Real life wedding with a 1960s theme

Good morning, lovely readers, boy do I have a treat in store for you today… a wonderful 60s themed wedding, complete with adorable Vespa scooters!

Yvonne and Ian met at work, when Ian joined as a new member of staff.  However, as both of them were already in relationships, it took a few years for their friendship to blossom into romance.

“The proposal took place on my birthday,” remembers Yvonne. “We had gone to the Isle of Wight, and we were visiting the Needles, when he said he had something to ask me. However from here on, it didn’t go quite as according to his plan. Ian lost the bit of paper with his poem he wanted to recite, so he tried to remember bits and pieces of it, not very successfully! But when he produced the most amazing emerald ring, all was forgiven. He’d even designed it himself at Hatton Gardens,” smiles Yvonne.

“I had a very specific idea of the dress I wanted in my head, but I struggled to find the reality,” says Yvonne. “To work with our 60s themed wedding, I knew I wanted a shift-style dress, and I must have tried on over 30 different styles until I found ‘the one’.

“The final gown was a Caroline Castigliano creation (carolinecastigliano.co.uk) which was adjusted to suit my ideas. I asked for the pattern to be shortened, so they designed me a made to measure dress with a detachable train at the back,” adds Yvonne.

Groom Ian wore a special mod inspired suit made for him by George’s tailors. For Yvonne’s two beautiful best girls, they also decided to have the dresses made, to get exactly what they wanted. “I found a vintage 60s dress pattern, and my friend Mel who’s a seamstress made them up for me. We also found a lady online who makes petticoats in any colour, and she made ours in a lovely soft green,” explains Yvonne.

The music featured in the couple’s intimate wedding ceremony, were all famous 60s tunes – including favourites from Marvin Gaye, The Beach Boys and Jackie Wilson.

“Jane at Flower Garden (flowergardeniow.co.uk) was very helpful and came up with the idea of Dalias in the fish bowls as table decorations, as these were big in the 60’s,” remembers Yvonne. “My Dad is into his classic cars so he drove me to the hotel in his 1966 Mark I Ford Cortina, and Ian and his friends arrived on their Vespa scooters. We made table names out of vinyl records, and the table plan was also made of records, we picked these up from local market. We also had a few other different types of entertainment going on throughout the day. These included a magician – Dave Bonsall www.fingertipmiracles.co.uk who was walking around, then we had a casino roulette table and blackjack table www.shufflesevents.co.uk in the evening, as well as garden games for the drinks reception.

Finally, to cater for their 60s theme, the couple made their own music playlists for the disco, including all their favourite music.

Venue: The Albert Cottage Hotel, East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Photographer: julianporter.co.uk

Isn’t this wedding just fabulous? It proves you can make your theme as subtle or as lively as you like, but the more ‘you’ (your likes, interests, hobbies ect) that you put into your day, the more special it will feel to the both of you.

Feel free to leave comments below. Are you planning a themed wedding? If so I’d love to hear about it.

Love Alice x

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