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70s Roller-Disco Elopement in Brighton Bridal editorial

Updated: Sep 8, 2023

Bride, in roller-disco shoes, silver hotpants, cape and flower crown is kissing a groom on the promenade


Inspired by the 70's Venice Beach Roller Disco, this proposal story/elopement was something I dreamed of creating for a while.

I wanted to do a roll reversal on ‘Bloke does a secret proposal’ and showcase that strong independent women can totally pull that off too (and should) if they wanted to.

Centre stage was Peggy, the head Roller Girl, our bride-to-be, accompanied by Tabs and Fran, her wing women, carrying the proposal flags made by my retro-loving sister Tanya of Daydreamer Creative Studio.

Rolle-Disco girls in metalic bridal hotpants skating down the promenade holding Love You and Marry Me flags

I actually wrote a script for the shoot, making everyone laugh I’m sure, that’s how enthusiastic I was to do this right.


Needless to say, this was the most fun I had with styling! The inspiration was the 70s but it had to be brought up to date and given that modern/alternative feel.

The colour palette was all the ice-cream California pastels.

It was a no-brainer to get Sharon of Bowen Dryden involved. She is one of my favourite retro-inspired couture bridal designers. She gave us three sequin bridal bikinis (two-piece hotpants bridalwear), white, lilac and gold, and an embellished floor-lenght bridal cape.

Bride and Groom in Rollerskates embracing on the street.

Jess, of Bombini Studio, created the most stunning lilac floral statement crown with glitter pink and blue peacock feathers, pink velvet leaves and sky-blue feather backing. Its carnival vibe gave the whole look such a cool party feel.

Bride in silver hotpants and a large flower crown standing in the garden holding flower bouqet

The celebration setup could not be anything else but a total colour explosion, showing that doing it small can totally be over-the-top crazy fun.

We were lucky to be given permission by Red Roaster Café in Brighton to use and transform their back garden area into our intimate wedding venue.

Retro-colour dinner table with sunset wooden backdrop board behind it and a streamer arch above it

For my tablescape, I used a plush yellow vintage tasselled tablecloth, aqua-coloured plates, pink napkins, pink ice-cream bowls, gold cutlery and pink champagne/cocktail coupes. Four tall aqua-coloured candles stood in their gold holders and a small ikebana flower arrangement adorned the centre of the table.

Colourful wedding table in yellow, pink, and aqua colour palette

The stationery was designed by Sarah of Sundwon Paper, in one of her signature retro fonts and the perfect colour palette. I am a massive stationery enthusiast, always advocating fun colourful designs that reflect who the couple are and what the day is going to be like.

Retro-inspired wedding stationery

I brought in 6 retro pink Acapulco chairs, with aqua legs, to give the table setting an extra Zhuzh (chairs always do that and are often overlooked completely at weddings!).

An extra large arch, adorned with incredible colourful streamers was created by Kathryn of Streamadelica UK. It framed the setting perfectly and gave it an instant party look. We could have been anywhere in the world with those shimmery streamers.

Retro-inspired wedding backdrop with disco balls and record player

The gorgeous sunset backdrop and plinths were made specially for this shoot by the awesome women of Rock the Props. It instantly transformed our setting into our pastel-coloured Californian dream.

The florals were created by Lex of Lex Hamilton Floral Studio, and boy did she bring it!

Pastel-coloured flowers of dreams she has created for us; from the bridal bouquet to that incredible floral arrangement sitting on the plinth behind the table.

Non-traditional wedding cake displayed next to a modern flower instalation

The cake was made by the incredible artisan baker Bronya of Daisy Cake Company. She always comes up with the goods – as long as you’re up for some modern art cake inspo.

I love that she thinks beyond the traditional wedding cakes.

Bride and groom toasting with cocktails

Hair & make-up were done to perfection by Lydia Pankhurst and her assistant Natalie of Poised Artistry. Big glittery eyes and hair to match the theme.

Bride, groom, and two bridesmaids toasting at a wedding table

After the wedding breakfast, the couple skated off to the promenade for more celebratory photos and filming, while I transformed the garden into an after-reception party venue. The backdrops stayed of course while the table and chairs were removed to create a little dance floor area.

Roller-disco girls posing on the promenade


Words by Caroline Opacic:

For this shoot I really wanted to emphasise capturing a fun and free spirit, so we focused on movement and having our couple and girl gang skating around Brighton. My style is always to shoot naturally rather than pose couples too much and that's what you see here - an awesome relaxed vibe with some super bright and modern looks!

Have a look at the whole gallery here

And the feature on Green Wedding Shoes here

If you wanna do something totally extraordinary for your proposal or wedding, get in touch with me and I'll do everything in my power to make it happen!

Whole Lotta Love,

Zuza xx

Concept, design & planning @wholelottalove_weddings

Photography @carolineopacicphotography

Film @jayandersonweddings

Venue @redroastercafe Brighton

Bridalwear @bowendryden

Headdress @bombinistudio

Stationery @sundownpaper

Banners @daydreamer_creative_studio

Florals @lexhamiltonfloralstudio

Streamers @streamadelica_uk

Cake @bronyadcc

Backdrop & plinths @rocktheprops

Hair & Make-up @lydiapankhurst

Assistant MUA @poisedartistry

Prof skaters hired under @rollagirls (@peggy_pollock, @rollatabs, @gnarlyquinzel, @Tommygoskate)



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