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A British Wartime Wedding: Lisa & Ric

After a church ceremony at St Peter’s & St Paul’s Church in Hampshire, Lisa & Ric had a very British wartime themed wedding at Broad Half Penny Down Cricket Club, Hampshire  – the world’s oldest cricket club.

“Life never goes the way you plan it,” the bride wrote. “I always dreamt of finishing uni, finding love, getting married and starting a family. The conventional family – we are not! I am 12 years younger than Ric, and also about 12 inches taller! Ric is frequently away with work and moved me to the south of the country, away from all my friends and family. Oh and how could I forget our 2 year old son – Bear. This was definitely not what I had planned.”

“When Ric finally proposed, I was on cloud 9 and I knew that our wedding day wasn’t going to be a ‘normal’ one. For example – I couldn’t decide what engagement ring I liked, so I have three! We also had a best woman instead of a best man, we ‘high fived’ at the altar instead of the kiss, and our son screamed through most of the ceremony then was racing his toy cars down the aisle with chocolate down his nice white shirt.”

The couple wanted a home made/DIY feel to their wedding. “Ric always jokes about me being a ‘stay at home’ wifey or being a ‘Yummy Mummy’,” the bride continued. “With Ric being in the military, it sometimes feels like we should have belonged to the 1940’s era…and I wanted to become a ‘pin-up’ for the day!”

Lisa wore a Candy Anthony dress, a hat from Jane Taylor Millinery and shoes from Aruna Seth. “I absolutley loved sourcing every part of my outfit and Rock n Roll Bride played a huge part in this. My 1950’s dress was so flattering and gave me loads of confidence with my post baby body! Walking into Candy Anthony was felt like being a kid in a sweet shop. Vicky Trainor‘s Vintage drawer stationery was also a huge inspiration, it’s so so so pretty! Our inspiration for the catering came from our son, his favourite foods include cakes, ice cream and fish n chips. Being from Yorkshire, we of course had to have a grand cup of Yorkshire Tea and I insisted on having Pimm’s on arrival. We made it a bit more glamorous by using The Tea Party‘s gorgeous vintage crockery and cut glass bowls.”

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A Vintage Pin-Up Sailor Wedding: Ben & Shelby

I was initially sent just Ben & Shelby’s engagement session by their photographer Shani Barel, however when I laid eyes on their incredible wedding I knew I had to feature it instead! The wedding had a vintage, pin-up and sailor theme and I couldn’t think of anything more perfect to grace the pages of Rock n Roll Bride.

I was also pleased to hear that the ideas behind the style of their wedding were actually 100% reflective on how they are in ‘real life’. Ben is actually in the Navy and Shelby is a pin up model!  “I was stationed on the USS Los Angeles that was originally home ported in Pearl Harbor, HI,” groom Ben told me when I asked the couple how they met. “The ship was on its way up to Bremerton, WA to decommission but made a stop in LA for a decommissioning ceremony. On Sunday, January 24th, I was the cook on duty aboard the ship but I was all finished and cleaned up with dinner, so a friend of mine asked if I wanted to go out.  So we immediately went to the bar. Sailors….. Anyway Ian and I went to what seemed to be the only place open in town called The Whale and Ale in San Pedro, CA. A few other sailors from the ship showed up and we all had a couple of beers and played cricket. As the night went on, I proceeded to the restroom and I notice in a huge way this cute blonde girl all fancy in a vintage dress and her hair all done up walking down the stairs. I was in awe. I had never seen a girl dressed in such a fashion and so stunning!”

“Ben being a sailor was definitely a big inspiration for our wedding,” confirmed Shelby. “The Queen Mary, stationed at Long Beach California has always been one of my favorite places and was the perfect setting for a sailor and a pin-up girl, it was like we went back in time to WWII.”

The bride wore a vintage dress (of course)…well in fact two dresses. The first was by Emma Domb and was originally her Mother’s and the second, the feather dress, was made by her Mother who makes dresses for a living.

She even wore a genuine 1940’s tiara and vintage jewellery. She even carried a paper flower bouquet from the 1940’s. The groom wore his Navy uniform.

The cake was also a special touch as the bride’s grandfather made the based and the cake topper was, again, genuine vintage. “Our cake topper was an antique sugar cake topper from 1944 with a little sailor and his tiny blonde bride I got it for just $14 on eBay due to the fact that somebody had taken a bite out of the base of it and chomped off one of the bride’s arms! I repaired the topper and added extra flowers and leaves to the arch they stood under we also added our wedding date to the back of the topper to mirror the original wedding date that was painted on the front.”

