Lucy and Andy I wanted to have a very relaxed and informal day with a nod to the bride’s love of Mexico and travelling. The wedding took place in October, 2015.
“Three of my bridesmaids and I went travelling in Mexico and Central America a few years ago and I just fell in love with the culture, the people, the food, the language and the mescal!” Lucy said. “I wanted to bring aspects of this incredible country into the day as it means so much to me. It wasn’t a Dia de Los Muertos wedding though and we didn’t have any calaveras (skulls).”
Lucy wore a two piece wedding dress from Faith Caton-Barber with a pom pom trim veil. “Who doesn’t love pom poms and moccasin boots? I’m sure we did a lot of things that are pretty standard in alternative weddings now, but we just wanted a day that totally reflected us. We didn’t do a lot of the traditions such as speeches, first dance, and bouquet throwing as they made us feel uncomfortable.”
Becky and Si had a retro inspired wedding in Birmingham. “We didn’t really set out to have a specific ‘theme’ but just went for things we both like”, said the bride. “Si came up with the idea of inviting guests to join in with dressing in a 1950s style if they wanted to, which I wasn’t sure about at first but there were lots of awesome outfits!”
The wedding was held at Fazeley Studios. “I wanted the wedding to be bright, colourful and informal. It also fit in with the venue and the surrounding Custard Factory area, which has lots of creativity, bright buildings and graffiti. Si did make fun of my use of primary colours, suggesting it’d look like a children’s party, but I think he was impressed with how it all came together in the end.”
Lily and Owen, who live in the US, came back home to the UK for their August wedding. They day was held in the groom’s parent’s farm. The bride wore an upcycled vintage dress and their budget was £8500.
“Our wedding has always centred around friendship”, said Lily. “We knew that we would sacrifice detailed luxury over guest numbers as living on two continents for equal parts of our lives means that we’ve collected quite the community of amazing people along the way. Our friends are like family and our family are like friends. We wanted a celebration that would reflect our love and appreciation for all those people and one that would also reflect a little bit of all of them in one creative way or another.”
A baby pink Cadillac, gin cocktails, a glitter station, a unicycling juggler, a hula hooper… Yep Harri and Al’s June celebration was every bit a Rock n Roll wedding!
“When we started planning we themed things around our love of travel and vintage”, the bride said. “When we contacted our suppliers I told them our wedding was going to be a ‘vintage, travel, Around the World in 80 Days, elephants, gin, pink haired tattooed bride type of affair’. However as we got further down the planning we actually started to add more things we like such as festivals, glitter, hula hooping and circus! Al joked that we were planning a ‘Disco Circus of Love’… and it just stuck! We ended up putting it on our wedding invites, kept the theme on our website and got our guests to hashtag #discocircuswed.”
“In the end we had an incredible mish mash that included a pink Cadillac, gin cocktails, a unicycling juggler, hula hooper, a Moroccan feast, moustaches, vintage circus acts as table names, a glitter station and pyrotechnic fire dancers!”
The wedding was held at Larmer Tree Gardens in Salisbury. “Our venue was a bigger expense than we had planned, but when we went to Larmer Tree we fell it love with it and knew it was ‘the one'”, she explained. “I also knew from the off that I wanted an amazing photographer and videographer so that was our next big expense, and totally worth every penny.”
A couple of years ago I ran a contest for one very lucky bride to not only win a bespoke wedding dress of her own design from Wendy Benstead, but also free wedding photography with Assassynation! Well the lucky winner of that competition was Gemma, who married Nathan in May! Their wedding was super small, they only had 11 guests.
“We really wanted to have a garden-party style wedding but our house and garden are way too small, even with only 11 guests”, began the bride. “So we rented Hill House in Somerset for the whole week. It was absolutely lush, it has an orchard, a cinema room, a massive hot tub and a pool table. People could come and go as they pleased for the week and we just treated it like being on holiday with the people we love the most and our two dogs, Dynamo and Peanut.”
When I think about the most alternative wedding suppliers in the UK, I always think of Sassy of Assassynation Photography and Jo from The Couture Company. These bodacious babes are repping the alt bridal world like NOBODY ELSE! Co-founders of the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza (taking place in Birmingham next month) they wanted to do this photo shoot to showcase some of the coolest wedding stuff out there right now.
“I was bowled over when I discovered Tattlights“, said Sassy, “and I really wanted to do a shoot pulling together some of the awesome creatives types from our wedding show.”