There’s something ever so special about a retro themed wedding. The timelessness yet quirkiness always lights me up! Alex and Sean clearly feel the same because they had a gorgeous throwback bash in October at Whalton Village Hall.
“Sean and I fell in love via our mutual love of music and vinyl records, in particular sixties blues and soul”, began the bride. “Our theme was to re-create an early sixties feel, which inspired the registry office followed by village hall party instead of one fixed venue. We also had a vintage powder blue Mercedes that took us between the venues. The sixties was in my heart when I chose my dress and jacket, and also with the bridesmaids’ pillar box red, post Rock n Roll era dresses.”
“The Beatles All You Need is Love was a common theme throughout, and made whole by the 6ft LOVE lights illuminating our venue. The lighting was actually our biggest single expense and the LOVE letters caused quite a debate when we were discussing budgets. However, when it came together on the day, Sean agreed they were worth the extra pennies! We also had festoon lighting which were controlled on a dimmer, to no only give us a retro feel to the hall but allowed us to set the mood. If I was giving any advice to other DIY couples I would definitely say to keep lighting in mind when creating your venue. No bride wants pictures under bright artificial light, and it can turn the most basic of venues beautiful under low lighting.”
Both introverts, Charley and Simon wanted their wedding to be as undaunting as possible! They achieved this by focusing on what really mattered. Their ceremony at Islington Town Hall was followed by a reception at The Union Club in Soho.
“We wanted a simple wedding that encapsulated our introverted natures while making sure we had a day to remember forever”, Charley began. “We’re not exactly traditional, so any classic wedding traditions we didn’t like – we didn’t do. We’re both quite shy, so the idea of having a day where all the attention was on us felt really scary! We were particularly worried about having a first dance. The thought of it made us uncomfortable so Lisa Jane, our photographer, suggested we have a secret dance somewhere in the city. We loved that idea! On the day, Simon brought a headphone splitter with him and played our song on his phone while we danced on top of an empty multi-storey car park in the middle of Shoreditch! Our photographer and videographer were there to capture it but only we could hear the song. It was so peaceful and so us. It sounds completely random but we loved it!”
The wedding theme was a mis mash of a lot of the things they love including vintage and dinosaurs! “There were dinosaurs everywhere actually – the cake toppers, toy dinos as favours on the tables, even our reading during the ceremony was about dinos! Our friend Luke read A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton, about two dinosaurs finding love. He read it so beautifully, it was a wonderful moment.”
If you came to this blog today looking for some pretty or elegant wedding inspiration then you’re going to be sorely disappointed. For everyone else I have just two words for you – ZOMBIE WEDDING.
I’ve seen a ton of zombie wedding shoots in my time (they’ve actually been a pretty common occurrence in my inbox over the past few years) but I think this is the first time I’ve seen a fully themed real wedding with theatre make up, fake blood and all! It’s definitely not going to be everybody’s cup of tea, but one thing’s for sure – Frankie and Phil look really bloody (excuse the pun!) happy and, really, that’s all that matters!
“Anyone who has met us knew that it wouldn’t be a straight forward normal wedding”, the bride told me. “We both have a love for zombies and decided that it was the route we wanted to go. Normally when the blushing bride walks into the room there are looks in awe, instead at our wedding guests jaws dropped as a blood covered bride came walking down the aisle!”
The variety of amazing weddings I get to feature really does make my job the best in the world! This morning I posted a sweet little jazz themed wedding and now I’m sharing an all-out colour, DIY, Mexican inspired explosion. Epic!
Tania and Kyle were married at the Bluecoat Chambers in Liverpool and all the décor was DIY! “We made over 300 tissue paper pompoms, which ended up being strung, covering windows and staircases”, the bride began. “We doubled up our ceremony backdrop later for the photobooth! My nails were done by a good friend of mine, Janine Scott. She designed the most gorgeous nails with rose tips and the ‘I do’ on my wedding finger was just amazing.”
“The centrepieces were pompom flowers in tequila bottles, with coloured sand and spray painted skulls, cacti (which were favours), painted birdcages with Chilean bluebirds on top and Mexican Loteria cards for table numbers. We chose the wool pompom flowers as we were able to do these as brightly coloured as possible. We decided to make a lot of it ourselves as getting things like the papel picado shipped over from the US or Mexico was very expensive.”
Ray and Paul had two wedding days. The first was an intimate ceremony in Poland, with just close family members on Valentine’s day. Then, a week later they had a crazy fun, fancy dress circus themed wedding at Circomedia in Bristol!
“The thread through everything was magpies – two for joy”, wrote the bride. “But how that worked in Poland and Bristol was, well, pretty diverse! Our Bristol party was approached from a magpie’s perspective. Pick everything you like best in the world, add shiny stuff, mix it all together, add more shiny stuff. And a tiger. And some games. And some more shiny stuff. And lots of French 75s. That was it, really!”
“We also wanted to avoid what we called ‘wedding tax’ and so chose our suppliers based on the fact that we wanted to support good people, not buy tonnes of wedding ‘stuff’ that would end up in a landfill. We tried to spend our money with small businesses and specialists where we could, and where we couldn’t, we involved people and companies that have always been good to us.”
“Our reception venue is an independent arts charity space”, she continued. “so we felt really good about supporting them. We also had lots of things that will be reused like plastic plates and fancy dress stuff. Even all the balloons went home with our guests. Paul will wear his suit and coat again and again, and I’ve already worn my red coat and shoes with my normal clothes!”
Dani and Mark mat three years ago at Balham Bowls Club in south London. So when it came to choosing a venue for their October wedding, nowhere else could have been more perfect! “The night we met I was quite hungover and was out for a friend’s birthday, Mark was out for some drinks with his friend (and best man) Paul. Depending on who tells the story, I apparently gave Mark ‘the eye’ as he walked into the pub, which prompted him to start talking to me later in the evening, OR (my version) I don’t remember looking at Mark as he came in and wondered why he was staring at me all night. Either way, he bought me a rum and coke and we were inseparable ever since.”
“The idea behind our wedding was that we really just wanted a big party with all our friends. In a way it was easier knowing what we didn’t want (chair covers, fruit cake, pastel colours), which helped us find what we did want – lots of bright colours and for everyone to have a really good (boozy) time!”
“One of my biggest worries about the wedding was that I would just cry the whole way through the ceremony, not get any words out and generally look disgusting”, she said. “In the car on the way my bridesmaids Googled ‘techniques to stop crying’ and discovered that apparently if you recite song lyrics it can help. We ended up singing Bon Jovi ‘Living on a Prayer’ at the top of our voices all the way to the ceremony – I think the driver thought we were drunk! And I managed not to cry through the ceremony (mostly)! We were actually both quite surprised at how much we loved the ceremony part, even all the photos outside beautiful Wandsworth Town Hall. Walking into the reception to cheers from our friends and family was pretty amazing too. It was really overwhelming to see everyone in there!”