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Spanish Inspired Rockabilly Meets Rock n Roll Wedding in South Africa

Gabbi and Kyle met through the alternative nightclub scene in South Africa. Ten years to the month that they first laid eyes on each other they were hitched at Langverwagt Historical Farm in Cape Town.

Touches of Spanish culture were incorporated throughout the day to reflect the couple’s love of the country. It was the first place that they vacationed together and continues to be their favourite place to visit. “Besides the fact that I am completely in love with all that is Spain, it was on our very first vacation overseas together, in a beautiful 18th-century hacienda in Toledo”, the bride began. “We wanted to get married there but couldn’t afford to do a destination wedding with 90-100 close family and friends included, so the challenge then became to recreate the look and feel back home in Cape Town.”

“The aim was to not create a cheesy Spanish theme, but to rather incorporate aspects of the style and food in the right environment to recreate the same ambience. I really wanted it to feel genuine and for guests to truly feel transported. Added to this I wanted to add some vintage touches to reflect my personality, and bit of a Rock n Roll flare to represent Kyle. Overall we wanted a sophisticated and classic look for us to look back on one day.”

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Industrial Swiss Wedding with a Pin Up 1950s Vibe

Talia and David were hitched in Switzerland in September. They chose an unconventional venue, owned by a friend’s father, and styled the day around that. The day also had a very slight pin up touches, mostly in the way the bride dressed and styled her own hair and make up.

They didn’t have a massive budget so decided to go DIY or skip a lot of the extras. There was no cake or bridal party and they designed their own stationery and had them printed by Vista Print. The foliage on the tables were branches they’d cut the day before and added on top of homemade runners. They hired a local florist for the bouquet and buttonholes and a caterer and DJ, but everything else was homemade.

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Vintage Rockabilly Meets Back to the Future Inspired Wedding at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Are you ready for a little touch of wedding magic? Because Carrie and Bill wedding held at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is about to bring it! This has got to be one of Philly’s coolest and most unique venues, what an incredible spot to say “we do!” It is a non-profit organisation, folk art environment and gallery space that you can hire to get married in! So cool right?

The wedding itself had a vintage Rock n Roll theme with with rockabilly and tattoo culture plus punk vibes thrown in for good measure. The decorations at the reception included cassette tapes made into vases, lanyards as escort cards (VIP passes!) and vinyls as table markers.

“I have been enchanted with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens for many years,” the bride began, “so when we decided to go for a centre city wedding I jumped at the chance to have our ceremony there. It held it’s own beauty and whimsy. As a quirky couple into into art and fantasy as well as alternative punk scene, it was a deal. We exchanged vows in a fashion that is us and Bill even quoted Doug Stanhope ‘Baby I love you so much I want to get the government involved.’ Everyone had a chuckle from that! We walked out to a lovely instrumental version of Ho Hey From the Lumineers. We had a bubble send off and record shaped hand fan programs. It was a truly a magical experience.”

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Vintage Pin Up & Burlesque Wedding

Steph and Chris’ first date was at a  burlesque show in Liverpool and they decided to recreate that atmosphere for their wedding! They infused their eclectic tastes into a perfect day of vintage, Rock n Roll, burlesque and mid-century classic style in a local historic venue. One of the acts they saw on their fist date, Suzie Sequin, even played at their reception!

They began their day with a traditional church wedding. “Although our evening was what some might consider unconventional we had a traditional wedding ceremony in a beautiful setting,” began Steph. “Port Sunlight is a historic village and Christ Church, while quite ordinary from outside, is breathtakingly beautiful inside. It is said to have the longest aisle in Britain (which didn’t help with my wedding nerves!)”

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Vintage Pin Up Wedding with a Touch of The Great Gatsby

Bre and Matt’s wedding had a vintage yet moody theme with some Great Gatsby references. They were married in British Columbia in Canada in September. Their ceremony was on a rooftop overlooking the Okanagan Lake.

“We met when were were 13 and aged 17 we agreed that if we weren’t married to other people by 25 we’d marry each other!” Bre began. “Life took us on separate paths for a while, but we reconnected and actually started dating when we were 23. Not long after we started dating, we went on a big road trip, and one night on the California coast Matt told me he loved me. Fast forward two years and Matt planned another trip for us, which brought us back to the exact same place he told me he loved me. That night he proposed to me on the balcony overlooking the ocean. That promise we made when we were 17 had been kept, and at 25 we were engaged!”

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Fifties Rockabilly & Pin Up Wedding

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Monica and Charl’s South African wedding was a fun mix of the 1950s, rockabilly and pin up. The bride has always been obsessed with the era and she idolised Marilyn Monroe, so it was like the perfect theme for them.

“I always wanted to look like Marilyn Monroe on my wedding day”, she explained. “I also love vintage cameras and radios so I thought it would be really cool to incorporate the vintage goods with the 1950s stars to give the feeling of going back in time.”

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“When we started planning the wedding the one thing I kept repeating to myself was ‘I want to be different, stay true to who I am’. With this in mind, we tried to stay away from the everyday wedding trends. I feel that I accomplished this by having a ‘2-in-1’ dress. It was long for the ceremony but we changed the skirt for the reception to be a short, fifties style.”

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Retro & Pin Up Inspired Farm Wedding

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Cheyanne and Tanner had a summer wedding in Oregon. They wanted to DIY everything and so had a long engagement to give them enough time to do everything, save money and research all the options.

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“Our wedding was a culmination of everything we love”, said the bride. “Music, fashion, classic cars, dancing, tattoos, comfort food and big parties… We threw in everything! I would say our theme was a 1950s vintage rockabilly and DIY extravaganza! Everyone said this was the most DIY’ed wedding they had ever seen, as well as the only rockabilly wedding they had ever experienced.”

