Bob and I met in October 2001 at an American swing band. We were both in the Sydney Rockabilly scene and even though we’d never met before, when he came up to ask me to dance that night I thought he looked familiar. It turned out we both went to the same design school! He was studying industrial design and I was studying graphic design. We have been together ever since.
Bob proposed on Christmas morning 2008 while we were still in our pyjamas and handing each other our gifts.
The main focus for our wedding day was to have fun. It was important for the wedding to reflect who we are in our everyday life; we didn’t want something that felt unnatural or overly staged. We collect and wear vintage clothing; our house is a culmination of 10 years of collecting vintage home wares and interesting industrial objects. Our friends are like-minded, so having a vintage style wedding was only natural.
The bridal party started the day at Sterling Hair Salon where vintage hair specialist, Tony styled our hair with the brief of: “BIG early 60s hair, please!” and celebrated make-up artist Martin Bray finished off the look with lots of black eyeliner, flash eyelashes and shaped brows.
I purchased my original 1950s cocktail dress on eBay in immaculate condition for $200. As an avid collector of 50s/60s fashion it is honestly the most amazing dress I have ever found.
My talented tailor fit the dress as well as adding intricately beaded layers of Swarovski crystals to the bust and lace trim of the skirt. He also studied 1950s Dior patterns and techniques to fashion a new petticoat out of 50 metres of pink and peach tulle, to create the perfect bell shaped skirt – a la Dior’s 1954 ‘new look’ collection.
My vision for the bridesmaids was to make them my own living posy, so I took colour inspiration from hydrangeas. As we were buying original 1950s fashions, there was no way that we could find 3 dresses exactly the same, so I decided to make a feature of the differences.
We arranged the flowers ourselves. A good friend of Bob’s is a flower farmer who helped us enormously by advising us and bought the flowers for us. It didn’t matter that we weren’t professional florists, because our vision was to have garden posies that didn’t look overly constructed but looked more natural and gathered with love.
My bouquet was a selection of large blousey, dark and light pink David Austin roses with pink hydrangeas, highlighted by green hellebores and hydrangea leaves. It was held together with a pink satin ribbon, on which I sewed a vintage pink and white flower-shaped diamante earring. The other earring from the pair was sewn on the matching ribbon wrist corsage my bridesmaid Tanya made for me.
The ceremony was performed on the patio of Rose Seidler House with the mid-century modern mural as the backdrop. We enjoyed the architecture and décor of this mid-century modern house, built in 1950, but at the same time we respected its role as a museum commemorating one of Australia’s most influential architects, Harry Seidler.
Image by David Johnson
Bob constructed the boutonnieres on the morning of the wedding, using a sprig of hellebores and incorporating Matuka fishing fly’s to add a very personal touch that represented his passion for fishing.
For our reception we had a relaxed cocktail party at Clovelly Bowling Club with scattered chairs and 5 tables. Each table decorated with an Australiana tablecloth and vintage hardcover books in blue hues that supported tea lights in mini preserve jars. There was also a selection of vases and large preserve jars with arrangements of David Austin roses, blue, purple and green hydrangeas, pink ranunculus, and green hellebores. Scrabble racks displayed romantic words like: pillow talk, tie knot, lovebirds and pools of extra tiles were placed on each table to encourage guests to make up their own words – which they did and it was a source of much amusement all night!
Image by David Johnson
Image by David Johnson
As my father gave his speech, my mother backed up him up with a gospel song while holding up Bob Dylan-style flash cards! It was a riot.
Bob came up with the idea for our cake, based on my obsession with collecting a particular brand of 1950s plastic kitchen canisters. My canisters have white lettering on them to represent their contents, C for coffee, S for sugar and so on, but we chose to have the letters L O V E on four ‘canisters’ in graduated sizes.
Inspired by a combination 1950s illustrations and contemporary rock posters we created 3 colour (pink, black and gold) illustrations for the stationery. We designed and hand made all the stationery ourselves. It was all screen-printed using my Print Gocco (a little Japanese screen printing machine).
Ceremony venue: Rose Seilder House
Reception venue: Clovelly Bowling Club
Hair: Sterling Hairdressing Parlour & Barber Shop
Make Up: Martin Bray
Bride’s dress: Vintage (ebay seller)
Groom’s suit: Meijo Exclusive Menswear, 39 Burwood Rd, Burwood, NSW 2134, phone: 02 97473403
Bridesmaid dress: Vintage (sourced from ebay.com and etsy.com)
Photographer: Marinco Kojdanovski – mobile 0418 383 828
Cake: Polka Dot Cookies and Cakes
Music: Limpin’ Jimmy and the Swingin’ Kitten
Photo booth: Retro Photo Company
Ms Polka Dot says:Such a gorgeous wedding for you today, with many lovely vintage details to inspire you. Congratulations Astred and Bob on your marriage and thank you sharing your wedding day with us!
Astred says: I’m a red-headed book designer with a passion for vintage. After meeting my husband in Sydney’s rockabilly scene 10 years ago, we made a life together in a 50s red-brick house filled to the brim with 50s/60s home wares and clothing to match. No longer what I would call rockabilly, we still enjoy an early 60s vintage inspired lifestyle. We are both designers and used our skills and style to create a wedding that truly reflected our personalities. See her website – Astred Hicks here.
Images unless otherwise credited from Marinco Kojdanovski
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