A rockabilly love-fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style


 
Photos by: Insight Photography
A rockabilly love-fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style
Photos by Insight Photography

The Offbeat Bride: Louie, Teacher's Aide

Her offbeat partner: Jay, Labourer

Date and location of wedding: Parents' backyard, Victoria, Australia — March 13, 2016

Our offbeat wedding at a glance:

We wanted a relaxed and comfortable wedding, not just for us, but our guests as well. We also had a small budget to work with, so that dictated a lot of our choices. We didn't hire a venue, but instead using my parents' backyard. We also kept decorations to a minimum, DIYing most of them.

A rockabilly love-fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love-fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love-fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love-fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

Jay's in a band and I am a pin-up girl, so we wanted to incorporate elements of those passions into the wedding. I used records glued to candle holders as cake stands, and added little bits of vintage flair by placing old crocheted tablecloths on all the drinks and snack tables. To keep everyone comfortable and the mood light, we had a box of blankets for when people got cold, a DIY photo booth with more props than we thought could possibly be used, and easily accessible drinks (including some nice T2 tea, for the non-drinkers).

A rockabilly love-fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love-fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love-fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

Tell us about the ceremony:

Our celebrant really tailored the ceremony to suit us and our relationship. We had Game of Thrones references, read out an old love letter I wrote for Jay, and made a very clear point about our desire for marriage equality in Australia. Our celebrant also showed us a reading called "Everything about love, I learned from my dog" which we thought was perfect, as our dogs are absolutely part of our family. The only tradition we really stuck with for the ceremony was the kiss at the end, but we still managed to high-five as well.

A rockabilly love-fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

I wore a knee-length dress that my friend designed and made for me, with a matching birdcage veil I made from the remnants of the fabric. I carried a paper rose bouquet that I made using the sheet music for "Pet" by A Perfect Circle. The bridesmaids all wore any black dress they wanted and carried paper rose bouquets made from patterned scrapbook paper.

A rockabilly love-fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

Tell us about your reception:

We had a buffet-style dinner, to keep the cost low and the formalities lower. We hired caterers called The Flying Woks who do Asian-fusion food cooked in front of the guests. Everyone loved it, and even though everyone ate lots there were still leftovers (which we were allowed to keep!).

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

We didn't hire a DJ or band, instead opting for a Spotify playlist. We spent a few weeks before the wedding putting together a playlist that covered the tastes of everyone at the wedding. From metal, to punk, to the macarena, we had it all. The dance floor was full all night.

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

Our dogs got in on the dancing, too. Pip and I shared a few dances over the night, and she was always hanging around during the group dances.

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

The night ended with everyone who was still around stripping off and having a night swim in the dam. Before everyone got too cold, that is, when we moved to the back porch and lit a fire.

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

A rockabilly love fest with boxer briefs, night swims, and pin-up style

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  1. Love the pin up look and the red hair, oh my god, the dress and your man looks handsome as hell!!!! Having asian food is different and off beat, love that. The first picture of you and your bridesmaid dress, it looked like they had a design on the top part of their dresses, so I though oh that's unique and cool!!! Then I scrolled down and saw another picture of you and the bridesmaid and realize, oooohhhh, their bouquets, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

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