This week as the sun hots up there’s been some sneaky Pimms after work action going on at Wedding Dolls HQ. There’s nothing like adding cucumber to your drink to make it feel like summer! As with lots of summer weddings we’re now on count down for our next couple to head down the aisle. They’re having an Asian Fusion wedding with hints of green and gold. Take at look at their inspiration board if you haven’t seen it already.
On the blog this week was a lovely engagement and real wedding, shot by Rebecca Douglas. Our wonderful couple, Cho and Enio, shared their gorgeous April wedding with us at Tonbridge Castle which included some really unique shots of them on the vintage steam railway at High Rocks in Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Also on the blog was our three part special on hidden gem wedding hotels. The hotels (or restaurant with rooms!) featured were The Bell in Ticehurst, The George in Rye and The Marquis of Alkham. Each of them are really unique and offer something completely different for your wedding day, so check them out if you are still searching for that all important venue.
We rounded the week off giving our Mothers’ of the Bride a helping hand in tracking down fabulous wedding day outfits in just some of the gorgeous boutiques to be found in and around Kent.
Outfit from Any Occasion, Tunbridge Wells
Next week we’ve got a 2 part special from our English Country Garden wedding, a fab Kent wedding supplier to share and a couple of new venues to take a quick tour of.
Enjoy the sun!
This week we have been looking at hidden gem wedding venues which we will be sharing with you over the next week. We’ve also been working hard on our new website which will be ready to launch in June. We’re super excited about it and can’t wait to share it with everyone.
We also had a little field trip yesterday to the Pantiles Food Festival in Tunbridge Wells. It’s always a great place to find lovely, talented and food obsessed people who cater for weddings in the county.
We kicked off on Monday with news of a bridal gown sale at Froufrou Bridal Boutique which is on next month and includes discounted dresses from famous designer names (see a few of the dresses available below)
We also shared with you two fantastic Kent suppliers. Florist in the Forest was up first with owner Katherine Craft, who showed us her beautiful and stunning designs. Katherine is a talented lady as she not only creates her designs but also grows her own flowers at her studio and cutting garden in Broadwater Forest. Then we met Jennie Bishop of Little Boutique Bakery where we got to see just some of her fantastic wedding cakes. Jennie told us “we are known for our elegant and unique designs and attention to detail, we only take on a limited number of commissions per week so we can ensure the utmost quality and time required to complete orders.” These are cake and flower designs you won’t want to miss out on!
The final part of our series about Planning a Vintage Wedding was all about the dress and how to find it. Whether you want a true vintage gown or are going for vintage styled one we shared our favourites from a range of designers and online boutiques.
Then to round off the week we brought you five of the best wedding pumps so you could save your feet but still look gorgeous!
That’s it from us so Happy Sunday everyone.
This week has been full of up’s and downs. In the name of research we have been out and about looking at potential new wedding venues and getting rained on in the process. However it didn’t stop us getting very excited by some of our fabulous finds for our special venue feature coming up later this month.
Another up was that my hand is recovering well so I managed to get my hand splint off and am now typing this post with two hands – sort of. Hurrah! However I wasn’t able to do my Moonwalk last night (read about my training here) but here’s hoping my team mates had fun – well done girls!
On the blog this week we started with a Butterfly Inspiration Board to get the creative juices flowing. We featured the new Ghost dresses available at John Lewis and shared our top five Bridal clutch bags from the High Street.
There was also the fourth part of our vintage wedding planning special with Vintage Tea Kent who showed us their gorgeous tea sets to help style any vintage event to perfection.
We were also really excited to showcase the Real Kent Wedding of Danielle and Chris. The couple celebrated their day with a fabulous Country Fair theme so take a look if you are planning your own country wedding for more inspiration.
Look out next week for part five of vintage wedding planning with the bit you’ve all been waiting for – the dresses! Plus two fantastic supplier finds and news of a designer dress wedding sale – what’s not to love!
Happy Sunday folks!
