Orla and Chris’ wedding is a dark and twisted fairytale in the best kind of way. Inspired by Brothers Grimm, their big day was moody and ethereal, and totally beautiful!
“The inspiration for our wedding was dark fairytales, enchanted forests and woodlands,” Orla explains. “I was originally basing it on Brothers Grimm, but it ended up quite similar to the Once Upon a Time tv show!” After a spiritualist ceremony performed by Belfast Spiritualist Church, including a willow stick ceremony to make their bond everlasting, they moved through to their reception, also hosted in Malone House.
Their flowers were heavily influenced by woodlands, with a lot of foliage and thistle as well as some beautiful blooms in moody jewel tones, and their tables were decorated with icy sequin tablecloths as well as lots of curated curios, including gingerbread houses and skeletal snow globes. They also had ice sculptures around the room, including a glass slipper, a frozen rose, and a dragon with an inbuilt drinks flume. Their wedding favours were little bottles of Buckfast with love potion labels, and Orla made an enticing candy cart from an old vintage tea trolley. Not to mention Barbie Bakes Cake‘s creation!
Lindsey and Kyle’s engagement shoot is on a whole next level of CUTE. Kat first saw this in the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group (which you can join here) and fell in love with them and their approach to wedding planning, as exemplified by this tropical-inspired photo shoot.
Although they’d originally had a mini shoot right after their engagement, Lindsey and Kyle chose to redo them to stay true to who they were as a couple. Lindsey explains: “I was inspired by seeing another photo shoot that a couple had done a flamingo theme. As our wedding was having a tropical theme it was perfect. It didn’t quite work out with what we were aiming for – apparently it’s very hard to find lawn flamingos in Florida in the summer (who knew?) – so we just decided to keep shooting. We were going out of town the next day for a tattoo convention in New Mexico, so we just went out to the beach, to have fun and to make it work!”
Their shoot was located on St Pete Beach, Florida, at the public access beach, with V Simpson Photography – and we have to say, they’re naturals in front of the camera. “Nothing was staged, and that’s how I think we got the best out of it,” Lindsey explains. Special mention should go to Kyle, too, who rocks the camera amazingly – what a groom!
Lizzy and Jack’s festival wedding is a thing of beauty; inspired by and featuring things made by lots of their creative friends, they planned a day that was a riot of music, colour, and fun. It was all vegan, too!
As music is super important to the couple – they met in Bournemouth putting on a gig for their degree course, and both work in the industry – they wanted to make it a central part of the day. “For the bridal entrance, I entered the tipi with my bride squad, and with my band – Jack, my dad, and our previous bandmates Fi and Dom – waiting on stage, I joined them on stage to sing Burn The Witch by Radiohead,” Lizzy says. “Confetti cannons were let loose and we were off! It felt like such a natural way to kick it all off, avoiding a nerve-wracking walk down the aisle. One of my favourite parts of the wedding was looking out at a sea of cheering family and friends as we were smashing through a Radiohead song, knowing this was going to be an amazing day.”
Their wedding venue was a tipi erected in a family garden, allowing Lizzy and Jack to have loads of DIY elements to their wedding. “We tried to cut out all single-use plastics, so collected and painted 100 jam jars for people to keep and drink from. This took my sister and partner about a year – we all had to eat a lot of a specific vegan curry sauce as it comes in tall jars which were perfect!” Lizzy laughs.
They also decorated the tipi with beautiful fluffy clouds on the stage, which were a thrifty spot: “If you want props, ask retails shops for their old window displays. I got five big clouds to hang from our tipi from White Stuff for a £25 donation to their affiliated charity. Wagamamas kindly saved us 12 Lucky Buddha Beer bottles for our flowers – for free. If you spot things, ask for them. They can only say no! Most people were really happy to be involved, and I sent them photos of their items in use after the wedding and got some really lovely emails back.”