Have a Hi-Fi Wedding

June 13, 2012 in
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Hi-Fi Weddings

Ashley is a an old soul in an old home, happily married to her best friend (and business partner, Andy). Together, they operate a record shop in a historic mill in the beautiful Huntsville, Alabama. Ashley also owns White Rabbit Studios, a lifestyle wedding photography and design company. Hi-Fi Weddings was born in 2009 and continues to be a haven for music lovers to gather and share inspiration for their wedding day. Ashley's day to day adventures are documented on her personal blog and tumblr.

So many great love stories start with a soundtrack — that song that happened to be playing when you locked eyes for the first time across a room; a magical mixtape; that unforgettable concert where you met. We tapped Ashley of HiFi Weddings to share some double-barreled wedding inspiration based on musical genres: a few items to capture the mood, and a mini-playlist to set the tone.

The ramones: "I'm going to make her mine and everything's gonna be real fine"
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Rock ‘N Rollers

Rock ‘N Roll Playlist:

Pixies – “Here Comes Your Man”
Brenda Lee – “Dynamite”
Ramones – “Oh Oh I Love Her So”
Wanda Jackson – “Tunnel of Love”
The Replacements – “Can’t Hardly Wait”

For the bride and groom who are looking for something bold, it can all start with a rock and roll wedding. Show your guests you wanna have a rockin’ time with an invite that riffs on concert tickets. Include a spot on the RSVP card for guests to write in a favorite song that’s sure to get them on the dance floor. Flowers made from guitar picks add whimsy to the day, while the tiered vinyl stand is a perfect way to show off goodies or hold wedding favors (you could even opt to use them as table centerpieces). Think about inscribing your rings with a favorite song lyric.

For the bride, I love a vintage-cut dress in vibrant red. Pair it with a killer pair of pumps, and va-va-voom, it’s hitchin’ time! The groom can make a statement with a Joey Ramone tie combined with the “rock on” cufflinks. Of course, he might need to take the edge off, and what better way than with a groovy flask full of his favorite vice?

Bob Dylan: "The tune that is yours and mine to play upon this earth... We'll play it out the best we know, whatever it is worth..."
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Folk Explosion

Folk Playlist:

Bob Dylan – “Wedding Song”
Dusty Springfield – “I Only Wanna Be With You”
Devendra Banhart – “Baby”
Gram Parsons – “Blue Eyes”
John Prine and Iris Dement  – “In Spite of Ourselves”

The soft tones in the floral invites sets the stage for the folksy love friends and family will witness (and I adore the ribbon accents). I’m a diehard lover of succulents. Use them as centerpieces, a ceremony backdrop, or even as favors — there’s no wrong way to incorporate them into your wedding day, and they make an incredible statement combined with wildflowers. For a folk wedding, a beautiful, flowing dress comes to mind. Paired with a succulent/wildflower headpiece, you’re sure to be a stunner. Trust a locket to keep a precious moment close by.

Heartfelt Soul

Soul Playlist:

Sam Cooke – “Don’t Fight it (Feel it)
The Exciters – “Tell Him
Otis Redding – “My Girl”
Martha and the Vandellas – “Heatwave”
Jackie Wilson – “Higher and Higher”

A soul wedding should be filled the the brim with vinyl, so start with a seven inch record invite to share your love for slabs of wax with your guests. A gorgeous, mod, vintage dress for the bride and a sleek silk tie with a record design for the groom keeps it classy. (I also adore the mini vinyl cufflinks.) Let your loved ones wish you well on a hip poster that you can frame and hang in your new abode, and tuck away music note confetti in muslin bags with a Victrola graphic for guests to shower you with as you exit.