Category Archives: British Brides

Laidback Love Extravaganza Wedding In Dublin

Lisa and Kieran’s wedding didn’t have a theme – they just wanted it to be a “Love Extravaganza” party with all of their loved ones. It wasn’t very serious or formal – it was held in a beautiful little theatre, and the aisle music was the Jurassic Park theme tune – but did look like it was a load of fun!

Lisa and her bridesmaids looked super vintage in pin curls by The Make-Up Bar and candy coloured Chi Chi London dresses. Lisa’s dress was second-hand, bought at a bridal fair for “peanuts” – her shoes and accessories (including an amazing clutch bag) were from the high street, and her fur coat was her something old, originally belonging to Kieran’s nan.

Kieran and his ushers also kept in with the pastel theme, wearing a pink velvet Noose and Monkey suit jacket and white trousers, and his ushers wearing lilac suits. One of Lisa and Kieran’s favourite things about the wedding planning was, in fact, getting to style the bridal party, “It was fun to play dress up with all our friends and family!” the bride said.

Their ceremony was held at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. “We held the ceremony in the theatre which had a cool entrance walking through the audience,” Lisa explains. “We played the theme tune to Jurassic Park as my entrance music as it is a pretty beautiful song and set the tone of we weren’t taking it very serious. Our speeches were all song lyrics from the Cure. We legally got married two weeks before on our own so we had Kieran’s sister be the master of ceremonies for the exchanging of rings which was a lovely touch rather than having someone we didn’t know who just says the same generic lines at every wedding.” They decorated the theatre with a few coloured tealights, and fairylights wrapped around a frame for the ceremony’s backdrop.

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A Rustic Barn meets Colourful, Floral Explosion Wedding

Tabby and Carl have a retro online-dating love story— the met thirteen years ago on Myspace and bonded while chatting on MSN messenger! It took six months for their friendship to develop into something more but have been inseparable and sharing crazy adventures ever since.

As a make-up artist and manicurist, Tabby spends a lot of time working in the wedding industry and, coupled with the digital age, found herself overwhelmed with options while planning their big day. But instead of trying to stick to a certain colour palette or theme, they let the day be led by things they loved – and if it clashed or looked a little rough around the edges, then even better! As a keen gardener, a natural theme emerged of All. The. Flowers, led foremost by the beautiful grounds at their venue Bressingham Hall, where both Tabby and Carl have fond memories from their childhoods.

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Intimate & Colourful, Skateboard Wedding with a Personalised, Embroidered Wedding Dress

Annabel and Nash met at a Halloween party in 2009, bonding over hungover KFC the next day, and their mutual love of skateboarding and mountain boarding! The couple also share a love of the outdoors, adventure and a laidback attitude to all that they do.

After keeping their engagement a secret for a little while, the couple decided to flip tradition on its head, and actually kicked off their celebrations with their honeymoon – before they’d got hitched! They spent nearly three weeks driving across Europe to Slovenia for the World Mountainboard Championships, where they both competed for the UK.

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Kitsch, Colourful, Mid-Century Wedding Party

Robyn and Ash were legally married in Vegas at the Chapel of the Flowers but they wanted to host a big party when they got back to Yorkshire for all their family and friends. The party had a really low key, retro and kitsch vibe, hosted at their local community centre. The flowers came from a local flower market, the cakes were from various supermarkets and the stationery was made by the bride. Instead of a fancy meal they served wood-fired pizza and the night ended with – who else? – an Elvis impersonator!

“We were inspired by our favourite Las Vegas hotel, The Flamingo!” explained Robyn. “So the party was flamingo, tropical and retro themed. We also included nods to our combined love for anything colourful and mid-century inspired.”

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Red & White Rockabilly Wedding with Pigs!

For their winter wedding, Trixie and Sam were inspired by the resident pigs at their venue, South Farm in Cambridgeshire. As soon as they found out about them they decided that they had to incorporate them into the theme of the day. All the tables were named after different species with their own facts on the table markers. They added a tattoo/ rockabilly element with their choice of cake, place settings and the temporary tattoo station which was a huge hit with the guests.

“We felt quite inspired to do things ourselves so we just went for it”, Trixie began. “For place mats we bulk bought scratched records and designed our own labels. We filled mason jars with fairy lights and we designed all of the print materials – the table plan, pigs for each table, the tattoo stand and ceremony cards.”

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Brothers Grimm Fairytale Meets Punk Wedding in Belfast

Orla and Chris’ wedding is a dark and twisted fairytale in the best kind of way. Inspired by Brothers Grimm, their big day was moody and ethereal, and totally beautiful!

“The inspiration for our wedding was dark fairytales, enchanted forests and woodlands,” Orla explains. “I was originally basing it on Brothers Grimm, but it ended up quite similar to the Once Upon a Time tv show!” After a spiritualist ceremony performed by Belfast Spiritualist Church, including a willow stick ceremony to make their bond everlasting, they moved through to their reception, also hosted in Malone House.

Their flowers were heavily influenced by woodlands, with a lot of foliage and thistle as well as some beautiful blooms in moody jewel tones, and their tables were decorated with icy sequin tablecloths as well as lots of curated curios, including gingerbread houses and skeletal snow globes. They also had ice sculptures around the room, including a glass slipper, a frozen rose, and a dragon with an inbuilt drinks flume. Their wedding favours were little bottles of Buckfast with love potion labels, and Orla made an enticing candy cart from an old vintage tea trolley. Not to mention Barbie Bakes Cake‘s creation!

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