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Rockabilly & Hot Rod Wedding

Arlene and Lee love the fifties aesthetic, rockabilly and hot rods. So, when it came to setting a theme for their summer wedding, there was no question what it would be! They chose Tomlinson’s Farm Shop and Camping field for both the ceremony and and reception. Although they were the first wedding that had ever been held there, they knew it was perfect for their vision as soon as they visited. They loved the views and the owners were so accommodating – they even supplied the haybales.

“We have hot rods and are part of a classic car club”, began the bride. “I love the vintage pin up look and like nothing more than donning a petticoat and a vintage hair do. We wanted a laid back, personalised wedding that shouted Lee and Arlene. We had a convoy of hot rods all owned by our hot rod club and people camped on site, too.”

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Hot Rod Wedding in Castlemaine, Australia

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Milly and Willo wanted a big party for their wedding, full of colour, fun and surrounded by everyone they love. They both love classic cars so the hot rod theme kind of happened accidentally!

“We chose a location that is¬†only a couple of minutes down the road from where we live”, began the bride. “That helped by¬†making it all feel close, relaxed and easy to manage.¬†We just planned what we¬†thought would make for a great day. A celebration of our love, but also a¬†day to acknowledge those around us who have been wonderful. We also¬†made sure children were included. We have a two¬†year old son, Archie, and most around us have children, so we planned to¬†make sure they all had a fun time too, hello jumping castle and bubbles!”

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The ceremony was held in¬†South Muckleford Public Hall, a small disused public primary school, in¬†Castlemaine, Victoria. “We are not religious or deeply spiritual,¬†we believe in love and family”, Milly continued. “We had a wonderful celebrant who guided¬†us to create a ceremony that was really funny and full of love. It made it¬†feel relaxed and that was important to us, that everyone felt relaxed and¬†could let their hair down. We had a reading by my sister and best friend,¬†the palm ceremony and Willo’s mum did a reading that was important to¬†her. Other than that it was just telling our story and having a laugh. I also¬†wanted lots of confetti¬†so¬†I bought a kilo of it!”

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A Sweet Day-After Shoot with Betsy Beetle: Leia & Brad

For their day-after photo shoot Leia & Brad wanted to get someone else involved – Betsy Beetle! “I love this vintage VW beetle that drives by my house everyday with a cute little luggage rack,” wedding photographer Katherine O’Brien¬†explained, “so I asked Terry, her owner, if we could borrow her for the afternoon.”

“It’s still a little chilly in Austin where we live so Leia wore her own vintage faux leopard wrap and turquoise pumps, ” she continued. “Leia had wanted a vintage 50s style wedding dress, but couldn’t find the right one that wasn’t stained yellow from age at the thrift stores. So her awesome Mom offered to make her one! After finally picking a lace and fabric, her Mom used one of her old sundresses as a pattern. She spent months sewing, ripping, and resewing. What an incredible gift to have your Mother make your wedding dress!”

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A Vintage Themed South African Wedding ‘With a Twist’: Zigi & Warren

Oh South Africa you do have some beautiful light…and how lucky are Zigi & Warren¬†to have had¬†Shanna Jones Photography to capture it so magically?

“We wanted a different wedding that represented our style,” Zigi told me. “Something that was unique to us as a couple. Warren is into Cars/Bikes & Fashion. I am into Food/Art/design‚Ķand unfortunately cars too. We decided to do a Road trip to our destination (this is something we do often & is actually part of our lives). The plan was to do it over 4 days & 3 nights to ensure we really don‚Äôt miss anything, but also get the time to spend with the various groups of people. The plan was that the entire group would get to know each other by being in the same town for 3 nights. This would mean on the wedding night we can just hang!! Quite a few of our friends are muscle car collectors ‚Äď so about 10 cars drove up (where others brought their off-road bikes to go into the mountains).”

Zigi looked stunning in her black and ivory dress, made of a collection of items that she put together herself. She explained, “I have always been a lover of vintage clothing & knew it should be a combination of old & new with a hint of black. I never imagined myself getting married in an all white dress; so decided to add a lot of black. My skirt was a 1930‚Äôs wedding dress (cut up to only be a heavy satin skirt) from the Cats Meow; my black velvet corset was made by my friend Cathy and my neck piece was an incredible find and really made my outfit. Barbara from the Cats Meow showed it to me on her camera & I was immediately sold. It was her private piece that she sent to London to be evaluated. It is a black 1880‚Äôs Victorian neck piece. My headpiece was made of net from dress makers collection, a diamante cameo and a blue hair piece for my ‚Äėsomething blue‚Äô.¬†Finally I wore gloves which were a gift from my friend, Maria.”

The inspiration for Warren’s outfit was “old English industrial era meets Clock Work Orange meets Oliver Twist meets Sherlock Holmes.” He wore an¬†English tuxedo with single button long tail, a shirt from a second hand thrift store in Amsterdam and a Bailey Bowler Hat from the USA. His cane was made from R1 Rifle bullet shells and was borrowed from a friend.

“The theme of our wedding was ‚Äė with a twist‚Äô and our guests all got involved in it,” continued the bride. ” The twist could be anything you like to add to your style – be it shorts with a jacket or a head piece‚Ķ.or red nails if that is daring to you? So each bridesmaid and groomsmen had their own outfit on‚Ķwith a slight twist. The only critera the bridesmaids were given was to wear black and white and¬†possibly¬†vintage clothes.”

“It is also incredibly hot in Matjiesfontein in summer; which means that no flowers will last a day, especially if the table is outside. So we decided on paper flowers. We also didn’t want a cake, instead we decided on lindt chocolate shot glasses from Lindt with Amarula cream/fudge‚Ķ.a candy floss machine with candy floss & two ginger bread men right at the end.”

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A Vintage Gas Station Anniversary Shoot: Kelly & Charly

Some of the more eagle-eyed of you might recognise¬†Kelly & Charly from their awesome vintage and Rock n Roll-inspired wedding that I featured back in February or Kelly’s beautiful bridal shoot which went up back in November. Well they are back and just as beautiful as ever!

For their anniversary the couple wanted to mark the occasion with another photo shoot with their wedding photographer Juliane Berry. The shoot was held in Rancho Park and The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles and had a super stylish and vintage vibe. They had two vintage cars (a 1927 Ford Model T and a 1932 Ford Phaeton) as well as various props and loveliness including sugar skulls that the couple had bought in Mexico.

Beautiful, classic and classy. I love.

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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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