London dwellers Emma and Jason decided to marry at Les Noes Blanches, a gorgeous private hire château in Loire Valley, France. The 450 acres of gardens and private estate made for the perfect setting for their intimate vintage inspired wedding.
“The main theme was the 1920s”, said Emma. “Our colour scheme was white, black and gold but we also gave the day a modern twist. We took cues from art deco and stripped it back to clean lines, and added a softer colours through flowers. The rural French château itself suited our theme too as it was white, clean and unfussy. We removed anything from the wedding that didn’t speak to our core values and we jettisoned anything that is just hanging on for traditions sake. We considered what was important to us, and tried to transmit that with each element.”
“While these were our primary sources of inspiration, I spent a long time scouring the Internet for ideas, and anything that made our hearts sing was appropriate”, she continued. “We also wanted a mystical and spiritual nature at the wedding event. I wore a gold Vesica Piscis temporary tattoo from Danielle Laporte representing the union of god and goddess. The pointed oval at the centre of the sacred geometric pattern is also said to represent the divine feminine. This was something that was really important to me as a woman.”
Daniel and Keely had lots of different influences for their October wedding. From the bride’s love of jewel tones – reflected in her dress and make up and the bridesmaid outfits, to their mutual love of travel. They even had art deco references in their stationery. It sounds like it shouldn’t work, but it totally does because it was a real reflection of them.
“The inspiration for our wedding was definitely ‘fun’”, said the bride. “We put a lot of effort into making sure that everyone had as much fun as possible. In fact, most of our decisions were made with our guests in mind. We had the ceremony and reception at the same location so that guests didn’t have to drive to another venue and could have a drink or two at the ceremony. We also did our photos beforehand so that our guests didn’t have a big boring break between ceremony and reception. This also meant we got to spend a lot more time with our guests.”
“We organised lawn games for guests”, she continued. “We had archery (which was a huge hit!), badminton, croquet, boccie and giant Jenga (we made it ourselves and painted it in the colours of the wedding). It was great fun for everyone, and we were so happy to have a venue that was really creative and accommodating. They put in so much work to make sure our ideas could be made real and we really wouldn’t have been able to have the wedding we wanted without a unique venue like The Hideaway Retreat.”
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.”
With a penchant for all things glamorous and retro, it was no wonder that Angie & Brian had the wedding that they did. The bride, a burlesque dancer, and the groom, a jazz trumpet player for Lady Gaga, wanted a day that truly reflected the things that they love. They didn’t just want to plan a wedding – they wanted to put on a show! The wedding was held at Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn.
“We approached the wedding like we approach organizing our shows”, began the bride, “we didn’t let the whole ‘wedding insanity’ creep into our brains and I think we were both born with the Rock n Roll spirit in our blood! Our theme was just us. We wanted to reflect our personalities in the wedding and really just create a great party that would make our parent’s and family happy and comfortable while also entertaining our showbiz pals. Our big band was a mix of Brian’s musician pals, our centerpieces and backdrop was created by a designer I use to do show sets for me and my gowns were from my costume designer. We really stayed inside our show business/ night-life circle as much as we could and I think that helped to keep our wedding ‘vibe’ so representative of us.”
With a lifelong appreciation for classic vintage styling, a beautifully restored 1935 jazz club was clearly the perfect setting for Rebecca & Scott’s Detroit wedding.
“When we found Cliff Bells we knew we had to get married there”, wrote the bride. “When choosing decor items, we were also careful careful to choose things that complimented the vintage vibe of the venue. We didn’t want the décor to be too loud or overwhelming. My original design inspiration was the redesigned F. Scott Fitzgerald book covers by Coralie Bickford-Smith.”
“The largest DIY project we took on for the wedding was building the chuppah”, she continued. “We were incredibly lucky to have the help of my husband’s talented father for this project. In the center of the chuppah we hung mason jars with candles inside them. My goal was to make it look like we were getting married under the stars in the dark venue. We decided to make all of our wedding favors ourselves. Two nights before the wedding we made 300 bottles of ginger and strawberry simple syrup in our little apartment kitchen. It took about 12 hours, and our apartment smelled like sugar for weeks afterwards, but it felt great to give our guest something we truly put a lot of love in! Another (simple) DIY project we did was creating a custom drink menu for our wedding with drinks and quotes from 1930s era cocktail books.”
Doesn’t John & Aggie’s wedding looks like it’s stepped right out of the 1920s? I don’t think I’ve ever seen an era executed quite so well in a real wedding of late. I am in awe! The wedding was held at the The Plaza Super Cinema & Variety Theatre in Stockport. The original art deco architecture and features remain which made it the perfect venue for their day. “Our venue was excellent value as the entire cinema including tea rooms can be hired for only £700”, explained the bride. “Their three course meal started at only £15 per head too. Plus it was great to support such a wonderful art deco gem that has been lovingly restored!”
“I have always been captivated by and idolised the 1920s it may have something to do with my namesake (Agatha Christie) but I just love anything art deco the geometric lines and silhouettes”, Aggie continued. “John and I got engaged in Marrakech on New Year’s eve 2011 and originally I had always said that I would run away and get married somewhere exotic on a beach and have a very simple wedding. But we soon realised that our families would be disappointed if we did this and that elderly relatives wouldn’t be able to join us. For a Valentine’s treat I dedicated to book us tickets at the Plaza cinema for a dinner and to then watch the designated valentines movie ‘an affair to remember’. I’d always loved the Plaza since we discovers it year or so ago and we would occasionally pop in for afternoon tea in the tearooms. Seeing the Plaza at the Valentine’s night all decked out and with the lights a warm red made us think perhaps we could have our wedding there. We decided to track down Ted, the General manager, that night to enquire about the venue. Ted and his team were just brilliant with helping us to arrange the order of events and how things would work. They only had two dates remaining for the whole of 2012 – one in August which was already another of our friends’ wedding dates and the other which was Sunday 8th July – just four months away! We took it and decided that we had better get planning!”