April and James’ wedding was colourful and retro inspired with lots of fun details. The bride wore a dress by Kitty and Dulcie and a veil from Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory.
“We envisaged a really fun and happy day, which included things we loved and that fitted with our personal style and tastes”, said the bride. “Generally the more colourful, vintage-y or kitsch the better! I spent a huge amount of time trawling through antiques stores, jumble sales, and charity shops for things that caught my eye. I love a bit of bric-a-brac! The owls were a result of a walk in the park one afternoon too. We stumbled upon Owl Adventures doing a public flying show – it just seemed like a fun thing that people would enjoy so we made the spontaneous decision to book it there and then!”
The couple ditched a lot of traditional elements and kept things as relaxed as possible. “We didn’t have a first dance, cake cutting, formal seating at the reception, or a typical three course meal situation!” April continued. “We didn’t even really have many group photos. We just wanted it to be easy going, and so we scrapped any elements that we didn’t want or that made us feel uncomfortable. And well, I guess I haven’t been to many weddings with the combination of owls, pizza and a bouncy disco!”
Wil and Sah’s Chippenham wedding was in two parts. They had their legal ceremony at the register office, followed by another ceremony for all their friends and family at their reception venue, The Old Road Tavern, their local pub…. Oh and their officiant was Batman!
“We both love everything vintage and retro, particularly 1950s Americana and tiki, so that was a big inspiration”, said Sah. “Our flat is crammed full of retro toys, comics and collectables. It also goes without saying that Rock n Roll Bride Magazine was an endless source of inspiration! Particularly when it came to décor and anything visual. We had a mish mash of pink, glitter, leopard print, My Little Ponies, Americana and the 1950s. Right from the beginning I wanted all the colours, lots of pink but also all the other colours, bright and kitschy and clashy.”
Aaron and Emma’s Australian wedding had a retro tropical theme. “Think a Connery-era James Bond-esque tiki bar plonked in the middle of a leafy oasis during twilight”, explained the bride. “We officially coined it as ‘Sparkly Jungle Chic’.”
“You’d be hard-pressed to find anything traditional about our wedding! The most controversial element was the bridal party, as two of my three ‘bridesmaids’ were blokes (they’re my three best friends, and frankly, a gal’s gotta do what a gal’s gotta do) and the fact that Aaron and I got to hang out before the wedding (we began the morning by doing the dishes together!), thus spitting in the general direction of superstition.”
Eva and Jay’s cute ‘n colourful wedding was inspired by the 1950s, tropical motifs and a huge dollop of kitsch! “Jay and I both love vintage decor, vehicles and clothing”, said the bride. “We have a 1949 Chrysler, a 1970s boat and our house is all decorated like the 1950s!”
They got married at the State Fairground in Minnesota. “We have a lot of pride in our state fair so it was a fun spot. We did our first look in an alleyway by a bar and for ambience we got to hear two guys cussing each other out at the near by transit station! We encouraged everyone to dress up inn 1950s outfits and our cake topper was from Jay’s parents wedding.”
The ceremony was super sweet and the couple sat on a swing that they’d added to their homemade arch. “My dad and I pulled up to the ceremony in an old car, 1955 Bel Air”, she continued. “It made for more of a dramatic entrance. Also I had my veil covering my face. My uncle was the pastor since that is his actual job in life. It was nice to have someone that knew us speak on our behalf. We also had an uncle, aunt and great uncle perform a song, My Romance by James Taylor. A family friend made a wedding arch with our names on it and he added a swinging bench to the structure so we got to sit and swing during the music. Our ceremony was more focused on laughter and love than the bible.”
Becky and Si had a retro inspired wedding in Birmingham. “We didn’t really set out to have a specific ‘theme’ but just went for things we both like”, said the bride. “Si came up with the idea of inviting guests to join in with dressing in a 1950s style if they wanted to, which I wasn’t sure about at first but there were lots of awesome outfits!”
The wedding was held at Fazeley Studios. “I wanted the wedding to be bright, colourful and informal. It also fit in with the venue and the surrounding Custard Factory area, which has lots of creativity, bright buildings and graffiti. Si did make fun of my use of primary colours, suggesting it’d look like a children’s party, but I think he was impressed with how it all came together in the end.”
Shen and Eva’s wedding was inspired by Shen’s love of red hearts and how they’ve decorated their home. “After I purchased my dress (the red one), and as an extension of our home decor, we had lots of love hearts everywhere in the wedding”, said Shen. “The day had a little bit of us all over it – from Marvel to Minions with some vintage cameras (as a nod to my work) and music thrown in. Everyone said to us how personal it all was with all the little touches,”
“I think for me the main thing I loved about our wedding was probably our dresses”, explained Eva. “They really stood out! We originally both said we were going to go for fitted suits because neither of us are particularly girly, we are forever in jeans and shirts. Shen came across a limited edition dress online from Vivien Of Holloway, she showed me and I really liked it too. When I saw Shen in it, I was completely blown away, she looked stunning! At that point I was still thinking of wearing a suit but seeing her in it convinced me I should get a dress too.”