Sarah & James’ Rockin’ Rockabilly Wedding


Sarah & James’ 1950’s rockabilly wedding was inspired by Sarah’s Grandparents who got married on September 12th 1953. “We wanted to get married as close to this date as we possibly could, hence the choice of 11th September 2010,” Sarah told me.  “My Grandparents celebrated their 57th Wedding anniversary the day after our wedding – the rose tattoo’s on my feet (by Sam Ricketts) have their names ‘Alice’ and ‘Mervyn’ in recognition of how special they are to me.”

“We were keen for the day to reflect our personalities,” continued the bride. “We chose a civil ceremony which was held at Pittville Pump Room, a Grade one listed building, as it is a big part of Cheltenham’s history, pumping the famous ‘spa water’ to the town (and it makes for some pretty awesome pictures!)  There was a ‘swallow’ theme running throughout (as I have swallow tattoos on my stomach) – As James is a Graphic Designer, he designed all of the wedding stationary for us – from invites, to place settings.  As wedding favours we decided on plectrums (which we ordered from the internet) as James is a guitarist, with the ‘swallow’ design and our names and the date on the back.”

“There was also a colour theme of red, black and white running throughout the day (as these are our favourite colours!) Rather than ‘table names’ we identified the tables with movie stars and singers from the era. From Marilyn Monroe, to Audrey Hepburn and Frank Sinatra.”

Sarah wore a ivory 1950’s style swing dress from Vivien of Holloway (her bridesmaid’s wore the same dresses in black or polkadots) and the new Vivienne Westwood Melissa shoes (eeek cherries!) Her hair was done in a rockabilly style, adorned with Diablo Jo’s handmade rockabilly accessories.

Thanks to Sarah & James and their photographer John for sharing this wedding with us today

Photography Credit: John Day Photography
Venue: Pittville Pump Room
Bride’s Dress: Vivien of Holloway
Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood
Bride’s Hair piece: Diablo Jo’s
Groom’s Outfit: Slater Menswear
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Vivien of Holloway
Flowers: Gather me flowers
Plecturm Favours: My Badges
1950’s Bentley:Barrington Chauffeur Service
Music: Juey (friend) and The 45’s


  1. Lovely – my favourite era and style of dress. The colour scheme suits the bride so well (in keeping with her hair colour!) It’s a lovely touch that they chose a date as close to her grandparent’s wedding anniversary as possible and I love the choice of famous 50s stars as table names. Beautiful!

  2. James

    AWESOME! Thanks for featuring our wedding Kat 🙂 Glad you like our pics and its great to have this page to share as a link to all our friends and everyone involved in the wedding!

  3. Lynn Pye Matheson

    What an awesome theme and the bride and groom looked suitably ‘fifties fantastic’.
    Lynn from Alberta, Canada

  4. kelly

    Great Wedding Guys!
    So Glad I could be there with you-
    one of the best styled weddings I have ever seen- and this website proves it!
    Congrats again- xx


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