Image credit: Kerry Ann Duffy
Last weekend when Joanne was busy with the blog and planning workshops I was sunning myself in the South of France. It was bliss. A few days of sun and long wine fuelled lunches was just what my hand needed to get a bit better. The splint did get lots of weird looks but at least it got me a fabulous seaview seat a few times so I’m not complaining.
Over one long lunch my husband muttered “oh god no here we go” when I spotted a wedding happening down of the street. Rushing off to take a look I watched the happy couple climb into a vintage car and take to the streets with lots of horns tooting and cheering all the way down the promenade. It seems even in Nice you’re not to posh to clap and cheer as the Bride and Groom drive past. Fabulous.
Next we took off to Monaco where another newly wed couple were climbing aboard their luxury yacht waving to everyone on the marina. With a beer costing around £13 a pint at Le Cafe de Paris in Monte Carlo though, you won’t find us mere mortals getting married there.
Safely back in the rain on Monday we saw the final choices of Bridesmaids dresses for a November wedding. Our favourite was a gorgeous Dessy dress. On Tuesday our feature fun showed how to be a wedding shoe showoff with shoe stickers by Nutmeg. On Thursday we took inspiration from the Royal Wedding and looked at hiring classic cars for your wedding ride. On Friday we shared a pre-wedding shoot by fabulous photographer, Kerry Ann Duffy. Watch out for the full wedding next week with the lovely Danielle and Chris who had an English Country Fair wedding.
Yesterday was the third part of our planning a vintage wedding special with vintage shoes galore. Next week it’s vintage wedding styling.
Enjoy the bank holiday weekend!
What an eventful and exciting week its been, with our spring bride and groom relaxing on a beach in the Seychelles we turned our attention to our sparkly new website. Now in its final stages we met with our fab designer Ali of Pad Creative to look over her latest ideas. It’s all coming together nicely and we can’t wait to share it with you later this summer.
To celebrate St Georges Day on Monday we showed you our England Wed in Red inspiration board, fabulously bright and colourful on whats been another wet and cold week!
We shared another fantastic find with you later on in the week, the very talented and creative Rachel Hudson. We love finding fab wedding suppliers on our very own doorstep. Rachel is based in Tunbridge Wells and she told us why she loves to photograph all things natural, we love her work and hope you took the opportunity to find out more about the 15% discount she offered Wedding Dolls followers.
Then we took you behind the scenes of Philippa and Billy’s English Country Garden Wedding. We wanted to give you a little insight into what we do ‘Backstage’ to make sure our weddings go without a hitch – excuse the punt. We hope you found parts one and two helpful if you are planning a wedding at home this summer.
Finally, we bought you part two of the Planning your Vintage wedding series, showing you how you can create your own vintage hair and make up. With the help of professionals Christina Jessel, Powder and Glow and Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair we showed you how to create the look you are after. Next week we’ll be talking vintage wedding shoes, and they are just gorgeous….
We hear there’s sunshine promised for tomorrow, enjoy!
Wow what a week! It was major planning this week as we got ready for our first marquee wedding of the year and all thoughts turned to the torrential rain that just kept on coming. With our wet weather contingency to hand we dug out our wellies and was determined it wouldn’t rain on Philippa’s and Billy’s wedding parade.
On Monday we brought you our designer of the week Stewart Parvin. With a beautiful range of dresses to choose from we recommend you visit Froufrou Bridal if you are still dress hunting.
Also this week we were thrilled to share our latest discovery, Prettywild Design. Kent based stationery designer, Suzanne Osborne, has a gorgeous range of designs we know you will simply love so take a look without delay!
Thursday we pitched in to help promote the Charity Wedding Auction. You can bid to win a wedding with a value of up to £11,000 and it’s all to help local charity, Pilgrims Hospices. The auction has already started and will run until 27th April.
On Friday we had our business planning meeting with our mentor, NVW Solutions, Neil is great at helping us work out our goals and think about want we want to achieve next – we always come out fired up and ready to go. We also shared on the blog our tips for planning your wedding day schedule, if you love writing a list you’ll be in your element!