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A 1940’s Military Themed Wedding: Sierra & Jake

Sierra & Jake met while in the music store where Jake worked, “I shopped at the music store he worked at for a long time,” laughed the bride. “I had the biggest crush but was way too shy to talk to him much. I always thought, “I want to end up with a guy just like him!” but certainly this one was out of my league. One day I was pretending to be interested in harmonicas, of all things, to get his “assistance” and he told me casually that he was joining the Marine corps. I panicked! I was running out of time to scoop up my dream man so I had to act fast. A few days later I finally got the nerve to ask him out. I decided for sure on that first date that he was the one for me. Two weeks later we started talking about marriage… crazy, I know! But here we are and he’s the best thing that ever happened to me.”

The couple wanted their wedding to reflect their interests and so it ended up being a bit of an eclectically themed day with military, vintage and wartime themes. Their guests even dressed up in 1940’s attire! “I have always had a bit of a vintage touch in my everyday style, my husband is in the Marine Corps, and our country is at war… so I thought it would be fitting to have a wedding in the style of the WWII era,” explained Sierra. “Although my dress did have a bit of a modern touch, being that it was strapless.”

“We requested all the guests show up dressed to our 1940’s theme. Most of them actually did and it really added to that old vintage feel. It was really neat having our guests all matching our decorations we worked so hard on.”

“The car we drove away in was a project my dad and I started when I was 15. It’s a kit car of a 1929 Mercedes Gazelle Convertible. We spent a lot of time restoring her from the ground up, just the two of us,” the bride concluded.

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Stacey & John’s 1950’s Cocktail Party Wedding

Stacey & John’s 1950’s inspired Melbourne wedding was held at The Gables Mansion. Their photographer Kim of Red Telegram told us all about it, “In discussion with Stacey & John they revealed that they wanted their wedding to feel as much like a wedding as a 1940′s/ 50′s style cocktail party, with guests arriving to the beautiful Gables in East Malvern on dusk for a night filled with love, laughter, tears (of joy), gypsy jazz and romance.”

“We felt as though we had been transported back in time, with Stacey evoking Doris Day, Julie Andrews, and Marlene Dietrich all rolled into one in her gorgeous Vintage Rose dress and John looking truly dashing in his Dom Bagnato suit, complete with cravat. The night and atmosphere seemed to us to have so many elements of vintage film, and so we tried hard to embrace not only the depth and the colour of this amazing property, but also the raw emotion and beauty of a simple but incredibly heartfelt ceremony. Not to mention capturing a crazy amount of fun (ok, so we did throw a bit of flash into the crazy booth photos).”

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Kristin & Brian’s Black & White & 1940’s Themed Wedding

“We got engaged in prison. Well…that’s what my Mom likes to say – we got engaged on Alcatraz!” newlywed Kristin told me. “We both have a fascination with prison documentaries and we ADORE San Francisco. So, Brian took me to Alcatraz and surprised me with a ring. If you walk to the back of the prison by the water, you get the MOST gorgeous view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. This is where he asked me to marry him.”

Kristin & Brian’s unconventional but beautiful engagement was perfectly reflected in their glamorous wedding on Friday 13th May. “Our inspiration was a combination of vintage, old Hollywood glam, and a bit of Rock n Roll! I wanted to be in black and white,” continued the bride. An all-white dress was never an option for me.”

“I had a very specific idea of what I wanted my dress to look like from day one. I knew I would have to customize one. I found a plain dress that I loved the shape of, and then altered it completely to make it my dream dress. I was slightly nervous because I didn’t actually see the final product until 3 days before my wedding. I ordered the dress about 8 sizes too big so they could cut out the back. Originally, it laced up. We added a zipper and then 90 black swarovski crystal buttons all the way down the long train. Originally, the seamstress just wanted to put them halfway down. I said, nope, all the way down, give me some drama! Then we added the black sash and vintage brooch. The look was EXACTLY what I had imagined in my head.”

The wedding took place at The Citizen Hotel, Sacramento, a art deco inspired building that also added a lot to the theme of their day. “Our starting point for our theme was our venue. The lobby looks like somewhere the Rat Pack would be hanging out, smoking cigars and drinking martinis. We took this and ran with it. My whole look was 40’s inspired – from my platinum hair, red lips, and vintage jewelry. We kept up that theme for the reception decor, with crystal lamps and dark red roses. The result, although 40’s inspired, was also very timeless and classic.”

“Instead of a champagne toast, we did a whiskey shot. Whiskey is us, and we knew champagne just wouldn’t do for the most important toast of our lives. Our first dance was a HIM song, “When Love and Death Embrace.” It was beautiful, but also intense, a bit gothic, and PERFECT for us. The bridal party walked out to Led Zeppelin, and I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters.”

