THE KITSCH HITCHIN OF THE CENTURY

Let us show you a little somethin’ somethin’. A pretty groovy wedding took place on April 12th, 2019 in Melbourne and boy, are we keen as mustard to show you the outcome…

Recently a bunch of the edgiest wedding vendors were working in cahoots and gave away a killer wedding for one lucky couple. The team of industry misfits, if you will, wanted to create something that hadn’t been seen for…well… 50 years. They put on an elopement-style wedding that was a total time-warp; a 70’s inspired wedding at Melbourne’s iconic Thornbury Bowls Club. Angi and James, two cool cats from Brisvegas, were the lucky couple that got to lay down their vows and in a helluvalotta style to boot.

I was lucky enough to take some snaps (on film and digital, as always) of the day and Till Death, the most badass videographer straight outta Freo, filmed the entire thing.

The bowls club looked cute as hell zjooshed up with plenty of bunting and fairy lights. A dinner table for 10 was topped with retro glassware and crockery from Betty May Vintage Hire. An empty wall with shelving was transformed into their personalised ceremony backdrop. “Happily ever after” neon and disco balls by Good Day Rentals were surrounded by a stunning floral display by Bloom Boy; plenty of daisies, Billy Buttons, Babies Breath and dahlias. The shelves were filled with beautiful photographs of Angi and James as well as treasures and nick-knacks from their own personal collection… and how could we forget the shagpile rug?

Killer Queen Creative primped and preened our couple – a real master of mod eye shadow and big Farrah Fawcett hair. After putting daisies in Angi’s hair for the finishing touch, man she was a total daydream.

Angi and James sourced their own threads and they did not disappoint. The bride wore bold purple floral flares and bell sleeves showing off her tatts in all their glory. An outfit change later saw Angi in a green shift dress and those white knee high vinyl boots, oh my! The groom rocked a pale blue Safari suit, slick hair and black shades – like a total badass.

Soul queen, Francesca Li Donni, dragged the bowls club’s old upright piano into the ceremony space and played “Didn’t I (blow your mind this time)” by The Delfonics as Angi walked down the aisle to her beau – swoon. Fran switched it up from soul to disco after the sun went down and the energy was electric.

Jac the Hitcher performed the nuptials in a velour disco tracksuit – she never shies away from a theme. The ceremony was 100% Angi and James – beer skulling, plenty of swearing, cheering and laughing and they sealed the deal by exchanging tattoo VOWchers designed by Frankenrot, the friendly resident graphic designer who also created their gnarly wedding invitations.

Far out, the food… ALL the party food from back in the day from devilled eggs, steak Dianne vol au vents and of course cheese fondu then Blue Lagoons to wash it all down -what’s a wedding without something blue?

Fat and Skinny Catering whipped out the “Margaret Fulton: Dinner Party” 1972 edition and put on a spread that was outta this world. Meatloaf, jellied vegetables, Spam-burgers and would it even be a 70s dinner party without those toothpicks with a trio of pickled onions, cabana and tasty cheese stuck into a pineapple? Let’s be honest, did it really ever go out of fashion?

Finally, the most beautiful wedding cake from Miss Ladybird Cakes to end the night; white chocolate and passionfruit mud cake iced in a colour palette not too dissimilar to your grandma’s 70s wallpaper. Can you dig it?

(most of these words are by Jac The Hitcher (slightly tweaked) because she sure can sum up one hell of a party)

Check out the full series here!

Here’s the legendary team that put it all together – it was a trip!

Celebrant: Jac the Hitcher (@jacthehitcher)

Photographer: Em Jensen Creative (@emjensencreative)

Catering: Fat and Skinny Catering (@fatandskinnycatering)

Tableware and Décor: Betty May Vintage Hire (@bettymayvintagehire)

Neon: Good Day Club (@gooddayclub_au)

Videographer: Till Death (@_tilldeath_)

Florals: Bloom Boy (@bloom.boy)

Hair & Makeup: Killer Queen Creative (@killerqueencreative)

Musician: Francesca Li Donni (@francescalidonni)

Cake: Miss Lady Bird Cakes (@missladybirdcakes)

Custom invites: Frankenrot (@frankenrot)

Venue: Thornbury Bowls Club (@thornburybowls)

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