Category Archives: British Brides

Handmade Warehouse and Canal Boat Wedding

Liz and Marc’s big day has it all: Succulents, vintage style, a canal boat, Dolly Parton covers, a handmade quartz crystal crown and matching leather jackets with portraits of their Huskies painted on them! They wanted everyone to come to the wedding and say “This is so you two!” – and we think they TOTALLY nailed it. From the start of the wedding journey, when Marc proposed with his Nan’s 70 year old ring during a period of serious illness for Liz, we knew it was going to be an emotional and personal one – but it’s also super stylish and a riot of fun too.

As a creative couple, it was key that the day celebrated creativity and friendship. “We wanted our wedding to be about our lives together being celebrated with everyone we love, but importantly not at the expense of blowing a ridiculous amount on just one day”, said Liz. “We are extremely fortunate that we have a very talented group of family and friends around us that were able to help us out!”

Liz’s mum owns The Blonde Company and hand-sewed loads for the day, including custom banners, hessian favour bags, tablecloths and lots of the decor. Their wedding invites and guestbook were created by their friend at Fawn, who mastered a black and white B-movie style invite featuring the couple battling through cacti and dinosaurs to their wedding. Their incredible matching leather jackets were created by one of the bridesmaids, Kim of Lace & Bone Designs, who painted on portraits of their beloved Huskies Sega and Scarlett on the back.

Their jackets looked MEGA over their already incredible wedding outfits, both vintage. “I’m a bit of a magpie, and I love hunting for sparkly things and bargains, so knew a conventional wedding dress wouldn’t be for me. My sequinned, angel-winged dress was £200 off eBay, and I loved the fact that another bride had worn it on her big day. All it needed was some small alterations, and as soon as I wore it I felt amazing!”

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Modern Day London Fairytale Wedding With Golden Luxe Edge

Jess and Paul’s wedding is a modern day London fairytale. Their autumnal celebration featured a lot of gorgeous and delicate gold elements with splashes of pink, beautifully simple single-stem bouquets, and a plethora of incredible suppliers local to Islington, where they first meet for a date night after work.

With Jess’ love of bright colours and a ‘more is more’ attitude but Paul being a true minimalist, the planning involved a lot of stylistic compromise. A lot of the original inspiration was drawn from Jess’ stunning Claire Pettibone dress and its decadent gold embroidery, and her incredible golden-lobster-adorned Kurt Geiger flats – which I’ve totally fallen in love with, FYI. Her gorgeous headpiece was actually a necklace from John Lewis which cost £15 and her my mum turned it into a headpiece by using gold wire to attach to a hairband from Claire’s Accessories!

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Spring Wedding in a Tropical Glass House

Ella and Alex got married in the spring at the Secret Garden in Kent, where they had a day filled with floral patterns, pastel shades (as well as fresh vibrant colours). The overall feel to their wedding is just pure romance. And by the powers of DIY, they achieved this beautiful day for £10K.

They didn’t really have a theme, the theme was just ‘them’ and the way they wanted to do things. “We had pastels and bright colours, flowers, books and cats”, said the bride. “Nothing matched but everything worked together. The way things should be. We started looking at venues early on – it felt to me that once we had the venue, everything else would work around that. There was a beautiful one just around the corner from us. It was really lovely, but wasn’t quite us, it felt just a little too formal. We just wanted somewhere to have a party with our friends and family.”

“I found the Secret Garden online, and it looked perfect, so I booked in to see it in the August. One weekend, I was down in Brighton visiting my cousin when I found out that the husband of a friend of mine had sadly passed away. He had just turned 32 and they had only been married for three months. I instantly felt like I needed to do something positive and happy, so we drove to the Secret Garden – it just felt like the right time to view it (even if our appointment wasn’t for another couple of weeks). I don’t think I’ll ever forget how I felt when we arrived. I knew from that second that this was where I was going to marry my best friend. It was perfect. Beyond perfect. Its Glass House, where we had our ceremony, was like a tropical paradise, and it was only small but had such character; it was different from anything else I’d ever seen.”

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DIY Lake District Inspired Wedding in Sheffield… With All the Confetti!

Roxy and Sam only had £6000 to spend on their summer wedding, but as the lucky winners of a competition hosted on this very blog, they were able to get a wedding planner who actually helped save them even more money! They were married in Sheffield in a theatre and were inspired by their love of the Lake District.

“The day was a mixture of being simply ‘us’ but also there was a strong Lake District influence”, the bride began. “We’d wanted to get married in the Lakes originally as we love the place and travel up there as often as we can, but we realised that a lot of people we care about would struggle to make it up there, so we decided to bring Lakeland to Sheffield! All tables bar one were named for regions in the Lakes (the odd one out was named for the first hill Sam and I had walked together, which is in the Peak District), we had OS maps all over the place, our DIY invitations and save the dates had a map of our favourite valley as a background, and we had a cake with mountains around the side and topped with models of Herdwick sheep (which in this country are only found in the Lakes). One of which had a tiny headdress made by Sam a few nights before the wedding!”

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Festive Scottish Wedding Inspired by Christmas Markets

Oh baby, do we have one gorgeous wedding to share with you today! Sophie and Stephen were married at The Byre at Inchyra, a beautifully restored, rustic barn set in 150 acres of private parkland in Perthshire, Scotland. Taking place on December 2nd, they went for a subtly festive theme, inspired by Christmas markets, with some lovely personal touches.

“Christmas is a very special time of year for us, hence why we got married in December”, began the bride. “We met through a mutual friend at the Edinburgh Christmas market and each year we return to the same spot on the same day to have a kiss. We also got engaged on Christmas Day a year after we met.”

“The inspiration for the wedding was the atmosphere of a Christmas market. We wanted Christmas but without it involving the snowmen or Santa… It wasn’t really about Christmas it was about us but still had to capture that warm festive feel. We used simple inspiration from German markets and the Edinburgh market with all the green pines and lights all around – it was magical.”

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Crafty, Rainbow & Fun-Filled Festival Wedding

Oh Tanya and Alex with your summery festival wedding of dreams! This crafty, rainbow, fun-filled day harmonised the splashing out on some big ticket items element with a lot of DIY between themselves and family to absolute perfection. Just count the beaming faces!

Their venue was the field behind the Horse and Jockey pub in Walsall Wood, where Tanya and Alex had a day that truly reflected them. “Our inspiration for our wedding was literally us”, began the bride. We wanted to surround ourselves with things we love, and so we did. I wouldn’t say we had a particular theme, but if I were to put a name to it I would call it an unconventional hippy festival, or something like that! What makes our wedding unique is that we practically did everything ourselves. Every element of our wedding had a story behind it, from the logo I designed and had printed onto the lunch bags, to the hand-knitted blankets made by the mother of the groom and the poem we wrote ourselves all about us that was read during the ceremony.”

“I don’t think it’s particularly out of the norm to get married in a field, but a lot of our guests were shocked by this and had never been to a wedding like it at all! I didn’t think that having a wedding in a field would feel much different to a regular wedding, but it really did! It’s hard to explain the feeling of the day, but it was so very chilled out and relaxed and not how I thought it would be at all, but also much better than I could have imagined! People were still buzzing weeks after the wedding and it was the hot topic of the month! All anyone has said to us is ‘IT WAS AMAZING!'”

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