Dark Horse Bridals

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Not all bridal shoots need a white dress and lots of props. Sometimes, all you need is a horse (ha!) and a woodland.

“I decided to create a styled shoot based on my vision of an alternative gothic bride”, explained photographer Jess Yarwood. “I also wanted to use a horse.”

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“The Inspiration was to give the bride a chance to be a bit more of a rebel and let their inhibitions go. I want to teach my clients that they can be themselves! This is my vision of a darker, sultry and more ethereal bridal portrait inspired by the beautifully warm autumnal colours.”

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Turquoise Wedding at the Seaside with 31 Guests

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Claire and Chris were married in June at The Dome in Worthing. The inspiration for the wedding was to have a small, intimate day with their closest friends and family. “We wanted to feel surrounded by love from those dearest to us”, said the bride. “We had 31 guests and found this to be the perfect number. We had plenty of time to speak, hug, laugh, cry and dance with all of them.”

“We are both passionate vegans and wanted to share this very important part of ourselves with our guests on our special day too. The Dome’s catering team had never done a vegan wedding before, but they were so accommodating and created a wonderful three course meal for us that all of our guests enjoyed.”

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The couple’s wedding budget was £8000. They managed to save money by doing their own décor. “We sourced various turquoise patterned materials from local fabric shops for bunting”, Claire explained. “A friend of ours made them for us. Almost everything else was from eBay. It was really fun sourcing vintage turquoise items online and was my hobby for the majority of a year!”

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15 Alternative Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

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I don’t know about you, but the thought of going out to dinner on Valentine’s day and sitting in a crowded restaurant with a hundred other couples isn’t my idea of romance. In fact Gareth and I have NEVER been out for dinner on V-day… and we’ve had 14 of them together!

Dinner and a movie is BORING y’all, and who wants to celebrate with something played out and obvious? So, for your romantic pleasure, here are 15 alternative and unusual ideas for this weekend!

Brunch

Not all dates have to happen at night, especially as Valentine’s falls on a weekend this year. Start the day off right with an opulent brunch. You can go somewhere fancy or make it at home and eat it in bed!

Go on a bike ride

Doing an activity together is much more fun than just sitting, staring into each other’s eyes. How about a brisk walk or bike ride followed by a pub lunch?

Visit a museum

Museums are cool. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.

Be a tourist in your own city

You know those historic places in your own town that the tourists flock you and you’ve never found the time to visit? Now is your chance! If you don’t live in a big city, why not hop on the train to your nearest big smoke and have a day of adventure?

Cook a three-course meal

Going to the supermarket together and picking out the ingredients is all part of the fun too. You could each do a course (Come Dine With Me style) but I think it’s better if you do it all together and it’s something you’ve never made before. Even if your soufflé ends up looking like a pancake, you’ll just laugh through it (and then order a takeaway!)

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Go see a band

You could go and see someone you already like, but its way more interesting to Russian Roulette it! Check out your local paper’s live music section and go see someone you’ve never heard of. They could be terrible, or they could be utterly amazing – that’s all part of the fun!

Take a class

Pottery, jewellery-making, spin… There are so many classes you can take, so why not do one together? It’ll be even better if it’s something neither of you have done before. You’ll probably be surprised just how much you enjoy it. Gareth and I once did a ring making workshop together. We had the BEST TIME and we got to make each other some rings, which we both still wear to this day!

Get lost in nature

Take a long walk on the beach… at your nearby woods… up a mountain! Just start walking and see where you end up!

Video game arcade

No explanation needed here. Get hopped up on sugar and embrace your inner geek!

Zombie apocalypse!

Yep, seriously. In Reading (where I live) one of the old, disused shopping malls in the town centre has been taken over by zombies. If you’re looking to finally face those zombie fantasies then the Zombie Shopping Mall is the date for you!

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Video Game Themed Winter Wedding in Russia

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Pavel and Gulnara are both video game fanatics. This is how they met (playing World of Warcraft) so of course they had to bring it into their winter wedding.

“We both love video games and met online”, the bride explained. “He was administrating a WOW game forum and lived in Moscow. I lived 600 kilometres south-east from capital, in Kazan. He invited me to a party and I booked a plane ticket. Our nicknames in the forum were Ked and Dior so we had giant letters of these made for the wedding.”

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“The wedding had winter theme with geekiness added!” she continued. “Our cake toppers were Eva and WALL-E, we had or PacMan muffins and 8bit invitations. Our wedding website was also in 8-bit style and we had a game developed about us killing space invaders!”

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Rustic and Personal Wedding at a Brewery

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Brittany and Dustin’s wedding was a very personal day with rustic yet simple touches. The outdoor ceremony was held at Santee Lakes and the reception was in BNS Brewery, both in Santee, California.

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“All we wanted was good food, good music and good friends and family”, said the bride. “I hate weddings with so much clutter on the tables, 10 plates, 30 forks… there is no reason for that and no one will remember that stuff. I just wanted personal touches everywhere. Almost everything was DIY –  the signs, some of the tables, the centrepieces, wheel barrels filled with beer, the invitations, save the dates and thank you cards.”

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How To Design Your Own Wedding Photo Album

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I’m not very good at DIY… actually, scrap that, I’m bloody terrible at it. I just don’t have the patience, plus I have the finesse of an elephant when wielding a glue gun. So when Mixbook approached me, promising that their photo album making process was quick and easy, I was pretty skeptical.

We got an album as part of our wedding photography package, but I always promised myself I’d take the rest of our prints and create something fabulous. Did I? Did I heck. Eight years later and they’re still shoved in a dusty box on a shelf in my office.

But Mixbook challenged me to give their system a go, promising that it wouldn’t be at all tedious, and you know what, they were actually right!

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Full disclaimer, the photos I used for this aren’t from our actual wedding. We had a photographer who shot film and only provided prints, so I don’t have any digital images, bar a few that I’ve scanned (sob!). Instead I’ve used photos from this shoot we did with Lisa Devlin a few years ago.

So the truly great thing for the artistically challenged amongst you, is that Mixbook have ready to go album templates. They’re not cheesy either, they’re actually really rad. I designed our album using the ‘Industrial Chic’ layout, which I love. All the text and quotes can be edited quickly using their software too.

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Their page templates make things super, duper easy. You literally just drag and drop your images in. If you’re the creative type, you can design your own from scratch as well. The albums come in different sizes and dimensions and they start from an unbelievable £15.99! They come as standard with 20 pages and you can add more for just 99p each.

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