Remember that sneak peek on the Marry Me Ink Facebook page from Amy Faith Photography? Well, today we’re kicking off the week with Lindsey and Andy’s wedding full of little quirks which I find completely awesome – Firstly, the bridesmaids falling about with laughter as the “Game of Thrones” theme blasted through the doors for them all to walk down the aisle.. That’s just amazing!
We have known each other online for years via a reptile forum. We had seen pictures of each other but never spoken. It was only when in 2012 we both attended a Reptile Show in Kempton Park did we meet face to face. I (Lindsey) was chatting to a few friends. I saw someone looking at me in the corner of my eye but ignored it at first. Then I heard “Lindsey!”. I turned round saying simply “Yes?”. Andy just stood there blushed and said “I’m Andy”. I had recognised him from his pictures but in all honesty I had not quite taken in just how pleasing to the eye he was until he was stood there in front of me. I saw him several times that day and towards the end of the day a mutual friend invited us both to a 3 day long camping BBQ. Knowing Andy was going I made sure I was there. We spent a lot of time talking at the BBQ and we knew we really liked each other. But it wasn’t until later in the year we got together. Our first date was at the Natural History Museum in London followed by Sushi.
The following Easter Andy proposed on a bridge over a lake in Southport. I was looking out at the water, he sneaked up behind me holding a toy gun to my head and whispered “Marry me, or else!” Well, how can a girl refuse an offer like that? Although it was a wooden slat bridge and he refused to give me the ring for a while as he was scared I was going to drop it into the water. He did though, with onlookers smiling and saying congratulations.
The unicorn and dinosaur on top of the cake – They literally represent us. There were several references to dinosaurs and unicorns without going OTT. But mostly it was just that we didn’t do anything we didn’t want to do and we kept the bits we liked. For example, no sit down meal but rather a hog roast.
I decided not to wear shoes and I was not “given away.”. I am my own woman and I give of myself freely and willingly. We loved the nods to the vintage elements, like the vintage Morris Minor and vintage double-decker. Whilst keeping it different enough not to look like every other vintage themed wedding out there.
I asked what was the highlight to our wedding to Andy he said “ALL OF IT!”
I am inclined to agree. However, there are some particular favourite moments.
Firstly – hearing my bridesmaids fall about with laughter as the “Game of Thrones” main theme blasted through the doors for us to walk down the aisle.
Secondly – walking alone, barefoot down the aisle. Although, with the towering ceilings and me being only 5ft3, I was suddenly aware of just how small we all are. Probably not what goes through most brides minds whilst they do that long walk.
Thirdly – I got THE NAME right. Whilst this might not seem a big thing. Andy is of Polish decent and has 4 Polish names. The congregation congratulated me with a round of applause on saying it right first time.
Fourth – seeing everyone’s faces when they heard our song to signing the register. We chose John Williams’ theme to “Jurassic Park”.
Fifth – getting ready together. We don’t know why we felt this was important. At first we decided it would just be more convenient. Then it became a highlight.
And lastly, sneaking off to take our portraits. Having some quiet time with Andy and our photographer, Amy, was great. We had a giggle, played around with the surroundings and just enjoyed the time. Fully embracing our day and each other.
We did the Order of Services ourselves. I won’t lie, they were a pain. But writing them was fun. We changed the wording slightly. So ’Ring Bearer’ became “Bearer of the Precious”. We made our own sweet jars and stealing sweets as we filled them was fun.
Andy picked for himself a button cuff shirt rather than cuff link so he could roll up his sleeves to show off his sleeve tattoo. My dress was based on the pregnant bump rather than tattoos. However, I would not have covered up if I had a non-maternity dress.
How beautiful is Lindsey and Andy’s wedding. I’m in love with the photography too from Amy Faith Photography. The full list of suppliers can be found at the end of the feature. Be sure to leave them all some love. Thank you to tattooed bride and groom Lindsey and Andy for sharing their wedding with Marry Me Ink today.
Photography – Amy Faith
Ceremony Venue – Municipal Building, Taunton
Reception Venue – South Somerset Barns, Ilton
Lindsey’s Dress – Tiffany Rose
Andy’s Suit – Gieves & Hawks
Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Lindy Bop
Groomsmen Suits – Their own
Lindsey’s Hair – Hair by Gemma (Lindsey did her own make up)
Cake – by friend Sharon Black
Cake Toppers – Green Eyed Magpie
Lindsey’s Jewellery (Inc. head piece and bridesmaids’ gifts) – Vikki Shillingford