I adore featuring weddings like Alexa & Andy’s the most. British, quirky, emotional and fun! The couple got married at Birmingham Registry Office on Easter Sunday and had the awesome Steve Gerrard on hand to take all their photographs. The room was really modern and had a gorgeous courtyard outside which made for some beautiful portraits.
The reception was held at The Bell, at Tamworth in Arden which they selected for it’s informal and carefree nature. They knew their friends and family would have fun in the pub’s relaxed atmosphere. The cake was made by Alexa’s Mum after they saw something similar in a magazine and decided to have a go at making it themselves (that’s exactly what we did!)
Alexa wore a dress, gorgeous little hat and corset were all custom designed and made by Jo at The Couture Company, at The Custard Factory in Birmingham. “I knew straight away that I wouldn’t have a traditional wedding dress and I really like the 50s style full circle dress so did a bit of internet research and found Jo” she told me. She teamed this with shoes from Dune for the day time and pink, shiny Doc Martens for the evening! Love….!
Winchester-based photographer Angela Ward Brown sent these over the other day and I’m pretty sure you vintage lovers are going to adore them. The shoot took place at semi-derelict country estate near Winchester called Northington Grange, which is open to the public but it hardly ever used, except as for the odd movie and soap opera set!
The model, Velvet (yes, her real name!) looks stunning in these genuine vintage gowns. The first, a handmade, full-length, silk gown with short train dated from the1930 is particularly stunning no? The dresses were all found at Hampshire Wardrobe in Winchester and Angela styled the shoot herself. She made all the accessories (including the veil) to perfectly match her vision.
Lee & Rose got married in Liverpool in a super duper stylish way. Rose’s outfit is literally off-the-hook! Have you ever seen a bride look so damn funky? Plus (and you’re going to love this) it is all from the British high street! Be sure to check out the full list of where each item was found after the photographic goodness. I am just mad about those tights…
“There was no real theme as such, but the sort of couple we are means that we wanted something relaxed, informal and fun” Lee , the groom, told me “We wanted a simple wedding, we wanted to wear the outfits we wanted, we wanted to pay for everything ourselves, and more importantly, we wanted our friends and family to come and have a good time, not feel like they had to behave in a manner they normally wouldn’t, i.e. no strict seating arrangements, not worrying about which knife to use to cut the bread roll, etc. We’re not show-offs, and we’re not millionaires, and we have our own sense of style, so we couldn’t see the point in all this so-called ‘traditional’ excess that means the marriage starts off with £30,000 worth of debt! It just wouldn’t be us.”
This ghoulish, retro horror themed wedding may not be everybody’s cup of tea but I can’t help but be a little over-excited about it. So. Much. Originality! Photographer Al, who has just been shortlisted for ‘Tattoo Photographer of the Year’ was keen to tell me all about Ash and Michelle Ghoulmore’s (oh yes!) friday the 13th wedding.
The couple run retro rebels store and the horror-themed clothing company Kreepsville 666 so their wedding was always going to be a spooky special. ‘Ghoulmore’ actually is Ash’s surname and they pretty much live Halloween everyday, so it was fitting to pick a horror / b-movie inspired Wedding theme (be sure to check out their awesome invite at the end of the gallery too!)
“This meant I had to light the formals in a slightly different way to ensure I got that punchy highly saturated contrasty feel that fits with the mood” photographer Al told me. “This was the first time I’ve seen a smoke machine used during the ceremony! The archway was decorated with skulls and light like a stage. As you can see form the photos the cake was a skull and all the attendees got to take home a set of cast-silver effect fangs to say ‘fangs for coming’ [groan]. Zombina and the Skeletones provided the live music for the reception, again fitting the horror-rockabilly theme.”
Michelle looked every bit the rock princess in her two dresses, firstly a custom made creation from Limb Clothing, and for the reception/evening a gorgeous Vivien of Holloway gown.
Check out Ursula & Chris’ fantastically cool wedding. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw her Claire Pettibone dress (I wrote about these dresses a while back beacause they are called the ‘rock n roll bride’ collection!) Oh holy black tulle! “‘I fell in love with my ‘Midnight’ gown from Claire Pettibone’s rock and roll bride range the moment I tried it on. The mix of vintage style, beautiful beading, delicate embroidery and edgy black train make it a very special dress. I just loved the way my long veil looked against the slightly gothic black train. Breathtaking!” Ursula explained.
There is no other way to describe this Warwick Castle shoot than kick ass. Is photographer Steve Gerrard fo’ real? I can’t get over how much I adore these and how much I want to be this bride!
“I’m one of the castle’s recommended wedding photographers” Steve explained “so when I asked the lovely Katie Hill at the castle about doing the shoot, she was more than helpful, even allowing us to shoot long after the public had to leave the venue.” Steve was helped along by local vendors The Bridal Boutique who donated the gorgeous Lou Lou Bridal dress and The Blossom Tree who helped out with the flowers.
Steve wanted to shoot two different sides of the bridal story so he found Steph, a classic English rose (you can see her session here)and Laura – the gorgeous, heavily tattooed chicka you see below. Rock-the-hell-on!