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Marry Me Ink’s 2014 Bride – Want To Take A Part In The Next Saga?

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That’s right, Marry Me Ink is looking for a new bride for 2014 to be the next Saga after the awesome Swamps.

If you weren’t here last year, then where were you? Swamps treated the lovely readers of Marry Me Ink to monthly instalments of all the trials and tribulations that go into planning the perfect day.

aaronemily_final_077A Monochrome, Kangaroo Ground Wedding – Emily & Aaron. Copyright Lakshal Perera 

There are no limitations on becoming Marry Me Ink’s next real bride, all we need is you to be getting married between August and December of 2014 (with still some wedding planning to do) and that you’ll be showing off your tattoos on your wedding day, just as all the brides Marry Me Ink features do!

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Whether you’re having a civil partnership, church, restaurant or a town hall wedding, Marry Me Ink wants to hear from you! All you have to do is email Rachael@marrymeink.co.uk with this info..

1. Make the subject of the email “Marry Me Ink’s 2014 Bride”.
2. Attach photos of you and your fiancé in the emails, and your tattoos (If not visible in the couple photo)
3. Give a brief story (one to two paragraphs) on how you met & how your significant other proposed.
4. Let me know the date you’re getting married!
5. Tell me WHY you think you’d make a great bride to follow in 2014.
6. Hit SEND!

4-LeonJessicaWedding-48A Thrift And Homespun Wedding – Jess & Leon. Copyright Christine Lim Photography

Then, with the power of Facebook, there will be an online vote to help select the next bride in the saga with the help of your friends, family and other Marry Me Ink readers! You have until Friday the 24th of January to get your emails in! And on Monday the 27th, the entrants will be up for everyone to choose! 

Here’s to 2014!

Sagas Of A Tattooed Bride – Swamps & Matt Got Married

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It finally happened! Swamps & Matt got married! I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to share this with you all, and if you’ve been following Swamps’ Sagas Of A Tattooed Bride, then you’ll understand that it had to wait and be the first wedding on Marry Me Ink for 2014!

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I’ve absolutely loved sharing Swamps’ journey with you all, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it too! Here’s the final instalment!

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Firstly, I would like to apologise for how long it has taken me to share my pictures from our big day. I swear I have only just about gotten over my jet lag, and 24 hour fight from our honeymoon. So, now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the bit fat ‘W’. Wedding. Wife. That’s right. I am a WIFE! That is taking some serious getting used to.

When you first get wed, every body you see asks you “How’s married life treating you?” In all honesty, it is exactly the same as boyfriend/girlfriend life, only we are about 12k poorer. Nothing changes, and hey, why would you want it to? Things were great before, and they’re great now!

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SWAMPS’ POSTS: Sagas Of A Tattooed Bride – July

July is an exciting edition for Swamps as the date of her & Matt’s wedding is getting closer! Swamps has has some more of her tattoo sleeve extended and is sharing it with you all today. Seriously, it’s super cool! I’ll let her tell you all about it.

Hello fellow bride folk. I hope that you have had a super lovely June. The sunshine is finally here and I am feeling like the wedding will be here before I know it. Scarily, after this blog I only have one more month before the wedding will actually be upon us – eeeeek! It is exactly 9 weeks until D-Day. Everything is coming together and its just finishing touches now.

 I must admit that throughout my whole blogging ‘experience’ as much as I have L.O.V.E.D sharing my wedding experience with you lot (and at times it has helped keep me sane) I have felt like a bit of a fraud. Being your resident ‘tattooed bride’ and all I feel like my posts have been lacking slightly on the tattooed front. It is like when you look at suicide girls and there’s some half naked chic (she’s probs fully naked but let’s not be vulgar haha) on their website and there isn’t a single strand of multicoloured hair, and shaved head or tattoo in sight! Ok, ok, it’s not quite that bad as I do have tattoos so I guess I’m not a complete impostor, but never the less some of you may be thinking “This chic isn’t really living up to her title here”. Well wait no more. This month I finally took the plunge again. To say I have had a bit of a tattoo draught would be an understatement. Tattoos certainly aren’t cheap and when you have to pay for your venue and registrar and all of the other ‘relatively’ important wedding elements, getting another tattoo end’s up taking a bit of a back seat. Now we are into double figures on my wedding countdown app – yes I am that person that annoyingly posts her countdown on her Instagram every month – soz! I decided that actually if I don’t want to look like a half finished drawing then I should probs just pull my finger out and book in and get some more work done. So alas my June has been very, erm, painful shall we say. 

