Category Archives: British Brides

Laidback Vegan Wedding in Brighton

Violet and Jacob didn’t choose the plant life, the plant life chose them. And that’s why their super chilled Brighton wedding day was a totally vegan affair with tons of gorgeous donuts, pizzas and other goodies. They married in a low key, intimate ceremony with just 35 guests at Brighton Town Hall, with part one of their reception following in the coffee shop where they first met. By approaching their styling in a laidback way and their family and friends all pulling together to provide various services, they managed to create this gorgeous day for under £5,000.

Violet said, “Our aim for the wedding was to have a really nice day and throw a big (ish) party in celebration of our love, surrounded by our favourite people and eating great food. To us it didn’t make sense to eat food we’d never eaten before, or throw a party somewhere we weren’t familiar with, so we chose to give our guests food we knew we loved and took them to places that meant something to us. Part of our reception was held at Bond St. Coffee, where we met, which is owned by a friend of ours. We’ve met so many wonderful people here, some of whom were at the wedding. Most of our suppliers were friends of ours and people we know, so I guess friendship and community was a big part of it. We also didn’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen in the traditional way, and there was no seating arrangement, so it was all very relaxed.”

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Romeo & Juliet meets Vanity Fair at the Asylum Chapel

Tara and Mido’s wedding took place in December has style in buckets – and we mean BIG buckets. Christmastime is magical in London anyway but this gorgeous couple really brought the sparkle and glamour with their celebration. They described it as ‘Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet meets a Vanity Fair shoot’ – we love that! The wonderfully talented Lisa from Devlin Photos captured it perfectly in all its glory.

Tara looked a vision of old-school-inspired glamour with hair and make up by Lou Seymour and the beautiful embellished Lara dress by Jenny Packham. Her bridesmaids are a vision too in a mixture of high street and vintage, which they picked themselves upon being told the colour palette was gold.

Despite living in New York throughout the entire planning process, Tara and Mido planned the day of their dreams with their ideal suppliers who made it completely personal to them. Tara explains, “Our two venues, the Asylum in Peckham for our ceremony, and Brunswick House in Vauxhall for the reception, were so unique that we didn’t have to do much. They really set the tone for the whole day.”

She continues, “We live in New York so it was difficult meeting up with vendors, but we made it work. We owe a massive thanks to Liza at the Asylum who set up the candles and fairy lights in the chapel and made it look so pretty. The service all came together perfectly, with the lights and candles and my dreamy flowers from Red Eden and Olive, and was my favourite part of the wedding.”

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Contemporary and Body Positive Wedding

Sarah and Callum have been sweethearts since their very first week at Edinburgh University where they met seven years ago. Their wedding day style was beautifully contemporary, with lots of greenery hoops, florals and the modern look an arts centre naturally possesses. And what’s more, Sarah wanted to show that all brides are gorgeous in an industry at times obsessed with selling one image of beauty.

“When we were planning our big day, I never would have thought to describe our style as particularly Rock n Roll, but it turns our that a plus-size bride who is unapologetic in her body, and who wants to be the centre of attention at her dream, contemporary wedding, is pretty revolutionary in the wedding industry! I’d love to show all brides – but particularly those who are plus size – that looking banging on your wedding day doesn’t have to mean diet pills, exercise regimes and shapewear, it can mean loving yourself as you are and surrounding yourself with people who love you, too.”

“We wanted our wedding to feel modern and relaxed, but still special. We tried not to get caught up in ensuring everything fitted with our ‘theme’ but towards the end we tied everything together with elements of pink marble, gold and lots of foliage. Callum had been a wedding photographer’s assistant growing up so had seen a ton of super traditional weddings, but I’d never been to a wedding as an adult, which turned out to be a bit of a blessing as I was shielded from a lot of the traditions and expectations. I wanted to create an atmosphere that felt really natural and ‘us’ – the kind of party I’d love to be invited to.”

