Natasha and Shaun’s wedding had a vintage 60s and 70s theme to reflect their love of retro fashion, music and style. They’re both obsessed with The Beatles so that had a big influence too.
They decided to marry in June as they wanted a summer wedding. “We also wanted to go on our honeymoon to Glastonbury straight away!” Natasha laughed. It took us just over a year to plan the wedding but right from the start we knew exactly what we wanted. We have a lot in common – more than just our love of The Beatles! We also love art, fashion, vintage, festival and films so we brought all those things into the theme of the day too. When it came to styling the day we both agreed we wanted a small, yet very relaxed wedding. We also wanted the day to echo weddings from the 60s and 70s, with a vintage feel. Our main colours were gold, taupe and mint.”
If there’s one thing I know for certain it’s that the brides (and grooms!) that read this blog sure do love colourful weddings. Which is why I’m convinced you’re all going to flip out over this adorable retro inspired wedding shoot. Submitted by Zoe (The Little Vintage Car Co.), Aneta (BrightSide Photography) and Lizzy (The Flower Story), this shoot was set up so they could flex their creative muscles and create something fun!
“The theme for the shoot was ’Head in the clouds’ a name inspired by our model’s stunning turquoise hair and our fluffy cloud installation”, they explained. “The aim of this shoot was to mix the elegance and style of a 1950s wedding with a big and bold jewelled tone colour scheme. We didn’t want to recreate a wedding from the 1950s, but wanted a fresh take on a traditional vintage theme.”
Jane and Joel’s wedding was held at Melbourne Zoo. Their ceremony was in the Japanese Garden and their reception in the Rainforest Room! “We wanted our wedding to be fun, colourful and summery”, said Jane. “I’ve always loved the glamour of the 1950s-era so our outfits were based on the fashion from that time. We went for a retro carnival theme to fit our venue. The colours were based on the bridesmaid dresses which were light green, coral, red and blue. It was the perfect retro summer palette.”
“We didn’t want a stuffy traditional wedding that’s torture to sit through. We’re also not not religious, so that freed us up to do whatever we liked with the ceremony. We wanted it to be fun, charming, playful and relaxed with a little nod to a nostalgic bygone era. And all of this had to be planned within six months because I was really keen to have a summer wedding. Our ceremony was late, a 5.30pm. We chose this time so that the sun would be low in the sky and it wouldn’t be too hot. Plus our guests got VIP entry to the zoo for the whole afternoon, which was great for the kids.”
Christable and Julius’ retro inspired wedding took place in June. The wedding was a whimsical DIY barn party with influences from a number of different eras.
“Even though we are both from the city, we love getting out to the country”, began the bride. “We wanted to do something that had us all over it and not a pre-decorated banquet hall. We decorated the entire barn just hours before having to get dressed in the upstairs room. It was a lot of work but it was worth it.”
“We knew it was going to be lot of work but I think the one thing we didn’t REALLY think about was a good clean up plan. It was a lot of work to put it all up and just as much work to put it all away along with the gifts after celebrating a wedding! Some guests did help but it still was more than we actually thought. You spend so much time thinking about putting it all together and then you forget about taking it all apart!”
Rach and Tim’s DIY wedding took place on the bride’s family farm in New Zealand. It had a 1950s rockabilly theme. “It was important to us that we had a fun and relaxed atmosphere”, said Rach. “We learnt how to do a rockabilly dance as our first dance!”
“Our ceremony was funny and sweet. The celebrant asked us what we loved about each other and then put that in to her speech at the wedding. My nephew read He’s Not Perfect by Bob Marley.”
Annarose and Benji met when they were both dating other people (she was with his housemate!) However when those relationships ended they remained friends and got together soon after, one New Year’s Eve.
They wanted their wedding to have a slight punk vibe, but also to feel retro. “I have always been a fan of vintage fashion and style”, the bride said. “We really wanted to mix that with Benji’s deep musical roots. It really was a mixture of both of our personalities. We also wanted the wedding to feel timeless.”
“The wedding was pure happiness. There was nothing solemn or serious, it was all lighthearted and fun. It was just like a giant party with all our friends! One of the things that made it special was that we did a lot ourselves including my dress, the flowers, the music, the decor and the invitations.
Sarah and Matt’s wedding had a 1950s vibe with both a retro rockabilly and new rocker twist. Their colours were red and black and the bride even wore a striking black gown! “We wanted to tie in our passion for music with a pin up and Rock n Roll theme”, said Sarah. “Matt also loves cars so the theme was perfect.”
The bride’s dress was a prom dress from David’s Bridal. “Matt and I went and picked out my black dress together. We went together because my bridesmaids both lived out of state and couldn’t make the trip. I tried on many wedding dresses but they didn’t feel right, we both couldn’t see me in white. We decided that the black would signify ’til death do we part’ and give us that rocker vibe we both saw in our theme.”
Rachel and Jason didn’t want a fuss, a theme or anything to big for their Melbourne wedding. So they organised an intimate ceremony at Treasury Gardens followed by a casual reception at a cafe.
Bianca and Lachlan’s met over a mutual love of 1960s music, “We were both in a record store 11 years ago and somehow a very shy and introverted Lachlan made his way over to me (not at all shy or introverted) and struck up a conversation. We discussed 1960s music, our love for the Beatles, books, films and politics!”
They were married in February this year and wedding was inspired by all of these mutual loves, but particularly the 60s and films. “We absolutely adore the 1950s and 1960s so right from the beginning we knew that the wedding would have a reflection of those tastes”, explained Bianca. “I spent hours looking online at old wedding photos from both eras which gave me the inspiration for my dress, headpiece, gloves and veil along with the inspiration for our magnificent cake!”
Carlie and Shannon’s wedding was inspired by sparkles, Rock n Roll and achieving magic on a budget. They were married in Brisbane in March.
“Our biggest investment was in the details at the reception”, said the bride. “Those little details really did matter to us, they’re what made our wedding unique because they were little pieces of us. As a tribute to Shannon’s late Grandmother we had her crystal vases and glasses on the tables filled with succulents and tea-light candles. The table runners were sewn by my bridesmaid Emily and I. They were a silver chevron pattern backed with calico. We also had birdcages filled with flowers, suitcases with the seating arrangement in which were different streets that were meaningful to us. Our favours were a CD of some of our favourite songs. We printed a photo on cardboard that we cut and folded into CD cases with a soundtrack to our lives together.”
Their favourite part of the day was the ceremony. “It was on a rooftop in the middle of Brisbane city overlooking the town hall clock. Just over 100 guests were in attendance and we had a red carpet runner with an arch at either end. Just before I walked down the aisle, my dad got us into a football huddle (the bridesmaids, my mum and I) and we put our hands in as he gave us a pep talk. It was hilarious and put everyone at ease.”
I promise you this isn’t a staged photo shoot, it’s really Jason and Aimee’s wedding! Are these guys the actual coolest or what!? They were hitched in secret in Vegas last October.
“We met at a coffee shop where I was working”, explained Aimee. “Jason has just moved back to Brisbane. Our wedding was themed around old school Hollywood glam… but in Vegas!”
“We were inspired by the desert and the appeal of the intimacy of just the two of us. We loved that it was just about us and we loved walking the streets of Vegas at night, madly in love.”
The ceremony was held at The Little White Chapel. “Elvis sang us down the aisle. The room was perfect! Like something out of a Tarantino film… And it was just us, best friends, promising one another that we would no longer have to walk alone.”