Thursday, 1 August 2013

We Have Moved!

Hiya everyone,

Thanks for your continued support here at Weird and Wonderful Wedding World.

We have now launched the date for the next Alternative Wedding Fair, 26th April 2014.

Feel free to continue to look around this site as there is lots to read about our suppliers from 2013 but we are now all official n stuff for 2014 over at

Also, if you #wwwwbristol on Instagram you will show up in our insta-feed on the new site!

See you on the other side!!

Friday, 10 May 2013

Tropical Bridal // Styled shoot by Cactus Coral

When we were approached by Madi of CactusCoral, who has recently put together a styled bridal shoot, we jumped at the chance to share it with all our alternative brides.

CactusCoral is the first Beauty, Fashion and Bridal Digizine. Run by Madi Hill a 25 year old Contemporary Art graduate, she brings together talented creative professionals and creates an environment for them to showcase and develop their medium based on a brief from CactusCoral. She works with Artists, Photographers, Hair Stylists, Bloggers, MUA's, Venues and Designers to create high quality contemporary content and ideas. She combines this work with documentation of her own style, her latest fashion and beauty favourites and a behind the scenes look at the Bridal industry.

Madi says "The inspiration for the 'Tropics' photo shoot came from 2 years of assisting on shoots and catwalks and getting frustrated at seeing the same vintage, pretty, romantic way of styling Bridal. I found myself making suggestions to people who, don't get me wrong I respect wholly and truly, but that didn't share my passion for contemporary, creative vibrance and the role that contemporary art can play when styling your own wedding, a catwalk or a photo shoot. There are a ton of Brides that love a more traditional wedding and I'm not saying that that's a bad thing I just saw a niche for something new and different."

As you can tell, Madi shares our view and outlook on Bridal shoots and offering up some ideas to brides that are a bit different to what is currently 'on-trend'. We love how fresh the styling is on this shoot.

 "The visual language of an artist, not only provokes important questions within national and international culture, but forms an exciting visual backdrop that catches the human eye and mind, which in turn of course, becomes a strong place for sales & promotion. I feel that there is a place for art and artists in the industry of Beauty, Fashion & Bridal styling, so I'm doing it!" 

"I hope that my work for CactusCoral will inspire the internet community of fashion conscious people. We are leading increasingly visual lives through the internet and I love how it encourages visual creativity within us all. I am merely applying it to the things that I love and encourage others to do the same!"

Dresses were lent by Enzoani ℅ Butterfly Bridal Boutique in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Jewellery by Georg Jensen and Poppy DandiyaModelled by Alumni Miss Teen Queen winner Chloe Selenda Hill and top UK Fashion Blogger, Kavita Donkersley Khan from She Wears Fashion. The shoot took place at the OVADA warehouse in OxfordThe sets, dotted with floral displays by Stems of Marsh Gibbon were built by Artist Lewk Wilmshurst and photographed by his talented cousin, Hannah Wilmshurst. The dramatic hair was created by session stylist Victoria Pickup whilst Madi took care of the Make-up and styling. 

Monday, 22 April 2013

WOW!! What a Night! // Weird and Wonderful Wedding World Success!

Ali and I would like to start by saying a HUGE thank you to everyone involved in our Weird and Wonderful journey, from start to finish. Sarah from the events team at At-Bristol has been amazing, we can't thank her enough for her amazing 'can-do' attitude and unending enthusiasm - nothing we asked for phased her and she made the whole event so much easier to organise. We wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you to At-Bristol for giving us the opportunity to hold the Weird & Wonderful Wedding World Show. It's such an amazing venue and we heard great comments about it from the visitors.

Thank you to all the suppliers who believed in our vision and supported us along the way and came along, to join in the fun and to show off your Weird and Wonderful Wedding services, you were all amazing and really brought our vision together!  No matter how much organisation and planning you do, without fabulous exhibitors it all falls apart. 

Thanks to all you Weird and Wonderful brides and grooms, that were curious enough to join us in our mission to shake up your wedding planning!  We hope you went to the stars and back in our planetarium wedding catwalk, soared around the galaxy in the science exhibits throughout the centre, and indulged in the madness on the top floor!?

