If someone was to ask me to list my favourite things tattooed brides, bright rainbow colours and cute, furry animals would all fare pretty high on my list. So needless to say I didn’t hesitate when I was sent this bridal shoot by wedding photographer
“There is something about a tight deadline which brings about something quite special”, wrote stylist Gwenda Wilkes of
The Vintage Floral Design Co (you might remember her, I featured her own wedding not long ago). “I targeted an elite list of very talented collaborators and everything fell into place like a dream – we even managed to pick one of the few sunny days of the Summer! I have worked with Oh My Honey‘s fabulous dresses before, but never her bridal gowns and if these are anything to go by, I can hardly wait to see what her new 2013 collection holds in store! The veils came from Dornellie and complemented the bridalwear perfectly. The hair & make up by Sjaniel Turrell tied the whole look together.”
“As for me, I supplied the flowers. They needed to be bold but beautiful, and we were inspired by the colours of our model Ella’s exquisite tattoos. In fact, it was her Pegasus tattoos which gave me the idea to look for a stables venue.
Squirrells Riding School were fantastically accommodating. Another of Ella’s tattoos led me to seek out some unique cupcakes. Delicieux came up trumps with not just the cupcakes but a full-size epic wedding cake too. Martin Hobby did his usual awesome job of the photography and I roped my daughter into the bridesmaid role.”
Ahh those cute little teeny horses! Don’t they just melt your heart? Thank you to Gwenda, Martin and the whole team for sharing this awesome shoot with us today.
Martin Hobby Photography
Venue: Squirrells Riding School, Blue Bell Hill, Kent
Styling & Flowers: The Vintage Floral Design Co
Dresses: Oh My Honey
Hair & Make Up: Sjaniel Turrell
You May Also Like
A Trailer Trash Bridal Shoot with a Vintage Airstream
August 25, 2012
"Ever since I spent time travelling from Nashville to San Francisco last Autumn, I've benn obsessed with wanting to recreate vintage Americana!" wrote stylist Lynsey Le Keux. "This summer I had the pleasure of making it happen. I got together with some serious wedding industry talent including Sassy of Assassynation and Jo of The Couture Company. Our theme was 'trailer trash chic' which basically meant coney neck beers, dust-caked American cars, sweat smudged make up and broad blue skies. The aim was to portray unique bridal beauty against a backdrop of pure gritty trash... We wanted to inspire bridal styling outside of tradition and show our customers that they don't have to follow convention to rock a wedding - bridal beauty is subjective and one thing all the collaborators agreed on was how much we loved customers who did things their way."
Quirky English Countryside Wedding: Sarah & James
March 9, 2013
For their late summer wedding Sarah & James wanted something relaxed, quirky and quintessentially English So they opted for a tea party style reception in the Suffolk countryside. The wedding was held at Otley Hall, a 16th Century moated hall surrounded by 10 acres of gardens and which has been voted one of the top 20 Historic Houses in the UK.
Super Kawaii English Country Garden Wedding: Abby & Hoi
October 18, 2014
You might think that there's nothing more traditional in English weddings than a country garden setting, but Abby and Hoi's big day was anything but quaint! They took the traditional elements and turned them on their head. From the bride's short polka dot dress and purple hair, to the Hello Kitty cake and the vintage ice cream cart for dessert, this was a wedding that was quintessentially 'them'.
Pretty in Pink: A Vintage Village Hall Wedding
Photography by Vicki
December 18, 2015
Danni and Ben, your wedding gives me LIFE. I am so excited to share it on the blog today.
This gorgeous heavily-tattooed pair were hitched in Maidstone, at a venue called Kent Life. "Our wedding theme was a bit of a mixture of 1950s, rural farm life and a tea party!" said Danni. "We love the 1950s anyway, I have a huge collection of dresses already and we just love the music and the dancing. I really love that our wedding was personal to us and wasn't generic."
A Blue Burlesque Wedding with a £900 Budget: Sally & Mark
December 13, 2011
To say that I'm excited to be sharing Sally & Mark's wedding with you this afternoon would be an under-exaggeration of HUGE magnitude. Not only is their wedding freakin' awesome on so many levels, but they pulled the whole thing off for £900!
Let me repeat myself to make sure you got that, because I didn't quite believe it when I read it on Sally's submission either - the whole wedding cost just £900!!
"We had approx 6 weeks and a budget of around £900 for our wedding," Sally wrote. "Where we could we handmade items or got friends to help us out. We were lucky that our photographers, performers, DJ and cake makers were all friends so did us special deals. We were also able to get both our venues (the afternoon reception was held at William Steads Pub and the evening afterparty at the Tap and Spile Pub, Darlington) for free as we didn't hire them exclusively."
Comic Book & Superhero Wedding: Holly & Anthony
November 26, 2012
Happy Monday you lovely little critters - have I got a wedding to start this week off with a bang or what!?
Unusually I was actually submitted this wedding by the groom and via twitter because his gorgeous bride, Holly, was nervous about doing so. Er, girl, are you KIDDING me?! I'm dying over your wedding. The comic book, superhero and geek chic radness is just too good. This is one of those weddings that I genuinely wish I'd been invited to!
Cute, Quirky & Colourful Backyard Wedding: Skip & Soya
June 17, 2013
Are you ready for some unapologetic girlishness mixed with cute button and origami details alongside a kick ass heavily tattooed couple, pink dreadlocks, animal onesies and an awesome backyard setting? Well then you my dear are in luck because that's exactly what I have for you today!
Soya and Skip met in a rock club in Lincoln and after just a year of dating she proposed on 29th February! "From the beginning we knew we didn't want a traditional wedding", the bride began. "They are lovely and all, but they can really lack personality. We used things that we love to decorate. My favourite part of the whole day was the ceremony. It was emotional but with lots of light-hearted laughs. Our readings and vows summed us both up perfectly. We even had mention of our ever growing number of pet rats, Batman and Robin and a zombie apocalypse in our vows which were followed by a hand fasting."
Retro Cartoon Wedding: Daisy & Leigh
Tux and Tales
August 20, 2013
Daisy and Leigh's retro wedding themed came about because they knew they wanted anything but a traditional day. "We decided to go down the retro/ vintage theme, but I also didn't want it to be the typical ‘vintage’ wedding style that is everywhere at the moment!" Daisy wrote. "I also didn't want a traditional sit-down meal so we had afternoon tea complete with cocktails served in teapots. The wedding eventually became about all of the things we love from the 1950s to the 1990s! I wanted our wedding to be really unpretentious and for everyone to have lots of fun."