A fine vintage: rocking a retro vibe in Rye

Sarah and Craig rolled back the years to create a rocking retro party

Sarah and Craig: In the beginning


Sarah and Craig hit it off right away when she interviewed him for a job. “He got it,” laughs Sarah, “based on merit, of course!” Four years later, an impromptu proposal with an engagement ‘string’ that Craig had fashioned from a bottle of Prosecco kicked off their vintage-inspired wedding plans.


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Sarah and Craig: A place to start


The couple chose the The George in Rye, with its vintage wallpapers and panelled walls, for their antique-themed day.

“I walked the two minutes from the George to the Town Hall for the ceremony, but we did borrow Craig’s mum’s latte coloured Nissan Figaro for the photos,” she says.

Sarah and Craig: The dress


“I love Audrey Hepburn’s look in Funny Face, so Kate Halfpenny – who customises vintage dresses – was my kind of designer. I looked for a combination of a Fifties lace skirt panel with a contrasting blush, satin bodice with capped sleeves.”

Sarah and Craig: Groomed to perfection


Sarah matched the dress with a necklace from eBay, a pair of shoes from L.K. Bennett and a bespoke headpiece from Karin Andreasson.

Craig looked dashing beside her in a blue, slim-fit suit from Jaeger finished with a pair of brogues from Paul Smith.

Sarah and Craig: Beautiful blooms


Sarah’s dainty bouquet was created by Shimizu Flowers using cream and pale yellow roses.

Sarah and Craig: Maid up


The chief bridesmaid’s blush-toned dress was from Start London while the maids’ outfits were by Jaeger, teamed with headpieces from Urban Outfitters.

Sarah and Craig: Flower power


At the reception, the couple created a retro theme by filling birdcages, vases and pitchers bought from flea markets with astilbe, agapanthus, asparagus fern and sedum.

Sarah and Craig: Time for tea


Other decorations included vintage crockery from Bristol Vintage that were filled with cream roses and pearls.

Sarah and Craig: The real deal


Playing-card bunting created by the venue complemented the eclectic, flea-market-find décor of the day.

Sarah and Craig: Music, maestro


For the table plan, Sarah and Craig arranged their favourite seven-inch records on a board.

Sarah and Craig: Chart topper


Matching sleeves on the tables helped guide guests to their seats.

Sarah and Craig: Give my heart


Place names were luggage labels tied around lavender hearts made by Sarah’s mum and sister for the girls…

Sarah and Craig: Message in a bottle


… and small bottles filled with Frangelico liqueur for the boys.

Sarah and Craig: Caught on camera


“We spent hours at Spitalfields Market rummaging through boxes of vintage wedding photos,” says Sarah. The couple used them as invites and on the day to add a romantic touch to their venue.

Sarah and Craig: Home-baked cake


Craig’s nan Greta made the fruitcake for cutting, decorating it with pearls, and there were cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery too.

Photography by Wild Weddings


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