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Do you want to see an amazingly unique wedding where the bride and groom got most of their day sorted at the totally non-traditional, alternative and brilliant Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza (EWE)? Strap in, then, because here it is and it’s great. And you’re getting not only this real wedding to pore over, but also a bit of lowdown on some of the EWE suppliers you need to know about.

Steph and Lee were married at the St John the Evangelist church, chosen says the bride for its gothic setting, with the reception held at nearby Hamstead Social Club. Wait until you see her stunning Corpse Bride-inspired dress, and the graveyard couple shots – everything comes together perfectly to reflect the couple to a tee.

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The Proposal

Lee proposed to me on our first Valentine’s Day in 2009, and he did it by pinching the microphone off the singer in our local pub, and got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife in front of the whole pub.

The Budget and the Planning

Our budget was £8,000, and all of our suppliers, the Mo Flos, were found at the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza: The Couture Company, Assassynation, Frankie Lynn’s Emporium, Conjurer’s Kitchen, and Le Keux Vintage Salon (links in the credits).

The Couture Company was absolutely fantastic and made the most amazing dress; it really was more than I ever imagined. Jo took the idea from my head and created it. Most dress shops and dressmakers are very pushy for what they want, but at Couture Company they want to make you happy, which is exactly what you need with all the other stress and worries about organising a wedding.

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Our photographer was Assassynation. Well, what can I say about Sassy, she’s amazing! You really make a new friend. She makes you feel so comfortable from the time you book her, not just on the big day. She will help you every step of the way with emails and phone calls to make sure she knows exactly what you want, and every time we spoke it was like talking to a friend I hadn’t seen for years. On the day of the wedding, Sassy arrived giving me a massive hug, and she even helped my mum with getting me into my dress. What other photographer would do that? At the actual wedding, I didn’t feel like I had a photographer walking around for the whole thing, we had another guest, and she is definitely a friend for life now!!!

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Frankie Lynn’s Emporium – Frankie is amazing. She has such a creative mind. I just told her about my Corpse Bride dress and that I wanted some shoes to go with it, and voila!!! That night, I had an email with a sketch of the amazing shoes she then created for me. I simply fell in love with them and that was that.

Le Keux Vintage Salon – when I saw these at the show, I simply wished that they could do my hair and make-up every day, so I just knew I needed them for the wedding. Me and my maid of honour both had our hair and make-up done. We had Megan come out for the trial, and she worked her magic and we looked great, so we couldn’t wait until the wedding day, but it soon came flying around the corner. Megan came on the wedding day and did it all over again for us; and it isn’t like having a stranger giving you a makeover, it is like having a mate getting you ready for a night out.

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All in all, everyone of the Mo Flos were fantastic, and it was really nice to have people as excited about the wedding as we were, and every one of them was. I’ll be returning to the next show to see everyone, and I always recommend them and the show to everyone I meet.

A massive thank you to all the Mo Flos for helping us have the perfect day!

The Music
Down the aisle – November Rain by Guns and Roses
First dance – Never Tear Us Apart by INXS

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Credits
Photography – Assassynation
Venues – St John the Evangelist Church and Hamstead Social Club
Bride – The Couture Company dress based on Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride; shoes created by Frankie Lynn’s Emporium; hair and make-up were by LeKeux Events
Groom and best man – Retroscope Fashions
Maid of honour – Lipsy
Cake – Conjurer’s Kitchen

All the Pictures