Category Archives: British Brides

A Druid Handfasting meets Glastonbury Wedding Full of Colour, Sequins & Morris Dancers

James and Bex go to Glastonbury every single year, but as there was no festival in 2018, they decided they would get married on the same weekend and host their own! The day was held at The Pheasantry Brewery, near their home in Nottinghamshire. As well as making their day feel perfect for them, their family and in particular their children were a really important part of the day. Between them they have five kids, two each from previous relationships and the youngest, Frank, together. They even painted Frank’s buggy with the pyramid stage and portraits of Michael Eavis and Dave Grohl on it!

“Our wedding was a Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Glastonbury festival meets English village fete meets The Wicker Man!” said the bride.  “As a family we usually go to Glastonbury Festival, its where James proposed in fact, and on hearing 2018 would be a fallow year and there would be no festival we decided to have our own, that way we get to celebrate our anniversaries there!”

The druid handfasting ceremony was a really special moment (they did the legal ceremony a few days prior). Instead of an aisle, their guests were gathered in a circle around them, their children were also really involved.

Being a festival wedding, the entertainment was obviously a big consideration… Their children are all quite musical so they held an open mic session at the reception where anyone could stand up and perform! All the kids sang, as did Bex and her bridesmaids.

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Emotional Tattoo Artists’ Festive Wedding

Lydia and Mike, who met in a tattoo shop and now work together as tattoo artists, were married on December 7th in Leicester. They wanted their day to reflect the season so they picked lots of Christmassy and winter-inspired details. The bride in particular loves Christmas and history which also influenced their venue choices.

“Our wedding was themed around the winter season and elegance”, said the bride. “Our ceremony venue, The Guildhall of Leicester, is so atmospheric by itself, especially with the fire roaring. Our ceremony was conducted by our city council registrars, this was perfect for us as we aren’t religious. The addition of personal vows and a reading from my grandma made the ceremony very special to us. We absolutely love the Guildhall as our ceremony venue as it has so much history (Shakespeare performed there!) and felt honoured that we could have our ceremony in such an important building for our city.”

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Simple, Vintage Inspired Scottish Winter Wedding with a Six Month Pregnant Bride!

Ben and Ruth first got married on the night that they met – albeit, a drunken, fake marriage, but something in them must have known that they’d be doing it for real six years later! When it came to planning their actual day, they knew they wanted to keep it as simple as possible and focus on the things that were important to them – close friends and family, good food and perfect views.

They planned their wedding in just three months – the fact that Ruth was six months pregnant on the day meant they had no time to dilly-dally. “It really doesn’t take as long as you might expect,” explained Ruth. “Once we found the venue we just worked backwards from there!” Their venue, the Signet Library in Edinburgh, is one of the cities finest Georgian buildings, providing an elegant, historic setting that didn’t need much in the way of decor – the couple hit up Hobbycraft for chalkboards and signage and eBay for candles and let the venue do the rest of the talking.

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Relaxed Battersea Arts Centre Wedding with a 90s Cover Band

Viki and Stef wanted to take the traditional wedding format and put their own spin on it. They were married at Asylum Chapel in Peckham, London followed by a reception at the Battersea Arts Centre complete with a 90s cover band!

“We wanted to make the wedding as fun as possible, with lots of personal touches”, Viki began. “Stef’s best friend and usher Sam played keys as I walked down the aisle. We were lucky enough to be assigned the most amazing registrar, Ricardo, who created a super relaxed atmosphere from the get go. As we are both performers, we couldn’t resist throwing in a Grease sing-a-long in the mix too! Honestly, the ceremony was probably the part we were both the most nervous about, as it felt like the most serious part of the day, but we had SO much fun actually getting married! After the ceremony we served sausage roll snack packs and had a pimp your prosecco stand, before loading everyone onto two Routemaster buses to take them to Battersea Arts Centre for the reception.”

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Rock n Roll Gothic Fairytale Wedding

Wow, wow, wow! Get yourself ready because you are going to LOVE Hannah and Andy’s wedding! They were married on 7th September 2018, their eight year anniversary, at Allerton Castle, a beautiful gothic castle in Yorkshire where some scenes of The Secret Garden were filmed. They wanted their day to feel personal and although they ended up spending quite a bit more than they originally planned, they have absolutely no regrets! The day was opulent, dramatic and just what the bride always wanted.

“Our wedding was a Rock n Roll meets Disney Fairytale meets The Addams Family theme!” began the bride. “I’m not sure that’s a thing but that’s what we were going for! We just wanted to create a celebration around who we are as a couple, what music we like, our tastes, hobbies, things we like to do together. I think most girls growing up have ideas here and there about their wedding day and for me that was always gothic, November Rain, good music, skulls and sequins! I got so wrapped up in the world of wedding planning.”

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Pansexual Pride: A Vegan Festival Wedding in a Big Top

As a young, queer, non-religious, vegan couple, Jazz and Atticus didn’t feel the need to fit any traditional ideas of what a wedding should be. “We filled our wedding with nods to who we really are, that those who are in the know would recognise, but that the great-aunties would be totally oblivious to,” said Jazz. 

They defied as many traditions as possible. Both sets of parents walked them down the aisle. Jazz made the first speech, followed by another female. They had no dress code, in fact, the invitations said ‘wearing white – encouraged’. They prioritised fun for everyone over any notion of what they should do.

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