Kimberly & Steve's '50s retro rockabilly wedding

April 24 |  
Photos by: Sarah Salmon Photography
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Photos by Sarah Salmon Photography

The Offbeat Bride: Kimberly, History Teacher

Her offbeat partner: Steve, Mechanic

Date and location of wedding: The Chatterbox Drive-In, Augusta, NJ — October 11, 2012

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Since Steve is a mechanic and I'm a history teacher obsessed with all things pin-up, a theme with vintage cars and attire was a no-brainer. We wanted the ceremony and reception to be a little theatrical, including an Elvis officiant and lasers and smoke at the reception.

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We had a cupcake tower instead of a cake, but also a huge candy buffet with assorted 1950s candy. My mother sat on the computer for hours on end trying to find all the era-appropriate candy that she could. It fit in pretty well with the 1950s diner aesthetic of The Chatterbox Drive-in.

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Tell us about the ceremony: Our wedding party members had their own theme songs: Steve walked out to "Rock You Like a Hurricane," his groomsmen walked out to the theme from Cops, my girls walked out to "Girls, Girls, Girls" and I walked out to Pantera's "Walk" with my uncle.

Steve's vows were the lyrics to Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line," and mine were from The Wedding Singer, "Grow Old With You."

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Here is an excerpt from the rumble-themed introduction to the ceremony:

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, welcome to the greatest spectacle on earth that is Kim and Steve's wedding! Any reproduction or copy of this broadcast shall not be sold or distributed without prior written consent of the Chatterbox and/or the King of rock 'n' roll himself. Introducing first, weighing in at a total combined weight of 762.3 pounds, the groomsmen! Introducing next, the challengers, weighing in at a combined weight at none of your damn business, the bridesmaids!

Now introducing the man, the myth, the legend… your groom, the one, the only…STEEEEVE! Now the moment we have all been waiting for, the baddest Catholic school teacher in all of New Jersey, the bride….KIIIIIIM!

Elvis: Listen up you two, I want a good clean fight. Keep all hands, feet, and objects to yourself, no hitting below the belt, no crying, no whining, no name-calling until you're married, and nobody tries to kill anybody until I say get it on. Now let's get it on!

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Our biggest challenge: The biggest challenge we faced was having beloved relatives who were not present. Steve's mom passed about six years ago and my father about three years ago. There were no father/daughter dances or mother/son dances and I was really disappointed when I realized that. But I have to give props to my uncle for walking me down the aisle. He is like a second father to my brothers and me.

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My funniest moment: Our first dance was Dusty Springfield's "I Only Wanna Be With You," and it ripped out and Volbeat's cover started. As soon as the opening riff started, everyone who knew it was coming started jumping around and head banging like fools.

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My advice for Offbeat Brides: If you're planning your wedding and are not a planner, make sure you keep a record of all your correspondence with vendors and who you talked to. There were times where I felt like I was given different information each time I talked to a vendor. So be diligent and keep that information handy.

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Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!

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  1. SOoooOOOOOo cute! I absolutely adore the venue choice and you two look so happy. Congrats!

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  2. I love the red rag hanging out of the groom's back pocket. At work I always say the more red rags in your pockets, the more important you are…

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    • Thank you, Erin! Took 2 years of planning to make it perfect!

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  3. This is adorable!! I love it all.

    (ps – our first dance was the *same song!*) :)

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  4. I love your hair. I am getting married in September, and I'm taking a picture of you to my stylist. I want retro hair, but not so over the top that it feels like caricature, and yours is perfect. You look beautiful! Thanks for sharing your wedding :)

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    • Awww thank you sooo much! Good luck with everything! The only advice with the hair is that if it's longer, put some layers in it if you don't have them. Makes things soo much easier…I learned the hard way :P

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  5. Where did you find that cake topper ? It's great !! Beautiful job !!

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  6. I love your button bouquet! Who made it? I have a ton of buttons that I want to have made into something similar. I grew up in Newton and loved the venue so well done. Congrats pics were amazing!

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    • Oh my goodness! Thank you so much! I actually made the bouquet myself with the help of my mother the florist. I kept seeing them on this site and looked them up online. They wanted something crazy like $5oo for a simple one. It's really just thin floral wire, a ton of "filler buttons" and pretty buttons or broaches for the top (all found on etsy, at michaels and ebay). I looked on ask.com for simple instruction and you can see the result :) Good luck!!!

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