Outrageous Bride – Issue 6

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It’s hard to believe it’s our final issue of the year! As I write this I am just days away from my own second wedding celebration having had a mini-covid wedding last year, we’ve come a long way now to be able to celebrate with a slightly larger guest list! I know many of our lovely readers will still be dealing with weddings postponed, altered or downsized and I am full of admiration for the mental strength and grace I’ve seen through these times. Stay strong, because we will get there in the end! Hopefully this issue might help spark off some ideas with some beautiful real wedding features from Jade and Jamie’s delicious Halloween celebration (p 27) to Angelita and Ian’s beautiful beach elopement (p 112). We’re also serving up some fab inspiration shoots including the amazing Great Gatsby shoot on page 13 and a fairytale fantasy with Beauty and the Beast on page 73. Our inspiring ideas continue with awesome advice from our columnists including celebrant extraordinaire Jennifer Constant Claire (p 67) and the brilliant Bev Seal of QQW Wedding fame (p 57)!

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Real Weddings 9 21 27 59 81 95 112

Punk ‘n’ Perfect – Alison & Martyn At one with the world - Lizzie & Steve (Engagement) I’ll be the Sky, and You be the Bird – Jade & Jamie The Greatest Show – Jennie & Jaime The Best Day of Our Lives – Alice & Nopera A Magical Engagement – Amber & Stephanie Romance by the Ocean – Angelita & Ian

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In the Roaring Twenties Bespoke Jewellery with Mike Shorer Across the Universe Bewitching Wares The Recovery Tour The Uptight Models Playful Pink Passion Walk This Way with Milly J A Tale as Old as Time Playful Pics with Pixie Adventurous Venues Wild, Wondrous & Willowy Free Flying

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New Feature Introduction Martin Fox-Roberts Steve Morris

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Spooktacular Scotland Keeping the Kids Happy Hair for the DIY Bride Ultimate Cake Guide Every Night is Halloween Wedding Gig Guide

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Adorably adorned Vintage Adornments provide one-of-a-kind hair accessories handmade in England from original pieces of vintage jewellery. Incorporating vintage jewellery elements typically dating from as far back as the Victorian era through the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. The examples shown are all great ways to incorporate a bride’s ‘something old’ with her ‘something blue’! Prices start from £30, pieces available from vintageadornments.co.uk

Build your own bride & groom How cute are these LEGO® BrickHeadz™ wedding figures? The adorable models come with various accessories and other optional pieces to personalise the facial expression, hair and skin color. We think these would look great as cake toppers or really anywhere in your wedding celebrations! Time to get building… Available from lego.com for £11.99 each (price correct at time of printing). Images from lego.com™


Ring a ding! The perfect wedding ring box for the offbeat couple, or what?! These beauties are from The Crossed Eyed Fox and they say: ‘Celebrate your unique style with this unconventional wooden ring box. Made especially for those fabulously alternative brides and grooms, or those who dare to be different. Featuring custom engraved names and wedding date, with a beautifully detailed skull design.’ Designed and made bespoke by The Cross-Eyed Fox. Find on Etsy at £28, etsy.com/listing/565684787 or visit thecrosseyedfox.com, @thecrosseyedfox

We are royals Feel like a Vampire King or Queen in this hauntingly beautiful throne - ideal for some gothic drama at your top table! This is a Haunt Original TM Design which is handcrafted from mahogany wood & can be customised to suit each client’s desires. Pricing for the US is $3000, international shipping will vary - please enquire at hauntcult.com or @hauntcult

Secretly geeky We are so in love with Charlotte Laurie’s ‘secretly geeky (and personal) bouquets’. In amongst the embroidered flowers, the bouquet pictured is filled with quotes from the couples favourite TV shows and even has its own Simpsons donut... in the wedding colours of course. Pretty much anything is possible! Find out more and get your own bespoke creation from charlottelauriedesigns.co.uk and @charlottelauriedesigns

Making a statement We are BIG fans of these amazing lacy boots by House of Elliot England who design head-turning statement lace wedding footwear. They say: ‘Perfect for the most outrageous of Brides! Each pair of House of Elliot boots and shoes is crafted from the finest materials and hand finished with exquisite details. Their range of lace footwear is inspired by antique, Victorian and Edwardian fashions, and made to inspire the modern brides who adore that same elegance and grace in turn. All of our luxurious boots and shoes have an air of regency and sophistication about them, whilst simultaneously remaining classic and timeless. And for Brides looking for something different to ivory they make many of their styles in black too!’ House of Elliot ships worldwide and you can shop their collection at houseofelliotcollection.com/collections

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Punk n Perfect Alison & Martyn

31st October 2015, Crawley, England


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e absolutely love Alison and Martyn’s perfect punk day – from the bride’s black velvet strapless dress which Martyn tells us was originally a friend’s daughter’s prom dress, to Martyn’s amazing white bondage suit by Racket Clothing, this wedding was the very definition of one of a kind!

We had two bands playing in the evening one of whom were playing the night we met, the Morgellons, and the other was my favourite band Vice Squad. I didn’t know they would be there so that was a wonderful surprise for me on the day!”

Martyn says: “We decided to get married on the nearest date to when we met which was also my 50th, the 1st of November. It just so happened that the 31st of October was free! As we both love Halloween it was perfect. We decided to do everything ourselves and include as many friends as possible.

The couple completed their looks with skull shoes and a skull tiara from Butler & Wilson for the beautiful bride and Martyn’s show-stopping red spiked creepers! Alison did Martyn’s hair on the day and had her own done by Heather Hair. They found their rings on eBay and flowers were provided by Petals Polly Flowers.

The photographer Jeff Pitcher (pitcherpost.wordpress.com) was a friend of mine as was the wife’s hairdresser (Heather Hair) and the cake was made by an old school friend of mine, Jackie Flint.

We can’t get over the cake which featured a zombie topper and red blood-like icing dripping devilishly down it… Speaking of food, Mat’s Hog Roast supplied the night’s magnificent feast, and the reception took place at The Grasshopper in Tilgate, Crawley.

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In The Roaring Twenties ANNA FROM LE KEUX VINTAGE SALON & PARTIES - ESSEX, SHARES HOW SHE AND HER FAB TEAM PUT TOGETHER THIS OH-SO-GLAM GREAT GATSBY-INSPIRED SHOOT…

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At Le Keux Vintage Salons & Parties in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex we specialise in vintage styling from 1920's-1960's. However most of our lovely Keuxties (Le Keux customers pronounced cuties) know us for our 40's and 50's looks, so I wanted to showcase our styling for earlier eras within a fabulous local venue that compliments the time period. When it comes to local venues, you can’t find a more beautifully restored building than the Arlington, a cultural hotspot dating back to the 1920s. The Arlington Ballroom was originally a music hall, where residents of Southend and Leigh-on-Sea could dance,socialise and enjoy live music. In 2012, the ballroom was restored to its former glory using the glamorous and stylish Art Deco design throughout. Featured within the shoot is our Keuxtie of the year, Tanya. We love having our Keuxties involved with our shoots and promotional advertising as everything we do is for their enjoyment. It is our philosophy to create experiences full of joy and confidence-building in our uplifting vintage salon environment. We continue to add more experiences that our Keuxties can enjoy for their birthday, anniversary and hen party celebrations. These currently include activities such as cocktail making, afternoon tea, flower crown making, fascinator making, makeover photoshoots and dance classes. We also offer seasonal/annual activities such as wreath making classes and ourKeuxties Confidence Camp hosted by Crayola the Drag Queen.

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Find Le Keux Vintage Salon & Parties - Essex at

1344 London Road, Leigh-on-Sea Essex SS9 2UH 01702 826263 essex@lekeuxevents.co.uk lekeux.com/essex

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Addicted to Love BESPOKE JEWELLERY WITH MIKE SHORER Well, this is a bit weird – as I start to write this overview of what I do, Robert Palmer’s ‘Addicted to Love’ is blasting out of the speakers in my Studio. The song pretty much sums up what gives me such a buzz making bespoke jewellery: being an old romantic I get to design and create unique pieces in a variety of precious metals and gemstones that lovers will wear for the rest of their lives, so in a way I am addicted to love. I am a seventh generation Goldsmith and have been incredibly lucky to have worked on glittery things for Royalty, Rock ‘n’ Rollers, Film, TV and Sports stars.

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I started my business in 1990 after 10 years as Studio Manager for a Chelsea jeweller and I continue to make bespoke jewellery, trophies and decorative metalware to West End standards but to the client’s budget. I also run my late Father’s business, Historic Jewellery Reproduction which is unique in that the majority of the 300 or so pieces, from most historical periods, were moulded directly from the Museum items, due to my Father’s pioneering archaeological work at the British Museum. Therefore if you are planning an historic themed wedding, I can supply items from


stock or make pieces with appropriate design themes from your period of interest. The design process is great fun: I never know what I am going to be asked to make – some clients have only a very vague idea themselves – it’s up to me to ask lots of impertinent questions to tease out of them personal details that can be used to express their personalities in the design. I am happy to advise on styles, size, stone colours, etc., as many of the young lads who have asked me to make engagement rings have no knowledge of jewellery (and why would they?). Frankly most blokes have not a clue; they work on the ‘lingerie principle’ – something that turns them on, but when presented, is the wrong size, wrong colour, too scratchy and no-one else gets to see it… Some of my clients require absolute discretion toward the recipient of their love token and I have delivered items in car parks, lay-bys, hotel lobbies, hotel rooms, service stations, parks, forests and even at a Drag Race meeting at Santa Pod (great fun that one). There are many more stories as every piece of jewellery creates new experiences every time it is worn.

There is always a way to make what the client wants, even when they surprise me with an unusual request. Last year two young ladies asked me to make their wedding rings with a particular addition “Can we ask for something weird in our wedding bands?”, “Yes, I’ve done weird before, what would you like?” “Can you mix our blood with the gold?”, “Well, .... er, no. If I melt the gold with your blood on it, it will vapourise” “However, there may be a way. Because I make a lot of memorial jewellery with cremation ash incorporated into translucent coloured resin to look like finest enamel, we may be able to use that technique. Leave it with me, I’ll ask my resin lady.” Bless her, she experimented over the weekend by dripping some of her blood into a special resin mix and it worked! I engraved a channel into the inside of the gold rings, the girls came to my Studio in East Sussex, delicately cut their fingers, dripped the blood into a laboratory glass phial, I jumped on my motorbike and delivered the precious cargo. Wizardry was performed, the technique worked, the girls were delighted, so I continue to be “Addicted to Love”.

Because I have been commissioned to make such a variety of things over four decades I can offer a greater range of design themes, metal types, manufacturing techniques and gemstones than any other single craftsman in the UK.

Find Mike’s awesome work at: mikeshorerjewellery.com facebook.com/mikeshorerjewellery

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At one with the world… Lizzie Cortes tells us about her dramatically beautiful engagement shoot with fiancé Steve...

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Steve and I had been together for almost 5 years when we got engaged on a snowy mountaintop in December. It was a big and very happy surprise for me, and a huge inspiration for our engagement photoshoot. Living in Florida has been tough during this pandemic. Isolation, people being critical of one another, politics, has been just too much. Having gotten engaged away from it all, just us and nature and its greenery, it just made sense to capture a feeling like this forever. During these crazy, messy, disheartening times, we knew that one thing was constant and that was our connection with nature. I had been to Hawaii before but I had only heard about the almost dystopian, untouched, virgin flora and fauna of Big Island. We agreed this was the perfect spot to capture our love for one another, and our love for the beauty of the world around us. Hawaii has a certain sense of respect for its natural wonders that you do not experience anywhere else. Our engagement shoot was better than we could have ever imagined. Being in lava fields, lush forests, black sand beaches, was like nothing we had ever experienced before, and so familiar at the same time. We even saw wild horses that were not afraid of us and just wanted to coexist alongside us. Sometimes we forget that we all come from the same place, the earth underneath us, despite whatever different opinions we all feel. I feel this kind of connection and compassion for one another is what makes us stronger, and that is very much present in our relationship. Steve is me and I am him, and I care for him just as I would for myself. Together we are one with nature just the same.

