Archive of ‘Rockabilly’ category

1950s Pinup Bridal Session at Nelson’s Landing from Davista Photography

1950s Ghost Town Bridal Session | Little Vegas Wedding

Although this styled fashion shoot is just a little bit bridal (love that amazing black tulle wedding dress!) I just had to share it because I can never say no to retro fashion or a shoot at Nelson’s Landing ghost town at Eldorado Canyon! I know some of you dig that 1950s style as much as I do.

Davista Photography styled this bridal pinup session there, complete with cupcakes, birdcage veil and some gorgeous gowns. It’s a fun and fashion-y idea for a themed trash the dress or rock the frock shoot. Or maybe as is common in the south: bridal portraits ahead of the wedding. Either way, a great setting for some retro fun!

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Vendor + Venue Information:

Shot on Location at Eldorado Canyon by Davista Photography / Model: Shoshanna / Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Missy / Black Cherry Dress: Pinup Girl Clothing, “Heidi” / Black Tulle Dress: Tally’s Boutique / Cupcakes: Gimme Some Sugar

Introducing Handmade Wedding Accessories Perfect for Vegas + a Giveaway!

Rockabilly Day of the Dead Vegas Wedding | J Hunt Photography

Do you remember this incredible Day of the Dead wedding? The one full of totally amazing handmade items reflecting rockabilly Vegas wedding style? Well many of those items – the boutonnieres, the hair flowers, the bouquets – were made by Little Asian Sweatshop.

I asked Fenny, the designer, shop owner and maid of honor at the featured wedding a few questions about her geek chic designs. I know many of you are always looking for a little bit of Sin City style to include in your wedding day accessories and fashion, and Little Asian Sweatshop designs are just that: quirky and cool with just the right little touch of Vegas! She also does styles for men, including bow ties and boutonnieres.

Fenny doesn’t just do Vegas, though. Her designs also incorporate hugely popular fandoms like Doctor Who, comic book characters like Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, even Magic the Gathering and Harry Potter. They’re a perfect add on for your wedding day (or everyday) attire as a hint to your favorite TV show, video game or other wonderfully nerdy passion.

Since today is Black Friday I thought we’d get our own hype going and Little Asian Sweatshop has teamed up to host a giveaway for readers of the blog, so be sure to enter to win a one of a kind playing card hair accessory below!

But, onto the Q&A!

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Little Vegas Wedding – Hi Fenny, thanks so much for taking the time to let us get to know you and about your designs! What would you categorize your design style as?

Little Asian SweatshopI like to think of my design style as “nerd meets rockabilly”. I’ve always been drawn the rockabilly aesthetic (seriously ladies, I have yet to find a body-type that doesn’t look totally adorable and sexy in rockabilly style!), but I am a *huge* nerd at heart.  I think the juxtaposition classic and feminine with geeky and boyish makes for a fun and exciting look.

Like chocolate covered bacon (with less calories!)  :D

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LVW – When and why did you start designing wedding accessories?

LASI started designing wedding accessories when my best friend Paige got engaged! I wanted to come up with something fun and new for her wedding.  At first, I tried to make a dress out of playing cards but I just couldn’t get it to work.

As I was sitting in my work-room, wondering where I went wrong, I noticed that all the cards scattered on my floor looked like a blanket of petals…and after a couple days of experimenting, I texted a picture to Paige my first prototype for the Playing Card hair flower, and I could practically hear her squealing via text!

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Together, we made those Playing Card flowers as party favors and for her wedding bouquet.  As I was pulling these looks together, it brought back how much I loved making wedding bouquets and corsages (my family owns a florist, where I worked from high school through college).  It sounds corny, but there’s something so magical about knowing that you’re making something for a couple’s most important day together.

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LVW – Do you do special orders? What are some of the items you’ve done by request?

LAS – Yes!  I *love* special orders!  It’s what challenges me and makes what I do so fun!  My craziest order was to make centerpieces from my playing card flowers for a casino-themed party.  The party planner’s original plans fell through, so last minute, she contacted me to come up with a whole concept for 300 guests – and have it delivered … within a month.  I was exhausted by the end of it, but it was also such a rush to pull together something so much in such a short amount of time!

