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.
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.
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.
Lily knew she wanted to buy her dress secondhand.
“I wanted something vintage, and