Category Archives: British Brides

A 1940s & Vegan Wedding in Canada: Sarah & Carol

Sarah & Carol had a destination wedding in Canada. With Sarah originally from Canada the pair, who now live in Brighton, wanted to fly back for the wedding. “We decided to be married in Sarnia because Carol is incredibly attached to her hometown and the beaches and water of Lake Huron (can you blame her?)”, wrote newlywed Carol. “At the time we booked the venue we thought we would both be living in Canada, so it seemed a natural choice. We chose Sarnia Riding Club as our venue so we could be right next to the water. We knew that whatever continent we decided to do the wedding on, a lot of people who wouldn’t be able to attend, we’re so pleased that so many people made it – and we’ve promised to dance with those who didn’t make it very soon.”

The couple didn’t want to spend a fortune on the wedding, and by doing a lot themselves and making clever choices they were able to keep their entire budget to under £4000. They were able to save money by buying dresses that weren’t ‘wedding dresses’ and by having their friend and professional photographer Alexa Clark Kent (yes really!) photograph the wedding as a gift. Alexa was also the ‘best woman’ so she really worked her butt off at this wedding!

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A Very Mod Wedding: Paula & Mark

London. The 1960s. Mod.

These were the inspirations for Paula & Mark’s big day. The couple met at a rhythm, blues & soul night run by Mark in a bar in Bethnal Green, so the theme was very ‘them’. “We bonded over our love of vintage fashion and music”, wrote Paula, “I couldn’t believe my luck when we were introduced, we hit it off immediately. The bar has changed owners since, but we always smile when we go past it. It holds happy memories of parties and beautiful friends in immaculate vintage fashions dancing to great music and having fun.”

The ceremony was held at Islington town hall, with the reception taking place at The Peasant pub. “We wanted the wedding to feel like it was OUR day. Not a generic ‘wedding’ that looked like every other wedding you see on the pages of wedding magazines. We wanted it to be as individual as we are and to reflect our love of anything Mod.”

“First and foremost we wanted a party and a day where family and friends could relax and have fun. That was the most important thing to us. I didn’t want anyone to feel  uncomfortable. We knew that it would be a vintage inspired wedding as mine and Mark’s everyday life is inspired by retro style and the vast majority of our friends all have a love of anything Mod. It just felt natural to us. Even my entrance was different! I walked down the aisle to ‘The Avengers’ theme tune. The tune is very special to us as we share a love for the 1960s series and Emma Peel is my heroine! Our guests loved it and said that it was so us!”

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A Bohemian but Urban Wedding with a 70s Twist: Mark & Ania

Mark & Ania didn’t particularly want a theme for their wedding, but what they did want was a relaxed and laid back wedding with all their friends and family. They chose Islington town hall as their ceremony venue as the north east of London is one of their favourite areas of the city. For their reception they headed to AK Rowing Club which is right on the bank of the Thames in Hammersmith.

“We went from not wanting a wedding at all to toying with an idea to run away and get married in secret”, began newlywed Ania. “But as the planning went on, the guest list grew bigger and bigger and we ended up with the project of organising a proper wedding. We really wanted for our big day to be as simple and relaxed as possible. We didn’t have any particular theme in mind when planning the day other than wanting a simple, informal day.”

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Flamingos & Fun: Charlotte & Luke

“I got married in August”, said pink haired Blogcademy attendee Charlotte after the workshop was over. “Your blog was a huge help so thank you.” “Amazing, I responded – make sure you send me your photographs!”

And she did, and oh boy am I glad. What a wedding!

“Our wedding theme was decided on a drunken weekend in Palm Springs in May when we were on a work trip”, Charlotte told me. “We ordered 50 pink plastic lawn flamingos to be delivered to the Ace Hotel… then panicked when they arrived and we had to buy four huge holdalls to take them back on the plane! I was convinced customs would think we were smuggling drugs and cut them all open but they really made our wedding!”

“Luke & I have our own custom printing business, Awesome Merchandise, so we made a lot of the stuff ourselves – very last minute! I wasn’t the greatest DIY-er. I had ten skulls for my centrepieces turn up two weeks after the wedding because I was so last minute about everything! My hero bridesmaid Cat made about a million paper poms for me because mine looked a bit sad! I missed my manicure the day before the wedding because I was frantically pouring sand into little zinc pots for my table plan (that I’d only come up with about 3 days earlier) whilst being filmed by Choccywoccydoodah, who made our cake, for their TV show!”

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A Low Key Rustic & Autumnal Wedding: Sarah & Brendon

Sarah & Brendon had a garden party style wedding… outside… in the UK… in October. Brave! Well technically they were married at Bishops Stortford register office but their reception was held in a marquee in The Gibberd Garden, Harlow. They kept things low key and relaxed, inviting their guests to dress as they pleased. They had also had a DIY gin bar which went down very well.

“Our wedding theme was a rustic, autumnal garden party”, wrote Sarah. “We have been together nearly five years and have a daughter together, so getting married was just a formality for us and we therefore didn’t want to go down the traditional wedding route. We wanted to be ourselves, to keep it simple and informal, and most of all to throw a really good party where we just happened to get married at the same time.”

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Tattoo Britannia Wedding: Lisa & Paul

“Being the Jubilee year as well as the Olympics, a red, white & blue themed wedding seemed fitting”, began newlywed Lisa who married Paul this Summer. “I sat with my bridesmaids and mum the night before the wedding watching the opening ceremony with great pride. The bright colour options coupled with my love of rockabilly styling and 1940s glamour added such vibrancy and fun to the day. Paul and I also both love tattoos so we wanted to bring this into our day. The swallows on the wedding cake, invitations, table decorations and gifts were all tied together with tattoo images.”

Lisa even dyed her hair red for the wedding, and despite some last minute panic that it was ‘too pink’ (cue a rush re-dye job on the morning of!) it looked amazing. She wore a stunning red wedding dress by Veromia Couture, bought from Curvy Bridal in Boroughbridge, Iron Fist Union Jack shoes and a headpiece from Voodoo it Yourself. She made the button bouquets for herself and her bridesmaids from an idea she saw on Rock n Roll Bride.

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