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Acceptable in the 80s…

The 80s isn’t a wedding theme we see a lot of. I guess because many of us have scars from the highly flammable, putrid peach bridesmaids dresses we were forced to wear throughout our childhoods… however a modern update is in order IMHO! Which is why I loved this shoot, submitted by wedding photographer Michelle McGreevy-Squier. Not only do the team take iconic 80s motifs and run with it, but they use same-sex couples as the stars.

Stylist & florist David Garcia of Statue of Design was the driving force behind the shoot and the one who came up with the initial concept, “The idea is based on the concept of equality. So much of the wedding industry is focused and targeted to straight couples. But I want my current clients, and my potential ones, to know that I am a floral designer for everyone. There is a huge market for GLBTQI couples, but we aren’t reaching them. I want to change that.”

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A Halloween 80s Carnival Extravaganza: Tressa & John

For Tressa & John, the most important thing for their wedding was that their guests were entertained and had a great time…and their Halloween 80s carnival theme complete with an costume party dress code made sure of that!

“John and I knew we didn’t want anything traditional in terms of wedding other than a declaration of love for each other,” the bride told me. “We have a fantastic, eclectic, diverse group of friends who have high expectations of us when it comes to throwing a good party so we knew we couldn’t disappoint! We both spent our most formative years in the 80s and wanted to recreate the tubular vibe while also celebrating our most favorite holiday – Halloween!”

“One of the most amazing moments was looking out over the crowd before we began the ceremony and seeing all of our guests in their amazing costumes drinking our signature cocktails – Poprockatini’s and One Night in Bangkokaritas. What a way to kick off the night! And nothing personifies Rock n Roll like an 80s band! We had Mister Miygai who were fantastic!”

To decorate their venue the couple reused their vast collection of Halloween props. “We wanted to add a touch of spooky to the otherwise glamorous nightclub setting. We also employed the fabulous baking talents of my family for some fun different desserts! Caramels, popcorn balls, whoopee pies and candy apples to name a few.”

“Not only were guests entertained all night by a charismatic drag queen, a duo of aerialists dancing from the ceiling, and a rocking live 80s band, but they were also given the opportunity to play our favorite games that have become a standby at our annual Halloween bash,” John took over. “The Newlywed Game and the infamous Costume Contest with prizes are always a hit with our friends. The prizes consisted of 80s swag: classic 80′s games, Swatch watches, Rubik’s cubes, and 80s movies!”

For the ceremony the bride wore a white gown but for the costume party changed into pink and black number while John transformed himself into Tom Cruise from Risky Business!

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A Pop of Neon: A 50s Meets 80s Styled Bridal Shoot

When wedding blogger and stylist Sonia of Want that Wedding send me this neon inspiration shoot I fell in love immediately. I’m a bit of a colour fiend (no duh!) and neon is a trend that I’m love love loving on the high street right now. I’m super excited to see it filter down into bridal styling and I’d love to see some real Rock n Roll Brides rocking out this look on their wedding days. What do you think?

The shoot took place at the beautiful One Marylebone, London. Their bright white ‘galleries’ room made the perfect backdrop for the shoot. The white setting really makes the neon accents pop!

“The inspiration for this shoot came about during a brainstorming session with Kat Hill of Kat Hill Fotographie,” Sonia explained. “We were discussing various themes for a shoot when this idea just suddenly popped out ‘how about a 50s shoot with an 80s twist?’ I’m not even sure who said it first but we both fell in love with the idea.”

“During my research that followed I became utterly captivated with a neon wedding shoot and I just knew I wanted to incorporate neon bursts of colour. I love the near total whiteness with the pops of bright colours and neon, it’s really edgy and cool and it’s a pretty way to incorporate this ‘in your face’ colour palette into your wedding day.”

“I wanted to create a cute candy cake station. I thought it’d look adorable to display yummy treats with bold pops of colour and neon detailing. It’s easy to order neon food colouring and neon sprinkles off the net. I ordered a few neon knick knacks to get into the creative flow and I particularly adore the LOVE sign, it’s so retro and cute!”

“The wedding bouquet is a statement piece, pretty and bold with the neon edges on the rose petals. It’s a nod to the dip dye trend and is an incredibly easy thing to recreate. The cake was purchased from good ole’ M & S and was decorated with some of the dipped rose heads. All you need is a can of neon spray paint!!”

“I also love that the bright make-up, 50s hairstyle and accessories, neon beads, cuff and earrings plus the beautiful 50s wedding dresses with brightly coloured underskirts pull the whole look together. It shows what you bridestobe can achieve if you put your minds to it! Who says neon can’t be used in your wedding?”

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A Rooftop Bride Shoot with a Blue Haired Bride

“Must. Remember. To. Breathe” I thought as I looked through this amazing set of images sent over by Gabby of En Route Photography last week.

It’s not just beause bride-to-be Bonnie is utterly stunning…and has blue hair…and is rocking that amazing 80′s dress like nobody’s business… but just check out the LIGHT! The relatively simple rooftop backdrop (in Berlin no less) is the perfect location for such a breathtaking bridal shoot.

Bonnie is getting married next year and brought along her own vintage dress for the shoot (oh boy I really hope she wears this for her actual wedding day.) “The shoot had a real 80′s feel to it,” Gabby told me.

“I felt like I was shooting Madonna from like a prayer! We were aiming to capture some pretty, more conventional and some out of the ballpark images with the cigarette and Peter the porcelain tiger.”

