Emily and Steve wanted to incorporate lots of things they both love into their wedding. The day ended up being vintage-inspired, nautical, nerdy, cat themed!
“I saw a picture of Steve on a popular website about a year before we met. It was a funny photo of him pretending to cook a ginger cat in a frying pan and, as a fan of cute men and ginger cats, I saved the image to my hard drive”, Emily explained. “About a year later I was browsing a dating website and saw the same image as a profile picture of a young man that lived in the same city a couple of suburbs over. We started chatting and eventually met up at a small local craft beer bar and I guess we really hit it off because here we are.”
The bride made her own blue wedding dress which she wore with family heirloom earnings. “We’re pretty frugal, low-key people and wanted this reflected in the kind of wedding we chose”, she continued. “I kind of wanted an Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face vibe with my bridal look. I looked at so many pictures of vintage wedding gowns before I came up with a design I liked. We had been to lots of weddings during our engagement and we were always picking up ideas and tips. And I got a lot of inspiration from Rock n Roll Bride too!”
Simone and Thomas were married at Mofo Lounge in Melbourne. The venue is decorated in a Moroccan theme so this set the tone for the wedding. The couple had a small budget so didn’t want to fuss around too much with extra décor or details.
“The actual inspiration for our wedding was everyone else and all the ‘When are you finally getting married?’ questions!” the bride laughed. “Because we like to have fun, we thought let’s just do it! Our theme was based around our venue, but it also had a bit of a vintage Hollywood influence with my dress.”
The bride’s dress was vintage and cost her just $380 including alterations. She bought her bouquet the day before when she saw it, already made up, for $20 in a florist’s shop window!
“Instead of a cake we had a lolly bar and chocolate fountain with fruit and Turkish delight. Our extra décor was simple. We had lolly tins for the party favours. We didn’t have to do anything with the venue because it was already decorated so well. It’s the only venue we physically looked at and we knew it was the one.”
Victoria and Matthias were married in in Braunschweig, Germany. Their wedding had a distinctive 1960s vibe to it. “We had peachy, cream and gold colours”, the bride said. “Our inspiration was the fashion and music from the early 60s, as well as scenes from The Virgin Suicides. I especially the colours used in the film and the homecoming scene. I also looked at actual wedding pictures from the 50s and 60s. I particularly love Priscilla Presley’s wedding day look!”
Victoria wore a short wedding dress with polka dots on and a homemade veil. “My veil was made by my mom”, she explained. “We ordered some extra dotted tulle (the same one that the dress was made of). Our inspiration was authentic vintage veils. I also made the wedding cake myself. I love to bake so I thought it would be more personal to make my own. As wedding favours I made peach jam.”
Missy and Dave flew over to Las Vegas for the wedding and had a reception for all their friends and family back home in the UK afterwards.
“We rolled with the vintage Vegas theme”, said the bride. “We wanted the wedding to be very much about just the two of us and Vegas seemed like the ideal place! It suited our personalities as two professional performers and was just the right amount of kitsch for our personal tastes! We made our invites a very loose open invite to Vegas (but with no expectations at all!) and were delighted that 16 friends and family decided to make the journey to be with us on our big day. We then welcomed 100 friends and family to our reception on our return to the UK two weeks later.”
The bride wore a genuine 1950s dress with the groom representing his punk roots with a tartan suit! “Dave is the drummer in heavy metal band Reign of Fury. We met while both working on tour with punk band The Damned (me dancer, him drum tech) in 2007. Dave proposed live on stage during one of my curtain calls.”
Victoria and Alan were originally planning to marry in June. However after organising everything for a year, Victoria fell pregnant so decided to push back to October, after their son had been born.
The wedding took place in a village hall in central Fife, Scotland. “We’d originally planned a big castle wedding”, the bride began. “However once I fell pregnant and we pushed the day back, we decided to scale everything back and spend less. The last thing we wanted to do was worry about the costs. After all we now had a new born to look after! We ended up in a village hall having a BYOB (bring your own booze!) party.”
“I’d say the theme was a bit vintage, rustic and inspired by the WW1 era”, she continued. “I looked online for ideas, searching for how they might have styled their weddings in 1914. We wanted to give our day a modern twist too though.”
Wanting a simple, relaxed and family-focused wedding, Suzanne and Jonathan used the 1950s as inspiration but put their own twist on things. They had a church ceremony followed by a village hall reception.
“We wanted our wedding to be a relaxed and memorable day”, said the bride. “I think we achieved just that. We did away with a few of the traditional wedding formalities that we didn’t care for such as having no prepared speeches, no receiving line and no white wedding dress. We also decided against a cake very early on and opted for a brownie stack instead. We had five scrummy flavours made by our caterers. We just wanted everyone to relax, have fun and not sit around and wait for things to happen. We also wanted great food and for people to get up and dance.”
The bride wore a gorgeous blue Candy Anthony dress. “I’ve always known that I wasn’t a ‘white wedding dress’ kind of girl. I travelled down from Manchester to London for a one hour appointment at Candy Anthony. It was the only appointment I made because I was 99.9% positive that I’d find my perfect dress there. I was right. They made the whole experience amazing from start to finish. I decided on an aqua strapless dress with a matching polka dot overlay and green petticoat. I loved my dress so much, I didn’t want to take it off at the end of the night. Swishing around the dance floor was definitely one of my favourite moments of the day!”