I get tattooed by two separate guys, also both called Matt. I think I must have an attraction to all males called Matt. I blame my brother, also named Matt; he must have been good to me when I was a kid. Let’s not introduce another Matt into the situation though as I fear 4 Matt’s may get a little confusing. So for the purposes of less confusion to your wedding filled heads I shall refer to them by Surname and in one case nickname.

So the first guy I get tattooed by is called Webb. Coincidentally I went to school with Webb, back in the day. I say back in the day – it really wasn’t that long ago! Oh wait, it was 7 years ago when I left school. Cripes I don’t want to think about that too much. God knows what I have done in the last 7 years it all seems a bit of a blur.

So anyway, when we were in high school me and Webb had a little to do with each other but we weren’t best pals or anything. To be fair in the politics of being at school we filtered more in the ‘GREEB’ category so we know each other by way of association I guess. Now, all of the people who though we were ‘greebs’ are actually now also covered in tattoos – such is life! Webb is an absolutely fantastic tattoo artist. 


You can find more of his work here. He owns his own studio 72 Street Tattoo. The fantastic thing about Webb, besides his talent is that he is local to me. I don’t know if any of your have ever had the fortunate experience of visiting my hometown of Stoke on Trent, but it isn’t the most diverse of cities and so it is a little limited on good tattoo artists. Webb’s style would described more as traditional and he has done some absolutely incredible pieces. His work tends to use lots of bright colours and look really vibrant. The piece of the left is one that he has done recently and I think I am a little bit in love with it. I love the bright colours and the little teapot.

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SWAMPS’ POSTS: Sagas Of A Tattooed Bride – May

Happy May! How are we enjoying the glorious May sunshine?

As it’s May, it’s time to get straight in a see what Swamps has been planning so far! And here she is and it’s all about the hair & make-up! 

“So, April turned out to be a busy month for us on the wedding front. It has been SUPER exciting actually!”

We have done our invites which I can’t WAIT to show you! But being as they haven’t gone out to our guests yet I thought I would save them for next month. Sorry to keep you all waiting, but I promise you they’re super cute! It’ll be worth the wait.

One of the things we have done this month which has been MAJORLY stressing me out was the Mother of the Bride outfit. Who ever tells you finding your wedding dress is stressful, IGNORE THEM! That part was easy peasy in comparison to finding something your mum will like, well it was when it came to my mum. The bridal shops often assume that as a Mother of the Bride you’re like 110. We found everything was very old fashioned. After about 3 months of internet searching, and then a days shopping in good old Birmingham, we managed to try on about 60 dresses and came out with one that was FINALLY suitable. Lovely she looks in it too. 

Sooooo, once that drama was out of the way I got to focus on the Hair and Beauty side to my wedding. Now this I was super excited about. If you follow me on any form of social networking site you will know that I have a teeny weeny MASSIVE obsession with hair. You may have also noticed this from the pictures I include in each months blog that I have a different hair style every month. I am a girl obsessed! I think you can totally change the way you look with a hairstyle. Due to my completely overwhelming obsession with hair this was a major concern of mine.

I began my search for wedding styles on Pinterest, as you do! If you just google wedding hair you come out with some horrendous ringlet filled up do. There was absolutely NO way that I was going to allow someone to do that to me on my wedding day. I started by looking at some boho, messy styles. I L.O.V.E.D this one.

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It was Messy, which was a must – Neat is SO 1990s. I liked the uppy downyness of the style. Yes, I am aware I am fully making up words here but you get the picture. I also fell in love with the little floral head piece. My quest to make my hair look nice with the right headpiece was also a consideration of mine as I was searching.

As much as I loved this one I knew that the bits that were down at the front would drive me absolutely bananas if they were flapping around in my face all day so I knew that I needed something that was a bit more up than down. So next I found this little beauty. Continue reading