A bride put a modern spin on 2 vintage wedding dresses that she thrifted for $150

  • Lily and Blake Swindell got married on May 14.

  • Lily transformed two vintage wedding dresses she bought from thrift stores for the nuptials.

  • She worked with a seamstress to turn the gowns into the wedding looks of her dreams.

Thrifting is a big part of Lily and Blake Swindell’s relationship.

A bride and groom smile on their wedding day as she holds a bouquet of flowers.

Lily and Blake Swindell.LittleBear Photography

Thrifted fashion is pretty much Lily Swindell’s life, as the 20-year-old student told Insider.

“I thrift and resell,” she told Insider, often via Instagram. “I don’t buy anything new. I haven’t in I don’t even know how long.”

Likewise, Blake Swindell, 21, loves vintage fashion, wearing almost exclusively clothes from the 1940s to 1970s or re-creations of them. Also a student, it’s no surprise he’s studying history.

The couple both grew up in Oklahoma and have had mutual friends since middle school, but they didn’t fall for each other until they reconnected in college.

Blake proposed to Lily in April 2021.

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They got married in May 2022.LittleBear Photography

The Swindells planned their wedding for May 14, 2022, and they knew they wanted their love of vintage things to play a central role in their nuptials.

“Both of us just decided to make that not only our style, but also make it a sustainable wedding,” Lily told Insider. She also wanted the wedding to be affordable, and focusing on used materials made that more possible.

“Going into the real world, we would much rather spend money on other things, so we made the wedding affordable, sustainable, and vintage-inspired,” she said.

Lily fell in love with a wedding dress from the 1970s that she bought for just $50.

A bride stands in a longsleeve wedding dress in a seamstress shop.

Lily Swindell in her ceremony dress.Lily Swindell

Lily knew she wanted to buy her dress secondhand.

“I wanted something vintage, and

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Princess Diana’s ‘fairytale’ wedding dress from 1981 ‘hasn’t aged well’ – here’s why

Princess Diana and Prince Charles married in a “fairytale” wedding on July 29, 1981. Sadly, the Prince and Princess of Wales divorced in 1996, however, Diana’s wedding dress is still one of the most recognised wedding gowns of all time. Eloise Moran is a superfan of the late Princess Diana and has recently published ‘The Lady Di Look Book’ to showcase all of Diana’s amazing fashion looks.

She is also the creator of the Instagram account @ladydirevengelooks, which was first created in 2018.

The account currently has over 118,000 followers, and it focuses primarily on Diana’s “post-divorce revenge looks”.

Eloise spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about Diana’s wedding dress and offered her unfiltered opinion.

She said: “Diana’s style definitely transformed within 10 years in such a drastic way.

“Every couple of years, it kept changing and evolving.

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“But I do think the wedding dress at the time, compared to all her other dresses that she stepped out for evening events, was definitely for a fairytale Princess.

“She was fitting to the mould of what people wanted to see her in.

“I think people were so excited by her.

“When she first came on the scene, she didn’t really want to let her new family or the public down.

“So I think she dressed in this idea of what a Princess should look like and what a Princess should be,” the fashion expert noted.


She explained: “The key difference between Diana and the other modern royals is she just had an innate sense of style.

“I think she understood fashion and had an interest in it in the way that some of the other royals don’t really.

“I do believe if you have true original

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