Brought together by a mutual love of the 1960s and mod culture, Nikki & Paul met at a 1960s themed club. “I was inspired by wedding blogs like Rock n Roll Bride that talk about weddings that are slightly left field”, began the bride. “I was inspired by weddings with bright colours (we had orange and electric blue with grey) and we wanted to make sure each part of the day was reflective of who we are. We also didn’t take anything too seriously – it was meant to be fun!”
The theme of the wedding was ‘Mod’ and quintessentially British with everything from the invites (designed as a 7in single), the groom’s gift from his bride (a 125 cc Vespa!) and the fact that the groom performed with his own band at the end of the night, adding to it. “My husband’s own mod band, made up of all the ushers and best men, played instead of a first dance and brought the house down. You can see that Paul is in his element and was born to be a front man. Playing his favourite music to all his friends and family on his wedding day was something just so special and it really shows in the photos.”
Oh Anna Hardy you do have a way with that camera of yours. A way that makes everything dreamy and beautiful and cool all at the same time… although to be fair, I think you had it pretty easy with Beth & Jonny, like, how totally smokin’ are these two!? And Beth’s second dress by the epic Delphine Manivet is AMAZING. I love me that high collared cape thingy!
The wedding took place in Yorkshire in June. They had an informal registry office wedding in the morning with just a handful of their nearest and dearest, then got changed and had a big Glastonbury themed ceremony & reception with all their friends and family. As devoted Glastonbury goers, Beth & Jonny chose the weekend that the festival should have been on this year so that all their future anniversaries can be celebrated there!
“Originally we wanted to marry in the woods, and have a tipi reception in a field”, began the bride. “This turned out to be seriously and surprisingly expensive, and finding a field for rent in the north of England was pretty much impossible. When we went to see the venue at Broughton Hall it was a miserable day to say the least, but even in the rain, the place looked awesome.”
I’m not gonna lie, where was something in particular that swayed me when it came to featuring this wedding… Stan, the ever so slightly disgruntled looking cat. Of course when I saw the rest of the photos, I just happened to fall in love with Stan’s owners, Jodi & Dave as well, but if I’m going to be 100% truthful, Stan did help their cause.
This couple didn’t want to spend a fortune on the wedding and so by DIYing as much as they could the day came in at under £9000. The ceremony was held at Swiss Gardens, Shuttleworth with the reception taking place in the Safari Lodge at Woburn Safari Park. ”We looked at about 12 venues from a marquee where I keep my horses to a vintage factory ballroom but nothing quite ticked all the boxes”, wrote Jodi. “But when we found Swiss Gardens we knew instantly this was the one. We originally booked it for August 2013, but then were told the venue would be shutting down for 18 months for a lottery funded renovation so we could only postpone, cancel or move it forward! So we moved it forward giving us only 6 months to plan and make everything!”
“We’ve never really been a ‘weddingy’ kind of couple so after the initial haze of getting engaged and buying all sorts of wedding magazines and stuff, we realised there wasn’t a whole lot out there that was really very ‘us’,” began Laura, who married Chris in August this year. “At one point I’d even considered getting a traditional wedding dress and being a lady for a day but luckily all was saved when we went to see Back to the Future when it was re-released at the cinema. As soon as I saw the dresses at the enchantment under the sea dance, I realised that I knew what I wanted for our wedding.”
The couple make a lot of their wedding decor themselves using DIY tutorials from YouTube and on Rock n Roll Bride (yey!) “Doing things ourselves saved money and meant that we could make things really personal to us”, she continued. “YouTube and the tutorials on Rock n Roll Bride were invaluable to us. For example our centrepieces were made using a tutorial for back-lit photos. I used three matching picture frames and stained them to match our colour scheme. I then photocopied a picture of me as a child, a picture of Chris as a child and a picture of us together onto tracing paper which I stuck onto the inside of the frames with double sided tape. Then I stuck the frames together and put a battery powered candle on the inside (don’t use a real candle – unless you want some pyrotechnics!) It made a really nice talking point for the tables and just made things that little bit more personal.”
The Atlantic City wedding of Carla & Dave had a distinct vintage vibe. From the bride’s authentic 1020s wedding dress to her Grandmother’s pearls, from the vintage postcards that decorated the centrepieces to the historic restaurant that hosted their reception, the day was one that truly reflected the likes and loves of them both.
“I love vintage themed weddings and knew that I really wanted to wear a gown from the 1920s”, wrote the bride. “Before we even thought of a place to have the wedding, I had run across the perfect dress and no changes needed to be made to it. The dress was last worn in 1924 by a bride in New Jersey. When I had bought the dress, I also received the invitation from the original bride. It seemed perfect!”
“We chose to have our wedding in Atlantic City”, she continued, “not only for its history, but because it is a place that is open all night and it would give us a chance to party with our friends into the wee hours! We broke our wedding into three parts. First, we had our wedding ceremony in Lucy the Elephant, a large wooden Elephant structure built in the late 1800s by a shipbuilder. We then had a sit down dinner for all the guests at the Knife and Fork Inn, a restaurant that has been open since 1912. From there, we all met at the Trump Plaza, where everyone was staying, and had a late night dance party (no history there, just a good dance party with tacky decorations). I did however have to change dresses for the party. I wore a 1950s Hawaiian halter dress, just because I knew it would be fun to dance in!”
Ralph & Carly love all things Americana and retro and so the theme for their wedding was easy to decide on. They wanted to incorporate the feeling of driving through America in an open top car – something they love to do in real life. Ralph had even proposed on a road trip through Arizona, one of their favourite places in the USA. “We love Americana and we feel that there is a big difference between what is retro and what is vintage”, Carly explained. “We wanted our wedding to be all things that we love. We love nothing more than booking a flight and a car in the US and then exploring, although sometimes we end up in very peculiar places and cannot wait for daylight to arrive so that we can head out! For the most part though it’s the way that we have discovered some of our favourite places. Each table was named after a hotel or motel that we have stayed in on our trips, there have been many others but these had the coolest signs.”
The wedding was held at The Chainstore in Trinity Buoy Wharf, at the London Docklands, a venue they originally found when going to an American themed diner in the area! “Went to visit the diner there, Fatboys, and after eating more than we could handle we felt that it would be best to walk it off so we went exploring”, Carly continued. “This is when we discovered the lighthouse which turned out to be The Chainstore. We fell in love with the building and its surroundings and I immediately pictured our wedding. When we looked into it we found that it is a complete blank canvas which was music to our ears as we had visited other, more traditional, wedding venues that were dictating everything to us. That, to us, sounded like hell!”