Seventies Inspired Barn Wedding

Lou White Photography

July 6, 2023

Robbie and Verity’s wedding was a vibrant blend of retro aesthetics, personal touches, and a whole lot of love. Their theme evolved organically, embracing a 70s-inspired vibe with a retro colour palette of burnt oranges, pinks and greens.

“As we talked about the kind of aesthetic we liked and wanted, it slowly became more and more 70s inspired”, Verity shared, “Each element sort of became inspiration in its own right. The venue was a very rustic barn so that inspired the décor choices, mixing in the colour palette and 70s disco balls. I’m also a huge Halloween fan so wanted to incorporate pumpkins into the autumnal displays… which was perfect seen as orange was a recurring colour.”

They strayed away from traditional norms as much as possible, creating a celebration that felt like an extension of themselves. They ignored gender rules and traditions by both having a mixed wedding parties, and the bride’s mum walked her down the aisle and gave a speech.

The ceremony was a heartfelt affair filled with meaningful music choices. Robbie had his own entrance song, Have a Little Faith by John Hiatt, setting the tone for the procession of bridesmaids and groomsmen. Verity then walked down the aisle to Elton John’s Tiny Dancer. One of Verity’s all-time favourites, My Girl, then played for their recessional which led into Ain’t No Mountain by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and then Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys.

At the reception, guests were entertained by the photo booth and temporary tattoo station (made from flash designed by a tattoo artist friend). The mix of music, with friends taking on DJ duties, and the addition of pyrotechnics, kept the party going strong. The rock and emo set towards the end of the night was particularly popular!

When it came to wedding planning, the couple quickly realised the amount of time and effort it requires. Despite Robbie’s background as an event planner, they found themselves fully immersed in the process. They took on every task themselves, from designing invitations to creating aesthetics, installing lighting rigs, and even setting up tables.

Verity candidly admitted, “We knew it was a lot of work, but the reality was another level to what we expected. We made all the copper pipe table number holders ourselves and designed all the printed elements such as table numbers, seating plans and place cards. We also built some arched screens to stand on the ceremony stage area. Due to the DJ booth being in same spot later on, we used these to disguise all the tech during the ceremony.”

When asked about their favourite parts of the day, the couple highlighted the ceremony, speeches and first dance. The love and energy in the room were palpable at all these moments. “The speeches were such a stand out moment”, Verity remembered. “We wanted to even the field a bit on both sides, so Robbie gave the initial speech, followed by my mum and then the groomsmaid of honour, Stasia. After the food, we then had one of my bridesmaids, Laur, and the best men / Robbie’s brothers, Jack and Dan. They were all hilarious and very sentimental.”