Vintage Inspired Second Wedding at Their Family Barn

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When it came to organising their wedding, Jess and Tony had one thing in mind – family. This was their second time around (yes, they married each other twice!!) and this time they wanted to do things completely on their own terms. “Our wedding was shabby, ethereal, vintage, pin-up, country and quirky”, explained the bride. “Basically, it was anything but normal!”

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“What made it even less normal was that this was actually our second wedding…. to each other! It wasn’t just a vow renewal, it was a wedding. We were really young when we got married in 2000 and had a very traditional wedding that neither of us really felt a part of. Life took over and our marriage fell apart after 13 years. We separated and worked really hard through some excruciating stuff and this was a celebration of new life, new family, and is as our authentic selves. We have 3 kids and they were part of our wedding. This was us doing the wedding the way we wished it had always been.”

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Fantastic Fox Wedding

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Taylor and Jay both adore nature, animals and exploring local wildlife, so when it came to planning their July wedding there was no question that this would be their theme.

“Jay proposed to me on the threshold of our newly purchased house with a rather large beautiful porcelain fox head ring from And Mary“, began the bride. “It was a fantastic ring but we did have to downsize to a smaller more practical rose gold fox from Kyle Can. The ring was a response to my love of nature and British wildlife. Foxes, badgers, birds etc are a design featured throughout our house and play a big part of our lives so it made sense to bring this part of our personality and life together into our wedding too.”

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“The décor included animal themed tables, foxy touches here and there, a nest for cards and animal masks for the guests to wear. As the fox theme developed, we decided to make giant fox heads for each other, the groomsmen also had fox masks, bridesmaids had rabbit masks and my flower girls were barn owls. We also made our own elderflower champagne a month before the wedding. We picked the flower heads that were growing at one of our favourite local beaches, brewed it from scratch and bottled it up in foxy themed ‘Wet Your Whiskers’ bottles, one for each guest.”

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1950s Rockabilly Wedding at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum

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Patrick and Hazel love the 1950s and rockabilly style so they wanted to bring this into their day. When watching Grease one day, the bride also decided she needed a carousel at the wedding! Luckily they found  Blists Hill Victorian Town at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire which came complete with a fun fair!

“Our day was mainly about everyone having fun, so we made entertainment a priority for all ages to join in with”, began the bride. “We love our family and friends and wanted our day to be as memorable for them as it was to us. The other factor we took into account was that it had to be based on who we were. We started planning to the usual traditional path and quickly realised it was to normal to resemble our everyday life, so we scraped the planned and started from scratch.”

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“We’ve always loved 1950s rockabilly style and that became our new basis for the wedding, Then one day I sat and watched Grease and did a bit of a bridezilla by demanding that I had a carousel! We started researching and found that it would be far too expensive until we found out that the museum down the road that had a Victorian fun fair with a carousel held weddings! It was perfect. Having the fair there was actually great for our guests too. We’ve been to lots of weddings and have noticed that there is always a quiet lull for the guests while the couple go to have their pictures taken. We wanted to fill the gaps by keeping the guests entertained and having the fair was perfect!”

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Sustainable Festival Wedding in the Woods

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Jo and Jonathan were married in June at Wise Wedding Venue in Kent. They wanted an outdoor ceremony, and a laid back reception so a festival themed day it was!

“We set out and pretty much achieved our dream of a sustainable wedding themed around our love of Glastonbury Festival, New Orleans, music and movies”, said the bride. “We ensured everything was either second hand, locally sourced or would be used again. A lot of our guests camped to really keep that festival vibe alive and save on travel through the weekend.”

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The bride’s outfit was comprised of a navy blue tulle skirt which she bought on Etsy and a top from Brighton Lace. The couple had a very unique idea for their rings too. “We always wanted to make our wedding rings together and we came up with the idea of finding metal which was special to us”, Jo said. “We took a long shot and wrote to Michael & Emily Eavis at Worthy Farm to politely ask if we could have some metal from the farm site to put in our rings to tap into that special feeling that runs through the ground in Glastonbury. To our amazement (and eternal gratitude) we were given a chunk from the old Pyramid Stage. We then struggled for months to find a jeweller who would work with the metal and luckily found Shelley Thomas at the Forge at London Museum of Steam & Water, who not only wanted to work with us but allowed us to create bespoke silver rings ourselves with the nuggets of Pyramid metal inside. So we now have a bit of the Glastonbury Festival, which has been such a massive part of our relationship, inside the rings we crafted together. Following our wedding day, we went straight to the festival this year and had an incredible honeymoon in the fields of Avalon!

