Heather & Jonathan got married at Southampton Civic Centre, followed by a reception at The Art House Gallery Café. They chose this venue as it’s ethos ran true with them and the style of wedding they wanted. “The Art House Gallery Café is a volunteer run, multi-disciplinary arts venue and café in the heart of Southampton’s evolving cultural quarter. We are a welcoming, vibrant and quirky community space serving delicious, organic food and drink in inspiring surroundings” they say. They also only served vegetarian food which suited the couple perfectly.
I am a little bit over excited about featuring Danielle & Carl’s vintage wedding today. As soon as I laid eyes on her amazing dress I knew this wedding was going to be incredible… and you know what? I was right!
The couple, who met at school, got married in June at St Peter’s Church in Doddington, Lincolnshire. A 1950’s vintage theme was really important to the couple as it really reflected their everyday style. “Having been to a few ‘traditional’ weddings, as soon as we started to plan our wedding, we knew that we wanted to do things differently,” Danielle told me. “We wanted every part of our wedding to be personal to us, and be able to show our personalities. We didn’t just want to do something because it was the way people usually do things at weddings, we wanted to put our stamp on it. We both love all things vintage, particularly the era of the 50’s and 60’s, after all, our first car was a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle. For this reason, having a vintage rock ‘n’ roll 50’s style wedding just seemed to come naturally to us. Our inspiration came out of our love not only for the 50’s fashion, but the music and the whole lifestyle. Having a dancing vicar was not something we planned but that was an added bonus!”
Danielle found her ridiculously gorgeous 1950’s dress at Love Miss Daisy and it was actually the only dress she tried on! “Searching for dresses was about the first thing that I did – I knew I wanted a 1950’s style dress, and so I started searching the internet” she told me. “The minute I saw this dress on Love Miss Daisy’s website, I fell in love with it. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to squeeze into it, but I just had to go and see it to find out! March 1st 2009, 15 months before our wedding day, I got my mum and my two sisters, and we took a trip to Love Miss Daisy to find out if the dress would fit. It was the first dress that I tried on, and it fitted as though it was just meant to be. I couldn’t believe it, I just fell in love with it, it was perfect!” She accessories with Vivienne Westwood shoes (bought for her by Carl) and jewellery and a birdcage veil made especially to match her dress by Kiss Curl.
Carl made just as much effort in a ruffled Vivienne Westwood shirt and a 1930’s tailcoat that he found on eBay. With this he wore black & white brogues and a vintage top hat.
The reception took place at Lincoln County Assembly Rooms, an Eighteenth Century building, in the historic Bailgate area of Lincoln. The couple DIY’ed as much as they could including the save the dates, invitations, church decor, confetti cones, all the reception decor and centrepieces, place names and table names. They chose not to have too many real flowers and only had a small selection as part of the centrepieces.
Rather than carry real flowers, Danielle and her bridesmaids had button bouquets made by Liza at Letters4Lilly. “She’s based in Australia and I happened to find her on etsy,” said Danielle. “I thought button bouquets were the perfect alternative to real flowers, because it meant that we each got to keep something special from the wedding day that can hopefully be passed throughout our families in years to come. Each of the bouquets were completely unique with the bridesmaids initial in a diamante letter on each bouquet. The best part of the bouquets was the fact that we could add something personal to them if we wanted to, and one of our bridesmaids chose to have her grannies thimble attached the bouquet, and I was able to have my grannies hatpin placed right next to the “I do” button.”
Gloomy and grey weather doesn’t have to spell disaster for your wedding day – and in actual fact I think the darker atmosphere and evening-only event worked perfectly for Sarah & Matt’s gothic-inspired wedding!
The wedding took place at Riverlife, an outdoor activity centre in Brisbane which also has a number of gorgeous venues, perfect for a wedding! The evening event started with pre-ceremony drinks and canapes for the guests. “We’ve been told that our absence at the start really added to the atmosphere, especially with our DIY decorations adorning the venue,” said Sarah when I asked about their idea behind this. “Neither of us were at the venue when the event started. We arrived after the guests had an hour of canapes. While the guests were awaiting our arrival, the decorations served as a talking point, and since they could see that we’d gone to so much effort on the tables, it added to their anticipation to see our outfits and everything else that was to follow.”
The couple chose to DIY a lot of the wedding, not necessarily to save money but to make it personal. “It’s important to be able to look back at what you did for your wedding proudly and without regret,” Sarah told me. “What really sticks out for us is that the event really reflected our personalities and our relationship. And that’s mainly due to the DIY elements.”
The couple made each other’s rings. Sarah also made her own fascinator and all the flowers, boutonnières, favours, centrepiece and stationary. They also chose to omit things they didn’t feel were important to them, for example the transport (they got the ferry!) a videographer and the cake, “We didn’t feel we needed one – a dessert option available with our meal appealed to us enough. It was Death by Chocolate!”
Sarah & Jonathan found the perfect photographer to capture their modern London wedding though Rock n Roll Bride so I was over the moon when Annamarie Stepney asked if I’d like to feature their wedding!
The couple chose to have their wedding in their local borough of Islington, North London as they both felt it was very important to support their local businesses and friends. “The fact the venue and all suppliers were local in Angel was very important to us and this is why we chose them. Jonathan’s business and our lives in Islington are important and it was all about a sense of community. We also wanted a relaxed inclusive wedding, but not casual. We involved as many people as we could with 18 ushers and bridesmaids altogether, four readers and roles for everyone individually. We have been together for 9 years and have many great friends together who we wanted to be very involved.”
