Jess and Steve wanted a wedding in the West Country that reflected lots of little things that they love. “We wanted a day that would be a lot of relaxed fun for us and our guests”, said the bride. “We wanted elements of things that we love, like 40s and 50s fashion and music, without it being ‘themed’. The plan was for a big West Country party!”
The day started with a church ceremony. “We were married in St Brendan’s Church. It was the church where Steve’s parents were married. It’s also 1000 years old! I’m a Christian, while Steve is Agnostic so it was lovely to have a church ceremony that would mean something to both of us. The ceremony was beautiful, the string quartet played a cover of Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls (It was a tough decision between that and the Jurassic Park theme music) that I walked down the aisle to with my Dad.”
Alison and John had a super intimate ceremony at Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. The bride loves the 1940s so that was the jumping off point for her incredible outfit which a long black number with an open back from Fame and Partners. She made her own veil and got her bouquet from Trader Joe’s the morning of the wedding!
“When we started wedding planning, all we knew was that we wanted something small”, Alison said. “We had planned on eloping, but after I thought about it for a couple days I knew I wanted my family to be there.”
Maya and Jamie met at University but only got together five years after graduation after reconnecting over Facebook! They moved in together six months later, had a baby and got engaged! Their wedding was held at Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel and their theme was ‘1940s England meets 1950s America’.
“The inspiration came from our home and our lifestyle and the things that we love on a day to day basis”, explain Maya. “We both love these eras and they influence our day to day lives. The whole day was just ‘us’. We wanted to create a relaxed and enjoyable day from the start with minimal formalities. From day one the whole wedding was centred around having a good time, and doing what felt natural to us. We did not want to conform to expectations from other more traditional views of what a wedding should be.”
“We wanted the wedding to be true to us as a couple and to reflect our tastes and interests. There was no dress code on the day and the main aim was to feel comfortable and for everyone to get to know us as a couple a bit better.”
Emily and Josh met in Melbourne, where Emily lived and where Josh was visited from Auckland, New Zealand. Within six months of first meeting, he moved over with his band and they picked up from where they left of!
“We were heavily inspired by the 1940s for our wedding, especially the working class side of this era”, Emily explained. “The whole day was on a farm with animals, fruit trees and we held the reception in a barn. The girls all had mismatched floral dresses and 1940s styled hair and make up. The boys wore black work wear boots, heavy linen shirts, and fade to zero military haircuts – definitely referencing the prohibition era of American working class for the boys.”
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.”
Emma and Rikki had a lunchtime wedding. They were married at 10am and their reception kicked off right after. The ceremony was held at Eskdale War Memorial Church and their reception at The Old Church Restaurant and Bar in Napier, New Zealand. They day had a subtle vintage theme with the bride wearing a headpiece that had been her mother’s and little vintage touches throughout the reception décor.
“I was really in love with the vintage and rustic wedding themes, but I didn’t want my wedding to be an exact replica of other bride’s day”, wrote Emma. “I wanted our wedding to still be beautiful but still have the charm and personality of our individual tastes. I think by making it a day event helped our wedding to be more relaxed. We never wanted an overly ‘styled’ celebration or looked like we had tried too hard to fit into a theme that was never really ‘us’. I tried to keep this ideal in mind when I had my consultations with my vendors.”