Happy New Year! Welcome to all those who got engaged over the Christmas period.. Also, which of you have their weddings this year – I have mine!
To kick off 2018 on Marry Me Ink, I get to bring you this gorgeous elopement from Tiree Dawson Photography – Sharon and Richard had their intimate day at Cragwood Country House Hotel and it was perfect!
I met Richard at 19 when I started my first full time job when I was 19 where he was already working at the same company. I was single at the time and Richard was with another girl. We hit it off straight away and became good work
friends pretty fast. We remained close through all this and fought like an old married couple.. 6 years later my relationship fell apart and so did Richards, and I am telling you now these events were separate and not connected at all but everyone put 2 and 2 together and came up with 5.
Richard was a rock for me – A total of 8 years later after having to leave my job and move away as everyone was sure we had had this massive scandalous affair, we have a home, a menagerie and a wonderful life together, Richard proposed on Christmas eve 2015, 12 October 2017 we got married.
I think it was how we got married that represented us both the most. It was almost an elopement – With just Richard and myself, the venue organised the whole thing and even provided the witnesses. That is us all over. People assume from our appearance, coloured hair, tattoos, bald head and big beard (obviously only in Richards case), that we are confident and love being the centre of attention and that could not be further from the truth. Richard was so concerned about being on display while getting married that he dreaded the thought of getting married, what is the point if one of you hates ever minute, it is about the two of you so that is what we made it.
Today on Marry Me Ink, I get to share with you this punk-pretty Alice styled shoot from Joanne Withers Photography and EK Bridal.
We had the use of two venues in Leicester. Belgrave Hall which was built in the early 18th century and the grounds give a secret garden feel to the shoot. Plus Abbey Pumping station, opened in 1891 and this Victorian pumping station is now a museum, but the great news is that this venue has just been given their wedding license. We are the first companies to gain permission to shoot at this venue and as you can image we were very excited to be given the go ahead, as we love to see all the unusual and alternative venues that weddings are now taking place in and this one really does have the wow factor for the alternative, Marry Me Ink bride.
Eloise of EK Bridal specialises in bespoke bridal wear
“All of my dresses are designed, pattern cut and made by myself in my home studio. The dresses I made for this shoot were produced solely for the style of the venues and the theme we were working towards. I love anything that is quirky and slightly unusual, so to design for a steampunk Alice theme was just my thing. The shoot was amazing to be a part of and everyone involved were so enthusiastic and absolutely love what they do you can really see this I feel in the
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Tagged Alice In Wondrland Wedding, Alternative Bridal Photography, Alternative Wedding Photography, alternative Wedding Venues, bridal shoot, Steampunk Wedding, Wedding Inspiration
Today I get to share with you this wonderful steampunk pirate perfect inspiration shoot that took place at The Historic Dockyard in Chatham from one heck of a team, photographed by the amazing Cristina Rossi Photography.
With gorgeous dresses by Ian Stuart and delicious cakes from Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, what more do you want?!
Every time Gwenda invites me to photograph a styled shoot, I know it is going to be a great one. It’s such a joy to work with a wonderful team with lots of beautiful details and great creativity. Sometimes we just stop shooting because we run out of light! We get carried away, yes mostly me, if it was light till midnight I would probably carry on shooting till then. I decided to take a bit of a fashion approach to this shoot in terms of posing, especially with the fabulous Ian Stuart’s gowns, I wanted to show them off as much as possible, particularly the boudoir one, my favourite without a doubt, and Gwenda modelled it just perfectly.
“The moment Elizabeth asked me to co-ordinate a Steampunk-inspired shoot, I instantly thought of Ian Stuart gowns” Explained flower extraordinaire and steampunk bride Gwenda.. “They are the perfect mix of luxury and drama. For the flowers, I was seeking a similar effect, so I used intensely coloured calla lilies, astrantia, hydrangeas, eryngium, delphiniums, spray roses and berried viburnum with collars of gilded ferns. I was fortunate enough to stumble across Jack, who kindly agreed to be my ‘groom’ – some members of his Steampunk Morris group joined in the day to be my awesome ‘bridesmaids’. It was really great to work with a full ‘bridal party’ – big thanks to all of them.”
The cake design Elizabeth envisaged for this shoot was very elegant and simple one in cream and gold.. All steampunk cakes don’t have to be brown and brass. The bottom tier of the cake was decorated with classic gold swags and drops, creating a structured look. The middle tier, an hour glass shape which was a nod to Victorian corsetry, a number of gold gears, cogs, wheels, keys and locks were positioned right in the centre on the front and back. The top tier was a top hat decorated with edible wafer feathers and a flower corsage. The rest of the sweet treats were decorated in the same colours and decorations, showing that steampunk can be very elegant.
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Tagged Cristina Rossi Photography, Dawn Taylor Beauty, Elizabeth's Cake Emporium, I Love Nails UK, Marsha Hall Handmade Shoes, Pirate Wedding, Russet and Gray, Steampunk Wedding, Tattooed Bride, Vintage Floral Design
Today I get to share with you a fantastic shoot from Kat Forsyth Photography who is Gwenda of Fearless Florals’ partner in crime for shoots of the more alternative persuasion (Gwenda is also modelling!) – Her ability to capture drama and mood with both intensity and refinement is exceptional.
“I have always had a huge affinity with the Steampunk aesthetic and had been waiting for the right concept and collaborators to come along to create a shoot in this genre.” explains Gwenda.
The peacock feather dress had spent time languishing in my wardrobe, waiting for it’s time to shine and, paired with a this was the perfect opportunity! Anneke of Retromorphosist took the colours of the feather as inspiration for her exquisite make-up and wrangled some rather uncooperative real feather lashes into place. She also expertly tamed an unruly wig into position allowing a top hat fascinator I made for the occasion to complete the outfit.
I used roses, hypericum, alstroemeria, waxflower and hydrangea combined with Cape Greens to create a colourful and heavily textured bouquet and table flowers.
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Tagged bridal shoot, Claire Spake, Dornellie, Fearless Florals, Kat Forsyth, Petrified Forest, Retromorphpsist, Steampunk Bride, Steampunk Fashion, Steampunk Wedding, Tattooed Bride, Wedding Inspiration, Wonderland Bakery