Today’s tattooed bride Beverley contacted Marry Me Ink directly when she got got married to Jason at The Westmead Hotel in Hopwood, Birmingham. I contacted Wendy Marie Photography to see more details from their big day, including vintage hair and make up from Le Keux Vintage Salon and couldn’t wait to share them with you!
JT and I both met through a mutual friend and our interest in motorbiking. However, little did I know I would be marrying into an existing marriage of sorts… That is JT and his best man Breeny are more commonly known as “JT and wifey” – a comical relationship made up of bickering, bacon sandwiches and “Have you rolled the fags yet?”. The standing joke on the big day itself was that I’d stolen JT from Breeny (The photos towards the end of the night show them both looking into each other’s eyes whilst I toasted my whisky on my success!)
We were really able to express ourselves through the music of the ceremony, starting with Frank Sinatra’s “Have you met Miss Jones” (my maiden name) and our exit to AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”, through how we were able to decorate the wedding breakfast. We also shared our first dance to Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft”. We had lessons to dance a foxtrot! (I also had witchcraft linking in with my sleeve tattoo representing the Wiccan wheel of the year).
For me, the highlight of our day was the moment of becoming Jason’s missus…. and Jason said it was seeing me coming down the aisle – I will never forget him mouthing “wow” when he saw me.
The most fun DIY element was making my own cake toppers from milliput which I painted with acrylic paints as I wanted to capture our characters, what we would wear and my tattoos. People mostly commented on how tall my cake topper was compared to the husband’s…my excuse was it was the heels! I also painted the heel arch of my shoes in acrylics. I traced the rose on my left arm which was my first tattoo (when I was a lot younger!) and painted this with a scroll stating “til death do us part”. My tattoos have mostly been frowned upon by certain family members… so to get everyone in the spirit I created little bags of transfer tattoos so others could join in.
I found it really difficult searching for a dress and actually lost a deposit on one which I wasn’t entirely happy with – and the boutique in question were pressuring me into a series of alterations. Only when I was looking for a shrug to cover up said dress did I find the perfect dress in a local wedding shop which covered my back, but left my arms bare.
Photographer: Wendy Marie Photography
Wedding Ceremony and Reception: The Westmead Hotel, Hopwood
Dress designer: True Brides, Your Wedding Shop in Cotteridge
Shoes: Pin-up Couture
Gloves: Vivien of Holloway
Suits: Peter Posh, Minworth
Cufflinks: Tatty Devine
Bridesmaids dresses: Vivien of Holloway
White Rose Hair Clip: Shazam
Swallow Shoe Clips and “True Love” heart: Janine Basil
Jewellery: Dolly Cool
Flowers: Clare’s Weddings
Hair & Make up: Le Keux Vintage Salon
Cake: Cake Ice
Wedding Stationery: Vickilicious Designs