Handcrafted Retro Wedding: Elizabeth & David


Elizabeth and David’s gorgeous May wedding was held atย One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow. They wanted a simple day but one that they could put their own stamp on. Graphic designer Elizabeth handmade a lot of the details.

“All we were really set on was having a nice, light, fresh feel to everything”, began the bride. “I was desperate to get our love of movies in there, so we had the tables named after our favourite movie characters. We hired the townhouse for the wedding which effectively allowed us to have a large house party.”


“The biggest thing was making sure I could design or create as much of the wedding as humanly possible. I designed the invitations, bird seed pouches, personalized handkerchiefs for everyone, and hand-painted animal favours and CDs for guests to take home. There was lots of card and white & silver spray paint involved! We had a lot of whisky and cigars, there was also a TV set up in the bar with the football on (I’m told it was an important game).”


“Doing the handkerchiefs were really satisfying”, she continued. “I bought cheap floral handkerchiefs from eBay and then I bought iron-on transfer paper. I designed a different set for each table based on their table, so if you were sitting at the Lebowski table, you got one with the words ‘I’m the Dude, so that’s what you call me.’ Then I made special ones for the wedding party.”


“The animals were trickier than I thought, but then I discovered the silver spray paint which was a lot easier than the matte white paint. The bird seed bags were probably the most inexpensive as I bought the 50 pouches from Tesco for under ยฃ1 and a large bag of birdseed for a ยฃ6. The rest was time spent on printing. There was A LOT of printing involved.”


“My favourite moment was definitely the kiss!” she giggled. “Purely because of the look on David’s face when I burst out laughing after I saw my lipstick all over his mouth. His cheeks were just as red!ย One of most ‘us’ moments was the last dance, we had everyone bouncing along to Dueling Banjos, which was a song that they used to play in the student union on a Friday night, where we would all jump about care-free. It is not for the faint-hearted though, I was almost bounced right in to the fireplace by one of David’s friends, and as I had taken off my shoes for most of the wedding, my feet were terrified and sore.”




  1. That dress is beyond perfect on Elizabeth. And with her veil down – breath taking. Love the balloons – I am a sucker for balloons. Beautiful wedding and great images from Claudia.

  2. The most special day and the most special collection of photos of my life. Truly an amazing job by Claudia. Thanks so much everyone.

  3. Absolutely adore this wedding. Love the handcrafted retro theme! Quite the awesome-ness! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the use of little birdies everywhere, like in the wedding stationery (I figure it was used in the wedding invitations too).. also love the little text with the handkerchief! Made me giggle! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. I love the spray painted plastic birds, totally awesome – wish I could somehow shoehorn them into our big day…hmmm I wonder what they would look like in metallic coral??

  5. Algarve Bride 2015

    Inspirational album, truly beautiful day portrayed by superb photography.

  6. Clare O'Donnell

    Hi there,

    So impressed by your pics – looks like an amazing day! Fantastic attention to detail and excellent photography. We are getting married at devonshire at the end of January and are wondering where you are for some of these shots – looking for inspiration for near by locations for photos. Thanks very much! ๐Ÿ™‚



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