If you loved This is England as much as I did, then you’re definitely going to adore this wedding shoot inspired by the ’86 series. Gotta love something with a bit of GRIT! The show is all about subcultures in the 1980s, as well as friendship and love, so it’s the perfect starting off point for a wedding themed shoot.
“These photos show that you can have the wedding of your dreams, something that truly reflects your personality without being thrown into debt for years to come!”, said Lauren, who worked on the shoot. “So as well as being cool and pretty, I wanted this shoot to be honest, real and raw. This is why it features real mods, original skinheads and goths. They are all real life friends and real couples! They all understand what the alternative way of life is about.”
Rishad and Andreas were married in Berlin. The Bangladeshi bride and her German groom had a laid back wedding that really felt like them. “Although there was a lot of planning, we did not have a theme”, explained the bride, Rishad. ” Things just fell into place in the organic semi-chaos that is our life. Some of our guests described it as ‘hipster’ but we’d say it just felt like us. It was small and homely, a celebration of all the different relationships that have individually shaped us.”
“We didn’t particularly think our wedding was ‘alternative’ but there were some crucial elements that made that day slightly different from the textbook wedding. I wore white but it was not a traditional wedding dress. I did not have a flower bouquet but rather, had some in my hair! We had no flower girls, no best men and bridesmaids – just one friend from each side, who would together conduct the ceremony. There were no grand plans for the reception either. We just wanted to give people time to mingle, touch base and DANCE!”
Kia and Daniel’s July wedding took place at Dalston Roof Park in London, a quirky and cool events space in Hackney, overlooking the city’s skyscrapers. The day didn’t really have a theme other than having fun!
“Since we had both been married previously with all the traditional trappings, we went for something unique which reflected our personalities and interests”, explained the bride. “We wanted to be surrounded by the people we love, enjoying themselves with great food, a stunning view and dancing the night away.”
“We took a little bit of inspiration from some fantastic parties we had been to. We aimed to throw the best party and not think of it as just ‘our day’. Our friends and family are so important to us that they were the main focus for our day. We wanted to have all our friends mingling and break up the traditional ‘mine’ and ‘yours’ feeling that you get with a lot of weddings. This relaxed approach meant that we had friends old and new talking, eating and dancing together. The photo booth and free-flowing cocktails seemed to help that along nicely too!”
Emma and Chavez were married in London at Islington Town Hall. Before the ceremony they did some fun portraits with their photographer the Barbican Centre and on the London Underground and afterwards they had a low key reception at The Jugged Hare pub.
“We didn’t have a particular theme or inspiration”, said the bride, “we just chose things we liked and it came together on its own. We just focused on doing things the way we wanted them done without thinking too much about what we were *supposed* to do.”
Ben and Lori’s London wedding was held in a coffee shop. They had a laid back, bohemian theme that worked really well with their urban location.
“I suppose the most unique part of our wedding, that sets us apart from most weddings we have been to, is that we did not have the same sense of formality”, explained the bride. There were no bridesmaids, or groomsmen for example. We didn’t feel attached to those traditions. Also, we Skyped in some of my family members and closest friends from Canada, so it was a little funny seeing an iPad in the corner of our eye with six tiny squares of my favourite people from overseas, smiling and crying from a screen.”
“I would say our theme was confused rustic bohemian. The best bit of the day, and the part that still gives me the most exciting rush of emotions, is our ceremony. Our venue had stairs that led from a loft down to the main area where we had set up our ceremony area. Before most people arrived, close friends all worked together to decorate; hanging the ribbon backdrop, laying out confetti bags, and clearing the area. It was a bit rushed, but so lovely for everyone to work together like that. Ben worked some magic on the music and used the instrumental from LCD Soundsystem’s Dance Yourself Clean for us to walk down the stairs together to and it was absolutely wonderful. I love that we walked together. For us, it was important to show the unity between us before we were married, as well as the further commitment we made on that day.”
Jules and Chris were married in East London. Their ceremony was at Hackney Town Hall with their three (!) reception venues being The Cat and Mutton Broadway Market, The People’s Park Tavern in Victoria Park and Baltic Restaurant to end the night.
“Our wedding theme unintentionally became a ‘jolly old East End knees up’ but we didn’t set off with anything particular in mind”, said the bride. “We just went with the flow.”
“We wanted to celebrate our journey thus far, so every venue that we visited on the day had a story attached to it – from the place we had our first date, to the pub we went to for a glass of champagne after Chris proposed… We live and work in Hackney so really it was our every day lives that inspired our wedding!”