style crown to go with my vintage-style dress, and stumbled upon an old wax flower bouquet.
I’d never seen anything like it before, it was so beautiful and intricate, and had obviously taken someone long ago a long time to make.
Then I found a vintage wax orange blossom crown, even more beautiful than the bouquet, and found it so amazing that I bought that too!
Before I knew it, I’d gone wax flower crazy, had more tiaras than I’d ever need for my own wedding day, and Waxflower Vintage was born. I’ve been making and selling wax flower accessories ever since.
Wax orange blossom crowns were very traditional in the late 1800s and early 1900s, representing fertility, chastity and innocence.
Queen Victoria set the trend by wearing a grand wreath of real orange blossoms at her wedding in 1840. In northern climates, real orange blossoms were hard to come by, so wax replicas were used, and the tradition of wearing a wax flower wreath continued well into the 1960s.
The flowers in my crowns come from across the decades, from the lifelike blush-toned blooms of the Victorian period, to the more stylised pearly white petals of the 1950s.
I think these vintage crowns are stunning and sometimes I sell them on as they are if I can’t bear to take them apart. Often, though, they’re not as wearable for the contemporary bride, so I unmake them and then re-work them into something new.
Having ‘unmade’ a few antique crowns, I’ve got to know the traditional methods of how they were created, and use the very same method in my own crowns. Sometimes the old ways are the best!
I love the mystery of these vintage blossoms – the timelessness of their appeal, the intricacies of the craftsmanship, the purity of the materials, the delicate translucence of the petals, and the thought of an unknown bride wearing those very flowers on her own wedding day.
It’s great to know they’re getting a second outing, and that another bride is enjoying these marvellous, miniature and unique pieces of art.
Here’s an even closer look at these one-of-a-kind vintage beauties!
Aren’t they so beautiful?!! I think these Waxflower Crowns would look perfect with a modern vintage wedding gown as well as an original vintage gown, or any whimsical wedding gown to be honest…