Win a Made-to-Measure Wedding Dress from Leis Atelier!

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If you want to avoid the (sometimes scary) bridal shop experience the internet is your friend when it comes to finding your dream gown. Not only can you often find things cheaper (online retailers don’t have the overheads that bricks and mortar stores do) but the options tend to be much more creative – endlessly so in fact!

However finding somewhere you can trust to order a wedding dress online can be tricky. How do you know if the dress your ordering will arrive looking as you expected? How can you guarantee the quality of fabrics used will be up to scratch? How will you know if it’s even going to fit you?

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Chilled Out Three-Day Glamping Wedding

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Dara and Vince had a three day wedding, the first being their legal ceremony followed by a woodland blessing and party a couple of days later. Their woodland ceremony was officiated by the bride’s dad. They wanted something chilled out and natural and having a longer event meant their guests could really get to know each other.

“We both have very different styles and tastes so we decided not to stick to any rigid theme”, the bride explained, “but we always knew that we wanted everything to feel very chilled out and natural. I work in a very visual way so I made loads of scrapbooks and Pinterest boards of woodland weddings and rustic, vintage themes that I could show to our vendors but really the venue was already so beautiful that we just tried to work everything around how it looked already.”

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“For our second ceremony we had it on the morning of the second day in Camp Katur’s woodland ceremony area. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and everyone was gathered on tree stumps and wooden benches in the ceremony area where Vince was there to greet them. My Dad was our officiant, he is known as a bit of a joker and he has a keen interest in theology without being very religious, which was perfect as we aren’t religious and we wanted to keep everything personal and light-hearted rather than strictly ceremonious.”

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Kitsch Meets Urban Las Vegas Elopement

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When Jorden and Greg decided to marry, they knew Las Vegas was the perfect place for them. They wanted a day with a glamorous grunge vibe, but with a touch of kitsch. Their ceremony was at The Little Vegas Chapel and they were married by (who else?) Elvis!

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“We wanted the wedding to be kind of a glamorous and grunge”, said the bride. “I wore a long, sparkly dress but we took pictures in front of a motel, a liquor store, and even a dumpster! In fact one of my favourite photos from our wedding day is the one with a dumpster in the background. I thought it was awesome because it fit our style perfectly and was something I’d never seen before!”

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Witchy and Romantic Pagan Wedding in Scotland

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For their August wedding Laura and Holly wanted a day that felt like them, so that meant witchy, romantic, feminine, pagan and inspired by nature. They were influenced by Stevie Nicks and the film Practical Magic. They even walked down the aisle to the theme song!

Their ceremony was one of the most important moments to them both. It took place at Cottiers Theatre, a converted church in Glasgow. “Our officiant was Gerrie Douglas-Scott.  She and her wife, Susan, were the first lesbian couple to be married in Scotland when equal marriage became legal. This was our main reason for picking her as she was able to pass on the baton. Susan came to say hello to both of us after the ceremony too.”

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“We had a humanist ceremony that focused on us. It was very personal. Our celebrant asked us to write down three things we loved about each other which she read on the day. We had a handfasting using four different cords to bind our hands together that represented the elements (red: fire, blue: water, green: earth and white: air). Our bridesmaid, Gillian, did a reading of a Celtic blessing.”

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Bohemian Glamping Wedding in Wales

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Sally and James’ first meeting was unusual to say the least! “James sent a text to an old work colleague seeing if he fancied a catch up”, said Sally. “Unbeknown to James his friend had recently got a new phone and no longer had that number. 250 miles away I had just got a new phone and the network provider had reused the number. I received a random text asking to meet up and I jokingly replied! 11 years, 3 kids and a mortgage later we finally got married! Coincidence or fate!?”

Cool Tattooed B&G Wedding at FForest wearing headpiece(s) from Curious Fair

Their summer wedding took place at Fforest in Wales and was inspired by the surroundings and the venue itself. “Because of its location and its uniqueness we just went with what fitted with the venue”, she continued, “so that meant rustic, woodland, glamping and bohemian! We always wanted a weekend wedding as we were bringing our family and friends from opposite ends of the country. We also wanted somewhere where our guests could all stay in the same place and get to know each other a bit better. It took over a year to find Fforest but when we did we knew it was right.”

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Upcoming Wedding Shows, Workshops & Conferences

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Hey guys! It’s been a longggg while since I’ve written a more personal post (where does the time go!?) so today I thought I’d break that drought to let you know about some events I’ve got coming up. I’d love for you to come and spend some time with me, new braces and all (!)

Most Curious Wedding Fair

March 18th & 19th: London. 

This weekend my team and I are packing our bags and heading just up the road to the Most Curious Wedding Fair at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane. This is the wedding fair for non-traditional babes with discerning taste.

Inspired more by fashion and the hipster-cool vibes of it’s location than the wedding industry itself, this is one of my favourite shows and I’m super excited to be taking part!

Tickets can be bought in advance from just £2.50 or £3 on the door.

FarmShop

March 27th & 30th: Brighton & Glasgow. 

After a few days to recover I’ll be hitting the road solo to speak at Photography Farm’s first ever FarmShop in both Brighton (27th) and Glasgow (30th). Billed as an all star wedding photography workshop where each mentor will lead a section that plays to their strengths (as well as contributing to each other’s to bring a huge pool of knowledge), it’s going to be super fun and really informative.

Specifically I’ll be speaking about harnessing the power of wedding blogs and magazines to book your dream clients as well as sharing some tricks for getting on the radar of editors and (almost most importantly) sharing the things that people do wrong over and over again so that you can avoid them!

You can read about the workshop in more detail on the Photography Farm website. Tickets are currently available at the discounted rate of £300.

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