Nu Bride The Wedding Show: A London Wedding Expo Focused on Diversity & Equality

Nu Bride The Wedding Show: A London Wedding Expo Focused on Diversity & Equality

One of the barriers for a lot of my readers is finding inclusive and equality-minded wedding professionals. The wedding industry is not regulated so anyone can carve out a business, but not every business is of quality and not every business is inclusive. Nu Bride The Wedding Show will only feature suppliers who already demonstrate diversity or are actively working to improve this.

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Real Couples // Living in London, Married in Ireland: Jon + Donal

Real Couples // Living in London, Married in Ireland: Jon + Donal

Donal and Jon aren’t religious so they opted for a Humanist ceremony. Following a meeting with their chosen celebrant Sally O’Kelly they knew straight away that Sally was the perfect fit for them. She talked them through the process and how best to decide upon the script for the ceremony. 

Keeping it short, including special readings, music, and the inclusion of mothers of the grooms to light the unity candle and as witnesses made the ceremony that extra bit special. 

Donal and Jon decided not to include their own written vows but instead used a slightly more traditional script, not only because otherwise they would have been too emotional to speak, but because they felt the traditional script suited their feelings towards marriage and each other. 

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Year in Review // 10 Reasons to Attend SNAP Photo Festival in the U.K.

Year in Review // 10 Reasons to Attend SNAP Photo Festival in the U.K.

SNAP Photo Festival is a annual conference for photographers and industry supporters led by the amazing Laura Babb. It's like summer camp, a photography conference, and Coachella all rolled into one, and we can't wait to go back.

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Wedding Inspiration // Vintage Brides and Pythons

Wedding Inspiration // Vintage Brides and Pythons


Dealing in vintage, we find so many quirks in the wedding industry; hessian, jam jars, and lace aren't actually 'vintage' unless they're from before the 1980s, and a "vintage wedding dress" doesn't have to be a 50s styled short tea dress. As fashion itself borrows from styles gone by, we aim to showcase the diversity of vintage bridalwear, and that's exactly what we did with this ambitious shoot.

We shot in the Hive, a building being regenerated by live-in guardians who are turning it into a community space. In fact, we were actually interviewed by the BBC in the run up to this shoot for our role in supporting the use of derelict buildings. Eco wedding dresses and eco values galore over here! As Yvon Chouinard identified, wearing secondhand clothing is the best way to minimize our impact on the environment...and you can still look hot while doing so.

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Real Couples // A Castle Wedding in South Wales: Jodie + Hasan

Real Couples // A Castle Wedding in South Wales: Jodie + Hasan

Jodie and Hasan were married at a relaxed nautical themed wedding at Norman Manorbier Castle in South Wales. The couple first met while playing in St John's Deaf football club. Jodie played for the women’s team and Hasan for the men’s. "It was on a football trip in 2004 to Stuttgart in Germany that we really noticed each other properly," said Jodie. "But nothing came of it till Hasan's house party after Christmas in 2007 when romance began to blossom."

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JJ Studios in Central London Offers Gorgeous Venues Perfect for Your Wedding Day

JJ Studios in Central London Offers Gorgeous Venues Perfect for Your Wedding Day

{un}convention London was hosted in the View Studio at JJ Wimborne, which includes a wonderful rounded white cove that provides a photo backdrop that has no sharp edges where the wall meets the floor and is away from any harsh direct light. The large original windows mostly face north, so the natural light is subtle while still providing gorgeous views of Shoreditch Park across the road. The floor to ceiling corner window is the perfect backdrop for a wedding ceremony, and behind a velvet curtain is a dressing room perfect for getting ready on your big day. Once your vows are exchanged, you won’t need to move locations, as the View Studio has plenty of space to accommodate tables for a full dinner and space for dancing late into the evening.

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Real Couples // A Fashionable Brick Lane Engagement: Chrissy + Sam

Real Couples // A Fashionable Brick Lane Engagement: Chrissy + Sam

Chrissy and Sam initially met through friends in 2014, but at the start it was a slow burn. They had no further contact until four months later when Sam found Chrissy on Facebook. He was about to be a groomsman for his friend and the night before the wedding he stayed up chatting on the phone all night with Chrissy, such that he overslept and was late for duty the next day. Since then they have been inseparable.

