Category Archives: British Brides

Philosophical & Kawaii Mash-Up Wedding… with Dogsmaids!

Kerry knew it was love when Nick took her Alpaca trekking as a date. They met on OK Cupid and bonded over a shared love of Moomins and both having siblings in Hong Kong, In fact they turned away completely from tradition, because, in Kerry’s words, “not to be cool but because we found it all a bit sick-in-your-mouth and cringeworthy.”

They cancelled plans for a huge wedding in Budapest and got married in secret at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, with just 12 guests present, and their two Chihuahuas as ‘dogsmaids’ instead of bridesmaids! They spent the night before, and morning of the wedding together, and walked down the aisle together. They ‘said yes to the dress’ together, Kerry didn’t do a ‘pre-wedding diet’ (“in fact, I ate and drank more in the run up!”), they had no cake cutting or planned speeches or first dance… and they didn’t invite the brides’ parents.

“I made the decision not to invite my parents to the wedding which caused a lot of upset and hurt but I decided not to do it just to ‘tick a box’,” explained Kerry. “While I love them dearly, I haven’t had the easiest of relationships with either of them and nor do they with each other. I didn’t want to bring drama to the day and families usually spell drama. It was the best decision I made because since that point, I have had more meaningful conversations with my mother than I’ve had in a decade, so sometimes it pays to make a difficult decision.”

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A Glittery & Moroccan Inspired Technicolour Wedding Weekend

Rosie and Charles’ inspiration for their wedding was to have a two-day party with all of the people who meant the most to them in the world. Choosing a wildflower covered hilltop overlooking Bath and Somerset, they combined festival elements to create a celebration that allowed them to really express themselves.

They were lucky enough to have an army of friends who helped build the wedding from scratch the day before their wedding weekend began – everyone camped over at the venue for two nights so it was a real festival atmosphere. Together they created everything from floral displays, to the canapés and desserts. “It was so magical to have the support and love of our family and friends, doing everything together ourselves made it so personal,” explained Rosie.

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Cute as Candy Retro Balloon Wedding

Sam and David got married last year in a whirlwind of pastel-coloured fun with loads of retro-inspired touches including super cute stationery (well, when the bride is a stationer, you have to don’t you?!)

“We were the first couple to get married in the pergola outside in the gardens of Briars Hall Hotel, so it was a bit of an experiment for them!” Sam explains. “I felt sick with nerves but it was lovely. After we had said I do, I’d planned on a confetti cannon picture, but some of the guests found them and surprised us as we walked back up the aisle. I nearly wet myself!”

The pergola was adorned with giant three-foot tasselled candy colour balloons from Brilliant Balloons and personalised bunting – just one of the many stationery touches Sam designed for the day. “I’m lucky that I’m a stationer – I run Prim & Glad Bespoke Wedding Stationery – so I made most of the little elements of our wedding that make the difference. As well as the bunting, I made the guest book sign, candy buffet sign, table plan, table names, menu, favour tags, photo wall, etc…”

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Gothic Romance Meets Enchanted Garden Wedding

Catherine met Thomas at an alternative music festival called DV8 in York. Like something out of a fairy tale, Thomas, who’s band were playing, spotted Catherine across a crowded room while he was playing from the stage. After his set he went over to talk to her. Although they didn’t see each other again for 12 months, they reconnected exactly a year later at the same festival and started their relationship.

They were married in April at Ghillie Dhu, a traditional Scottish bar and restaurant in Edinburgh. The dramatic vaulted Georgian hall suited their gothic romance theme perfectly. “Our wedding theme was gothic romance meets enchanted garden”, Catherine explained. “We both love gothic and dark romance books and film and so we wanted to draw inspiration from our favourites such as The Crow, The Addams Family, Edward Scissorhands, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Penny Dreadful and Edgar Allen Poe. We used music and decor throughout the day to incorporate this.”

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A Gold Sequin and Smoke Bomb Festival of Love!

The idea behind Naomi and Kuz’s August 2017 celebration was simple: They wanted their wedding to feel right for them. They had two ceremonies and two receptions; a British wedding followed by an Indian one the very next day.

“We wanted to make the day(s) about us”, explained the bride. “We love festivals, music and food so we included all of those things. We are not a traditional couple, we come from very different backgrounds and we wanted to bring both together. We had Indian food, a rock band, I wore a gold sequin dress, we did photos with smoke bombs, and had a fish ‘n’ chip van for dinner.”

The bride’s stunning dress was made for her by Linda Jane Doble who is based in Australia where the couple now live. Although getting a bespoke gown made might sound very extravagant it actually actually ending up being one of their biggest savings – getting something made for you doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think!

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Rock n Roll Cats, Pink & Metal Themed Wedding

Rhian and Andrew’s wedding theme was ‘Rock n Roll cats’ with the slogan ‘mutual weirdness forever’ and to be honest, that – coupled with the above photo – is pretty much all you need to know to want to find out more…

“We wanted to encapsulate us into our day as much as possible,” Rhian explains, “so we ended up with a lot of different elements – from cats, metal and rock, to leopard print, pink, Pokémon, skulls, and everything in between. We wanted to focus on what we both love in life and what was special between us – but we were also inspired by a lot of different weddings we viewed on your blog!” (You GUYS.)

Rhian is a designer and illustrator so created most of the elements herself, alongside friends. “Nearly everything was completely bespoke, designed, or made by us!” she says. This included table names based on band name-cat hybrids and top table signage saying ‘Hiss and Purrs’ instead of his and hers, as well as hand-painted signs and hand decorated jars filled with hot pink decor.

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