This weeks wedding website comes to you from the team behind the fabulous Rock My Wedding blog. Launched towards the end of last year, Rock my Boutique, is a gorgeous collection called Big City Love which includes fashion, accessories and decor. Go take a look as most of the pieces are in collaboration with some of the biggest and brightest names in the wedding industry so you’ll be sure to get something completely different and unique. Here’s just a glimpse of what’s available and some of our favourite pieces.
1. The Blue Soul Shoes , £200
2. Boudica Bracelet, £25
3. Melissa Bridesmaid Dresses, £225
4.Warrior Headband, £165
5. The Harlot Necklace, £75
6. Big City Love Stationery, from £4.50 each
All photography from Rock my Boutique by Ann-Kathrin Koch Photography Ltd.
When it’s cold and dark outside I love nothing more than having bright and colourful flowers at home (it was my birthday last week and I was very spoilt with lots of gorgeous bouquets!). The colours are amazing and it got me thinking about adding a sharp burst of colour to Winter weddings. Striking colours are often associated with summer weddings but we just love these Bridesmaids dresses to add glamour and a strong colour palette to any winter wedding. What do you think?
Debut at Debenhams
Featured Image: Ruffled Blog
Long wedding dresses aren’t for everyone so if you’re looking for a different length gown that isn’t short on style then the best selection by far to be found in Kent, is at Cutting Edge Brides.
Based in Bexley, the really friendly team specialise in shorter length wedding gowns, so if you’re after something a bit more unconventional or want a second gown for the evening then here’s where you should start your search. We met some of the team at the Bluewater Wedding Fair and viewed some of the dresses first hand, the detailing and range of styles are just gorgeous and we loved the teams enthusiam for helping to style their brides.
Fittings at their showroom are by appointment only but they also have an online store where you can have a good old look. You’ll find a great range of bridal labels such as Timeless Chic, True Bride, Trudy Lee, LouLou Bridal and White Rose to name but a few.
I need to cut up my credit card because I’ve found a website where I might just spend a fortune. Stella & Dot are a really unique jewellery shop and have a fantastic range of products for your wedding day (and if you’re like me any other occasion!). The Stella and Dot collections are designed by an in-house team over in New York. Fear not though as us English girls have a few ways to buy, either online or through trunk shows. The trunk shows give you a chance to view the collections and have a fun girls night to boot, all with a local Stella & Dot stylist. Here are just two of our favourite pieces but there’s loads more to choose from. Plus it might just set you on a new career path as you can find out more about launching your own business as a Stella & Dot Stylist!
Chantilly Lace Cuff, £85 and matching earings £40
Sofia Pearl Bib Necklace, £95
Peter and Lydia were married in August 2012, taking them a relatively short eight months to plan this gorgeous wedding. Here Lydia tells us how she did it along with all the rest of the fabulous wedding details! Lydia says “I did the majority of the planning, with Peter helping me make decisions and willing to help when I delegated him tasks! My mother was also a massive help with organising the reception.
Our reception for just over 200 guests was held at Provender House, Faversham. As we planned the wedding in such a short space of time there were limited venues available but my mother’s friend knew Princess Olga Romanoff who lives in the house, which had been restored by English Heritage. I had originally wanted a stately home but it was too expensive, so having the reception in a marquee at Provender was amazing – it combined the elegant and traditional house with an easy and modern marquee that we were able to decorate as we wanted.”
Lydia goes on to tell us about her gorgeous gown “I tried on SO many dresses and loved 90% of them. I was being really indecisive but my dress stuck with me and I thought it was more stunning than the others. I took one of my bridesmaids with me to try it on again and she convinced me to go for it, despite the price tag! As Peter is a foot taller than me I wanted high heels as well as a bit of bling as my dress was very plain, so I chose some sparkly heels by Karen Millen. I borrowed Peter’s mother’s diamond studs, which she was given on her 18th birthday and also wore a thin bracelet with pearls and a lace edged chapel length veil and I had small pearl hair pins from Accessorize.”
