The inspiration for their wedding was a passion for all things vintage and retro, a love of fantasy and their amazing venue, Preston Court in Kent, which came complete with a vintage carousel! They had a traditional church ceremony followed by an afternoon tea reception.
“We became Mr & Mrs Parnham on Thursday 28th July 2016”, said the bride. “We said our vows in a beautiful quaint church and spent a splendid afternoon and evening exploring old steam trains, having numerous rides on a carousel and dancing away the night to our vintage vinyl DJ.”
Allison and Brad described their wedding theme as ‘eclectic, vintage and fun’ with a focus on DIY. Most of their wedding elements were crafted, borrowed, gifted, or thrifted, which added to the vintage feel. They originally chose hot pink for their colour scheme (Brad’s favourite colour), but then decided to have ALL the pinks, plus neutrals, navy blues and midnight blues.
They also wanted to honour Allison’s late mother in as many ways as possible, “Much of the inspiration came from trying to honour my late mother, who died in 2009, only four months before Brad and I met. From her old buttons that I used to make the boutonnieres and bouquets, to the brass candlesticks like the ones she used to collect, to sewing her old heart-shaped locket onto the lining of my dress over my heart.”
The couple did a lot of DIY projects, with help from family and friends, “We made the bouquets, my hair piece, the boutonnieres, the bridesmaids’ flower hair pins and most of the decor (table runners, ribbon garlands, table numbers and signs). We also wrote the content for the favours (recipe books of our favourite recipes) and spray-painted the centrepieces which were thrifted sport trophies. Our friend who’s a metalsmith made our wedding rings, one of my bridesmaids made all the ice cream and sauces for the ice cream buffet, my sister-in-law made the marquee letters, and another friend made the sash and bow on my dress!”
If there’s one thing I hope reading Rock n Roll Bride has taught you, it’s that you don’t need to spend all your savings to have a fantastic wedding. Starting off married life with a mountain of debt is no fun for anyone which I why I was thrilled to be submitted this retro bridal shoot using vintage dresses that all cost less than £40 each!
Stylist Ines of Wedding Bazaar Vienna told me, “You don’t always need a new dress to achieve a stunning look and that was the idea behind this photo shoot. All the dresses we used were second-hand and sourced on the internet for less then £40, or they were lent by friends.”