Stacey and Jono certainly lived out the Rock My Wedding ethos “Your day, your way”. You don’t get too many weddings held in cinemas where ALL the guests are in fancy dress!
And talking of fancy dresses, feast your eyes on Stacey’s George number. Yep… For a minute I thought Stacey had bought her wedding gown from Asda too, but it turns out that in Australia George is a rather swanky fashion label famous for its celebrity clientele rather than bum spankingly good grocery deals.
Stacey The Bride: Our Venue was The Dome Cinema, Marine Parade, Worthing. We always knew we wanted to get married on NYE, at a fancy dress party, in a British seaside town because that is just how we met! When we found the Dome Event Rooms we knew we were on the right track. When we managed to convince the cinema downstairs to let us get married in front of the big screen, we agreed it could not have been any more perfect. It is an amazing Art Deco building which recently celebrated its centenary with red velvet carpet and many original fittings. Both Jono and I work in the design industry and are not religious so it felt really just right for us as a couple.
For make up, I decided to go for big eyes and toned down lips as I didn’t want to have to be touching up all day. Mac Zoomlash and some carefully placed extensions really bought my eyes out. I also used Benefit Brow-zings which kept my brows in perfect position all day. For my hair, I really wanted to wear it down as my husband likes it that way, however advise from friends was to have it up to stay in place so I decided on a compromise! Swept back with big corkscrew curls held in place with an amazing hair piece by Stefanie Brown from Liberty in Love. It was perfect for the Art Deco look of the cinema and stayed in place perfectly all night.
I knew instinctively I didn’t want a meringue and a big veil. I wanted to look stylish and fitting for the venue which was Deco so I decided on something vintage. In the end I decided to look for a decadent evening dress as visits to the traditional shops were not working for me. Because I live in New Zealand and there’s not much choice so I looked to Australia. I decided on a dress from a designer there called George who does a lot of red carpet celebrity wear. It was a beautiful champagne silk with beaded shoulders of a shell emblem. With the seaside theme, it felt like it was meant to be. It also had a black sash which accentuated my waste pulled in the black embroidery from the shoulders on my dress.
My amazing hair piece by Stefanie Brown from Liberty in Love had a similar shell emblem to the shoulders on my dress. My sister lent me her H Stern necklace which completed the look perfectly. Because my dress was quite elaborate I kept the accessories really simple.
The Wedding Party
The bridesmaids wore a lace dress with a black band around the middle to tie in with my dress. I ordered them from NZ so was a bit nervous but they could not have been any better. I gave them dark red roses to contrast with the cream and black with small pearls which looked stunning with the red carpet.
The groomsmen had matching black and cream ties with tie pins. My husband had them embroidered with a different name on each – legend, best, bud, matey, bro, star, chief and each had a rose buttonhole.
Colour Scheme Theme & Decor
Our theme was ‘oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ and we went to town. It was stripes all the way with a palette of blue, yellow and red. We had sherbet dib dabs made to look like beach huts for our table settings, candy floss at midnight, a seaside photo board, buckets loaded with sweets, a seaside postcard invite, 60 deckchairs and more.
I decided on calla lilies for myself as they look stunning with my dress and bridesmaids then had deep red roses. For the reception, we did not have flower arrangements, instead we filled buckets with sweets rather than flowers as we though it was more fun and in keeping with our theme.
We decided to go all out on the balloons instead of the flowers as it felt more fun and in keeping with our theme. We also committed to some professional lighting to light up the cinema as its installed lighting was quite dark. In the cinema, we had 100 weighted balloons with LED lights inside so each one shone individually. We then placed spotlights in the individual domes on the ceiling of the cinema. Rob Jones the lighting designer from SVA, did an incredible job .
The ceremony for us was the most important part and we went all out. None of our guests knew we were marrying in a cinema so it was a complete surprise for them when they arrived! When they did so, we offered popcorn specially stamped with ‘Stacey and Jono’s big day’ and a glass of bubbles to take into the ceremony. I also feel like I am patiently waiting for the champers so we just thought, why not do it before!
