A 1940s Tiara And An Arm Of Tattoos – Dave & Tracy [Tattooed Bride UK Wedding Blog]

THIS is the wedding that got me connected to amazing wedding photographer Andrea Ellison back in October, to which birthed the fantastic Marry Me Ink promotional shoot with three other fantastical ladies in Manchester.. Remember it??

Anyway! Back to the wedding! I love the feel of these pictures – so fresh, crisp and natural. I love how relaxed the whole day looked for Dave & Tracy (Whose sleeve is awesome!).

I’m going to hand straight over to Tracy and let her share a bit about her tattoos with you!

Ooow how exciting! I love this ’cause I rarely get the opportunity to talk tattoos, so forgive me if I ramble! 

Well I’ve always loved all styles of tattoos, I just love the idea that your body can become a canvas for amazing art. When you think about it its crazy! Any piece of art from oil paintings to photography can be put under your skin with superb detail to the original and become a part of who you are till the day you die. All forms of art create an emotional response in us but to me the art of tattooing is just that little bit more special, you commit to that piece of art for life.

“I love the Japanese style tattoo’s so I knew that’s what I wanted and I really liked the idea that the dragon and tiger represent yin and yang, so these are prominent in my sleeve. The yin and yang theory is something I try to live by, we all need balance, I just think it runs through the fabric of life.

So really my tattoo represents life in all its parts good and bad.

“I did think about my wedding day when I got my sleeve, but it wasn’t something that worried me, it was just a question I asked myself to make sure I wanted my tattoo, along with the question ‘Will i still like it when i’m 70 and my bingo wings are hailing buses for me?’ the answer was always the same, ‘yeah, because this is who I am.‘ It may not be the classic bride look but what is that anyway?

“People are individuals, you’ve got to look like you on your wedding day.”


I’ve always wanted a traditional wedding, basically what my mum and dad had. Beautiful church, confetti, lots of family and celebrations. But I added a slight vintage look with our vintage rose flowers and my 1940’s inspired side tiara. It was important to us to keep the wedding laid back, comfortable and fun. Because basically that’s us, so the groom and ushers wore nice but comfortable suits and my bridesmaids wore flattering dresses I made sure they were comfortable in.

“I probably subconsciously got my inspiration for my wedding dress off my mum. As a child I loved looking at their wedding album, my mum wore an a-line lace dress with a veil – She looked stunning! It also just wasn’t my style for a big princess dress, I wanted to be able to dance the night away! When I saw my Benjamin Roberts dress in Cheshire brides in Frodsham, I just new it was the one. The most beautiful lace under soft tulle, I had straps added with pearls and crystals on because I felt more comfortable that way. Topped off with my side tiara from Bellissima Weddings and my veil from Ebay! 

“I love the fact that my tattoo’s are shown in all our wedding photo’s and so does my family, as long as you get the right tattoo for you, you’ll be happy to be a tattooed bride!”

Doesn’t Tracy look amazing! The dress is beautiful and that tiara is just gorgeous!

Do leave Dave & Tracy some love in the comments below and huge thanks to Andrea for letting me blog this wedding!

9 responses to “A 1940s Tiara And An Arm Of Tattoos – Dave & Tracy [Tattooed Bride UK Wedding Blog]

  1. Ahhhh bless you Rach….thanks for showing just how amazing our lovely inked brides look on their wedding day…I loved shooting Tracy and Dave’s wedding…it was one of the most chilled out weddings I have ever shot …and these two are just made for each other ….they had the coolest vicar too…when they told them their venue had let them down for the drinks reception after the ceremony she insisted they hold it in the lovely warm church and it was just brilliant …the kids simply had a ball!

  2. Absolutely stunning. You all look so relaxed and natural and full of joy and love.

  3. Stunning! What a lovely wedding and gorgeous photos xxxx

  4. Awww these are lovely…absolutely adore the kids down the aisles and on the pews xx

  5. Fantastic! Love the bride’s style, she looks so beautiful. Photos as wonderful as ever Andrea, you tell a love story like no other! xxx

  6. This looks like such a wonderfully colourful and fun wedding, I love how Andrea has recorded every detail of the day from the bride & grooms tats, to the little girls twirls and you just gotta love the little lads playing with the prayer mats….gorgeous all of i

  7. Beautiful shots! And a wonderful story!

  8. Great shoot. That church is beautiful! What a location.

  9. Great set of pics in a lovely location!