Category Archives: British Brides

Nightmare Before Christmas Wedding with a Halloween Fairytale Masquerade

With all the guests in costume and a showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show, Lea and Mazz embraced a Halloween theme for their wedding. They had masquerade masks for their aisle walk and an autumnal colour scheme.

Lea explained, “Mazz and I both adore Halloween, and coming from a pagan family myself, I’d always enjoyed making a big celebration of Samhain growing up. As Mazz and I also both love Tim Burton films, especially The Nightmare Before Christmas, it was a no brainer to take inspiration from it for our wedding. We also both love fantasy, so getting to incorporate fancy dress ticked that box for us too.”

The couple had two ceremonies; a legal one and a personal ceremony with their celebrant. With a quick, last minute change of venue for the legal bit, Lea and Mazz focused on their ‘big’ ceremony. Lea told us, “I walked down the aisle to Raise Hell by Dorothy, with our youngest son in his wolf mask and the wedding coven of bridesmaids and our flower girl. The bridesmaids performed a circle blessing and elemental blessing. We both wrote our own vows – Mazz’s vows were themed on lyrics to my favourite songs.”

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Faded Arcadia Wedding With Historic Inspiration

Romany found Andy under a tree on Hampstead Heath at an ‘Alternative Picnic’ and a year and a half later they were engaged. Their wedding concept was inspired by rich fabrics, autumnal colours and the history of their venue, The Charterhouse in London.

Romany told us, “We wanted it to feel like a step back in time – candles everywhere. We wanted everything to feel timeless and romantic, as well as warm and cosy—but OTT and lux all at the same time. Originally our concept was ‘faded arcadia’, inspired by Victorian garden cemeteries. Our wedding was in Autumn (our favourite season) so we wanted that feeling of evenings drawing in and being cosy as well.”

Including personal moments in their day was important to this pair, and Romany chose a special tune to walk down the aisle to. She explained, “I walked down the aisle to a recording of the music box that my mum would put on to help me fall asleep when I was a baby. It’s a deeply personal music box to me, a beautiful sound I’ve known all my life, so walking down the aisle to that music meant a lot to me.”

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Monochrome Micro Wedding in London

They wanted their wedding to be relaxed and reflect them, so Inez and Ismail, opted to keep things small for their September wedding. They also didn’t want anything too traditional. The bride wore a black dress by Khaite, while the groom wore his favourite red Nike trainers and a black tee-shirt rather than a shirt. The ceremony was held at Marylebone Town Hall with just a few close loved ones present, and the went to a restaurant afterwards rather than having a formal reception.

“We had a civil partnership ceremony, which meant we didn’t have to follow any scripts based on tradition that didn’t align with our relationship”, the bride told us. “We organised everything within a month and we only picked the music the morning of the ceremony! For the entrance we had I’ll Follow You into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie, and for the signing we had Dance of the Dream Man from Twin Peaks (a favourite show of ours). The ceremony was super quick because we didn’t want any vows or readings, we ended up cutting a lot of the script off.”

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Relaxed, DIY Midsummer Night’s Dream Woodland Wedding

Inspired by the people and places they love, Ella and Ben chose a woodland glade to say their vows, surrounded by their friends and family. Ella explained, “We wanted to make everyone feel they were part of something special, exclusive, intimate and family orientated.”

Planning to marry in 2020, their plans were derailed and changed many times. Ella told us “I’ve learned that you cannot control every little thing and as long as you have good music, speeches and enough food and drink for everyone – nothing else really matters. Oh and that a global pandemic can happen at anytime so be prepared adapt your plans!”

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Don’t Panic!: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Meets Icelandic Elopement Adventure

Cat and Tom’s elopement was all about the detail – but the right kind of detail! They eloped in Iceland in October.

Cat told us, “We had a loose Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy theme (my favourite book, growing up), with travel and adventure at the heart of the day. The bouquet and buttonholes were all made from a copy of the book, along with Tom’s pocket square being the front cover. We had a small line from the book in our vows, and of course, the mantra of planning an elopement during a pandemic being ‘DON’T PANIC!’”. 

Cat realised that the more traditional details didn’t matter, telling us, “There were so many little things that I’d rushed out and bought to ensure the day was ‘perfect’, and when it came down to it, most of them were forgotten and it had zero effect on the day. I forgot I’d packed pearl hair clips and false eyelashes or that I’d planned to paint my nails, because those were the things I thought ‘brides had to do’. It made no difference to the day, as we were too busy enjoying ourselves, and it definitely won’t be something we’ll look back on and sulk over!)”

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Autumn Pumpkin Wonderland Meets Twisted Fairytale Wedding

Remember MySpace? Kerrie and James met on the site back in 2007 before moving on to MSN to chat for hours. Come 2010 they were a couple, and 2021 finally brought their wedding. With a dark, autumnal feel, the couple were keen to have an unusual wedding vibe, incorporating Kerrie’s three favourite things – Halloween, Disney and Rock n Roll.

Music was a big influence for the couple, and played a major part in their day. Kerrie explained, “Music for us as a couple is everything. For years our relationship involved going to A LOT of concerts and festivals and James is a musician and plays several instruments. I knew rock music had to be a huge part of our day. Iris by Goo Goo Dolls played when we walked in and our first dance was a softer version of Follow You by Bring Me The Horizon. Our wedding playlist was basically just a bunch of our favourite rock/emo songs we grew up listening to.”

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