Romanian born Anca and Dan were married in the oldest (and probably smallest!) church in Bucharest, followed by a laidback, retro-inspired reception at a bar. The inspiration for the day was their mutual love of music and the 1950s.
“Our wedding was a fairytale”, began the bride. “Inspiration came naturally because we focused on our love for colours, music and vintage elements. We got a lot of help from Rock n Roll Bride too! Our ceremony was at Bucur Church, the oldest (and in our opinion most beautiful) church in Bucharest. It was a classic Orthodox religious ceremony in the smallest church one could ever imagine.”
Patrick and Hazel love the 1950s and rockabilly style so they wanted to bring this into their day. When watching Grease one day, the bride also decided she needed a carousel at the wedding! Luckily they found Blists Hill Victorian Town at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire which came complete with a fun fair!
“Our day was mainly about everyone having fun, so we made entertainment a priority for all ages to join in with”, began the bride. “We love our family and friends and wanted our day to be as memorable for them as it was to us. The other factor we took into account was that it had to be based on who we were. We started planning to the usual traditional path and quickly realised it was to normal to resemble our everyday life, so we scraped the planned and started from scratch.”
“We’ve always loved 1950s rockabilly style and that became our new basis for the wedding, Then one day I sat and watched Grease and did a bit of a bridezilla by demanding that I had a carousel! We started researching and found that it would be far too expensive until we found out that the museum down the road that had a Victorian fun fair with a carousel held weddings! It was perfect. Having the fair there was actually great for our guests too. We’ve been to lots of weddings and have noticed that there is always a quiet lull for the guests while the couple go to have their pictures taken. We wanted to fill the gaps by keeping the guests entertained and having the fair was perfect!”
The iconic Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California, was the perfect setting for Jasmine and Kyle’s retro wedding in August. They wanted their wedding to reflect the 50s and 60s – an era that they both love – as well as to be colourful, pastel, kitschy and easy-going.
“The main source of inspiration was the venue, The Madonna Inn”, said the bride. “The place is extremely colourful and playful in its design, and for the most part they’ve retained the charm that drew people to it in the 50s and 60s. My mom took us kids to the hotel a lot on our way to Disneyland and southern California, so there was a comforting feeling about being in a place that felt like from before I was born. I’m also German and there is something Bavarian and classic like a retro children’s fairytale book that I loved. I was inspired to incorporate marbled paper because of the dramatic rocks and minerals and gold rush theme of the hotel as well.”
Nikita and Ksu had an amazingly creative kawaii and 1950s inspired wedding in Russia. The bride’s dress and shoes were from Baby, The Stars Shine Bright and her headpiece was homemade.
“We met five years ago while we were hanging out in anime and cosplay convention and after six months we decided to date”, said the bride. “We like 50s culture and all things anime so we wanted to fuse the two for our wedding. We often listen to vinyl and our favourite artists are Elvis and Frank Sinatra.”
When Jess first saw Nick she felt like she was in her very own movie, “I was shopping with my mum and sister and we were taking a break in the food court. I looked up, and in slow motion (it was like a movie, I literally saw it in slow motion) I saw the most gorgeous man I had ever seen. I just sat, frozen in my seat, mouth open, staring shamelessly. Then (also in slow motion), he turned his head, locked eyes with mine, and winked. Not even joking. I giggled, blushed, and turned away. Next thing I know, I hear a voice say, ‘Can I sit here?’ I turn around, and it’s him! Before I left the mall that day, I gave him my number, and we took a picture together, right in the food court.”
So of course when they came to get married, they had to relive this moment by holding their ceremony at movie theatre! “The theatre is 100 years old”, she said, “They put our names on the marquee and played a slideshow of pictures of us on the movie screen! In terms of our theme, Nick is a huge Spiderman fan, and I am the same with Batman, so we also had a lot of Superhero inspiration. We had Batgirl and Spiderman action figure cake toppers. We also had superhero inspired cups, centrepieces, and the garter and bow that I wore!”
Ben and Helen’s biggest priority for their May wedding was that it wasn’t stressful. “I found being engaged very, very intense. I was the ultimate nervous bride”, Helen wrote. “In the end I decided I really just wanted to keep it as simple as possible but still be our perfect day. Our 1950s look evolved naturally and really suited our venue, Stockport Plaza. We loved that the venue didn’t need much extra décor too. It really took the pressure off.”
“Ben is a massive Back to the Future geek so we played the first film in the cinema between the ceremony and the meal. Other than that we had a slight moustache and lip theme because we thought it was really fun. Ben’s sister and one of my friends made all the moustache and lips lollipop favours and pretty much everyone we know collected jam jars for us for the tables.”
“A lot of our family and friends did think our venue was a bit ‘out there’ but we loved it. We served our wedding meal of pie and mash in their already set up café diner and then for the evening we just headed back downstairs to the theatre for dancing.”