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Rockabilly Wedding with Hot Rods and Rock n Roll!

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Sioux and Tommy wanted their wedding to reflect their combined attitudes and what their life is all about. Sioux is a pin up girl and Tommy loves hot rods and Rock n Roll. Their relationship is basically straight out of Pulp Fiction! Not surprisingly their wedding theme was a rockabilly, hot rod, Rock n Roll all out fun fest complete with cars, a candy table and a Harley Davidson set up next to the card table!

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“Our ceremony was short but filled with references to Game of Thrones, fishing (Tommy is a fisherman!) and making sure I knew I had to obey (!)” explained Sioux. “At the beginning our 103lb Doberman Gunnar walked down the aisle with a sign that said, ‘Daddy here comes your girl’. Our officiant was a good friend of ours and really went the extra mile when writing up how to perform our ceremony. He even shot fireballs from his cuffs at our introduction! We aren’t religious so our officiant’s special touches really meant the world to us! The funny thing is we were BOTH late to our own wedding. We were both stressing over being tardy to the other but in the end neither of us realised the other was late!”

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A Colourful Tattooed Couple’s Hawaii Beach Anniversary Shoot

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Lauren and Erik’s anniversary shoot is so damn cute, I just couldn’t resist featuring it even though they’re already married and know you all usually prefer to see actual weddings!

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I’m pretty sure you’ll all make an exception for this one though! Pin up babet Lauren looks so elegant with her fiery red hair and epic blue dress. Plus, of course, the location is to die for! Take me to the beach immediately!

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Pin Up Punk Wedding

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Pin up and punk might not be two styles that you’d automatically think worked together, but Katie and Tony’s wedding certainly disputes that! They were married in Gyro Park in Alberta.

“I am a fan of all things retro and Tony is a metal-head”, the bride explained. “So we wanted to merge our two styles together so that the wedding expressed both of us. We put lots of personal touches into the day. I chose a red dress because white didn’t feel like ‘me’.”

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“Our receiving line song while entering the reception hall was Vermillion by Slipknot, one of Tony’s favourite bands. Our first dance song was Slipknot’s Vermillion II and our wedding party dance song was a song from my favourite female artist, Stevie Nicks, Cheaper than Free which is the same song I walked down the aisle to.”

The couple’s budget was $6000 and they made almost everything themselves. Most of the décor was made from items from dollar stores! “There wasn’t a whole lot of money spent on things like flowers and linens and rentals. The table cloths and things for the centrepieces were all from the dollar store and I think they turned out beautifully.”

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Pin Up Wedding in Croatia: Mia & Dražen

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Mia and Dražen were married in Croatia, a country that is used to very traditional weddings. They didn’t want anything traditional for their wedding and so picked a fun red pin up theme.

“In Croatia, weddings usually have a lot of guests and many traditions”, said the bride. “However, we are not fans of the norm, conventions and traditions, so we opted to have a small and intimate wedding with only close friends and family.”

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“Also, brides in Croatia usually have traditional wedding dresses – ball gowns or lace siren dresses and they are almost always completely white. The pin-up scene is not really big here but I love the style so the wedding theme was set in a heartbeat. All details of the wedding were red and white, with black elements and a lot of polka dots. We wanted our day to be relaxed and full of laughter and tears of joy.”

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Retro & Pin Up Inspired Beach Wedding in Mexico: KO & Bre

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They were married on the beach at El Pez Tulum, a boutique ocean-front hotel, in Mexico. KO and Bre wanted their wedding to be a beachy pin up fairytale wedding and I think they achieved that wonderfully! The bride wore a vintage dress from the 1950s which she customised and had the skirt redesigned by Georgannette Chatterley. Her birdcage veil was also homemade.

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“KO and I met 7 years ago at a hardcore music show”, she wrote. “I caught his eye from across the room while headbanging with a cast up to my knee and crutches. I had recently broken my ankle while jumping on a bed! A mutual friend then introduced us after the show and we chatted the night away. Bre is my nickname and when I was leaving KO (also a nickname) asked what my real name was. I told him that if he wanted to find out he would have to call me. KO called the next day and we were inseparable from then on. KO finally proposed at our house one night completely surprising me. It was sweet and simple like I had always imagined it.”

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Intimate Retro Wedding Planned in Three Months: Dani & Liam

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Dani and Liam always wanted a small wedding. There was no grand proposal either, in fact they decided that they wanted to get hitched when they were driving to Reno last August. They chose 11/12/13 as their wedding date – just three months away!

“I knew I wanted a vintage-inspired, tea length dress, so we headed to San Francisco to begin our search2, began Dani. “My dress came from Bettie Page, a pin up clothing shop, and  it was love at first sight. It was the first and only dress I tried on! I purchased it immediately and brought it home that same day. I found a crinoline at a vintage thrift shop that perfectly matched the bottom of my Betsey Johnson heels.”

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“Once we found that dress, I knew the rest of the wedding had to have that vintage vibe. I found an awesome rockabilly salon and boutique where we got our hair and make up done in the morning. The last arrangement to be made was our venue. The date crept closer and we were still unsure as to where we’d hold the ceremony, until we found the wedding album belonging to my husbands’ parents. They had gotten married at a beautiful Swedish church in the Pacific Heights district of San Francisco, which was built in the 1800s and has been named a Historical Landmark. My Mother in law passed away a few years back and we felt it would be a wonderful way to honor her memory. We were able to book the venue just one week before the ceremony!”

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