Faye and Jason were married in Manchester Museum. The ceremony was held underneath the Tyrannosaurus Rex, in The Fossils Gallery. This was followed by a drinks reception amongst the taxidermy – including a tiger, lion, and a polar bear – and all underneath the skeleton of a sperm whale!
“Our wedding theme was ‘English Eccentric'”, said the bride. “We ended up with a mixture of English heritage, taxidermy, cake that looked like savouries, and Manchester iconography.”
“We didn’t have one particular inspiration as such, we just wanted to make it as fun as possible for everybody. We wanted lots of colour, brilliant music and a relaxed and friendly feel. We also wanted to support small, independent and, where possible, local, businesses. We’re so pleased we did as we got exactly what we wanted and a personalised service. We knew we didn’t want an off-the-peg wedding experience and every one of our suppliers spent time getting to know us and tailoring things for us.”
Rachel and Steve didn’t want to spend a huge amount on their day. They had a £10,000 budget but actually managed to come in way under that! Their biggest savings were the bride’s shoes (Primark!), the ‘cake’ (Krispy Creme doughnuts!) and by doing all the décor themselves.
The wedding had a tattoo and taxidermy theme. “We just wanted our wedding to be about us and reflect our styles”, Rachel said. “Steve is a tattoo artist and I love taxidermy. Little things were dotted around the venue like the antlers, taxidermy fluffy duck, a mouse in a jar and more magpie skulls. We also wanted it to be fun so we had moustaches and swallow tattoos for the favours.”
“All of the décor was made by myself excluding the bunting which I borrowed from a friend. I made all the jars for the flowers, the table numbers, the book bunting, welcome sign, let them eat cake sign, card box, paper cones and rose petal confetti, origami paper cranes and table plan.”
Sarah and Ben chose Islington Metal Works for their July 2013 wedding. The bride wore Valentino, the groom a snappy suit from Topman, and their whole day was just a massive representation of the two of them.
“We really wanted our wedding to just reflect our personalities and what we love!” wrote Sarah. “We both share a love of taxidermy, skulls, vintage furniture and weird curiosities so we wanted to bring that across but in a light pretty way softened with fairly lights and flowers. We would have loved more taxidermy but it was surprising how much it costs to hire it!”
“We also love places that are a little run down and industrial and the Metal Works was the perfect venue for this. We didn’t want a traditional wedding so we had a small private family ceremony in our local registry office the day before and had our close friend Christian perform a short ceremony for us at the Metal Works. Friends read and our best friends daughter was the ring bearer. It was perfect and just what we wanted. Intimate with plenty of laughter.”
Who knew roadkill could be quite so glamorous?! Put together by photographer Lucy Davenport and taxidermist Eaton Nott, this elegant and editorial wedding shoot really caught my eye when it landed it my inbox.
“I wanted to create a shoot that was beautiful, yet alternative”, wrote Lucy. “I wanted to create images that the viewer would look at and think was a beautiful shot, then look closer and see the alternative wardrobe we’d used. I want people to be inquisitive about the images and what they show.”
“Taxidermy is a very niche industry, I approached Jess Eaton at Eaton Nott, one of the UK’s finest. We were so lucky to have her on board and allow us the freedom to use the pieces and interpret them in our own way.”
Neil and Jesse were married at 78th Street Studios in Cleveland, Ohio. The venue was once a greeting card factory and is now a collection of artist galleries. The large and open plan space was perfect for their wedding.
“Our initial inspiration was ‘Wes Anderson meets Darwin’s Study’ but that definitely did not come to fruition!” laughed the bride. “What we actually ended up with is best described as pop art or graphic. I suspect that due my years of theater and Neil’s love of comics we unwittingly deigned our wedding to look like a play set, video game or music video. It was all held together less by a theme then a drive to create a crazy party mood. When I look at the pictures: the black and white, the splashes of color and the big hair, it makes me think of A-Ha’s ‘Take me on’ music video!”
Both artists, Natasha and Jared knew they wanted a creative wedding. The idea or something too themed or matchy-matchy didn’t appeal to them at all so they forgot about colour schemes and just included things they really liked!
“We were not afraid to be eclectic”, wrote Natasha. “Jared and I did not want to dictate how others acted or dressed at our wedding. Some wore costumes, some jeans, some very elegant formal wear, and it all looked great! I think this is our style naturally it just came out more that day.”
“We had a lot of help from our friends and family. My mom is also an artist and when she asked what I wanted I said thrones. We now have them in our house! She encrusted found objects on solid antique chairs, painted them and then covered them with resin. Woah they are amazing! Also our friend Colette Peters who, in my opinion, was the original out of the box cake decorator, made a plant fantasy cake that we decorated with taxidermy mice.”