Vintage 1920’s Wedding Photography | Eliza & Richard

1920's vintage themed Hampton Manor Wedding Photography

“I fell in love immediately with how Jonny captures people and emotions. Instantly we wanted him documenting our day. Jonny is so natural and warm and has great ability to see those little touches.”


Vintage 1920’s Wedding Photography | The details

Stylistically I’d say overall we embraced a fusion of 1920’s with the Glasgow School.  I’m originally from Glasgow and wanted hints of Charles Rennie Macinstosh’s influence in the design of the flowers and our wedding ‘thrones’.  I was mindful of the influence of the season. We wanted to incorporate Spring blossom as symbolic of our new start together. We had lots of cherry blossom sprigs dressing the garden and reception room.  What we wanted, more than anything, was for our day to be light and fun and that nothing, other than the vows, was to be taken too seriously.  We both had a blast and loved every last minute of it.

I love our Rennie Macintosh chairs which served as our ‘thrones’ for the day. I especially love the fact we now have such key pieces of the day in our home, being used every day. The other key thing for us were the flowers which think our flowers were truly outstandingly beautiful.  Again they were chosen with a Macintosh influence, particularly the use of fritillaria in the bouquets.  We tried to keep a personal touch (as well as a cost saving) by making our own favours and cake. Richard’s famous fudge, individually wrapped and enclosed in little bird cadges were our pretty table favours. Along with some wild flower seeds- for the bees!! I think I was most pleased with how the homemade veil looked on the day. It made me feel well, very bridal!!

What about those fabulous vintage wedding dresses?

I bought two dresses for the day. One for ceremony and one for night time dancing, both of them eBay bargains!  The main dress was an Eliza Jane Howell (Lucille) column dress in blush which I was ecstatic to win for a fraction of its original price.  It was very comfortable and gave me the exact vintage look I was going for when paired with a homemade veil and Rachel Simpson shoes (also from eBay). The second dress was a more glitzy number. It was altered for dancing and paired with an Eliza Jane Howell Romanov headpiece in nude for the evening reception. All the bridesmaids wore Biba dresses and Kurt Geiger shoes.

What was the groom’s vintage wedding attire of choice?

 Age Uk!!!  Richard saw his DJ in our local branch of Age Uk the week before the wedding and bought it for £10, including bow tie! He also hired kilt and bought a tweed jacket and waistcoat for night time ceilidh from Moss Bros.

Advice for future brides and grooms

Enjoy and share the planning in the lead up to it. Weddings are money pits but there’s lots of ways to save money and the environment by sourcing things second hand.  We also found going for a low season time of year yielded us a good wedding package in a luxury venue. On the day itself I was excited and nervous. I drank a shot of Silent Pool gin before I took my vows! It helped!

What did you want from your Hampton Manor wedding photographer?

I know I didn’t want  the traditional and formal so after a google session I stumbled on Jonny Barratt’s website.  I fell in love immediately with how he captures people and emotions and knew instantly we wanted him documenting our day. Jonny is so natural and warm he made it easy for us to become used to being photographed.  I had no doubts or worries about the quality of the photographs or his ability to see those little touches that expose the range of experiences of the day, from lots of different perspectives. We felt so confident booking him to capture our vintage 1920’s wedding photography.

What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?

Well we are a long established couple so we will be looking at developing new interests and skill sets. Perhaps a move towards semi-retirement in a few years!  As we age together I hope we continue to grow in different but complimentary ways with our various careers and interests and keep our relationship fresh.  In the meantime there are our dogs and nine year old son, Theo, grown up children and grandchildren to keep us busy!

Hampton Manor Wedding Photography clock tower

1920's vintage themed Hampton Manor Wedding Photography

1920's vintage themed Hampton Manor Wedding Photography

Hampton Manor Wedding Photography bridal prep

1920's vintage themed Hampton Manor Wedding Photography

Hampton Manor Wedding bridesmaids

Homemade 1920's vintage headdress

Vintage Jazz Age styled bride holding bouquet

Wedding guests in kilts

1920's themed wedding first kiss

Comedy portrait of cross-eyed bride and groom

Mr and Mrs dogs at wedding

Vintage styled 1920's Bride and groom

Bride and groom portrait Hampton Manor Wedding Photography

1920's styled bride in Eliza Jane Howell column wedding dress

1920's styled bride in Eliza Jane Howell column wedding dress

Bride and bridesmaids portrait Hampton Manor Wedding Photography

Bride wearing a 1920s vintage wedding dress holding bouquet styled by Ava Events

Bride wearing a 1920s vintage wedding dress holding bouquet styled by Ava Events

1920's themed Hampton Manor Wedding Photography

1920's groom with undone bowtie

Vintage 1920's themed wedding dance swingers and bootleggers

First dance Hampton Manor Hotel Wedding venue Solihull


We hired event stylists, Ava Events. Amanda and Amy are just fantastically talented and lovely to work with. Seeing the flowers was the biggest surprise on the day, I cried when they arrived and when I saw the reception venue – it looked so pretty and ethereal.

Make up artists: Justine Bunting at Hampton Manor | Hair: By the fabulous Fay and Siobhan at Hairhostess | Rings: G.L Bicknell and Sons, Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. We have always used them in the past. | Photo Booth: Beas Boothes | Jazz band Ocean Arda played through the wedding breakfast | Our fabulous ceilidh band was called Musical Roots

Documentary wedding photography


Like the look of my Vintage 1920’s wedding photography? Then please get in touch, I’d love to hear more about you and your wedding day plans.

1 Comment

  1. Mike

    Awesome work my friend, there are some real gems in here and on the whole this is a great collection. Looks like it was a fun day too!

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