My favorite (besides Paigey’s wedding of course) was making the wedding bouquet for a friend’s wedding. She didn’t know what she wanted, but she knew she wanted to incorporate New York City, comic books, novels, and Doctor Who (all the things they love) into a bouquet.

It was so much fun to come up with different ideas, and play with colors, shapes and textures with all these elements to create a cohesive and beautiful look that also reflected her personal style.  These are my favorite types of projects; when I get to stretch creatively while helping a bride figure out what is her vision for her wedding. I love sending them progress photos and then hearing back “I wasn’t sure what I wanted…until I saw your photos!”

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LVW – Are your products made by hand?

LAS– Yes! I make everything by hand! It’s the only way I can ensure that each petal, feather and rhinestone is placed exactly where I need it to be – and that it won’t fall apart at the first gust of wind. At the risk of sounding like a hipster, I try to buy handmade as much as possible, since that gives me a greater sense of confidence for the quality.

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LVW – Will you be appearing at any crafting shows this fall and winter?

LAS – Nothing in the next few months.  My last show for the year is usually Baltimore Comic Con or Mobtown Greasers Ball in September.  I need October through November to prep for the holiday rush and to get cracking on creating new products and playing with new ideas.

Starting in January, I’ll be at a couple local roller derby bouts (Charm City Roller Girls and the DC Roller Girls), before kicking off the spring and summer road shows.  If anyone would like to see me at a show near you, please contact me! I’m always looking for new shows to vend (plus I just love traveling and this is such a great excuse to visit new places!)

Thank you so much Fenny! I love her designs and the idea of incorporating fandom and pop culture into a wedding!

If you’re as big of a fan as I am, be sure to enter the giveaway, below!

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And…The Giveaway!

Win a handcrafted hair fascinator made out of authentic vintage casino poker cards by Little Asian Sweatshop. The hair flower features a clever lucky die nestled in the heart of each poker card rose. This fascinator is secured to a metal clip that is easy to use, yet strong enough to hold even in silky straight hair.

This 4.5″ (approximately) “Luck Be a Lady” poker card hair flower comes in any of the four suites (hearts, diamonds, spades, clubs), or as mixed suite. The prize includes shipping anywhere in the world.

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Contest Details and Legal Stuff: 

Prize: One lucky reader will win a handcrafted hair fascinator made out of authentic vintage casino poker cards lovingly created by Little Asian Sweatshop. Prize includes shipping directly from the Little Asian Sweatshop headquarters.

To Win: One winner will be selected at random via PunchTab and announced on the blog on December 11 2013.

Open to: All entrants from all countries.

Contest Closes: Tuesday December 10 2013 at 8:00am (Pacific Time)

To Enter: Enter the contest by entering your email or Facebook info. You can also receive bonus entries by liking Little Asian Sweatshop or Little Vegas Wedding on Facebook, or by favoriting Little Asian Sweatshop on Etsy. Use the widget below to make entering easy and cycle through the options at the bottom extra times.

Retro Day of the Dead Wedding at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel

Rockabilly Wedding Session at the Neon Boneyard | Glitter Lens Photography

You’re going to love today’s very timely Day of the Dead Vegas wedding – it’s anything but ordinary! It ticks so many fun, quirky boxes: rockabilly, Día de los Muertos, Elvis, pinup, DIY style, 1950s retro theme…and that’s just for starters. But, that’s what you get when two creative types get married!

Paige and Phil are birds of a feather from New York City – they’re both artists (you have to check out their illustrations and design work at The Art of Paigey and Ballsyart) who have super fun style. Looking through the photos I couldn’t help but feeling like I wanted to be there for the party!

Joined by 44 guests for their destination wedding, they were married by Elvis at the Viva Las Vegas wedding chapel, and then had a bridal shoot with Glitter Lens Photography at the Neon Boneyard before a restaurant reception at MGM Grand.

The wedding was full of totally personal style that reflected the special wedding date of November 2. There was even a soundtrack for the wedding – how cool is that? Paige and Phil asked their guests to dress in “retro spooky cocktail” style or “what you’d wear to Vincent Price’s funeral.”

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