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A Very 50s Rockabilly Shoot – Tiger Lily Bus Company

As the end of August is drawing near, I thought it would be fab to brighten up your day with this gorgeous Rockabilly shoot from Fleming Photo and Tiger Lily Bus Company that took place at Gate Street Barn.

Lex was first contacted by Marsh and Gwenda about the shoot – I knew I was going to be on board. Having worked with them both before, I knew we were all roughly coming from the same idea. Then I was shown Tiger Lily the bus and instantly I could see it all come together. Coming from a very relaxed, non-traditional approach in how I shoot weddings, it was exciting to plan a style shoot round a bus!

Instead of overly posing the models, I got them to play games, tell jokes and generally have a laugh; something that really suited the overall look we were going for. My favourite part of the day however was getting Molly, our bride for the day, to feed a baby calf in her pink ombre Oh My Honey dress!

Gwenda of The Vintage Floral Design Company and The Vintage Floral Design Studio​:
“I met Marsha early on in my wedding industry career and I was so excited by her latest venture with the fabulous Tiger Lily! I instantly envisaged a bold and beautiful colour scheme, the epitome of Summer with a hint of the exotic. Florally, for the bouquet I combined lilies (naturally!) with alstromeria (also know as Peruvian lilies) and some epic protea and some statement phoenix palm
leaves. The buttonhole featured some Blushing Bride mini-protea and a lily bud. On the bus, I combined lilies in our key colours of pink, orange and yellow all along the rails on the ceiling. The table decor includes small arrangements of the key bouquet elements. For the stationery, I again reflected the three main colours and the key motif – more lilies!”

Marsha of the Tiger Lily Bus Company​:
“Tiger Lily is the real deal. Born in 1954 with beautiful curved roof windows flooding the inside with natural light. Sympathetically restored to keep her vintage feel. Now beautifully transformed to serve English Bubbly and cocktails. The perfect unique addition to any outdoor wedding to get the party started from reception drinks on arrival and all through the evening. This really is a bus like no other!”

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A 1980s Blitz Kids Bridal Shoot – Way Out Wedding

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Today on Marry Me Ink, I get to share with you this awesome bridal shoot, from Erin the brain behind Way Out Wedding and Paola de Paola Photography, full of shoulder pads and big hair.

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Growing up in the 1980s, my head was turned at an early age by Adam and The Ants, Duran Duran, Visage, and all the outlandish fashion of the club scene. It’s such a visually exciting look, and completely original and representative of each person. No carbon copies back then; everything was borne of pure imagination. I just had to do a shoot that incorporated this into a bridal setting, no doubt about it. And I knew exactly who to ask to be on the team!! Fellow fans of this scene, who know it, love it, and brought serious expertise to the day. And there’s a huge thanks to Myriam from La dame au beret, who was this superstar stylist on the day, taking the reins for creating the looks superbly. She was in her element, and did such amazing things with the dresses, jewellery, and overall looks for the models.

Alternative wedding photography by Paola De Paola

All these suppliers took the look from my mind and made it into something so wonderful and beyond my dreams!

Alternative wedding photography by Paola De Paola

The dresses belong to my new preloved bridal range, No Debutante. Myriam and Lauren sourced most of the outfits, and these ladies know their early 1980s stuff! We added these finds to some dresses I already had in my stock, and together these perfectly represented the New Romantic scene crossed with edgy bridal. We teamed them up with glittering jewellery from Wolf & Moon.

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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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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For ICE CREAM!


Today is all about this adorable pastel-infused bridal shoot from Kat Forsyth Photography that Gwenda of The Vintage Floral Design Co. shared with Marry Me Ink at Blooming Green in Kent.


When Kat shared with me her idea for a pastel-infused, retro shoot filled with ice-cream goodness, I could immediately envisage how it could be brought to life!


I brought together a team of contributors, most of whom I have worked with many times previously and knew would be on board with the theme. Our collection of models, three gorgeous girls and two handsome guys, gave us a full wedding party of Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids and Best Man to work with. 


Blooming Green is such a special place – every time I go there to source and hand-pick blooms for my work I can’t help but fall in love with it a little more. Jen & Bex indulged me the use of their plot for this shoot and every arrangement I made is made exclusively from their organically-grown flowers. I chose an array of colours, from pastels through to their brighter and bolder counterparts, to stand out against the pale colours of the dresses.


Kat’s photos encapsulated the spirit of the day perfectly: “Summery, retro ice cream pastels were the key theme for this shoot, so despite a rather drizzly, blustery day I tried to infuse the pictures with a little sunshine and warm tones. Lots of natural laughter and happy, ice cream cone eating shots were the order of the day – I really wanted everyone to look like they were just having fun, which we were (while being incredibly stylish at the same time!)”

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