A Relaxed Wedding Under Canvas: Gwen & Ali

Without wanting to start off this blog post by sounding inappropriate…How smokin’ hot does Gwen look her her Fairy Goth Mother corset and skirt combo? VERY is the answer to that. Have you seen her teeny tiny little waist!?

Anyway, enough perving…let’s get along with the formalities shall we?

Gwen & Ali wanted a unique and personal wedding, and to achieve this they chose to hire tents from Beautiful World Tents which they erected on the grounds of Knepp Castle in West Grinstead. “After looking online at lots of venues and land hire this place looked perfect,” Gwen told me. “This was actually the only venue we went to see and the decision was made! Woodland, a lake, less than an hour from Brighton where we live, full kitchen facilities and more importantly stunning! The other added benefit was free roaming animal, pigs, deer and much more besides. It was incredibly beautiful and also very reasonable on costs. We found the location through the tent company and added bonus this being their headquarters which meant no delivery costs to get the tents to the venue. On the land we had 2 giant hat tents joined together facing down to the lake. You hire the land and facilities for the whole weekend, really handy for set-up and take down.”

“Also essential to the day was we wanted a very special friend of ours to marry us. Being so important to us we asked our friend Steve to perform the ceremony. OK it wouldn’t be legal but having someone you love perform the ceremony has to be better than a stranger, the words were personal to us and spoke directly to us as people rather than the one size fits all traditional ceremony. So we decided to get married at Brighton registry office in the week and then throw a big party with our friends at the weekend. Having the wedding this way did mean we had 2 weddings to plan as we had to legally get married at the registry office. At first we were apprehensive that the registry office wedding would detract from the big day, but actually when it was all over to quickly we were delighted at the prospect of doing it all over again! It did mean 2 weddings, 2 dresses (which is no bad thing), 2 dinners etc! Double the work but 10 times the enjoyment.”

“Before we even thought about where or when to get married thought about food!” the bride continued. “Being massive foodies there was no other choice than a hog roast, this helped shape the plan for an outdoor wedding, somewhere beautiful in the countryside that was relaxed and inspiring.”

“I’m also personally not a fan of cake (I also appreciate that makes me a total freak in the eyes of the world!). Ice cream on the other hand is my favourite desert. So instead of a wedding cake we had an old fashioned ice cream bike with loads of tasty flavours and toppings. Desert was provided by a Sideshow Snacks, the beautifully decorated bike and decadent ice creams were the perfect way to end the meal.”

“We wanted something unique and special to us, something that really epitomised our characters and relationship,” Gwen concluded. “Not being traditional or religious we were really seeking a day that was truly of our making. Having not been to many weddings personally a lot of the normal wedding traditions have passed me by, which in a lovely way left the vision free of constraint. The plan was to create something quirky and original and totally unique to us. Most important of all was for it to be fun, stress free and a wonderful way to spend the day celebrating with friends and family.”

Gorgeous! Thank you to Gwen & Ali and their photographer Emma for sharing these today.

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: Emma Lucy Photography
Venue: Knepp Castle, West Grinstead
Tent Hire: Beautiful World Tents
Bride’s Dress: Fairy Goth Mother
Bride’s Shoes: Next
Bride’s Garter: She Said Boutique
Groom’s Outfit: Debenhams & Jeffery West shoes
Ice Cream Bike: Sideshow Snacks
Catering: The Spitting pig co,
Flowers: Petalengine
Transport: Big Yellow Buses, Brighton


  1. OMG – Gwen, I now have SERIOUS hips & butt envy! How sensual and sexy are you in that dress! I am in serious LOVE with corsets – have ten, need ten more. 🙂 Gorgeous wedding, love the entire mood they set for it. And Emma’s done an awesome job with the pics!
    Zarn x

  2. Wow!! My kinda wedding!!! We had two ceremonies the same as you did, and I reccomend it to all my clients and they often think I am a bit eccentric ( well I was dressed as a medieval princess and my hub as the 8th Doctor who) I wish more people would do what we did or at least split the celebrations over two days as it is so much more relaxed.I love your dress, fairygoth mother’s clothes are fantastic. One of my fav goth bridal houses. lots of love Bexof bexbrides xxx

  3. wow, she looks amazing… as do all the details, and I am loving this trend of all the bridesmaids wearing something different!

  4. Gwen Tredinnick

    Just back from an epic honeymoon and seen all this awesome feedback! Thanks peeps! I have to say I think it’s all down to some amazing photography by Emma! The sailor dress is from Dolly Dagger on Brighton BTW Gx


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