Today I am thrilled to share a vibrant and colourful 50s theme wedding shoot with polka dot, cherry and bluebird details.
Images were captured by Spurrell Photography with co-ordination and styling by Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning, and the collaboration of a fabulous creative team.
Kimberly says of the shoot…
I’m obsessed with all things vintage, especially the 1950’s era.
I love the music, red lipstick, fluffy skirts and gloves on ladies, and classic clean-cut looks on the gentlemen.
It was a simpler time, full of glamour and style so I was thrilled to be asked to design a styled wedding photo shoot for Arrowhead Golf and Event Centre in North Canton, Ohio, to showcase their venue.
This retro-inspired theme immediately came to mind, full of bright colours and fun.
The main colours used were cherry red and aqua blue, with a touch of baby pink and white to accent.
We added polka dots, cherries and blue birds into the design scheme for a few fun touches, also incorporating vintage clothing and accessories, rocking it out!
To give an insight into the day the stationery suite was created by Bellus Designs especially for this event, mirroring the bright colors and fun polka dots in our table settings.
There was also a subtle theme of cherries, hearts, and bluebirds of happiness running through our accessories and decor items. Overall, the vibe was very happy and dreamy, as a wedding day should be.
We showcased several different looks in attire for this styled shoot.
Our handsome male model, Kyle, wore a off white tuxedo jacket, white button down shirt, and slim-fitting black trousers, accenting his classic 1950’s look with dark dress socks with a cherry design.
Kyle wore two different ties, the first being a classic cream bow tie with cherries printed on it, and the second being a long red and white striped satin tie.
He also wore two different pocket squares in his jacket, the first an aqua blue plaid with birds printed on the one corner, and the second being a dark red with a yellow paisley design. Kyle also wore vintage cuff links to complete his stylish ensemble. Very dashing.
Our gorgeous bridesmaid model, Sarah, wore two very lovely and elegant outfits for our shoot.
The first ensemble was a vintage dusty blue satin bridesmaid gown, with an aqua blue petticoat underneath, with a large matching hair bow placed in her long curly locks.
We completed her look with glittery gold heels, jewellery with blue accents, vintage formal gloves, and a vintage pearl beaded clutch purse.
Sarah’s second look was very flirty and fun. She wore a black, full-skirted halter dress with a white sash and white polka dots.
To fill out her skirt, we added a flirty red petticoat, red Mary Jane heels, and a fun red fascinator that set off her curls and beautiful face.
Our stunning Bridal model, Sammy Kay had several vintage looks.
The first outfit was a vintage tea-length ivory satin dress from English Rose Vintage Oh, with an asymmetrical neckline, pleated waist, and full skirt.
We added a custom ivory satin sash, with a large bow and rolled satin roses. We wanted to give her a pop of colour with her dress, so we added the red petticoat underneath.
The underskirt peeked out below the hem at different times during the shoot, and looked amazing.
Her jewellery from Papparazzi Accessories included a red glass beaded bracelet with cherry charm, cherry earrings, and a red pendant necklace and her rings were a vintage wedding set belonging to my grandmother.
To complete her fun wedding day look, we added a romantic red lace birdcage veil by Over the Moon Bridal, red Mary Jane heels, vintage ivory lace gloves with red trim, and a vintage red leather clutch purse.
Sammy’s second look of the day was just as romantic. She wore a vintage 1940’s tea-length lace wedding dress, that was simply elegant.
For extra sparkle, we added a beaded belt from Lorili Design, a pearl bracelet, and glittery gold heels. in her hair, we placed an ivory floral fascinator that framed her dark curls perfectly.
To compliment the fashion our flowers were absolutely gorgeous, and were created by Liz Nidy Floral Design based on flowers commonly used in 1950’s weddings.
We had a large centrepiece for our dining table, a bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquet, two boutonnieres, and loose flowers to decorate the cake with.
Our florist Liz Nidy used roses, Malus tree blossoms, ranunculus, zinnias, a mix of greens , sprengeri fern and Italian ruscus.
