In part two of our wedding discount day we’re featuring, My Fayre Favourite, a collection of absolutely gorgeous vintage jewellery and bridal accessories by Maidstone based designer, Charlotte Brown.
Charlotte tells us “I’m obsessed with vintage and love finding old treasures that I can use in my jewellery designs. My pieces aren’t mass produced new items made to look vintage but are true to the genuine article, giving you an individual one-off piece to treasure forever.”
Here’s just some of our favourites but visit the online store for the entire range. And don’t forget to quote WEDDINGDOLLS2013 at the checkout to get your exclusive 10% discount.
Vintage 1950’s Necklace, £24
Vintage Bridal Hair Comb, £25
Vintage 1950’s Rhinestone Necklace, £20
Silver and White Beaded Hairband £25
Jewellery transformed into a Bridal Hair piece, £25
Handmade wedding garter vintage lace with vintage brooch £25
bridal hair grips £4.50 per grip
Ivory flower hair comb with birdcage veil, £15
And if you’re feeling really generous you can even buy these gorgeous cufflinks for the Groom – they are just so cute!
Coin Cufflinks, British 1961 Lucky Sixpence, £10
Happy Shopping x
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
It’s been a great week at Wedding Dolls HQ, we’ve had such great feedback about the new look website. The support has been unbelievable, so thank you to every one for your kind words and best wishes, we are very excited about working with so many talented Kent Wedding Suppliers over the coming months.
If you are a Kent Wedding Supplier and would like to showcase your work right here on the blog please get in touch, you can email us at email@example.com or call 07872 160 911.
This week we spent the day with the lovely Amanda Haywood of Bliss Makeovers and a great friend of ours Kay Young of Kay Young Photography. We thought it would be nice to show our readers who we are and had lots of fun getting some snaps taken. We are alike in many ways, but yet so different and it was a fantastic day capturing this and what makes The Wedding Dolls work. Come back soon to see the results of our photoshoot! Thanks Amanda and Kay x
Something we talked about this week is Anti Gravity Yoga. This fitness regime has been designed to increase your overall health and physical agility whilst having fun swinging about in an AntiGravity Hammock, it’s definitely for those brides out there wanting to try something a little bit different. Have you booked your class with Heavenly Fitness yet? We’re up for giving it a go!
This week we also gave you info on where you can send your groom for some advice and pre wedding help. Those husbands to be struggling with all this wedding malarky have got help and advice from the male experts over at Staggered. It’s a blog totally dedicated to getting the man in your life on the right road to wedded bliss. If you haven’t already get him over there immediately!
Have you entered our Wedding Planning Workshop Competition yet?
If you don’t know where to start or are feeling a bit panicky about everything you need to do don’t panic we’ll show you how to turn your wedding vision into a reality. At our workshop you’ll learn how to break down the planning stages so nothing gets on top of you, set your budget so costs don’t spiral out of control, discover your own wedding style and help you find the best suppliers for what you need. You’ll also learn how you can get everything done in time with an easy to follow schedule. You’ll leave the workshop feeling calm, excited and ready to plan the wedding you want.
All you need to do to win your place at one of our workshops is email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your name, the date of your wedding (if you have one yet!) and why you feel you need some wedding planning help.
See you next week
If you think your husband-to-be might be struggling with all this wedding malarky then send him over to Staggered. It’s a blog totally dedicated to getting the man in your life on the right road to wedded bliss. Even if you have a regular Groomzilla on your hands who is more involved than you, he might just find out some extra info on stag do’s, speeches and honeymoons, to name just a few topics that the blog covers. It will definitely make his day (oh and yours).