Rockabilly Wedding in Hampshire

Tania Marston

Jess and Mike’s Rockabilly Wedding took place in a quirky venue in Alton.  Jess wears her gorgeous Doris Cornflower Blue Petticoat under her awesome custom-made wedding dress, which only cost £218 – absolute bargain! We asked the lovely couple, who met when they were teenagers, about their fun-packed day…

How did you meet?

Mike and I met in 1994. I was a teenager and he was in a band with my older cousin. We were very good friends for many years and become a couple in 2006. Our daughter was born in 2013 and in June 2015 Mike asked me to be his wife when we were on a family break in Brighton. He proposed over a cupcake in a Cafe!

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

Tell us about your wedding theme?

We knew we didn’t want a run of the mill wedding day because Mike had been married before in a very traditional hotel wedding with a sit-down meal. I started looking at alternative wedding blogs for ideas. I love the 1950’s rockabilly style but I also wanted it to reflect Mike’s geeky musical side.

We booked the cutest registry office in Alton, Hampshire. It’s an old school building and had a lot of charm. It was also small which is what we wanted.

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

Then we found the Departure Lounge Cafe in Alton – a hidden gem! It’s a quirky retro style cafe that has been lovingly created by the owner Simon Farley. It has a huge amount of outside space, which we thought would be great for the kids and for the giant inflatable helter skelter that I insisted we have!

Tell us about the detail?
I upcycled an old acoustic guitar so it could be used as a guest book. A selection of bright pens were left for our guests to adorn it with whatever message they wanted to. There’s some wonderfully random things on it. It has a place on a guitar stand in our hallway these days.

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

For our card box, I stripped a Marshall practice amp out and put a solid back on it.

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

I also made the button hole roses from Spiderman comics as this is Mikes favourite Superhero…

Rockabilly Wedding

I made my veil myself and found my dress on Honeypie Boutique which I was able to customise to exactly what I was after.

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

My shoes came from the first alice in wonderland collection by Irregular Choice. I had ‘Flowers Can’t Talk’ heels for the day and then Cheshire flats for the evening. I made my own bouquet loosely based on the flowers on my shoes.

Rockabilly Wedding

Rockabilly Wedding

And what about your transport?
Our wedding transport was a 1950’s fire rescue truck called Mabel from the US. The company I found her with is called Vintage Hoot.

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

I also made multi coloured guitar pick shaped confetti and put them in little paper envelopes that Mike’s guitar strings came packaged in. Our cake was made by a good friend of mine as a gift.

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

We only had 39 guests at the registry office but invited a further 50 people to meet us at the Departure Lounge after the ceremony. We had a hog roast, disco and much dancing in to the night with a selfie station props box which was a great hit! At one point an auntie was dancing with a stormtrooper helmet on whilst clutching a plastic flamingo.

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat

Rockabilly Wedding - Cornflower Blue Petticoat


Did you enjoy your day?

It was exactly the day we wanted. All our guests had a marvellous time to the point we were getting the thank you cards when it should have been us thanking them all for the gift of a familymoon to Disneyland Paris!

Suppliers

Photographer: Lahu Studios

Dress: Honeypie Boutique

Petticoat: Doris Designs

Shoes: Irregular Choice

Venue: Departure Lounge Cafe

Transport: Vintage Hoot

A note from our Editor Tania Marston from Doris Petticoats…

Thank you Jess & Mike for sharing your fabulous day with Doris. I love the unique detail you added to your special day from the comic button holes to your white-painted guitar guest ‘book’ – just totally awesome! And I just LOVE your gorgeously beautiful hair colour. xxx

One Comment

  1. Candy spencer
    Candy spencerReply
    14th February 2018 at 9:23 pm

    I was lucky enough to be a guest at this incredible wedding and I can tell you that it was every bit as rocking awesome as it looks!!!! It was so personal and honestly hands down the best wedding Iv ever been too!!!! Actually rather envious ❤️❤️

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