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Mid-Century meets Retro Palm Springs Wedding at the Sinatra House

Inspired by the lavish New Year’s Party Frank Sinatra commissioned the estate to be built for in 1947, Nikki and Joe’s February wedding was a stylish and intimate wedding full of romantic and personal touches. “The inspiration was how much I love the laid back but quirky nature of Palm Springs,” Nikki began. “It’s a sort of party town like Las Vegas is but the style is a presence – it’s vibrant and natural at the same time, it’s fun but relaxed, retro but modern. We had a family by the time our wedding came, and we just wanted to throw an epic party and spoil our closest friends with an epic vacation and a party in a sick house. Overall it was a really lush retro house party that happened to have a wedding occur in it!”

The celebration spanned a whole week, with around 50 guests travelling from all over the US to join them. “Many of our guests are musicians or are in touring bands and we have always had this sense of community, so the pandemic halted that since live music stopped happening. The destination wedding was one of the first times we all got to get together again and celebrate something. We are all very close knit and it was fun to come out of the pandemic, be in the same location, and celebrate with music, food, and a unique backdrop of the desert.”

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Champagne, Chinese Food & Mid-Century Modern Disco

Olivia and Max wanted something with a mid-century modern flare (including their 1972 VW bus) for their August wedding. The day featured plenty of champagne, confetti and Chinese takeaway food!

Like so many other couples, their original wedding plans were sadly cancelled. However, they decided to keep their date and get married in Oliva’s parent’s backyard surrounded by their family instead.

“For our original wedding venue (a rock ‘n’ roll themed mid-century modern hotel with a funky poolside restaurant), we were going for an Almost Famous meets Mad Men vibe”, the bride began. “We wanted the event to be super colourful, bright and fun. Even though we had to cancel our plans and move the wedding to my parents’ house, we tried to keep as many of these elements as possible.”

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Colourful & Creative Poolside Wedding in Palm Springs

Palm Springs, a desert city in southern California, is known for its hot springs, stylish hotels and gorgeous mid century modern architecture. For Bernadette and Andrew it also provided the perfect backdrop for their poolside ceremony meets intimate dinner party wedding.

“The great part about having your wedding in the wonderland that is Palm Springs is that the theme basically sets itself!”, began the bride. “We love the mid-century desert oasis aesthetic of the city and tried to leverage as much of that as we could. But really, because our wedding was intentionally kept very small (30 total people, including us), overall the theme was ‘intimate dinner party’. Since our wedding was Halloween weekend (we first kissed on Halloween, and Andrew proposed on Halloween!), our ‘rehearsal dinner’ was actually a giant Halloween costume party – I wore a giant inflatable banana costume and Andrew wore a wedding dress from Amazon – that he later jumped in the pool while wearing!”

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Colourful Meets Mid-Century Wedding at the People’s History Museum

Alex and Danielle’s inspiration for their big day came from something very personal for them – Danielle’s tattoo sleeve! “I wanted our wedding to echo the colours and flowers in my tattoo, and for our guests to be put into a happy, upbeat frame of mind as soon as they walked into the room. I think it was a success – we got so much feedback from our guests that it was one of the most laidback and fun weddings they’d ever attended!” said Danielle.

The location for their wedding, the People’s History Museum in Manchester, provided the perfect starting point for their colourful day. They decorated it with hundreds of paper lanterns and pinwheels that Danielle and maid of honour Cecile spent many painstaking hours making by hand, but it wasn’t so bad, “Turns out alcohol and paper crafts are a great combination!” laughed Danielle. Alex was tasked with cutting 360 lengths of multicoloured ribbon to create the table plan and adorn the bouquets.

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Mid-Century Mexicana Wedding in Melbourne

Em and Nick have turned the feel-good vibes up to 5000 today with their chic Melbourne warehouse wedding and its ‘mid-century Mexicana’ theme. I mean, a wedding with a neon “I like your face, loser” sign is going to be pretty bloody special, isn’t it?

Not only is their day incredible to look at, but Em and Nick totally bossed the wedding planning side of things too, and they’ve shared some cracking advice as well as their gorge love story.

“We decided right away that we didn’t want a sit down wedding or a formal venue, because it doesn’t reflect us a couple and what we love sharing together,” Em says. “We shared these decisions with Kate from Good Day Rentals, our Stylist, who then had us put together Pinterest boards of all things we loved that weren’t Wedding related. By the time we were done, the boards were flowing with pins of 90s nostalgia films, Parks and Rec quotes, neon lights, and a lot of things we didn’t see a correlation between. Kate did though because she put together our theme (Mid-Century Mexicana) and had us awestruck. It was the ultimate combination of us as individuals and as a couple.”

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Poolside Palm Springs Wedding

Lauren and Matt’s goal for their wedding was simple: they wanted an intimate celebration where they could spend the week before with their families. To achieve this they rented a private home in Palm Springs rather than going for a traditional wedding venue. This meant more work, of course, but a bigger reward at the end of it too!

The wedding had a mid-century modern aesthetic, but with a really homely, backyard feel. “We searched hard for a venue that would give us this vibe without having to make anything feel too ‘themed'”, explained Lauren. “We were inspired by the architecture and tones of the desert, since we both love those elements of Palm Springs.”

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