You are going to love Gemma and Joe’s colourful, kitsch and retro-inspired wedding. The Irish couple hosted their wedding in the south of France in September. “We wanted our wedding to feel more like a big party rather than a traditional wedding”, said the bride. “We’ve always loved spending time with our friends and family and wanted our day to be about getting together, enjoying each others company with amazing food and drink and music.”
“We really wanted to create a retro, kitsch vibe to the whole wedding. I have always collected vintage knick knacks so we already had a stock pile of things we could use for décor. We really wanted the day to be full of fun for our guests and have a laid-back atmosphere.”
The pair decided to host their wedding in France so they could have a family holiday at the same time! “Joe’s three siblings all got married abroad and as we such fond memories of these holidays we wanted to follow suit and combine a family holiday with our wedding”, she continued. “The venue we chose is a beautiful old farm in the countryside outside Toulouse where our family could stay and relax for a few days before the wedding. Everyone contributed to our big day.”
Any Back to the Future fan will know that October 21st, 2015 was a very special day. It’s the day that Doc and Marty went forward to in the second movie. As super-fans of the film, Sally and Jordan not only wanted to be married on this date, but they wanted their wedding to have a BTTF themed as well!
“We’re both massive fans of the film, and we always used to joke around saying if we ever got married that we’d get married on October 21st, 2015 and have a Back to the Future wedding”, said the bride. “So when Jordan proposed, it was automatically decided that it’s what we would do!”
They had it all – a Delorean, a ‘Welcome to Hill Valley’ sign, a chalkboard table plan, and so much more! “Of course we had to have a Delorean, and the night ended with a band called Outatime playing! I walked down the aisle to a recording of the main theme tune played on string quartet.
When signing the register, Huey Lewis, Power of Love was playing.”
Raisa and Maite, two creative and edgy girls from Holland and Germany, were married outside in August. “The overall theme was a vintage and ’til death do us part,” they said. “We also had touches of a festival theme and lot of skulls and skeletons in all the props, stationery and on the cakes. We tried to make it as colourful and fun as possible. Maite has a thing for skeletons and skulls, and Raisa loves festivals and the circus so we wanted to mesh the two together.”
“Our wedding was so special because we made so much of it ourselves. The wedding was very personal and not only for us, but also for our guests. One of our favourite things was ‘the great wedding bake off’ which was a huge success. We only expected a few people to bring cakes as many of our guests had to travel a long way, but I think we ended up with at least 15 of them!”
Amy and Ryan wanted a sweet, nostalgic and happy wedding. They were married at Star Hill Ranch in Austin, in March. “I originally wanted a ceremony at our house, but there was no way we could ﬁt everyone, so we brought elements of our home to the venue”, Amy said. “We both love mid-century ascetics, but didn’t want it to be too kitschy or overdone. One guest described it as ‘if Wes Anderson remade Steel Magnolias’ which is a fantastic compliment if not just a really, really good idea.”
“Our décor was a combination of handmade projects, beloved items from our own home and items provided by family. Our taxidermy weasel on our sweetheart table was actually what Ryan proposed to me with… long story! My mom even made us a piñata for guests to drop in their well-wishes. All of the paper ﬂowers in the décor were made by Ryan, my mom, her students and myself. The ﬂowers in my bouquet were picked up that morning at Whole Foods and beautifully thrown together.”
Prepare to get your swoon on with Karly and Geoffrey’s adorable vintage influenced wedding. “Geoffrey and I had both been sent to the tiny coastal town of Prince Rupert, BC for work”, Karly explained when I asked her how they met. “We were set up on a blind date in the fall of 2012 by a mutual friend. Six months later we were shopping for a house together. I was a bit of a hippie wild child and never would’ve seen myself ending up with a policeman, but he is just so wonderful and we fell in love so quickly and easily. We got engaged in January 2014.”
The wedding was held at the Prince Arthur Hotel in Thunder Bay, Ontario. “There was never any question that we’d have the wedding in Thunder Bay, where I grew up. It’s where my maternal grandparents, my Oma and Opa, still live and they have always been a huge part of my life. I grew up in the same house with them. My brother and sister and I never had babysitters or daycare, we just had Oma and Opa. I’ve always been super close with them and they are really my second set of parents. My Opa had a degenerative muscular disease called myasthenia gravis that affected his walking and balance, so he couldn’t travel easily. Hence the wedding in Thunder Bay even though about 90% of our guests had to travel to be there.”
Elvis’ Blue Hawaii mixed with a little Endless Summer and a touch of Mad Men inspired Candice and Charlie’s San Diego wedding. They wanted their wedding to feel like a retro beach party and their venue, The Pearl Hotel, was the perfect setting for this.
“Our intention the entire time was to throw the best celebration of love, ever“, said Candice. “We wanted it to be a party, not some stuffy wedding. People ate, drank, danced, laughed, and partied all night. We aren’t really the type to follow the typical wedding do’s and don’ts, so we had a surfboard for a guest book, the flower vases on the tables were made from pineapples, and of course the Mr. and Mrs. Signature drinks. We had the movies Blue Hawaii and Endless Summer playing throughout the night for fun. Oh and a hula-hoop came out at some point!”