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The Pre-Wedding Freak Out

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Dear Kat

My girlfriend and I got engaged in June and we’re getting married quickly, over Christmas this year. Having to plan a wedding is such a short amount of time is causing so much stress between us. We are mostly paying for everything ourselves and our budget is also very small, just £1000.

I am doing a lot of the decorations myself to save money, and we’re hosting it in our own house (this is all whole other stress!) My sister is making the cake and we’re catering it ourselves. We’re both hoping to find second hand or high street dresses too. I don’t know how to cut costs more than we already are but we keep fighting about the expense of everything. I’m trying to convince her I’m doing the best I can, but we still argue constantly about the wedding.

I’m worried our wedding is going to be rubbish because our budget is so small and because I’m not as naturally creative as some of my friends. I’ve been to their weddings recently and they’ve all been SO COOL. I know it’s not supposed to be a competition, but I can’t help but feel our wedding is going to be uncreative and boring in comparison.

While getting married is supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life, there’s also a whole heap of stress that can come with it. Organising such a big event (even if it’s a small wedding!) is a part of that, but today’s couples also put a lot of extra pressure on themselves to have the most unique day possible.

While our parents might have worried about what their weddings said about their status or bank balance (the bigger the better!), modern day brides and grooms have a whole other set of pressures. Now, it seems that it’s more about using your wedding to show just how damn cool and laid back you are. “Oh no, it was so easy, I just threw this wedding together in a few weeks… and oh yes and I handcrafted everything completely on my own… in my sleep. I was such a laid back bride dontyaknow? Oh this old thing, it’s just something I came up with because it’s ‘so us’!”

I guarantee that all those cool as cucumber couples will have had their own moments of pre-wedding freak out too. So first of all, don’t beat yourself up for having moments of panic. It’s perfectly normal.

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Here are just a few pieces of advice that will hopefully help you in your moments of dismay.

Realise that it’s just one day

Yes, getting married is a big deal, but as ironic as it might be for me to write on a wedding blog, it’s just a wedding. It’s only one day in your life and it’s supposed to be fun! Weddings are about celebrating your love and they’re a nice way to start married life. They are not compulsory. If you wanted, you could run off to the register office and get married quick as a flash! Everything else is just accessorising.

Just remember, how this day goes does not define the rest of your life. So chill out and stop demanding so much from yourself.

Ask for help

It’s almost impossible, especially with a low budget or DIY wedding, to do everything yourself. You are not Wonder Woman! While it’s awesome that your family are helping you with things for the wedding, I bet there are other things you can outsource too.

Even if it’s just the decorations; grab a few bottles of wine, gather your besties, and have an afternoon of crafting together. It will be much more fun than struggling with papier-mâché and sticky back plastic all on your lonesome!

You also need to ask for help from your girlfriend. Sit down with her and discuss how you’ve been feeling. Be calm and open and listen to what she has to say too. It is vital that you move forward together and you do this thing as a couple. There is a lot of “I’m doing this” in your email. It is both of your wedding days after all.

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Thursday Treats: The Excitement is Real!

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Happy Thursday babes! I hope you’ve all had a fabulous week, even if the weather has been as shithouse around your parts as it has been around mine. It’s definitely Autumn now huh!?

This past seven days I’ve basically been doing the same thing as last week – freaking out/ preparing for my talk at Way Up North and finishing issue 5 of the magazine. Not long now! We go to print next week and it’s on sale November 5th. I can’t wait for you to see the new issue, I’m probably going to say this every single time but I think it’s the best one yet. Yep, the excitement is real!

I don’t have a lot of links for you today. I’ve been spending most of my time manically working so I haven’t been mooching about online much, but a small selection of links is better than no links at all, right?

Weddings & Weddingy Things

15 wedding dos and don’ts
♥ Summerless south coast of Australia wedding
Colourful and creative Jewish wedding
Big Sur elopement
Relaxed theme-free wedding
Stylish Alamo Motel wedding


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