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Capped sleeves in our opinion are making a welcome come back within wedding dress design. If like us you love a different neckline to choose from then the range from Justin Alexander will be perfect for you. The new style has been easily captured in one fab blog post from the designer which says, “capped sleeves add a touch of vintage glamour you can’t get with any other accessory. This very ladylike feature frames the face and bust perfectly to achieve a modest, chic, and very elegant bridal look”. We couldn’t agree more. Check out the full blog post here.

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Kent suppliers include Bell’amore in Bexleyheath and Tantrums & Tiaras in Sittingbourne.

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This blogging business means you literally spend hours at the laptop looking through wedding sites and fashion blogs. So it only stands to reason that occasionally your concentration slips and you click a fashion advert by complete mistake. Once there things just seem to fly into the shopping basket and you’ve checked out before you can say “I really was researching blog posts honest”.

This week though I’ve come up trumps as whilst online shopping carrying out my research I’ve found newly launched wedding dresses from high street stores TK Maxx, Monsoon and Phase Eight that are scrumptious. I’m not totally in love with all the dresses but there are some absolute gems hidden in the ranges at fantastic prices. Here are my top picks to get you started – you’ll then need to carry out your own….ahem…research.

TK Maxx, £269.99

 

Monsoon Annabel Dress, £249

Monsoon Nina Dress, £229

Monsoon Petruska Dress, £399

Phase Eight, Mariette, £650

Phase Eight, Saphia Dress, £495

Happy Shopping!

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Carla and Don couldn’t have made their wedding anniversary more special and easier to remember if they tried. Their wedding date and time was 12/12/12 at 12:12 noon and the ceremony took place at Mount Ephraim Gardens in Faversham. Here Carla tells us their wedding story.

“Mount Ephraim Gardens was the first venue that we looked at in January 2012 and I fell in love with it straight away. It felt very romantic. We wanted our wedding to be a relaxed day that we could enjoy with our friends and family but I also wanted it to have a traditional and classic feel. During the ceremony our daughter Olivia read a piece she had written about us and how much we meant to her – it was very emotional.

“As the wedding was just before Christmas our colours were Olive green, gold and ivory. There was such a warm glow from twinkling lights, with lots of candles and pearls to really complete the look. The theme continued with my wedding outfit as I wore a friends pearl necklace and earrings and my veil and hair slide were ivory with very subtle sparkles. The overall look of our wedding was better than I could have hoped for. On all of our stationery we had two little characters of myself and Don to make it feel a little more personalised – we run a family printers, Jenwood Printers, in Sheerness so that definitely helped!
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“We had a traditional menu by caterers, Scott Anderson, of Winter vegetable soup, Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and Crème Brulee. Our reception drink was hot mulled wine. Our wedding cake was cupcakes made by a friend Lisa Burke. The Flower Company in Sheerness supplied by flowers. I love the smell of freesias and I wanted the flowers to look very simple but pretty. I had ivory freesias with pearls and sparkles in the bouquet, tied with an ivory ribbon and the bridesmaids and flower girls had bouquets of gyp, tied with ivory ribbon.

Kerry Ann Duffy was our photographer and she was fantastic. During the day we were also filming a Marryoke, with TDH Media which everyone really enjoyed. We also had up-close magician, Spencer Wood, who did fantastic tricks throughout our pre-dinner drinks and the wedding breakfast. In the evening we had a photo booth by Julian Austin Photography with Apollo Funk DJing. Our first dance was a little different as we did a mix up – we’re not great dancers but we gave it our best shot with tunes including Utah Saints, Big Fish, Tom Jones, Gangnam Style and the Black Eyed Peas “The Time (Dirty Bit)”

Because we had started so early the DJ finished up at 10.30pm with us doing a last dance to Take That’s “Greatest Day” which I cried throughout as I was so happy and didn’t want the day to end!

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Thanks to Carla and Don for sharing their wedding day with us and don’t forget to check out the new Mr & Mrs Jenkins in their Marryoke Video!

 

Wedding Contact Book:

Brides Dress & Shoes: Tantrums and Tiara

Bridesmaids/Flower Girls: Forever Yours & BHS

Groom & Ushers, Peter Posh from Guvnors, Sittingbourne

Photography: Kerry Ann Duffy

Videography and Marryoke: TDH Media

Magician: Spencer Wood

Photo booth: Julian Austin Photography

DJ: Apollo Funk

 

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For this weeks shopping pleasure we bring you the fabulous 2013 collection from online wedding accessory boutique, Olivier Laudus, which is all about glamour and romance. The new pieces in the collection are a gorgeous mix of pearl jewellery and art deco inspired headbands using Crystallised Swarovski Elements.

