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A Halloween Themed Wedding With Cats – Fran & Lewis


Today on Marry Me Ink I get to share with you tattooed bride Fran and Lewis’ Halloween wedding and handfasting from favourite Assassynation Photography. Fran wore a stunning Couture Company leopard print dress and then everyone went back home for a  movie and pizza – PERFECT!


How did we meet.. The gym (I told my best friend I was going to marry him and have his babies). We wouldn’t speak to each other there so I messaged him on POF. We spoke for months then arranged a date to take our dogs for a walk. We went to Cannock chase for our first date – a popular place for dogging at night time (We tell everyone we went dogging on the chase for our first date!!)


Everything represented us at the wedding. My heartagram on the belt and Lewis tattoo heartagram on his wedding Finger. Our favourite band had to be in there somewhere. Having the cats there was so important to us. And watching Pet Semetary at home with pizza really represented us as a couple. Everything we did was completely us. 

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The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza – Birmingham


Back in early 2012 a wedding show like no other was borne.  It tumbled, devoid of elegance, from the crazy hearts and minds of three creative wedding industry suppliers, Sassy (Assassynation), Jo (The Couture Co) and Vikki (Liliia Designs). Their desire was simple; to encourage couples to shake off the shackles of wedding conformity and showcase the very best of alternative wedding industry suppliers, who are also known as The Baaad Ass Mother Flockers!! (Aka Baad ass Mo Flo’s) who all offer a diverse and eclectic feast of all things wedding in a fun, friendly and relaxed environment. I went last year – It was awesome! There was so much cool stuff going on – Check out how it looked with these photos from the day from Louise Holgate Photography.

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The motto is ‘Don’t be a wedding sheep, it’s all about EWE!’

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Since 2012 The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza has showcased a wonderfully diverse range of services and products, from kick ass wedding dresses to sculptural flower bouquets, from gothic themed wedding cakes to some of the best DJ’s around. Previous shows have included live music, stilt walkers, a procession of models in gorgeous dresses and accessories on the Real Bride’s walkabout and amazing prizes to be won in the renowned treasure hunt.

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In 2016 the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza is back with a bang, with a vibrant, unique and eclectic show in Birmingham!

The Extravaganza will be held on the 21st February and will take place at the unique Bond Company, a hidden gem in the heart of Birmingham’s industrial Digbeth. The Bond Company even has a café which is a great place to sit and consider all the unique wedding products and services on offer.

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A Tim Burton Inspired Gothic Bridal Shoot – Way Out Wedding

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Today I get to share with you this gorgeous tattooed Tim Burton inspiration wedding shoot from a fantastic team including Erin of Way Out Wedding, The Couture CompanyNicki Feltham Photography and many more.

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The inspiration for the shoot was simply Tim Burton. The team members are all huge fans of the quirky gothic styling he brings to his films, and so our Pinterest planning board was fantastic!! We focused on his women characters to bring it into the bridal world, and we had a two-part story: one was how his blonde and innocent heroines (e.g. Johanna in Sweeney Todd) would dress for a wedding, and the other was how his anti-heroines (Victoria from The Corpse Bride, or Mrs Lovett from Sweeney Todd again) would style themselves.

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The styling was bold and arresting – think skull jewellery, gothic dresses, in-your-face make-up, a dark denim coloured naked cake covered in vintage lace, gothic millinery, amazing flower crowns, a quirky venue, and taxidermy – and yet all the elements were perfect for an alternative wedding and not at all alienating for real life.

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When Erin asked me if I’d like to do the photography for her Tim Burton styled bridal shoot, I jumped at the chance. Between us, we gathered together quite a strong troop of amazing suppliers and some absolutely stunning models, too, and on the day we both came up with some fabulous ideas for creative shots – we worked so well as a team.

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Flower Power, Graffiti, Lace & Tattoos – A Marry Me Ink & Jay Emme Collaboration

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If you haven’t seen Jay, Sarah or myself sneak peeking last Tuesday’s shoot on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter – Where the heck have you been?

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What started out as a free day to be able to travel down to Birmingham for Jay and myself to play around and hang out – turned out to be one of the most laid back and fun shoots I’ve done yet.

With Sarah’s Doo Wop Dos‘ hair & make-up magic, The Couture Company‘s stunning gowns and hairpieces, Strange Case Collective‘s huge colourful paper flowers and the fab surroundings of The Custard Factory – last Tuesday we ended departing super excited for another shoot already!

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So I met with Sarah off the train and we headed straight up to The Custard Factory where Jo showed me a glimpse of what dresses I’d get to prance around in  – I was so excited! Sarah got her mini salon set up in one of the studios including rollers heating and shadow palette out whilst Jay went to the impromptu spring garden and arranged the fabulous paper flowers from Strange Case Collective.

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Both dresses were a dream to wear!

This first dress from The Couture Company was my favourite of the two I wore on the day. Just everything about it was perfect – the laser cut flowers, the off the shoulder straps, the multicoloured buttons, the skirt pleats THAT waterfall hemline..

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