Thank you to all the gorgeous hair and make up artists involved on the day, as always, a pleasure to have around, you guys totally rocked our Day of the Dead show stealer!

One last thank you.. To Laura. Laura Michelle Photography (soon to be Laura Power but sssshhh more on that later!) We were going to go on about how fabulous she is, and what a brilliant photographer she is, and how amazing she was during the photo shoot and how awesome she was helping us set up all day, and then still taking loads of photos all night whilst showing off her gorgeous art installation, come wedding exhibition stand, like no other...... But then we thought, what the hell... her photos do the talking!!! 

Take a look at these beauties and tell me you don't want her at your wedding because she's the awesomest person in the world!! 

(P.S when you have finished being totally in awe of these photos theres a bit of business to attend to at the bottom!)

Photo by Laura Michelle Photography

Photo by Laura Michelle Photography

Photo by Laura Michelle Photography

Little Wedding Helper by Photo by Laura Michelle Photography
Professor Maelstromme Photo by Laura Michelle Photography
Laura Michelle Photography Photo by Laura Michelle Photography
Bristol Vintage Photo by Laura Michelle Photography
Chocolate Delores Photo by Laura Michelle Photography
Photo by Laura Michelle Photography
Rose Popay with candy floss from Claire Jayne Prop Hire Photo by Laura Michelle Photography
Pieminister Photo by Laura Michelle Photography

Lizzie May Stationery Photo by Laura Michelle Photography
Laura and Model Rachel Photo by Laura Michelle Photography
Beyond Burlesque dress Photo by Laura Michelle Photography
Fishee Designs Photo Booth Photo by Laura Michelle Photography
 Sophie from Crown and Glory and Cassie from Cake top Characters Photo by Laura Michelle Photography
Death and Glory Taxidermy Photo by Laura Michelle Photography

We released the winners of the raffle this week and we will be giving each of you a little email this week to make sure you get your prize as they were so amazing! Make sure you look out for us in your inbox.

We have so many more photos to show off so keep checking back for more Weird and Wonderful photos for inspiration for your Weird and Wonderful Wedding Day! We would love to know if you booked anyone from our show and have photos you would like to show off of your own big day. We love showing off photos of awesomeness here, so if you have any kind of Weird and Wonderful Wedding to show off.. send in your deets to us and you could be the first to feature in the official Weird and Wonderful Wedding World!

You can check out more reviews of the Weird and Wonderful night on some of these awesome blogs..!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Raffle Winners

I know you are all dying to know who won what from Saturday night... So without further a do... the winners are announced below, please get in touch on to claim your prize. (We will be emailing the winners to let you know too!)


Jessica TurleyIron Fist Distant Memory Peep Toe Platform (as seen here)

Kimberly DearsleyIron Fist Sweets For My Sweet Peep Toe Platform (as seen here)

Melvin Blackmore - Family ticket for entry in to At-Bristol

Victoria Witts - 20% OFF Prop and Crockery Hire from Bristol Vintage

Sarah Archer - 20% OFF Photo Booth hire in Bristol from Fishee Designs Photo Booth

Georgina Webb - Box of 12 Pies from Pieminister

Carmel Price/Coe - 20% off full styling service within a 30 Mile radius of Bristol from Little Wedding Helper

Fi Brailey - 500g Solid Belgium Chocolate Heart from Black Cherry Cake Co.

Hannah Ellis - 15% OFF Bridal hair and make up from Grace Kingsley MUA (Normally £110)

Nicole Richardson - £30 voucher towards Crown and Glory bridesmaids medium Bows (as seen here)

Maisie Saunderson - 25% OFF Pink Kitten Dance School Pole Dancing Hen Party

Sandra Cook - Free Black and White line Drawing of Bride and Groom from a Photo by Rose Popay

Chloe Lee - Free Bridal bouquet when you spend £500 with The Wilde Bunch (Normally £50)

Gwyneth Radcliffe - Free luxury garter and 15% OFF Voucher towards a corset or full bridal order from Lisa Keating


A huge thank you from us here at WWWW Bristol to all the fabulous suppliers that entered a prize in to the raffle that allowed to us to give something extra special to our guests!


Monday, 15 April 2013

Attention Weird & Wonderful Wedding Couples!

