I bet you’ve never heard a wedding story quite like this one! The groom, Steve, decided to surprise his British girlfriend by asking her to marry him while on a road trip from Nashville to New Orleans. He proposed on the banks of the The Angelina River and they were married in Austin four days later. The bride knew nothing about what was going to happen on the day. With the help of wedding photographer Katherine O’Brien, Steve planned the entire wedding himself, his bride just had to show up!
“This wedding was 16 years in the making”, explained wedding photographer Katherine. “Steve decided to surprise Katherine and asked her to marry him on their road trip this summer. All he needed was a place, some music a photographer and someone to marry them!”
“We suggested our favorites Roadhouse Relics for the space, Spike Gillespie for words, Unbridaled for a Nataya dress, a bouquet from Whole Foods, Nick Armstrong for music and Lenoir for dinner afterwards! Steve booked a house off South First and brought two custom made rings from Laura at Wood Goes Around.”
Jake and Pixie were married at the fabulous Lyde Court in Hertfordshire. They took that space and transformed it! Two years of wedding planning meant the couple had plenty of time to collect and create all the little details that went into their beautiful reception space.
“We both love vintage things”, explained Pixie. “I am a photographer and graphic design and love vintage creations. I love collecting objects and rummaging through charity shops. I love the fact that they have been used before and all have a story. I also am a bit mad and love crazy stuff, so decided to go with a vintage style mad hatter’s tea party for our wedding. My collections were everywhere!”
Alex and Sophia were married at Stoke Newington Town Hall, followed by a reception at The Draper’s Arms pub in Islington, London. They day had a subtle vintage vibe – from Sophia’s Jenny Packham dress and Flo and Percy headpiece, to the retro photo booth and polaroid shots their photographer Lisa Jane took! Ultimately though, they wanted a local wedding that was intimate and enjoyable for their guests.
“We wanted our day to be relaxed, informal and fun”, explained the bride. “Keeping it local to where we’ve lived for the last 10 years was important and we wanted to support local businesses whenever we could. We also wanted to showcase to friends and family how amazing London is which is why we stuck to a registry office and knees-up at one of our locals.”
Being a florist, Becky always knew that flowers would play a big part in the décor of her wedding. So when she and Daniel for engaged it was first thing on her agenda! The day had a retro and Rock n Roll theme and was held at The Redbury Hotel in Hollywood.
“As a floral designer, I’ve had visions of my wedding long before I had a ring”, Becky began. “I was looking forward to designing a wedding that was different from our other clients. Currently, pastel pallets are in fashion and those damn succulents just won’t go away. I wanted to use traditional flowers (like carnations and mums) to capture our mod theme but used in modern exciting ways. Likewise, we used traditional styles with current and fashionable flowers; all the mom’s had classic pin-on corsages but with beautiful yellow garden roses. I’m just very lucky that my business partner is such a hard worker! She constructed an 8′ tall ombre curtain of carnations and a couple of 5′ tall flower topiaries for the ceremony.”
“Daniel and I met at a bar five years ago when his band was on tour”, she explained “hence, the importance of our Rock n Roll theme. Had it not been for Rock n Roll we never would have met! He was living in Portland, Oregon and I had just moved back home to Northern California after graduating from San Francisco State University. We did the long distance thing for a spell before we just went for it.”
Demelza and Andy were married in Stoke Newington Town Hall followed by a reception at The Mildmay Club in Newington Green. Their wedding was inspired by the kitchen sink dramas of the 60s.
“We wanted a really personal wedding so we made sure as much of it as possible was designed and made by either ourselves or our friends”, wrote the bride. “We also wanted a local wedding which is why we got married at our local town hall and had the reception in the working men’s club at the end of our street. We are very lucky to have two such amazing buildings so close to us. The inspiration just came from us, our home and what we love, we basically wanted to have a massive party with all our friends and family, great food and dancing all night!”
“Andy designed a font for our names and we had a large rubber stamp made with the idea of gold foil embossing each of the 130 invites by hand”, she continued. “This was a lovely idea and looked fantastic but each one took about half an hour to make and involved special powder, potions and a hair dryer!! Hence only half our guest received foiled invites, the rest got gold paint.”
“Our biggest expense, but also our biggest highlight was the band, The Tamla Motown Sound. Live music is really important to us so we knew we had to have a band playing. We absolutely love Motown and so do all our friends so we knew they would keep everyone dancing all night, they were fabulous.”
There’s nothing quite like a beautiful retro wedding, and Marta and Bartosz’s big day, sent to me all the way from Poland, is one of the most gorgeous I’ve seen in ages! They were married in October.
“We wanted something different for our wedding”, wrote Marta. “A lot of couples these days (especially in Poland) seem to go for very typical weddings but we wanted something more. My dress was a subtle yellow colour and we got really creative with our portraits. The vintage American airstream stands in the middle of Częstochowa (our home town) and sells the best hamburgers in the city!”