- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2014 - Historic cinema
Well, I’m now a member of the Married Ladies Club! YAY!<br />Our day went perfectly. TOO perfectly! Have no idea how that happened but am still in a state of bliss 🙂
It did rain all day but with 2 indoor venues I barely noticed or cared!
We wed in an historic cinema where I used to work as a projectionist. I met my husband at the movies and we own a DVD store, so our day was a cinematic representation of who we are as individuals and as a couple.
I’m also a burlesque performer and producer so I planned our wedding as I would a show and it certainly paid off.
Here are a mix of our first batch of pro pics and some guest pics 🙂
Our invitations DIYed by me and designed to conjure thoughts of silent pictures.
A movie wedding simply must have it’s own poster! We borrowed our style from the 2011 film ‘The Artist’.
A gift for my husband, presented to him the morning of the wedding by his Best Supporting Man – cufflinks that belonged to his idol, Orson Welles
I first saw Roman Holiday when I was 16 and KNEW that one day this would be my look. I’m overwhelmed with how closely I was able to copy it.
Raiders of the Lost Ark ring box
Our car was a 1955 Jaguar, a reference to a film my husband made with his mates at school. His best friend (now deceased)’s Dad drove his Jag as a getaway car in their film!
The ceremony started with everyone standing to sing ‘God Save the Queen’ as per cinema tradition in the Commonwealth until the late 1960s. Then the 20th Century Fox theme began proceedings. My groom entered from the side to the theme from The Adventures of Robin Hood, my Best Supporting Ladies and Disney Princess Flowergirls to Moon River from Breakfast At Tiffany’s and then I entered to the Gone With the Wind overture.
Our celebrant is a friend of both of ours who is also President of our local Film Society. She became a celebrant just for us! It’s a difficult process in NZ and not everyone gets accepted, so we were thrilled.
So much happy!
We also posed behind the ticket booth and unsuspecting, oblivious patrons got a fright when they came up to us to purchase tickets! Funniest moment of the day!
The cinema is chocka full of movie and NZ cinema memorabilia.
Posing with Edith Head’s costume sketch for the gown. My bouquet is a Glamelia or composite rose. One big bloom in the centre and then individual petals glued around it to create one giant flower.
The rain may have ruined the hem of my silk dress but it didn’t put the slightest damper on our day.
Our cocktail hour was in the foyer of NZ’s largest black box theatre. The white walls were covered with vintage movie posters. We had “Joan Crawford’s Coatcheck” (10 points if you get the reference) a red carpet leading up to the doors of the reception space and an old fashioned champagne fountain.
Our custom made marquee hung above the red carpeted entrance to the reception space.
Reception set up. Took 12 hours to create!!!!!
But worth every second.
Tables were named after our favourite films. The seating chart had the list of guests names and “You will be seated with…” the two co-stars of the film. They then had to figure out which was their table. It got everyone mingling and making new friends 🙂
After our entrance I surprised my husband and our guests by joining our 10 piece jazz band to sing “I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love” by Petula Clark. It describes our relationship perfectly.
Our amazing cake told the story of The Wizard Of Oz and was cut with a lightsabre cake knife I made for Richard. I HATE Star Wars! lol “Over the Rainbow” was sung a cappella and it was beautiful. People cried!
Is this not the most magical first dance photo ever?! Our catering staff are peeking from behind the curtain. A second jazz performer sang Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” as we danced.
Our lolly buffet! What a hit! Each of the sweets had names like: ‘Shirley Temple’s Good Ship Lollipops’ ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Milk Bottles’ ‘Marilyn Monroe’s Cinnamon Lips’ ‘Kelly, Gene’s Jelly Beans’
We had a classic Paper Moon photo booth. Our photographers set up a printer and printed sepia coloured prints onto card to look like 1930s fairground keepsakes. There was a constant line all night after dinner and speeches.
Will share more photos as I receive them. But for now, am over the moon with the ones I have and the day I had 🙂 <3