Gay Vintage bowling wedding styled shoot – Highland Park Bowl, LA, California
“…pretty much has everything you need to know on how to Vintage-bowling theme your wedding,
unless you’re a Vintage bowling pin… then you can go be cool over there.”
Ok, ok… I know what you’re thinking, ‘not another Vintage theme’. Well, yes you’d be right BUT it’s not very often that a Vintage theme includes old-school bowling and Scottish elements to boot?!
Today’s wedding inspiration, at LA’s oldest bowling alley, pretty much has everything you need to know on how to Vintage-bowling theme your wedding, unless you’re a Vintage bowling pin… then you can go be cool over there. Anyone else inclined to low-key fall in love with this 1930s Scottish-prohibition bowling delight of a styled shoot?
“With the wedding industry saturated with pretty, airy and feminine looks we endeavored to style a masculine celebration. Inspired by menswear fabrics, pewter and the whimsy of a bowling alley.”
“Our venue, The Highland Park Bowl, is the latest restoration project by Los Angeles’ 1933 Group whose name describes their work – they return beautiful properties to the year 1933. The building featured a number of vintage treasures we wanted to highlight in our shoot – beginning in – the Men’s room! Vintage lockers against subway tile, and original mirrors set the scene for our Grooms to get ready.”
“The Highland Park Bowl features an impressive hand-painted forest backdrop, original to the building, and created an interesting juxtaposition with it’s bowling lanes! Wrought iron accents, vintage pins, and the warmth of wood tones throughout the space brought all these elements together.”
Attire + Models
The handsome lads are “Kiley Kemp – Great bartender and actor, based in Los Angeles who hails from Georgia.
Eric Ramirez – actor & model based in Los Angeles.”
“Suits were provided by The Black Tux, which accessories by Pocket Square Clothing. We chose a dashing Navy tux for Eric, with a blue camo bowtie for a bit of flair. Kiley wore a fantastic plaid jacket and pants, which we accented with subtle polka dots. His Scottish heritage was further highlighted with the selection of thistle for their boutonnieres – the blue echoing in tone from the suits.”
Design + Styling
“Designer By Jason Lloyd styled the place settings with a nod to menswear and fabrics – chairs with a black leather feature, and a denim napkin tied together Classic Party Rentals’s pewter goblets, and burnished silver chargers tied created the ultimate masculine table.”
“Guest seating was staged alongside the lanes, offering a great view of the action! Our table continued our themes of blue, and florist Rosalie Alvarez took on the pastoral feeling from our ‘forest’ with grapes, and baby eggplant incorporated in the table décor.”
“Florals were kept limited, yet effective in vintage glass and indigo blue bottles from DIY LA Bride . Stacked books brought contrast and interest to the table, with that gentleman’s library feel.”
“Our producer, Abby Borden of Table Set Go, curated a menu highlighting the venue’s 1933 aesthetic that would also satisfy a ‘man’s’ diet. Crowd pleasers of meatballs, calamari fritti and currywurst give a hearty start to the evening. The entrée selection – Baron’s of Beef, served with Au Jus alongside Scalloped Potatoes and Roasted Vegetables, took “meat & potatoes” literally, and were sure to satisfy our two grooms and all their guests.”
“Dessert stayed right on track with our blue hues and masculine theme. Lizzie’s Bakery created a tiered Concrete & Marble wedding cake, accented with thistle. It was as delicious as it was handsome.”
“This is where you can be the most creative, so go for it!!
Do something you are unlikely to have a client come up with on their own.
[see blog post on Styled Shoot Etiquette]”