Natasha Flower Headband £94.99

Natasha Flower Headband £94.99

Nerea Diamante and Pearl Earrings £29 .99

Nerea Diamante and Pearl Earrings £29 .99

Marta Pearl and Diamante Side Headband £ 79.99

Marta Pearl and Diamante Side Headband £ 79.99

Lorraine bracelet, £89

Lorraine bracelet, £89

Layla earrings £39.99

Layla earrings £39.99

Jane headband £190

Jane headband £190

Geneva necklace £59.99

Geneva necklace £59.99

Fern headband £140

Fern headband £140

The Olivier Laudus online boutique was established in 2004 by husband and wife team Olivier and Sangeeta Laudus. The brand new Signature wedding collection was designed by Olivier, who’s created a range of beautiful wedding necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The boutique also has an extensive range of wedding tiaras, including crystal and pearl tiaras as well as bridal headbands, jewellery and finishing touches.

All orders have free delivery during January so make the most of it and take a look today!

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Myself and Joanne were majorly excited when we happily skipped off to take a look around the Tunbridge Wells regency townhouse that is the gorgeous setting for bridal boutique, Isabella Grace. With a recent expansion the boutique is welcoming more brides than ever through their very elegant front door.

Looking through the front window you get just a tantalising peek of the gorgeousness thats waiting for you inside. Owner, Rebecca Doyle, is no stranger to weddings as she also runs multi-award winning bridal accessory brand, Chez Bec, but had always dreamed of opening her own boutique.

She told us “It is only 14 months since we opened Isabella Grace and it is hard to believe how far our and our brides’ expectations have been exceeded. We literally tripled in size within a year of opening and now have four floors with three private fitting suites, two showrooms and a separate alterations suite.

“I was delighted when one of our brides coined the phrase “The Isabella Grace Experience” to express how happy she had been with the service – it was the ultimate shopping experience for her and this was our aim from the very start. Choosing the dress you wear on your wedding day is a girl’s most important shopping decision – we not only go the extra mile, we outstrip it!

“Our brides very much become part of the Isabella Grace family and they leave hugging and kissing us – some even in tears when their Isabella Grace experience comes to an end!”

Collections include Paloma Blanca, So Sassi, LM by Lusan Mangonus, Enzoani, Nicola Anne, Sophia Tolli, Martina Liana and Charlotte Balbier with prices ranging from £1000 to £2,500.

We loved the ambiance, atmosphere and luxurious feel of Isabella Grace that really makes this boutique stand out from the crowd. But Brides nearly always say its the exceptional quality of customer service that means they would recommend this boutique time and time again.

Go take a look – you won’t be disappointed!

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It’s about this time of year that we like to point you in the direction of Wonderful Wraps. We’ve sent many a bride their way when they start to worry about staying warm on their wedding day. They’ve got the best selection of wraps and cloaks in wedding world so if you need a winter warmer go there first.

Check out our previous post with a full selection of their gorgeous wraps.

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This weekend is the first in a series of Designer Weekends at FrouFrou Bridal Boutique, Tunbridge Wells. As well as being able to view full collections by featured designers, there’s super discounts available and your chance to win your dress for free! This Saturday and Sunday (24th & 25th November 2012) features designer Lusan Mandongus. Check out more info on the flyer below or read more about the boutique in our featured blog post.

Happy shopping! x

 

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Our designer of the week is Justin Alexander. The dresses shown here are some of just our favourite from the 2013 collection. There’s lots of lace and gorgeous detailing and we just love the elegant styles that have a real vintage feel. Kent stockists can be found in Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone, Sheerness and Bexleyheath.

 

All images from Justin Alexander

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Today on the blog we have some great news for Brides looking for a vintage wedding dress in Kent. Ciara Mullan owner of Dita Florita, normally supplies her vintage dresses by post, on a sale or return basis, but from this month you can visit her showroom in Kent and try on the dresses to your hearts content.

Images from this gorgeous shoot show you just some of the original dresses that Ciara sources for her boutique. For more information about viewing appointments visit Dita Florita.

 

Photoshoot Credits

Vintage dresses: Dita Florita
Photography: Laura Babb
Stylist & Coordinator: Meryl Tabner at Home Grown Bride
Hair & Makeup:  Belle of the Ball Hair
Flowers: Blush Floral Design
Stationery: Golden Apple Designs
Headpieces and sunglasses: Rene Walrus
Red flower hairband: Edwina Ibbotson 
Model: Frankie Holah
Venue: Plateau, Canary Wharf

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