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SPOOKTACULAR SCOTLAND by Rachel Cheer

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If ghoulish is your thing, and you are looking for a wedding with an edge, have you considered Scotland? We have a darkly delightful array of haunted houses, eerie windswept mountains and whispering woods. Perhaps if you would like an ‘extra’ wedding guest, you might like to visit Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh, known as Scotland’s spookiest street. It is mysteriously concealed under the busy city above, having been bricked up during the plague and only recently re-opened. The spirit of a young girl is often seen wandering around here. Close by is Greyfriars Cemetery, witness to the notorious body snatchers, Burke and Hare. Not so far from Edinburgh is the beautifully atmospheric Rosslyn Chapel, made famous in The Da Vinci Code novels by Dan Brown. Here a ghostly flame flickers in the burial vault to announce an impending death, as well as the often-seen apparition of a murdered stone mason. It’s pretty small too, so not much space to hide! To be fair, outside isn’t much safer. The Overton Bridge in West Dunbartonshire is the site of many unexplained otherworldly experiences. In ancient Celtic custom, this bridge was known as ‘thin place’ and considered to be an area where the realms of the living and dead collide. Thinking of spending your honeymoon in a Scottish Castle? There are so many to choose from and they pretty much all have a resident ghost! 800 year old Fyvie Castle, near Aberdeen, has a cornucopia of legends and ghouls associated with it. Possibly the most famous is the tale of Lilias Drummond who died there in 1601. The disgruntled spectre carved her name in the windowsill of her husband’s bedroom, on the night he took a new bride! Nice.

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Still not spooky enough for your honeymoon night? Inveraray Jail, which opened in 1820, has a reputation for being one of Scotland’s most haunted buildings. So much so, you can actually stay overnight and experience the paranormal for yourself. If you are looking for an even more ancient encounter of the mysterious kind, arrange your wedding at stunning Glen Lyon. Here, marked by rocks, there is a little hut and shrine to the creator goddess of Scotland, the Cailleach, an old and witch-like crone. Locals still honour her here at each Hallowe’en, ritually placing stones at the site. Perhaps she will come by and whisper matrimonial advice in your ear. Spike and Mary, our feverishly gorgeous gothic couple, chose to experiment with a handfasting, deep in the woods. It might just be Spike that Mary has to watch out for, as he seems to be taking an unhealthy interest in her neck. But of course, in any woods, fairies, pixies, hobgoblins and brownies are always just out of sight. We might never know what has spooked poor Mary, but according to the fairyist. com describing fairies from Highland Scotland ‘they were the most dangerous of all … and often not just moody but downright evil.’ Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Photo: Raini Rowell



REAL WEDDINGS

‘‘I’ll be the sky and you be the bird’’

Jade & Jamie

28th October 2018, Glasgow, Scotland

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e opted for a humanist ceremony in an old converted church in Glasgow’s east end, the perfect setting for our Hallowedding! I wore a silver sequin biker jacket over a huge pink ombre princess dress that complemented all my tattoos and Jamie wore a teal tartan suit. We chose to incorporate lots of hand painted pumpkins, fake tattoos and neon signs into our décor, all of which we created ourselves after a vendor fell through at the last minute. Our main theme was colourful Halloween with hand painted pumpkins, 300 metres of ribbon, and Addams Family centre pieces and faux tattoos designed by my husband. (The photo of me crying with laughter is when we realised that in the mad rush of the final few days we'd printed them all back to front) We did all the DIY ourselves! I walked down the aisle to ‘Backroads’ by Lonely The Brave and we left the ceremony to a metal version of John Legend’s ‘All of Me’. Our humanist ceremony was

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beautiful, incorporating stories about our lives and loves and my beautiful mum walked me down the aisle. During the ceremony we took part in the Scottish tradition of drinking from the quaich. The quaich is a two handled cup filled whisky which, when drunk together as your first act of man and wife, symbolises the union of families merging. After leaving the venue under a confetti of black paper hearts we headed to the Necropolis, Glasgow’s oldest public graveyard, for some photos against the beautiful views across the city - best decision ever! The weather was amazing which added to the photos, taken by the amazing Jo Donaldson. We tracked down around 70 pumpkins from local Lidl stores (they have the best ones with stalks intact!) and hand painted them in the colours we’d chosen as our theme. These sat down the aisle then became our centerpieces for the meal. Next to the pumpkins on the guests’ tables we had skull and pumpkin mason jars from Wilko as favours which everyone loved. The best man surprised us with a


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Get inspired! PHOTOGRAPHY Jo Donaldson of Jo + Liam jodonaldsonphotography.com game of Mr and Mrs during the speeches and finished his speech by welcoming me as Princess Paris (since I love Disney and am now Mrs Paris!) For evening entertainment we’d hired DJ Billy McLellan who we know as he used to play in a club local to us when we were in our late teens. He played all our favourite songs including some Fall Out Boy, The Used and All American Rejects which had the wedding party on our feet reminiscing about being 18 again! At the end, just before the photographers left, we headed into the bar next door for a pint and shot of jager, because why not!!

BRIDE’S DRESS Vera Wang, and veil both from David’s Bridal BRIDE’S SEQUIN JACKET Pretty Little Thing BRIDE’S SHOES Converse BRIDE’S HAIR Lana at Cameo Bridal Styling @cameobridalstyling BRIDE’S MAKEUP Samantha Connor @samanthaconnormua BRIDE’S RING Timothy Sharp timothyjsharp.co.uk GROOM’S RING Regal Rose regalrose.co.uk BOUQUET Lavender Blue, lavender-blue.net HUMANIST CELEBRANT Susan Douglas-Scott humanistweddingscotland.com VENUE Saint Luke’s stlukesglasgow.com

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This styled shoot was inspired by the wonderful Steven Universe, a GLAAD award-winning series, celebrated for its lush, colourful animation and its positive representation of LGBTQ+ themes in a way that is accessible to kids and adults alike. LGBTQ+ representation in the wedding industry has definitely improved in recent years, but the majority of images in wedding media still focus on cisgender, heterosexual couples. Traditional weddings are also very focused on a binary view of gender (white dress, black suit, bride's side, groom's side, etc.). Non-binary folks are often left out of wedding media as they don't fit neatly into those boxes. I thought that this shoot would be a great opportunity to show what breaking out of that binary could look like, being playful with colours, textures and silhouettes. As I am not non-binary myself, it was important to me, and to the rest of the team, to be thoughtful about representing non-binary identities. Our models are


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both fantastic non-binary creatives - Madeleine is a photographer and Mx Harry-Anne is an artist, publisher & podcaster. They were involved in the planning process, alongside the rest of our brilliant team of non-traditional wedding suppliers, to make sure that they were happy with all aspects of the shoot. It was a great, collaborative effort and everyone brought something exciting to the table. The area around the Custard Factory, with its bold and colourful graffiti art, was the perfect backdrop. It gave our photographers The Dignums lots of scope to play with colour and lighting, and create some truly magical images! If I were to offer any tips from this shoot, it would be to be playful and let your imagination run wild! Don't feel like you have to change yourself in order to fit into what a wedding is 'supposed' to look like. Explore and allow your personalities to shine through. Also, seek out like-minded suppliers who will enjoy getting creative with you, instead of trying to tell you what you should/shouldn't do (eclecticweddingencyclopedia.com is a great place to start!).

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ECLECTIC WEDDING EXTRAVAGANZA allaboutewe.co.uk @allaboutewe THE COUTURE COMPANY DESIGNER WEDDING GOWNS the-couture-company.co.uk @thecoutureco MADAME B'S BOUTIQUE madamebsboutique.com @madamebsboutique NATALIE FLEWITT MAKE-UP ARTIST natalieflewittmakeup.com @natalie_flewitt_mua VIC'S VEGAN BAKES @vicsveganbakes MISS MOLLY'S etsy.com/uk/shop/CreationsByMissMolly @creationsbymissmolly WORKING CLASP JEWELLERY workingclasp.com @workingclasp JAMBALL jamballcreations.com @jamball CURIOUS COCO - MAID WITH LOVE curiouscoco.com @curiouscoco_designs MODEL MX Harry-Anne @mx.harry MODEL Madeleine Winters @madeleinewinters THE DIGNUMS thedignums.com @thedignums 36 | Outrageous Bride



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At OB we love to get the word out about small, indie businesses that are fueled by passion - and Fatal Moon is a fantastic embodiment of that! The moment you see the jewellery, accessories, homeware and wedding decor created by Alicia Ashton you know you’re in for a treat, and at very reasonable prices too! Alicia explains her motivation: ‘Fatal Moon comes from my working jobs where I was just a number, there was no respect and care and I didn’t want that. Also, I was living on single parent money and I wanted cool stuff! But it was all so expensive, or I had to pay a massive shipping fee or something and I just thought, “You know what? I can do this! So I googled “how to start a business” and went from there!’

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rom a small start has come a very great thing as Fatal Moon now supplies the most gorgeous gothic jewellery, homewares and accessories and has recently branched out into wedding-specific wares including table centrepieces, wedding party gifts, stationery, scene-setting decor and much more. Alicia has big plans for the wedding branch of the business and loves working one on one with couples to help them achieve their bespoke witchy/gothic dreams! ‘If a couple goes on my website and thinks “Oh I’d love that but she doesn’t do it…” message me! Let me know! I'm so adaptable, I love learning new things, creating new things. I'm more than happy to customise - my dad’s a retired joiner and he loves getting involved in my creative projects so whatever I want making, he can do it!’ Alicia also has tonnes of amazing ideas just waiting for the right brides or grooms to come along: ‘I would love to ask my dad to make a big coffin which I could do calligraphy on and create a bespoke wedding table plan for example! So if somebody wanted that, the idea is already there, it’s been pictured.’ Alicia’s personal expertise comes along with all her creations as she has been a practising witch for years: ‘I hid this part of myself for so long because I was worried people would think I was weird. But then I thought “No, I want people to know who I am and what I do.” To be

able to bring that to my business was so important to me. I know it’s not for everyone and if you just love the aesthetic, that’s great too! But for those people who do want it, you’ll be getting this from someone who knows what she’s talking about. I’ve recently released some new spell jars which have crystals in them and they can be personalised with the bride’s name, for example, or the bridesmaids’ names for a really meaningful wedding gift.’ When asked if she had any advice for couples planning their wedding, Alicia’s immediate response was as beautifully passionate and individual as she is: ‘My main thing would be just to work on instinct. So, if any bride came to me and said they were a bit unsure, or should they go for this too, there has to be an instinct. And it has to be what you want and it has to be true to you. Otherwise you're going to look back at it and feel like you made a mistake or you weren't 100% happy. Even if that means going crazy outside of what your norm is, if it's what you want then you’ve got to go for it!’ To find out more about Alicia’s amazing offerings, head on over to fatalmoon.co.uk and be prepared to spend a LONG time feasting your eyes on her awesome creations including everything from crystal jewellery to gothic pieces, witchy homewares and a hell of lot more! To go directly to the wedding side of Fatal Moon, just head to: fatalmoon.co.uk/weddings.