Most of the flowers were a deep red, with some baby pink, white and yellow blossoms to balance the overall look, perfect for a spring wedding
Many of the decor items featured in this styled shoot are vintage items from the 1950’s, and are reflective of me wanting to create a truly authentic retro, but very fun, feel.
We created two lovely tablescapes to theme the day.
The first was our guest table, swathed in luscious aqua blue satin, and flanked by white covered chairs with matching aqua blue satin sashes.
For a pop of color, we added a bright cherry red runner with white polka dots down the middle of the table.
Our place settings were comprised of a red charger plate, ivory dinner plate with gold trim, and vintage blue patterned salad plates and saucers.
Our aqua blue satin napkins matched our table cloth and chair sashes perfectly.
In the centre of each place setting, we added an aqua tulle drawstring favour bag, covered in adorable white polka dots, and filled with classic red and white candies.
Our glassware included classic cobalt blue wine glasses, and clear water goblets.
Gold mercury votive candles were scattered along the length of the table, lending a glow alongside the creme taper candles, nestled in a pair of vintage glass candlesticks adorned with love birds.
The retro theme menu highlighted a meal that might have been served at a wedding reception in the 1950’s.
Formal escort cards were set alongside each place setting, and the table number card featured a lovely red heart and pair of bluebirds.
The gorgeous centerpiece was featured in the middle of the dining table, in a white compote bowl.
Our dessert table was just as lovely as our dining table, covered in the rich aqua blue satin tablecloth, and red runner with white polka dots.
The petite chocolate wedding cake was placed on a rise, and highlighted with a vintage wedding couple topper, and pink and white fresh flowers.
Below the cake, there was a darling handcrafted heart shaped ornament, made from a vintage cookie cutter, silk flowers and ribbon.
The handcrafted sign by Seasonal Accent at the back of the table was a beautiful reminder of love.
We placed luscious chocolate cupcakes on a vintage silver serving tray adorned with white and red lacy paper doilies.
A bottle of sparkling beverage awaited our couple, along with vintage champagne bride and groom glasses.
For those guests who did not wish to indulge in a bubbly beverage, soft drinks in vintage glass bottles were ready to be shared, with darling paper straws, printed with red chevron and vintage cherries designs.
To complete the colourful 50s wedding theme the cake was simple and elegant, just like many of the wedding cakes in the 1950’s.
It had a round chocolate layer tier, frosted in creamy chocolate buttercream with chocolate crunchy bits at the base.
It was decorated with a vintage couple cake topper, and fresh pink and white flowers and greenery.
We also added chocolate cupcakes frosted with cocoa flavoured icing, and chocolate sprinkles.
To finish off the look of the cupcakes, we placed a vintage heart shaped pick in each one. They were as yummy as they were charming!
Photographer: Brianna Holloway – Spurrell Photography
Designer & Event Planner: Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance
(Also linens, wedding cake, favors, tableware, decor items, cupcakes, accessories, wedding rings, bridal garter, fashion styling, vintage ivory silk wedding dress, vintage blue bridesmaid dress and headpiece, blue pocket square, groom’s socks, cufflinks, ties, groom’s jacket)
Venue & Chair Covers: Arrowhead Golf and Event Centre
Vintage Wedding Dresses, Ivory Bridal Shoes, Bride’s Cardigan Sweater, Bride’s Clutch Purse, Ivory and Red Headpieces, Vintage Pocket Square: English Rose Vintage Oh
Vintage Veils: Over the Moon Bridal
Stationery Suite: Bellus Designs
Floristry: Liz Nidy Floral Design
Handmade Items: Jacqueline Kinsinger – Seasonal Accent
Alterations, Bridal Bow Belt (short vintage dress with full skirt and red petticoat): Lorili Design
Jewellery: Samantha Guna – Papparazzi Accessories
Vintage Car: D. Hawthorn
Models: Sammy Kay Smith / Sarah Riddle / Kyle Burnett