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Nick and Jessica married in September 2015. Jessica says of the day, “our theme was kind of a mash up of things we liked.. mainly Sailor Jerry and tattoos.” There are so many gorgeous details (my favourite being the skull candlestick on the ceremony table), and loads of styling ideas to inspire you. And the coolest thing is that they did all of this on just £4,000!!

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The Story of the Wedding

Me and Nick started talking on back in April 2012 and then decided to meet up for a drink in Leicester at the ‘O Bar’. I remember seeing Nick standing outside waiting for me, looking all shy and nervous! We got on so well, and I knew I wanted to see him again. Nick still says now that he didn’t think I liked him, but I really did…and still do, obviously!

There was no big proposal. Nick had bought a ring and one evening brought it out and said, “will you marry me, then?” It was a perfect proposal for me… nice and simple.

We chose the Guildhall in Leicester as we loved the look of it and as we are a bit alternative ourselves, we felt it suited us. For our reception, we chose an old hosiery factory which had been converted into a function venue. It was quirky and simple, perfect for our simple wedding.

I didn’t want a ‘normal’ wedding dress, so I chose a Vivien of Holloway 1940s style dress, which I loved! I felt amazing in it and got so many compliments.

We had button bouquets, which were made by my aunt (Daisy Blue Buttons), and she also made buttonholes for Nick and his best man made from buttons, too.

We opted to get married in a register office a few weeks before our ‘wedding day’, as we wanted to have an alternative ceremony, too. Our celebrant wrote us a very personal ceremony, which reflected both of our personalities. Nick read me a little poem, and I had written something for him, too.

As Nick loves watching his soaps, we walked out to the theme tune to Coronation Street – everybody laughed as we left the room!

The only thing we did ourselves was our centrepieces, which were empty bottles of Sailor Jerry’s with red and cream flowers in; they also had little heart fairy lights in, too. And as we wanted to keep it simple, we just had those centrepieces and some balloons.

For food, we had canapés when people arrived and then bacon and sausage sandwiches, especially later on. As we had our ceremony at 3pm, we didn’t want to have a sit down meal.

To keep costs down, I did our own music playlist on Spotify instead of having a DJ. This actually worked very well as we could have the music we both loved.

We chose not to have a first dance, as Nick suffers from anxiety and didn’t want to be watched by everyone. But we did choose the song we would have danced to and had a moment to ourselves while it played. The song was Sun in The Morning by Future Islands.

Our photographer Lorna was amazing in the lead-up to the day. We met her beforehand to get to know her and knew we had picked the right person. She kept in contact before the wedding and on the day she was wonderful, and made us both feel at ease having our photos taken. Everyone has commented on how good our photos turned out and we are so glad we booked Lorna.


Photography – Lorna Lovecraft

Officiant – Ellie Farrell

Ceremony venue – The Guildhall

Reception venue – The Factory

Bride – Vivien of Holloway

Groom – Moss Bros

Jewellery – Bow & Crossbones

Shoes – Miss L Fire

Headpiece – Crown and Glory

Hair – Pin Up Curl

Make-up – Ms Moo Make Up

Bouquets and buttonholes – Daisy Blue Buttons