The wedding took place in August at St Johns church Duncan Terrace, London and was followed by a super cool drinks and canapes reception at The Breakfast Club in Angel. “The bar is one of Jonathan’s favourites and is round the corner from the church on the pretty Camden Passage,” Sarah told me. “This was great because the local businesses who supplied the wedding could join in, including the dressmaker! We served our favourite homemade scotch eggs, mojitos, champagne and also other retro treats.”
The main reception was then held up the road at a gastropub The Canonbury, a large beautiful old English pub with a huge garden on a quiet square in the best residential area in Islington. “In the pub we had a pretty raj tent with comfy lounge chairs and the cake was also on display,” continued the bride. “Most importantly we lead a walk with the wedding party and anyone else who could manage it from The Breakfast Club straight up Upper street to The Canonbury. Everyone else took the green Route-master bus.”
Sarah had her dress, veil and acessories made by local dressmaker Jacqueline Byrne. “She makes beautiful vintage styled dresses and wedding accessories,” exlained Sarah. “After trying on a few off the peg disasters (quite hard because I am just over 6ft tall) it was a no brainer to with her. Basically she got to know me and my sisters and Mum and found out about the wedding and gradually designed a dress together that evolved as it was made, that was so fun and she really knows what she is doing but at the same time the dress can be really personalised too. We were still working on right up u to, 2 days before. She also made my vintage veil and 20s hair band, she even beaded my cardigan which is didn’t need because it was such a balmy hot day hot the end. She also makes dresses for the princess Ann and she a real pleasure to work with!”
Rachel & Dale may have got married in Vegas first, but having a goth perfect UK wedding was also very important to them. The couple, who’s outrageous punk rock engagement session I featured back in July, told me all about their awesome wedding, both here and in Viva Las Vegas! Rock music, choreographed lights, smoke machines and dry icewere what was required for this fabulously theatrical wedding!
“We knew we didn’t want a conventional wedding, not being exactly a conventional couple so we eloped to Las Vegas in August and had Elvis do the deed for us,” Rachel told me. “We only told a few people we were going. We had a fantastic few days in Vegas then hired a convertible Mustang and drove through Death Valley and across Yosemite National Park – including having to sleep in the car one night, not easy for a 6 foot tall groom! Although my wedding dress made a surprisingly comfy pillow.”
“We drove through to San Francisco and stayed for a week. While we were there we popped into the PictureMachine (a very fine tattoo establishment) and Dale got an appointment set up for some new ink. The card in his top hat was the business card from his tattoo man (on the back it says $40 deposit paid – Dale and Wife!!) He got an awesome tat, complete with Highway 101 sign and a desert scene, surrounded by an old wild west border and a couple of wedding rings to finish it off. Love it!”
“The UK wedding was totally unofficial, not even a civil ceremony. It was for our friends and family to see us “married” in our ideal perfect way. So, we took a stroll around Kirkstall Abbey last year and joked about how cool it would be to get married there…and then it started! We got prices from the Abbey (ludicrously cheap to hire) and the whole thing grew arms and legs all by itself! The lights, fog, music, shrubbery…we had an insanely theatrical wedding with a rock music soundtrack to boot.”
“Dale swaggered down the aisle to the Ecstasy of Gold by Metallica, I came in to Yellowcard’s You and Me and One Spotlight. Both songs complete with dry ice and choreographed lighting. My friend Belinda was our officiant (the funniest girl I know, she dressed up as a geeky priest for the occasion and even sang Nana Mouskouri halfway through the ceremony!) Dale’s daughter was his Best Woman and my oldest friend Louise was my bridesmaid, dressed in black with fab red shoes and not a hint of a puffy sleeve in sight.”
“We had about 45 guests for the whole thing, everyone said it was the coolest wedding they’d ever been to and had never seen anything quite like it! We all hopped on an old red route-master double decker bus to take us to the reception where we got royally pissed and danced like idiots all night. No cheesy tunes were played and we rocked out to NOFX, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Jam, Queen, ACDC, Green Day (and a bit of Bon Jovi for the laydees! Much to Dale’s displeasure!) It was freaking awesome!!”
James & Kassie got married at Casa Blanca on Brushy Creek, Texas in an “earthy-vintage” themed wedding. The couple chose their venue because they felt it completely reflected the vibe they wanted for their day. “The outside ceremony site, decks for guests to hang out, trees everywhere…..it was just perfect,” began the bride. ” The venue allowed for simple accents and decorations, which was just what I wanted. The colors were bright and happy, however allowed for that earthy theme to mix right in. Down our aisle I had 1 ½ – 2ft tree trunks set along each side, with simple vintage bottles and daisy’s just to add the earthy-vintage flare. Our archway was designed with lilies and shells, with vines and curly willow, which added that perfect backdrop for our quick ceremony.”
Without a massive budget, Kassie had to work extra hard to perfect her bridal look. “I was on the hunt for a vintage tea length wedding dress and most of the gorgeous dresses were out of my price range as they were couture. But Melange Bridal went far and beyond to help me find a dress that was close to what I wanted and helped me visualize what the dress could become with some minor alterations. Kassie wore a tea-length dress from Melange Bridal, shoes from Aldo (which she found for 90% off!) and jewellery from the fantastic and affordable boutique store called Charming Charlie’s.