Today’s tattooed bride on Marry Me Ink has gorgeous inkings including Maleficent and her raven Diablo. Kris married Irwin at their friends’ in San Jose Pinula, Guatemala and had the awesome Daniel Lopez Perez Photography to capture the moments of their day.
Irwin and I met each other at Michigan State University. He was using a piece of equipment in the hospital where I was working and when I walked by, he said “Hello Kristine.” I was instantly annoyed because – How did he know my name? When I asked, he said, “Because you’re wearing a name tag.” I felt so silly but I didn’t care because he was handsome and I loved his smile. We hit it off, went out for coffee and eventually got married.
We’re not traditional at all so the hell with having a wedding inside a church. I love Maleficent (hence the tattoos), so I walked down the aisle to Lana Del Ray’s “Once Upon a Dream.” After our good friend and minister Jason announced us as husband and wife, we walked down the aisle to “The Throne Room” song played at the end of Episode IV of Star Wars. The orchestral music captured the moment of us uniting as a couple and we felt like we just saved the Republic. It was perfect.
Today on Marry Me Ink is tattooed bride Kristy and Spiryt’s elopement at Vance Birthplace State Park, surrounded by close family and a gorgeous landscape of woodland and mountains. They both made the decision to have a “no fuss” wedding without frills and decoration and instead chose to spend their budget on hiring Alexis Schwallier Photography, who also shot their Edward Scissorhands inspired garden engagement which was featured on Marry Me Ink a short while ago.
Honestly, just the simplicity and no fuss feel of our wedding day represented us as a couple. Our elopement was outside at the Vance Birthplace State Park in Asheville, North Carolina. We both wanted a chill, hippie like vibe to our day where everything was just go with the flow. We had no dress code, no theme, and we didn’t want our wedding to be fussy. We are both pretty chill people who love beautiful things. That’s why we wanted to have the elements of the mountains around us for our big day.
Stay true to what you both want for your wedding. It’s about the two of you coming together, not everyone else. I knew that I didn’t want a huge spectacle of a wedding because that’s not me and not us. It was challenging at times when we had to justify our choice of eloping, but in the end we are completely happy with our decision.
Today on Marry Me Ink, I get to share with you a magical venue that is new to the alternative wedding scene – perfect for the tattooed bride and groom. The Fishpond is set in Matlock Bath near the Peak District. The awesome Becky Ryan Photography teamed up with Victoria of The Fishpond Freehouse and tattooed beauty Tiffany and her partner Lee to show just how much it’s a perfect venue for your upcoming alternative wedding.
The Fishpond in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire is the perfect little venue for those seeking a quirky wedding venue. Set in the popular tourist town of Matlock Bath, it has everything the discerning alternative bride needs: Candy, motorbikes, ice cream, arcades, and fish & chips. The only thing missing here is the sea – Matlock Bath truly is a unique landlocked seaside town.
The Fishpond itself also has everything an alternative bride could possibly need. From the moment you enter this cosy pub you are welcomed by the friendly team, who ensure the venue is always offering something for everyone. It’s ideally set up for weddings too with its 200 capacity ballroom with original vaulted ceiling and self contained bar. We also have a beautiful Restaurant with cosy and relaxed decor – the ideal location for the ceremony and intimate dining, a stunning multi tiered garden to the rear with a hot spring waterfall and an outside bar.
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Today on Marry Me Ink, I get to share with you Kristy and Spiryt’s engagement shoot from Alexis Schwallier Photography. Taken in these gorgeous Tim Burton/Edward Scissorhands inspired gardens, they make such a gorgeous couple.. (I also get to feature their wedding soon)
Spiryt & I met by him stalking me at work at the mall (I truly thought “Wow, this guy is kind of awesome for thinking that I am this cool to be that into me” and it was kind of endearing). He worked upstairs for Verizon at the time, & I was a retail manager at Bath & Body Works. One of my friends, Asia, that worked with Spiryt had mentioned that he was wanting to ask me out.
She showed me a picture of him on her phone (this is back in 2006 when smartphones were super pixelated). All I saw were these amazing dreadlocks, and I was intrigued by his Lenny Kravitz-like looks.. I was geeking out that this really attractive guy wanted to meet me.
Asia kept putting in the good word for Spiryt, and she set us up meeting for the 1st time. She said, “He is coming down after work today at 4:30 to meet you”. That day, I planned to leave work early but as soon as I was walking out of my store, there Spiryt was in all his glory. I smiled so big – he was definitely more than what I expected. Such a gentleman.