50s Retro Brunch Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

Personally, I fell in love with this photoshoot as soon as I saw the mini waffle towers. Seriously, how perfect is that? I love the idea of presenting food underneath an apothecary jar! This shoot of real-life couple Tabitha and Cynthia was made possible by a list of ridiculously talented vendors, including Amanda Doublin, Sweet Emilia Jane, Sweets Indeed, Christa Rose Florals, and Lovey Bridal just to name a few. Thanks to such a great team for sharing your work with us! Be sure to check out model Tabitha’s aptly titled blog, Ms. Awesome, here.

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From the stylist, Emilia: I have a soft spot in my heart for intimate at-home weddings of yore that usually took place morning or mid-day. Think of Father of the Bride… no, not with Steve Martin… the original with Elizabeth Taylor. They were on their way out the door for their honeymoon by dusk! I would love to see the mid-day wedding make a comeback. You’ll save oodles by just serving mimosas or a fun build-your-own bloody Mary bar instead of a full bar. Plus brunch food is the best – pancakes, waffles, donuts, loads of syrup! I could seriously eat brunch all day long. That is where the inspiration for this shoot first started.

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retro 1950s rock n roll inspiration shoot

But I didn’t want to create a shabby chic, pastel-hued brunch wedding… I wanted it to be a little rock ‘n roll and a lot of fun. We used a ’50s diner as inspiration and brought in bright colors like magenta, teal and coral. Gold tones brought a little elegance to the vintage doo-woppy decor. Sweets Indeed put together an amazing brunch table with mini-pancake and waffle stacks, french toast, donuts… it was all so delicious!

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For a cheap decor element, I used loads of tissue paper for the fringe wall, confetti and the homemade popper favors. Head on over to Wal-mart after Easter (or any major holiday) and you can find packages of tissue paper in a every color for super cheap. And it doesn’t take that much at all to do a lot. My favorite element were the poppers that I made by cutting paper towel rolls into thirds, filling them with confetti + taffy and wrapping them up in paper. Super easy and super cute! Plus they really pop!

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Christa Rose put a spin on the carnation… a poor flower that gets a bad reputation… by mixing various shades with craspedia. She even spray-painted the white carnations gold which looked really awesome! I loved the look of the carnation clusters in the more modern IKEA vases.

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I know this might seem obvious to some people but a fast way to stay within budget is to stick to a small guest list. So many of the major elements – catering, rentals, flowers – are based on the number of guests or at least the number of tables. Keeping the guest count small will keep the bottom line small. We imagined an at-home wedding for about 35 people. Even though we created a tablescape, you wouldn’t even need to have set tables. Create little lounge areas with the already existing furniture and let people mingle and sit where they’d like. You’ll be able to spend more time with the people you love and have more money left over to splurge on something that is really important to you.

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Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):

Wedding photographer: Amanda Doublin / Wedding stylist: Sweet Emilia Jane / Desserts: Sweets Indeed / Wedding flowers: Christa Rose Florals / Wedding dresses and accessories: Lovey Bridal / Wedding Makeup and Hair: Faces of California / Models: Cynthia and Tabitha

Amanda Doublin, Sweet Emilia Jane, Sweets Indeed, Christa Rose Florals, and Lovey Bridal are members of Blue Label.

24 comments
  1. Diana

    Im in love! The more I see from their wedding the more I fall in love with these two love birds! ;)

  2. Diana

    Love this! Every time I see more of these two love birds I fall more in love! ;)

  3. Emilia

    This was such a fun shoot to put together…though I don’t advise using confetti outside on a windy day! Every vendor was such a delight to work with and we all got along so well! And Cynthia + Tabitha are just so happy and in love and adorable!

  4. Naomi

    This is just the most adorable combination of fun things ever! How cute are those mini cinnamon buns! Love this!

  5. Katrina

    That candy buffet is awesome! Such great detail and looks yummy

  6. Jennie D.

    Everything about this is adorable!

  7. Jen Hecht

    Adorable and lovely! I just love the 50’s brunch revival! In a world of vintage, vintage, vintage, it’s so great to see a fresh, creative take on old traditions. And the brides are gorgeous!

  8. Ashley Alphin

    Such a great idea! Absolutely adorable!

  9. Noemi

    This is the most adorable thing I’ve seen!

  10. maggie

    those two’s wedding was heart-explodingly adorable and now this! I love the tissue paper fringe wall–might borrow that idea! and heart shape donuts! man.

  11. merium

    Love the ruffled wall~who designed the invite suite?

  12. ms. awesome/tabitha

    This shoot was so much fun to be a part of AND we’re still dying over all the sweetness (literally).
    Such a lovely and talented group of people AND the end product speaks for itself- yummy, yummy, yummy!

  13. Isha Webb

    I had so much fun participating in this shoot! The lovely couple were so in love and sweet :)
    All the local vendors were Amazing! I especially love Amanda’s eye for the unique fun shoots of Tabitha & Cynthia.

  14. Emilia

    Sweets Indeed designed the stationery as well!

  15. Aileen@LoveandLavender

    Love this! And I agree, those waffle stacks are adorable.

  16. Averell

    I love love this look, so pretty and cute especially those mini waffle stacks :-)

  17. Lauren @ Baby Lifestyles

    Well if this isn’t adorable! I’m flipping out over the eggs on toast. That’s so great! A great alternative to serving mimosas at any kind of brunch is to serve them with grapefruit juice instead of OJ. This guarantees that you don’t get any pulp and they have a sweeter taste too. Not to mention it coordinates great with any pink decor.

  18. Chris

    Love the ideas from these photos. Love the cones

  19. Jenny ~ Something Old, Something New

    Oh my gosh all of this looks delicious! I love the heart donutes – so sweet. I’m planning a wedding in July with a brunch reception and will have to share these ideas with them!

  20. Jen Rea

    Gorgeous shoot! I love all the little stationery details and the confetti is such a cute touch.

  21. Frances

    Aww! Congratulations! Looks like you had a fabulous day. Love the fairy wings and those heart-shaped cookies.

  22. antoinette

    This is great… Does anyone know where I can get that cutlery from, its awesome.

  23. Emilia

    Antoinette – the gold flatware I bought at an antique store but you can rent similar styles at Classic Party Rentals.

  24. Joanna

    Wow so sweet, love heart shape donut’s…

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