Wedding Wonderland – A Notonthehighstreet event


Back in May, I had the opportunity to spend the day at Clifton Nurseries for the event, Wedding Wonderland, along with many other influential wedding bloggers and wedding magazines. 


On the day, being showcased were some of the newest and most unique wedding products which were been styled by creative events producers Knot & Pop. The day was filled with hands on workshops with some fabulous business and the ever awesome Kate Halfpenny of Halfpenny London let us in to a sneak peek of her latest collection for Spring/Summer16. 

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A 1980s Blitz Kids Bridal Shoot – Way Out Wedding

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Today on Marry Me Ink, I get to share with you this awesome bridal shoot, from Erin the brain behind Way Out Wedding and Paola de Paola Photography, full of shoulder pads and big hair.

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Growing up in the 1980s, my head was turned at an early age by Adam and The Ants, Duran Duran, Visage, and all the outlandish fashion of the club scene. It’s such a visually exciting look, and completely original and representative of each person. No carbon copies back then; everything was borne of pure imagination. I just had to do a shoot that incorporated this into a bridal setting, no doubt about it. And I knew exactly who to ask to be on the team!! Fellow fans of this scene, who know it, love it, and brought serious expertise to the day. And there’s a huge thanks to Myriam from La dame au beret, who was this superstar stylist on the day, taking the reins for creating the looks superbly. She was in her element, and did such amazing things with the dresses, jewellery, and overall looks for the models.

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All these suppliers took the look from my mind and made it into something so wonderful and beyond my dreams!

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The dresses belong to my new preloved bridal range, No Debutante. Myriam and Lauren sourced most of the outfits, and these ladies know their early 1980s stuff! We added these finds to some dresses I already had in my stock, and together these perfectly represented the New Romantic scene crossed with edgy bridal. We teamed them up with glittering jewellery from Wolf & Moon.

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Social Media Etiquette & Weddings

Good evening, more and more am I seeing couple opting for “No posts to Social Media until the evening reception”, one my friends actually stated this on their invitation to us for their September wedding, and I couldn’t agree more.

Patrick from Sheraton Athlone Hotel has created this infographic on what is deemed as good practice at weddings during the height of all the Social Media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Instagram to name a few!). Anyway, why would you bother checking your Instagram likes every five minutes instead of enjoying your wedding?


A Victorian Carnival Wedding Weeking Part I – Jo & Leigh


It’s finally here!! The ultimate tattooed bride Miss Jo Black got married last year and, in the run up, blogged for Marry Me Ink with all her planning details. Jo and her husband Leigh decided to split their wedding celebrations over two days – One day for the legal part with their very closest family and the second day celebrating with all of their friends. Today I get to share with you Jo and Leigh’s legal part and family celebrations (You’ll have to come back next week to see the second half) from photographer Matthew Harris Photo.


I am a tattoo artist, I own a studio in a small town called Frome, it’s a busy and vibrant town in the middle of nowhere. But Leigh had been following me on Instagram for some time (@missjoblacktattoos) and commenting on my work saying he would love to book a tattoo with me.

One busy Saturday when I had a couple of other girls in the shop he showed up! He was living in Birmingham at the time but visiting his son, who he had brought along, about an hours drive from Frome. I was immediately attracted to him, his confidence and his amazing smile were quite overwhelming. The other girls in the shop shot me some looks too and I must have gone bright red.


I greeted him and made the booking for him, whilst he was in the shop his son said “Dad I love you SOOOOOOO much’ and obviously this made us girls melt a little bit. After he left one of my friends joked “Imagine! He could be the man you marry!”

Shortly after Leigh and Finn left to have a wander around Frome, I popped out to get some coffees for us from a café up the road. They were in there getting ice cream, so I went over and said hi, told him I had no more clients that day and we had a walk around Frome together before they drove home.

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