Super Pretty Rustic Wedding for a Heavily Tattooed Couple

Matthew Grainger

October 21, 2017

Emma and James love alternative culture (as you can see by all their tattoos!) but for their summer wedding they still wanted the theme to be feminine and timeless. They were married in Manchester at The Castlefield Rooms.

“I would describe our wedding theme as rustic, vintage and delicate”, began the bride. “We were inspired by a woodland and vintage items. I love all things wild and textured, and I would pick lace over satin and pearls over diamonds any day!”

The bride wore a dramatic fishtail gown, which she bought from Bridal Factory Outlet. “I had alterations to make to dress more fitted, lower the back (as it was previously a high back dress) and hidden hooks that thread your bra back through so it pulls down and hides wearing a bra. I kept my dress and accessories simple and to a minimum as my skin is decorated and i just think sometimes less is more!”

The creative bride really loved making things herself for the wedding. “I think that main thing that I felt really passionate about was doing thing myself”, she explained. “I’m a creative person and I like getting my hands mucky. I like crafting and craving and having everything exactly how i want.”

“We did an ‘In Memory Of’ table with photos, petals, candles and a poem. Our sweet table had a wooden box of treats along with treat bags, ‘hooray’ flags in a jug and we had stickers made of two sets of holding hands with a pinky promise with ‘E&J’ and our wedding date on. I also made the favours which were personalised love heart sweets, sticks of rock saying ‘Mr & Mrs’ and a wooden heart saying ‘Thank You’. We also made our table plan with a photo frame and a collection of our engagement photos.”

It was hard for Emma to pick just one main highlight of the day. “James’ favourite part was the build up to me walking down the aisle but there wasn’t really one part for me its was more the atmosphere and just generally seeing how happy everyone was. There were a lot of tears and a lot of laughs and it was just so special and unforgettable.”

They spent £12,000 in total and the biggest single cost was the flowers. “We got all flowers from Frog Flowers – buttonholes, centrepieces, bouquets, everything! But We didn’t just get flowers, we also got the log candles, wood slices, tea light logs and mix of glass vases from them. These were the main part of the decor so i wanted it to be exactly what i wanted. I probably spend the most time explaining that through emails with photos and I just felt that this showed our theme in a great way and really pulled everything together.”