Category Archives: British Brides

Alice in Wonderland Wedding: Adam & Louise

Alice in Wonderland themed weddings have been pretty popular since the Tim Burton version of the story was released in 2010, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still love to see them! I mean who wouldn’t want to look at photographs that transport you into a much more psychedelic world? When Adam & Louise got engaged, and despite the fact that they thought the theme had ‘been done’ quite a bit, they knew it was perfect for their wedding. Louise had been a huge fan of the story for her whole life, and had always dreamt of an Alice themed wedding… so why go changing?

“Louise has always been a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland, and in the early days of our relationship we had talked about how fun it would be to have an Alice inspired wedding,” began the groom. “Then after the Tim Burton film was released it seemed quite a popular theme to go with which made it feel like it would be a bit less personal to us if we were to do it too. However once we were engaged, we spoke about it some more and decided that it was still what we both really wanted so who cares if it’s ‘been done’?! We wanted our wedding to be laid back and informal so we needed a venue that offered outdoor weddings in a quirky surrounding. Highfield Hall Hotel was perfect! We didn’t want it to be garish so we opted for a subtle vintage theme running throughout as well.”

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A Quirky Railway Museum Wedding: Emily & Rob

Having visited  East Anglian Railway Museum since she was a little girl (and in more recent times, every September for their beer festival), Emily always knew it was the place she wanted to get married. In her own words, they chose the Town Hall for the reception, and the pub for the lunch “out of necessity”, but luckily for them the sun shone for the whole day and in the end all venues were equally stunning. “People loved that we had three venues throughout the day”, she explained. “We even had the miniature railway running for the children at the railway museum.”

Emily got her dress, headpiece and jewellery from vintage wedding dress shop Fur Coat No Knickers in Central London. “I discovered the shop through Rock n Roll Bride and loved it the second I set foot in the shop. I only visited two other shops but everything else felt synthetic and swamped me in comparison to my gorgeous 50s dress.”

“A lot of Essex weddings can be quite princessy!” Emily laughed when I asked her about the details of their day. “We just wanted to share a magical setting with our friends and family and bring together all of the things we enjoy without any pretentiousness – simple delicious food, beer and an indie disco. We certainly had a few converts by the end. I didn’t DIY very much to be honest as I don’t have the patience and I really didn’t want things to end up looking over-done with signs and decorations everywhere – a 1950s train carriage is a pretty good decoration! But I’d like to think I am skilled when it comes to delegating!”

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A Low Key Belfast Wedding & A Bride with Lilac Hair: Terri & Garreth

Ever since working on the Ice Cream Dream shoot, where Elbie wore a lilac wig, I’ve been a little obsessed with this colour hair. If I was ever in the market for a deviation from pink, it might have to be my next move. Anyway so, as you can imagine, I loved Terri, and her wedding to Garreth, just as soon as I saw it.

The day was split into three parts. The first, a ceremony at Belfast City Hall, was followed by lunch at Made In Belfast (who I’ve featured before – remember?) Then for the afternoon celebration and evening party, the wedding moved to The Secret Garden at Filthy McNasty’s.

“Our wedding was about one thing”, began the bride, “and that was Garrath and I having as much fun as possible with our friends and family. I laughed from the very start to the very end. We didn’t have flowers or hire cars. We used Star Wars music for the ceremony. There were no seating plans or formal photos, no cheesy DJ or decorations. We had our reception in a bar, the food was a buffet and there was no top table. We hired a greaser band that played all their own music and everyone had a ball! We did what we wanted to do regardless of tradition – we even went home to visit our dog. I broke my foot during the band, but barely noticed and still danced on tables and moshed all night long! If that’s not Rock n Roll then I don’t know what is!”

Jeez, I hope your foot is OK Terri!

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A Farm Engagement Shoot: Jo & James

I was married at 24, which is pretty young really, so I was by far the first of my friends to tie the knot. But now, getting scarily close to 30 (as Gareth likes to kindly tell me. Oi! I’m only 28 buster!) a lot of my friends are now walking down the aisle too. EXCITING.

