Earlier this year, new, disruptive bridal wear company Lucky Sixpence Bridal held a look book fashion shoot with other like minded suppliers. Lucky Sixpence Bridal fancy themselves as ‘bridal outfitters for badass brides’ and their models certainly did have a badass vibe amongst them! The shoot comprised of a look from each of the decades 40s to 80s and together the models formed their own bridal girlgang. The aesthetic was a nod to Wes Anderson with a heavy representation of cake courtesy of bespoke designs from Kooky Bakes and the sumptuous dark wood and leather of the Boulogne Bar.
The nod to the 50s was portrayed by the wonderful tattooed lady, Verity, wearing Lucky Sixpence Bridal’s ‘Rita’ dress – a soft take on the classic 50s shape with a sequinned bodice and a lace peeking out from under the skirt. Paired with some classic Vivienne Westwood X Melissa heels she embodied the modern pinup, ready to elope into the sunset!
Lucky Sixpence Bridal curate and rejuvenate vintage and preloved bridal wear, working one on one with brides to be to tweak and upcycle their dresses. With this level of attention to detail and customisation you might expect the dresses to cost fortunes but the price point is crazy good with a preloved dress, with simple alterations costing around £300!
The lookbook shoot certainly showcased the exciting opportunities available to brides who choose to tweak a fabulous piece for their own big days. With the added bonus of up cycling being eco friendly and working with designers in the UK, looking good doesn’t have to cost the earth!
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.
About ten days ago, Marry Me Ink was invited to the Oh My Honey 2016 Bridal Collection launch in Brighton. I RSVP’d straight away and had the most wonderful time. As well as getting to see Louise’s gorgeous 50s inspired bridalwear, I got to meet the lovely Lex of Fleming Photo. Lex gots to photograph the Oh My Honey look book this year and, as well, photographed this fab seaside shoot, filled with beautiful wedding flowers by Bettie Rose, that I’m getting to share with you today. I got the chance to chat with both Louise and Lex about the new Oh My Honey bridal collection and the ideas behind the shoot.
I first met Louise around 5 years ago when we worked together on a pinup style shoot with her first bridal collection. After a couple of years of bumping into her at wedding fairs and events, we started a pretty un-official collaboration team aka every time I want to do a shoot, Louise is the first person I contact! I love her general ethos towards business and her imagining and we’re usually totally on the same page with how we want things to look or feel. That’s why when Louise asked if I’d shoot her new bridal range, I jumped at the chance!
We ended up shooting over 2 days; the first being the lookbook and then the 2nd being our Brighton beach confetti styled shoot. I came up with the idea one evening having spent days looking at pretty confetti shoots. So I suggested staying over (ala with no alcohol as I did Dry January for charity!) but we nicknamed it #48hourbridalfest!
I knew I wanted really alternative babes as our brides and it fell into place that we ended up with 3 girls with awesome coloured hair! It’s a great contrast and shows that all types of brides where Louise’s dresses, from beautiful vintage brides to awesome, tattooed alternative brides!
I love visiting Brighton and the weddings I shoot in Brighton are always really colourful, you can’t go wrong with the beach! I really wanted to incorporate Marina Drive and its iconic mint green railings as much as I could.
The original plan was these fun, action shots of confetti but that quickly changed when after 4 confetti cannons that blew off into the sea instantly, so instead we changed tactics to just have fun with the girls despite the horrendous chill!
It was also a great chance to show the new Crown & Glory headpieces and it looks awesome on the girls coloured hair!
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