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Acceptable in the 80′s: Shelby & Stephen’s 80′s Wedding

The 1980′s isn’t as theme you see often in weddings…but after seeing these images of Shelby & Stephen’s wedding I think that that is quite frankly a crime. As a child of the 80′s I’m instantly taken back to my youth with the ammmazing 80′s memorabilia boutonnieres, the cassette tape escort cards, the ghetto blaster flowergirl’s basket, the computer game accessories and even the food!  All in all this is one damn cool wedding. Hell, they even got thriller-inspired zombies in there!

The wedding was held at The Austin Vineyard. “Right from the start, we knew that we wanted it to be a fun and creative event. We wanted something that was a little out of the box so we could enjoy the process rather than get caught up in all the wedding should do’s” Shelby told me. “What’s more Rock n Roll than live music, zombies and a graffiti photobooth pimped out with a Wayne’s World blow-up guitar, wigs and aqua-net?”

“I’d describe out theme as ‘Modern 80′s’ and so-much-fun! Our photographer and co-ordinator were great and made a lot of the props for our wedding because during the whole planning process I was living in Beijing! One of my favorite décor items was the ceremony arch/photobooth backdrop.  It was tricked out in vibrant graffiti with lanterns, records and flowers dangling from chains.  For the reception we had a box of props that included wigs, blowup guitar and fingerless gloves too.”

The cake and flowers the couple chose also really added to the theme. “The cake was alternating strawberry champagne cake filled with a light strawberry mousse and chocolate lovers filled with rich chocolate chunk chocolate mousse. The cake design was inspired by a mural in China at the gallery Stephen & I work at.  The bottom tier was based directly off that mural and was decorated with hand piped flowers and edible pearls. The middle tier had an airbrushed LOVE in purple that was based on other graffiti artwork used for decor in the reception. The top tier was decorated with purple and green hearts which brought the 80′s pop. Then the final touch was a sugar flower that sat on the side of the cake to match the mural and gave a 3D effect to the cake. To add some additional 80s style to the sweets table, we hung Laser Disks on the wall in an abstract manner & had apothecary jars full of colorful candies.  Scattered on the table were individual pieces of Bazooka Bubble Gum! It was a table full of yummies!”

“We used popular flowers from the 80′s such as carnations, mums and leather leaf with a modern look. Our centrepieces were in hand painted black vases with colorful paint splatter accents.  The bridal bouquet had green and white kale, ivory carnations, green trick dianthus, paper whites, leather leaf, deflexis. Wrapped ivory satin & purple beaded accents draped over a section to add a touch of color.  The bridesmaids bouquets were designed with a side pony tail shape with the bouquet stems placed through a 45 record as an awesome embellishment.”

“Our grand exit was also so much fun!” Shelby concluded. “Our guests were lined up outside, we started to walk through saying goodbye when a friends truck pulled up & was blaring “Thriller” by MJ.  Zombies crawled out of the back & danced to it in front of the truck, we joined & then they pulled us into the truck and sped off.  Guests were totally thrown off guard & it was hysterical!”

Shelby wore a dress by Savannah Red Design, found at Cypress Vanguard in Austin. “Honestly I didnt know exactly what I wanted but I knew it needed to 80′s inspired but not too pretty in pink – still wanted to look good in it!” the bride explained. “Anslee, the designer, worked with me to custom design the dress of my dreams. The detailed layers of the wedding gown were a large factor as a lot of 80′s fashion plays with something sheer or see through over something solid. The sweetheart neckline underlay dress was made of crisp, white taffeta, a big nod to the decade’s prominent fabric choice, and paired with a fun, white, Swiss dot netting overlay with puffy sleeves and lots of texture. A vintage petticoat underneath helped keep the fullness of the slightly exaggerated A-line skirt, and a big, bright, white taffeta sash pulled the dress together to define a rockin’, curvaceous waistline.”

Just wow. I’m totally in love with all of this! What about you guys?

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Emma & Matt’s Incredible Fancy Dress Wedding

Emma & Matt had an incredible fancy dress wedding at home. The bride & groom live on a farm, so they decided their own home would be the perfect venue. The theme for the fancy dress was anything from 1920′s – 1980′s and they invited their guests to dress as their favourite decade from the last century. Even the music they selected fitted the theme, with the DJ’s  ’The Beautiful and the Damned’ – who they saw playing at a festival – playing an eclectic mix of music from the 1920′s to the 1980′s throughout the evening.

“As a documentary film maker Emma used her creative skills to make her wedding truly individual, personal and above all a lot of fun,” Polly, their photographer, told me. ”This is without a doubt one of the most fantastic and fun weddings I have ever photographed and I have never laughed so much at a wedding – some of these outfits were pure genius.”

Emma & Matt decided to go as Fred Astaire & Gingers Rogers. Matt hired his outfit from Angels, the costumiers in London, and Emma created a contemporary interpretation of the film star with a stunning dress byTemperley and shoes by Office.

Their were no bridesmaids as everyone was involved in the wedding and made a real effort with their outfits.

“My sister came dressed like the 1950′s,” the bride told me. ”My Mum & her boyfriend came as JR & Sue Ellen. My dad and his wife were The Last Tsar and Tsarina. Matt’s Mum was a ’20th Century Fox’ – a version of Marilyn Monroe with a fox fur stole. George, Matt’s brother was a first world war pilot – complete with a plane!”

“We had lots of famous people there – Madonna, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Adam Ant (in fact four of them!)”

Amazing right!? Be sure to click ‘read the rest of this entry’ to see more of the incredible outfits!

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