Category Archives: British Brides

A Simple Yet Sparkly South London Knees Up

Emily and Elliott’s M.O. for their wedding day was to keep everything low budget and low stress – not two things that often go hand in hand with wedding planning! Early on, though, they decided that they wanted to keep things very simple, with very little pomp and ceremony – just loads of love and laughter.

With a £6,000 budget. they knew they wanted to keep things local – as they met, live and love in south London it would’ve felt wrong for them to do it anywhere else! They held their reception at Asylum Chapel in Peckham and moved onto The Ivy House pub in Nunhead afterwards for hot dogs, chips and plenty of dancing.

Emily is in love with 1930s to 1950s fashion and all the glitz and glamour that old school Hollywood entails. She knew a fluffy white dress just wasn’t going to cut it for her, but was nervous to abandon tradition at first. After a visit to a bridal boutique to try on traditional dresses confirmed her suspicions, she tried on an amazing sequin dress last and whilst, being white the colour was wrong, the sparkles had her at hello. Furious searching online for something similar in a different colour was fruitless, so she made the snap decision to get something similar made on Etsy.

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A Hailstorm, A Hidden PG Tips Monkey & All The Fun of The Fair!

Do you ever look at a wedding online and think “Ah man, I would have loved to have been at that wedding!?” I do this all the time and Amy and Dave’s day looks like it was a total HOOT! From a freak pre-ceremony rain storm, to real life fun fair amusements to all their guests, their main goal was to enjoy the day as much as physically possible. And oh boy, did they!?

Married at Marleybrook House in Canterbury, Amy and Dave’s main objective was simple: “Fun! Fun! Fun!” said the bride. “We wanted to organise something that felt like us. Neither of us are religious so we knew we wouldn’t want a church or anything, and a big stately home or country hotel just didn’t feel right. I was also conscious that sometimes weddings can feel a bit stale and formulaic so we wanted to avoid doing anything traditional for the sake of it. When looking for a venue I was trying to find something with a fun edge, and well, it doesn’t get much more ‘fun’ than a vintage fun fair and dodgems right?!”

Despite the rain, they still managed to have their dream of an outdoor ceremony, under the pagoda in the grounds of their venue. “We’d planned to hold our ceremony in the outdoor walled garden as it is absolutely gorgeous”, Amy explained. “Our florist had also built a fab floral asymmetric arch on the gazebo so I was desperate to make sure we could actually get married outside. On the day, first thing in the morning was glorious sunshine! The girls and me were so excited. Then it turned. We were getting ready in the onsite studio just behind the walled garden and could hear the crazy hailstorms coming down on the roof. The staff kept coming in to update us, absolutely soaked through. We ended up delaying a little as it was so on and off. I hadn’t realised, but Dave and the venue staff had all of our guests out with umbrellas and rolls of blue paper towel wiping ice and rain off of the seats minutes before the ceremony. Just as we thought we’d have to give in and move inside, they came to get us and said – we have to go NOW. So we abandoned our freshly poured glasses of champagne and went for it.”

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Moody, Vintage Inspired Wedding with A Tattooed Bride and Dogs in Bow Ties!

Hannah and Steven love all things vintage and old-fashioned looking, but wanted to keep their own personal style for their wedding day. They pretty much aimed for the opposite of a big, fairytale wedding, instead focusing on all their guests having fun with them!

With a £13,000 budget, they held both the ceremony and the reception at Dragon Hall at the National Centre for Writing, Norwich. A medieval merchant trading complex with exposed, original oak beams and a lot of history for the couple, too – not only did they get married on the street in which it sits, but they met and live there as well!

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Rockers’ Rainbow Punk Wedding

This is a bit of a bittersweet feature today as the bride, Kathy, is battling breast cancer and is currently in her final few days. As Kathy’s health had taken a bad turn, and after twelve years together, the couple decided to finally do everything they ever wanted to do with whatever time they have left, including getting married. They were married on 17th May in a day full of love, colour and punk rock! They planned their utterly bad ass day with just a £2000 budget and a hell of a lot of love and support from all their friends and family.

After Kathy her diagnosis, so many companies she has stocked in her shop, Rockers, over the last 15 years gifted items for the wedding and friends and family also gave their time to help. A friend of theirs, Katie, also made a video of the day which you can check out over here. You can just see how much fun they had! We’ve spoken to a number of their loved ones about the day itself. Kathy and Andy, we salute you!

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Boho Chic Meets Star Wars Inspired Wedding

Josh and Katie met in secondary school. After being in the same tutor group and not exchanging a single word, it took until they ended up in a mutual friendship group in college several years later for them to finally hit it off! They’d been together for nine years and engaged for eight of those before planning their wedding day. As self-confessed Star Wars geeks, with matching Star Wars tattoos already, they knew they wanted a day that captured their nerdiness without being tacky, and also complimented their wedding venue as that was the first thing they picked.

Their ceremony took place in a beautiful rustic barn which was simply decorated with vintage, mismatched jugs full of a mix of fresh, wild flowers and artificial ones, and decorated hula-hoops. They had a simple ceremony, with the registrar reading a small Celtic poem to wish them good luck before they exchanged vows. The best-man performed favourite songs by Zac Brown Band before Josh and Katie exited the barn to a confetti shower as the new Mr and Mrs Smith.

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Grown-Up Circus Themed Wedding with Vegan and Feminist Touches

Jo and Tom wanted to take the bare bones of a traditional wedding and make it more fun. Their guests entertainment was their prime objective! They’d both been to weddings where there was a lot of waiting around which they found dull so ensured that from the beginning to the end of their day they had entertainment. Coupled with the idea that the day should reflect them as a couple, nothing more, nothing less – their grown-up circus themed wedding was born!

Held at Preston Court in Canterbury, the venue was the couples’ biggest expense but for them it worked perfectly for keeping people amused – no long journeys from ceremony to reception and plenty of things to see and enjoy. As well as the resident farm animals and even a particularly proud peacock to keep the guests entertained, the couple treated their them to circus workshops and fairground games. The (albeit, only) child there was given a personalised box of things to do, and they even had a glitter station in the loo!

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