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Real Couples // A Weekend in London: Amelia + Francis

Real Couples // A Weekend in London: Amelia + Francis

This couple wanted some natural, but also special, photos and that's why they chose Sara as the photographer. They live in London, which is a perfect place for a photo session. All of the photos are about a normal weekend in Amelia and Francis life's: how they had breakfast, how they walk around the city...normal moments that Sara photographs from her perspective. The final result is an amazing photo shoot by Sara and a really timeless memory for the couple.

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Real Couples // A British-American Wedding: Tammy + Hayley

Real Couples // A British-American Wedding: Tammy + Hayley

"I first clapped eyes on Tammy in Leeds nightclub SinCity in 2013," said Hayley, "She was surrounded by women. When she caught my eye my heart was beating fast, I loved her sparkly eyes and beautiful smile. I didn't think that I would have a chance. On our first holiday together to the USA I knew that I wanted her to be my wife and when we arrived at Miami Beach with it's beautiful views I knew that's where I wanted to propose to her.

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Elopement Inspiration // Nine Couples Elope in France

Elopement Inspiration // Nine Couples Elope in France

This photo shoot was something I've been wanting to capture for so long. I'm passionate about the ability to elope, not worrying about the confinements of what is expected in the wedding industry — how simple yet utterly romantic this idea of eloping is and could be for so many. Secondly, I had been wondering: was it possible to wear something on that special day that didn't make you wonder how it was made and at what cost to people, animals and the planet? Was it possible to wear something luxurious and beautiful, yet still sustainable and organic?

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Woke Wednesday // Meet London Photographer Becky Bailey

Woke Wednesday // Meet London Photographer Becky Bailey

We sat down with London-based photographer Becky Bailey who shared with us her love for her work and her family, her path to finding pride in her Deaf identity, and the misconceptions she has faced as a Deaf photographer working with hearing clients.

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12 Photographers You Need to Follow on Instagram for Nontraditional & Diverse Wedding Inspiration

12 Photographers You Need to Follow on Instagram for Nontraditional & Diverse Wedding Inspiration

While wedding websites and blogs are a great destination for inspiration, wedding photographers are the original sources for beautiful wedding images, most of which are never published on blogs, in magazines, or on websites. If you are looking for original, nontraditional, and diverse wedding inspiration — or just a daily dose of love — then do yourself a favor and follow these talented artists:

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The Bridechilla Podcast // Catalyst Wedding Magazine

The Bridechilla Podcast // Catalyst Wedding Magazine

The Bridechilla Podcast is hosted by comedian, author, and your virtual bridesmaid, Aleisha McCormack. Each week, Aleisha shares her tell-it-like-it-is view and unique take on wedding wisdom to help Bridechillas and Groomchillas ditch the pressures and obligations that we sometimes feel during the journey and have fun planning this awesome day. Interviewing the leading wedding bloggers, planners, and experts, The Bridechilla Podcast is all about empowering couples to plan the wedding that they want.

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{un}convention profile // Claire McGowran of Bridal Musings

{un}convention profile // Claire McGowran of Bridal Musings

think the biggest change I’ve seen is in couples being more selective in the details they choose to focus on. When I started, it was the height of the Pinterest-worthy wedding. It felt like everyone needed to have a amazing ceremony backdrop and a unique table plan and cool centrepieces and a wow factor wedding cake—I think weddings have become a bit more simplified and focused.

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{un}convention profile // Meet the Host of the Bridechilla Podcast

{un}convention profile // Meet the Host of the Bridechilla Podcast

I sometimes see myself as a bit of a lone wolf in the wedding industry. I’m not a vendor, and I’m not really a wedding blogger (I don’t do styled shoots or talk about dresses). I’m an advice giver-er, a support person, and a virtual bridesmaid. I’m using a medium that is pretty new to a lot of people. I swear and say things that would probably make The Knot shudder. (One of the show’s mantras is "fuck chair covers.")

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Nu Bride, Co-Host of {un}convention London, is Changing Race Representation in Wedding Media

Nu Bride, Co-Host of {un}convention London, is Changing Race Representation in Wedding Media

Nu Bride is led by Nova Reid and is a UK-based wedding blog for the contemporary bride looking for inspiration, planning advice and guidance. Nu Bride is also our amazing co-host for {un}convention London, and she'll be delivering our opening pep talk. Keep reading to find Nova's piece on race representation in wedding media from Volume Three, and then register for {un}convention to get to meet this game-changing personality in person. 

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