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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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A Retro Wedding with a Contemporary Twist: Reyna & Michael

Reyna & Michael’s intimate wedding had a 1950’s and 60’s vibe but with a contemporary and romantic twist. “Our general inspiration was our favorite era, mid-century and everything that comes with it: Themusic, the films, the design and architecture, but in a subtle way,” the bride told me. “Also, the addition of the birds idea was Michael’s because he knows how much I love them.”

The couple were very keen to make sure that all their favourite things were included in the day. “It is amazing how much you can learn from your partner’s taste and personality, when you make this a fun labor of love project,” Reyna continued. “Our biggest challenge was having to make it all come together all the way to the wedding from Canada, but I would do it again in a heartbeat!”

The outside ceremony took place Shelter Island Shoreline Park, San Diego and the bride walked down the aisle to ‘Moon River’ by Henry Mancini. Then followed by a laid-back reception at JRDN Restaurant at Tower 23 Hotel. “My mother-in-law made the table runners for us, and my mother made my fresh-flower bouquet and boutonnieres,” the bride continued. “Everything that involved ink and paper and was designed by us. I made a second bouquet with vintage flower pins and our cake topper was inspired by a picture we took together on 6th Avenue in Downtown Manhattan.

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An Eclectic 1970’s Influenced North London Wedding: Sally & Alex

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I fell head over heels in love with Alex & Sally as soon as I laid my peepers on Sally’s Ossie Clark-inspired wedding dress. She had it made especially for her by local dressmaker Barbara F Pellumbi.

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And just like the dress, the entire wedding was a unique and eclectic representation of the couple. Sally explains, “We were going to go for a Miss Saigon feel meets a tattoo-esque style but in the end it was anything that looked pretty or hard!”

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“Birds became a bit of a motif, featuring on the invites, cake and place names. We even had a lovely little stuffed bird in a cage which is where the table places were hung. We were keen to make the club (The Islington Metalworks) looked relaxed, in one area we tried to create an old skool 70’s living room complete with Hilda Ogden flying birds on the wall.”

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The lucky couple have a number of very talented friends who they called on to help out in various areas of the wedding. For example the stationery was all designed by a friend, Heather, who runs her own card design company called Homeloves. Their friend Lara helped them to source all the table decorations and another friend Georgina, who is an artist, lent them a number of her own paintings to decorate the venue.

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A Picturesque Scottish Wedding: Fiona & Darren

By the time you read this I will be back from the US of A and probably jet-lagged to the hills! I’ll be blogging all about my American Adventures really soon, but in the meantime I’ve got this beautiful Scottish wedding from CandySnaps Photography to share with you.

Fiona & Darren were married at Boturich Castle, Alexandria. They were married outside (which in legal in Scotland) and in front of the impressive castle. The bride wore a beautiful gown and veil handmade for her by a friend and vintage jewellery which had belonged to her Grandparents. The groom wore traditional Scottish kilt, the tartan of which was an Irish pattern (Murphy) which was his Grandmother’s family name.

“Our wedding was a relaxed, homespun wedding with as many of our friends involved as possible,” the bride told me. “Another friend played me up the aisle in the keyboard – Rolling Stones – She’s Like a Rainbow the instrumental part. Many of my friends helped make all of the decorations – pom poms, moustaches, lips and  glasses and jam favours.”

“I was so glad that it was able to be outside as that was what I wanted the most. I wanted a wedding where everyone would be laughing and smiling all day with a lot of fun. We did so much of it ourselves I wanted the personal touches to be really apparent.”

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Vivienne Westwood, DIY Décor & Pink Plastic Flamingos: Mads & Nick

Mads & Nick are one seriously cool couple and I’m so thrilled to share their wedding with you today. I just know you’re going to love it!

“Our wedding was a hot mess of all-things-wedding and us,” Mads explained. “I don’t think we did anything revolutionary, all the traditional parts of the wedding were there; we just made sure we took the time to think everything through and make sure it was right – for us.”

“From the pre-ceremony music being a collection of our favourite film scores (How to Tame your Dragon anybody? Ahh  just me and Nick then), to the inadvertently weepiest of readings; eight dreamy looking bridesmaids and nine hot groomsmen and our tables being named after ‘Our favourite things’ (inc Midsomer Murders and Arnold ‘The best activities for your health are humping and pumping’ Schwarzenegger – we had no shame!). We had our friend on guitar after dinner, photos in front of an abandoned concrete barn instead of the lake, pink flamingos, a Lulu Guiness corsage bridal ‘bouquet (instead of a traditional bouquet)’, funk and films on in the evening – who doesn’t want to watch Predator in a deckchair under a blanket with a Pimms on the go? Then at the end of the night we stole a taxi, ate cake and I got to take my spanx off. Rock n Roll!”