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Recovery THE

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How do you bring two independent bridal businesses back to life after 18 months of Covid hell and the breakdowns that followed...? Two established independent alternative bridal designers - Bex of Bexbrides and Janice of Uptight Clothing - both took massive hits during the last 18 months. Bex, a vintage, boho bridal designer from the North East, suffered from the Covid closures to the point of meltdown, with her 100+ brides for the year having their weddings postponed. She was forced to shut Bexbrides for 34 weeks, with the despair and distress caused by both emotional and financial losses taking their toll. Janice, a couture corset wedding dress maker based in the South, started lockdown with Uptight already on sabbatical, after a personal journey of ill health and recovery, followed by lockdown, the gain and loss of her adopted daughter, then her husband coming out as transgender... You literally could not make it up... So: two alternative bridal designers, best of friends, unable to see each other for over 18 months, on their knees, dealing with personal trauma and Covid lockdown, both asking the questions... How do you get back up from all that? How do you get your mojo back? If you are Bex, you start a support group for bridal shops and designers aimed at fighting for the grants your sector is entitled to (as a close contact business) but didn’t get and end up being asked to speak on behalf of your industry at an All-Party Political Government Zoom meeting with the relevant government ministers. On the downside, your hair falls out... If you are Janice, you loose your shit, hit rock bottom, buy a caravan in Dorset and spend a few months immersed in love, the love of friends you haven’t been able to see for over a year... And if you are Bex and Janice, you get together, get up at dawn, start dressing up in each other’s amazing gowns, shoot the sunrise, eat good food, swim in the sea... You bring yourselves back to life with the fun and the laughter and the precious company of friends: women who raise each other up, support each other, help each other come back to life, mojos rising... You resurrect each other’s passion for your bridal businesses, passion that got lost

somewhere during the nightmare that was the past few years. Bex finally got chance to come down and heal with Janice and her magic frocks! They had a ball, modeling each other’s gowns and photographing them on the beaches of the stunning Jurassic Coast, becoming a renowned sight on Charmouth Beach at sunset, changing in the carpark, catching the last of the evening light for their photo shoots... Then post-shoot, having an invigorating swim in the autumn sea, still warm from the summer sun, followed by a night of home cooked food and gin, their favourite album on repeat: LP’s Lost On You, now Janice’s and Bex’s comeback anthem! When life and all it entails - loss, lockdowns and Covid brings you down, there’s nothing more empowering than women who come together to raise each other back up. Joining forces, their shared passion for their work and each other leads them to become inspired again, bouncing off each other, encouraging, supporting... That’s what women in business should do more often. When we lift each other up rather than pull each other down, we all win. So, how do you get back up after falling so far? • Surround yourself with friends with the same passions. • Feed each others bodies and souls. • Ignite each other’s fires, and blaze like bright souls you always knew you were. That’s how you bring life back to two bridal businesses two friends - from the brink. A caravan, a corset, a glass of gin, an ice cream, and a whole heap of love and laughter. It’s been a tough few years for independent bridal designers Bex of Bexbrides and Janice of Uptight clothing, but with their renewed vigour and energy, new alternative bridal designs for 2022/3 are racing out of Bex’s and Uptight’s heads quicker than they can make them....there so much catching up to do after the wedding void that was 2020/21.... Both are now re-inspired and ready to go again as the entire wedding industry claws its way back out of that same void too... Weddings in 2022/23 - especially alternative weddings - are looking really exciting!

Bex and Janice in Uptight Clothing corseted gowns, Bex in Bex Brides black & gold Rowan dress. Check out their new ranges now here... Beach and ruins shoots and in more detail on Instagram and Facebook. Fb: @rebeccalombardearl In: bexbrides 07801 443931 www.bexbrides.co.uk Outrageous Bride | 41


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ll Uptight models, are my friends, amazing, strong women who I've been blessed enough to meet along the way. The re-launch of Uptight has been supported very much by all of these strong women. We have the much known original models Bex and Victoria, who always rock the dresses and have been for over a decade, are joined by the most recent Clare, Jude and Karen, a bunch of amazing ladies who I've met at the gym over the past few years on my own journey. Everyone's I've met, have their own painful yet beautiful story to tell, their realness to me is is their strength and their beauty that exudes beyond dresses and photographs.

college, 25 years ago. As I refused to draw and design for the standard model type, it never felt real or what people wanted to see, or identify with. The worlds constant obsession with youth and thinness feels like the biggest source of unhappiness for women, when strength of spirit, strength of character, resilience, and love in a world give so much more joy and fullness to life. The Uptight models, my dear, beautiful in every way friends, each bride, customer I've worked with. Thank you. Thank you for your patience, your faith, your encouragement, for your belief and your trust. I hope you enjoy the new collections.

I have been lucky enough to have had the chance to photograph so many women, as Uptight, in a way I hope captures their light, their happiness, their joy, their strength, brought to the surface by a Uptight frock. None are 'real' models, by way of age, size, height, this is a stance I have always taken, which saw me rejected from fashion collage and into theatre costume at Liverpool city

Janice Janice Uptight Clothing

Uptight Clothing is a small independent business, based in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire. Founded in 1999 by Janice Whitehorn, the first 10 years were based in an industrial unit, but who now works from a small wooden box in the garden. Uptight specialize in Alternative,Couture, Corseted Wedding/Bridal gowns, made to measure underwear corsets and bespoke fantasy jewellery. All inspired by period, theatrical and fantasy elements, but mainly by the wearer themselves. All corsets and gowns are completely designed and made to order individually for each client, all clients deal exclusively with the designer, Janice, from the initial consultation, fittings and finishes, dealing with you personally, all the way. Fb: @UptightClothing

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Bex Brides is an award-winning British bridal designer specialising in Boho, ombre, upcycled and vintage wedding dresses.

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MEET THE CELEBRANTS! Welcome to our new regular feature where we cast the spotlight on two of our favourite amazing celebrants. Having a celebrant-led wedding can really elevate your special day into something so incredibly personal and we are all about working with people who will take your choices, your likes and your dreams fully into account. Celebrants are able to coordinate with you to plan every aspect of the ceremony to your liking and really add an extra-special touch to your theme. In this issue we get to know two truly awesome celebrants, both of whom hold the celebration of all things love at the heart of what they do. It’s worth remembering that currently celebrant-led weddings are not legally binding in the UK and some other countries so do look into what you need to do to make your marriage official wherever you are your celebrant should be happy to talk with you about this and help make sure all runs smoothly! Now, without further delay, turn the page and

MEET THE CELEBRANTS!

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MEET THE CELEBRANTS

At Proud Fox Ceremonies, I create, magical and one-of-a-kind ceremonies, which will make you feel proud and may leave you feeling a little bit foxy! I’m Martin Fox-Roberts and I pride myself on putting your experience at the centre of everything I do - from the very start to the very end, whether it’s an exciting union of a wedding, or renewing your vows, the glorious occasion of naming a new life or identity, or celebrating and honouring a loved one’s life. An experience which is unique to you and will always remain with you as one of the happiest memories in your lives.

a ceremony more intimate, much more personal and, of course meaningful. Naturally, it should be a couple’s right to have a wedding in their first language and have that experience which takes on a whole new level. Interpreters might still be needed so that the hearing members of the families or friends can have access to what is being said; so why not, let’s turn those tables. I was born and brought up in the North East.Initially I trained as an Actor, but after some time I set up my own business in Theatre Promotions and whilst working on a theatre festival, I met my now husband Neil; who is a Deaf Actor.

So, what makes me different? I believe in giving couples choice and there’s plenty to choose from with Proud Fox Ceremonies. Not only do I have three great packages: • The Proud Package • The Foxy Package, (includes a symbolic ritual) and • The Loud, Proud & Foxy Package (which includes a holistic therapeutic couples massage - I’m an ITEC3 Holistic Massage Therapist. MGHT).

Couples can also have a choice of which Celebrant: myself as a Thoroughly Modern Male Celebrant, or me as Maria Hurtz, a delicious and devilish drag queen, for drag themed weddings, which is included in another add on package called ‘Drag You Down The Aisle’ with Maria Hurtz! I have been performing as a Drag Queen for the last 6 years, mostly in London at renowned venues including Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Soho Theatre and regularly perform at an east end pub, The Northcote in E11. I was a Drag Idol Semi-Finalist and QX Magazine Awards Nominee for Best Drag Act and Best Comedy Act. I love being the host of a cabaret night called ‘Can Can Cabaret’, and for the last two years hosting a charity show for Lupus called ‘Reach Out And Touch’. I can’t claim to be the first drag queen Celebrant, more likely that I’m the only one currently operating and creating weddings. However, it doesn’t stop there! I am also a qualified and fully registered NRCPD, British Sign Language Interpreter Pg Dip, - this is my day job! So, this means I can officiate ceremonies using British Sign Language for BSL Users, Deaf couples or CODAS (Children of Deaf Adults), in their native language, without them having to rely on using an interpreter. This makes

In 2000 I moved to London and straight away started night school to learn British Sign Language, which is Neil’s first language and the first language we used at home. In 2012 we had a Civil Ceremony, which was a magnificent day, and the highlight of my life. We had two amazing BSL Interpreters for our ceremony, but I couldn’t stop laughing, for when it came to committal, Neil had one of the interpreters, who was stood behind me, in his eye line and ended up proclaiming ‘I do’, to the interpreter, instead of me!

Throughout the years we’ve been together, we’ve had some amazing times, learning from one another and sharing very special moments, but of course we have our arguments too, which, please note, I can never win! Neil has his say, but then when I try to make my point, he stands and simply closes his eyes!! Unable to see or hear me – he wins! That’s my secret to longevity, keep the peace and have your own quiet victories! I continued to work in Theatre, as a Theatre Manager at Battersea Arts Centre and carried on with my sign language studies. In 2008 I qualified as a British Sign Language Interpreter, which is a job I love and I get to work with some incredible people from all walks of life. It’s a very privileged role to have: you are literally with people from birth to deaths and everything that happens in between. I give back to the community when I can and since 2013, every year I take great pride in volunteering my services in managing and coordinating the amazing team of 17 BSL performance Interpreters for Pride In London. I’m a strong believer in being multi-skilled. Armouring yourself for whatever life throws at you and with my skills and experience, I believe I can offer couples a lot to make their ceremonies utterly unique and totally memorable.

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MEET THE CELEBRANTS

It’s your big day. Everything must be perfect, down to the last imperfection. You check yourself in the mirror, satisfy yourself that you look great. You’ve chosen to express yourself with the kind of celebration you’ve dreamed about. You take a deep breath and head down for the first day of the rest of your life. And you’ve decided that you want a Steampunk wedding. It is exactly the way you expected your day to look. Your design, your colours, your theme. Except that your celebrant is the only person wearing a suit and it’s really spoiling the vibe. Your day should be about you – so wearing a costume helps me to blend in with the theme. This is why I am the costumed celebrant. It’s so that when you ask me “what do you wear?” I can answer “anything you want”. I started doing ceremonies in my early 20s. I was part of a group of friends who practiced ritual magic and loved visiting every sacred site and standing stone in the country. I also discovered re-enactment, and became a part of a multi-period group. Unlike other groups, the one I was in would happily move from Iron Age to Viking to Medieval to Lord of the Rings, often making another

set of kit in the weeks between shows. I loved it. I didn’t have much money, so I had to make it for myself. I learned that I could make costumes which fitted, and which worked. The re-enactment community was incredibly welcoming, generous with time and with technique, and patient enough to accommodate me when I just couldn’t get it right. I also learned the art of showmanship – we used to go to pubs and start a show in the car park, hoping to grab enough attention that people would put money in the hat at the end. Most of the time, it got us enough for a beer or two. We learned what worked and what didn’t – and I got to love that too. My journey into full-time celebrancy started when my brother died. I had conducted many ceremonies before, but I’d never had a paid engagement. He was a re-enactor too, an ex-plumber, an ex-pat who had lived in France and the owner of a massively complex life. I couldn’t let anyone else lead his funeral. We had a delightfully chaotic 25 minutes with live music, personal tributes and a completely unscripted eulogy. By the end, five people in the group had asked me if I would lead their funerals when the time came. I had found my calling. Two years and one redundancy later, I enrolled on a professional training course, got my insurance and set up a website.

