A Mad Men Inspired Vintage Wedding: Rowan & Neil

Rowan & Neil were married at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Renfrew followed by a Mad Men inspired reception at 29 Private Members Club in Glasgow. “The wedding ceremony was particularly special to us,” Rowan explained. “My Dad is an Episcopal minister and it was a great honour to have him conduct the service in his own church. My Mum walked me up the aisle – it was lovely to have them both involved in the duties of ‘giving the bride away’.”

The couple knew as soon as they got engaged that they didn’t want a traditional wedding. They met when working at a local hotel in fact so had seen a lot of what they didn’t want! The bride has also had a bit of experience planning a Rock n Roll wedding before as she helped her sister-in-law plan her wedding which was featured actually on Rock n Roll Bride last year! (You can see it here) “I had really enjoyed the creative aspects,” said Rowan, “so when I got engaged a few weeks after their wedding, I was soon sucked into the world of wedding blogs – checking Rock n Roll Bride everyday!”

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The overall theme of the wedding was driven by the couple’s love of 50′s and 60′s music, fashion and design. “We are huge fans of Mad Men and we wanted the wedding to reflect something of the style of that period. We also thought that all guests, both young and old, could have fun planning outfits and throwing some groovy shapes on the dancefloor. One of our best memories is seeing Neil’s granny jiving under the discoball to Ray Charles, ‘Hit the Road Jack’.”

“I spent a looong time trawling the internet for retro style wedding invitations, most of which were either too expensive or a bit too cute and twee. Then I came across an amazing flyer for a 50′s/rockabilly club night in Glasgow and my ideas changed. We tracked down the designer and asked him if he would design us a wedding invitation is the style of a 50′s movie poster. We were delighted with the end result – as were our guests, many of have put them up on their kitchen wall! I designed a simple reply slip and Sean set us up with a wedding website, where guests could access more detailed information.”

To keep things personal, the couple wanted to DIY as much of their wedding (with help from their friends & families) as they could. “I jazzed up my shoes with a pair of DIY shoe clips. I made a bow with some ribbon, used a pair of earrings on the front of the bows and sewed them on to shoe clips bought from eBay. My mum even used her sewing machine to bind the order of services together. I stole the Mad-Lib idea from another blog and got pencils made with the words ‘Neil and Rowan get hitched’ on them.”

“My friend Brian had given me a badge maker for my birthday so I decided to make everyone a name badge, colour-coded to their table. The ladies’ favours were iced shortbread hearts, made by talented friend Laura. The guys’ favours were chocolate cigarettes, which were in keeping with the Mad Men influence and made for some great photos! Whilst browsing numerous wedding blogs, I came across the idea of the instant photo guestbook. I bought a blank album from Paperchase, a couple of cheap fujifilm instax cameras and film from eBay and my wonderful bridesmaid Sarah (who is rarely seen without a camera) snapped all of the guests in various poses and they each wrote a few words next to their photo.”

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What a cool couple!

Be sure to check out the video too…

Thanks to Rowan & Neil and their photographers Gillian & Chris of Christopher Currie Photography for sharing this today.

Photography Credit: Christopher Currie Photography
Videography Credit: James Tew at Christopher Currie Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Renfrew
Reception Venue: 29 Private Members Club, Glasgow
Bride’s Dress: Vintage Dress
Bride’s Shoes: Jones the Bootmaker with DIY shoe clips
Bride’s Headpiece: DIY
Groom’s Outfit: Slaters
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: V&A Shop
Cake: DIY
Cake Topper: Ready Go on Etsy
Flowers: DIY (friend)
Vintage Crockery: Tatty Mac
Custom Pencils: Silverkimbos on eBay
DJ: Andrew Symington & Gerry Lyons

 

37 comments

  1. Holy smokes that wedding invite is INCREDIBLE!! Love it! And all the details: Mad-Lib games, personalised pencils, the place cards, seating plan – just magic! So much DIY done so well – looks like it was a really fun wedding. Thanks for sharing!! :)
    ~ Katie

  2. LOVE everything about this wedding! All the homemade touches and vintage influences (I particularly adore the invite! What a fab idea!)
    Great photography too which I feel captures the vibe of the day! Really enjoyed reading and looking through this :)

  3. Jenna Schiller

    Oohh, I like this wedding ALOT! Fab details, especially the DIY veil & getting mum to stitch the orders of service – love that! x

  4. I know this gorgeous couple! So excited that they’re on here :)
    (They are every bit as cool as this in real life too)

    Congratulations Rowan and Neil xx

  5. C

    Fantastic! Any idea where the bride’s coat came from? I’d guess it is vintage, but wanted to check.

  6. Gem

    A fellow weegie! Absolutely gorgeous…what a stunning, stunning wedding album. Very stylish! x

  7. Emma

    Beau.ti.ful…..just stunning. The bride could give January Jones a run for her money x

  8. Jezzebelle

    I love how simple the bride’s hair is – simple & exactly as it should’ve been. Just perfect. Tell me – do you naturally have that perfect waistline?!?!?!? Its amazing!!!!! If not – I need to know!!! I’m planning my rockabilly shindig & I can’t find the perfect cincher that won’t show from underneath my dress!!! drop me a line jessieroughanATgmailDOTcom.

    Best of luck to you & your sweet hubby, congratulations

  9. Rowan

    Woweee! Thank you for your lovely comments – Neil and I are very touched!
    Just thought a give a shout out to my friend Claire Watkins who made my fabulous cake (Nigella’s chocolate Guinness cake -yum!) and also did my make up. My hair (and the bridesmaid’s) was done by my friend Gillian Bennett (James Dun’s House/Aveda, Glasgow).

    C – My coat was actually bought from New Look last winter but have a wee scan of Ebay.
    Jezzebelle – thankyou! just make sure can still eat (and breathe!) with a cincher on, luckily my dress had a bit of room to accommodate a full tummy!

  10. I found your more recent posting linking back to this article… absolutely love this vintage shoot! It’s one of the only ones I have seen done so well in true form. Thanks for sharing and now I am going to go drool over the rest of that photographer’s work….

  11. Rhianna

    Oh..My..Amazing! Could you please pass on the details of who did the wedding invitation? It’s just the style i’ve been looking for!

  12. Im not a weirdo honest BUT i actually just sobbed massive tears whilst watching this wedding video. Just everything about this wedding is beautiful and it was wonderful to see a couple so in love – the attention to detail is amazing, the photography is amazing, the cake topper, the invites, the dress, the pure love between the bride and groom, the family and friends dancing and ‘motion-posing’ in the photobooth – I am going to watch it all over again now! LOVE! xxx

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