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Babe With The Power – A Winter Witchy Bridal Shoot

As Christmas is drawing nearer and we start to wind down with our families (or not so much if you’re working over the Christmas period – I know I am with my career in the NHS) We will be staying quiet here on Marry Me Ink.

But just before I sign off until 2018, to celebrate this magical season, thrifty and eco friendly bridal wear brand Lucky Sixpence Bridal got together a coven of excellent wedding businesses for their Winter bridal shoot ‘Babe With The Power’ shot by wedding and fashion photographer Phil at Grey Fox Photography.

Too often the wedding industry pushes one ideal of bridal beauty and wedding style and all the wedding vendors involved in this shoot had had enough! As an alternative to the often OTT Great Gatbsy, furs and glitter themed shoots for winter brides, Anna from Lucky Sixpence Bridal and Michaela from Clear Hearts Planning took inspiration from the millennial obsession with witchyness with bath salts and sage sticks from She’s Lost Control and candles from Mama Moon, not to mention the backdrop of the stunning and gothic Salmestone Grange. The outfit, boots by House of Elliot, hairpieces and veil from Mcfayden Millinery, hair by Hayley at Meraki and make up by Sasha Prebble enhanced our winter bride, Fern’s natural beauty and magnetism – making her the Babe With The Power. Incredible skin products from cult US brand Witch Baby Soap such as ‘Graveyard Body Oil’ were used to make Fern glow ethereally and bring her look together as a sparkling white witch.

Intermingled with the theme of spirituality the shoot celebrates a number of wedding trends predicted for 2018 (maybe they used their crystal ball, no joke – there was a crystal ball on set thanks to the styling by Clear Hearts Planning) such as the amazing Practical Magic inspired cape from Born To Thread (90s goths all the way!), black accents and crystals.

Furthering the alternative take on weddings theme, the wedding breakfast and wedding cake were in the form of pagan styled ‘festival bread’ by Modern Provider displayed in woven baskets from La Basketry, fairytale-perfect chocolate apples and pure white candy floss from vegan treat providers Naughty Floss.

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Merry Kitschmas! Tasty Sweet Christmas Wedding Inspiration

It’s December!! And in three weeks time will be one of my favourite times of the year – Christmas!

Today on Marry Me Ink I get to share with you this amazing styled shoot from Chloe Lee Photography and Michaela at Clear Hearts – THE Rock and Roll events planner for the UK.. Imagine all your favourite things about Christmas all in one place – That’s what this shoot is about. I love it when my house looks like Christmas threw up in it and this is why I love this shoot – full of all the vintage and kitsch wonders you can find!

The idea was born of my love of “more is more,” Bjork and artists like Paul Yore, this mixed with Chloe Lee’s love of all things kitsch, Disney and O.T.T. Meant the cuteness flowed. She is the perfect pick for photographer as she knows how to make everything look adorable. 

I (Michaela, Clear Hearts) got all of us involved in bringing the kitsch, even though we all had different jobs on this shoot the team bought some of their fave Christmas Kitsch items for me to add into the styling. It made for such a great selection and made the van so full of fun. Kayleigh K our MUA bought her personal style of flawless bright skin and she added some beautiful sparkle to fit our theme. 

The cake with biscuits hanging from it was the genius idea of Malarkey cakes who also made the sparkly doughnuts hanging on the DIY mini doughnut wall made by Clear Hearts. They created the adorable biscuit pops which eliminated any sticky finger problems as the bride and groom tucked in enthusiastically.

Looking at the models  (makeup artist Yazz and tattoo artist Chris) you can see why Paper Hearts paintings was so keen to illustrate their likeness, she did a beautiful job and it turned out the couple were already big fans of her work! What a lovely Christmas gift that they got to keep after the fun day of shooting.

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Throughout 2017, I will be bringing some gorgeous wedding inspiration on a fortnightly basis from the wonderful world of Pinterest. Planning my own wedding is fun, especially when there are so many ideas to choose from. These posts will not only bring colour schemes for your wedding, but entire themes, such as this one – The TIKI wedding – Perfect for the Tropical bride!

Below you can see my selection of favourites from the Tiki Wedding pins, but make sure you follow Marry Me Ink on Pinterest for plenty of other wedding inspiration. Do you have a wedding theme or style in mind for your own big day? I’d love to hear about them!

Tropical Wedding Altar
Tiki Wedding Cake
Pineapple Table Decoration
Tropical Bouquet
Tropical Print Bridesmaid Dress
Tropical Table Decor
Tiki Wedding Stationery

Alternative Twists For Your Reception

It’s easy to add quirky touches here and there that will make your wedding unique. The perfect place to do this is at the reception; it offers the best opportunities to do something different. Stray away from tradition, or add your own twist to it. Today on Marry Me Ink, I’m posting just a few ideas to get you started.

1) Modernise your guest book

Wedding guest books are a fantastic way to involve your guests in your special day, and create something that you can both look back on for years to come. People can leave messages and pieces of advice, but who says it has to just be a book? 

il_570xN.681057450_bt8k-1Cascading Champagne Tower Signature Guestbook“i do” it yourself

How about leaving a golden-framed canvas for your guests to write on, so you can hang it in your home as a constant reminder of your beautiful day? Or instead, have a jar with tokens that guests can write on – it could be ideas for date nights or trips abroad, and your guests can leave their suggestions for you to pick out. You can find tonnes more unique ideas right here.

2) Turn the place cards into favours

Usually, place settings are just pieces of card with a name on, but who says that’s all they need to be? Why not incorporate the favours into the place settings instead, creating something that is not only a piece of your wedding, but personal to the guest. 

8db322c747e85bda1a8f140a7e0d240bToffee Apples

If you’re having a forest theme, why not have little plant pots studded with flowers and a miniature wooden sign with their name on? Or if you’re the practical kind, go for miniature bottles of champagne for the ladies and whiskey for the boys, each with themed name tags on.

3) Hire a photo booth

One of the most important parts of your day is the photographer. This is the person that is going to help you remember your special day forever, but also capture those moments you didn’t even know were happening. You’ll be able to see the reaction of people as you throw the bouquet, or to your first dance as a married couple.

But these days, there are a lot of photographers who can bring many more unique twists to your reception. For example, this Leeds wedding photographer also hires out photo booths are part of the service; you can even tie it into your theme by having props too.

An Evening Under the Stars – Maria & Sam

4) Give your drinks a signature twist

Everyone has the usual champagne and canapés, but how about creating your own drinks menu with the caterers? You can have cocktails inspired by your favourite drinks, your passions in life, or to fit in with your theme. And what about modernising those canapés too? Go for miniature 50s burger sliders if that’s your theme, or hold a beach-style reception and serve Spanish tapas.

vtphoto-77A Woodland Tea Party With Band Merch and Bunnies – Erica & Adam

These are just a few ideas for how to give your reception a unique touch, but don’t forget to leave me a comment if you have your own!