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).”
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.”
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!
“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.”
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!)”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Emma and Rikki had a lunchtime wedding. They were married at 10am and their reception kicked off right after. The ceremony was held at Eskdale War Memorial Church and their reception at The Old Church Restaurant and Bar in Napier, New Zealand. They day had a subtle vintage theme with the bride wearing a headpiece that had been her mother’s and little vintage touches throughout the reception décor.
“I was really in love with the vintage and rustic wedding themes, but I didn’t want my wedding to be an exact replica of other bride’s day”, wrote Emma. “I wanted our wedding to still be beautiful but still have the charm and personality of our individual tastes. I think by making it a day event helped our wedding to be more relaxed. We never wanted an overly ‘styled’ celebration or looked like we had tried too hard to fit into a theme that was never really ‘us’. I tried to keep this ideal in mind when I had my consultations with my vendors.”
It’s not often I get to feature such grand weddings, but that doesn’t mean my heart didn’t skip a beat when I laid eyes on Christina and Richard’s epic Eastnor Castle celebration. Three wedding dresses, a custom Choccywoccydoodah cake, elaborate vintage styling and an impressive fireworks display really made this a wedding to remember!
“Vintage weddings are so popular these days but both myself and Richard have a love for 1940s music and lindy-hop dancing so decided this was the perfect theme for us”, Christina began. “We had a 1940s vintage theme with a touch of 1930s in the wedding attire for bride and groom, and vintage Hollywood style over dinner. We kept the details of the day secret from most guests, so the element of surprise as lots of different things happened throughout the day kept guests excited and entertained. The fireworks reflecting over the lake was the winning highlight for the guests as well as an extra hog roast as second dinner.”
Sometime late last Summer I strolled into my favourite wedding boutique to visit my friends, Laura & Emma, who own it. Whenever I’m in central London I always pop into Fur Coat No Knickers to see their latest pretty vintage wedding dresses, to drink some Cava and to catch up on all the latest gossip. But this fateful day in August was different. I was greeted at the door with squeals from Laura, “I’m engaged! Tom Proposed last week!” she shrieked. More Cava was popped and we started to discuss all things wedding – but this time not other people’s – hers!
Working in with wedding industry, Laura had quite a good idea about what she did – and did not – want for their March wedding. She knew Emma Case was the girl to shoot it and that obviously she’d be wearing a dress from Fur Coat No Knickers. She also knew they wanted something casual, low-key, fun and stress-free.
“To Have Emma Case to snap our big day was amazing”, Laura began. “She and husband Pete are so cool and so chilled and they capture everything. They are like two little meerkats popping up and down throughout the day and they are such a laugh. We love our photos so so much. The photo shoot bit of the day was awesome fun and they made us play lots of games to keep us relaxed. I loved this part of the day because Tom & I got to spend some time together. Emma & Pete made us feel so comfortable and it was so fun. I can’t recommend them enough. They totally rocked our day.”
With a lifelong appreciation for classic vintage styling, a beautifully restored 1935 jazz club was clearly the perfect setting for Rebecca & Scott’s Detroit wedding.
“When we found Cliff Bells we knew we had to get married there”, wrote the bride. “When choosing decor items, we were also careful careful to choose things that complimented the vintage vibe of the venue. We didn’t want the décor to be too loud or overwhelming. My original design inspiration was the redesigned F. Scott Fitzgerald book covers by Coralie Bickford-Smith.”
“The largest DIY project we took on for the wedding was building the chuppah”, she continued. “We were incredibly lucky to have the help of my husband’s talented father for this project. In the center of the chuppah we hung mason jars with candles inside them. My goal was to make it look like we were getting married under the stars in the dark venue. We decided to make all of our wedding favors ourselves. Two nights before the wedding we made 300 bottles of ginger and strawberry simple syrup in our little apartment kitchen. It took about 12 hours, and our apartment smelled like sugar for weeks afterwards, but it felt great to give our guest something we truly put a lot of love in! Another (simple) DIY project we did was creating a custom drink menu for our wedding with drinks and quotes from 1930s era cocktail books.”
Doesn’t John & Aggie’s wedding looks like it’s stepped right out of the 1920s? I don’t think I’ve ever seen an era executed quite so well in a real wedding of late. I am in awe! The wedding was held at the The Plaza Super Cinema & Variety Theatre in Stockport. The original art deco architecture and features remain which made it the perfect venue for their day. “Our venue was excellent value as the entire cinema including tea rooms can be hired for only £700”, explained the bride. “Their three course meal started at only £15 per head too. Plus it was great to support such a wonderful art deco gem that has been lovingly restored!”
“I have always been captivated by and idolised the 1920s it may have something to do with my namesake (Agatha Christie) but I just love anything art deco the geometric lines and silhouettes”, Aggie continued. “John and I got engaged in Marrakech on New Year’s eve 2011 and originally I had always said that I would run away and get married somewhere exotic on a beach and have a very simple wedding. But we soon realised that our families would be disappointed if we did this and that elderly relatives wouldn’t be able to join us. For a Valentine’s treat I dedicated to book us tickets at the Plaza cinema for a dinner and to then watch the designated valentines movie ‘an affair to remember’. I’d always loved the Plaza since we discovers it year or so ago and we would occasionally pop in for afternoon tea in the tearooms. Seeing the Plaza at the Valentine’s night all decked out and with the lights a warm red made us think perhaps we could have our wedding there. We decided to track down Ted, the General manager, that night to enquire about the venue. Ted and his team were just brilliant with helping us to arrange the order of events and how things would work. They only had two dates remaining for the whole of 2012 – one in August which was already another of our friends’ wedding dates and the other which was Sunday 8th July – just four months away! We took it and decided that we had better get planning!”
The New South Wales wedding of Nat & Michael was full of quirky touches – starting with the bride’s awesome pink & blue locks and 1930s wedding dress of course!
“We really wanted to keep our wedding cool, calm and casual without missing out of a bit of glam and class!” the bride told me. “We stuck with the motto ‘Our day, our way’ and tried to make sure that it was just a bunch of fun for everyone. I was the boss of planning, but that didn’t mean that Michael wasn’t represented- I’ve been to plenty of weddings where it feels like the groom didn’t get his say and we talked everything over and came to a consensus. Really the whole planning process was a breeze because I stayed really calm about everything and just let things happen naturally. There was only one ‘freak out’ moment in the whole year and a half we were engaged and that was about the boy’s suits, they very nearly ended up without any because we had a hard time finding something that suited everyone. Everything just fell in to place, and I think it was because we didn’t get our heart too set on anything and just went with the flow.”
“We’re far from ‘traditional’ people, but we kept some of the elements of a traditional wedding”, she continued. “This seemed to confuse a lot of people. We’re not practicing Catholics but many members of our family are and it certainly wasn’t going to rub us the wrong way to have our wedding in the church where we went to primary school together – not to mention it is a beautiful setting. The priest is actually my uncle, so that made it a bit more special.”
Ruby & Emmanuel’s sweet wedding took place on a private residence in Adelaide. The bride wore a 1930s vintage wedding gown with a vintage headpiece. Even her bridesmaids wore vintage dresses.
The couple locally sourced things where they could including the food their served and the flowers the used to decorate the marquee. The bride’s sister made all their stationery and paper goods. The wedding was a really personal and intimate affair. “Our focus was really just on our family,” the bride explained. “We handcrafted our wedding with, of course, some true vintage touches.”