Category Archives: British Brides

Laura & Ian’s Hollywood Glamour Wedding

Three week’s ago photographer Annamarie Stepney was in Reading (where I live) so she popped by to say hello…to my cats. Yeah people never come to see me any more, it’s all about the internet sensations that are Henry & Rachel! Anyway, as we walked Henry round the back garden on his lead (I kid you not) she was telling me all about the wedding she was shooting the next day….at my wedding venue…well in actual fact, what should have been my wedding venue. You see, as soon as Gareth & I got engaged, I knew I wanted to have our wedding at The Forbury Hotel. It’s an amazing venue and I wanted it. Bad. But sad face for us, it was already booked on our day. However I am really excited to see how Laura & Ian’s Rock n Roll wedding turned out at the venue that should have been mine!

The wedding had a glamorous Hollywood theme. With Laura being a hair & make up artist, she sees a lot of weddings in her work, so she was keen that their wedding was really different. “We had a very short think about a theme and instantly came up with old Hollywood glamour!” Laura told me. “We both love old fashioned styles and music. As a hair and make-up artist I absolutely love this era its beauty and artistic flare.”

“It could never have been anything else for us. All our guests spent hundreds on outfits and everyone conformed to our theme! Very well dressed wedding. We thought it was really nice for ladies too, to wear the outfits they always are dying to wear but would usually feel too overdressed or think they might upstage the bride. At our wedding there was no such thing as too overdressed!”

The couple really went all out with their theme, DIYing a lot of the details and hiring a popcorn machine, a photo booth and a 1952 yellow buick convertible (“Which is the car that all our feature stars on the day – Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn etc used as their chauffeurs” Laura continued.) The couple even made their own invites to look like a cinema ticket stub with an ‘admit one’ part for the RSVP.

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A Proud to be British, Camden Bridal Shoot

A little bit of retro and punk glamour was in order when blogger Adelle Frejus of Peonies and Pearls got together with photographer Anneli Marinovich for a photo shoot in Camden, London.

“My inspiration for the shoot was a 1950’s retro glamour – big hair, red lips and vintage wedding dresses,l” explained Anneli. “I had been wanting to do a bridal shoot ‘with a twist’ in Camden since the start of the year and the 1950’s theme seemed perfect for the setting.”

“I was very excited to get Elizabeth Avey involved – her original 1950s vintage wedding dresses are exquisite and literally “made” the shoot. Proud Camden & Stables Market were the perfect settings to give the shoot a sense of fun and the staff at Proud Camden were amazing for letting us use the stables as our “catwalk” before heading out onto the streets of Camden Town. Each stable at Proud has a different theme as well, which ended up fitting in perfectly with our 3 different looks – vintage, leopard and punk.”

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A Vintage Great British Seaside Shoot

This beautiful and creative photo shoot was put together by the ladies behind Dottie Creations and Dottie Photography. It was inspired by their love of the great British seaside.

Mandy & Zoe, the ladies behind both companies, styled, crafted and photographed the whole shoot themselves. They made all the awesome signage, the beautiful table decorations and the even the biscuits.

These are sure to get you in the mood for Summer huh?

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Alejandro & Aurelie’s Frida-Inspired Ceremony

Alejandro & Aurelie’s wedding was a small one – tiny in fact. They were wed at Hammersmith & Fulham Registry Office with just a few close friends in attendance. They didn’t have a reception but instead will be having a big family party back home in Switzerland later this year.

Aurelie’s wedding day look was inspired by artist Frida Kahlo. She wore a vintage dress from Paper Dress Vintage and flowers in her hair from H & M. Aurelie is an artist (check out her exploding jewellery!) and so made her tourquise earrings herself from a pair of turquoise stones that Alejandro had bought her from Porobello Road Market.

