I am so EXCITED about sharing Josephine & Radney’s wedding today! I first met Filipino photographer Josephine Sicad when she submitted some of her own photographic work for features on Rock n Roll Bride and I was instantly smitten with her vintage aesthetic and beautiful and genuine portrayals of true love! So when she told me that she herself was getting married, I literally couldn’t wait to see the results….and I DIE at how fabulous they are!
The couple got married at Vistamar Boardwalk in Mactan Cebu City, right on the beach in a DIY heavy, eclectic vintage style wedding. Josephine in particular worked really hard to create something beautiful and unique for their nuptials. First up, Josephine crafted her own unusual bouquet from vintage necklaces with fabric flowers on them and a recycled egg beater (!) as the ‘stem’. She even used the left over beads and things from the necklaces in the centrepieces! She found this awesome bike pendant which she disassembled to craft Radney’s boutonniere. In keeping with the bicycle theme, the couple chose to ride to their reception on a bike instead of getting in a car – which they decorated themselves.
The invitations were created from their engagement photos, taken by a Josephine herself (I featured them here!) and were put together by her best friend Govinda. “I made the lay out for the rest of the invitation, while my husband doodled our wedding monogram (bride & groom on a bike)” Josephine explained. Instead of traditional favours, the couple gave vintage plates to their guests! It was a last minute idea that they put in because they fell in love with them and wanted to use them somehow!
Finally, the couple threw a “Best Vintage Attire” contest to help their guest get into the theme. ” We wanted to encourage them to wear as much as vintagey tones in line to our wedding theme,” Josephine explained. “At the end of the party, we awarded the best one with a vintage mini-jukebox radio I had bought. For the rest of the party, we threw out questions on ‘How will you know the Bride & Groom? And anyone who got an answer correct was allowed to pick any quirky item decorated from the centerpieces to take home.”
Dottie is dottie (!?!) about…erm…dots so that’s exactly the theme she wanted to go for in her wedding! She and JP were married at Christ the King Church in CA followed by a polka dot themed wedding at Elements Venue at the Ice House.
The bride (real name Amanda) wore a gorgeous Mori Lee dress, customised with a polka dot sash (and a polka dot garter!) which matched JP’s tie, made by Elmmies. The polka dot theme continued into the cake, the linens and even the groom’s socks!
“So Dottie loves polka dots to death & that’s how she picked up the nickname Dottie,” Christina, their photographer, told me. “They are a super fun & totally madly in love couple that know how to live life to the fullest! We LOVE all of their fun faces & big smiles! Not to mention they’re epic style. They are the happiest, nicest couple around. They’re the type of people that can make you laugh until your belly hurts & horchata comes out your nose & ohmygosh, the reception was filled with tons of the best goodies that life has to offer. They spent their honeymoon at the happiest place on earth…but of course, DISNEYLAND!”
Rennie & Joe are the coolest. The couple, who have known each other for 19 years and were first loves, still felt marriage was important to them even after all that time. “Most would think that it must be boring to marry after such a long time and that we might just be going through the motions,” Rennie told me. “On the contrary, our decision to marry was not because we felt we “had to” – we decided to marry after all this time because we are more madly in love than ever and still best friends. We created our ceremony around our wishes to deepen our commitment to each other and profess our love in the presence of those who are most important to us.”
The couple both adore all things vintage and so they fashioned their wedding around this vibe, with an edge of Rock n Roll to suit their quirkly style. They did a lot of the wedding design themselves too. “Joe bought a nice suit and had the entire thing re-cut to look like a mod 1960’s suit,” continued the bride. “I ended up making my dress from a vintage pattern, as well as three flower-girl dresses. We emptied flea market vendors of their milk-glass and record selections (don’t worry – we only chose the records that were too scuffed to play!!) to make the table decorations. It was a lot of work, but we loved all of it… it was wonderful to have so much control over our plans.”
“Joe was very good about participating in the plans – he definitely had a vision for the wedding. Our ‘get-away-car’ was a 1973 Norton Commando, which he spent the past two years restoring. Music was especially important to both of us – we had an incredible mix of soul, rock n’ roll, punk, old country (it is Nashville, after all) and reggae from our own personal record collection.”
“Joe and I walked down the aisle together – I’m close to my Dad, but at 30 years old, I am definitely my own woman. We chose Otis Redding’s “That’s How Strong My Love Is” because it has a lot of significance in our relationship. I would not have predicted myself to be a crier, but when we began our walk down the isle, I just bawled. In fact, about half of our guests cried tears of joy right along with me, so at least I wasn’t alone!”
“Because most of our guests came from several hundred miles away, I wanted to spend as much time with them as possible. With that in mind, we hired help for the perishable portion of the wedding. Our caterer took care of everyone (vegan, veggie and gluten-allergic guests) and our baker made unbelievable vegan & gluten-free cupcakes. The florist did a lovely job using locally grown, seasonal flowers.”