Category Archives: British Brides

This Fairytale Wedding Gives Us All the Disney Feels

This fairytale wedding has to have some of the sweetest Disney inspired touches we’ve ever seen. From the centrepieces (each table was named after a movie and the props on the tables matched), the Disney inspired wall hanging favours and the subtle Disney inspired cake (those colours are just perfect!) complete with a with a glitter ‘to infinity and beyond’ topper.

“Our wedding theme was Disney all over”, began Laura who married Dean in June. “Everybody knows my favourite thing is Disney and I wanted to have a wedding that was attached to me and showed my personality come through.”

“The centrepieces were all Disney themed each to a different Disney film.  My mum and I collected everything over the 19 months we were engaged. We searched charity shops and eBay. The guest book table had an UP! theme and I bought an MDF model UP! house that I painted and built together from America. Our memorial table (with photos of our loved ones that have passed) was Winnie the Pooh themed.”

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Cogs & Gears Inspired Industrial Wedding in Sheffield

Lenore and Liam’s wedding day was a celebration of all things industrial as well as showing their love for Sheffield, the city in which they live. They had lots of motifs and nods woven cleverly into almost every aspect of the day, including little bottles of Sheffield’s own Henderson’s Relish as place names and making their own wedding rings at CAST, combining the bride’s late mother’s ring, and a gold bracelet from Liam’s mother.

Their industrial theme was inevitable for a number of reasons. The bride explained, “Liam is a materials engineer who works testing metals for a company that creates the steel clips that hold railway lines in place, and I’m an archaeometallurgist studying ancient metals in my PhD in archaeology at the University of Sheffield. Together we share an interest in ancient and modern industrial practices. Additionally, Sheffield has a long and interesting industrial history, which we both feel somewhat connected to. The Kelham Island Museum seemed like the perfect choice for our venue.”

The bride wore Chi Chi London‘s Khloe dress in gold (“I chose a tea length dress for mobility as I knew I would want to run and jump on the day.”), along with the Kisinta heels from Irregular Choice and a Lily Bella veil. Liam went for a shirt from Ted Baker, suit and waistcoat tailored by Ashley Rogers, shoes by Rieker, and a pocket watch gifted by their maid of honour with an antique chain he customised himself. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were told to find something green that made them feel fabulous.

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Natural & Outdoorsy Scottish Wedding

Both lovers of nature and being outdoors, Katie and Andy wanted their Scottish wedding to have a really natural feel. It was also really important to them that all their guests were relaxed and that the venue they chose could accommodate everyone they wanted to invite – including their four legged fur-babies!

“Our love of nature and being outside was the inspiration for our wedding”, said the bride. “It was very laid back and informal. Some of our guests wore elegant dresses and suits and others were in jeans and t-shirts. There was little structure to the day and was just about people mingling together and having fun in a beautiful setting.”

The day was held at Taymouth Estate near Aberfeldy. They had a hand-fasting ceremony performed by an interfaith minister. “Angie lead our ceremony. She included a story of how we met and our hopes and wishes for the future. We had a hand-fasting, with each of our bridesmaids and groomsmen draping a different coloured ribbon over our clasped hands, to represent our hopes for our marriage. We spoke personalised vows and placed our rings on our fingers with our hands still tied.”

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Middle Earth Inspired Scottish Elopement

Dianna and Nathan are big fans of Lord of the Rings, but aren’t fans of being the centre of attention. They decided that an elopement (from one hemisphere to the other!) and a ceremony held in The Shire-esque Puck’s Glen in Scotland was the perfect solution, especially as a forest location was high on the wish list for their day.

“Nathan and I had always wanted to travel overseas to the UK and Europe, and had been planning to do so for about seven years before we got engaged. As I grew up with my grandparents, who were Scottish, I had always wanted to visit, so when plans were finally made and our flights booked, we decided we would elope at the same time and find the perfect setting in Scotland, as a nod to my family heritage.”

Being an elopement, the wedding party was small and intimate. Dianna said, “We flew over to Scotland all the way from Australia with just our celebrant Moira, meeting our photographers Jo and Liam (who also doubled as our witnesses) there on the day.” It also helped keep the budget to under £5,000. “Not including the flights, as we were already coming over, we spent the most on our outfits, and as we had eloped we didn’t need to spend any money on venue hire or food and music, etc.”

As they were staying in a small log cabin next to the glen, the bride said, “We helped each other get ready in the morning, and we wrote our vows to each other the night before – everything was fairly spontaneous.”

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Jewish & Scottish Fusion Queer Wedding

Glasgow-born Naomi met Jenn in Washington DC, connecting instantly. A transatlantic-sized long-distance relationship led to moving in together and eventually to their elegant and fusion wedding day.

Naomi said, “Jenn has been planning and re-planning her future wedding since she was young, whereas I had not thought about weddings until I met her. We tried to explore options together and make sure it was an event that was an expression of both of us, individually and together. The day turned out to be a sort of Jewish/ Scottish fusion. Jenn is a Jewish American and I’m non-religious and Scottish, so we had a Jewish ceremony with a bagpiper out front and danced the Hora and Scottish ceilidh dances. About half our guests were from the UK or Europe and the other half were from the US. I don’t know if there has ever been another Jewish/ Scottish queer wedding, but there certainly hasn’t been one like ours! We also really personalised everything and made many non-traditional choices.”

The couple had an egalitarian Jewish ceremony with no theme, as such, saying, “We just wanted it to be colourful, joyous, and meaningful. We didn’t narrow ourselves to specific colours, and we chose wildflowers and vintage elements to give ourselves the opportunity to get crafty and artistic. Traditionally, both partners are walked down the aisle by both parents. We created a T-shaped aisle and walked to the middle with our parents, then walked the rest of the way to the Chuppah, just the two of us. We had been meeting with our officiant, Cantor Segal, for about a year beforehand and had selected all the language that was used. Cantor Segal asked us to each write love letters to each other and send them to her. During the ceremony, she read parts of the letters, which she and her husband had written into a dialogue. Until that moment, we had no idea what the other had written. After the ceremony, we had a private moment called a Yichud where we read each other’s full letters.”

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Handmade Wedding with Pops of Colour… and Dinosaurs

Diane and Topher wanted a wedding where they could be completely and utterly themselves. That meant being true to their own tastes and styles, but also not feeling extra pressure to have a wedding that was ‘cool’ just for the sake of it.

“We’re not the most out there of couples but we definitely aren’t a normal one either”, Diane laughed. “We just wanted a beautiful wedding that included some quirky touches.”

“I couldn’t say it was the most unique wedding in the world – I took a lot of inspiration from different sources (including Rock n Roll Bride) but it was ‘us’ in every way. Every single detail was thought through and meant something.”

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