It was a natural progression to go to ‘costumed and themed’ celebrations. I already had loads of kit, and the ability to make whatever I didn’t have. I could dress the set, make sure that the surroundings matched the theme, and provide those extra-special touches that people really appreciate. When I did a “Harry Potter” themed wedding, for example, I made the bride and groom individual wands inscribed in ogham. Their wedding was, literally, magical. Another magical wedding was performed for K and R at Ruthin Castle in North Wales. Travelling is often a big part of the job. R had a complicated family history. Originally from the Netherlands, he had lived in France and England, and much of Northern Europe. He described himself as being “drawn to the Norse traditions”, but didn’t believe in “Gods” or “Goddesses”. K came from Blackpool, and really wanted a “fairy Princess” wedding, with Celtic elements. Both K and R had grandparents who were more conventionally Christian, and part of the brief was to create something which would satisfy both of K and R’s viewpoints, but not offend their guests. We started with sound. Guests were invited into the ritual space with the sound of a hammer ringing on an anvil. The bride arrived

on a huge black Friesian horse, and the groom came through an arch of swords. There were cakes and mead; their hands and hearts were bound one to the other, and each guest was included in the ceremony as an oath-bound supporter of the relationship. K described the wedding as “unique and perfectly catered to the environment”. One of the older guests said “I really didn’t know what to expect and I was a bit worried, but it was beautiful”. I’ve learned so much along the way. How to take a book or a film and adapt it – and that a Star Wars themed wedding really works. You don’t have to be a Jedi! You just need to accept that traditional words and presentations are not always what’s right for you. Many people still believe that it has to be a white church wedding or a dull crematorium funeral, and are knocked out when you tell them that they can have the wedding celebration they want, pretty much when they want it. Doors are opening for more and more options in venue, diversity and ritual form. Why shouldn’t a vampire have a midnight celebration? I never forget that it’s about you, not about me, and I do more than weddings! As far as I know I’m the only one who will dress for your theme and blend the words, the set and the performance to match. Of course Outrageous Bride readers think outside the box anyway, and why should you settle for anything less than perfect?

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Playful Pink Passion Photo: Bobbie Lee

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I'm Berni B, The Alternative Celebrant and owner of "The Cwtch Hwtch" at Cerdyn Villa; a cute and alternative elopement and micro wedding venue. I met Pixie Knowles, the Plan-It Pixie, last September during lockdown. Pixie suggested I should kick start my new venue by organising a styled shoot. I didn't know where to begin, Luckily, she's an event planner! Pixie said: "You create some mood boards; we'll see what we can do". I created 4 boards with a view to Pixie selecting her favourite. "I think we can manage four styles in a day" says she... and we climbed on the roller coaster! Try as hard as I might, it was impossible not to include a pink themed mood. Hence Playful Pink Passion. I really wanted to showcase that when you book The Alternative Celebrant, you can choose your officiant to be either Berni B or her alter-ego, Lady Lily the Pink of the Monster Raving Loony Party.

Photo: Bobbie Lee

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My models for Playful Pink Passion are the fabulous, crazy, wonderful, Tazmin, and her partner Samantha; not professional models, simply friends whom I thought would be perfect for the theme. I wanted to include Taz who is celebrating her transition and give her the opportunity to get some amazing photos, not that she needs a boost to her self-esteem, she knows how gorgeous she is! I think the shoot really helped Sam, who was extremely anxious, but to combat that I loaned her my fluffy white rag doll of a cat to stroke, it immediately took her mind off the camera!


Photo: Bobbie Lee

I reached out to Cathy Cooke of Vintage Florrie and asked her if she would be our stylist for the day; I loved her style and ethos; vintage, handmade and eco. Zoe of Scarlet-Tayla couture, was already providing some of her amazing bespoke designs for 2 of the other shoots but when she saw the brief for this one, she reached out and asked if she could make something for our two brides. How could I say no?! Taz is a very girly girl, so Zoe made a girly -girly dress! However, Sam is a tomboy and felt more comfortable in trousers, so Zoe made her a pink tartan pantaloon suit. Awesome! The idea for this theme was to go all out OTT with fabulous pink and showcase the Cwtch Hwtch which is my unique glamping garden boudoir available to couples as part of my packages for elopements, micro weddings, and vow renewals.

For those wondering, 'cwtch' Is the Welsh word for cuddle and 'hwtch' is a play on the word hutch in honour of my free roaming hens... Our picnic and grazing platter are from Caffi Sosban here in Llanwrtyd and are available as part of the packages available. Of course, a day with Lady Lil would not be complete without photos with Ffloyd, her/my (we share!) 1968 Hillman Husky, lovingly restored in her fetching magenta livery, by Crompton Coachwork, Hillman specialists, also here in town (keeping it in the family, Graham Crompton is my son). Throughout our day we had two photographers with vastly different styles, it's interesting to see two different takes on the same theme!

The styled shoot is a playful, light-hearted elopement ceremony full of alternative styling, including a shocking pink button bouquet by Sally of Buttons Beads Bells & Bows; a wedding picnic and a romantic stay in the Cwtch with a delicious champagne breakfast hamper and optional grazing platters.

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Photo: Bobbie Lee

You create some mood boards, we’ll see what we can do...I think we can manage four styles in a day. Photo: Bobbie Lee

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Photo: Bobbie Lee


Creative Team OFFICIANT | CELEBRANT The Alternative Celebrant Bernice Benton, bernib.co.uk, @thealternativecelebrant VENUE The Cwtch Hwtch at Cerdyn Villa bernib.co.uk, @thealternativecelebrant PHOTOGRAPHER Ann Seymour Photography annseymour.co.uk, @annseymourphotography PHOTOGRAPHER Bobbie Lee Photography bobbielee.co.uk, @bobbie_lee_photography EVENT PLANNER Pixie Knowles of Plan-It Pixie facebook.com/planitpixie, @x_planit.pixie_x EVENT STYLIST Cathy Cookie of Vintage Florrie vintageflorrie.com, @vintage_florrie MAKEUP Sarah Waters Aesthetics sarahwatersaesthetics.com, @sarahwatersaesthetics HAIR Chris of Century Marks Salon facebook.com/centurymarkssalon, @centurymarks_builthwells

Photo: Ann Seymour

BRIDAL OUTFITS Zoe Axford-Whitaker of Scarlet Tayla scarlet-tayla.com, @scarlettayla BOUQUET Sally Lilleilla of Buttons Beads Bells and Bows facebook.com/Buttonsbeadsbells-and-Bows-750583501966388 PICNIC/HIGH TEA/GRAZING BOXES Dave & Kate George of Caffi Sosban Fach facebook.com/caffisosban RINGS Clare of Bone Arrow bonearrow.com, @BONEARROW_ CAR Graham Crompton of Crompton Coachwork PINK CAR Owned by Berni B, see Celebrant details

Photo: Ann Seymour

MODELS Tazmin Eleanor Vince-Lawer & Samantha Simms

Photo: Bobbie Lee

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Bev Seal ois a wedding planner, co-ordinator and advisor, who specialises in alternative weddings as well as weddings in historical and unusual buildings. Bev has been operating in the wedding industry for the last 5 years. She is also a performer and historical re-enactor both outside and inside of work.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

A lot of venues will also do a winter discount as you might not have access to the outside space or the gardens so you could save a few pennies too.

We have almost made it through another year, congratulations!

We have talked before about Themes, (Issue #3 -To theme or not to theme? That is the question) around Halloween and Christmas is the perfect time to get your theme on, you can go traditional Halloween, or it is the perfect time for a gothic/ dark theme.

I’ll be honest, Autumn/ Winter is my favourite time of year, and my favourite time for weddings, there’s something about a cosy day, with long dark evenings that makes my heart tingle. If you are like me and prefer a mulled wine instead of a Pimm’s, I’m guessing you’re heading for a winter wedding. There are, as with all weddings, many things to consider with having your big day during the colder months but luckily for you, I am here to help you boss your winter wedding! From Halloween to Christmas, winter is full of events, it is a busy time of year for a lot of people so, if you are planning on having your day on or around a holiday, make sure you give people as much notice as possible. If your guests must be outside for any amount of time – e.g., getting into or between venues – make sure they know this so they can prepare to wrap up warm and/or keep dry! You might want to consider getting your guests matching umbrellas for a great photo opportunity or those fab ponchos you get when you go on a water ride at a theme park. Think about your venue in terms of footwear as well – is it likely to be muddy or slippery if it’s been raining? Speaking of photography - there is much less light during the winter so ensure you plan when to have your photos if you are planning to have any outside and ensure any inside photo spots are suitable – your photographer will be able to advise you on this. You should also consider the timing of your whole day with this is mind – maybe have an earlier ceremony to make the most of the light or you could flip it and have a later ceremony so your whole day is in darkness with atmospheric lighting (I am a sucker for dimmed lighting and candles at a wedding!)

Flowers and décor – there are some beautiful blooms that come out in winter. Roses and gypsophila also bloom all year round, you could add winter berries and pinecones too to add to a winter feel. A couple of years ago, I was a bridesmaid for a wedding on the 30th of December - we had mismatching bridesmaid dresses but were all tied in by wearing matching faux fur wraps (side note: we all wore tights under our dresses too for an extra layer of warmth!) if you are having a wedding party, make sure they don’t look frozen in your pictures! Winter weddings are also the perfect time to have lovely winter dishes for your wedding breakfast (if you decide to have one). Although I don’t generally recommend having soup at a wedding (way too many things could go wrong) I do like the idea of a nice pumpkin soup to start followed by something really hearty like a roast dinner, pie and mash or maybe even a stew of some kind and then finished with some kind of warm brownie/sticky toffee pudding - I would even add in a cheese course! Ok before I make myself feel anymore hungry, as always, it’s your day to do with however you please as long as there is love (and generally music and food) what more does anyone need? Photography by @danny_jack_photography @sussexpastweddings

This sounds like an obvious thing but check your wedding venue has heating! I work with a couple of venues that only do weddings in summer months as they cannot heat the space, you would think most venues would inform you of this sort of thing if you were enquiring for a colder time of year, but you should never assume. Outrageous Bride | 57


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REAL WEDDINGS

Jennie & Jaime

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e’ve been together 14 years and I didn’t think Jaime would get married again, but after losing my grandparents and Mum in quick succession (and no children or siblings) I was feeling adrift and unattached. Jaime surprised me with a beautiful Edwardian engagement ring on my birthday whilst on holiday in Cyprus in February 2018. By the end of the day we had seen a photo online that inspired the look and style of the wedding and had planned most of the wedding! We’re event organisers and run a music festival in the Cotswolds so planning is what we do. Of course we knew our friends and family would expect something funky! Cocoa Couture in Cheltenham made our awesome outfits – mine a corset from Victorian pin stripe silk with a wide stripe bustle skirt decorated with original Edwardian and Victorian beading and lace and a 1950s black lace fabric bolero. They adapted a vintage tailcoat for Jaime with a union flag style design – echoing the cover of a David Bowie album he loves. Top hats were outrageously embellished by Moses Gardner, a talented creative based locally in Cirencester (normally found creating awesome displays at the Cotswold Cats & Dogs Home Charity Shop in Cirencester!). Our 250 guests rose to the challenge and donned all manner of things steampunk and circus themed, with a profusion of decorated top hats, feathers, fishnets and corsets. Jennie entered the church accompanied by Jaime’s daughter Tiggy and 8 awesome singers performing The Greatest Show. Jaime and Jennie shared the opening lines then the ensemble surged down the aisle, around the vicar and sang the final notes in dramatic style from the choir stalls! Whilst a traditional service, the fantastic vicar – Jon Tattersall - made the service relevant and fun. During the signing of the register, local young and very talented singer Phoebe Maddison performed ‘Tightrope’ a lyrical waltz number from ‘The Greatest Showman’, with romantic and relevant lyrics. We made the orders of service ourselves, in the style of circus programmes, hand tied with ribbon.


