Category Archives: British Brides

Folklore & Fantasy Pagan Woodland Wedding

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Jay and Wisia had a Pagan ceremony in the woods. They wanted their wedding theme to be folklore and fantasy inspired without being too cheesy.

“There’s a fine line between themed and fancy dress”, laughed the bride. “Our special day was a cross between Viking and Elvish visual themes with elements of Pagan.”

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“We were inspired by our love for one another and the love that surrounds us from all the incredible people we know. Other than that, it was influenced by our favourite films, TV episodes and books such as LOTR, The Hobbit and Vikings. We were also deeply inspired by our favourite place to be together… the woods!”

“There are several things that we did that were particularly unique whilst staying very ‘us'”, she continued. “First of all we picked our own surname. We became Mr & Mrs Ælf‎ær (an old English name meaning ‘whole’ that we had chosen together).”

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Italian/ English Wedding with a Puppy Ring Bearer!

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Elli and Oli’s wedding was inspired by the letter B (for Bates, their surname) and with a colour palate of soft pinks and peach.

“We bought all the props secondhand, or used things we (and our friends) already had at home such lanterns, fairylights and birdcages”, said Elli. “We had all sorts of things starting with B, from the bridesmaids books to plastic bugs we painted green and put tiny hearts on (lovebugs!) My bridesmaids and one of their boyfriends even helped me decorate a 3 foot tall free-standing B with flowers, as well as folded 400 paper cranes! One of the other bridesmaids created our dog Isabelle’s outfit and she definitely was the cutest one there!”

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The bridesmaids all wore pink dresses of their own choosing to match the theme and the whole venue was decked out with plenty of flowers and foliage. “I’m Italian and Oli is English so we also want a bit of a English/ Italian theme. We wanted our wedding to reflect us, so we picked all the things we like and threw them in the mix. Our florist helped with this and we had olive trees and wine baskets filled with herbs on the tables. The venue looked and smelt amazing!”

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Colourful & Glittery Family Focused Wedding

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The inspiration for Mary and Alex’s colourful wedding was family. Having two kids, it was important to them that they were involved and enjoyed the day too.

“From the start we wanted a party where we happened to get married”, explained Mary. “We have two children now and we wanted them to be the main focus, as family is so important to us. I love colour and glitter and I wanted this to be all over the venue. I was often asked what my colour theme was and my response was ‘all of them!’ We also described it as ‘when a unicorn pukes glitter’ which I think we pulled off but in a quite a subtle way.”

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“Lots of people avoid kids at weddings but ours was completely the opposite for us with nearly 20 invited to the day and well over 30 in the evening. This made the focus about them and having fun, something we hope our children will hold fond memories of for life.”

The bride wore a short, retro inspired dress but she customised it with a pink and teal petticoat, a Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory Liberace belt and even gold glitter trim around the neckline! She teamed it with gold Irregular Choice shoes and a rainbow gem birdcage veil.

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Adventure Time Themed Wedding

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Oh boy, have I got a wedding you’re going to love today. Themed around adventure, specifically Adventure Time and Up, Gavin and Shelley were married at a friend’s house and had so many cute details.

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“Apart from Adventure Time the inspiration for our wedding was our venue which was a friend’s home”, said Shelley. “We got married in their garden which gave the laid back atmosphere we really wanted. We took the idea of an outdoor style wedding and put our stamp on it with our love of cartoons.”

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Kitsch & Quirky Summer Wedding at Ridge Farm

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They were married at Ridge Farm in Sussex and had a wedding that felt quirky, fun and full of love. Tamsyn and Tom served pizza at dinner, tacos during the evening and decorated the tables with kitschy figurines that they’d collected from charity shops themselves.

The inspiration for our wedding was the venue”, Tamsyn explained. “Once we found it, that played a huge part into how we visualised the day. I had initially thought I would go for something very different than the one we ended up falling in love with. We had both initially really liked the idea of having a winter wedding at Wilton’s Music Hall in London, which is a venue that we’ve been to see various shows at frequently. But then as soon as we stepped foot on Ridge Farm, we both just fell completely in love with it and ran with an outdoor Summer wedding instead!”

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“We didn’t have a particular set theme, but we used a LOT of lampshades in our decorations. We also themed our tables around songs we love, and then bought kitschy bits and pieces from charity shops and car boot sale to fit the songs. For example, one of our tables was Love Cats, which we decorated by loads of cat figurines. We were quite picky about which bits to buy, favouring figurines that made us laugh, so the whole buying process took about a year to complete.”

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The Wedding That Trended on Twitter

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Nicky and David were married in East London. They had a relatively small budget of £5000 but they were able to make it stretch by avoiding wedding specific items wherever possible. They hosted their reception in a town hall, the bride wore a dress from Monsoon, they had a homemade cake and put all the flowers together themselves. They even skipped the wedding car, choosing to get the train between their ceremony and reception venues.

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“I’m not a wedding-y person”, admitted the bride, “so it wasn’t like it was something I had always dreamed of or planned. We wanted the day to be filled with in-jokes and things we find funny like cats, Twitter (we met on Twitter!), plants, books, tea and cheese. I tried to get a kitten ring bearer for the ceremony – but people were surprisingly reluctant to help me with this. I actually started to question my own sanity at this point too. Someone did actually buy us a tiny white kitten as a wedding gift though! We named her Peaches.”

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