The eighties gets a bad rep: The big shoulder pads, the garish make up, the even bigger hair… But that didn’t stop the National Vintage Wedding Fair embracing it! To celebrate their upcoming wedding shows, they wanted to play homage to the decade of excess and create these promotional images in all their over-the-top glory!
“Over the last year we have styled a series of vintage shoots covering different decades to help promote our National Vintage Wedding Fair“, organiser Kate told me. “We started with the 1950s, which many feel is the most popular decade for vintage wedding styling, then shot the 1940s, 1960s and 1970s. I was fully intending on featuring the 1930s next but last minute did a massive U turn, choosing to shoot the 1980s. This was quite risky as many don’t feel that the 1980s is vintage, especially for weddings, but I really wanted to show that this era of decadence can look fab. The looks are all very glam, as was the 80s!”
Kelly and Benjamin knew what they wanted for their wedding right from the start. They wanted an informal day with a festival vibe and lots and lots of colour! “The inspiration for our wedding was just ‘let’s be ourselves'”, Kelly said. “We’ve been to so many weddings over the years that all feel the same; a lot of people try and have this fancy formal affair when it really doesn’t reflect who they are as people.”
“As soon as we started planning, the main focus was that we wanted a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We were adamant we didn’t want a fancy sit down meal instead we wanted a party atmosphere with everyone tucking into burgers and sausages. Everyone that we spoke to after our wedding spoke so fondly of the day and how relaxed and fun it was. There was so much laughter from start to finish, exactly like we wanted. Our budget was just £8000 and we only really spent money on the things that guests enjoy at weddings – the venue, good food and the music!”
Lucy and Sean were married at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham. A bright, white and modern interior, this venue was the perfect backdrop for them to put their own colourful stamp on.
“We’re both music lovers and our favourite bands influenced the table decorations and the music that shaped the day”, Lucy began. “There was nothing too formal or traditional, no pastels and no cutesy bridesmaid dresses! Whilst many venues do a lot of the work for you with their set wedding packages, Fazeley Studios let us run wild and create our perfect day.”
“I would describe our wedding theme as bright, fresh, bursting with clashing rainbow colours and a dose of rock n roll”, she continued. “We had gigantic helium balloons with brightly coloured ribbon lining the aisle – until one of them exploded just before the ceremony! It gave those already gathered a shock and it was a good job I didn’t hear it – I’m terrified of balloons popping! We decided to have them lining the room for the meal instead of in the centre of the tables after that!”
Xaviera and Russell’s wedding didn’t follow any rules. It was held at Casa Rio De Colores and quirky venue located just outside of Austin. The couple described their theme as a ‘rainbow family reunion’.
“We had a three day weekend wedtacular”, said Xaviera. “Our location was very unique and allowed for an interesting weekend. Friday night we had a talent show. Saturday during the day there were lawn games and there’s a river for swimming. The ceremony was at sunset and all the guests were asked to bring puppets for the recessional. We had a potluck dinner (although we did supply booze and a roast pig.) The groom built an effigy and it was burned along with a firework show. We also had grilled cheese at midnight. Sunday morning we had breakfast tacos and bloody marys.”
“The talent show was so much fun!”, she continued. “One of the surprise acts was our friends who wrote us a song. It was so great we had the perform it as part of the ceremony the next day. My Mom also surprised me with a whole choreographed song and dance number with friends compete with a wig!”
I have a funny feeling you’re going to completely fall in love with Helen and Ainge’s colourful wedding. Rainbow roses, bridesmaids ear headbands made of flowers and a bride carrying a hamburger purse! I mean what’s not to adore about it?!
“When we were planning the wedding we didn’t really have any strong ideas regarding what we did want but we knew exactly what we didn’t want”, began Helen. “We didn’t want a bare function room, we didn’t want it to be too traditional and we definitely didn’t want it to be too stuffy or formal. We viewed the Belle Epoque in February 2014 and booked it a few days later. It was exactly what we were looking for – quirky, cosy and with amazing food!”
“When it came to our theme, I’ve always loved colour and am known for my brightly coloured shoes!” she continued. “Our house is filled to the brim with colourful things and I just couldn’t imagine only choosing two or three colours for the wedding. So we went for all of them! We were so lucky that we found our florist Emma Fawcett-Eustace as she was fantastic from start to finish. I told her my (very rough) ideas for the flowers and she just went to town and created the most amazing bouquets, buttonholes and table centrepieces. She was so enthusiastic about our colourful wedding and was just a joy to deal with. The groom, the dads, the best man and each groomsman had a different coloured buttonhole each and myself and the bridesmaids had bouquets filled with gerberas, parrot tulips, craspedia and, of course, glorious rainbow roses.”
Who fancies and injection of colour? Well I’ve certainly got that for you today! This shoot was set up by photographer Anna Reynal and Pop the Cork Events in Washington DC.
“We were inspired by all the colours!”, Anna told me. “I love weddings that are all about celebration and colour so we wanted to play with the idea of what a wedding would look like with ALL of them! We wanted it to look personal and modern.”
“There were several inspirations for the shoot including the colour wheel, CMYK, and hex-colours. The latter is used digitally and gave us inspiration for including geometric elements.”
“We had an amazing dress from Wai-Ching. We love when brides infuse a lot of their personality into their weddings and think outside-the-box. The inspiration and theme really began to take shape once we found the amazing dress, we couldn’t NOT use it!”