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.
Today’s on Marry Me Ink, tattooed bride Patti tells us how she created the perfect wedding at Foster Farm for her and husband Jordan. This included a gorgeous backdrop for their ceremony and memories from their day from J. Briggs Photography.
Jordan and I met at Six Flags in 2007. A big group of friends were going, and with an invitation by my brother, I went as well (Jordan was a friend of a friend of a friend sort of thing). At the Runaway Mountain rollercoaster I didn’t have a cart mate, and Jordan volunteered to ride with me. We introduced ourselves, and clicked right away, but we didn’t talk much after Runaway Mountain. As the day wore on, Jordan seemed like he wasn’t having fun, almost as though he was bored or having a bad day. I’m a pretty rambunctious person, so I grabbed a piece of ice from my water, and gave him a cold surprise on the neck. He smiled and I knew that I could at least make his night a little better. We ran off from the group to ride several of the rollercoasters before the park closer for the evening, got to know each other a bit, and really hit it off. I just wanted to cheer up his day, but little did we know that our meeting would change both of our lives.
Our ceremony backdrop, for sure, was a representation of who we are, and the items I chose had meaning in one way or another: a globe and my great Aunt Ruth’s vintage suitcase to denote our love of travelling, an ampersand as a symbol of continuation, and a large chunk of amethyst, which, in crystal meaning, is known to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace. Our backdrop was my little way of making a wedding wish for us both.