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Retro Australian Elopement Ideas

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Stewart Leishman

As soon as we saw the story Juli of One Sweet Girl cooked up of a retro bride and groom who recognized from their own wedding, we knew it was going to be something pretty sweet — and images from Stewart Leishman are always a treat. Toss in a farmer who comes to the rescue, some strawberry cake, and a beyond incredible bouquet from The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie and we’re sure to swoon.

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From the event designer, Juli of One Sweet Girl: This project came about from a few inspiration points – the ‘family’ car (a restored ’66 Chevy) – a chance discussion about my idea with the photographer whilst on another project together – and a plan with my friend Virginia (the florist on this project) about yet another idea involving strawberries… and so this particular story came to life.


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Tina and Shainne are ‘goin to the chapel’ to get hitched… only they break down while taking a shortcut down a country lane. Whilst Shainne tries to repair the car, Tina indulges in some wedding cake (of course, what else is a bride to do but have her cake and eat it?!), and tries to wait patiently for them to be on their way… but fate intervenes in the form of a local farmer, who marries them in a field, then sees them on their way to married life with a bouquet toss out the car window.


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Shoot Location: Pakenham, Victoria / Shoot Concept, Styling, Props, Desserts, and Vehicle: Juli Stertern-Gill of One Sweet Girl / Photographer: S Leishman Photography / Wedding Flowers: The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie / Shoot Venue: Private Farm / Models: Tina and Shainne

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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Strawberries and Gingham Bouquet Inspiration

Wedding Design

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Spring is a season that just begs to see bright and fun fabrics, so we were understandably excited to see this cheery gingham bouquet inspiration created by Karin Woodward of Haute Horticulture and shot by Annabella Charles Photography. We’re particularly fond of the hodgepodge of different flowers in varying shades of pink, and not to mention that scrumptious-looking strawberry and whipped cream cake!


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Bride’s Bouquet:
All of the above flowers:
Pink: Hydrangea, Sweet Pea, Tulips, Waxflower, Hyacinth, and includes extra Green Hellebore, Pink Jasmine Vine, Double Knock Out Roses (from my garden) in hot pink, and Honeysuckle vine.

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From the event stylist, Karin of Haute Horticulture: We took 5 “bridesmaid’s” bouquets different flowers… same colors. We then recycled them and made the “bridal” bouquet. We took Pink Gingham fabric from the local fabric store and tied a giant bow around the bouquet instead of ribbon. The fabric actually holds a big bow much better than ribbon and is super cute. We then made a cute summertime cake with whipped cream and strawberries instead of icing.

Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquets

Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquets

Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquetsStrawberries and Gingham wedding bouquets

Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquets

Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquets


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The Button Hole (Boutonniere) was made from Green Hellebore and Waxflower.

Wedding Vendors (Memphis, TN):

Venue: Private residence / Wedding Photographer: Annabella Charles Photography / Wedding Flowers and Event Designer: Haute Horticulture

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Redfield Photography

We are a husband and wife team. We live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with our beautiful and majestic cat; Ms. Beans. We met in art school and one of our favorite parts about wedding photography is using our artistic backgrounds to tell your story with a fine art perspective is what we love to do.

We love exploring new places, making new friends, and collaborating with you to tell your story. We take our job very seriously and we have just about the best time ever doing it.

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Art Deco Inspired Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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This wedding shot by Natalie Moser has me in a tizzy. In many ways, it reminds me of my own 1930s inspired wedding, but only way more stylish. Amber Events designed this wedding to the nines, and it’s chock full of simply beautiful ideas. Julian and Summer (a girl after my own heart) were recently married at the fantastic Cicada Restaurant in Los Angeles, and made it completely their own. In addition to bringing in dancing pinup models and cigar girls, the couple had their own stage made for their ceremony and for the swing band!


Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

From the photographer, Natalie Moser: To say that this is couple is creative is an understatement: Summer, a costumer, and Julian, a writer, both love historic Los Angeles and vintage Americana and wanted to show their friends and family the LA that they love. Their rehearsal dinner was held at Marvimon House, a former Italian racecar showroom, and their guests were surprised by a retro slideshow by humorist Charles Phoenix. The day after brunch was held at the Oviatt Penthouse, the “castle in the sky”.


Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

The Western Union telegram programs below bring me back great memories of my own wedding. Here’s my post on DIY telegrams. I included an editable envelope download to go with it.

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser PhotographyJulian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography
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Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

The wedding itself was held in the most beautiful art deco building in Los Angeles: Cicada Restaurant in the Oviatt Building. As guests entered they typed a message on Julian’s childhood typewriter or wrote a postcard and “mailed” it in the old mailbox. The programs passed out were based on old Western Union telegrams that told the guests what was happening when. If anyone is familiar with Cicada you are aware that there is not a normally a stage in there–we commissioned an elaborate one to be built on which Julian & Summer could first have their ceremony then have our 13 piece swing band perform for the reception. Summer wore her hair in an old fashioned pin-up style with a birdcage veil and little strawberries pinned in it, and Julian wore a tie that Summer made for him: a peek-a-boo tie with a pin-up photo of herself and their dog Archie! The tie was such a hit that Summer decided to open up her own Etsy shop: The Peek-a-Boo Tie Shop.



Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser PhotographyJulian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography
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Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

During the cocktail hour the guest went to the bar upstairs as the staff flipped the space from ceremony to reception. A jazz trio played next to the baby Grand Piano and guests found their escort cards pinned to vintage dress forms. The reception evening unfolded with surprises for the guests with a vintage dress up photobooth, the Satin Dollz pin-up dancers, vintage cigarette girls passing out party favors, and even our gorgeous bride Summer changing into a little sailor outfit to serenade her new husband!


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Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser PhotographyJulian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

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Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):

Wedding Venue: Cicada Restaurant / Wedding Photographer: Natalie Moser / Wedding Planning and Design: Amber Events / Wedding Cinematography: Isabel Gonzalez / Officiant: David Teitelbaum / Wedding Flowers: Holly Flora / Wedding Music: No Vacancy Orchestra / Desserts: Fantasy Frostings / Bride’s Hair: Stephen Ratliff / Bride’s Makeup: Alix Druckman / Entertainment: Satin Dollz Pinup Dancers and Ron Rubin Events / Vintage Photobooth: Paper Moon Vintage / Stationery: Emily Rose Papers and Zenadia Designs / Lighting: Aspect Lighting / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Stage Construction: Joseph Edelson

We love when we catch our vendor guide members gracing vendor lists in our features! Amber Events has our Blue Label vendor guide stamp of approval.

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Aurora Cinema

Aurora Cinema is a filmmaking studio based in New York. After several years of shooting for some of the best in the wedding industry, I’ve decided to venture out and create something inspiring with beautiful imagery and powerful stories.
We are a team of creative professionals dedicated to mixing passion & art throughout the Adirondack Mountains, NYC, Boston, & Newport.
Get in touch with us to see what we can create for you!

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