The ceremony and reception were held at Summerhall, Edinburgh, and officiated by a family friend, chosen because she had conducted Callum’s parent’s wedding ceremony. “She had previously been a full-time registrar, so helpfully had all the scripts to hand and could chat us through the options. It still felt quite impersonal though, so we added in some elements from scripts we found online – cue frantic Googling of ‘feminist wedding ceremony’ – including a section where she read our short paragraphs we had written about why we love each other. We’d initially chatted about writing our own vows but I hate public speaking, so having her read them took the pressure off, although Callum still ended up crying!”

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Warm Autumnal Wedding in a Converted Church

Laura and Chris wanted to create a warm wedding that they knew all their guests would love, and their autumnal Scottish celebration was just that. They wanted lots of red, orange and yellow, and they had floral pumpkins, fairy lights and leaves everywhere. They served a hog roast for the meal and had lots of candles in their architecturally stunning venue. It ended up a bit Hogwarts-like, in a wonderful way!

Both the ceremony and reception were held in Cottiers, a converted church space in Glasgow with stunning stone walls and beautiful dark detailing. “We’d dropped off our globes and lanterns there the day before, but we’d planned for these to be on the tables”, explained the bride. “When Chris arrived to the venue, and I walked down the aisle, we were blown away – our wedding coordinator at the venue had had the brilliant idea to cover the hall floor with them. It just felt magical.”

They’d both decided on a Humanist ceremony, with the help of officiant Kathryn Ross. “She was absolutely tremendous. Many of our guests had never been to a Humanist ceremony before, and many commented on how personal the whole thing was. It was very emotional – in a good way!”

Though there weren’t any major DIY projects on the day, Laura and Chris infused the process with love the whole way. “We wrote all our invitations by hand – although in retrospect, I’d probably have had them printed, as the carpal tunnel just wasn’t worth it! We revamped a mirror with burlap for our table plan and collated all of the décor ourselves – we ordered leaves from Amazon, boxes, fake tealights, lanterns and photo frames from B&M Bargains, chalkboards from Hobbycraft, light up domes from Primark and our chair sashes from eBay.”

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Sassy and Romantic Two-Day Festival Wedding in the Welsh Mountains

ARE. You. Ready. For this wedding? It’s the lushest wedding of all time – full of good vibes, gorgeous people and INCREDIBLE suppliers. Brace yourselves, get a good drink in hand and take a breather because you’re going to need to mentally prepare your mind and body for this two-day festival anti-wedding. Captured by the incredible Jessica Withey Photography and immortalised in video by the super cool Costa Sisters Productions

Toni and Lewis’ big day took place on a belting Saturday in July, in the Sugar Loaf Barn in Abergavenny, South Wales. It’s actually a working sheep barn that’s cleared out to hold a handful of weddings each year, making it a super quaint venue that’s a million miles away from providing what Toni called ‘conveyor belt weddings’. Against anything regimented, the couple just wanted the good times, the music and the drinks flowing.

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Late Summer Wedding With Sunflowers, Glitter & Lots of Pink

We know how you love your rainbows, so today we bring you Julie and Matt’s fiesta of colour that kept the summer shining on their September wedding day. Sunflowers, colourful pom poms, and Julie’s amazing pink hair – you can’t not feel happy looking at this wedding!

Their ceremony was at St Mary Without-the-Walls in Handbridge, Chester, and the reception followed at Eccleston Village Hall“The theme for our wedding was colourful and fun,” said the bride. “We wanted it to be a relaxed affair – just a party to celebrate our togetherness. The inspiration was ‘us’! I don’t think we did anything unique – we wanted the formality all to be in the ceremony and then for everyone to have a party with us and enjoy some scrummy food.”

“The ceremony was magical and relevant. Matt started crying as soon as he saw me (he also cried in rehearsals). Good advice was given by the reverend about having ‘that special picture of the day’ on the fridge to look at when things get hard as a reminder of the love. My niece Cat and her four-year-old daughter did Personal Penguin as a reading. I’d picked it but hadn’t realised it was a song. They sang it (everyone was crying at this point) and it was beautiful.”

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