Category Archives: British Brides

Birmingham Pub Celebration with a Black Wedding Dress

Nicola and Scott were never overly bothered about having a wedding, having been together for 13 years before they decided to do it, but they came around to the idea because they wanted a big party! “We wanted all of our loved ones together for a celebration but were happy to keep the ceremony a more private occasion,” Nicola told us.

With that in mind, they ditched most wedding day traditions like cake cutting, first dance, seating plans and favours. “We were able to create the same kind of atmosphere you would get at a standalone wedding venue in a pub, on a much smaller budget, by picking a stylish location that didn’t require lavish décor, and spending most of the budget on food and drink, because we all know these are the most important elements to a good knee’s up!”

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An Essex Woodland Wedding with DIY Details

Ruby and Jamie’s woodland wedding was inspired by their venue. They knew they wanted to get married in the woods, and when they found Captain Wood Barn, they knew it was perfect. They were married in August and chose a burgundy as their main colour, reflected in the groom’s suit, the bride’s lipstick, shoes and crown, and the flowers.

They also did LOADS of DIY. Décor wise, they kept things pretty rustic in theme, allowing the beauty of their surroundings to be the star. They made their own table plan, spray-painted a lot of stuff gold including toy animals for the tables, and Jamie’s dad made all the names on the table using pyrography and wood. The bride’s mum made candle holders, the groom’s sister made the cake and another family member did all the flowers! They also ordered lots of paper decorations as well as hired in extra props and furniture.

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Festive Meets Celtic Meets Gothic Wedding in Cornwall

Sharon and Austen met when they both studied art at Falmouth University. Despite being friends, they lost touch when they left. Twenty years later, they reconnected after a chance Facebook ‘other people you may know’ suggestion, they got chatting and the rest, as they say, is history! 

With Sharon’s Cornish family and Austen’s Scottish heritage, a Celtic theme made perfect sense as a theme for the couple’s November wedding. A shared love of history and pulling influences from folktales and mystery made for an otherworldly kingdom feel to their day. With kilts, a bagpiper, harpist, gothic attire and antlers, and lots of references to Game of Thrones and Tolkien, they also used deep colour to embrace the feeling of the season and the combining of two Celtic families.

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Scottish, Autumnal Medieval Church Wedding with Gothic Touches

When it came to choosing a venue for Becky and Ian’s October wedding, there was only one place in contention – Cottiers Theatre in Glasgow. “The venue really set the tone for our wedding,” Becky explained. “It’s a stunning old church in the West End of Glasgow, which is now a restaurant and theatre. I was the last baby to be christened there when it was a church so to us if felt like a no brainer that that is where we should get married.”

Its’ beautiful gothic setting with medieval vibes suited the couple – as lovers of autumn, they wanted an October wedding to make the most of the beautiful crisp nights that Glasgow has to offer and their children are Halloween obsessed, so they let all the kids change into fancy dress for the reception.

Originally the couple had planned a small wedding, but they soon found with big families and large friendship circles that it was more difficult than they first thought to keep numbers low. “I wish I’d known how quickly things can grow arms and legs,” laughed Becky, “there was so many times when we both said to each other ‘lets just take the kids and run’. To be honest I’m not really one for wanting to be the centre of attention. I can get really self conscious and before I knew it I’d planned this massive wedding where I’d have to walk down the aisle in-front of 80-odd guests and have my first dance in front of about 180 folk. But Ian would calm me down and bring me back down to earth and remind me why we were getting married in the first place. When we were told that his dad was coming over from South Africa to see us get married we just thought ‘right that it. It’s going ahead! We can’t run now.’ And I’m really glad we didn’t.”

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Pink meets Rustic, Child-Friendly Barn Wedding

As parents themselves, Arron and Casey based their wedding around how they felt when they took their kids to other peoples weddings. “I wanted everyone to feel comfortable,” the bride explained. “It didn’t matter to us if children were running around crazy, in fact we put everything into making it the sort of atmosphere that our friends and family would want to bring their children along to.”

A series of unfortunate events with their original reception venue meant that, with just three weeks before the big day, the couple’s bridal party rallied around to find them a place to party – a disused cow-shed on a very much working farm wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but Arron and Casey didn’t let that perturb them!

“It was hard work organising everything but we wouldn’t change a thing,” explained Casey. “I threw my all into DIY-ing decorations – the table plan, centrepieces, I filled the whole barn and marquee with stuff I’d made – and people still talk about our wedding a year later.”

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Colourful, Relaxed, Norfolk Farm Wedding

Hannah and Bob’s love story is particularly sweet. “One of our mutual friends hosted a barbecue that we both went to,” Hannah began. “My son (who was dressed as Jack Sparrow and behaving like a pirate!) took a shine to Bob and spend most of the day playing with him, leaping on him and calling him ‘Mr Poopypants’. I couldn’t help but fall for the handsome giant who clicked so well with the most important person in my life!”

When it came to planning their August wedding, they combined both of their interests – Bob is a farmer and Hannah, an artist, so the order of the day was for colourful, hand-crafted decor within a gorgeous farm setting.

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