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Zach and I met in line at a late night taco stand in Santa Monica, California. So it was only fitting that part of our wedding took place in a Mexican restaurant called Mariasol. The best part about that is that the restaurant is located at the end of the Santa Monica Pier! It was such a fun spot and we were very excited to share it with our friends and family, many of whom had never been to California before.

Walking down the pier together  towards our ceremony was a journey I’ll never forget. We felt like rock stars! So many people were shouting congratulations at us and taking our picture.

Santa Monica Pier sign

Family Portrait in Palisades Park

Tourists

Zoltar

Taxi

Where's Waldo

Pointing

The ceremony took place in the pier’s public observation deck, which is surrounded by gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains.  As a nod to my Spanish-born mother, we had a flamenco guitarist perform the ceremony music and we also incorporated a traditional Spanish coin ceremony using coins from her wedding to my father.

Originally, we planned on keeping everything very simple and not having a bridal party. But in the end, we chose to honor our older brothers by making them Man of Honor and Best Man, respectively.

Ceremony chairs

Spanish Guitarist - Stephen Dick

Spanish Guitarist – Stephen Dick

Down the aisle

Zach ceremony

Shoes

Shoes – Badgley Mischka ‘Hyde’ purchased from Shoecrush.

First kiss

Ceremony venue – Public Observation Deck, Santa Monica Pier

Recessional

After the ceremony, our guests moved into the dining room (which is connected to the observation deck in an L shape) for cocktail hour while we roamed the pier to take pictures. Zach won a stuffed animal for me at one of the carnival games and we got some shots on the ferris wheel.

Stairs at Mariasol

B&W

Walking the Pier

Dress – Michelle Roth Maya (I actually got to meet Henry Roth at a trunk show at Here Comes the Bride in San Diego, where I had gone specifically to hunt down this dress!! He was an absolute doll.)

Ferris wheel line

On the Ferris Wheel

Helping Me Down

We could have spent all evening out there taking pictures but we didn’t want to miss too much of the party! The food and music were great. Our older brothers delivered some very funny and heartfelt speeches. Zach and I toasted using the champagne goblets from my parents’ wedding. We had our first dance (The Greenehornes “Hold Me”), we ate our delicious cupcakes, and everybody danced.

The Room

Cupcake Tower

Cupcake tower – Hotcakes Bakes, Culver City, CA

B&W Champagne Goblet

First dance

Dance floor

One of my favorite memories of the evening came courtesy of Zach’s childhood friends from North Carolina. They have a tradition at every friend’s wedding of picking out a song and serenading the bride. For me, they chose Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.” It was an amazing moment and everybody got a big kick out of it.

Serenade

We didn’t have a huge budget but so many people pitched in to help it all come together.  One friend did all our flowers, her cousin married us, another friend was our DJ, my best friend’s little sister did my hair and makeup. All of these contributions helped make our wedding so fun and the warmth and love surrounding us the entire weekend was indescribable.

Mariasol

Reception venue – Mariasol restaurant

Ferris wheel at night

Ms Polka Dot says – Such a joyful wedding for you today, where the bride and groom’s happiness shines out from every photo. Love the bride and groom being out on the pier and all the colour and life surrounding them on their special day! Congratulations Zach and Theresa on your marriage!

Theresa says: I am a loyal Polka Dot Bride reader all the way over in Los Angeles, CA (well….we love that Theresa!!)

Photography – Patrick Chai and Christiane Ingenthron of Patrick Chai Photography

In addition to Patrick & Christiane, we were extremely lucky that three of our guests are also extremely talented photographers in their own right. Some of the images you see here came from their cameras. (Credit to my older brother, Brian Solis, and my friends Mick West and Ben Stragnell.)

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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.

Bridesmaids getting ready

Tony fitting my hat and veil

Astred getting finishing touches

Barber shop

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.

corsage and flowers

flowers and shoes

bridesmaids prep

everyone needs a little gaffa tape

dress detail

Bride and Father of the Bride

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.

flowers

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.

Beautiful Bridesmaid

bridal procession

ceremony

bridesmaids detail

signing the registry

ceremony

Image by David Johnson

admiring the ring

Bride and maids

Groom and Bride

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.