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We left the church in Cara’s Jaguar sports car (in memory of my Dad who’d worked at Jaguar all his life) – driven by the Stig. (A former ‘real’ Stig who we’d got to know through a friend.) The congregation were transported to the reception marquee by coach, where they were welcomed with a glass of fizz, before tucking into a magnificent hog roast from Notorious P.I.G. (notoriouspig. co.uk) and a ‘Death by Cheese’ table designed and supplied by us (we’re known amongst friends for our cheese boards!) All cheeses supplied by Freygrace Cheeses. Each table had a huge tub of popcorn and for top ups, a DIY popcorn machine offered a mixture of flavours. Younger guests each received a goodie bag with games, toys, sweets and a personal gift. Rather than gifts, we asked our guests to bring their own booze, this ensured everyone had a good supply of exactly what they wanted to drink, paddling pools of ice located outside the marquee and a chiller wagon ensured everything kept cool (and the bride and groom may have even nipped in the chiller wagon for a cool off!). The reception, in a huge marquee kitted out with festoon lighting, embroidered Indian parasols and circus style props, featured a circus skills tent enjoyed by grown-ups and kids alike. We loved seeing our outrageously dressed guests trying to master stilt walking, tightrope, comedy bicycles and plate spinning! Cabaret artist Kiki Lovechild (also formerly featured in Rock N Roll Bride) performed two hilarious acts, with Jaime, Jennie and the ensemble performing an illusion act featuring Jaime locked in a cabinet and skewered with poles! Far from being the shortest marriage ever, it was met with delight by our guests.

Rock ukulele band Frankenstein’s Lobster (pictured) performed dance floor hits before our dear friends Dr. And The Medics ended the night in style. Jaime and I will forever remember performing backing vocals on their number one hit ‘Spirit in The Sky’ – which lead singer Clive dedicated to Jennie’s Mum and Clive’s dad (also recently deceased). As you can imagine, an emotional performance! Our very dear friend, film-maker and producer Ian Marsh shot a video of the day and evening, a fabulous reminder of a very special and highly memorable wedding. As day turned to night, the festoon lights created an awesome glow, as did the lights of Lechlade below us in the valley. WGS power and lighting kindly supplied generators and lighting as our wedding gift; we have worked with the team for many years as they supply power for the 3 day family music festival we run in Lechlade, normally taking place at the end of May. As event organisers, our guests expected something outrageous - and we feel we delivered!


GET INSPIRED WEDDING OUTFITS: Cocoa Couture, Cheltenham, Vintage Fairs, Charity Shops and eBay BRIDE’S JEWELLERY: Vintage Fair TIARA & BOOTS: eBay GROOM’S TOP HAT: eBay HAIR: Hollie Clements MAKEUP: Gemma O’Brien WEDDING RINGS: John Steward Jewellers, Swindon BOUQUET AND BUTTONHOLES: made by Jennie from fabrics, featuring her Mom’s and Gran’s brooches in the centres PHOTOGRAPHY: Lynn Bateman Photography, facebook.com/Lynn-Bateman-Photography-298862637150913, and Eric Hobson Photography, erichobsonphotography.co.uk/ WEDDING CAKE: Shirley White – a friend in Lechlade JAGUAR: loaned by Cara at Cocoa Couture – driven by The Stig, cocoacouture.co.uk VENUE: St Lawrence Church, Lechlade on Thames and event field, Inglesham, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, Flint & Lambourn Marquees, flintmarquees.co.uk


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Keeping the kids happy! IF YOU’RE HAVING AN ALL-AGE FRIENDLY WEDDING YOU MAY BE WONDERING JUST HOW EXACTLY TO ENSURE YOUR LITTLEST GUESTS ENJOY THE DAY - WELL, JUST CALL US MARY POPPINS BECAUSE WE’RE HERE WITH OUR BEST TIPS AND IDEAS…

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Activity placemats on the tables can be a great way of stopping little minds (and feet) wandering during a long period of sitting. You can find these on places such as Etsy or even make your own. Activities could include a wedding-related word search, I Spy, or a ‘help the couple find each other’ maze!

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Goodie bags! As an adult, we’d be thrilled if more parties give out party bags so why not incorporate that into your big day? They can serve as fab wedding favours for children and contain puzzles, bubbles and other bits n bobs to keep them entertained for hours!

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If you have lots of children attending you may want to consider hiring a dedicated event creche service where parents know their kids will be wellsupervised so they can relax and have fun too! There are lots of companies offering this, many of whom can put together bespoke entertainments including toys, storytimes and activities.

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We also love that you can hire soft play equipment to really give the children something to do! Again it’s worth having a look around for one near you which offers all you need - make sure they travel to your venue and that you feel happy with them!

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Give them a role to play. This is great for slightly older children who will love feeling responsible for something important - whether that’s being in the wedding party, being in charge of the confetti or helping hand out wedding favours or cake.

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It has to be said: don’t worry too much. Often couples without children can get caught in the trap of worrying about how the kids will be. To be honest, most parents will be aware of their little one’s attention span and will likely bring a few toys from home! You could always let the parents know in advance that you’re totally happy with this, along with any other kid-relevant info!


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lA ternative eW dding Rituals Alternative Wedding Rituals for Creative Couples By choosing a Celebrant-led wedding, not only can you personalise every word, you can also bring some pretty awesome theatre to your ceremony. The most common ritual you will already know is the ring exchange which will typically happen after you’ve said your vows to one another.

Lemons are typically considered a symbol of longevity, friendship and purification, with the colour yellow meaning happiness, energy and optimism. This makes it a great choice for your bespoke ceremony.

Wedding rituals are all about symbolism and at The Celebrant Directory we have hundreds of Celebrants around the world who will incorporate and create the most inspiring and beautiful rituals for your bespoke ceremony.

Once mixed, you can end this ritual by crossing arms and drinking from the cup your other half has lovingly prepared, witnessed by your loved ones. You could also provide a shot of the spirit under the chairs for your guests, or have your catering supplier bring out gin and tonics for everyone to sip at this point too!

The beauty of a Celebrant-led ceremony means you are bound by imagination only! By creating a bespoke ritual we bring magic to the part that, let’s be honest, most people can’t wait to be over, but ultimately is the most important part of the day for you as a couple. It’s in the ceremony where we demonstrate what marriage means to you and the joint components of your relationship.

2. Fire ritual Fire is one of the natural elements so any ritual with fire will be impactful and theatrical. The most common is the unity candle ritual. You both have a candle lit by a loved one and you light one (usually bigger) candle together by combining your flames, symbolising your unity and relighting one another’s flame in your marriage together.

1. Spirit mixing ritual Take the humble gin and tonic. Just how can you use this within your wedding ceremony? It’s worth noting here that legally you’re not allowed to have alcohol within a ceremony area but, with a Celebrant-led ceremony you can include a bespoke gin and tonic mixing (or alternative beverage of your choice of course), to showcase your unique qualities.

A modern take on this is a fire pit ritual which is just as incredible as it sounds. If you have a fire bowl or fire pit handy or provided for you at your venue, it’s an amazing one to include in your Celebrant-led ceremony. With the same basis as the unity candle ritual, you essentially build your fire together and light it so it burns for the duration of your wedding day.

By using your favourite gin, your Celebrant can talk through the blend and how it relates to you both as a couple. You can choose to pour your chosen tonic into each other’s couple to symbolise your union and by including a garnish your Celebrant can talk about the symbolisation of the colour and choice of fruit.

With this ritual you could also provide s’mores as part of the ceremony or as favours - maybe as a midnight snack for guests so they can toast their marshmallows on your everlasting love and fire.

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If you like the idea of displaying a physical way of tying the knot as part of your Celebrant-led ceremony you could also showcase this with a piece of fabric or ribbon after your ring exchange. By standing shoulder to shoulder with arms stretched out, your Celebrant will drape the material around and instruct you to carefully pull your arms away from each other. The finished result is a gorgeous and unique knot that you’ve both created together symbolising your union and marriage! There are so many other creative ways you can include rituals within your wedding ceremony. Your Celebrant will have some amazing ideas of things they have done before or come up with some amazing ideas based on your interests and personalities. The beauty of a Celebrant-led ceremony means you can have as many rituals as you like and your guests will love to watch the magic unfold as you showcase them. There are no ideas too wild and your Celebrant will love working with you to create a ceremony that’s undeniably you.

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3. Handfasting and Hand tying rituals Most people who visualise a Celebrant-led wedding will most probably think of handfasting and hand tying but did you know there’s a difference between the two? Handfasting is a Celtic tradition which existed before people would exchange gold rings. The practise is one that has to be taught or learnt as there are several ways to do it. Handfasting is typically a very spiritual ritual whereby the Celebrant will call upon the elements. Ribbons, cords or ropes will be wrapped around your wrists or another vessel which is then placed upon your hands. You may say your vows with your hands bound together or the Celebrant may provide a passage or blessing for your marriage. It’s a really beautiful ritual and visual so guests will also love it too. Hand tying is slightly different whereby your hands or wrists will be bound with the cords or rope, and more commonly a braided ribbon and suitable words will follow. With hand tying there isn’t any spiritual incorporation. With both rituals, you may provide charms or pieces of fabric, pocket watches or anything important to you to create the items to bind you and your other half. Handfasting and hand tying are incredibly powerful ways to display your union and you can treasure your knot or circle of everlasting love forever! Some couples like to wear their ribbons throughout the course of the wedding day on their wrists or arms. 68| Outrageous Bride

The Celebrant Directory is full of glittering inspiration and ideas for your bespoke wedding ceremony. You can find Celebrants all over the world from the UK to Australia and amazing wedding ceremony destination guides if you’re looking to get married abroad. Visit www.thecelebrantdirectory.com


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In steps Milly J shoes, a tiny, multi award winning bespoke shoe brand that takes in all walks of footwear needs. Milly J Shoes hand creates special occasion bespoke shoes and shoe clips in the heart of Norwich. But at the helm is the joy of creating a piece of footwear entirely for special occasions. Brides revel in the delight that they can have any pair of shoes conceptualised for their fairy tale day! Milly J’s motto is, “the sky is the limit” and when entering the shop, many can see how footwear can be playful, scintillating, and unique. However, some clients just want a little pizazz added to their shoes. From Mad Hatter Teapot Shoes based on the fantasy of Alice in Wonderland. To Victoriana Steampunk Shoes complete with working clock parts complete with nuts and bolts. To even the more prettily, subdued, but one-off bridal shoe that allows the bride to enjoy her podium for the day. Services include bespoke and customised shoes. Up-cycled shoes, using your pre-existing pairs and transforming them into a better version of what once was, or an entirely new design. To bespoke and off the shelf shoe clips and even shoe sculptures for display purposes. Clients can supply their own shoes or have Milly J source one after doing a footwear fitting and work the magic from there.