Hey everyone,

While you're waiting for photos and tales from Saturday night just to let you know we've been contacted by a lovely journalist who is looking for weird and wonderful wedding tales to appear in women's magazines. 

Anything goes - themed weddings, fancy dress weddings, naked weddings, bizarre location weddings, even animal weddings!  
Was your wedding out of the ordinary? 
Would you love to see it featured in a magazine and get paid for it? 
If so, contact

Friday, 12 April 2013

Raffle Prizes and More Stuff you need to know!

We know you need to line your bellies before embarking on our evening of drinks, laughs, and all round weird and wonderful wedding-ness, we have our awesome friends from Strumpets with Crumpets, Cider Pigs and Dandy Cabin to keep you refreshed out in Millennium Square over near the planetarium from 4.30pm whilst you wait for the fun to begin. On arrival to our fabulous show, there will be some one on the door to greet you at the At-Bristol reception when doors open at 6pm. 

For those of you that registered, we will have your names on a list.. And if your name ain't on the list.. you aint coming in.. Nah only joking, if you didn't get a chance to register online, there will be a £5 entry fee. This will include entry in to the Show, a raffle ticket to be in the chance of winning some amazing prizes, entry in to one of the scheduled catwalk fashion shows in the Planetarium and free access to the man creche and all the science exhibits across both floors. For those of you that do have your name down you will be given you ticket to collect your drink from the bar on the top floor before being offered the chance to buy your raffle ticket and entry to the catwalk for a combined total of £2.50. If you are one of the first 100 through the door you will also receive your free copy of our Weird and Wonderful Wedding World magazine.

You will have from 6pm until 11pm to have a drink, talk to some amazing wedding suppliers, try on the dress of you dreams, learn about science, watch some live pole dancing and be part of a wonderful event, we can't wait to meet you all.

Below is the floor plan so you know where to find everyone on the night.

Raffle Prizes

The raffle will be drawn at around 9.45pm, for all of you that enter the raffle if you are still partying by then you will be able to speak to the suppliers on the night about your prize, but we will of course email you all to let you know who has won and how you can get your hands on it, it will also be released on the blog so make sure you check back here next week to find out who won what! Here's a list of whats up for grabs....

Iron Fist Distant Memory Peep Toe Platform (as seen here)
Iron Fist Sweets For My Sweet Peep Toe Platform (as seen here)
Family ticket for entry in to At-Bristol
20% OFF Prop and Crockery Hire from Bristol Vintage
20% OFF Photo Booth hire in Bristol from Fishee Designs Photo Booth
Box of 12 Pies from Pieminister
20% off full styling service within a 30 Mile radius of Bristol from Little Wedding Helper
500g Solid Belgium Chocolate Heart from Black Cherry Cake Co.
15% OFF Bridal hair and make up from Grace Kingsley MUA (Normally £110)
£30 voucher towards Crown and Glory bridesmaids medium Bows (as seen here)
25% OFF Pink Kitten Dance School Pole Dancing Hen Party
Free Black and White line Drawing of Bride and Groom from a Photo by Rose Popay
Free Bridal bouquet when you spend £500 with The Wilde Bunch (Normally £50)
Free luxury garter and 15% OFF Voucher towards a corset or full bridal order from Lisa Keating


Thursday, 11 April 2013

My Fabulous Life Photography

07966 090916 

Becky Joiner, owner of My Fabulous Life Photography and creator of the Fabulous Wedding Festival. Her photographic style is quirky, alternative and fun. She visually tells a story by documenting tiny moments of time. In her photographs you see the spark of what is happening or what is about to happen. She thinks it's delightful to be invited along to capture your extraordinary Wedding day. She graduated with an MA from University Collage Falmouth in 2006 and since has had exhibitions in London, Falmouth and Brittany and been featured on a number of wedding blogs and fashion magazines. If she not photographing you will find her out surfing, walking in the country side with her family or perhaps buying shoes. 

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Illuminarium Special Effects and Fire Art

Ted Chiswell Jones
Illuminarium Ltd
Special Effects & Fire Art
078830 42133

Illuminarium is showcasing four of our beautiful gas powered flambeaux torches, on the terrace area of @Bristol for the duration of the alternative wedding show. Real flame illumination creates a magical atmosphere that electric light just cannot emulate. The flambeaux can be placed outdoors as markers for entrances or pathways, creating a  warm welcome for your guests. I have been working with fire and pyrotechnics for the past 14 years during which time it became apparent that many venues had problems with fireworks due to the noise and mess.