Because I am Jewish, we got married under a chuppah in which 4 of our family held. It it traditional to have this to represent a home with open sides to show you are always open to family and friends. I walked down the aisle as our friend Jake played a beautiful acoustic version of ‘One Day Like this’ by Elbow. We then had a poem and another song, Tiki Tane’s ‘Always on my mind’ to recognise our new found friends in NZ.
Then, much to our guests surprise we played a 15 minute movie entitled ‘A few I do’s before we say I do’, with the first section ‘Oh I do like a trip down memory lane’, then memories of our friends then travelling adventures (Jono and I travelled for a year before we arrived in NZ), and finally ‘Oh I do like to say yes’ sharing our life in NZ. It was the most magical moment and everyone just loved it. The movie is below:
As I mentioned above, the cinema was lit beautifully and we had LED balloons everywhere. Guests got a ‘programme’ to meet the wedding party (attached). When the ceremony was over, we got a shot in the cinema of all our guests.
We had our champagne reception amongst the popcorn bar and movie posters with canapes like tortilla with a safron mayo, pastry shells filled with goats cheese and caramelised onion and mini cornettos filled with smoked salmon moose – all in keeping with the seaside. Everything was served in mini crates with striped material with paper stamped with our wedding ‘logo’ Stacey and Jono’s big day.
The reception was then held upstairs, where we had a traditional British meal and knicker bocker glories to finish with popping candy! We also got guests to fill out their favourite memory with us on a special card. The napkins were all wrapped in sweet necklaces.
Once the meal was over, everyone got changed into fancy dress. Jono and I met in fancy dress on NYE so we wanted to recreate the moment. There was a ‘fancy dress’ parlour upstairs with lots of different outfits for people to change into and many people bought their own. The parlour was up in the ‘Dome’ and created a wonderful setting for a ‘mass change’ – it really was hilarious. The theme was fairy tale wedding so we were over the moon with the results including Peter Pan, Snow White, Red Riding Hood and the 7 dwarfs.
We also had a games area for people to relax before the dancing started. This included a game of pin the tash on the queen and seashell scrabble.
Our first dance was to the original version of You’ve got the love by Candy Station. Jono and I have always been into our dance music so we hit the dancefloor as little red riding hood and the wolf.
We then had an 8 piece band called Cover Up Band including a trumpet and sax who did some excellent renditions of Heatwave, Signed Sealed Delivered and more. I would hugely recommend them.
We then got into some Jewish dancing and we held up on chairs as we danced to Hava Nagila – I was terrified!!!
Food, Drink & Treats!
We had the following:
Scottish smoked salmon with dill creme fraiche or Grilled med veg, olives and flat breads.
Lamb rump with red wine sauce, mashed tatties and seasonal veg or mushroom risotto.
Classic chocolate and strawberry knickerbockers with all ya’ favourite bits ‘n’ pieces!
Paper Goods & DIY
Our invite was a seaside postcard which folded out into a pictorial story – so much more exciting than the usual formal invite. We folded it inside itself so it acted as an envelop too which was more sustainable and looked really cool.
This was REALLY important to us. We were really into making the details perfect. We were especially proud of our place names which were sherbet dib dabs made into beach huts! We gave each table a different flag of the places we have visited and used the lolly stick that stuck out of the dib dabs as a flag pole to stick on the corresponding flag. These were then used for the table plan as well.
We created memory cards for the guests to write us a memento which worked really well. We loved reading them all back the next night.
Advice & Special Moments
Most special moments:
- Showing our guests the film we created before we took our vows
- Hitting the dance floor as little red riding hood and the wolf
- Seeing the cinema lit up with the balloons and lights for the first time
- Marrying the man of my dreams 🙂
Best pieces of advice:
Lighting, it’s one of those items on the wedding shopping list that might get overlooked but it can really transform a venue like Stacey and Jono’s cinema. Lighting design doesn’t necessarily cost the earth either (maybe don’t mention that it’s for a wedding!).
Our very own bright spark Lolly discussed lighting issues back in August last year in her inspiration post Light Up Your Love, go check it out.