A Simple Country Vintage Wedding for a Tattooed Bride: Dave & Clare

Dave & Clare were married at East Riddlesden Hall in West Yorkshire. The bride wore a Tara Keely dress and Irregular Choice shoes.

“The theme I was going for was simple country vintage,” Clare told me. “Throughout the whole wedding process from getting engaged to the honeymoon (which was only 5 months!) we just stayed true to ourselves, we invited who we wanted (no relatives we haven’t seen for 10 years) no kids, only the people who mattered.”

“As for the style, again we stayed true to what we liked and what we felt comfortable with. I don’t particularly see us as Rock n Roll but I guess with our tattoos and such I can see why people might think that. We’re just us and there’s nothing we like more than cuddling up in front of a film with a cuppa and our cats and dog!”

The couple used their own camper van as their wedding day transport, and after the wedding travelled around the Lake District in it for their honeymoon. The couple also added DIY touches throughout their day including all the stationery and paper goods. “We hired bunting from a company called Beautiful Bunting,” continue Clare. “I bought antique bottles, wrapped them in a bit of lace and used them as little vases for the tables along with some parafin lanterns we had bought.”

Beautiful! Thanks so much to Dave & Clare and their photographer Shelly for sharing this beautiful wedding with us today.

Photography Credit: Toast of Leeds
Venue: East Riddlesden Hall in West Yorkshire
Bride’s Dress: Tara Keely
Bride’s Shoes: Irregular Choice
Groom’s Outfit: Walker Slater
Cake: Mama Doreen
Hair & Make Up: Yazz Salon, Leeds


  1. Benita Applebum

    WOW! beautiful wedding photos… i particulary liked her comments about no unknown relatives or children guests too… as much as we all love children, it can be a little like feeding time at the zoo with them around at weddings!
    Can someone please let me know who her tattoo artist is?? phenomenal artwork………..wowzers!

  2. Lady Simmons

    Love the shoes pics, theye’re so peculiar and funny at the same time…
    The bride looks gorgeous and her tattoo art seems part of the wedding dress.
    Toast of Leeds made a great job with photos, they are unusual and fresh, love the quite vintage light too.

  3. Love the shoes, always love a fellow VW afficionado, and love the circlet! (Plus love that Kat blogged a Yorkshire wedding on Yorkshire Day!)

  4. Joy

    My 4 year old daughter saw this last night and the first word out of her mouth was ‘princess’ As I consider her an expert in this area I fully agree 😉

  5. Julia

    Shelly…. you are absolutely stunning!!! I cannot stop looking at these photos, what an amazing wedding. Your tattoos are admirably fantastic, I live in Australia but if I’m ever in Leeds I’ll be checking out your hubby’s shop!!

  6. River

    i think kids make a wedding, but it looks lovely. Like the lace on the bottles and the VW. What I really like though, is the “yellow submarine” and “strawberry fields” posts on the table settings. Lovely Beatles touch. woo!


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