Lauren and Ben both love Mexican art, Frida Khalo and yummy Mexican food, so a Day of the Dead theme was perfect for their January wedding.
“We chose a Day of the Dead theme because I love the celebration”, began the bride. “We had Piñata fun while eating Mexican fruity sticks – a little bit of sunshine in the middle of winter. We also have a thing for rockabilly, 50s and traditional tattoos, so we thought we would add that into the mix with swallows hearts and swing dresses.”
“Ben and I actually got swallow wedding tattoos to mark our love for each other, soppy I know! We got so many ideas from Rock n Roll Bride, it was a big inspiration for me. I found so many ideas and vendors from the blog and it made me realise what we really wanted from a wedding not what the mainstream wedding magazines tell us is on trend.”
The wedding was held at the Trinity Arts Centre in Bristol. “They have some amazing gigs in there and also have fantastic community projects”, she explained. “It felt good to have our wedding where we also go see some of our favourite bands.”
The bride wore a Honeypie Boutique dress with Vivienne Westwood shoes. Her custom made wings headpiece was by Death and Glory and her bouquet was made by her sister. “My sister Janna, who was my maid of honour, loves a bit of wedding DIY. She got all the hens making pom poms and we sat up one night at her place in London making all the corsages and buttonholes. It was great fun making them exactly how we wanted them. Janna also made my button bouquet. It was so personal and quirky even with a little badge of Blondie. All favours and décor was pretty much DIY too.”
“The best bit of the day was walking down the aisle to see my best mate standing there looking all handsome, as well as seeing everyone there together in one room”, she continued. “The ceremony was so lovely and I was completely overwhelmed. You put so much effort into the party fun time and you forget about the most important bit, the moment you marry the most important person in your life. I wish I could relive that feeling everyday it was amazing.”
“It was extra poignant for me as our wedding almost didn’t happen. I suffered a brain injury the September before, which I am still recovering from. It was a very tough time for us as I was unable to leave the house and do much. The thing that kept me going was knowing I was going to marry my best friend. So even though I couldn’t drink on the day, or even dance, it was still the best day of my life!”