Sara & Wallace’s 1920s-inspired Silent Film-themed Wedding
Happy Friday everyone! That’s the lovely Sara and Wallace above and today you will get to see their unique, creative, quirky, and very artistic wedding. We have Melanie Murphy of By Invitation Only…Event Planning & Design to thank for this fantastic submission and she’s here to give you an overview of the event:
This is one of my favorite and unique weddings. The couple selected a silent movie theme. They selected an amazing venue, 701 Whaley, that is over 100 years old that has been beautifully renovated to give a vintage/industrial chic feel! It gave the perfect backdrop for their 1920’s feel silent movie concept.
The bride that works at Richland County Library carried an amazing bouquet of hand made paper flowers from book pages, such a perfect fit!
We used rich red velvet fabric to drape for both ceremony and reception. This draping framed spots on the walls where silent movies were projected through the evening. Red rope and stanchion defined the spaces and of course gave us more of a theatre feel.
Tables were named after old movies and the framed movie posters served as the table name itself. Guests seating cards had them ‘staring’ in a movie that was their own dinner selection. Each table was dressed with a fluffy and fabulous feather designed that takes you right back to a 1920’s dinner club.
To top it off, the bride wore her grandmothers exquisite veil
The beautiful photos were taken by Lucas Brown of Kickstand Studio and here they are without further ado!
You know how much we love personalized, non-cookie cutter weddings here on Poptastic Bride and this amazing wedding so obviously fits the bill! From this point on I will let the gorgeous Sara tell you all about their celebration + share how they made it uniquely theirs:
I’m a public librarian and Wallace is a journalist. In his spare time he also runs an award winning blog devoted to the cult TV show Dark Shadows, The Collinsport Historical Society.
We’re both big fans of Halloween and movies, but we didn’t want a horror movie wedding. We decided to use the late October date and have a costume party instead of a rehearsal dinner.
We decided early on that there were some things that were more important to us and that we wanted to put a lot of energy toward and some that we left up the professionals. We knew there were some things that we wanted to have our personal stamp on: our Save the Date cards and rehearsal dinner invitations were both drawn for us and featured us in our costumes from the previous Halloween (I went as Velma from Scooby Doo, Wallace went as Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows.)
We both enjoy silent movies quite a lot and were watching Buster Keaton in Sherlock, Jr. when we had the idea to adopt a silent movie theme for the wedding.
For the ceremony,Wallace asked South Carolina musicians Valentine Wolfe (Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew) to perform, and they ended up writing a song just for us for our processional. We also had a family friend, Dan Orta, play guitar and invite the guests to sing along with “Rose of My Heart”.
I had considered wearing my grandmother’s wedding dress and while I eventually chose a new dress I had photos taken in the vintage gown. I had a beautiful veil made by another online vendor to work both with my modern dress and with my grandmother’s gown.
I and a loyal team of bridesmaids handmade our paper flower bouquets (the boutonnieres for the men were intricately cut out by hand and took forever!) and Wallace designed the program, placecards, and other paper goods.
We also had some really fun details that we were able to do because there are so many ways great artists and creative businesses can find customers online these days. We had a printer who specializes in antique type design our invitations using actual silent movie type.
I had an Etsy seller paint and calligraph a Quaker wedding certificate for all our guests to sign, signifying their support of our marriage.
We had personalized cake toppers made hanging from a clock face as a nod to Harold Lloyd in Safety Last.
We made title card-styled placecards, played period music, and named each table after a film (including Metropolis, The Thief of Bagdad, Greed, etc.) We wanted an elegant, formal atmosphere that was still relaxed and fun.
We projected movies onto a wall during the reception, incorporated red velvet curtains into the decor, and rented a popcorn machine,
Some words of advice from the couple:
Wallace says “Just do the wedding you want to do but don’t be assholes about it.” I say, “Pick your battles”. I worked hard for the things I felt were important like the ceremony, but I didn’t really care what we ate as long as it was tasty. Some of the things I stressed a little too much about seem very unimportant with some perspective – nobody cared that some of the paper flowers were a little imperfect!
Thank you Melanie for sending this beautiful wedding my way, and congratulations Sara and Wallace! I wish you both a lifetime of married bliss!
Photography: Lucas Brown of Kickstand Studio
Event Planner: Melanie Murphy of By Invitation Only Event Planning & Design
Venue: 701 Whaley
Musicians: Valentine Wolfe
Save the Date artwork: Mike Hoffman
Rehearsal dinner invitation: George Caltsoudas
Invitations: Starshaped Press
Veil: Honeycomb Veils
Fascinators: Etsy seller Sweetgrassmill
Quaker certificate: Etsy seller eDanae
Caterer: Southern Way
DJ: Big Time Entertainment
Makeup artist: Jamie Tran
Hairstylist: Beth Dickerson at Capelli Salon
Cake toppers: Clayphory
Cake: Miss Mattie’s Heirloom Cakes
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
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