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Lucy & Andy’s Budget-Friendly, “Let’s Do It Our Way” Wedding

This beautiful, vintage-inspired wedding came about after Lucy proposed to Andy on a trip to London. “I took Andy away to Tower Bridge London, to stay in a 5 star hotel on Valentines Day 2010,” the bride told me. “He kept saying,’You’re not going to propose are you?’. I said ‘No of course not, don’t be silly’. Then as we were walking back to the hotel under the bridge by the dolphin statue, I placed a ring box shaped like an orange in his hand. He looked at it and said ‘What’s this?’ with a scared look on his face. And I said ‘Open it’, then ‘Will you marry me?’. The colour drained from his face, I cried, he said ‘Oh, I was planning to propose to you, and I started saving for a ring, and what is everyone going to say?’ I just said, ‘Look, I have saved you the bother of saving your money for months and months. Let do this our way’.”

“I mainly wanted to show him that it wasn’t about the expensive ring, and massive gesture, and the big hype. It was about having something nice on my finger that suited me and that reminded me of our lovely weekend, that didn’t cost us the earth, and took years to pay back, and that we loved each other and wanted to get married, rather than all the focus being about the finger furniture and the ‘Oh, how did he propose?’ Everyone is different, and, we did it our way.”

This tone of ‘let’s do it our way’ really did continue into their wedding. They wanted to create something themselves that was laid back but detail heavy.

“We wanted to use our creative skills to decorate the venue and ourselves,” continued Lucy. “We didn’t have much money, so we utilised our friends and families offers of help, and had a very laid back and love filled wedding. Everyone lent a hand when we needed it, on the run up and on the day.”

“I am very much in to vintage styles, and we wanted that to shine through. I wore an original 1930’s handmade vintage dress which I bought from eBay for just £60. We had a slight nautical theme, which was shown more in the colours, red white and blue, with a splash of yellow to brighten it up. We had found objects, like shells and driftwood to decorate our wedding breakfast tables mixed with fairy lights & candles which created a lovely cosy winter atmosphere.”

“We were adament that we needed to stick to our budget of just a few thousand pounds, we had no option but to stick to it. We used lots of hand-me-down objects, second hand things, freebies, we used eBay a hell of a lot for supplies like linen, tissue paper and the lanterns and the balloon lights etc. We certainly wanted to put our own stamp on our wedding. We didn’t want our day to be like everyone elses, we wanted people to come away going ‘Well, that wedding was different’.”

“I am very laid back, and I wanted to banish that stuffy and posh feeling of weddings. I was very adament that I wanted everyone to relax, feel the love, lend a hand, and have a great weekend away. There were no rules, if you wanted to bring your own booze, then do so. If you want to take the mike and rap to Dizzy Rascal (which my crazy friends did) then go ahead. If you want to go to the beach and run naked in to the sea (which someone else did!) then go ahead.”

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Chi Chi Revolver’s Tattooed Bridal Shoot

I was really inspired reading the winning entry to your Knot Couture dress competition recently,” photographer Bethan of Haywood Jones Photography told me. “It was hard to picture how it would feel to be made so uncomfortable in a shop who were clearly disapproving of you, thinking we live in a properly modern society (!) until it happened to me last weekend (not because I have beautiful body art sadly, but much more because I was dressed a bit scruffily and went into a very posh art shop. They actually got another member of security to stand in the shop while me and my friend walked around!!) It suddenly became clear that you really can’t judge a book by its cover and that even though the *mainstream* wedding industry is becoming more accepting of the *alternative* side of peoples wedding creativity and gorgeousness, there are still many blinkered people out there who wont look past stereotypes and make you feel less than worthy of their attention.”

“The story spurred me to organise a tattooed bridal shoot with an absolute star of a gal called Chi Chi Revolver. Chi Chi is a professional hula hooper and circus performer and as part of her large and varied CV teaches Hula-ing (is that right?) to children who have had behavioural issues at school (again talk about not judging books by their covers!)”

“I really wanted the aim of the shoot to show that tattooed brides are just as beautiful, awesome and down right gorgeous as any. I used a vintage 1950’s wedding dress which I found on etsy and Chi Chi’s own wedding shoes. She had just celebrated her first wedding anniversary a couple of weeks before the shoot so it seemed like a good time to get her to don another wedding dress. Chi Chi was a hero braving the (very!!) windy beaches of Brighton and slightly rainy streets in the little floaty dress and a pair of heels, but I’m so glad she did.”

I love the idea and the story behind this shoot, even if it was only done to ‘stick it to the man’ (Yeah!)

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