Milly J has created shoes for celebrities, to shoes for everyday wear. The shoe clips are especially accessible: by clipping a handmade Milly J ornament onto your shoes, you can go from day to evening wear with ease. Great for so-called, “challenging” feet, as you already own a comfortable pair, and for sustainability and growing feet! Brides appreciate the time and effort that would normally be spent wandering bewildered around standard shoe shops can instead be invested in an experiential process that playfully teases out their ultimate needs. Milly will invite the client to her shop in Norwich for a consultation that will help them choose a design that will be right for their day. This includes a footwear fitting and a collaborative brainstorm which is important, as the client wants to be a part of the finished item. Though, if Norwich is not easily accessible, then Milly can do a consultation over the phone, via email, or Skype. If you are seeking a shoe entirely for you, or to give as a gift, then hopefully the punch and personality of Milly J Shoes is what you are looking for. Find Milly at:

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THEMED INSPIRATION was all about creating something bold and beautiful, with a difference. Your wedding day should only be one thing and that is 100% YOU. Themes can be as little or as much as you want, and we decide to go big or go home for this inspiration. Our yellow polka-dot gown from KlueDoll was everything and more! It was a beautiful contrast to the deep blues, reds and gold and gave all the (alternative) princess vibes with a bespoke leather jacket from Sammy Leas Retro and Docs. This was simply about showing the art of the possible with an incredible Yorkshire-based team, with a love for Disney.

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Creative team PLANNING/PHOTOGRAPHER Your Choice Photography yourchoicephotography.com @yourchoicephotography JEWELLERY Starbox Wedding Accessories starboxjewellery.com @starboxwedding STATIONERY Buttercups Cards buttercupscards.co.uk @buttercupscards DRESSES Klue Doll kluebykellyann.com @kluedoll DECOR Refresh Restyle Weddings refreshweddings.co.uk @refresh_restyle BROACH BOUQUET Maddison Rocks Floral Sculpture mrfloralsculpture.co.uk @MaddisonRocksFloralSculpture STYLING/FLORIST Spectacular Scenes spectacularscenes.com @spectacularscenes MUA Chandler Beauty facebook.com/ChandlerBeautyLS @chandlerbeautyls CAKE Where The Ribbon Ends wheretheribbonends.com @wheretheribbonends TRINKETS Jess Harington Designs etsy.com/shop/jessharringtondesign @jessharridesign LEATHER JACKET Sammy Lea's Retro Emporium etsy.com/uk/shop/SammyLeaSigns, @Sammyleasretroemporium MODEL Kehrn Kaur facebook.com/kehrn.kaur @kehrn.kaur MODEL Michael Gojira Stone purpleport.com/portfolio/lovemunkey187, @lovemunkey187

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WE HAVE ONE COPY OF THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK TO WIN To enter, answer this question. In which UK country are Humanist Wedding Ceremonies legally recognised? Email your answer to editor@outrageousbride.com, using Little Book as thesubject heading. Closing date for entries is 03 Feb 2022.

a) England b) Scotland c) Wales d) Northern Ireland

The Little Book of Humanist Weddings, is an uplifting collection of quotes, stories, and meditations chronicling every aspect of relationships from initial attraction and romance to forging long-lasting connection, commitment, and partnership. The book draws from the collective wisdom of Humanists UK’s wedding celebrants and is inspired by some of history’s greatest thinkers. It quotes everyone from novelists Margaret Atwood and James Baldwin, to playwrights Lorraine Hansberry and Noel Coward, and the broadcaster and writer, Stephen Fry. The book offers reflections on what love is, the qualities of an equal and happy partnership, and the inclusive and personal nature of humanist weddings. Written to inspire and stimulate couples’ thoughts around the ideas, beliefs, and values at the foundation of their humanist wedding or relationship, this pocket-sized guide is the perfect complement to making a wedding a day to remember, and a memory to cherish. The book is ultimately a distillation of the collective wisdom of Humanists UK and celebrants, identifying what makes relationships, weddings, and married life work.


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Created and run by husband and wife team Becks and Luke, this adorable 50’s teardrop caravan is a real passion project for the duo: ‘Luke and I have always been creative people we met at a jazz gig he was playing and I used to work as an illustrator. It was in 2018 that Pixie was born, I had been made redundant and happened to see an advert for this little caravan for sale. Normally Luke is much more the risk-taker in the relationship but there was something about Pixie that just charmed me. Instinct told me we had to have it - and when I showed Luke, he felt exactly the same!’

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Becks and Luke went for it, plunging their savings into the purchase, renovation and decoration from the inside out of the gorgeous Pixie! Instinct led the way again with the idea of putting together a photo booth for weddings gripping the pair from day one. ‘Luke is incredibly handy,’ says Becks, ‘He can turn his hand to anything so ultimately we were able to do it all by ourselves. There was a lot of research and getting a feel for what would work best. At home we don’t always agree on designs but funnily with Pixie we just had the same vision!’ The pair ran with Pixie’s shiny, chrome-style exterior, creating a glam, sumptuous, pink and sparkly paradise inside the caravan. But Pixie isn’t just about style, Becks and


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Luke wanted to make sure she offered a very immersive yet practical experience: ‘Part of the fun of Pixie is climbing into that small space of the caravan with all your pals, trying to squeeze as many people as you can in one go. And then basically the technology is so clever, all you have to do is touch the screen. It'll count down, take three photos, and then they just get instantly printed out the back! You get two of each, one to keep and one to stick into the guest book!’ Becks says she loves how the booth works as both an ice-breaker and a complement to the day: ‘We always say: you have the wedding photographers for the amazing, beautiful, important shots. And then you've got us for all the mayhem and the fun and the chaos that goes on into the evening. It gives you a different snapshot of the wedding, a kind of insight into what's going on, and how fun weddings can really be!’ The pair’s love for Pixie and for weddings really shines through all they do: ‘We take every wedding so seriously. We have an initial in-depth consultation with each couple and then design each photo strip so it’s personalised to the couple - often people will ask me to emulate the style of their invitations or their theme, leaving them with a guest book full of photos which match their whole day. We pride ourselves on getting to know every couple and it’s always so personal. By the time the wedding comes around I’m always so excited to meet them!’ All this has given Becks a great insight into weddings and she has some awesome advice: ‘Definitely get yourself

loaded up with magazines like OB, which have heaps of inspiration. And just know that you don't have to follow the path that others have followed, you can have the day that you want to. I hate that phrase that people say “oh, it's just a day” because it's not just today, it is hopefully going to be the best day of your life! It’s going to stay with you for years and years, and you want to look back and think that was perfect, that was me and my partner and that's the message that we wanted to convey to all of our friends and family. It's so important to do it your way. If that means a quick registry office or a full on festival-themed circus party, it doesn't matter as long as you do what's right for you. Aim to look back and think “I'm not going to regret anything. I've done everything I wanted to do. I didn't have to sacrifice anything because I did it my way.”’

Find the Pixie Booth at thepixiebooth.com and @the_pixie_booth

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had gone to New Zealand to work and met Nopera who is a Maori. He was a fisherman and they had a couple of weeks together before he had to leave on a three month fishing trip, he came home six weeks early as he wanted to be with me. I then told Nopera I was leaving to go back to the UK and Nopera said he would go with me. Nopera proposed at The Royal Marriott Bristol in November during a meal, he went down on one knee and it was a complete surprise! We knew we wanted our wedding to be in the same venue and it was beautiful! We gave out lottery tickets as wedding favours (although £1 was the biggest win!) and our table names were based on Maori tribe names. The Ngati Ranana Performance Maori group were a surprise wedding gift from the bride to the groom as he didn’t have family members at the wedding due to Covid restrictions. They came and did the hakka and wedding songs and dances which was absolutely fabulous and helped us bind our two cultures together. Our other entertainment included music from vocalist John Prescott during the ceremony and wedding breakfast, and Lucky Blackburn, a saxophonist, played during drinks reception. We also had Parody Portraits during the drinks reception that guests really enjoyed.

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It was honestly the best day of our lives. Marlon, one of the groomsmen, was our flower boy, dancing down the aisle was a very fun moment and we had videos from New Zealand from friends and family that were very special. In your dreams event styling really made our vision come to life and made the venue look spectacular. Claudia's reading (my sister) was very touching. Our best tip is: use a wedding planner, in our case Mum, who runs The Word On Weddings wedding fairs knew lots of tips and great suppliers which helped take the pressure off. Also be organised and really enjoy every minute of the day!

GET INSPIRED VENUE Marriott Royal Bristol marriott.com PHOTOGRAPHER Daniella Marinos daniellamarinosphotography.com VIDEOGRAPHER Nicola Hesketh imageparadise.com BRIDE’S DRESS Special Day and Appletons radisol.co.uk/special-day-appletons BRIDE’S ACCESSORIES Tracy Pallari tracypallari.com/ HAIR AND MAKE-UP Lauren Jamie laurenjamiehairandmakeup.com BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Godiva, goddiva.co.uk/ GROOM’S SUIT Slater’s Menswear slaters.co.uk/ WEDDING CAKE Angels in the Kitchen angelsinthekitchen.co.uk FLOWERS Lara Parnell of In Your Dreams Event Styling inyourdreamseventstyling.co.uk TRANSPORT Katie of Cadbury Cars cadburycars.co.uk STATIONERY Invitations First invitationsfirst.co.uk ENTERTAINMENT John Prescott johnprescottvocalist.co.uk Lucy Harvey saxophonist lucyharvey.co.uk/vocalist-saxophonist Parody Portraits parodyportraits.com MAORI PERFORMANCE GROUP Ngatirananna Community Group ngatiranana.co.uk

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While many couples know from the start that a traditional venue isn’t what they’re after, they often struggle to figure out where exactly they do want to hold their special day. Well, we’re here to help, having ferreted out some of the most outrageously inventive venues around. This issue, Hazel Orton invites you to come fly with her… Once again the dark, gloomy winter months are upon us and the nights are drawing in but it’s also a time to appreciate the beauty and pleasure this time of year can bring to some of the world’s most adventurous wedding venues and honeymoon destinations. This issue we venture further afield as lockdown starts to ease and travel becomes more possible. We begin with a trip to the Alps to explore what was described by the Telegraph as the world’s most extreme hotel: Biracco Gervasutti which protrudes from the side of Mont Blanc in Italy. Set at 9,300 feet above sea level it replaces the original hut left by famous climber Giusto Gervasutti and is not for the faint hearted! It appears to be teetering on the edge of the Frebouze Glacier, access is by foot only but the reward is the stunning views of the Aosta Valley below. Powered by solar and with internet access the capsule is totally energy self-sufficient and holds a party of up to 12. If you enjoy the darkness of winter why not stay in your very own bat-cave? This amazing venue is set inside The Eden Motel in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan and is designed to make you feel like you are actually inside Gotham City. Featuring a bat mirror at one end of the

Levin Iglut Hotel

room and luxury bat furniture throughout, it even has a bat TV and a batmobile that doubles up as a sofa. The bat cave is rented by the hour with the minimum stay being three hours, so enough time to watch a Batman movie from Batman’s massive bed in perfect cosy bat solitude. Our final visit is to a beautiful Lapland retreat , as Christmas is approaching and you could even be in with a chance of seeing the mystical Father Christmas flying above if you stay in a glass igloo! The family owned Levin Iglut Hotel in Finland offers three styles of glass igloo and a first-class restaurant. The glass igloos give you a full panoramic view of the snow-covered wilderness surroundings as you wake up and also a perfect vantage point to watch the stunning northern lights as you fall asleep. The perfect setting for a winter honeymoon with a personal service available to cater for your every need. If you prefer a more private accommodation the venue also has a private luxury Northern Lights House with its own private terrace, sauna and hot tub. Whether you are a mountain climbing couple or a cosy fantasy stargazing couple there is certainly something for everyone in the winter months to make your wedding and honeymoon more adventurous and outrageous than ever. Next issue I will be exploring the superhero theme more, so watch this space!