Many couples still want to be able to use fire as a celebratory element on their wedding day. The use of gas flames is a cleaner and quieter alternative to fireworks and has a multitude of interesting applications. I received a request to customise a green goddess fire engine with impressive 4m flame throwers, which my wife Kathryn and I used as our wedding car!

In 2010, I set up a special effects company, Illuminarium Ltd which has £5m public liability insurance cover to showcase our work and enable us to provide fire effects to venues that normally don’t allow fireworks or fire. In that time I have been working in collaboration with other artists and have gone on to create many unique, spectacular fire sculptures and performances for weddings and events around the country.

Illuminarium has provided confetti effects, pyrotechnics, fire poi performances, and created an unorthodox way for the bride and groom to ignite ceremonial bonfires and burn barrels with the ‘Illuminator’. 

We have ‘off the shelf’ effects to hire from as little as a few hundred pounds, which includes insurance and operator or we can create your own completely bespoke effect. 

We build unique sculptures, can light your names in fire or build fire pits and burn barrels to commemorate your special day.

Stop by for a chat and tell us your idea to make your wedding truly unforgettable.  

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Dotty's Live Event Blogging

Dotty Vintage Weddings is a UK Vintage Wedding and Style Blog that aims to provide inspiration and guidance for brides organising a wedding with a difference.

The blog is a beautiful resource for the alternative bride, and features some of the very best wedding suppliers and services, all with a vintage or quirky twist. You can also find real weddings, styled shoots, and regular guest post from industry experts.

Dotty Vintage Weddings is run by Laura, a 20 something bride-to-be, who resides in Looe, Cornwall. Laura has a passion for all things vintage, and anything to do with weddings! 

She’s helped by the wonderful Faye, who contributes weekly moodboards, bursting with wedding inspiration, and Rebecca, who submits advice articles and valuable guidance on planning on your special day.

Laura is hugely excited to be attending the Weird and Wonderful Wedding World Show this weekend in Bristol, and will be live blogging on the day. If you can’t make the event in person, then have no fear; you can follow all of the action live on Dotty Vintage Weddings. With live blogs, regular social media updates, video clips on the Dotty Vintage YouTube Channel, plus a bumper review post, you won’t miss a moment! 

Thursday, 4 April 2013


Are you looking for some unique catering ideas for your big day? Why not come along and try these delicious pies and chat to them on the night to find out what yummy pies you could be feeding your guests!!

Pieminister (created by brothers-in-law Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon) began in Bristol in 2003 and after many months mixing, baking and tasting, pie minister's first pies were born. Since then, the pie range has grown (there are now 13 to chose from) and every pie is an award winner. All the pies are made in-house in Bristol using the best, responsibly-sourced ingredients. Pieminister only uses farm-assured meat, fish certified by the Marine Stewardship Council and is the only leading pie brand to only use free range British chicken. We've catered at weddings of all shapes, sizes and styles for over five years and we pride ourselves on tailoring our service to meet each couples' needs. We also work hard to stick to our core values; to make our food taste great, act in a socially responsible way and have fun!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Lily Grace Orginals

Owner and designer Hazel Mathiot describes her pieces as handmade wearable art and these 30s and 40s inspired creations are one-off collectible pieces you’ll want to treasure. 

Inspired by American designer Miriam Haskell, Hazel hand makes each piece with love and care. With her new website up and running, you can take a tour of her current collection which includes a gorgeous range of earrings, pendants, chokers, cuffs and necklaces, each sumptuously made from a beautiful array of corals, glass beads, embroidery, vintage silks, lace, organza, freshwater pearls and rhinestones. 

What’s so lovely about each item is that they come with a little story.  Click on any of her designs and you get a detailed description of how its been made and what precious stones she’s used. Each pair of earrings, each necklace, each choker has a whimsical name and once bought, they’re sent to you packed in a complimentary organza gift bag. 

