When vintage bride Rebecca married her beau Ryan at a beautiful country estate, they stayed true to their 1950’s theme, with pretty swing dresses made for dancing, cute pups of honour on ceremony duty and thrift shop finds as reception decor. We’ve fallen in love with every thoughtful detail!
The Planning Experience
“We had a lot of our suppliers booked within the first few months so it took a lot of the stress out of it. The last few days before the wedding were the most stressful, running around trying to organise all the decorations and make sure everything was ready to take to the venue with us. My favourite part was probably the flowers. I absolutely loved what our florist created and almost cried when I saw my bouquet for the first time.”
Finding the Dress
“I found my dress on the first day of looking! I originally wasn’t even going to try it on because it was strapless, as I had my heart set on straps or sleeves. However my mum insisted I try it on and I instantly fell in love with it. I paid the deposit that day and ordered extra lace to have sewn on for straps.”
“We tried to keep our styling vintage with a double door entry to the ceremony lawn and an old wooden hall table to hold a large floral display behind us – we didn’t want to take away too much focus from the beautiful old tree.
Our two puppies wore floral collars to match my bouquet and were held by my man of honour during the ceremony. We also included the hand binding tradition which involved ropes dyed in our favourite colours.”
“We made sure we picked a venue that offered accommodation and was able to hold our ceremony and reception so our guests didn’t have to travel. We also chose our venue due to their amazing food – we had so many guests comment on how fantastic it was.”
Bridal Party Styling
“We tried to keep the bridal party in 1950’s fashion. The groomsmen wore grey, loose-fitted suits with suspenders and peach bow ties. The girls wore flared swing dresses with a petticoat to add volume. We also had shawls knitted by one of the groomsman’s mums based off an actual 50’s pattern!”
“We spent a lot of weekends searching through thrift shops for table decorations like doilies, records and candlestick holders. Ryan also did an amazing job converting an old TV into our wishing well, which perfectly suited our theme.”
Processional: ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ by Elvis Presley.
First Dance: ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E King.
Father/Daughter Dance: ‘I Loved Her First’ by Heartland. “My dad is not a dancer and I was so proud of him to come to lessons and learn a choreographed dance to this song. It was such a beautiful moment that I will treasure forever.”
1. Get a videographer if budget allows! The day went so quickly, it’s good to be able to go back and watch it all.
2. Keep a budget. Weddings can cost so much and there’s always little things popping up.
3. Just enjoy the day. If anything is wrong someone else is sure to fix it and no one will even notice anyway.
See their fabulous film below!
Photography: Event Photography & Videography | Film: Wild Feathers Creative | Venue: Peppers Manor House, Sutton Forest | Officiant: Joanna Fabro | Ceremony Styling: Rustic Character | Flowers: Lovely Bridal Blooms | Stationery: Vistaprint | Entertainment: Limited Edition Band | Wedding Dress: Luv Bridal & Formal | Bridesmaids: GiGi’s Fairy Fashion | Hair & Makeup: Lauren Goth