Heather & Jonathan got married at Southampton Civic Centre, followed by a reception at The Art House Gallery Café. They chose this venue as it’s ethos ran true with them and the style of wedding they wanted. “The Art House Gallery Café is a volunteer run, multi-disciplinary arts venue and café in the heart of Southampton’s evolving cultural quarter. We are a welcoming, vibrant and quirky community space serving delicious, organic food and drink in inspiring surroundings” they say. They also only served vegetarian food which suited the couple perfectly.
I am a little bit over excited about featuring Danielle & Carl’s vintage wedding today. As soon as I laid eyes on her amazing dress I knew this wedding was going to be incredible… and you know what? I was right!
The couple, who met at school, got married in June at St Peter’s Church in Doddington, Lincolnshire. A 1950’s vintage theme was really important to the couple as it really reflected their everyday style. “Having been to a few ‘traditional’ weddings, as soon as we started to plan our wedding, we knew that we wanted to do things differently,” Danielle told me. “We wanted every part of our wedding to be personal to us, and be able to show our personalities. We didn’t just want to do something because it was the way people usually do things at weddings, we wanted to put our stamp on it. We both love all things vintage, particularly the era of the 50’s and 60’s, after all, our first car was a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle. For this reason, having a vintage rock ‘n’ roll 50’s style wedding just seemed to come naturally to us. Our inspiration came out of our love not only for the 50’s fashion, but the music and the whole lifestyle. Having a dancing vicar was not something we planned but that was an added bonus!”
Danielle found her ridiculously gorgeous 1950’s dress at Love Miss Daisy and it was actually the only dress she tried on! “Searching for dresses was about the first thing that I did – I knew I wanted a 1950’s style dress, and so I started searching the internet” she told me. “The minute I saw this dress on Love Miss Daisy’s website, I fell in love with it. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to squeeze into it, but I just had to go and see it to find out! March 1st 2009, 15 months before our wedding day, I got my mum and my two sisters, and we took a trip to Love Miss Daisy to find out if the dress would fit. It was the first dress that I tried on, and it fitted as though it was just meant to be. I couldn’t believe it, I just fell in love with it, it was perfect!” She accessories with Vivienne Westwood shoes (bought for her by Carl) and jewellery and a birdcage veil made especially to match her dress by Kiss Curl.
Carl made just as much effort in a ruffled Vivienne Westwood shirt and a 1930’s tailcoat that he found on eBay. With this he wore black & white brogues and a vintage top hat.
The reception took place at Lincoln County Assembly Rooms, an Eighteenth Century building, in the historic Bailgate area of Lincoln. The couple DIY’ed as much as they could including the save the dates, invitations, church decor, confetti cones, all the reception decor and centrepieces, place names and table names. They chose not to have too many real flowers and only had a small selection as part of the centrepieces.
Rather than carry real flowers, Danielle and her bridesmaids had button bouquets made by Liza at Letters4Lilly. “She’s based in Australia and I happened to find her on etsy,” said Danielle. “I thought button bouquets were the perfect alternative to real flowers, because it meant that we each got to keep something special from the wedding day that can hopefully be passed throughout our families in years to come. Each of the bouquets were completely unique with the bridesmaids initial in a diamante letter on each bouquet. The best part of the bouquets was the fact that we could add something personal to them if we wanted to, and one of our bridesmaids chose to have her grannies thimble attached the bouquet, and I was able to have my grannies hatpin placed right next to the “I do” button.”
Gloomy and grey weather doesn’t have to spell disaster for your wedding day – and in actual fact I think the darker atmosphere and evening-only event worked perfectly for Sarah & Matt’s gothic-inspired wedding!
The wedding took place at Riverlife, an outdoor activity centre in Brisbane which also has a number of gorgeous venues, perfect for a wedding! The evening event started with pre-ceremony drinks and canapes for the guests. “We’ve been told that our absence at the start really added to the atmosphere, especially with our DIY decorations adorning the venue,” said Sarah when I asked about their idea behind this. “Neither of us were at the venue when the event started. We arrived after the guests had an hour of canapes. While the guests were awaiting our arrival, the decorations served as a talking point, and since they could see that we’d gone to so much effort on the tables, it added to their anticipation to see our outfits and everything else that was to follow.”
The couple chose to DIY a lot of the wedding, not necessarily to save money but to make it personal. “It’s important to be able to look back at what you did for your wedding proudly and without regret,” Sarah told me. “What really sticks out for us is that the event really reflected our personalities and our relationship. And that’s mainly due to the DIY elements.”
The couple made each other’s rings with Larsen Jewellery who specialise in ‘wedding ring experinces’. Sarah also made her own fascinator and all the flowers, boutonnieres, favours, centrepiece and stationary. They also chose to omit things they didn’t feel were important to them, for example the transport (they got the ferry!) a videographer and the cake, “We didn’t feel we needed one – a dessert option available with our meal appealed to us enough. It was Death by Chocolate!”