Groom and boutonniere detail

Bride and Groom

looking out, bride and groom

Wedding party

Happy couple and Rose Seilder House

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!

scrabble tiles

Image by David Johnson

our wedding cake

books

Image by David Johnson

reception detail

reception detail

photobooth

bridesmaids photobooth

photobooth images

Rockabilly guys at reception

Gorgeous guests

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.

parents speech

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.

cutting the cake

our first dance

Best man and bridesmaid dancing

Dessert table

dessert table detail

bye bye!

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).

save the date

invites

invites extras

Ceremony venue: Rose Seilder House
Reception venue: Clovelly Bowling Club
Catering: Katering
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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Husband and Wife

Matt and I met at the movie theater. After our first date, I called a friend and told her he was the man I would marry. One morning, ten months later, I woke up and started finding little notes around the house with reasons why he loved me written on them. Note number 10 was held by him asking me to spend my life with him. We had a whirl wind romance and were excited for the big day.

We knew we wanted our wedding to be intimate with homespun warmth.  We decided on a beautiful country location, Armstrong Farms, in Saxonburg, PA (USA). Our venue was a vintage restored barn. Next to our venue was a farm with cows we heard mooing while we read our vows. That gave our guests a real treat. We even took pictures with the cows.

The wedding became something of a DIY affair.  We had so much fun working on the details together with friends and family. Everything from our cake topper to our invitations was hand made.  Our cake topper was designed to look just like us. We printed all of the paper items on our color printer.  Many mistakes were made with the cutting board giving each item unique imperfections. Centerpieces were hand painted and put together one piece of wheat at a time. Our family even made dozens of cookies and candies, a Pittsburgh wedding tradition.

The night before the wedding, the wedding party helped us decorate the barn and set up for the ceremony. My sister and mother made a home cooked dinner for the rehearsal. We sat on the deck and had a relaxing evening full of good food and wine.

The ceremony was held outside on a hill under a hand painted and flower covered garden gazebo. The chairs going down the aisle had Gerber daisies in mason jars beside them. My father walked me down the aisle and hugged my husband before he gave me away. At the end of the ceremony, the preacher introduced us as husband and wife because he could not seem remember our last name. That memory always makes me smile, now that I have a hard-to-pronounce last name.

Ceremony

The reception was so much fun. The food was amazing and we served cupcakes from one of our favorite bakeries, which we still visit to celebrate every milestone in our lives. We danced the night away, sang, and shared some fun memories.

Our First Dance

We danced to the Shania Twain and Bryan White duet, “From This Moment”.

Bride

Here comes the Bride

Finally Married

Groom

Lost in the weeds

Sneaking away for a quiet moment.

Goofiness

How High Can You Go

Our crazy bridal party!

Cake Topper

Our cake topper was designed to look like us.

Silly Groom

The best part of our wedding was the amount of friends and family who traveled to celebrate with us. Some, who we haven’t seen in a long time, came just for us.  From the toasts, to the first dance, to the after party, every element was perfect. We were able to spend quality time with every single person at our wedding, which made us feel loved that day.

Sunset Pictures

Wedding Details

  • Where the wedding was heldArmstrong Farms, Saxonburg, PA
  • Photographer – Gene Yuger, Photorise
  • Wedding DressGalina (available through David’s Bridal)
  • Flowers – Bittner Florist
  • Cupcakes Oakmont Bakery
  • Cake Topper – Naked Peggies

Ms Polka Dot says: There’s just something about ‘country’ weddings –  with the beauty of the surroundings adding to the beauty of the day. Congratulations Crystal and Matt on your wedding! And thank you for sharing your lovely wedding with us!

My name is Crystal, I’m 30 years old and from a large family. I’m the youngest of 10! My husband and I live in Pittsburgh, PA. We both work in the technology field. Also, we are in the process of fixing up our cozy two bedroom house so we can sell and start looking for a new bigger house. I love interior design and spend a better part of my day looking at design blogs. I can’t wait to get a new house and start ripping it apart and making it a home. My favourite cocktail? A Blue Hawaii Cocktail, yummy! We served them at our wedding.

Photography by Gene Yuger at Photorise

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