An Alternative Wedding Part 1 – The Retro Bride

I am so excited to share Part 1 of this Alternative Wedding styled shoot with you today!

Christine from Rock Hard Nails pulled together a group of like-minded creatives who enjoy working with couples who aren’t afraid to try something different, combining their passion for all things alternative and putting together three fantastically funky but achievable looks.

The Retro Wedding

Fun and laid back, this retro style is perfect for a party couple who love all things vintage and kitsch. The tea length ivory dress has a cute polka dot overlay, which was reflected in the nails and bouquet, and red and black underskirts were layered up for a bright pop of colour.

Alternative Wedding Retro

Pearls are a wedding classic and suit the vintage style perfectly; with a loaned floating pearl necklace as “something borrowed” and a handmade pearl and blue silk cord bracelet from ElementIsle being “something blue”.  Wearing fabulous peep toe heels and a rockabilly bandana with pin curls in her hair, this Bride is ready to dance the night away!

Alternative Wedding Retro


A perfect way to incorporate your wedding theme colour is with your nails and Christine used a classic retro pillar box red and accented the ring fingers with ivory polka dots.

Alternative Wedding Retro nails

Makeup Artist Kimberley Berridge likes to experiment with varying styles of bespoke make-up, be it for a photo shoot, catwalk show or on-stage performance.  Model Hannah has amazing blue eyes that perfectly hold the traditional black eyeliner flick of the 50s and 60s.

Alternative Wedding Retro


Colours from her funky red and black bouquet were incorporated whilst giving her a more modern twist with a cut crease shadow, some light contouring and some highlighter on the cheekbones. The look is finished off with a fire engine red colour for her lips for impact and fun.


Heidi from The Flower Studio created a fun retro style posy using fabric, ribbons, buttons and vintage brooches.  A matching buttonhole was created for the Groom.  This idea is a perfect way to use vintage or unique items in your flowers and also makes a fun keepsake for you to cherish beyond your wedding day.

Alternative Wedding Retro Flowers

Check out the gallery below for more beautiful images, captured by Sarah Jewell Photography.  Full credits are at the bottom of the post with links to websites and Facebook pages…. Enjoy!


Photography – Sarah Jewell Photography 

Stylist – Christine at Rock Hard Nails

Models:  Hannah Quilliam & Dolyn Clucas-Morris

Nails – Christine at Rock Hard Nails 

Makeup – Kimberley Berridge

Flowers – Heidi at The Flower Studio

Bride’s Hair– Victoria Wollin

Groom’s Hair – Ben at Drewry’s

Rings and Bracelet – Claire Pearse at ElementIsle

Underskirts – Winnie Kelly’s Fashion

Venue – Milntown

Project Manager – Selina Hooper

Outfits and other items of jewellery not specified – stylist’s or model’s own.


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