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Seventies Inspired Vegas Elopement with a Seven Month’s Pregnant Bride!

Pia and Chris met through their mutual love of Rock n Roll, when they were both using the same recording studio. Pia ended up joining Chris’ band and they’ve been playing together ever since.

They got engaged on Valentine’s Day and the very next day they found out she was pregnant! They began by trying to plan a big family wedding, with guests from New Zealand (where Chris is from) and the US (where Pia is from) travelling over to the UK (where they now live) but it all proved quite difficult and stressful with a baby on the way. In the end they decided to throw tradition completely out the window and to elope. This also negated the issue of having a religious ceremony. With the bride’s family being Hindu and the groom’s, Christian, they would have probably ended up needing two ceremonies to keep everyone happy, which they really did not want. So, with Pia seven months pregnant they flew to Vegas and were married by Elvis instead!

“Our wedding had a retro and 1970s feel with an old school Vegas vibe”, Pia said. “We are very inspired by the fashion, music and the general feeling of the 1970s so this inspired our wedding too. I love looking at old, classic weddings photos of Mick and Bianca Jagger, Priscilla and Elvis, John and Yoko and the final scene in The Graduate. I also love pictures of the Beatles in India and wanted to bring in some of those elements and my family’s traditions in with the Hindu garlands and the bindi.”

Their ceremony was held at The Graceland Chapel which they followed by taking photographs around the city with their photographer Ashley Marie Myers, ending the night with a private dinner for two at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant overlooking the Bellagio fountains.

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Kitsch, Colourful, Mid-Century Wedding Party

Robyn and Ash were legally married in Vegas at the Chapel of the Flowers but they wanted to host a big party when they got back to Yorkshire for all their family and friends. The party had a really low key, retro and kitsch vibe, hosted at their local community centre. The flowers came from a local flower market, the cakes were from various supermarkets and the stationery was made by the bride. Instead of a fancy meal they served wood-fired pizza and the night ended with – who else? – an Elvis impersonator!

“We were inspired by our favourite Las Vegas hotel, The Flamingo!” explained Robyn. “So the party was flamingo, tropical and retro themed. We also included nods to our combined love for anything colourful and mid-century inspired.”

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Cute as Candy Retro Balloon Wedding

Sam and David got married last year in a whirlwind of pastel-coloured fun with loads of retro-inspired touches including super cute stationery (well, when the bride is a stationer, you have to don’t you?!)

“We were the first couple to get married in the pergola outside in the gardens of Briars Hall Hotel, so it was a bit of an experiment for them!” Sam explains. “I felt sick with nerves but it was lovely. After we had said I do, I’d planned on a confetti cannon picture, but some of the guests found them and surprised us as we walked back up the aisle. I nearly wet myself!”

The pergola was adorned with giant three-foot tasselled candy colour balloons from Brilliant Balloons and personalised bunting – just one of the many stationery touches Sam designed for the day. “I’m lucky that I’m a stationer – I run Prim & Glad Bespoke Wedding Stationery – so I made most of the little elements of our wedding that make the difference. As well as the bunting, I made the guest book sign, candy buffet sign, table plan, table names, menu, favour tags, photo wall, etc…”

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Rockabilly & Fifties Inspired Italian Wedding

Italian couple Silvia and Elia met at a summer party, and have always had the courage to be their utmost selves in everyday life, so their wedding was to be no different! “In Italy, marriage is considered a very serious rite,” explained Silvia, “so to do things our own way is to be considered quite courageous!”

The couple of have a love for all things from the fifties as well as rockabilly, so this was the main inspiration for the wedding. They had tattoo and retro diner inspired stationery, pops of red throughout and a bright red vintage Vespa and Cadillac Bel Air as their transport. “We were inspired by the idea that having a bright and happy wedding would make for a bright and happy marriage!” said Silvia. Even their guests got into the fifties theme and each wore a touch of red in their outfits!

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Rock n Roll Speakeasy Wedding

Musicians Terrianne and Don met when the bride auditioned for Don’s band nearly a decade ago. Their mutual love of music inspired their wedding, from the venue choice to the entertainment. They wanted something glamorous and special, a day that truly felt like them.

“I auditioned for his punk band nine years ago”, Terrianne explained. “We gigged around the country together and got really close. After six months we just ended up together. Like I wrote in my wedding vows to him, from the moment I met him in that audition room I knew I was going to end up with him, as corny as that may sound.”

The wedding was held on 29th December at The Earl of Doncaster, a really incredible venue decked out in an authentic art deco style to reflect its 1938 origins. The couple took this backdrop as the jumping off point for their theme and decorations. “My husband has always been a punk musician and I’ve always gone for the pin up jazz style”, Terrianne explained. “The best way for me to describe our wedding theme would probably be a Rock n Roll speakeasy with vintage glam Hollywood glam style.”

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Retro 1950s Wedding Meets Star Wars, Day of The Dead & Street Fighter!

One of the most frequent things you’ll hear on Rock n Roll Bride is to have the day YOU want, one that incorporates anything and everything you love: your day, your way. Holly and David, who married in the spring at Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel, did exactly that with not just one or two motifs, but more like four! And why not – I mean, just look at their wonderful day and the sea of smiles!

Holly said of the theme, “We originally wanted to go for a loose 1950s theme, which gradually became more and more not-loose (pink Cadillac, anyone?)! We also wanted to incorporate other parts of our interests, hence the Star Wars props, Day of The Dead decorations and cake, and the Street Fighter arcade machine! We were thinking of hiring some Stormtroopers to hand out the reception drinks, but our budget wouldn’t allow it – so yeah, 1950s meets Star Wars, meets Day of The Dead, meets Street Fighter!”

The inspiration to have an alternative wedding came mainly from looking on the Internet, and Rock n Roll Bride magazine. “The theme itself was decided after a drunken night in watching Grease!” she continued. “We’ve both loved the film since we were children, and had it on one night after a few rum and cokes. ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could have a wedding with ’50s things in it?’ I said. ‘Well why don’t we, then?!’ was David’s response – that was all the encouragement I needed! I love all things 1950s and vintage and retro anyway, but thought we should probably try and stay traditional-ish as David’s not really into it as much as I am. After speaking to him about it the next day (when not under the influence of alcohol), he agreed that he meant what he said and would love something a bit different – I didn’t need telling twice!”

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