Today’s bride and groom have matching tattoos and a love for the dance floor. Becky and Simon were married at countryside Grade II listed building Weston Hall accompanied by their friends and family, complete with Staffordshire wedding photographer Ragdoll Photography.
I met Simon in Tenerife in 2008. We were both on holiday with our friends. Simon caught my eye as we were dressed up as cow girls and Simon had the obligatory check shirt to match. I went over to ask for a picture with him, we got chatting and as they say ‘the rest was history!’. (I did however get his name wrong the first few days of us meeting as after first trying to convince me he was the bass player from Noah and the Whale (don’t worry – I didn’t fall for it!) he then introduced himself by his nickname Cully, to which I in a drunken haze heard Colin!)
Our day was based about being relaxed with a vintage/music twist. Our invites and seating plans were album covers based around The Beatles Hard Days Night LP, we had a love heart canvas made of plectrums for people to sign instead of a guestbook, song sheet music as part of our table decorations and not to forget my secret love heart, bass clef tattoo. Simon plays the bass in a band. We kept it vintage with our beautiful camper and minis and I had a 50’s style dress made.
On reflection we did a few more DIY things than I thought. We used one of Simon’s old guitar cases on our table plan, all the jars on the tables we collected over a few months and decorated them in music sheet paper and hessian (I say we, this was mainly done by my amazingly creative sister in law and a few friends on a girls night) and then Simon was left in charge of the scrabble piece place names which I absolutely loved.
I knew all along I wanted a shorter dress as I felt it was much more my style, this meant the tattoos on both my feet would be on display. I embraced this as these were my first ever tattoos and I still love them now. I decided to get a beautiful pair of blue Irregular Choice shoes to display the tattoos even more and I felt they matched the dress perfectly.
I have a wedding tattoo above my ankle of a love heart made from a bass clef and a treble clef. I had this done as a surprise a few days before the wedding as I knew I would not being Simon after having it done. I asked our photographer Rosie to capture the moment which she did perfectly while we had some time to ourselves in the camper van. The tattoo is special to me as we both have a love of music and Simon plays the bass. We do also have a ‘couples’ tattoo. After our son was born I knew I wanted a tattoo around him so I designed one with an old school theme around an anchor and roses and Lennon’s name. Simon liked it so much he had the same, only he had red roses and I had purple.
The highlight of the day for me had to be the dance floor. I can honestly say I barely left it after the first dance and loved every second of it. Our DJ was very easy going so our playlist consisted of everything from the 60’s to a bit of 90’s cheese to the must have Uptown Funk for our boy Lennon. Our speeches were also amazing and included a personal video message from the man Wagner himself!
I would say to any bride or groom to be true to themselves. Me and Simon both see our tattoos as part of us, and despite the odd drunken mistake, we both love them. Feel proud to show them off and whatever you wear will represent that. Simon’s jacket was off and sleeves rolled up as soon as humanly possible and we never once questioned his sleeve and hand tattoos being on show. They are what makes him who he is.
How awesome are Becky and Simon? Thank you them both and to Rosie of Ragdoll Photography for sharing with Marry Me Ink today. Make sure you leave them some love.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ragdoll Photography
VENUE: Weston Hall, Stafford
DRESS: Bespoke from English Rose Couture
SUITS: Heaphys Menswear in Redditch
BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Chi Chi London
FLOWERS: Possibilities Florist, Leek
HAIR: Sarah Thompson
MAKE UP: Ariah Nails and Beauty
CAMPER VAN: Blue Pumpkin
MINIS: Italian Job Mini Hire
CAKE: Yvonne Bentley