Category Archives: British Brides

Chivalry Isn’t Dead

Whoa what a lot of votes we’ve had for the Tinywater contest winners so far! That is amazing – and only 1 day down!

I held off posting yesterday to give the voting the best chance at the top spot so I now have some catching up to do. Check out this Anglo-American wedding, where the American Groom even did the right thing and asked the Bride’s parents permission to ask for their daughter’s hand in marriage. Cute!

Thanks to Solaria for sharing this wedding.

Credit: Photography by Solaria

Rock n Roll Bride In Print.

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So about 6 months ago I received an email from Wedding Ideas Magazine saying our wedding had been submitted to them as a Real Wedding feature by our photographers English Rose and would we be happy for them to share them. Being the huge poser that I am, of course I said yes. So I picked up a copy of the magazine today and although some of the photographs they chose I don’t really like (I think my face looks huge in the main photograph for example!) and the article is beyond a cheese-fest,¬†it is a little bit exciting to be in print…and can you believe they even called me¬† a Rock Chick…maybe they knew…

Just in case you can’t read the text, it reads as follows:
Kat & Gareth
Rock chick meets vintage combined with black and white chic for this big day…

The proposal
Kat and Gareth took a disposable barbecue and some wine to a local picnic spot on their fifth year anniversary. Gareth got down on one knee and co-insidentally fireworks went off nearby after Kat said yes! They decided straight away to get married exactly one year on.
The bride’s outfit
Kat looked fabulous in her Sottero and Midgley gown (www.sotteroandmidgley.co.uk) It originally had a pink sash but Kat had it changed to a black one to fit in with their black and white theme.
The accessories
Kat wore a tiara from John Lewis, pretty shoes from Topshop, a pearl bag from Monsoon (which I actually found a lot cheaper on ebay -they left that bit out though) , and pearl and diamond earrings,a gift from her parents. She also wore a Benjamin Roberts bolero (www.benjaminroberts.co.uk)
Steal her Style – Give your bridesmaids a theme and then let them choose their own dresses.
The groom’s outfit
Gareth, his dad, his best man and Kat’s dad had all their suits custom made at House of Fraser (www.houseoffraser.co.uk) “They were able to design their own suits” explains Kat, “and also chose their own lining and tie.”
Love this idea – Put together a goodie bag filled with special gifts for your maids.
The bridesmaids
Kat’s two sisters and best friend were bridesmaids. Kat gave them free reign to choose any black dress they wanted. Her Chief bridesmaid chose a dress from Coast, her sister Sarah wore a silky, strapped dress from Monsoon, while her sister Rachel chose a prom-style dress from Warehouse. “I also bought them pearl earrings and bracelets to add a vintage touch to their outfits” says Kat.
When I got the the end of the aisle, Gareth squeezed my hand and said “You look awesome”
The Flowers
Kat’s pretty bouquet was created by Cherubs Floral Design (www.cherubsfloraldesign.com) The ceremony flowers were supplied by the Church.
Love this idea – Write a poem to each other and have it printed in your order of service
The Ceremony
“My parents live next door to the vicar so it meant a lot to us to have him marry us” says Kat. Gareth’s grandad and a friend of Kat’s did readings, and some friends played in a band at the service, giving rock renditions of the hymns and Elton John’s Tiny Dancer.
The reception
Held at The Elvetham (www.elvethamhotel.co.uk) the guests had a delicious, three-course meal. “We head a band in the evening but no extra guests. Instead, we had a party in my parents’ garden two weeks later and I got to wear my dress again!” explains Kat.
Our table names were our favourite movie couples – we called the top table Romeo and Juliet…
The details
Instead of favours, Kat and Gareth put together an ice-breaker quiz about themselves. They even put together a goody bag for the winning table.
Groom’s tip – have your own opinion and don’t let your bride tell you what you want.
Most memorable moment
“I threw my bouquet with such vigor that it bounced off the back wall, hit someone on the head and landed in Carly’s (Chief bridesmaid) arms – everybody said it was a fix!” laughs Kat.
The honeymoon
The couple jetted off to Tokyo the next day and stayed in a traditional ryokan (a roll mat on the floor) “Very Rock n Roll” says Kat.
Bride’s beauty tip – “I went on¬† MAC and Bobbie Brown binge before the big day. I decided to do my make up myself because I know exactly how I like it and I didn’t want to feel overdone or not like myself. Make sure you have concealer and your lippie with you for touch ups on the day.”

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The Handmade Wedding

There is something about¬†an English¬†wedding that you just don’t get anywhere else in the world…it’s just all so…well..English! Cupcakes, flower gardens, big hats and a prayer for sunshine are the norm.¬† After seeing this beautiful wedding I am so excited about the wedding myself and the hubby are off to on Friday (photographs to follow I’m sure)

Click here for more and a slideshow of the day.

Thanks to Rima for the share.

Credit: Occassion Photography

London Charm

There is something about a London wedding that’s like no other anywhere in the world, not even elsewhere in the UK.¬† I’m not talking about the obvious landmarks or the swanky London hotels, it’s more of a feeling about the place – the lighting, the crispness in the air…the rain!

Agata and Stefan, although not British (she is from Poland, he from Bavaria) did have a quintessential London Wedding – from her dress by British designer Jenny Packham to their transport on a traditional red London bus (supplied by This Bus) to their swanky, intimate¬†reception¬†at Claridges…the whole thing¬†exudes London charm.

Credit: Craig & Chanelle Segerius-Bruce

An Urban Winter Wedding

Beth and Ian had a¬†London winter wedding.¬†Despite being¬†massively pregnant at the time, I think Beth looks like a celebrity from the 60’s…added¬†to by the fact that she¬†and wore her hair in a beehive and sported a cute short wedding dress, with a jacket made of big white sequins and¬†some gorgeous shoes from LK Bennett (I actually knew that myself as I have lusted over them many a time –¬†plus they are called the Akira shoe –¬†for those of you that don’t know, that’s my kitty’s name too!)
 
After a civil ceremony all the guests piled on a traditional London routemaster bus to the London Eye for a ride in 2 private pods. Then it was back on the bus for a scenic tour of the capital before finishing up at The Ritz.

This really was a family affair with the incredible stationary¬†being designed by Beth’s creative father – a beautiful etching incorporating all the parts of their wedding date their names and rings –¬†and her stunning vintage style necklace? Well that was made by her Mum!

Thanks so much to Polly Alexandre for working so hard on this feature!

Credit: Alexandre Weddings

A Little Bit Of Bias Never Hurt Anyone

I’m so totally and completely biased when it comes to my friend David McNeil’s photography and I don’t care…the thing is, he is just so amazingly talented for which¬†¬†I am more than a little bit envious! Plus he’s lovely and all that jazz…which just makes his work even more fantastic. In fact when we met our competition winners, Vana & Damien a few weeks ago, whilst looking though David’s portfolio, Vana said ‘It really seems like you know all the people you photograph‘ and that’s just it, that’s why he is so great, none of his images seem staged or forced or awkward – and you know what, now¬†I’m a little bit annoyed now that I didn’t coin that phrase myself!

Anyway, David has got a super busy month coming up so I’ll have plenty of wonderful weddings, engagements and bridal shoots to share with you, starting with this gorgeous, intimate afternoon tea wedding in London. Isn’t her dress just to die for? (edit: her dress is from Candy Anthony)

Credit: David M McNeil