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his neo-pagan shoot took place in Sussex. Our theme was eclectic, incorporating elements of nature and goddess symbolism as well as a nod to the modern pagan and to the regal warrior queen/king in an area renowned for its ritual roots (Kim, who runs Great Betley, our shoot venue, had lots of great information about the area's history). It was a Kent/Sussex collaboration with a variety of alternative suppliers working together. Some of the gorgeous details we featured in the shoot include using a willow structure as an altar, a beautiful lace and chiffon dress with a feather trimmed cloak, and a vegan graze table. The shoot also featured eco-conscious styling (calligraphy stationery, place mats made from recycled paper and dried flowers/leaves etc...) and a fabulous pair of hanging lavender chandeliers. We used real weapons for our warrior queen and her warrior King, along with a stunning wooden throne.

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FREE FLYING BESPOKE, BEAUTIFUL WEDDING HEAD-GEAR WITH HEADWINGS

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Hi everyone, I’m Lois from HeadWings, we create bespoke feather crowns and accessories not just for the Bride and Groom but for the whole wedding tribe. Whether you want a bespoke HeadWings feather crown and bouquet with matching accessories for your bridesmaids, or to unify the tribe at your henchella festival hen do, we can make that happen! I moved to Ibiza when I was 19 in search of adventure and an alternative lifestyle. After years of living in a community surrounded by international artists, performers and designers, my bestie, Malaika, and I put our crafty heads

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together combining our passion for nature, design and festival culture to create our business HeadWings. We originally named our business Feathered and Free as for us, feathers symbolise the freedom to explore, create and express ourselves taking our inspiration from the outstanding beauty of the natural world. We designed our first HeadWings crown for our friend’s wedding and since then we’ve had great success selling them all over the world. Our bridal sets have only been available for commission in the UK since 2020 and so they are still very exclusive. We

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work together with couples to design your bespoke Bridal Set taking inspiration from your individual colour pallet and aspects of your personality. One bride wanted an extravagant, crystal encrusted crown with long tail feathers that really stood out and turned heads, whereas another wanted a more subtle look, choosing a more simple crown with short feathers that framed her head. The beauty of HeadWings is that we work directly with you, to create unique pieces that transform you into feathery Gods and Goddesses! We consult you throughout every step of the design process. Firstly, we ask you to fill out the questionnaire in the Bespoke section of the website where you can select the style of crown frame, the length and shape of the feathers you’d like and tell us about your colour pallet or theme, before selecting the different designs you want to make up your bespoke Bridal Set adding, for example, a matching bouquet, buttonholes for the Groom and EarWings for the Bridesmaids.

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We design original festival wear for festivals like Burning Man, as well as selling in boutiques in Ibiza and Tulum, Mexico. Our designs have also taken the catwalks of Ibiza Fashion Week and Madrid Bridal Week by storm, even being worn by the likes of Paris Hilton and Toya Montoya. If you want to unify your tribe with feather accessories for your themed henchella or festival hen do or reception party, we can create your bespoke set in a range of designs including our EarWings, Festi Cuffs, Neckwings all in the perfect colours to match your chosen theme. Follow us on Instagram @headwingsibiza to see more. To start the creative process, fly over to our website headwings.co.uk and have a gander at the designs we offer, then fill in the questionnaire letting us know your theme ideas, colour pallet, number of pieces and we will be in touch to explore the options and get creating.

Photo: Ishka Michocka Photography www.ishkamichocka.com

So, if you want to take centre stage at your wedding releasing your inner God/Goddess, then get in touch and let your flawless feathery look take flight!

Photo: Ishka Michocka Photography www.ishkamichocka.com

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he engagement happened at Stonehenge on Friday the 27th. Well, TECHNICALLY. Amber caved in a little the day before and proposed on a gorgeous bench outside of Salisbury cathedral. She asked as the bells went off which was so, so magical. Then she proposed again the day after at Stonehenge (which was the original idea) where we got some really gorgeous photos. We've been together for nearly 9 months now. Our first date was socially distanced in lockdown where we had to be outside, in the cold and rain. I brought a red towel and "laid out the red carpet" for her to sit on when we found a bench to sit and chat on. Since then we haven't stopped talking, smiling and living our best lives. It's like I've known her my whole entire life. We've been at the same events and in the same room as each other before we even met and never talked. Then our paths finally collided and since then it's been a whirlwind! Everyday has been an adventure and I couldn't think of anyone else I would rather spend my life with. The photographers have actually either been ourselves or random people we've encountered on our journeys. So our engagement photos were taken by a girl who was visiting Stonehenge too and the pink & black dress ones were taken by a bouncer.

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Hair for the DIY Bride : Textured and Braided Up-do

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Saving money and personalising your wedding look: for some brides, doing their own makeup is an option that just can’t be beaten! But how do you make sure you’re achieving the style and quality you’re after? Columnist Bethany Jane Davies from Fatale Cosmetics is here to help... A textured and undone up-do, which incorporates braids, is a truly versatile wedding look, a perfect hair style for brides-to-be with medium to long length hair. Soft and undone, it brings the wearer a relaxed and timeless elegance, influenced by vintage styling. This up-do perfectly suits a variety of bridal styles from Boho, Victoriana to Gothic and vintage elegance. In addition, it can be worn on its own or with a variety of accessories and headpieces, be that a crown, a tiara, combs, head chains and all veils. Because the style is

1. Divide the hair into three sections. Create a middle or side parting at the front and section-off the hair in front of each ear. Put the hair at the back, into a ponytail. While keeping a firm grip on the ponytail, pull outwards and upwards, several small sections of the hair above the crown with your fingertips. You’re aiming to break up and separate the hair to create a textured, undone look, rather than a flat/smooth crown. 2. Next create a three strand plait with the ponytail, and secure with a hairband. Holding the end of the plait over the band, firmly pull and widen each segment of the plait by pulling and spreading and fanning the hair outwards, creating texture at the edges and a thicker, messier plait. 3. Take the end of the plait and roll it upwards and over itself, then secure by pinning to the head, above the top of the ponytail, creating a simple bun. 4. Take one of the side sections and hold it firmly in one piece, twisting away from the face (clockwise on the

up, it’s also great for showing off statement earrings or a necklace! In this edition I take you step-by-step through the stages needed to create this braided up-do, so you can create lots of texture and the perfect amount of messy chic on your wedding day. This is an up-style that with practice can be recreated on yourself or ideally by a willing member of your bridal party or your hairstylist. Just make sure you practice thoroughly before the big day!

bride’s left side; anti-clockwise on the bride’s right side). With a firm grip on the end of the twisted side section, gently pull out sections of this twist to widen the section, soften and create a textured look (like we did with the plait). 5. Lay this twisted section over the top of the bun and pin securely on the opposite side. 6. Repeat this process with the other side section and pin into place. Add pins to the bun and twisted side-sections until they feel secure. 7. For a more undone look you may wish to pull out and let loose some additional strands. Once you have pulled out these pieces, you may want to gently curl them with a tong or hair straighteners. 8. Use hairspray and a shine spray to finish. 9. Accessorise and be admired Bethany x

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HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR DREAM CAKE FOR YOUR DREAM DAY by Toni, Blueberry Moon Cakes

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So, here are some tips and a few wedding cake rules to break. In the world of cake anything goes, and why not your wedding cake? Yes, tradition is great but we are lucky that the wedding industry has changed from the limitations of a ‘onesize fits all’ approach.

to be cake either, macaron towers, doughnut walls and a candy buffet for that real Willy Wonka crossed with Alice in Wonderland tea party is such a fun wedding theme. Maybe you want your guests to come in costume too - remember, the cake can be the starting point for the whole theme

Choosing the perfect wedding cake can be a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be. When searching on Google, narrow it down by starting with the geographical area of where you’re getting married. For example, “Wedding cake decorators Bristol” will help get you closer to your perfect cake maker, and don’t just look on page one: sometimes the hidden gem you’re looking for can be on page 5 or 6. Adding other key search words can also help narrow things even more.

Flavours! There is an incredible selection of cake and fillings now available. Depending on your choice of cake decorator, they may offer new and creative combinations which could take your cake to the next level. However, this is where you decide how inventive you would like to be with your cake flavours. To help, try considering the season that your wedding falls into: citrus flavours such as lemon, lime and passion fruit are always a great choice for summer. In colder months, you may wish to go with richer flavours, such as a chocolate sponge, coffee or even a carrot cake. Play around with your options, and if you’re an adventurous couple, then ask your cake decorator to suggest flavours that are more outside of the box, for example how about a cinnamon and fresh fig cake with a goat's cheese buttercream filling? This is a great flavour for those who have a more savoury-led palette.

Booking is very easy and simple, but you need to book well in advance as some cake decorator can get booked up pretty quickly, sometimes even years in advance. It’s best to plan as soon as possible, especially in the summer months. Most cake decorators will require an initial payment to secure the date; this is deducted from the balance of your cake. Most cake decorators will, or should, offer some kind of consultation that includes different cake and buttercream flavours for you to sample, as well as lots of advice helping you to make decisions as to whether they are the right cake maker for you. Make the most of this; you may have to pay which is usually deducted off the cost if you go ahead. White Wedding Cake, why? Throw away the rule book! There are no rules that say you MUST have a white four tiers cake, your cake can match the colour scheme of your flowers and have little personalized details that reflect you as a couple. Make your cake part of your wedding and embrace colour. Having a magical, colourful wedding with a plain all-white cake can make it look like it got invited to the wrong party! Who says you need to be traditional and even have a tiered cake at all? If you want a pink unicorn cake with Batman riding it, then have that Batman-unicorn beauty! You could have a 3D cake that wouldn’t necessarily feed all of your guests, but having sheet cakes of the same flavours for the kitchen to cut up and serve would. Sometimes thinking outside of the box is a great way to source unexpected treats for your wedding, but do let your cake maker in on the plan, they can make a small cake to fit your theme and then come up with fun ways to display all your other treats. It doesn’t have

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Pinterest and Instagram are a good start to look for inspiration, but looking outside the wedding cake realm for ideas can also help. Inspiration can come from things you like, your hobbies - do you like art? What style? As a couple; music and movies are a great source of inspiration, incorporating your song and favorite movie will add uniqueness and a little bit of your personality into the design of your cake. Images of your wedding dress, hair accessories, the bridesmaid’s dresses and the groom’s tuxedo, can help your cake decorator get a sense and feel for what you would like to achieve which will fit perfectly into your wedding theme. There are wedding cake styles to suit every couple, don't get caught in the plain white trap if that’s not you. And don’t feel trapped because the advice on a website guide says you should have a semi naked cake if your day is relaxed and your venue has a rustic feel. Let’s face it: most venues don’t cater for those who want a Marilyn Manson themed wedding! It’s not their fault, most couples want pretty; white wedding dresses and cakes with pink flowers. It’s traditional and it’s all over the internet, but there is a growing trend to dare to be different and that goes with your cake. Most importantly have fun planning your wedding; it’s your day, do it your way.


I’m Toni, an award-winning Cake Decorator. Here at Blueberry Moon Cake we specialize in alternative fun and unusual, celebration and wedding cakes! We deliver these amazing baked goods of yumminess throughout Bristol, and the surrounding area. After seeing so many wonderful cakes, I decided to start decorating my own as a hobby and fell in love! It all started many years ago with Christmas cakes for friends and family and the Aldi ad for champagne with snowmen, and the odd birthday cake for my son’s. I was better at making them pizza and Sunday roast, to be honest, than chocolate cake at the time! Some of the things I love and maybe am a little bit obsessed by include Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton’s Nightmare before Christmas, skulls and roses and no I don’t always wear black (in fact my dressing gown is pink and fluffy), Discworld - I absolutely love Sir Terry Pratchett, SpongeBob Squarepants, Lego, Dr Martens and CHOCOLATE CAKE.

