Lais and Ale met when she was just 14 and he was 17. Even though they were young, they became boyfriend and girlfriend quickly and moved in together three years later! They were married in Brazil in October.
“I had tons of ideas for our wedding, but only one was right for us: a morning outdoor wedding”, Lais began. “Most of my references came from foreign weddings though because weddings in Brazil tend to be very traditional. We were focused on having personal details and avoided 90% of what the wedding market in Brazil has to offer. The Atelier Raviere, who made our stationery, was an amazing company to work with. They helped us choose our colour palette and developing all the visual identity of the wedding.
The bride’s mother made her wedding dress and she wore a corset from Madame Sher over it. “Since high school I have always been a corset fanatic”, she explained, “I always like to wear them so they’ve kind of become my trademark. I wanted to feel like myself on our wedding day so I knew I had to wear one. My mom made me a classical shaped dress and I wore a black leather corset on top. It combined sexiness and elegance and I felt like Cinderella with a twist!”
It’s not often that Disney and heavily tattooed couples go together, but for Vicky and Lee, that’s exactly what inspired their destination wedding in Thailand.
The tattoo artist pair met when Vicky got a job at the studio where Lee was working. “Our first meeting was on a night out at Rock City, when he approached me with a drink to congratulate me getting a receptionist job at the tattoo studio where he worked”, the bride told me. “He was so shy that it’s probably the most words I heard come out of him for the next few years. After maybe six years I actually got the opportunity to learn how to tattoo myself. He’d always been supportive of this and it’s now lead to us opening our own studio with a couple of friends.”
The couple got engaged Thailand a few years so it was only fitting that they returned there for their wedding. “It’s a place that means a lot to us so we knew we wanted to get married there”, she continued. “When you have so many special memories you want to share them with those closest to you. Although its not always a popular decision to do a wedding abroad, we couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. Its the land of smiles and is so beautiful.”
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Looking for cute, quirky, comfortable and affordable shoes for your wedding can seem like an impossible dream. That is, until you discover Melissa. I’ve been a fan for years, ever since they did their first collaboration with Vivienne Westwood in 2008. In fact those shoes are still probably one of the most popular options for alternative brides. I bought myself a yellow pair with black hearts, and as someone who doesn’t wear heels, well ever, I was surprised at how comfortable they were!
This season Melissa are BACK with oodles of awesome footwear styles in tow. So many of them are perfect for brides and bridesmaids too that I couldn’t resist sharing a few of my favourites with you.
The J.Maskrey for Melissa wedding line has just launched with two models precisely decorated with Swarovski crystals in the shape of fireworks. Whether you prefer heels or flats you need to own a pair.
They also have a similar style, also designed by J Maskrey, which are available in white, black, pale pink and red. These would look awesome on bridesmaids!
The shoes that made Melissa a household name have got to be the heart shoes designed by Vivienne Westwood. The now infamous original design has been given a makeover for 2015, with the heart now being stamped with the Westwood logo. I’ve just ordered myself the sky blue and pink pair (shhh!) because they’re just too perfect to turn down! They cost £160, and for me, are worth every penny.
When I heard about brand new online indie bridal boutique, Ceremonia NYC, I was super excited! Their collection of exclusive dresses and accessories looks so damn good, and really different from the usual wedding dress fare. Their offerings are anything but traditional!
“The bridal industry is really fun right now”, said photographer Sheena of UNIQUE LAPIN Photography. “There are so many new and unique styles emerging. Brides today have so many options both aesthetically and price-point-wise. Along with being inspired by decades past, we wanted to make sure we captured the new spirit of the rapidly changing bridal landscape with this shoot.”
Now this is something you don’t see everyday – a bride in wings! Chris and Chilli were married in August and planned their rainbow fairy wedding completely by themselves.
“Our wedding was rainbow themed with a relaxed, fun atmosphere”, explained the bride. “We didn’t want a fancy church ceremony, posh cars or for me to wear a simple white gown. Instead, there was a horse and carriage (I have been around horses my whole life and it has always been my dream to arrive at my wedding in one!), a civil ceremony outside under a pagoda, and colourful outfits including me in fairy wings! Our reception had a pub atmosphere and our meal was a BBQ. We also had a bouncy castle!”
“My dress was originally by Benjamin Roberts but with a heck of a lot of changes and alterations by Margaret from Confetti & Lace, we turned it into a unique piece to show off my personal style. My shoes were custom made rainbow Converse. I live in Converse, so it only felt right to wear them on my wedding day too. I don’t like cut flowers, to me they are expensive dead things, so I carried a felt bouquet made by Miss Jennifer Rae.”
I recently asked my Facebook fans what their biggest worries were about getting hitched, and oh my goodness, do you lot have a LOT of things on your mind! Here are the five main stress factors I saw pop up again and again, plus some practical ways you can overcome them.
“I’m worried about looking and feeling my best”
Us women can be hard on ourselves and our appearance at the best of times. Throw in being the centre of attention on one of the biggest days of your life in the mix and it’s a recipe for self-deprecation overload! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had brides tell me they feel like they’re not going to feel pretty on the day. They’re worried about everything from feeling fat to their make-up smearing, and from getting sweat patches to having cankles! We really are super hard on ourselves aren’t we?
First of all, you ARE going to look amazing on your wedding day! If you choose a dress that flatters you, you get a great make up artist and you pick a good deodorant like Sure Maximum Protection, you’ll have nothing to fret about! Twice as strong as the leading antiperspirant, Sure Maximum Protection Stress Control offers unrivalled protection against sweat and odour so it won’t let you down on your big day. Just remember you’re marrying someone that thinks you’re gorgeous each and every day. You could turn up in your PJs and they’d still think you looked amazing!
“Our families don’t get on!”
Family politics are a tricky one, but unless they’re complete arseholes, it’s unlikely that they’re going to purposely cause a scene at your wedding. However if you are worried, I would advise that you to have a quiet word with the potential perpetrators ahead of time and voice your concerns. Remember, they love you and hopefully (!) want your day to be a pleasant one.
Divorced parents can be tricky too, so how about instead of having a top table you have each parent ‘host’ separate ones and the two of you have a sweetheart table instead? Who says you have to go traditional if you’re family dynamics are anything but!?