Retro Wedding on Southend Pier: Eve & Dave


Eve and Dave were married at the Royal Pavilion on Southend Pier. After fish n chips on the beach, their reception was held at The Arlington, an art deco style building. They wanted their wedding to reflect both their individual styles so a retro theme with gothic touches it was!


“Our wedding was vintage glamour with a touch of gothic”, began Eve. ” I love the 1930s/40s and that Golden Age of Hollywood. I wanted my style and dress to reflect that. I modelled my dress on one from LA Confidential with some vintage touches with my shoes, headpiece and the flowers. Dave is a little more into the gothic look. He wore all black with small hints of his style with the bat buttons on his shirt down to his studded shoes. We both had no idea what each were wearing, and I feel that our outfits worked great next to each other. We wanted a blend of both of our personalities into the day, with a touch of quirkiness. From looking at beautiful photos that Sam took, I feel we captured a perfect blend of both of us.”


“We wanted to have both of our personalities reflected throughout the whole day”, she continued. “I felt that the ceremony on the pier added a real wow factor and it also holds a lot of memories for us both.”


“We made our own wedding invitations, place cards and table plan. We wanted a slightly gothic, art deco theme that tied in with the venue and our personalities. For a personal touch we had a photograph of every guest with us on the place cards.”


“We used who were great and really reasonable to get them printed. I didn’t want favours and I thought people would be touched more by the pictures. Don’t be scared to splash your own personal style over the day!!”


Supporting Cast


  1. Wow! I really love all of the colors a lot, and the couple looks amazing. Thank you for showing us Big is BEAUTIFUL! :)

  2. What a truly beautiful day that really reflected the personalities of both Dave and Eve and so wonderfully captured by Sam in his fab style x

  3. Gorgeous. Eve’s dress is absolutely stunning and what a great venue!! Great work by Sam Gibson too. Love it :-)

  4. Glamorous! I love this wedding! I’m planning something vintage with a touch of rock n’ roll like 60’s and 70’s i love it! This weeding photo shoot is pure inspiration! :)

  5. Thanks Kat! Eve and Dave are some of the loveliest people you could hope to meet. It was no surprise their day was as great as it was :)

  6. The colours the wedding party are wearing are gorgeous! The Hollywood themed table plan looks fantastic, and what a great idea to have personalised photos at each place setting. Absolutely love the cake!

  7. I love how the wedding party is wearing green hues – intentional or not, looks fab!! Love the shots of the B&G in between the palm trees too. Some great tips – good idea having a photo as a wedding favour! Brilliant. Thanks so much for sharing Kat. Congrats Eve & Dave! Love from The Zoots

  8. Claire Oliver

    Hi there, where did you get the table plan printed? And table images?


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