Our wedding day

The offbeat bride: Candace, Producer

Her offbeat partner: Erik, Technical Project Manager

Location & date of wedding: Marylebone Registry Office, London, United Kingdom — May 15, 2010

What made our wedding offbeat: We are a mixed couple, and we had friends from all over the world there. I wore red vintage shoes, a black biker jacket and rams skull brass ring with my dress. He wore a suit with a trilby hat and white converse.

Our wedding day

Our wedding day

Tell us about the ceremony: My bridesmaids and the best men walked into Creole Love Call. Then, I made a grand entrance with my eighty-two year old grandfather. It was a perfect West London wedding.

Our biggest challenge: I had a serious panic attack three days before our wedding as I didn't know what to do with my hair. (I have alopecia at the front of my head). I had been putting off dealing with it for months and months. I realized that if i took my time I could probably do it myself and cover up the bald patch. Two nights before the wedding I stayed up through the night and did it myself.

Our wedding day

>It wasn't perfect, but it was good enough for me to still look and feel like me and go out and face my guests. Plus if it was perfect, it wouldn't have been me — I'm a little rough around the edges and I like being like that.

My favorite moment: Realising how happy I was, even though my mum and dad weren't there to see me get married as they both died some time ago.

My funniest moment: Two things:

  1. My maid of honour making out with the chef!!
  2. My auntie making the biggest bouquet EVER. I didnt have the heart to tell her it might be a bit big.

Our wedding day

My advice for offbeat brides: Look in your existing wardrobe as you may find something in there that you can wear, and save yourself some money. I wore a pair of £20 red shoes I'd had for 6 years. Don't get sucked into spending lots of money. Don't tell vendors that you're getting married before you get a quote, because the minute you say ‘wedding' they inflate their price! Agree to a price then tell them that it's for a wedding. It worked for me.

If you want to rock out your outfit but still be a little bit traditional throw on a leather jacket.

Our wedding day

What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? I learned to trust my instinct and be more explicit about what I want. I need to learn to chill the hell out — I'm way too controlling.

Our wedding day

Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!

Comments on Candace & Erik’s 1930s gal meets ska boy wedding

  1. Beautiful wedding, you and your husband look great together and so happy!
    This is the first comment I’ve ever left on this website, but as soon as I read that you have alopecia I wanted to comment. I have alopecia too, I know how it can be 🙁 But i admire you so much, your hair looks fantastic and its inspiring that it didn’t get you down. Reading about your wedding really made my day.
    All the best xo

  2. What a lovely wedding! I honestly think your hair looks BEAUTIFUL and I wouldn’t have had a clue looking at your pics that you even had alopecia. I adore the feather headpiece and your dress too- such a glam look! Congrats to a very handsome couple!

  3. Lovely wedding, and what a beautiful dress! You both look fantastic. Great to see another London bride on here too – Marylebone registry office was on my shortlist but we went wth Islington in the end as it was nearer our reception venue. Lovelovelove your yellow buttonholes too, such a splash of sunshine!

  4. Creole Love Call is the perfect soundtrack for your stunning photos. You really managed to create a whole experience – totally unique to your couple-ness! I’d love to know more about the entertainment – please do share.

  5. Love the bouquet! What’s the saying “Go big, or go home”!! lol You look stunning!!! And your dress is drop dead gorgeous! Love it all!! Congratulations!

  6. I laughed out loud when I saw the hugeness of the bouquet! It’s gorgeous, even if it is a teensy bit large.

  7. Love your bouquet! I think you may have started something. The uncatchable bouquet, for the bride whose friends hate the bouquet throw.

  8. That is such a dreamy wedding dress!! Amazing pictures and dreamy wedding all around!

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