Category Archives: British Brides

Iconic London Landmarks & a Truly Epic Wedding Dress: Jolyon & Kate

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It’s a pretty good indication that a wedding is 100% awesome when I sneak peek a shot of it on my facebook page and it gets nearly 400 likes! That’s exactly what happened with Jolyon & Kate’s wedding and I’m pretty sure it was down to one thing… Kate’s epic wedding dress!

In fact the wedding itself was quite low key. The couple were married in London with just immediate family around them but that didn’t stop this bride going all out with her bridal style! She actually designed the dress herself with the help of a dress maker friend who helped bring her ideas to life.

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“I thought that choosing a wedding dress would be the easiest part of our wedding preparation”, explained Kate. “I tried on many beautiful dresses, but none of them really made me feel like I imagined I should feel on my wedding day. So I just decided to design my own. My family took some convincing that it was the right choice and sometimes I even doubted myself. But on the day the dress was perfect.”

“My first view of Kate and her dress was when she walked into the ceremony room”, Jolyon  took over. “When I saw her standing there my heart melted. She smiled and her every movement and expression just captured our love perfectly. The wedding was with immediate family only, but even with such a small audience the simple yet beautiful ceremony was everything we had hoped for. After the ceremony, our first adventure as husband and wife began.”

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Circus & Rock Themed Wedding: Charlie & Simon

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Charlie & Simon’s circus and rock themed wedding was held at Circomedia, a circus training school in an old church building in Bristol. The theme was a dramatic statement and full of all the things the couple love! “Our entire theme was rock – we’re both into rock & metal music and we knew that we wouldn’t have enjoyed doing something other than that”, Charlie began. “I am South African and so having some bits from my background was also important.”

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“I hate crafting with a passion but I still decided to arrange the flowers into balls of oasis myself”, she continued. “I then just plonked them into the vases. It was the only soul destroying moment of the entire wedding experience and reassured me that I am definitely not a crafty person! Luckily we’re both very good with PhotoShop and so creating things to be printed out was the best solution for the stationery.”

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Quirky London Pub Wedding: Ian & Chrissie

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Ian & Chrissie were married in October in London. Their ceremony was held at Islington Town Hall and their reception took place at The Britannia pub in Victoria Park, Hackney. The two venues helped to set the tone for their quirky, quintessentially ‘London’ and vintage-inspired day.

“We knew we wanted to have our wedding in London where we live and met and the town hall was perfect”, began the bride. “The room we chose for our ceremony was circular which made it feel really inclusive. We have since found out the room in which we got hitched was used as the court room in the video for Culture Club ‘Do you really want to hurt me’ – which in our minds only adds to his awesomeness! Having a good old knees up in a pub was what we really wanted for our reception. The Britannia ticked all our boxes of being a lovely old victorian building with a lot of quirky details and also doing fab food. The landlord Andrew was very flexible in terms of how we decorated the pub which was music to my ears.”

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Chrissie wore a 1950s vintage inspired dress from Dolly Couture with Rachel Simpson shoes and a hair comb which was made from a 1960s blue rhinestone brooch. “I would describe myself as a fully card carrying vintage dress enthusiast!” Chrissie explained. “I knew I definitely wanted to go down the 1950s route for my bridal style. My dress was the first one that I tried on and I fell completely in love with it. I had my dress customised from the original design by a seamstress, adding longer sleeves, a more open neckline with a lower V back with covered buttons. I also wore a short petticoat to add more of that all important 1950s swing. I wore a gorgeous vintage fur cape to add some old school glamour to my dress. I found the cape at a vintage fair, and I think it wins the prize for my best bargain find for the wedding at £35!”

Her bridesmaids’ looks were also vintage-inspired with each girl being styled to suit a different era. “I knew I wanted my bridesmaids to have vintage frocks but I didn’t have a set idea of what style of dress, which is half the fun of vintage shopping! The idea then evolved in to them all having dresses and hair and make up with a nod to different eras – 20s, 40s & 60s. All the bridesmaids dresses were bought from retro stores and vintage fairs with the exception of the light green fringed flapper style dress worn by my bridesmaid Ursula which was from Traffic People.

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Rockers Loch Ness Wedding: Emma & Kyle

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When you think of Loch Ness you probably imagine a rural and serene scene with daily hikers and a few wayward Loch Ness Monster hunters. You probably don’t envisage the Rock n Roll stylings of Emma & Kyle’s wedding! Well that’s all about to change, because with their wedding taking place at The Loch Ness Country House Hotel, I can all but guarantee you’ll not be able to forget these guys when you think of Loch Ness in future!

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“I’m a self-employed illustrator/artist for fairytaleasylum.com and Kyle makes sculpture out of scrap metal when he’s not being a gardener”, began the bride, “so we’re accustomed to getting creative. Between us we decided to take out all the bits we dislike about weddings from ours and to do most of it ourselves. Our schedule was pretty much non-existent, we wanted everyone to feel relaxed and go with the flow. We wanted our reception to feel like you were at a metal gig and we didn’t want loads of line up photos that take up so much time on the day.”

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Neo-Noir Postmodernist Wedding: Gemma & Delaney

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Are you ready to start the new year with a bang?! Oh boy am I! In actual fact I saved Gemma & Delaney’s awesome wedding until today because of that very reason – I wanted to start 2013 as I mean to go on. Rock n Roll couples all the way baby!

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Gemma & Delaney were married in September at Rushton Hall in Northamptonshire. The elaborate backdrop worked so well as a contrast to their quintessential Rock n Roll and neo-postmodern 80s-inspired wedding. “We got engaged in Malibu in LA on holiday there a couple of years ago”, began the bride. “It was a perfect sunset and totally spontaneous. Delaney had only brought the ring a few hours earlier from a gorgeous little antique shop in Santa Barbara. We were married a day after our 7 year anniversary.”

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Colourful Manor House Wedding with just 34 Guests: Amy & Ray

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I’m seeing a huge shift in a lot of the weddings that I’m being submitted of late. While large and lavish detail-heavy weddings were, and in many cases still are, wedding blog perfection, I am noticing that these days it’s the smaller ones that a catching my eye. It seems that lot of my readers are completely swinging the other way and are planning small, intimate and personality-heavy nuptials. I know what it is though – my readers are rebels, just like me! You don’t want to do what everyone else is doing – you want your weddings to be different and to be a perfect reflection of your love and your relationship. And that, dear readers, is why I friggin’ love each and every one of you!

I’ve known Amy for a while now. She is one third of Ava – a wedding styling company based in Birmingham, and we’ve actually worked together on many occasions. The biggest collaboration we’ve done has got to be my Rock n Riot shoot where she even commissioned a graffiti artist to paint me on a giant wall!

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Amy spends her life styling other people’s weddings and events, so when it came to her own special day, she wanted to make sure it was really theirs and that it didn’t just feel like another day at the office…

“I’ve collected coloured glass since I left home and it does make be truly happy, weird but true,” Amy explained. “I look at it everyday and everybody that knows me likes to take the mick for my collecting obsessions. I would have bought along all of my chairs if I could have! I am a florist so obviously I’m used to working with flowers all the time but for our wedding I wanted something simple – I didn’t want to over complicate anything. I basically just plonked all of my favourite flowers in the coloured vases. We used Gloriosia, Vanda Orchid and Tassel Flowers, then Love Lies Bleeding with Dahlias which were home grown by a friend. I love colour too so if anything our theme would have beeb a ‘rainbow of bonkersness’ against the quite formal manor house.”

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