A Village Fete Meets Tattoo Parlour Wedding: Jess & David

Jess & David were married in All Saints Church in Kirby and they had their reception in the bride’s parent’s back garden. Jess wore a Candy Anthony Dress, Upper Street shoes (which she designed herself) and Vivienne Westwood jewellery. The lucky couple had Shell De Mar there to capture their day.

“We met at school and had been together 12 years when David proposed at sunrise on the beach in Mexico,” Jess told me. “Initially I’d been reluctant to get out of bed so early but something told me it might be worth it…and it was!”

“We always knew we wanted to get married in Pocklington, the small Yorkshire town where my parents live and where the school at which we met is. But finding a venue was a big problem as everything just felt too formal and wedding-y. In the end, it made perfect sense to do it in my parents garden as we had the space and freedom to do everything exactly as we wanted. We felt really strongly that if we were going to have all the people around us that we cared most about, we didn’t want to be standing on ceremony. That was one of the reasons we put our table in the middle of the room, because we didn’t want that us and them separation.”

“I knew immediately I wanted a 50’s style dress and as soon as I clapped eyes on Candy Anthony’s dresses it was love at first sight. The polka dots were just perfect and the red sash was brought everything together. I was worried that David would be disappointed that I hadn’t gone more traditional but the look on his face when I walked down the aisle told me I had nothing to worry about. The right shoes were proving extremely difficult to find and it was my Mum who eventually found Upper Street’s website. I designed exactly what I wanted and six weeks later they arrived and couldn’t have been more perfect.”

“My biggest thing throughout the planning was that I didn’t want to settle just because something was easier and I spent many hours trawling websites for ideas on how to do things,” the bride continued. “There were times, I think, when my Mum struggled with the idea that it wasn’t going to be a traditional, fluffy, sugar coated wedding, but she soon got what I had in mind and was amazing in helping everything come together. We couldn’t have done it without my Mum and Dad.”

“In the end the theme was a celebration of all things kitsch – or village fete meets Rock n Roll tattoo parlour as one of our guests described it. The biggest compliment at the end of the day was the number of people telling us how the whole wedding was totally ‘us’.”

Gorgeous! Thank you so much to Jess & David and their photographer Shell for sharing.

Photography Credit: Shell De Mar Photography
Ceremony Venue: All Saints Church, Kirby
Reception Venue: Bride’s parent’s back garden
Bride’s Dress & Veil: Candy Anthony
Bride’s Shoes: Upper Street
Bride’s Hair Flower: DeeDee’s Boutique on Etsy
Bride’s Jewellery: Vivienne Westwood
Groom’s Outfit: A Suit That Fits
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: So Couture
Bridesmaid’s Acessories:
Cake: Cupcakes by Charley
Flowers: Caroline at Big Blossom Flowers
Hair: Ivana Risi
Make Up: Nancy Sumner
Band: Night Owls


  1. A great combination of hot red & white..It is sensational. The hells is absolutely catching.. Then the sweetest cup cake is perfect… All is wonderful

  2. Kirsty

    I love the polka dot detailing on the dress and the white and bright red looks really romantic.

    Spesh the bright red lipstick and heart baloons <3

  3. love this, colours are so vibrant … dress and shoe shots rock!
    Looking forward to meeting Shell De Mar and seeing you again at the Farm reunion!! ~* xXx

  4. ED

    Ooh I love the shoes in the process of choosing my shoes at the moment, designed some similar ones to those – can anyone tell me what material the bride had for those shoes, want patent leather peep toe bows but feel it will be too much!!xx

  5. love this! I am having red roses at mine and I think they make the most beautiful and romantic bouquets…they look so in love it’s gorgeous!! Congratulations!!! xxxx

  6. ED – Jess chose scarlet Italian satin for her shoes which was the perfect compliment to the soft bow detail on the back of her dress. Patent leather would look striking and certainly help your shoes stand out plus this is a realy durable material that easily cleans so you can get plenty of wear after the wedding. Feel free to contact us at iloveshoes@upperstreet.com if you need any further advice. Enjoy the wedding preperations! (Katy Chandler, Upper Street Co-Founder)

  7. Cha

    THIS is my dream wedding! My theme will be polka dots and stripes, so when I see all the polka dots details I just think “OMG I want that too!!!!”
    Gorgeous wedding, and the bride and groom look so happy and gorgeous as well.


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