Photo by Cat Pennenga
Megan Acosta loves weddings and vintage glamour, so when she decided to start a blog in 2010, it made sense to combine the two. The 26-year-old who moved to Richmond from Tampa, Fla., in June has created her dream job. "I get to look at gorgeous images all day and inspire people," she says of her blog, Glamour & Grace ( glamourandgraceblog.com ). "It's pretty amazing," she says.
How did you develop an interest in vintage fashion?
Megan Acosta: I have always loved vintage glamour. Audrey Hepburn is an idol of mine. I think there is something so meaningful with vintage and handmade weddings. Wearing your grandmother's veil, using your grandfather's old typewriter for the guest book, having a ring bearer pillow handmade with love just for you. It's the little details that add personalization and make it special. It is definitely a passion of mine, and it really fills my heart when I see weddings where couples made it truly them with sweet handmade and vintage details.
How do you decide what to feature in your blog?
Acosta: Glamour & Grace is mostly inspirational versus informational. I don't pretend to be an expert on things — I leave that to those who are. I really let the photography do the talking. Most of my features are submission-based, so I am constantly being sent weddings and shoots from photographers to feature. I also work on do-it-yourself projects that are easy and fun for brides to do.
What is your advice for planning a vintage wedding?
Acosta: I love it when couples take vintage items and use them in fun and modern ways like an old dresser for a cake table or vintage lace for the table runners. Handmade details are a must, too. Creating your own bouquet from fabric and brooches or folding 1,000 paper cranes to hang for your ceremony backdrop — these details make a wedding.