Rockabilly Wedding in Hampshire
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!
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.
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.
For our card box, I stripped a Marshall practice amp out and put a solid back on it.
I also made the button hole roses from Spiderman comics as this is Mikes favourite Superhero…
I made my veil myself and found my dress on Honeypie Boutique which I was able to customise to exactly what I was after.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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