Halfway between fine and costume jewellery, Lilygrace designs are playful, romantic, lustrous, delicate and dainty; think Belle Époque and Showgirl; think roses and teardrop pearls. It’s great news for visitors as you get to chat to her – Hazel specialises in commissions!  She can design a unique piece for you to go with your dress or for the bridesmaids, perhaps in your favourite colours and stones or incorporating a family heirloom.  She’ll also be bringing along some gorgeous handmade items for you to coo over. We’ll see you there!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Iron Fist - Awesome Raffle Prizes

Here at Weird and Wonderful Wedding World, we know you brides out there love a quirky shoe, and we couldn't agree more! So, we got in touch with the most alternative shoespiration out there, the Iron Fist Ladies team and we are delighted to announce that they loved the concept behind our show so much they wanted to help us out with the most awesome raffle prize!! Check out these bad boys - perfect for your big day!

Other than all the fabulous alternative wedding suppliers that you can meet on the night, the most awesome fashion show you can get tickets to, the most weird and wonderful wedding magazine to get your hands on, what better reason to come along on the night to enter yourself in to the raffle to be in with a chance to win these beauties!!

IF Ladies is fun, loud and out of control, full of statement pieces and outspoken footwear from the brand that never says “I’m sorry”. Womens clothing and accessories are full of colour and unique designs with footwear to complement each piece. Iron Fist highlight three key lines to launch the season; IF Ladies, IRN FST MFG Men’s Heritage and Iron Fist Athletic.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Workshop 22

Engagement rings, wedding rings or bridal jewellery, here at workshop 22 you can create your own unique and wonderful wedding jewellery.

Be it something understated and stylish, or a flamboyant work of art, together we will create your perfect piece.

You can design and make it yourself under the skilled guidance of our experienced tutors or commission us to make your designs reality.  Workshop 22 is the perfect venue for adding that personal twist to your wedding experience.

Spend a day with the one you love making your own wedding rings and create memories to cherish forever. Enjoy a day of friendship and laughter while making the jewellery you will wear on your special day. Stand out from the crowd and design a ring that is truly unique and personal and we will be delighted to make it for you at workshop 22 in our onsite studio.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Noel Deasington Photography

Noel is a wedding photographer based in Bristol where he lives with his partner and their dog Leonard. Noel's style is creative and relaxed and through his reportage style of photography he tell's the story of your wedding from start to finish and takes beautiful, creative and unique portraits throughout the day.

'I'm so excited to be part of such a unique event. I'm looking 
forward to meeting all the weird and wonderful couples''

''There are so many amazing moments at weddings and I just want to capture them all. I am truly passionate about catching all the beautiful moments at your wedding and it makes me immensely happy to do so. It’s a privilege to be part of the most important celebration of your life and to capture all of the 
details that make your wedding unique.''

Noel has been an avid collector of unusual and antique cameras for over 10 years and through this he discovered a passion for film photography, a passion which still influences and inspires his photography today. In 2009 Noel invested in a digital camera and a friend asked him if he would be interested in taking some photos of their wedding, after this he was hooked and discovered a passion and talent for documenting weddings in a creative and unobtrusive way.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Grace Kingsley MUA

Grace was our first port of call when we decided to put together our photo shoot. She pulled together a fantastic team and we were able to create some fantastic shots thanks to her and her teams wild imagination! 

I have worked with in the Make Up and Beauty industry for just over ten years and absolutely love it! I get to work with loads of different people, play with make up and be creative nearly every day.

I have worked in Fashion, Film & TV, Music Videos and have even taught at the London Make Up School but have always specialised in Weddings along the way.Working with brides is great as you get to make them look and feel fabulous on their special day. I work with them from their first phone call or email to plan a look at their trial right through to the last lip stick check before they walk out the door to walk down the isle! 

Over the years I have worked with Bristol Fashion Week, Tres Chic magazine, west weddings, Beautiful Brides, Trap Magazine, ITV to name a few but now I am able to add The Weird and Wonderful Wedding World to my list which has been amazing! This has been one of my favourite projects and it gives endless possibilities to how a bride can look on her special day!I am trianed in all aspects of Make Up, not just the pretty stuff! I come with lots of experience and a huge amount of passion and knowledge.You can find my portfolio at or have a little tweet with me at Graceyk_MUA!