Category Archives: British Brides

A Long Weekend Wedding at Cliff Barns: Nic & Will

Nic & Will hired the gorgeous Cliff Barns in Norfolk for the entire weekend (and then some!) for their wedding. The venue sleeps 20 and with family coming from far and wide they decided having the space from the Thursday to the Tuesday would make for a nice mini break for everybody with a wedding thrown in to boot! “We decided to make a long weekend of it, and invited our family (from NZ, NYC, Canada) over to stay in the house with us for 4 days”, Nic told me. “It gave everyone a chance to get to know each other and meant that we didn’t feel like we had to squeeze all our ‘hellos’ into one day.”

“We were looking for a relaxed and intimate vibe for our wedding and liked the idea of a festival style wedding, and Cliff Barns leant itself perfectly to that. You can’t help but be relaxed and playful in a venue surrounded by such treasures.  I was particularly fond of the tipi and fancy dress outfits!”

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A Homemade Festival Wedding: Anna & Jonny

“Although there were some traditional elements to our wedding, we wanted to keep the day as informal as possible,” began newlywed Anna. “We wanted a traditional wedding ceremony, but for the reception we just wanted to create a space for our friends and family to enjoy themselves. We had music all day, put out games and a fancy dress box, and left a jar of moustaches on the bar. The fancy dress box was well-used and our wedding became the chaotic festival-party we always wanted!”

“We didn’t really plan a theme, our wedding was just a collection of all the things we love – The English countryside, camping, festivals, folk music, food, beer and Fancy Dress! We’re big campers, and love going to festivals in the summer so our wedding loosely followed that.”

Anna & Jonny were married in April in Hampshire. Their ceremony was held at St Mary’s Church and their marquee reception was in the grounds of Gilbert White’s House & Museum. “We both grew up around Selborne village and wanted to celebrate our wedding somewhere that was close to our hearts”, the bride continued. ” Johnny used to work in the gardens of the Gilbert White Museum when he was younger, and we wanted our wedding day to have a real English-country garden feel to it so the beautiful setting and history of the place was perfect for us!  The museum has only just started making itself available for weddings so we felt very lucky to be able to hold our wedding there.”

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Star Wars, Video Games & A Geek Chic Themed Wedding: Jane & Neil

Facebook loves these guys. How do I know? Well because I sneak peeked a photo of them (with the focus on Jane’s epic Terry Fox wedding dress) and people went crazy for it. Cue the most ‘liked’ wedding photograph on my facebook page ever. 430 (and counting) likes to be precise. Mind = Blown.

So needless to say, I’m assuming there’s a lot of Rock n Roll Bride’s out there eagerly awaiting seeing the rest of this wedding… and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better I have 3 words for you.

Star. Wars. Theme.

And yes.. they we’re married on May 4th. Contained yourself? Then I’ll begin…

Jane & Neil were married at The Maynard, Derbyshire. “We chose ‘Star Wars Day’ as our wedding date as we are both fans of the films, proud to be geeks and it tied in with the ‘geek chic’ theme”, Jane told me. “We were also lucky that it was a Friday before the bank holiday weekend.  Plus, how can either of us ever forget our anniversary now? We chose Jon of S6 Photography as our wedding photographer. I knew we were going to hire him as soon as we stepped into his front room and Neil instantly clocked his flat screen tv, PS3 and Xbox 360.  Neil is a gadget and gaming geek and the fact that Jon gave a photo presentation on a digital projector (and his awesome dog loved Neil) sealed the deal. It also helps that he does the most amazing photos and we both fell in love with his blog!”

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A Laid Back DIY Wedding at The Tin Tabernacle: Jen & Michael

The East Sussex wedding of Jen & Michael had a gorgeous laid back vibe. The day started with a moving ceremony at Lewes Register Office, and ended with a rockin’ reception at The Tin Tabernacle, an amazing teal green building on the outskirts of Barcombe Village. The space is a large area with high ceilings, wooden floors and white washed walls. The building was originally built as a chapel and it proved to be the perfect backdrop for this couple’s quirky wedding.

“Our venue was so amazing!” Jen began. “They were kind of vague and just left us to it, which was exactly what we wanted. I never wanted some stylish affair that we’d handed over to professionals – in fact the only professional we hired was our photographer Lee, who was amazing. He’s wonderfully warm and kind and fun, and his photos are absolutely stunning. I knew as soon as I’d met him that we had to have him there. At his insistence we even photographed the 50 or so handmade sock puppets in a variety of artistic poses. We had to try not to wet ourselves laughing.”

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Mish-Mashed & Eclectic Bridal Inspiration

I have three words for you – Giant. Paper. Flowers.

I know…amazing. I’ve actually got two blog posts going up today featuring them. How lucky are you!? There will be a stop-you-in-your-tracks-drop-dead-gorgeous real wedding up this afternoon, but let’s kick the day off with this stunner of a brightly coloured, mish-mashed and ever so eclectic bridal shoot.

“I wanted to create a bridal shoot which wasn’t too ‘wedding-y’ and based upon the idea that things look better (to me at least!) when they clash, and don’t really match”, wedding photographer Sally T Photography told me. “I love chaos, colour and pattern… when everything looks a little bit thrown together, instead of everything matching and looking too thought out. I’ve done a fair few shoots in the past but really wanted to create one of my own which would reflect what I was really into as well as using some amazing suppliers I’ve met along the way. It was to be eclectic, colourful, mixed up, clash-y, strong dark plum lipstick, flicked eyeliner, messy hair, vintage dresses and vintage accessories, all set up in the lounge bar and reception of the Tontine Hotel.”

“I’d worked with model Nathalie before. She is a burlesque model with long auburn hair and huge eyes. I thought her look would really contrast our second model, Olivia’s, english rose complexion and blonde hair – they looked so fab next to each other and were both amazing all day. I also knew the hotel would be perfect with its jewel colours and eclectic decor, plus I’d heard they’d just had a leopard print carpet laid in the reception and needed to check it out!”

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A Music Themed Wedding : Lucy & Allan

Lucy & Allan met in their teens (Lucy was 15 and Allan was 16) and although it took them 10 whole years to finally admit that they liked each other, they had no doubts when it came to getting married. “Al was so nervous on the wedding day that the venue opened the bar early and gave him a shot of vodka!” Lucy laughed. “I was the total opposite. I had no doubts, jitters or cold feet, I just wanted to be Mrs King.”

“Our wedding day was absolutely perfect. Nothing went wrong, everyone had a good time and everyone danced until the wee small hours. It was the best day of our lives. We decided early on that our day would be music orientated with a great band, music themed table names and a DJ who would play our kind of music and not the usual cheese you get at a lot of weddings”, Lucy told me. “We chose our band for one reason, they can play every Beatles song ever written and to absolute perfection. Plus we gave them a pretty huge list of other songs to learn which they did without complaining! They were so good we had guests approaching them for their own weddings and parties. In the evening our DJ had everyone up on the dancefloor and didn’t bat an eyelid at requests for Wolfmother and the Specials.”

The wedding was held at Nurstead Court, Meopham. To add to the musical theme, the couple named their tables after songs that reminded them of different points though out their relationship. “It was nice explaining the table names to the guests”, Lucy continued. “It was great to share the stories behind the songs with our family and friends.”

“Our wedding really was the most amazing day of our lives”, she said in closing. “It sounds so cliche but it was absolutely perfect. Nothing went wrong, everyone had an amazing time and we all danced into the wee small hours. We wouldn’t change a single thing.”

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