Category Archives: British Brides

Gothic Castle Ruins Wedding

Karen and Dean were married in the ruins of Ettington Park‘s chapel in October. Their day had a gothic theme which was reflected in the bride’s choice of black wedding dress (made by The Couture Company), their Black Cherry Cake Company cake and all the decorations. They used skeletons, trailing ivy, dramatic candelabras with black candles and purple and black flowers.

They were helped a lot by their friends too. “We were inspired by our love of goth and rock music”, said the bride. “We had friends who made lots of decorations that were spread around the venue. Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath and his wife Maria attended as they are very good friends of ours too.”

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Wes Anderson Inspired Film Premiere Wedding in a 1920s Cinema

Both Carl and Katy share a passion for film, and in particular, their favourite director – Wes Anderson. As she plays an active role in the antiques quarter in Sheffield, Katy had her heart set on getting married at Abbeydale Picture House – a 1920s cinema in Sheffield. Mix the two loves together and it made perfect sense for their wedding to be film premiere themed!

They didn’t just have cute touches like a film-credit style table plan and a movie soundtrack style CD as favours to support their theme. No, this couple went the extra mile and staged their their whole ceremony as a film premiere! They filmed and edited their own Wes Anderson style fictionalised version of their relationship – playing it on the cinema screen before their ceremony. From meeting, to dating, to getting a house and dog together and Carl proposing – these ‘chapters’ were played to their guests before a title screen for ‘Chapter Five – Carl and Katy Get Married’ was shown, and Katy walked down the aisle for the ceremony; and so their next chapter began!

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Laid Back Woodland Wedding with an Embroidered Floral Dress

Rosie and Alex’s beautiful early summer wedding was held at Hothorpe Hall in Leicestershire. The fantastic thing about their venue was that they were able to be married outside in the woodlands, like they always wanted. This helped to set the theme of their day.

“The theme unfolded from the venue and the stunning woodland setting”, explained Rosie. “I had always had a secret dream to get married outside and the when we saw The Woodlands I knew this could be possible. Al and I are country bumpkins at heart, what with trees, a babbling brook and cabin-style accommodation, the venue had it all. Also it is only 10 minutes from our home, making it perfect for the majority of our guests.”

“I started collecting bits and bobs as soon as we got engaged, and things grew from there. My good friend Millie (who also made our cake) helped to decorate our venue with beautiful flowers – she has such an eye for detail and after the ceremony I saw what she had added and I was blown away by what she added to the décor.”

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Colourful Bird-Themed Festival Wedding Where EVERYTHING was DIY

Becci and Josh’s colourful DIY bird-themed wedding was an absolute DREAM, and you’re going to adore the photos, I just know it. These two lovebirds (geddit!?) did loads of their day themselves, and produced a super creative wedding choc-full of alternative wedding inspiration.

Their bird theme came from them both loving the outdoors, nature and festivals, and Becci’s dad getting her hooked on watching birds at a young age. They incorporated the theme into essentially every element of the day, including an actual birds of prey flying display as part of the entertainment for guests.

“We’re both really creative people and decided really early on in the planning process that we wanted to make the wedding our own,” Becci explains. “To do this, we basically made everything ourselves!” Over the course of a year, Becci and Josh made 100s of woollen pomp oms and over 1,400 origami cranes to suspend from the barn with coloured ribbon. The paper cranes featured on their incredible DIY wedding backdrop for their lawn ceremony too, which Josh made from wood and ribbon.

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A Delightfully Disney Summer Wedding

I’m not going to lie, I have a bit of a soft spot for Disney weddings and I’m pretty sure you’re all going to love this just as much as I do! That cake, the Mickey and Minnie balloons, the perfectly executed themed tables and, of course, the bride’s Cinderella shoes… I mean, there’s just SO much to love!

Shaun proposed to Roxie at Disneyland Paris (where else!?) and almost immediately she set about planning their dream day. “Shaun asked me in the Magic Kingdom during the Wishes (the fireworks and projection on the castle that happens at the end of every day)”, she explained. “He had taken the time to watch the show on YouTube beforehand so he could pick the right moment. He went with the part when When You Wish Upon a Star started to play and it just had me in tears. I was so happy and that song will forever mean a lot to me. This is why I walked down the aisle to it.”

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Kawaii Rainbow Disco Wedding Party

I really feel like a lot of you are going to love Jodie and Lee’s rainbow with a hint of kawaii wedding – for starters they transformed a village hall into the inside of a disco ball!

They had their wedding in two phases: admin and party. After posting their party invites at dawn (as they would announce that they were married), Jodie and Lee did the ‘admin’ bit at Manchester Registry Office. “Whilst people knew we were due to get married, they didn’t know when – we only had six close family members with us on that day,” said the bride.

And now for the party: “If I was a thing I would be an actual rainbow,” Jodie says, “so we opted for a full on RAINBOW theme with our personalities at the centre of it. My Pinterest board was absolute mayhem, full of bright and amazing ideas but I was struggling to reign it in. We enlisted the help of Apple Tree Events who helped to suggest a more focused approach. We opted for no flowers, instead choosing succulents with bright coloured heads that flower that were planted in mini Prissyem disco balls, placed with an array of animals from Painted Parade all wearing party hats. We used foils to decorate the walls and had a mix of pom pom chandeliers, pom pom garlands, tissue tassel garlands created by Sharelle from Apple Tree and huge colourful balloons dotted all around.”

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