So when Jo, who I used to work with at the shopping channel, got engaged to James, I was straight in there with my recommendations and ideas for her wedding… in fact I’m probably verging on annoying about the whole thing. But for Jo, wedding photographer David McNeil was the obvious choice. He also used to work at said shopping channel (!) and feeling comfortable in front of the camera was super important to Jo & James. David is a wizz at this. I can vouch for him.

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A Farm Engagement Shoot: Jo & James

I was married at 24, which is pretty young really, so I was by far the first of my friends to tie the knot. But now, getting scarily close to 30 (as Gareth likes to kindly tell me. Oi! I'm only 28 buster!) a lot of my friends are now walking down the aisle too. EXCITING. So when Jo, who I used to work with at the shopping channel, got engaged to James, I was straight in there with my recommendations and ideas for her wedding... in fact I'm probably verging on annoying about the whole thing. But for Jo, wedding photographer David McNeil was the obvious choice. He also used to work at said shopping channel (!) and feeling comfortable in front of the camera was super important to Jo & James. David is a wizz at this. I can vouch for him. "I was quite apprehensive before the shoot as I just wanted it to be perfect", Jo explained. "I know James isn't keen on having his photo taken (I'm not so bothered!) so I was nervous we wouldn't get any decent photos of us both, then when it came to the wedding day I'd be constantly stressing about it! But I need not have worried. David made us feel really comfortable from the get go. There was no awkward posing or cheesy smiles... it all felt really natural, which really shows in the photos (I think!) In the end we both really enjoyed the whole experience, we're both extremely happy with the photos... David was awesome and I can't wait to see what he does for the wedding! I'd definitely recommend an engagement shoot to any couple that are getting married as it prepares you for the big day."

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A Colourful Multicultural Wedding: Piyush and Bex

Gosh where does one begin with a wedding like Bex & Piyush’s? This is pretty much what wedding bloggers dreams are made of… at least mine are anyway!

Bex & Piyush wanted to celebrate the heritage of both families in their wedding. The wedding was an Indian/Western fusion celebration at Heaton House Farm near Macclesfield. Unlike many mixed-background couples, they opted to have just one ceremony incorporating both a Western civil ceremony alongside Indian traditions. Bex & Piyush didn’t want to have two separate ceremonies, preferring to represent both their heritages together. “Our wedding was a bright, colourful, inclusive, multicultural and non-religious, light-hearted day, providing an alternative to the inherent narcissism of traditional wedding”, began Bex. “We had the wedding on an English farm, complete with views of rolling hills, wellies and rain showers.”

“We ate vast amounts of curry – South Indian during the day and North Indian in the evening. We drank tea (of the marsala chai variety), we had a traditional fruit wedding cake complete with slightly more exotic ingredients: crystalised pineapple, papaya and pistachio, and not very traditional icing. We tried to make it a financially neutral event for our guests by providing transport, camping and a free bar. Our inspiration was colour, lace, doilies, henna, jam jars, lentils, roses, daisies, tin cans, books, swans, ladybirds, drumming, postcards, Mills and Boon, stamping, candles, camping, singing, caravans, curry, friends, family and dancing…”

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A Colourful DIY Festival Wedding: Sarah & Dan

Sarah & Dan wanted a blank canvas space that they could completely transform for their wedding. So after their ceremony at The Guildhall, the oldest building in Leicester, the wedding reception was held in tipis set up in The Cedar Field, Market Bosworth. “The Cedar Field was great venue, basically a blank canvas in a farmers field where you can tailor every aspect of the day”, explained Sarah.

“It had a gorgeous 200 year old cedar tree taking pride of place but unfortunately it’s days were numbered and it fell over a few weeks before the wedding. It wasn’t a big issue for us though and in fact looked a little more interesting. Matt & Annie who run the field were great, they even ran the bar service for us. We hired tipis from Elite Tents. They were awesome looking, very different and everyone loved them. The team behind them were also brilliant. A number of us camped overnight in the field and we managed to persuade them (with bacon butties!) to wait until a bit later the next day (so not to wake us up early) to take them down.”

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