Karen & Alex's theatrical burlesque glam wedding

Photos by Marlene Suter

The offbeat bride: Karen, actress

Her offbeat partner: Alex, designer

Location & date of wedding: 20th Century Theatre, London, England, UK — May 2, 2010

What made our wedding offbeat: We started with what we love and who we know. I know a lot of performers and 1950s glamour. My dress was designed based on a classic design and the black buttons gave it a modern twist. We wanted to put on a show, so we hired an old London music hall, filled it with 250 people, had a burlesque singing compere, a traditional burlesque fan dance, and an aerial silks performance.


We had a band and the bride and bridesmaids sang a rendition of "My Guy."


The ceremony was at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which added some glamour to the day. We took photos overlooking the busy Piccadilly traffic. The bridesmaids were dressed in 1950s dresses in black satin and also had matching hats and veils.



Tell us about the ceremony: Faye Tozer sang "Are You the One That I've Been Waiting For" by Nick Cave. My mum sang "One Hand, One Heart" from West Side Story. Alex's brother read "Dance Me to the End of Love" by Leonard Cohen.


Our biggest challenge: My biggest challenge was relaxing on the day. We had put so much time and effort into it, so it was hard to let go and relax. My other challenge was shoes. I spent forever trying to choose sexy or comfortable, and in the end I found a pair that was both. After all day on my feet I was so glad!


My favorite moment: The moment that we said our vows to each other was the most meaningful. It was as if we were alone.


My funniest moment: My husband Alex, who is English, came out on stage wearing a kilt (I am Scottish!). He looked amazing and it was such a surprise. Then he sang Radiohead's "Creep." He is not a singer, but he gave it everything he had!



My advice for offbeat brides: Spend a moment every hour to look around and see the smiles on everyone's faces, and take in the beauty of what you have created. Most importantly, write list after list to make sure that everything has been delegated so on the day you can just let it all happen.



What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? To really appreciate everyone who shares your life. It's important to give as much and share as much time with those special people.



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  1. You and your bridesmaids look absolutely amazing! I also love the advice about taking a moment to enjoy what you have created and see the joy of your guests. I will definitely keep that in mind on my wedding day. I really love your venue!


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  2. Sorry, I know this is superficial BUT what a beautiful bridal party! Everyone is gorgeous and the wedding looked like a blast! Congratulations and best wishes for a very happy future!

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  3. That's no wedding! That is an EVENT!!! You and your husband look gorgeous, and the bridal party stunning. It looks like you and your guests had an enjoyable time. The faces of the guests in the background were great!

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  4. Congratulations!
    All your details came together in a simply b-e-atuful way! Everyone looks very happy and every thing looks stupendous!

    Also, those buttons down your dress are devine!

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  5. This is the best wedding that I've seen on here in a while…or at least my favorite! That dress and gloves and hat are amazing and the bridal party look fantastic as well. I love the choice of music and entertainment. I have always wanted to work in the song "one hand, one heart" into my own wedding and this is the perfect wedding for it.

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  6. These are amazing. I love everything. The black gloeves are such a special touch.

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