Lydia tells us more about how they choose the details of their wedding, she says “Both of us wanted a traditional English wedding, with a few influences from Singapore, where I grew up. We didn’t have a theme at the outset but our light pinky/nude and butterflies theme just sort of happened and was a lovely mix of vintage and modern. I had a birdcage from the venue which I pegged individual table plans too. We had butterfly place cards from Cuttopia that had L & P on one wing and hand wrote our guests names on the other, which sat on everyone’s wine glass. We had our order of service and invitations printed in Singapore. I used lots of Orchids as they are the national flower of Singapore so I could have a touch of home on the day! They didn’t last long in the heat but they were absolutely beautiful.
We were lucky to have our family and friends help out. Peter’s incredibly talented younger sister made our cake, it was four tiers of fruitcake, red velvet, vanilla sponge and chocolate and our first dance song, ‘Lucky’ by Jason Mraz, was sung by Peter’s friend Ali Americanos.”
Lydia found their photographer, Samantha Jones, online and loved her photos. She says “When we met her in person and found her so friendly and enthusiastic we knew she would be perfect.”
Lydia’s final bit of advice for brides to be is “Don’t feel pressured into making all your decisions straight away. Try and listen to your family and friends without compromising what you want. DON’T be a diva because no matter what happens, it will be the best day of your life, regardless of all the little things. I loved our wedding. It was a great balance between a beautiful, serious and emotional ceremony that focused on our religious beliefs and love for each other, alongside a fun, relaxed reception where everyone let loose and danced the night away! It also reflected how much as a couple we put into our relationships with other people, it was amazing to have so many of our family and friends there on our wedding day.”
Thanks to Lydia and Peter for sharing their day with us. x
Dress: Suzanne Neville
Veil: Viva Bridal
Groom Outfit: Dress2kill
Bridesmaids: Fever Designs
Flowers: Graham Greener
Food: Blackbird Catering
Piano and Double Bass: Frances Knight
DJ: Party Plannerz
Favours & Centrepieces: Homemade
Photographer: Samantha Jones
Image Credit: With thanks to Samantha Jones
We spotted this dress on a bridesmaid a few weeks ago when we were at a wedding venue doing some research. It looked stunning and we just loved the detail and elegant shape. Best of all there’s a huge variety of colours to choose from.
It’s available from Dessy with local stockists Fross Wedding Collections in Uckfield, East Sussex, Bridal Gowns at Jodi in Maidstone and Abigails in Headcorn.
Image: Lela Rose Style: LR174 from Dessy
Who doesn’t love a wedding discount and in November Christina Jessel Hair and Make Up is offering 10% off all Bridal Hair and Make Up trials and Vintage styling.
We’ve featured Christina before in our Vintage Wedding series so take a look at more of her vintage styles here.
Post and Featured Images courtesy of Christina Jessel
Nothing is more cute at a wedding than a little flower girl who is loving her job! Back at the end of last year a bride asked us where she could find reasonably priced flower girl outfits for her two flower girls so we came up with our own DIY versions and styled a mini shoot to showcase them.
All the outfits are under £35 and and our little wedding dolls had a ball!
1. White flower girl dresses, Next from Ebay, £12.00 each.
2. Pink and Green Velvet Dresses, Asda, £11.00 each, with handbands from Cherish in Tunbridge Wells
3. Tutu’s from Ebay, £18 – £22.00, Capes (photographers own)
4. Pink dress £8.00, Mind Charity shop
All images by Kay Young Photography
Navy and black Bridesmaids dresses were everywhere last Winter and we’re predicting the same come this one, especially with the new range of Alvina Valenta bridesmaids dresses available. There’s some stunners in there which will suit all shapes, sizes and tastes of bridesmaids. Take a look at the new collection through JLM Europe Collection and the Kent stockist is Isabella Grace in Tunbridge Wells.
Images from First View.
Homepage featured image from Clark & Walker
One of our favourite shops for wedding outfits is Any Occasion in Tunbridge Wells. We’re always sending Mother of the Brides their way and now there’s another reason to go take a look as they are stockists for Anoushka G, who design fantastic evening and occasion wear.
Anoushka G also designs a bridal range that has some real gems, with gorgeous lines and beautiful details perfect for summer weddings. These are just some of our favourite.