Category Archives: British Brides

Elegant Retro Wedding Jam-Packed with DIY Ideas (& Cats)

Right, team, have you got your pens, paper and glasses ready? Because there’s a whole load of cute DIY retro inspiration coming your way from Kate and Ant’s wedding day! Katy’s maiden name was Gray and Ant’s last name is Brown, so she just changed from one colour to the other, but that’s only the beginning of the suuuuuuuuuuuuper cute detailing of this gorgeous wedding! So, without further ado…

As Katy absolutely loves the 50s, it was the natural choice for a lot of their wedding but they made sure to personalise it as much as possible too. “It’s very easy to create another generic ‘Pinterest Wedding’ which is exactly what we didn’t want.” she explains. “I tried to make as much of the decor and personal touches as possible to give it some originality.”

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Hong Kong Meets London: Guitar Shops, NOLA Jazz & Kilts!

Lottie and Dave were married at the Union Club in Soho, London. As they planned everything from Hong Kong, where they now live, they didn’t see it until two days before the wedding but it ended up being completely perfect for what they wanted. They didn’t want a specific theme, just for it to feel like them. That meant photos in guitar shops, Chinese Lucky Cats, the men in kilts, NOLA jazz and a live jam session.

“Soho played a major part in our relationship”, began Lottie, “we hung out in Denmark Street’s music shops and drinking holes, and my first apartment was in a mouse infested studio above the 12 Bar. Eclectic flamboyance, Rock n Roll, neon lights and vibrant diversity sum up our home from home. The most important thing was that there was more party than formality! We kept the traditions we genuinely loved, and threw caution to the wind with everything else.”

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Stylish South African Meets Irish Festival-Inspired Wedding

Fionnuala and Michael’s wedding was a celebration of South African and Irish heritage. Despite the Beast from the East (remember that?!) sadly grounding a lot of the Irish contingent travelling over for the day, they had a beautiful and relaxed festival-inspired wedding.

Describing their day as “Bohemian meets Bushveld“, Fionnuala and Michael wanted to give their Irish guests a taste of true South African hospitality. They held their ceremony and reception at the Intundla Game Lodge. Their ceremony was under a beautiful structure with streaming floral garlands and ribbons to protect them from the South African sun in the most beautifully bohemian way possible.

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Floral Rainbow Folk Festival Wedding

The wedding theme for Catherine and Tom’s summer celebration was simply all their favourite things coming together into a colourful mish-mash. This translated to colourful flowers, homemade cakes, high street outfits and a fun-filled barn reception. They tied up lots of greenery from the woods with ribbons along one wall of the space and because the barn didn’t have lighting, they strung up loads of festoon and fairy lights for the evening.

The day started with a humanist ceremony in the woods (they were legally married at the register office the day before). Catherine explains, “We were married under a gorgeous gnarly tree that we later climbed. After Liz, our friend who lead the ceremony, welcomed everyone, two friends read poems, a John Betjemen poem about jellyfish that seemed to perfectly describe the day we got engaged, and the other, I Carry Your Heart by E.E. Cummings, which was a favourite of mine from a book that belonged to my mum. Then we read promises to each other and exchanged our rings, which we had had made from family gold and had Walk with me Always engraved inside. We hung a hoop to the tree and invited everyone to tie a knot (the fabric we’d used for our bunting) to create a colourful rag wreath that we can use to remember the day. Then finally we all sang Wild Mountain Thyme, a folk song that Tom and I have many happy memories of singing together. I played guitar (very amateurishly) and our friend Ali played cello (very professionally).”

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Gothic, Halloween & Harry Potter Themed Wedding in a Castle!

Marc and Chloe have always been interested in gothic style and an alternative lifestyle – meeting at a metal gig in 2012 – so it was never a question that they’d have anything other than a wedding that reflected their true selves!

Their venue, an actual real-life castle, was the perfect setting for their gothic and Halloween inspired day. Hedingham Castle in Essex is a nine-hundred year old Norman castle, full of medieval splendour. They had their ceremony within the castle itself, before moving to a marquee for their reception.

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Simple Yet Elegant Brixton Wedding with just 25 Guests

Love. Family. Keeping things Simple. These were the three key things Vanessa and Clotilde wanted to focus on for their July wedding. They said their vows in front of only their nearest and dearest at the quirky venue, Downstairs at the Department Store in Brixton. Afterwards they hosted a joy-filled reception at Upstairs at t the Department Store, a brand new restaurant and bar. They didn’t want to spend a lot either, with their budget maxed out at £5000.

They skipped many of the usual wedding formalities such as bridesmaids and groomsmen, stationery, entertainment and extra decor. “We wanted an intimate, simple, elegant and edgy ceremony borrowing just enough from a traditional wedding”, explained the bride. “We didn’t do any invitations or anything like that. Basically, we decided to skip all the ‘ceremonious’ stuff to focus on having a simple wedding and great reception.”

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