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Abigail’s Vintage Bridal Christmas window 2016

We are delighted to unveil our window for Christmas 2016.

Huge thanks to What Katie Did  for the loan of luxury vintage style lingerie and to Miss L Fire for simply fabulous shoes.

You can vote for our window as part of Oakham in Bloom’s Christmas window competition here:

2016 Christmas Window Voting Form

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Kat in late 1950s/early 1960s Jean Allen strapless dress

Kat fell in love with his dress that we then leveled to Ballerina length. It is a tricky dress to date as Jean Allen worked over quite a long period, but the styling clues lead to late 1950s or just possibly into the early 1960s. Kat sourced her bolero from The Couture Company, her hair piece from Fur Coat and No Knickers and all photography by Nick Archer Photography. Hair and make up by Lulu’s Vintage Beauty Parlour, flowers by Jim Shaw at the Reuben Shaw Garden Centre and those red shoes from Phase 8.

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Amazing Victorian lace

Daniella wore this extraordinary Victorian lace dress that had been re-modeled in the 1930s. The elegant butterfly sleeve was set off by a bespoke silk slip from Abigail’s Vintage Bridal.

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Fabulous 50s with Abigail’s Vintage Bridal accessories

Rebecca wore this Fabulous 1950s gown with it’s portrait neckline and bracelet length sleeves with the most brilliant blue shoes. The fur and hair piece with pearls and crystals are both from Abigail’s Vintage Bridal too. We think she looked super!

Photography by Jaye at Tux And Tales Photo

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Vintage Wedding shoot in the Summer

We were asked to lend a vintage wedding dress to the team up at Peak Tipis over the Summer (Summer?!) for a shoot they were organising to promote their rather wonderful tipis. The images have turned up all over the place, which is rather nice.

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The original shoot is here:

Also Featured on Rock n Roll Bride here:

And on Mr & Mrs Unique here:

If you have any comments or queries please do get in touch. Our collection of 1950s wedding dresses is quite large and we may have just the thing for you! If you are organising a shoot and would like to discuss the possibility of borrowing a dress from us please direct enquiries to


Holiday opening times

Abigail’s Vintage Bridal is not seeing any new brides until Tuesday the 5th of January 2016.

As of then a normal service will resumed and appointments will be available Tuesday to Saturday at 10am, 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm.

We are still here and working away over the festive period so you can still get in touch with any problems or queries and we will still be taking bookings for the New Year and beyond. You can drop us an email at or use the enquiry form on the Contact page.

Happy Christmas and very Jolly New Year!
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The second window of Christmas

We are guilty of getting a little bit carried away with our Christmas windows, but we just love showing off our vintage wedding dresses. So here it is, the second window of Christmas in our Fairy Tale theme: Cinderella.


The window looks lovely in the daytime but really dramatic at night.


It turns out you can’t get real pumpkins in December…


Yes, all those crystals on the heel were hand applied!


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1950s taffeta wedding dress with sequins.

Window win!

Well second, but we had the whole of the High Street up against us. Massive thanks to Oakham in Bloom who have really made retailers up their game in the run up to Christmas the last couple of years.



Our Christmas Window

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If you’ve got this far you will have noticed by now that we have been rather busy recently on our new website, which explains the radio silence of late. We think it was worth waiting for.

However, normal AVB business has continued too and with it being December we have out up the first of our Christmas windows (the judging by Oakham in Bloom is this weekend so fingers crossed!). Our self-imposed theme this year is Fairy Stories and we’ve started with Snow White. The Evil Queen’s dress is up there with our all-time favourites, and though we can understand why it is still in the collection as it would take hutzpah to wear it, we would love to see it go down the aisle: you don’t see many 1930s Silver Lamé dresses, let alone with sleeves as glorious as this!

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