Category Archives: British Brides

A Punk Rock Wedding

Corinna and Ady met at a punk gig in 2013. The inspiration for their wedding was music, each other and their mutual love of tattoos.

Their reception was held at The Bridge Inn in Stalybridge. “We did everything to please ourselves”, said Corinna. “I think there is an immense amount of pressure on couples planning a wedding to make sure everyone else is happy, and this can be so stressful on what is supposed to be the happiest day of your life! So we promised each other to only do what we wanted, if people didn’t like it, well, it wasn’t their wedding! It turned out to be the best day of our lives.”

Their budget as £4500, including a week in Majorca for their honeymoon, and they kept costs down by doing lots of DIY and calling in favours. “My dad’s band provided the entertainment and my sister DJed. We had a buffet instead of a sit down meal and the function room was free! We made own invitations and did all the décor. I got a bit giddy over all the little things I bought! I got lots of fairy lights, union jack bunting, red glass candles for each table, heart shaped balloons, a light up ‘A & C’, just married bunting, and a few Mr & Mrs signs. We also made our own confetti by ripping up coloured and glittery tissue paper from Poundland. I was gobsmacked how expensive it was to buy ready-made!”

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A Glastonbury Handfasting & A Las Vegas Elopement

Gaia and Calum didn’t just have one awesome wedding, they had two! The first was at their beloved Glastonbury in the gorgeous tipi field, and the second in Las Vegas at A Wedding Chapel: Two very Rock n Roll places!

Everything was a romantic whirlwind and the couple just went with the flow. The bride said, “We didn’t have a theme, we just wanted to have something special in our favourite place (Glastonbury), and an elopement adventure! We’d been engaged for a year and a half, together for six, and we just decided we didn’t want to wait any longer to be married. It was very last minute – we only started planning it in February and we got married in July!”

It must have felt like one long summer party as the ceremonies were only about ten days apart. Gaia planned the Glastonbury ceremony and Calum was on Las Vegas duty.

The bride said of the planning, “With Glastonbury, we were trying to do it as cheaply as possibly as we had spent most of our money on the Las Vegas wedding. The Glastonbury ceremony was quite last minute as we didn’t know if we would have re-sale tickets until the end of April! We had to wait until we knew for sure to make arrangements, so we really only had two months to organise it. We spent around £350 in total on this, not including the festival tickets. With Las Vegas, it cost £5000 including rings, flights, 5* hotel, hire car, ceremony, photographer, dress, suit, flowers, eight nights’ stay and a holiday!”

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Bright & Colourful Vegetarian Wedding on the Bride’s Birthday

Kirsty and Ryan wanted their wedding to be bright and colourful with a mix of contemporary and traditional elements. Their wedding date was actually Kirsty’s birthday and their eighth anniversary!

“We wanted a real Derbyshire wedding,” began Kirsty. “We have both travelled a lot and had been living abroad for three years before we came home to get married. We wanted our favourite (vegetarian) foods that we miss when we’re out of the country, the most beautiful views as the backdrop, and all locally sourced companies. All this, plus a slight bit of inspiration from our favourite films, Harry Potter, which included photos at Hardwick Hall (in areas used in the films) and the table plan to resemble the great hall.”

Their ceremony focused on them, their friendships and all their favourite things. “It was all about us, we had some of our favourite songs, including Queen’s You’re My Best Friend for the bridesmaids to walk in to, and readings by our incredible friends who had travelled from as far as Australia to come to the wedding. I thought I would be an emotional wreck, but I was just so excited, I had a massive smile on my face the whole time! Walking down the aisle to the marry my soul mate was the best bit of the whole day. I was so excited to get to see him, after a lovely morning getting ready with my girls.”

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Bohemian ‘Summer of Love’ Wedding at Home

Lucie and Leigh were married in Essex at the bride’s aunt’s house. They hired a tipi and set it up in the garden!

“As we got married in my auntie’s back garden it made the whole vibe of the wedding very casual and had a more intimate feel”, said the bride. “The day had a 70s Summer of Love vibe and was very laid back and bohemian.”

“Our wedding ceremony was just so beautiful. Even more beautiful than I could ever of planned. The sky was so blue and the sun was shinning from the moment I opened my eyes. We had an outside ceremony with no plan b so someone was on our side that day. My aunt had roses planted in the courtyard which was directly In front of where we said our vows. We had 24 rows of chairs to seat all 120 of our guest and an aisle made from of Persian rugs which were hired from penny at The Little Lending Company. We kept the ceremony short and sweet because, let’s face it, no one goes to a wedding for the soppy stuff they go to get smashed!”

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Super Chilled Swedish & British Backyard Wedding

Nina and Zakk were legally married in Sweden, where the bride is from and the groom works as a tattoo artist, but also wanted to have a celebration in the UK, where the groom grew up. Despite living in Sweden for the last few years Zakk has a lot of family and friends in the UK so having a second celebration on Zakk’s parents’ property made a lot of sense. The location was a sprawling, beautifully maintained stretch of land that boasts a duck pond, tree house and playground  – perfect!

“Our wedding theme was ‘Summer Chill'”, said Nina. “The inspiration for the wedding was really just us being us, and letting friends and family to be a part of our love for one day.”

As they were already legally married, they could do whatever they liked for the ceremony. “We wrote the ceremony ourselves. Our crew walked down the aisle to Nothing Else Matters by Matt Johnson, I walked in with my dad to What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. Ethan, who led the ceremony, welcomed everyone and then he read a poem that we both liked. Then Zakk played ‘his song You’re Welcome by Dwayne Johnson from Moana for me. Then we read our vows, had the ring exchange and then I played my song to Zakk which was Video Games by Lana del Rey. Afterwards the Zakk picked me up and carried me back down the aisle to Happy Together by The Turtles!”

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Autumnal Wedding with a Woodland Fairy Bride

Oh man, do we have the most perfect autumnal wedding to share with you today. Kirsty and Matt were married on October 28th, 2016 (happy anniversary for tomorrow guys!) at St John’s Church which is located on Thorsby Estate in Sherwood Forest.

Would you get a good eyeful of Kristy’s dress? Yes, that is a trail of faux foliage down the back of her skirt! She had it made for her by Eternally Yours and her brief was to look like a woodland fairy for the day.

“Autumn is our favourite time of year”, began the bride, “we love the colour changing leaves, campfires, apple cider and pumpkins (not forgetting Halloween!). Being surrounded by woodland and nature is where we feel most happiest and comfortable.”

“As people who are uncomfortable being the centre of attention and are both naturally shy, it was paramount that the people who surrounded us were the people who we felt most relaxed around. The ceremony was only attended by close family and friends. A magical moment occurred when we entered the church, one that can’t be explained. An inner peace enclosed us and a confidence materialised that we had never had before. Our vows were made with a clear voice and our heads were held high throughout.  Our rings we wear with pride are from Matt’s late father and my late grandmother, the only explanation we can give is that they were by our side.”

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