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.”
Aimee and Lenny met when they were both working in Cruise Liners in the Caribbean in the early 2000s. “It was far from love at first sight”, laughed the bride. “I used to think Lenny was a bit of an idiot! After we both left the ships we stayed (loose) friends on Facebook and in 2009 started a conversation on a photo that went like this: Aimee, ‘You look fit Lenny! You’re aging well!’ Lenny, ‘Why Thank you! No-one has ever told me I look fit before! Will you Marry me?’ From there we started messaging one another about our ‘fake’ wedding. It eventually progressed to normal conversation, then daily chat which went on for a couple of months. It soon became apparent that, bizarrely, we were falling in love over our written messages (which we cutely called ‘Love Mail’ because Lenny’s surname is Love!) So, eight years after we’d worked together, I arranged to meet up with this guy (who I used to hate) and who’s emails were giving me butterflies. It was supposed to be for one night but I ended up staying for a week. And that was that!”
Their wedding took place in May of this year and they were inspired by their time on the cruise ships for their theme. “Initially we just wanted to have a subtle ‘nod’ to our Caribbean cruising days but as the planning went on, and not being a couple that do anything by halves, we thought sod it, lets go all out”, she continued. “It ended up being super Caribbean and mega colourful. After the ceremony we served a rum punch with floating fruit and paper umbrellas to our guests. We ate jerk chicken, with rice and peas, sweet potato and spicy salsa for the wedding breakfast. It was bloody gorgeous and our guests raved out it!”
If you want to do things low key, intimate and completely on your own terms for your wedding, they Anna and Mark’s big (well, small) day is going to inspire the hell out of you! They were married on December 29th at Camden Town Hall.
“Mark asked me to marry him the morning that I left for a two-week business trip and we agreed that we wanted to get married quickly while my best friend and his husband were in the UK from Texas”, Anna explained. “Mark’s daughter was here from New Zealand too, so we picked a date that was just over a month away. We told very few people before the day, which helped keep it personal and without any sort of pressure to make it more of an ‘event’. Fortunately everyone has been very understanding of this once the news was out and just been really happy for us.”
“Keeping it small was really important to us”, Mark said. “We chose four people each as a guests. Keeping it quiet kept the pressure off. I think getting all the build-up on social media beforehand would have been too much. Although being the centre of attention on Facebook for two whole days afterwards was really touching.”
After the ceremony they had drinks at the World’s End in Camden, and lunch at Honey and Co. “We just reserved a table for our ‘reception’ at my favourite restaurant, Honey and Co. on Warren Street”, said Anna. “We didn’t tell them it was a wedding or anything.”
David and Molly were married at Testbed1, a creative and experimental art space in Battersea, London. Opened in spring 2010, the architecturally distressed storage area of an old warehouse and office building was love at first sight for this pair!
The couple met in school and finally got married 15 years later! “After a short run of just 15 years together, we decided it was finally the right time to get hitched!”, Molly laughed. “I’m so glad we waited though, despite so many years of ‘will you guys every get married?’ from friends and family! Knowing each other for so long meant we had the confidence to make the wedding perfectly, and completely ‘us’.”
The theme of their wedding was an indoor festival and the unusual venue really helped to set the overall tone. “David and I love going to gigs and music festivals together, so what better way to celebrate our marriage than throwing our own music festival for all our loved ones!?” she continued. “We definitely didn’t want to do the field-barn-vintage-festival thing that’s been done loads and loads (super cute, but that’s just not rock enough for us) so we wanted to find a more urban vibe, a warehouse close to home to rock out in. Ideally we wanted an outdoor feel, but indoor enough to not have to think twice about weather!”
Lindsay and Steve originally planned to elope in Las Vegas, but when the bride fell pregnant those plans had to change! “We had booked our wedding ceremony and flights to Vegas to get married in October 2014, followed by a UK Day of the Dead themed reception a week later”, Lindsay began. “A week after we did this, I found out I was pregnant! Cue cancelling of the Vegas plans and, shotgun wedding in London, and the nicknaming of bump as B.V (Baby Vegas)! We brought our plans forwards to August and, fortunately, all of our other suppliers were super accommodating and we were able to move all our UK plans forward without a hitch.”
The reception was held at Far Rockaway in Shoreditch and they were the first wedding they’ve ever held there. Judging by these awesome photos I don’t think it will be the last though! (Oh and by the way the very awesome Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza wedding show is being held there March 1st!)
“Our original Vegas wedding was to be followed by a month’s honeymoon in Mexico for the Day of the Dead festival”, the bride continued. “Sadly, this also had to be cancelled. However we continued with our Day of the Dead themed reception as a nod to our original plans.”