The AntiBride, Choccywoccydoodah and me!

Wow – what a week, my AntiBride photo shoot has finally been featured on a fabulous blog (see The Boho Wedding Blog here) and at last I can share the images with you!  It has literally been killing me to keep the shots to myself so I hope you agree it was worth the wait!


Who is the AntiBride?
For me the AntiBride represents the total polar opposite of the traditional blonde haired, angelic image of a skinny model dressed in a white dress, that so many photoshoots and magazines make us believe a bride should look like.  I was the ‘bride’ in the styled photo shoot and guess what, I’ve got bright red hair and I’m not a size 6 – so not your ‘typical’ bride!  I think a bride should dress exactly how she wishes on her wedding day and if a traditional white dress is your thing, then great – but if you are looking for something a bit different, then the AntiBride is right up your street!


The idea was simple – approach our industry friends and suppliers to work with us on the shoot, everyone kindly volunteered their services and time for free, after all this is a fantastic way for all involved to promote themselves.  The dream team were Tino&Pip, Paula Rooney Weddings, Choccywoccydoodah, Joyce from Brides & Beauty and Thornbury Castle, with invaluable contributions from many, many more fabulous people.


Over time the AntiBride developed a personality and a story grew about her as we thought about the images we wanted to capture to deliver her message. The shoot took a theatrical gothic style as its guide and the Hammer House Horrors as her muse.




We were totally spoilt by the stunning location that is Thornbury Castle.  The staff were so generous and gave us a free pass to use their stunning Tudor Hall and breathtaking Bedford Chamber.  Paula truly blew us away with her attention to detail in her styling of the room, her floral bouquets and centrepieces were amazing.





We were totally over the moon when Christine from Choccywoccydoodah agreed to make a bespoke cake for the photoshoot and not only that but she wanted to include the story in Choccy’s documentary series on the Good Food Channel. We were thrilled with her ideas and enthusiasm for all things AntiBride, she described a four tier dark chocolate cake with a raspberry coulis inside that captured the AntiBride theme perfectly, covered with black calia lillies, roses and moths – we knew instantly that we had come to the right place!




Not your typical romantic story; the AntiBride gets her heart broken when she discovers that her love is cheating on her with not one but both of her bridesmaids.


She takes out her anger on the wedding cake and then seeks revenge, axe in hand, from those who have hurt her most, before returning to her room to drown her sorrows.








I can’t thank the massive talent that is Brides & Beauty and Tino&Pip enough for making me look so good – they are really amazing!  I have met some wonderful industry gems through the whole AntiBride project and I’m sure you will agree that their hard work and team effort has truly come together to create something beautiful!

Love & Sparkles





Photographer: Tino & Pip Photography
Event Stylist & Florist: Paula Rooney Weddings & Events
Hair & Make Up : Brides & Beauty
Venue: Thornbury Castle
Cake: Choccywoccydoodah
Bridesmaids: Joanna Dickinson & Francesca Hodge
Groom: Lee Broderick
Butlers: Butlers in the Buff
Brides Dress: Veromia
Bridesmaids dresses: Fairy Gothmother
Grooms outfit: Angels
Fascinators/hats: Esemee Fascinators
Jewellery: Models own & Kloof and Kandy
Umbrellas: Love Umbrellas

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One comment on “The AntiBride, Choccywoccydoodah and me!
  1. Magic Dress says:

    Really good photo shots. I agree with you. Modern people should have a new idea about wedding. no more white wedding dresses and traditional blonde haired, we need something new.

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