Abby & Ash's '50s-inspired rock 'n' roll wedding #Real Weddings: Global#1950s#australia#birdcage veil#economical wedding#perth#red shoes#retro#rock 'n' roll wedding#short dress#tattooed bride#tattooed groom January 31 | Offbeat Editors Photos by Shoot4u Photography The offbeat bride: Abby, Training Coordinator Her offbeat partner: Ash, Irrigation Technician Date and location of wedding: Rosemount Hotel, Perth, Western Australia — October 29, 2011 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: From the get go, I knew we would have a very tight budget. With a toddler around there was no splashing out on effectively ONE day of our lives together. The entire wedding, including a $3,000 bar tab, set us back $6,000 in total. I saved the most money on the dress by buying it online. I actually couldn't decide on what one I wanted so I bought two. https://www.flickr.com/photos/abbyjean86/6678501471/in/set-72157628822636887 Like the dress, our decorations, bridesmaid dresses, groom's outfit, flower girl dresses, etc. were purchased online. For a full 12 months prior, I scouted Etsy, eBay, and every retro online store in the world. Tell us about the ceremony: The ceremony was short and sweet. Both a bridesmaid and a groomsman read a short reading during the ceremony. The groomsman, Matty, decided to write his himself which made it all the more meaningful: "True love is the highest achievement we can ever amount to in life. It is this love we celebrate and rejoice, it is this love that brings us together, it is the foundations on which a family is created and it is the bond that is formed through understanding, selflessness, forgiveness, and trust. Today we celebrate the purest essence of life, love, and longevity. Today we are gathered to witness a commitment to true love and may it be celebrated with our love." Our biggest challenge: Both Ash and I have really large families, and because we had a very tight budget we had to be really careful about the reception numbers. We had a rule of thumb that we had to explain to our relatives: if one of us didn't know you by name, then you will not be invited. We wanted to be able to look around the room and know everyone, and be surrounded by those who we both know and love. My favorite moment: Unfortunately I didn't see it, but luckily the videographer caught it on tape. My daughter Evie was very nervously walking down the aisle and as soon as she saw Ash, she forgot the "walk slowly and drop the rose petals on the carpet" talk we had about five minutes before. She yelled his name, bolted straight for him, and hugged his knees. https://www.flickr.com/photos/abbyjean86/6678490769/ My funniest moment: The speeches were the funniest part. Our long-time friends and members of our bridal party gave everyone the "how they got together" speech (which included tarot cards), and my Dad told my husband that if he tattooed his granddaughter, he would hunt him down and kill him. Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? The ceremony was finished at 5:30 p.m. and the sun set on the ceremony location at 6:30 p.m. I was so worried we would not get enough time for photographs before the sun set. And I was right. We ended up going to the reception venue earlier to take more shots and some of the best pictures we have were taken at the reception venue, not the park. My advice for offbeat brides: Not to fuss about the little things. Some brides spend so much time worrying about the ribbon colour, or the centrepieces. On the morning of your wedding, sit down, have a chat with your bridesmaids, drink champagne, and stay away from the damn phone! What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? It's cliche I know, but be wary of getting pressured into taking everyone's advice. I wanted to wear ridiculously high, red shoes. We wanted to play Sublime and Chuck Berry at the ceremony. I wanted to give away guitar picks as favours and Ash wanted to wear jeans. So we did all those things, despite what anyone else thought. And it was perfect. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Dress: Honey Pie Boutique Bridemaids dresses: eBay Australia seller Pinup by Sophie Flowergirl dresses: Cutie Clothes Reception venue: Rosemount Hotel Ceremony furniture hire: Whirligig Designs Photographer: Shoot4U Guitar Picks: Custom Guitar Picks Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2Fabbyjean86%2Fsets%2F72157628822636887%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2Fabbyjean86%2Fsets%2F72157628822636887%2Fshow%2F&set_id=72157628822636887&jump_to=" width="800" height="500"> Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Will I stay friends with my wedding party members after the wedding? NEXT Geeky terrarium centerpieces FTW! Show/Hide comments [ 21 ] One word : Fabulous! 4 agree Reply Second word: Amazing. (The third would be Gorgeous) 3 agree Reply I want a grown up version of that little girl's dress! Seriously, one of the best weddings I've read in quite a while! 2 agree Reply I love everything about this wedding! 4 agree Reply Fuck yeah Perth weddings! Another great WA bride, whee. Definitely filing this one away in my inspiration folder. Muchos love to y'all, everything looks amazeballs. 3 agree Reply YAY for Perth! Glad you enjoyed our wedding. Love your blog – Congrats on the birth of the Parasite 😀 Reply Nice to see another rockabilly bride! Im having a fifties diner theme, for under $1000. All of these budgets make my head spin. Reply Oh muh guh, THIS!!! I love love love it. 😀 1 agrees Reply CUTE. Massively loving the whole "sitting in a tree" photie. x Reply Beautiful images it looks a lot warmer than here in the UK Reply Red shoes. Nothing else matters. Reply OMG your wedding was absouletly georgous…and the pictures were jsut awesome the tree the bar all just beautiful accents to a georgous day Reply Beautiful! Thankyou! From Cassy in Melbatown. We're getting married in April and hope to have a similarly inspired but low key affair xxxoo Reply This is an amazing wedding can i just ask about your dress i just bought mine from honeypie boutique and was wonderinf what type of petticoat did you go for under your dress i think its the same as mine "Grace" thanks a million oh and i hope your enjoying married life x Reply Hi! I bought the 29" double layered petti from Honeypie to go with the dress. The only issue I had was it was really scratchy underneath, I sewed in a slip so it didnt bother me. There are plenty available on eBay too, just be sure it's a 29" length. Hope this helps! x Reply A gorgeous wedding! The length of the dress is perfect and your bridal party is styled so well <3 Reply there's probably a word for wedding envy: I am having a serious case of it right now 😀 You both look so wonderful and happy, beautiful couple. (Love love love the bridesmaids dresses by the way, so I'll google away right now 😉 Reply Totally teared up with the story of your daughter running! So adorable Beautiful wedding! Reply inCREDible. Reply My son's name is Ash, just Ash, and it's lovely seeing such a dashing man who shares it (even if it's shortened). Gorgeous wedding, congratulations! Reply Love this wedding so unique and fun! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. 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