Nina & Alistair’s Old American West, Deadwood-Inspired Wedding

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The offbeat bride: Nina Lovelace

Her offbeat partner: Alastair McLellan, journalist

Location & date of wedding: Marylebone Town Hall (civil service) in London, England and Amadeus Centre (reception) in Maida Vale, London on November 1st, 2008

What made our wedding offbeat: I'm not sure how many brides-to-be base their look on a 19th Century tart with a heart … but that was my heart's desire!

The band again

We love the HBO TV show Deadwood, and I particularly love the dresses worn by one of the show's leading ladies, Joanie (feminine and business-like). I knew as soon as we decided to get married that was the look and atmosphere for me. Luckily my squeeze Alastair felt the same about the show and the clothes, so we had our inspiration early on.

A few other things that made our wedding ours:

  • Our plan to make our guests the main part of the decoration of our wedding by asking them to dress in style and 99% did and did us proud. It meant everything else could be very simple.
  • Our idea for ‘Wedding marshals' instead of best men/women; our two marshals had badges and one a plastic gun!
  • Our cute-as-a-button flowergirl, Lana, dressed in a traditional calico prairie dress
  • Our ‘country' wedding tattoos instead of rings
  • My beautiful Ovation guitar Alastair bought me instead of an engagement ring
  • Singing and playing that guitar with Alastair in a temporary band of our friends at our wedding reception
  • Our wedding cupcakes were made from an American red velvet recipe by my amazingly talented sister-in-law Marian.
  • Our CD favours that doubled up as table place names
  • Managing to book one of the UK's leading country singers who we know on the London circuit, Alan Tyler, to play live

Alan Tyler & band

Inside Marylebone Town Hall

Our biggest challenge: The biggest challenge was probably getting our temporary band together to practice. They were all busy people but still found the time to be organised and get together with us and practice a 4 song set. I can't thank them enough… it was the icing on the cake for a great day.

AMy & Heather

Also I think trying to get people to understand the theme. The website we set up helped enormously with that however. The proof was that everyone looked amazing!

our wedding cupcakes...

the amadeus centre

My favorite moment: So many – but it has to be when we were playing in the band. Halfway through one of our songs, we looked at each other and grinned like idiots.

our band

Inside Marylebone Town Hall

My offbeat advice: Don't be afraid to ask people to dress up. It know it drove some of our guests mad looking for an outfit but everyone loved the overall effect in the end.

like a film still!


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Comments on Nina & Alistair’s Old American West, Deadwood-Inspired Wedding

  1. I think it’s always amazing to see wedding where the guests TOTALLY committed to the look by dressing up.

    What a great gift to give a couple you love! This wedding looks JUST beautiful. Congratulations!

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