Caroline and Jason’s wedding had a vintage and nautical theme. With the bride loving all things pretty and pink and the groom being in the Navy, it was the perfect combination!
“The inspiration for our wedding was to have things that best represented us both as individuals”, said Caroline. “I am very much into 50s vintage and love the colour pink, whereas Jason being in the Navy helped tie in his influences. We named our tables after ships he has served on and our seating plan was in his navy issued suitcase.”
“Our other ideas were pretty much restricted to our budget, which meant we made a lot of things ourselves with help from my mother. My mum made the cake, my evening dress, and bridesmaid dresses. I also made the centrepieces, my birdcage veil and the origami boat name places. The bouquets and buttonholes were also made by me from artificial flowers which saved us a fortune! Jason played a big part in planning and making things for the wedding too including the invites, table plan and other stationery.”
“We also had a temporary tattoo stand for people to adorn their bodies with artwork, like the bride and groom – this went down very well with the guests, especially my mother!”
If you love a retro wedding, prepare to fall in love. Sham and Alice’s DIY marvel has got to be one of the most adorable weddings I’ve seen in a long while! The day was held at Blundell’s School in Tiverton, Devon.
“Our wedding was late 50s, early 60s inspired with a sprinkling of sunflowers and flamingos!” exclaimed the bride. “We had giant pink flamingos flanking the entrance and a sunflower arch that we got married under. We had an array of wonderful music including All You Need is Love performed by Andy Watts complete with backing singers and brass section, and I sang a self penned song called Shammy Blue Eyes at the reception. My parents coincidentally also sing one they had written called Alice Blue Gown during the speeches. Elvis was also a surprise for all the guests and worth every penny!”
Dave and Emma’s wedding had a subtle 1950s theme with a hung dollop of their personalities injected for good measure! The bride’s high street dress, birdcage veil and fur coat combo definitely harked back to a bygone era and all the colourful DIY décor made the day very ‘them’.
“We wanted our wedding to be fun and representative of us so that meant there was a vintage/ 50s style about my dress and the cars. The rest of the day was more about being quirky and fun. We wanted it to be relaxed and for there to be a party feel. There were hints of Americana with our postbox, popcorn and the evening food of hot dogs. We asked our guests to provide us with their favourite tracks and we used these to give the DJ a pool of songs to play from, this meant that we had lots of dancing from everyone and no terrible music!”
Their reception was held at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh. They didn’t go overboard with the décor but the bride and her bridesmaids made the centrepieces, place names and windmills, which were used as buttonholes and favours. “I really enjoyed making things myself and it all ended up looking fab!” she said. “It was also much less expensive than buying things in. The table plan, for example, cost £2 to make!”
If there’s one thing I love more than anything about running this blog and my magazine, it’s that I have the opportunity to share with you some truly amazing and utterly creative wedding suppliers that might not be included in more mainstream publications.
Brighton based designer Louise O’Mahony of Oh My Honey falls squarely into that camp. I first discovered her when I featured this amazing snow queen shoot that she not only supplied the dresses for, but modelled in too (that’s her with the blue hair!) and I quickly fell in love with her colourful, whimsical, 1950s inspired wedding dresses.
Although her designs very definitely take their inspiration from vintage gowns, Louise designs with a modern bride in mind. The classic 50s elements are given an updated, fresh approach, and are cut to fit the modern woman’s silhouette. Her use of colourful fabrics, unique embellishments and quirky flirty feminine shapes is second to none, and details such as hot pink zips, ombre tulle petticoats and rainbow embroidered polka dots make these gowns perfect for those who want to stand out on their big day!
So as you can imagine I was pretty damn thrilled when the lady herself got in touch to ask if I’d be interested in running a contest for one of my readers to win a wedding dress. The winner will be able to choose from the following four designs:
A simple sweetheart neckline, and dipped hem dress, made with beautiful matte satin fabric. With an amazing ombre choppy tulle petticoat fading from ivory to candy pink bursting out from underneath. This dress is sure to turn heads and is not for the feint of heart!
Becky and Dave budgeted £5000 for their 1950s wedding. They wanted a really special and unique day, but they didn’t want to spend a fortune getting it! They were inspired by everything they mutually love for their retro theme.
“We’re both quite heavily tattooed and share a huge love for music, Marvel comics, Star Wars, vintage cars and all things American – especially the 1950s”, Becky said. “We knew from the start we wanted an alternative wedding. I wanted a tea length dress and a celebration filled with the things we loved and that was ‘us’ instead of working to impress guests! With a tight time-scale of six months to to plan everything, two kids (one newborn!) to raise and returning to work in between, I did find it really hard going. We contemplated a Marvel and Star Wars themed wedding but I was too reluctant to put our ever-growing collection of figures and comics out for table displays in case of anything getting damaged.”
“So we based the entire thing on another love of ours – 50s America! I found it really easy to get things flowing from then on and based the colour schemes around the bridesmaids dresses (which were an absolute bargain at £40 each!) I had a beautiful bead bouquet made to match the dresses with a few old school tattoo style buttons thrown in for good measure, and we made the bridesmaid bouquets ourselves with giant paper roses. We booked a 1953 Chevrolet BelAir as our wedding car and I then came up with the idea of basing our table decorations on this. I spent hours searching eBay for 12” die cast muscle cars and managed to get the right amount in the perfect colours (although this has now set off a bit of a hobby of collecting vintage model cars, oops!) We had a TBird, a BelAir, an Oldsmobile Super 88, a Corvette and a Cadillac. They worked so well!”
Kelly and Trish chose the Analogue Gallery, in Toronto for their elopement last September. Exhibiting at the gallery was a music photography show and they both wore 1950s inspired dresses made by British designer Oh My Honey.
“At the point when we finally decided to take the plunge, we had been engaged for a few years”, Trish told me. “Our long engagement had become a long-running joke amongst our friends who presumed we were never going to go through with it. The main reason for our supposed trepidation was that, at the time, same-sex marriage was not legal in England – where we are based – and we felt that although we do not have anything against civil partnerships, we wanted to have the option to get married. Little did our friends and family know that we had decided to combine our wedding with our dream holiday in Canada!”
“For two years, we planned our secret Toronto wedding and the month-long RV road-trip honeymoon”, she continued. “For a split second we considered keeping it very low key and contemplated tying the knot at City Hall given that it was just the two of us. However, after a Skype session with our photographer, Tara McMullen, we quickly discarded the idea as she reminded us that it was still our big day and we had the right to celebrate our love in style. So City Hall became a Rock n Roll photography gallery and plain clothes became 50s inspired dresses. Our quick elopement became the wedding we never knew we wanted.”