Tuesday, 15 May 2012

The Perfect Wedding: Tattoos, Mad hatters, And Rock n Roll

For this months wedding inspiration feature I caught up with the beautiful Gemma Adlard whose wedding to her fiance Jordan we photographed earlier this year.

Gemma on her Vintage Pamper hen party
Gemma received the full vintage inspired works, having one of our Pamper Box days as her hen event,booking Lilly Von Pink for her make up and Mr Bee for her wedding photographs. Our half moon maicured paws were all over these nuptials and we couldnt have been happier.

Gemmas hen party

We all know that tattooed brides can look exceptionally ravishing and Gemma proves this point with bells on. Here's her wedding story:

Curling up and watching films has been a life long addiction of mine, Willy Wonker and the chocolate factory and Alice and Wonderland are two of my many favourites. Singing twinkle twinkle little bat with my dad is one of my fondest memories so of course the Mad Hatters tea party is my favourite part. When it came to wedding themes I already knew I wanted a vintage tea party theme, so that I could include all of my favourite things in my big day (clears throat… our big day) I wanted the elegance and charm that vintage crockery would bring but for it to be overflowing with indulgent goodies like chocolate and sweets, and of course more tea. 

Getting ready for her big day

Cakestands made from vintage china
I started to collect cup and saucer sets, teapots, milk jugs and table cloths to decorate each table and made around 20 4 tier cake stands from beautiful china plates. I am not the best at cake making but I am proud to say I helped with the wedding cake and the cupcakes for the stands which were our centre pieces, which were then finished of beautifully by three lovely friends, I wanted everything to have a home made feel to it.

Tea pot table settings

The tatooed beauty and the boy in uniform-perfection
One of my largest tattoos was a wedding gift, partly from my husband Jordan and partly from my wonderful cousins at Corazon tattoos. They all knew I couldn’t bare to have my big day with out it finished, so I was in every other week right up until 3 weeks before the wedding having it finished off. When people noticed I was doing this some did ask “what about the wedding day?” and one person even asked if my dress was long sleeved, when I asked her why and she told me that she thought I mustn’t want to show my tattoos on my wedding day, I answered “would you pay a fortune to have your hair done and then wear a hat?” which seemed to get the message across. I never felt any pressure to cover them up even with the odd remark from people who were most definitely not invited.

Throwing the horn
My husband Jordan is in the British Army in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. We decided he would look fantastic in his number 1’s especially with our chosen theme. 
The wedding cake toppers
I originally wanted a 1950’s style dress or hopefully a genuine vintage wedding dress, after looking through thousands of designs I was never smitten with any of them and was beginning to change my mind in what style of dress I wanted. I went along with a friend to a Harmony Brides sale in Liscard and tried on several dresses. I loved the top of one and the bottom of another, so I asked was there any way of mixing the dresses and was told that often in bankruptcy sales the dresses are simply put together and may not belong together, so they didn’t mind me doing this. Having originally wanted a tea length dress I decided to have the best of both worlds and have a second skirt made for the evening, which worked out perfectly, as I got to show off my beautiful shoes from elegant steps. What’s the point in having shoes if you can’t see them, I say.

The bride and groom sported quite spectacular facial hair
My hair and makeup style was inspired by 1940’s Hollywood glamour and was completely down to the lovely Lilly Von Pink, she must have been at my house every weekend for a month or so before the wedding and even though my husband would tell you so, it was not an excuse to have my hair done, I really couldn’t decide on a style. Lilly was brilliant and helped me decide on the day and I was very happy with it. She was an absolute asset on the day, she helped to calm me down whilst she was doing my make up and even helped me get into my dress, it was just like having a good friend there that happened to be doing my hair and makeup.

The best part of our wedding was at the end of the evening when Jordan and I flung each other around the dance floor for an uninterrupted half hour to the cherry poppin daddies, which are our favourite band. After which I discovered I had taken off my shoes, and there are several photos of a very dishevelled bride with filthy soles of her feet, but I don’t remember who that is…

No compromise. Totally awesome

The Details
Hair and Make-Up- Pin up bride
Gemmas Tattoos-corazon tattoo.

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