The ceremony took place at Hungerford Town Hall and the reception was held in a friend’s barn. Mads looked incredible in her Vivienne Westwood ensemble -both her dress and her shoes were by my favourite designer – and Nick wore a bespoke suit from Saville Row.

“We made our own gin favours by making blackberry and pear gin – (mix equal parts fruit, sugar and gin then leave in a cupboard rotating occasionally, for three months) then had loads of fun gotgineverywhereandgotprettydrunk – pipette-ing gin into mini bottles we got from Hobbycraft and making them look cute with wish labels,” Mads continued when I asked about any DIY elements in their wedding. “I also made my own runners using Cath Kidston fabric so our tables were colourful. They weren’t perfect, the edges were cut using pinking scissors and weren’t ‘finished’ which meant they did they fray, but I honestly don’t think anyone noticed/cared!”

“Finally, rather than just have a wedding cake, as I have such a sweet tooth, we decided to enlist our friends to help us create a cake stall – which turned into a childhood cake-dream come true and surpassed our wildest dreams, bought everyone together over tea and coffee and looked/tasted amazing!”

Amazing indeed!

“I was given the advice,” the bride concluded, “‘Don’t worry if something isn’t perfect; no-one but you will know’ which proved invaluable in the final months of planning. Also, when planning your wedding pick what’s most important to you and work around it. Our money went on our food (there was never any doubt we’d have anyone but the Pot Kiln catering our wedding) so rather than have a hotel/wedding venue we chose a barn which balanced our budget out and was a compromise we were happy with.”

“At times it meant working harder as we had to think of everything – sourcing festival loo’s (when did I ever envisage myself doing that as bride?), putting seat pads on chairs, organising lighting – Big Top Mania made that barn bad ass – but we’d do it all again tomorrow as it meant we could have our venue exactly as we wanted it.”

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An Anti-Princess, Nerdy & Eco-Friendly Wedding: Josh & Jaclyn

Josh & Jaclyn were legally married on July 13th but had their reception on the 16th at Smith & Wilson Winery in Cedar Springs, Ontario. “We decided to have the reception and the ceremony were on separate dates,” Jaclyn told me. “On the Wednesday before the Saturday reception Josh, I, our parents and two close friends went to city hall for a justice of the peace ceremony. It was really relaxed – we didn’t even dress up in our fancy wedding attire.”

“I wanted this because wedding ceremonies always bore me to tears and didn’t want to put our guests through that. It is also a good thing because I got a case of the giggles so bad that tears streamed down my face and we had to pause so I could catch my breath. That would have been so horrible in front of 100+ people!”

“The inspirations for our wedding were simple, keep it fun, keep it green, keep it us,” the bride continued. They also DIYed a lot of the wedding including the bunting which was made of fabric all donated by the guests. “At the shower guests were informed to wrap all gifts in fabric. I then surprised the guests when they saw all their swatches used in the creation ofover 150 feet of bunting banner. (I went a bit overboard creating triangles.) I am now in the process of using the triangles to quilt a wedding blanket of our bed.”

The couple also made the red & white gingham table cloths, the custom Munny cake toppers, the Lego envelope box, the flower bomb favours, cake stands and the guest book.

Jaclyn wore a Catherine Langolis dress which she bought from The Brides’ Project in Toronto. The Brides’ Project sell second hand wedding dresses and donate all the proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society. “If you can help others with a purchase you were already going to make anyways why wouldn’t you?” Jaclyn asks. “My dress ended up being a donation from a previous bride who had is custom made by a local Toronto Designer. It is also going to see it’s second time at The Brides’ Project. I will be donating it back to help another unique bride to be and people affected by cancer…and the environment. Wins all around.”

Jacyln also had some great tips to pass onto future brides.

“If you are having an untraditional wedding don’t call it a wedding. Call it a party, a get together, an event, a celebration, anything but wedding. I found that people were less creative/inspired with ideas if you called it a wedding. I feel it is because they would think of all the weddings they had been to in the past and just get stuck on those ideas.”

“Pictures can help convey your ideas. My Mum had a hard time envisioning my unconventional concepts because she had never seen anything like that. When I could see that verbal descriptions we not working I emailed her picture of what it could look like. That helped tremendously and the more visual inspiration she had the more she got into the ideas.”

“Prioritize. It will save yourself a lot of stress, time and money when planning your event. Example – we were going to have a photo booth and candy table but we could only afford one. We chose candy table as a cotton candy tree had a lot more impact in the room then a draped off photo area.”

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