Rachael and Miguel were married at The Asylum Chapel in Peckham. They fell in love with it as soon as they saw pictures of it online and when they went for a visit they booked it on the spot!
“We met when I booked him to design me a tattoo!” began the bride. “It was a huge side piece and I chose him as his book really stood out. When I went to meet him and discuss
the design it really was love at first sight for us both. It took another year before I finally
plucked up the courage to ask him out though, he didn’t think it was appropriate or professional to ask me himself!”
“The overall theme was ‘Til Death do us part’ and even the invites had a skull bride and groom on them! Our guests were really excited when they received them as they knew from the start that it was not going to be a traditional wedding. For our seating plan my artist friend and I made a graveyard scene in an old picnic hamper, complete with wedding vow gravestones and moss, each table was named after a wedding vow!”
Faye and Jason were married in Manchester Museum. The ceremony was held underneath the Tyrannosaurus Rex, in The Fossils Gallery. This was followed by a drinks reception amongst the taxidermy – including a tiger, lion, and a polar bear – and all underneath the skeleton of a sperm whale!
“Our wedding theme was ‘English Eccentric'”, said the bride. “We ended up with a mixture of English heritage, taxidermy, cake that looked like savouries, and Manchester iconography.”
“We didn’t have one particular inspiration as such, we just wanted to make it as fun as possible for everybody. We wanted lots of colour, brilliant music and a relaxed and friendly feel. We also wanted to support small, independent and, where possible, local, businesses. We’re so pleased we did as we got exactly what we wanted and a personalised service. We knew we didn’t want an off-the-peg wedding experience and every one of our suppliers spent time getting to know us and tailoring things for us.”
Rachel and Steve didn’t want to spend a huge amount on their day. They had a £10,000 budget but actually managed to come in way under that! Their biggest savings were the bride’s shoes (Primark!), the ‘cake’ (Krispy Creme doughnuts!) and by doing all the décor themselves.
The wedding had a tattoo and taxidermy theme. “We just wanted our wedding to be about us and reflect our styles”, Rachel said. “Steve is a tattoo artist and I love taxidermy. Little things were dotted around the venue like the antlers, taxidermy fluffy duck, a mouse in a jar and more magpie skulls. We also wanted it to be fun so we had moustaches and swallow tattoos for the favours.”
“All of the décor was made by myself excluding the bunting which I borrowed from a friend. I made all the jars for the flowers, the table numbers, the book bunting, welcome sign, let them eat cake sign, card box, paper cones and rose petal confetti, origami paper cranes and table plan.”