I'm a bit of a punk, UK Subs, Stiff Little Fingers, Marilyn Manson kind of a gal, but I do love classical and opera, Mozart is my fave, I like Rockabilly, along with all it's 50's style clothes and decor, and I also love me a little bit of Dolly Parton. I would say I'm a bit nerdy and a little bit of a geek (a lot is more like it) especially when it comes to DC and Marvel and maybe Spongebob too. Friends just say I'm weird, I say quirky and unique just like my cakes! Find Toni and her stunning creations at blueberrymooncakes.co.uk facebook.com/bbmooncakes @blueberrymooncakes


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AJAY FROM BLUE JAY PHOTOGRAPHY EXPLAINS HOW THIS GLAMOROUSLY SPOOKY STYLE WAS PUT TOGETHER…

The Morticia and Gomez inspired shoot started from my love for gothic aesthetic and pure romance. I wanted to show that you can have an alternative wedding and still have all the romance (if not more) of a more traditional wedding. I managed to secure Tamworth Castle as a venue through a childhood friend of mine which I thought was the perfect backdrop for the image I wanted to portray. Becky from Foxglove and Black came on board with the styling (she then sourced many other businesses to help with props, all listed in suppliers list). Outrageous Bride | 105


Many talented suppliers got in touch with me from a Facebook post I put up, they all loved the concept of the shoot and I was very lucky to have such an amazing bunch of suppliers involved, We had a fabulous day and the team was amazing and all worked well together to capture the look I wanted to achieve (please do look on each suppliers pages as you will see more photos from the shoot and more of each suppliers work from the shoot. Lastly, I want to say thank you all involved in the shoot, we couldn't have done it without you all, and thank you to those that stepped in at the very last minute. 106 | Outrageous Bride


CREATIVE TEAM CONCEPT, DRESS & SUIT Scarlet Tayla, facebook.com/scarlettayl @scarlettayla VENUE Tamworth Castle, facebook.com/tamworthcastle @tamworthcastleandgrounds PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY Blue Jay Photography facebook.com/BlueJayPhotoUK, @BlueJayPhotoUK CROCKERY & GLASSWARE Whitehouse Event Crockery facebook.com/eventcrockeryhire @whitehouse_crockery CEREMONY STAND Under Pressure Eventz facebook.com/underpressureeventz @underpressureeventz BLACKBOARD Inviting Writing facebook.com/InvitingWriting, @invitingwritinguk BURGUNDY VELVET TABLE LINENS The Pretty Accessory facebook.com/theprettyaccessory @theprettyaccessory HAIR & MAKEUP Sophie Louise Hair & Makeup, facebook.com/sophielouise.hairandmakeup @sophielouise.hairandmakeup CELEBRANT Velvet Rose Ceremonies facebook.com/velvetroseceremonies @velvet_rose_ceremonies CAKE Cakes by the Park facebook.com/cakesbythepark @cakesbythepark JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES Bunny Loves Evie facebook.com/bunnylovesevie @bunnylovesevie RINGS BWR London bwr-london.co.uk PROPS SCULPTOR Uber Angel facebook.com/UberAngleSculpt @uber_angelscuplt EASEL & VINTAGE CAKE SLICE Smithy’s Events facebook.com/SmithysEventLtd @smithys_events_ VENUE STYLING, FLOWERS, STATIONERY Foxglove and Black facebook.com/foxgloveandblack @foxgloveandblack CEREMONY CANDLE HOLDERS & LANTERNS The Rustic Wedding Company facebook.com/RusticWedCo, @rusticwedco


We’ve got our ears to the ground, hunting out the best and boldest wedding fairs around! Keep your eyes peeled for these awesome events coming soon…

November 7th 2021: The Quirky Wedding Fayre EDINBURGH “Join us this Autumn for a sparkle-tastic fayre with the best unique suppliers that Scotland has to offer, performers, live workshops and the chance to see this unique venue alive with the wedding buzz! The Quirky Wedding Fayre brings together the most unique wedding suppliers in a truly quirky venue to help make your wedding one of a kind!” Get tickets at: quirkyweddingfayre.co.uk November 7th 2021: The Most Unusual Wedding Fair NORFOLK “The Most Unusual Wedding Fair is back in 2021. The only wedding fair celebrating independent suppliers for creative couples in the east. It’s a great opportunity to see the best creative suppliers in East Anglia and give you bags of inspiration for your wedding for free.” Get tickets at: facebook.com/events/688881748661701 November 14th 2021: Cheshire Bohemian Wedding Fayre CHESHIRE “Themes will be rustic charm, pretty bunting, shabby chic, eye-catching wilderness decor, colourful flowers combined with the simplicity of modern design! Enjoy romantic live music, be inspired and see the very latest in wedding trends and fashion!” Get tickets at: redeventweddingfayres.com/

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November 14th 2021 Pretty and Punk CORNWALL “The fantastic Heartlands in Redruth have welcomed us to carry out an annual wedding fair and we are so excited for the opportunities the venue offers for our Pretty & Punk Wedding fairs, and we know you will be too. With more than 4 areas for exhibition spaces including outside and catering pitches we’re sure we can bring you a pretty fantastic wedding fair and inspire you with tons of wedding suppliers!” Get tickets at: prettyandpunk.co.uk February 12th & 13th 2022: Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza BIRMINGHAM “Sometimes when you’re planning your wedding do you feel like this punk rocker sheep? Do you want to break free from the shackles of what is considered ‘normal’ and not sure where to start? WELL YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE! We are bringing together, all in one place, a handpicked selection of some of the most unique wedding suppliers in the UK, and best of all they are super lovely to chat to. We call them the BAAAD ASS MOTHER-FLOCKERS.” Get tickets at: allaboutewe.co.uk/event/feb-2022


February 27th 2022: Secret Bunker Wedding Wonderland NANTWICH “Not your average wedding fair! We’re taking over the whole bunker site for the day, outside and in. Explore 35,000 square feet of nuclear bunker complex. Discover our unique spaces and some of our favourite suppliers. Home to one of the UK’s best Cold War museums; uncover photographers and nuclear weapons, wedding dresses and war rooms.” Get tickets at: secretbunkerweddings.co.uk/wedding-fairs

To add your alternative wedding event here for 2022 plese send full info to editor@outrageousbride.com

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In celebration of the amazing Great Gatsby themed shoot featured in this issue, Le Keux Vintage Salon & Parties Essex are giving one lucky OB reader a chance to win a fabulous vintage hair and make up styling session - PLUS a fab photoshoot at the Salon!

To enter, all you need to do is tell us: Who wrote The Great Gatsby? A. F Scott Fitzgerald B. Orson Scott Card C. Ernest Hemingway Send your answers to outrageous@pandkg.com. Competition closes at noon GMT on Thursday 3rd February 2022.

THE PRIZE Our winner will receive the following... Prize: Le Keux Vintage Makeover and Photo Shoot at the Essex salon. Prize to include vintage hair & makeup styling, an outfit from our pin up wardrobe to wear during the shoot and a digital image (more images can be purchased). T&C's: Competition prize is for one person, if you would like to add additional people this will be charged at £125 per person. Prize has no cash value and cannot be traded for a different service. Dates for prize to be taken are subject to availability. Prize to be taken at the Leigh-on-Sea, Essex salon between February 2022-June 2022. Winner must be able to travel to the salon.


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Black Sands Beach, San Francisco, CA, USA

an and I have been together a little over two years. Last December we happily brought into this world our beautiful son. We had met through an online dating app, and like any dating app I didn't think I'd ever find something serious out of it. The first date together, we had an instant connection. From day one he has made me feel like the only girl in the world. Everyone knows if you find love like that you should hold on! I'm so happy we did. Not only did I get an amazing boyfriend, I found a best friend and soulmate. With our love for the coast we both knew the ocean was the ideal spot to celebrate our love. I’d like to say a huge thanks to Jen and Megan, the amazing photographers with their absolutely beautiful flower decor! Jen (with Weirdo Weddings) provided us with her amazing photography and my floral shield I’m holding in the images! It was an amazing representation for me of strength and uniqueness. Megan from WeddingsxBlue made the small boutonnière corsage for Ian’s vest. It was the perfect 112 | Outrageous Bride

unique match for us that day. Helga from JusGorJus was our stand-in officiant with a wonderful floral headpiece we borrowed from our friend Rosa. We had an amazing time laughing and loving each other! We had hints of Halloween, Goth and Day of the Dead in our overall theme. The beach scenery was absolutely breathtaking, we couldn’t have asked for a better location or weather. The beautiful black sand and abstract cliffs made everything that much more perfect. Being that our theme was a Halloween feel, the dark grey and black sands made it all look the way we wanted in the photographs. I was sporting a gorgeous black dress with large spider earrings and shoes with spiderwebs. My headpiece felt very elven and matched my jewelry nicely. The dress has a drawstring corseted bust with flowing sleeves at the elbow. My good friend Noelia did my gorgeous hair and makeup work.


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get inspired PHOTOGRAPHY Weirdo Weddings/Pink Light Images pinklightimages.com OFFICIANT Helga Stewart with JusGorJus Events jusgorjus.com VENUE Black Sands Beach, San Francisco CA Ian was sporting a black button down shirt and a maroon vest with a corsage made the day of. He also wore his work boots to make things easy walking on the sand! What made the day complete was finding a perfect person to spend the rest of my life to begin with. The beautiful black sand beach in San Francisco, couldn't be more perfect, and the glorious flower bouquets and wonderful photographers. Truly made the whole day beyond amazing.

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Multiple outfits on your wedding day? Um, why the heck not! Now you may be thinking, why would I want to take off my lovely dress (or whatever you’ve chosen to wear) but hear me out! I’m a recent convert to the whole idea and I’ve got a few thoughts and tips to share on why this could just be the answer you’re looking for. So, read on, dear reader: 1. A second fashion choice can be a fab way of working a more outrageous piece into your day. Because maybe you DO want a traditional dress, maybe you’ve always dreamed of wearing one or you just want to make your mum happy. That’s totally cool - having a second outfit to swap into later on can inject a bit more of your own personality into proceedings and give you the best of both worlds (this also works the other way round if you’re wearing a full-on themed costume most of the day but still have a hankering for a bit of tradition in the evening!) 2. Sheer practicality. For example, if you have a few outdoor elements to your wedding and live somewhere with notoriously changeable weather, having a practical outfit you can pop on can make life much, much easier. I say this as someone who will be wearing a floor-length dress during my ceremony and then leaping into a jumpsuit to run around a potentially muddy swamp of a field! 3. Dance floor drama! If you’ve got some fierce moves that you’re not quite sure you can pull off in your elaborate day-wear, changing into something that’ll really let you strut your stuff come evening, is a very strong choice. Because you should be free to boogie! 4. Frankly, sometimes there are too many amazing outfits to pick just one. It’s your wedding day. It’s big, there will be photos you’ll look at forever. To commit to one single clothing choice is a big ask for some of us! So. Keep your commitments to the marriage itself and enjoy a wild fling with a second outfit that just makes you smile!

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Not your usual wedding fair! Come along to our Wedding Wonderland to explore the bunker and find some amazing suppliers! Tickets are free. Near Nantwich, Cheshire www.secretbunkerweddings.co.uk