James & Kassie got married at Casa Blanca on Brushy Creek, Texas in an “earthy-vintage” themed wedding. The couple chose their venue because they felt it completely reflected the vibe they wanted for their day. “The outside ceremony site, decks for guests to hang out, trees everywhere…..it was just perfect,” began the bride. ” The venue allowed for simple accents and decorations, which was just what I wanted. The colors were bright and happy, however allowed for that earthy theme to mix right in. Down our aisle I had 1 ½ – 2ft tree trunks set along each side, with simple vintage bottles and daisy’s just to add the earthy-vintage flare. Our archway was designed with lilies and shells, with vines and curly willow, which added that perfect backdrop for our quick ceremony.”
Without a massive budget, Kassie had to work extra hard to perfect her bridal look. “I was on the hunt for a vintage tea length wedding dress and most of the gorgeous dresses were out of my price range as they were couture. But Melange Bridal went far and beyond to help me find a dress that was close to what I wanted and helped me visualize what the dress could become with some minor alterations. Kassie wore a tea-length dress from Melange Bridal, shoes from Aldo (which she found for 90% off!) and jewellery from the fantastic and affordable boutique store called Charming Charlie’s.
It’s the little details that excite me, details like all that attention and love put into Emma & Matt’s Rock n Roll Wedding. The couple, who found their photographer Caro Hutchings through a feature on Rock n Roll Bride, got married St Mary’s Church in Yorkshire. After the ceremony, the whole party boarded a vintage double decker bus which took them to the reception, held at The Blue Lion, East Witton.
“We got married a year to the day of our engagement,” the bride told me. “We’re both known for being nerdy, creative and a tiny bit clothes obsessed so we were never going to have a typical wedding. When it came to thinking of a “theme” we came to the conclusion that it wasn’t going to have to be whatever we and everyone else wants! We also wanted a day that showed everybody just how much we love each other. We haven’t been together as long as a lot of couples, but from the day we “accidentally” got together on a work night out, we’ve both known its for good. Our guests have seen us grow up, enjoy life, but ever single person there agreed that neither of us have been so happy as we are together.”
“Rock n Roll Bride was a HUUUUUGE inspiration for the day – it made us realise that we could have everything we wanted without upsetting our parents, who were secretly longing for a traditional wedding day. Nobody had to compromise on anything, the day was so laid back, so cool, so us.”
The reception consisted of a casual BBQ and an awesome band playing into the night! “The BBQ meant that the guests could roam around and take in the beautiful surroundings at The Blue Lion,” Emma continued. We’re both very impatient (not to mention greedy!) so it was an inspired choice! Music is so important to both of us, so finding The Moobs was a stroke of extreme Rock n Roll luck – The dance floor was packed for every single dance. The coolest thing about the wedding for both of us was that we spent it with the people we love, the rehearsal the night before consisted of the, people we couldn’t live without. People we couldn’t live without and a great deal of tears!”
The cupcakes were made by the Mother of the bride, the flowers were all arranged by the Mother of the groom and the bridesmaids were all asked to find and style their own outfits, making the whole day a really group effort. The marquee decor was created by the bride, the Mother of the bride, the maid of honour and the Mother of the groom. “We spend the year leading up to the wedding going in every charity shop we knew, to source tons of broken and mismatched tea sets. These were filled with candles and sweeties and joined on the tables by birdcages and various other bits of kitsch. As it got dark, the roof was lit up like a night sky and the trees outside were twinkling with fairy lights” Emma reminisced.
Brighton was the location for Jessica & Forbes’ rockabilly wedding this summer. They chose May 1st as their date as it was Jessica’s late Grandmother’s birthday and having it on this day was their way of inviting her to the wedding. All the guests were invited to dress up in their finest retro get-up,” Absolutely everyone joined in,” the bride told me, “We were so convincing a hotel guest asked if we were a convention!”
“We also wanted the ultimate Brighton wedding,” she continued, “and we lucked out getting booked in to the Royal Albion Hotel right in front of the pier for our ceremony and reception. The pier was our backdrop for the entire day and night. It was awesome when it lit up at night!!”
Jessica wore a 1950’s replica dress from Unique Vintage, Vivienne Westwoodshoes and a vintage pearl necklace that had belonged to her Grandmother. The bridesmaid wore bespoke dresses made by Jessica’s Mum and Forbes wore a genuine 1950’s suit that had belonged to his Grandfather.
DIY played a big role in this wedding, from the cake (made by Jessica’s Mum) to the decor. The bride’s sister made the fabulous bird cake topper and her husband made the awesome ‘picture frame wall’ photo booth, complete with extra picture frames filled with photoshopped retro photographs of the couple! Jessica also designed and made all the invites and stationary. As a final, super personal, touch, every table had a pin up picture by Gil Elvgren and a family wedding photo from the 50’s from guests families.