Rockabilly meets Doo-Wop meets vintage cars at this retro wedding

I have always loved and been fascinated with the 1950s especially the pin-ups, music, swing dancing, and custom hot rods, so Garrett and I decided to have a rockabilly/Doo-Wop-themed wedding that also incorporated our love for cars.

The ceremony site was decorated with the black/red/white rockabilly theme. To keep the guests thinking this would be a traditional wedding, the DJ played traditional classical music while the guests were taking their seats. After all were seated, the DJ who was actually a Wolfman Jack Impersonator who welcomed everyone in an authentic Wolfman Jack fashion.

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A retro musical wedding with 1960s revival & rock 'n' roll inspiration

Music is a huge part of our lives and I let the artists who inspire us most influence the design. We drank whiskey from tea cups and had the processional set to "Fawn" by Tom Waits. His lyrics were tucked in here and there. I weaved in my love of kitsch and vintage by collecting mix and match china for 200 people (it took almost two years!) and featured a unique, cool set of vintage salt and pepper shakers on every table. We had whiskey bottles (all enjoyed with friends and family) and vintage vases that we collected for flowers.

A 1950s-inspired rustic vintage craft beer wedding

I love '50s-inspired everything so my dress was tea-length and my makeup was more of a pin-up look with a birdcage veil and victory roll. We also really looked for an off-the-beaten-path location in New Jersey, which is not so easy! We settled on the Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ which is an old grist mill. Our ceremony was in the saw mill. We are also huge craft beer fans, so our tables were covered with hop leaves and our centerpieces were our own personal growlers. I tried to do a lot of DIY with decorating the pallets and using old windows for signs and the seating arrangement.

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A fabulous retro drive-in meets cocktail party prom

There wasn't a real theme for the wedding, other than "Let's Duerr It," based on our last name. It was our URL, hashtag, and was prominently displayed in large balloons on stage. One friend had made the comment that she felt like she was at a prom, "in the best possible way." We got married at an old drive-in hot dog stand called Superdawg, where we had one of our first dates. Our friends Kate and Pete chauffeured us in their '61 Lincoln Continental and the officiant was our friend Louie. The guest list was about 15 people (plus our dog, Stanley) and the ceremony lasted about five minutes.