A Retro Wedding Vibe - Stuart and Emmas wedding

Real Bride – Retro 1950’s Wedding Vibe

A Real Retro 1950’s Wedding Vibe

There is nothing better than hearing about a bride and groom with a special story and this is a great story. Emma and Stuart knew they wanted a 1950s retro feel to their wedding day. The bride loves the fashion of the era so sought out a short wedding dress. The couple married at The Blue Pigeons in Kent after stumbling across the venue one sunny bank holiday. They hadn’t discussed marriage in any detail up until this point but knew that when the day came, this would be their venue.

A Real Wedding - A Retro Vibe for Emma and Stuart

We agreed that if we ever got married it would be somewhere like that – small, intimate and ‘us’

A Retro 1950s Wedding Dress

Emma fell in love with a beautifully feminine short wedding dress. She chose Molly Mae by True Bride (Brighton Belle collection). Its pretty vintage inspired lace illusion neckline and full retro skirt matched their theme perfectly. She complimented the retro 1950s wedding vibe with a pair of statement heels and her hair in a classic 50s style.

A retro wedding vibe - Emma and Stuart

From the moment I walked into the showroom, I knew I’d find my dress at Cutting Edge Brides. Suzanne made me feel truly special, as a bride to be should feel.  

A Retro 1950s Vibe - Emma and Stuarts Wedding

The moment I tried on Mae I knew she was the one for me!  I had ‘the moment’! 

The couples story to their wedding day began after finding their perfect venue after being together for 8 years. The proposal happened whilst Stuart was close to finishing the London Marathon. Within three months they had booked their special wedding venue. Then Emma set about making sure that they had a real retro wedding vibe going on.

Stuart proposed to me out of the blue whilst he was running the 2015 London Marathon; it was at mile 23 and I had no idea. 

The Retro Touches

As well as a vintage style short wedding dress, it’s often the little details that can turn a day into a real 1950s affair. The couple wanted a small and intimate day that focused on their love and their fun natures so it was the retro touches they focused. From Emma’s hair all the way to Stuarts informal waistcoat helped give the day a vintage look and feel.

A Retro Wedding Vibe Emma and Stuarts Wedding

The couple chose a vintage Bluebird bus to collect their guests and Emma’s brother serenaded the couple with acoustic guitar. This was played as the bride was walked down the aisle to add an extra personal feel to the wedding day. Emma wore her hair up which showed of the exquisite back of her dress and she finished the look with a small headpiece veil. The look was romantic and feminine and fitted their venue choice perfectly.

A Retro 1950s Vibe - Emma and Stuarts Wedding

Guests played lawn games in the afternoon that was prepared by the bride and the food was a classic Hog roast. Wearing a short wedding dress meant that Emma could enjoy all the festivities without worry that her dress would stop her enjoying herself.


The couples cake even had a retro twist as it was made by the bride herself. They had Allotment Rhubarb gin as favours made specially by a friend. The wedding was made with love and had a community spirit about it that really embodies the 1950s. The attention to detail such as the bright bunting and fun activities set this retro wedding apart. It looks like the couple and their loved ones had a glorious day all together.

A retro wedding vibe - Emma and Stuart

So all in all, we had a really personal wedding and I wish we could do it all over again – I loved every second.

Emma and Stuarts Retro 1950s Wedding vibe

Our wedding day was exactly as we’d hoped – intimate, relaxed and fun!  

A Retro Wedding Vibe - Stuart and Emmas wedding


Photographer: Brett O’Connell Photography

Florist: The Flower Basket, Sandwich, Kent

Hair: My cousin Tom Wood & his friend Gemma Hull (both freelance hairdressers)

Make Up: Me!

Shoes: Gabrielle by Rainbow Club

Band: Millenium Bug

Vintage Bus: Bluebird (1952 Leyland Tiger) by Vintage Bus Hire, Kent

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