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This Autism marriage inclusive wedding inspiration took place at the historical and extremely stylish Thicket Priory in the North Yorkshire countryside.

The venue was chosen because of its elegant dramatic feel, with unique style, beautiful grounds, a lake and a bandstand! Plus everyone who works there is lovely.Catherine May – Boho Chic Weddings

Catherine of  Boho Chic Weddings and accessory designer Heidi of Glorious By Heidi fell in love with, real couple, Char and Grace’s authenticity and love story. Wanting to increase diversity within the wedding industry Catherine and Heidi asked Char and Grace to be part of their Autism marriage inclusive wedding inspiration. The results are incredible, with coloured wedding dresses, and natural hair by Recommended HUMA Chrys Chapman and makeup by Made Up by Cathryn. But, most importantly awareness for neurodiverse weddings and couples.

Bride with long auburn hair in a wire headdress with brown eyeshadow and coral lipstick

Black bride with naturally curly hair in blush bridal separates with an applique veil sitting on a sofa holding a deep red. pink, white and green bouquet

Deep red, pink and white rose wedding bouquet with green foliage

Diane Hassall T-Bar wedding shoes with floral decor

Black bride with long curly hair in blush pink bridal separates with appliqué detail looking in the mirror

Black bride with long curly hair in blush pink bridal separates holding a pomegranate

black bride with naturally curly hair wearing a wire hair accessory

Minimalist wedding stationery invitation

AUTISM MARRIAGE

The colour scheme is based on the iconic fragrance, Pomegranate Noir by Jo Malone. Showcasing two strong, authentic women. One is an autism activist, showing individuality and beauty, and care for their love. As a whole, we need to see more diversity within our industry.  Ensuring all human beings in our society are represented. This Autism marriage inclusive wedding inspiration is a small step in the right direction.

FASHION & BEAUTY

We wanted to inspire all couples to be their unique selves when it comes to their wedding. Both outfits were designed and made by independent wedding fashion designer, Rose Savage. One is a three-piece, the other one a black dress. The makeup was natural glamour, and the hair made the most of the women’s glorious locks. We love Afro! We also champion women who don’t want to conform to the old-age, often sexist standards of hair removal.

Intimate wedding reception decor at Thicket Priory country house with black, pink, white and red colour scheme

Floral decorated tray with pink, red and white roses and dahlias with green foliage and coloured glass goblets

Two brides walking up the steps at Thicket Priory country house wedding venue for Autism marriage inspiration

Bride in a one shoulder black tulle wedding dress with dramatic black veil at autism marriage wedding inspiration

Place setting with black and gold rimmed tableware, and an ornate shell plate

Floral hoop chair back wedding decor with foliage, roses and ribbon

Three tier deep burgundy, black and gold elegant wedding cake for Pomegranate Noir autism marriage wedding inspiration

Wedding table decor with black charger plate, pink and gold tableware and floral centrepiece

Pomegranate Noir Autism marriage inclusive wedding inspiration at Thicket Priory

Two brides embracing at autism marriage diverse wedding inspiration. Brides wear coloured wedding dresses and pretty hair accessories

Two brides in coloured wedding dresses kissing at their intimate wedding reception at Thicket Priory

Ornate pink and black glass goblets for dramatic Pomegranate Noir wedding inspiration

black bride with long naturally curly hair running in a garden in blush pink bridal separates with tulle skirt, embroidered bodice and detachable sleeves

Wedding portrait of an neurodiverse couple in a black tulle wedding dress and blush pink separates dancing in a field

Luxury burgundy wedding cake with elevated third tier on a gold stand decorated with red, white and pink flowers, pomegranates and foliage.

Black bride with long naturally curly hair wearing a bridal headdress in an embroidered bodice and tulle skirt looking at her bride-to-be

Black on the day wedding stationery menu card, taper candles and goblet table decor

Black bride with long naturally curly hair in a blush pink with embroidery detail bridal three-piece including bodice, skirt and blouson sleeves

Hello to wearing your wedding outfits again… and again!

Host-educator of UK Black Pride, Char, is an autistic Jamindian. Encouraged by a matchmaking friend, Char and her partner, Grace met in London for the Moon Exhibition, but, due to it being busy, went for lunch instead, talking for hours. Warming to their authenticity and love story on their Instagrams, we approached them with our vision.Catherine May – Boho Chic Weddings

“As a mum to a child with Down’s syndrome and autism, I’m saddened by how rarely my daughter sees people that look like her in the media. As content creators it’s our responsibility to be part of that change.” Heidi – Accessory Designer


“In 2020 we wrote our first diversity pledge, since then we have shared several updates about our progress. We will continue to learn, re-learn, and strive to ensure everyone feels represented on Rock My Wedding. We can’t thank Photographer Catherine of  Boho Chic Weddings and accessory designer Heidi of Glorious By Heidi enough for choosing our platform to share their vision of autism marriage, Pride and inclusivity. For more diverse weddings please select the relevant filters under our planning and inspiration headers.”

Concept, Planning & Photographer:Boho Chic Weddings | Concept, Planning & Accessory Designer:Glorious By Heidi | Venue:Thicket Priory | Real Couple:CharGrace | Floral & On The Day Styling:Fantail | Makeup:Made Up by Cathryn | Hair:Chrys Chapman | Bridal Atelier:Rose Savage Bridal | Cake:Storeybook Cakes | Stationery:Ivy Inks | Veil:Sash & Veil | Shoes:Diane Hassall | Videography:Matthew Laraway Weddings | Crockery:Whitehouse Crockery Shell Dishes:MadeBy Dapple | Perfume:Jo Malone