Simone and Chris met at Teeside University studying art history, so it was only fitting that their wedding was a celebration of the creativity and skills of loads of different artists they knew and loved, including taxidermy centrepieces and a pigeon cake topper. Their November wedding oozed autumnal glamour – check it out below!
Simone was the epitome of Hollywood glamour in a gorgeous high-neck dress with intricate embellishment and beading from Phase Eight, and red buckled shoes from Zara. She had a bespoke headpiece made from Surf & Silver and wore Chris’ Nana’s fur stole to the ceremony and a bespoke painted leather jacket later in the day. Chris wore a checked suit from Marc Darcy, and boots from Grenson. They both had bespoke rings from Emma Hedley Jewellery.
Of the ceremony at Newcastle Civic Centre, Simone says: “We both tried to keep it as low-key as possible, and were glad for that on the day when we were nervous and stumbling over our words. I practically sprinted down the aisle to meet Chris – note to self, walk slower!”
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.”