Love Letters – Leah & Andy’s Great Gatsby Engagement Shoot

Today on Marry Me Ink, I get to share with you this gorgeous themed engagement shoot from Luna Photographie. They had the cutest Great Gatsby themed shoot in the woods and on the beach – I can’t wait for you to hear their story!

Andy and Leah met their sophomore year of college in an English class. They just happened to sit next to each other, and their professor warned the class that they may be sitting next to a future spouse. Little did they know, they were!

Andy asked Leah out every semester, but she said no until their senior year. He took Leah to an Italian restaurant and ice skating. It was then Leah realised Andy was the man of her dreams. 

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A Cute Zoo And Aquarium Wedding On The Torquay Coast – Lucy & Steven

Today on Marry Me Ink I get to share with, quite possibly the cutest wedding ever featured on the blog. Lucy and Steven got married at Living Coasts – An awesome zoo and aquarium on the Torquay coast and had Memories and Milestones Photography there to capture it all in it’s glory – Even the time they spent with  the penguins!

Our whole theme of our wedding was very much rustic 50’s inspired – from vintage bridesmaids dresses, to our amazing Morris minor 1000 convertible taking us to our venue. It was so us! Our wedding favours were fake tattoos for our guests as we’re the only tattooed people in our families! The children who attended were covered by the end of the day!

We made our own save the date cards which were very vintage and original – these were so fun to make! We also made our own seating plan with vintage bunting and rope! our demi-john jar centrepieces we also made ourselves with rustic flowers for an extra vintage look!

I knew with my wedding dress would 100% have to be sleeveless as my tattoos are very much a big part of me as a person and I wanted to show that! Why hide a massive part of yourself especially on the biggest day of your life?!

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A Vintage Wedding At Le Petit Chateau – Ruth & Richard

Today on Marry Me Ink I get to share with you Ruth and Richard’s vintage wedding that took place at Le Petit Chateau based in Northumberland from Lee Scullion Photography.

We first met through some friends on a night out but, after some terrible flirting attempts, nothing really happened. We then worked together in a local coffee shop for around 5 years without really noticing how close we were getting. One day things lined up nicely so we decided to drop the friend act and pretty much dove straight into living together! From then on we were inseparable.

We picked a few themes which we felt defined us best as a couple; our love of music (Richard is a drummer and plays a bit of guitar, but we both love going to gigs and festivals), our tattoos, and the 50’s. These themes tied everything together and really helped to make the day personal to us. We really wanted the day to be relaxed, fun and a little bit different. That, ironically, meant meticulously planning every detail from our favourite song lyrics as the table names and the music throughout the day, to the custom plectrums and temporary tattoos that we had as wedding favours. Plus our wedding was at Christmas time and we love Christmas!

We tried to do as much as possible ourselves as we wanted to have the day oozing with our personalities. From the invites and the wedding day website, the table hashtag cards and place names, to the home-made instax/photobooth area. We made our own graphics to match our favourite song lyrics for each table, designed a logo for the website and other printed materials along with some custom plectrums. We even sacrificed one of Richard’s drums to use as a gift card postbox by cutting a hole in the top skin. Pulling together all of the music probably took the most time, though, as we split up each part of the day into Spotify playlists and ordered the songs so the heavier tracks were toward the end of the night. But, even with all of that, the most fun was designing and testing the homemade stick-on tattoos!

I always knew that I wanted a tea length 50’s style dress, although I did try on some longer ones to make sure. I designed my own dress, and it just so happened to show off my tattoos perfectly. I didn’t go out of my way to show off my tattoos, but no part of me ever wanted to cover them up, I love my tattoos! Plus, I couldn’t let Richard be the only one showing off his tattoos on our wedding day!

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A Tattooed Fawn Bridal Shoot

Today on Marry Me Ink I get to share with you a styled bridal shoot from Stella Photography who created ‘Offbeat Stories’ a small group of wedding suppliers based around the Manchester/Cheshire border. Their love of dealing with brides with a strong sense of their own style brought them together for their first photo shoot ‘Spring Fawn’. Their main aim for this shoot was to go with the celebration of Spring and to keep it as quirky as they are as a group.

The idea of using taxidermy, tattoos and vintage furniture came from our collective love of antiquities, skull structures and ink. We used antlers and flora as a theme to build around then we each added our individual contributions of talent and due to some good local knowledge from Bec, half of the Diddibox team we ended up with the perfect, tumble-down cottage in which to stage our painted Fawn bride.

Diddibox Flowers used a mixture of home grown sweet peas, succulents, eucalyptus, phalaenopsis orchids, parrot tulips, David Austin Juliet roses, lissianthus and ivy. Chief at Diddibox, Alison says using seasonal blooms always works better for weddings as flowers are at their natural best. They created a loose, informal, wild look to the designs as if the ingredients had been picked, fresh that morning.

The cakes (because lets not forget cakes, we are talking weddings here and who doesn’t love cake at a wedding?) were made by the lovely Sarah of Pink Cocoa. A ‘semi naked’ layer cake was created using handmade sugar ranunculus, succulents and rice paper feathers and the second cake which was iced and featured an extra deep middle tier was adorned with sugar antlers and moulding, finally being covered with a glass dome, to echo the taxidermy/skulls element of the shoot.

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