“True love should have the thrills that a healthy crime has…” sang Ella and Louis, and if that’s the case, then today’s inspiration has plenty. Bonnie & Clyde captured the public imagination in the 1930s before their gun totin’ crime spree across America ended in a hail of bullets, and again in the ’60s when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway portrayed them in an iconic film (a remake is set for release later this year). While I’m not one to glorify murder and armed robbery, they also came to represent reckless young love, as well as passion and rebellion in the midst of the Depression. With the ’20s and ’30s being firmly back in vogue for weddings right now, I just love the concept of a prohibition picnic – a backyard or country alternative to a glitzy flapper soiree. A vintage motor for the bride and groom, old suitcases filled with picnic food for the guests, and of course bridesmaids in Faye-style berets. Create a speakeasy vibe outdoors with a jazz band, wine bottles in wicker covers and a fun twist on ‘bathtub gin‘ – serving ice cold Cokes and beers from an old bath. Use found objects as decor – vintage cameras, bottles and tins, gramophones, etc. and include touches of Americana like the Coca-Cola tray used here for notes from guests or mini cherry pies for dessert. And I just love the idea of announcing your engagement with a telegram invitation or save the date! What other ways would you bring this theme to life?
Colours: Red and green and beige with touches of pale blue
Top row (l-r): Bride & groom with car (Nastassja Harvey); suitcase (Lizelle Lotter); bridesmaid (Ian Mitchinson/Wedding Concepts); centrepiece (Angelica Glass)
Row 2: Marriage telegram invitation; Coca-Cola tray; wicker bottle; bathtub bar (Powerhouse Studio)
Row 3: Camera (Angelica Glass); gramophone; mini cherry pies; jazz band (Our Labour of Love).