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Rock n Roll Speakeasy Wedding

Musicians Terrianne and Don met when the bride auditioned for Don’s band nearly a decade ago. Their mutual love of music inspired their wedding, from the venue choice to the entertainment. They wanted something glamorous and special, a day that truly felt like them.

“I auditioned for his punk band nine years ago”, Terrianne explained. “We gigged around the country together and got really close. After six months we just ended up together. Like I wrote in my wedding vows to him, from the moment I met him in that audition room I knew I was going to end up with him, as corny as that may sound.”

The wedding was held on 29th December at The Earl of Doncaster, a really incredible venue decked out in an authentic art deco style to reflect its 1938 origins. The couple took this backdrop as the jumping off point for their theme and decorations. “My husband has always been a punk musician and I’ve always gone for the pin up jazz style”, Terrianne explained. “The best way for me to describe our wedding theme would probably be a Rock n Roll speakeasy with vintage glam Hollywood glam style.”

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1930s Inspired Wedding with Gold Accents & a £4000 Budget

Anneka and Stephen wanted a vintage inspired wedding after the bride picked out her stunning 1930s dress. They used gold accents everywhere, also inspired by what the bride wore. They also spent just £4000, wanting to prove with their wedding that you don’t have to spend a fortune to say “I do!”

“Its really hard to say what our theme was, but I’d picked myself an original vintage 1930s dress which had a gold hue to it so I also started choosing other gold bits”, began the bride. “I already knew I wanted my bridesmaids in black which meant I could put anything with it, so I just kept going with things I was drawn to and some how on the day it all tied in together.”

“The main inspiration for our wedding was Rock n Roll Bride magazine really… It made me realise that you don’t have to conform to the norm and it can be exactly how you want it to be. You don’t need to take advice from anyone just go with the flow.”

They decided to have an evening-only celebration (which is very unusual for a UK wedding) and their ceremony was in the late afternoon. “I guess the main thing that makes our wedding unique is the timings of the day”, she explained. “We decided to get married in the evening and go straight into the food and party. We didn’t want to have that awkward middle bit where everyone’s hanging around for hours making small talk and waiting for food.”

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1920s Jazz Inspired Wedding In Lithuania

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Kristina and Marijus were married for just €3750 in Lithuania. After a registry office ceremony they had an understated reception at Plieno Paukštis, a small restaurant in the old town of Vilnius.

“Since our wedding budget was virtually non-existent, at first we were planning to do a very small, modest wedding”, explained the bride. “But as we went along, we decided to add a bit of a ‘kick’ to this very important day. We both like antique and retro stuff so after short consideration we decided that a theme for our wedding has to be jazz (or 1920s and 30s art deco).”

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The bride wore a dress by Ghost with Rachel Simpson shoes and a headpiece which she designed herself. “Perhaps the one thing that sets our wedding apart from the norm is the fact that we were able to blend old with a new”, she continued. “Our transport for example was a true museum piece. The only operational 1930 DODGE Brothers 6 Sedan in Lithuania. It has been displayed in a Museum for 17 years and only recently bought by a local collector who decided to put this beauty back on the road.”

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Retro Wedding on Southend Pier: Eve & Dave

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Eve and Dave were married at the Royal Pavilion on Southend Pier. After fish n chips on the beach, their reception was held at The Arlington, an art deco style building. They wanted their wedding to reflect both their individual styles so a retro theme with gothic touches it was!

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“Our wedding was vintage glamour with a touch of gothic”, began Eve. ” I love the 1930s/40s and that Golden Age of Hollywood. I wanted my style and dress to reflect that. I modelled my dress on one from LA Confidential with some vintage touches with my shoes, headpiece and the flowers. Dave is a little more into the gothic look. He wore all black with small hints of his style with the bat buttons on his shirt down to his studded shoes. We both had no idea what each were wearing, and I feel that our outfits worked great next to each other. We wanted a blend of both of our personalities into the day, with a touch of quirkiness. From looking at beautiful photos that Sam took, I feel we captured a perfect blend of both of us.”

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Retro Cripps Barn Wedding: Carla & Chris

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Carla and Chris wanted their wedding to be a reflection of them but also to be laid back and enjoyable for their guests. They weren’t bothered about following tradition and mainly wanted to make sure that they threw one hell of  party!

“We hate the big white wedding and the whole cut-and-paste experience so we wanted to do something different”, began Carla. “No white wedding dress, no cutting of the cake, absolutely no bunting. Just us, relaxed and simple. I guess we set the scene when we sent out wedding invitations with a picture of two skeleton hands with their wedding rings on (till death do us part!)”

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The celebration was held at Cripps Barn, a converted barn. “I always wanted to get married in a cider orchard but after investigating we realised this would be tricky as we didn’t’t know anyone who owned one. Instead, we began to look at venues that were either in or near a woodland. We both immediately knew that Cripps Barn was going to be our wedding venue when we saw it for the first time. It was rustic, unpretentious, beautiful, in the middle of nowhere and we had the option to get married outside. And most importantly for Chris, they served hog roast! Perfect.”

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Bright, Quirky and Vintage Inspired Irish Wedding: Rowena & Cain

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Rowena and Cain were married in Dingle, Ireland. They only had €7000 to spend but still managed to create a gorgeous and meaningful day with a little imagination and a lot of elbow grease!

“Our theme was Dia de Los Muertos meets the Owl and the Pussycat”, explained the bride. “Bright, vintage, musical, quirky and memorable.  This theme ran throughout from the vintage style Save the Date cards complete with his ‘n hers skulls, the wedding invitations which were made from real 7inch records, the Sailor Jerry style wedding programme which had old style tattoos on it, the wedding cake and bridesmaids’ dresses. The reception tables had painted sugar skulls on with ladybird books, filled tea cups, birdcages and flowers in jars.”

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Rowena bought her dress second-hand from eBay and had it customised into a 1930 style. She fell in love with the dresses of that time period after watching one too many movies set in that era!

“In Ireland, weddings still tend to be quite traditional and never really deviate from each other”, she continued. “We wanted to have something different and therefore memorable, one of those weddings that stands out and looks like something from a film or from a magazine.  I decided early on that I would not follow any of the ‘rules’ that brides and grooms feel compelled to adhere to. I never went to any wedding shops, I didn’t have fresh flowers, we didn’t have a DJ or a first dance, there was no set seating and nobody gave me away. The whole day was very off the cuff yet totally relaxed.”

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