“We wanted our pictures to be city-inspired and a bit gritty. We went back behind alleys and took the most gorgeous pictures on streets lined with dumpsters and grafitti. We wanted edge, and our photographer gave us the most gorgeous, edgy pictures we could have imagined. We also wanted to incorporate rock music where we could, as we are HUGE fans. We cut the cake to Motley Crue and we played string quartet versions of songs by Metallica, Guns n Roses, etc before the ceremony. We wanted people to leave that night thinking that our wedding was “So Brian and Kristin.” I think we accomplished that!”

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Mark & Maryanne’s Summer Fete, Tea Party Wedding

Mark & Maryanne had their garden tea party wedding in Maryanne’s parents house in West Chiltington.The vintage vibe of the day with carried throughout with DIY, classic vintage and country garden ideas. The bride’s dress which was original vintage from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company. “I found a beautiful 1950’s dress that I had customised” the bride explained. “It originally came with a lace cape, but my fab seamstress turned the cape into sleeves and added a bit of sparkle with some old glass buttons that I found from a little junk shop in Sussex.” With this she wore Emmy Shoes, a customised vintage veil (made from a 1940’s hat) jewellery made from original vintage piece and bag from the 1950’s.

“Mark and I met in a little Indie club in London when we were 20,” Maryanne continued. “It actually took us nearly ten years and three children later to make the big decision TO DO IT. It really was my worst nightmare. I was so scared of all the white fluff and general fuss that came with a wedding. Our little family were ever so happy just as we were. To be frank we are all a bunch of geeks really and the whole wedding thing was just not us. We were a little gang that loved Indie music, books, cake, car boots and Crosswords. Definitely not weddings.”

“But then something happened and we totally changed our minds. We discovered that we could actually get away with doing a wedding OUR way… Other people were doing it so why not us? Planning the wedding then became a complete obsession and took over all of our lives. We had always had a passion for anything old, pre-owned and loved. Anything that had a history to it and that could tell a hundred tales, so involving this in our wedding just seemed natural. There was never a ‘theme’ or a ‘colour’ or anything really that shaped our day – it all just kind of happened, but it all seemed to work. Our only rule was to not try to turn ourselves into little manikins of something we were not.”

“Our first and most important decision was who we chose to make our lasting memories of the day – the photographer. Having studied photography at University, I knew that we really had to get it right. I found Viva Wedding Photography, on Facebook. I was nosing at a beautiful wedding they had shot and their images just looked so beautiful and unique. The shots were totally amazing and once we had met Adam from Viva we made our decision instantly. What a lovely guy! He was exactly what we were hoping for and proved to be so much more. Viva made our day special and unique and I will cherish my wedding photos till my very last breath. Another important decision was the car – we love Cadillac’s and I found a pink one which matched my Ray-ban’s so job done!”

“The Reception was held at my parents garden which suited our laid back summer fete/tea party feel. The guests arrived to Martinis, blinis and champagne from tea pots served by gorgeous girls in fabulous 1950’s aprons. We placed a selection of retro games around and laid out little tea sets for the toddlers to play with. I made a ‘Tattoo Parlour’ for the children and before long we had lots of mini Amy Winehouse’s looking super adorable. There were lots secret parts to the garden which were lit with old lace decorated jam jars and fairy lights. I made a ‘canoodling’ corner which had a love bench and lots of hanging hearts and wire birds made by Mark.”

“We chose a tent style marquee which I dressed myself with lots and lots of bunting, fairy lights and old birdcages,” Maryanne continued. “I stamped out all the guests names and bound them to the cutlery with odd bits of vintage lace. I made all the ladies lavender hearts decorated with lace and old buttons. The gentlemen received old comics from the 70’s and 80’s which were actually a little saucy – very amusing when the older generation of guests dared to have a peek. The children had little wooden dolls as favours which I found on eBay and I gave gifts of vintage brooches for friends that helped and retro toys for the Ushers. The tables were laid with my vast collection of vintage China – tea cups and saucers and cake plates all mis matched and all beautiful.”

“After a posh picnic style lunch we all enjoyed a pot of tea and lots of homemade cakes and French macaroons. After the speeches we had homemade bon bon’s and more tea, tea, tea, tea… We set up a ‘Photo booth’ area which I dressed with a floral throw and some wooden moustaches and speech bubbles. I love these photo booth shots, everyone’s personality really shines through. Ladies in all their finery and cheeky children with tache’s make great photo’s and memories!”

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