Next we kicked off our five week look into planning a vintage wedding. We started with a swing and next week will be talking hair and make-up.
And so to the main Saturday event. With pink peonies, acoustic guitars, fairy lights twinkling and candles flickering, the rain simply added to the gorgeous English country garden wedding yesterday and the bride and groom were so happy and relaxed. In typical british fashion the rain didn’t stop play (or the spit roast from cooking) and a fantastic day was had by all. Here’s just a little sneak peek of the beautiful setting. Full wedding coming soon.
A massive congratulations to Philippa and Billy x
This week has been eventful at Wedding Dolls HQ. Good news is that we are full steam ahead with the final planning of our first wedding of 2012 next Saturday. Philippa and Billy are a fantastic couple and we can’t wait to see all the plans come together next week. See their English Country Wedding inspiration board for a sneak peek of what’s to come.
In the run up to the big day there are always last-minute nerves which Joanne tackled in our series of wedding planning lessons: The Fear Factor. If you have the wedding jitters it might just help!
We have also featured a great supplier with the spotlight on Irene & Jenny, who make beautiful jewellery from your most valued pieces. There was also a spot of shopping when we found six of the best high street hotpants for your honeymoon wardrobe.
However it’s not been plain sailing this week as I managed to make a bit of a mess of my hand when a pot broke whilst I was washing up. A trip to the hospital and an operation later I discovered I’d cut through two tendons which puts me in a hand splint for 8 weeks at least. Not good. It’s made me realise just how many things become impossible when you only have one hand such as shoelaces and ponytails. Just when I was getting the hang of my bun ring as well! See our Buns & Roses Wedding Hair post. Typing is also a slow process and there was major panic and hyperventilating last night when it dawned on me that I couldn’t use the corkscrew…..
However all things considered I was lucky it wasn’t worse and for me it’s only temporary. I will however look on in new-found wonder at all those people with disabilities, who simply just get on with life and make things better for others along the way. Amazing.
Enjoy your Sunday and be careful with that washing up!
P.S. Look out this week for our final countdown planning post, a spotlight on two fabulous Kent wedding suppliers and our quick guide to vintage weddings.
Phew we did it – after a summer full of planning we were glad to finally get our blog going in November 2011 – here’s a quick look back at what we have done so far.
We got to post some beautiful pictures of one of our couples who got married in Malta and loved featuring bridal wear and accessories galore with Isabella Grace, Cherish Jewellery, Myla, and DC Bouquets.
Had fun meeting local suppliers, brides and friends at wedding exhibitions including The Luxury Wedding Show, where the fabulous catwalk show featured designer wedding dresses from the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Candy Anthony to name just a few of our favourites. We’ve also reviewed dresses by Caroline Castigliano and Alfred Angelo’s Disney Bridal range.
Our beauty reviewer, Emma O’Connor, went to the launch of Lauren Goodger’s (The Only Way is Essex), range of tanning products, as well as sampled products from Mitchell and Peach.
Then just before we wrote our Christmas list for the year, the Wedding Dolls had their very own Rock the Dress shoot. With thanks to Kay Young Photography, model Clare Atkins, and Powder and Glow’s Caroline for a brilliant day. And a special thank you goes to our little Wedding Dolls who behaved perfectly throughout – much better than their older counterparts!!
For 2012 there’s much to do and we have a real variety of weddings to plan. This alone goes to show that weddings are now becoming completely unique – no two are ever the same!
This year we have an extra challenge as we’ve signed up for the London Moonwalk in May. To get fit we’ll be trying all manner of exercise from boot camps to pole dancing and lots more in-between! We’ll share our journey with you but watch out for our blog post later this week which will give you a head start on getting Wedding Fit!
Happy new year everyone and to all our brides and grooms who are getting married this year – a very wonderful and happy filled 2012!
Photography Credits: Kay Young Photography