Today on Marry Me Ink, I get to share with you Nicole and James’ outdoor wedding that took place at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center in Pennsylvania earlier this year with gorgeous photos from Savita Sittler. Practically everything was DIY.. Nicole purchased her dress off Etsy and then James’ sister hand-embroidered all the cuteness on it, including gnomes and flowers.
We met each other working at a library in college, where James was studying English and Philosophy and I was studying Geography. We shared a desk shift on Thursday nights and connected over music and art, both of which remain a big part of our lives and relationship.
Our personalities definitely shined through many aspects of the wedding. The ceremony was performed by two of our sisters, not only because we love them dearly but also because we wanted a matriarchal presence. Writing our own vows and walking down the aisle together allowed us to embrace each other as equals in our marriage as opposed to some of the traditional symbolism of marriage. James’ brother played a song that James wrote for me as we walked down the aisle, and we made a playlist for before and after the band of songs that we both love and make us think of each other.
Nearly everything was DIY. I love maps, so I used old topographic maps to make pennant banners. A handful of family members made nearly all the food. Though I ordered my dress on Etsy from Pure Linen Dresses by Azulsol, James’ sister spent hours embroidering it with ferns, flowers, gnomes, a moon, and other small symbols that I love. She also did my hair, and another sister did my makeup. I made the invitations, a friend did all of the flower arrangements, and we had a crew of about 30 family members and friends helping to set everything up and decorate. We even had one of our friends, who happens to have been a brewer at a restaurant we both worked at, brew a keg of James’ favourite beer. There were so many other great DIY elements that went into our wedding day, I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite!
Since we decided to walk down the aisle together, we ended up doing a ‘first look’ right before the ceremony started. It was the only part of the day where we were truly able to relax and enjoy each other’s company without being bombarded by guests. We were pretty nervous up to that point, but having an intimate moment together before the ceremony was really comforting.
For those who don’t know, I’m currently in the stages of planning my own wedding for 2018. The major stuff is all covered (Venue, dress, photographer, flowers etc.) and with just over 12 months to go until the big day, I’ve started looking at unique wedding rings. Rob proposed last year whilst we were on holiday in Rhodes with a beautiful vintage ring with rubies and diamonds that he purchased of Etsy. I’ve been looking into vintage looking rings to compliment it and I cam across Browns Family Jewellers – A high street jewellers in Yorkshire who have over 25 years in the industry. They specialise is pre-owned and vintage jewellery which is perfect for what I’m looking for. If you’re looking for your own vintage or art deco engagement ring – here are a few of my favourites:
18CT WHITE GOLD DIAMOND DRESS RING
This stunning 18ct white gold 0.55ct diamond dress ring has a gorgeous Art Deco design set with bright white diamonds – I love the shapes and setting of them.
DIAMOND & OPAL CLUSTER RING
The ring features an oval cut opal claw set to the centre surrounded by bright white, brilliant cut diamonds set within the elevated pierced decorated ring setting. Opals has a wonderful play on colour that captures the light perfectly when worn.
DIAMOND AND RUBY CLUSTER RING
The vibrant reddy pink hue of this ruby is offset fantastically by the impressive brilliant cut diamonds – I am in love with the diamonds on the shoulders of this ring. Continue reading
Today on Marry Me Ink I get to share with you Robin and her wife LaCreelin’s wedding that took place at Marina Village in San Diego. It was a gorgeous backdrop for their wedding day which was captured by Alicia Jeanne Photography.
LaCreelin and I met while working together in an after school program. When I saw her I knew that I had to know her and once I did I was head over heels for her.
Our wedding was a huge dance party and was very detail specific. There was a perfect mix of glam and simplicity that is both of us. The music was hand picked by the both of us. The most fun parts of the details to do was decorating our head table where we had pictures of our family.
Both of us opted to show off our tattoos on the day by picking sleeveless dresses from David’s Bridal – We both also have each other’s names tattooed as well as Mickey Mouse hats with the number 13 in them
Tim Dunk Photography
Today on Marry Me Ink I get to share with you this epic bridal shoot complete with Yorkshire elements along with the rock and roll edge. Styled by The Bridal Emporium – A Leeds based bridal shop celebrating all the wonderful British designers that bring you all your glamorous vintage and boho bridal style gowns and Yorkshire Menswear providing the slick suits for the groom.
Owner of The Bridal Emporium in Leeds, Claire Amelia, is thrilled to show off the latest pictures from the rock’n’roll wedding photo-shoot that was set at New Craven Hall in April, 2017. Embracing a very Northern theme, the set was filled with elements of a rustic-nature feel, along with a typical feature of the Yorkshire greetings ‘Ey Up’.
The suppliers brought out the best of British with a number of Northern based participants. Including Tim Dunk, the wonderful photographer who oozes an immense amount of coolness within each frame, making the venue, New Craven Hall in Leeds, shine with an edgy retro feel. The chosen venue is a new industrial space, providing a trendy and blank area, perfect for pimping out to fit to any desired theme! An added touch of punk really aims to appeal to the tattoo market, along with the two models that were specifically chosen to compliment the Yorkshire rock look of the whole photo-shoot.
The models were fashioned with a simple, boho inspired style and the dresses were supplied by the amazing wedding dress designer, Eliza Jane Howell. The gowns fitted perfectly with the boho/vintage look, with sequined details that contrasted and added a softer detail to the whole setting. The accessories were provided by ourselves at The Bridal Emporium, gorgeous floral head wear and white punk heels complimented the female models, Kellie, body art. Byron, the male model, was styled with a more austere look to emphasise on the wedding gowns. The very talented make-up artist, Amanda, from Lipstick and Curls opted for deep purple-red lips which paired well with natural toned eyes.