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Fishtale wedding dresses are making a serious comeback and we just love this gorgeously detailed dress from Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner. Designing for Mori Lee for over 20 years, Madeline comes from New York and is well known internationally for her timeless and elegant designs.

In Kent the range is available at various Bridal Rooms including Jacqueline’s House of Brides in Dartford and Teokath in Canterbury.

 

 

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Today on the blog we are sharing with you the wedding of Chris and Katie, who got married back in May at Port Lympne. The lucky couple had lots of friends to help out and so we asked Katie to tell us about their big day.

Katie tells us “Port Lympne was the only venue we looked at and we fell in love with it. I had been there previously for work and thought it would be really different and unique to get married there. Erica at Port Lympne helped us so much and was brilliant.We had 72 guests for the daytime, with another 130 coming in the evening. We wanted quite a traditional wedding but with a few personal touches. We had a VIP safari trip as part of the wedding day so we all got on big safari trucks and spent an hour going round the park seeing the animals.

 

Our wedding photographer was Kerry Ann Duffy. I had heard about her through some friends and then when we looked on her website we knew she was our photographer!

 

 

 

My dress was from Brocades Bridal Studio in Sittingbourne. They were really helpful and had some beautiful pieces. As well as my dress I also bought there my veil, hairpiece, a necklace and earrings. I borrowed my sister’s bracelet for my ‘something borrowed’. My shoes were from BHS – they were comfortable enough to wear all day and all night!

Chris’ suit was hired from Slaters in Canterbury. It was grey with a white shirt and purple cravat. The bridesmaids dresses were also from Brocades and the flower girl dress was from Next.

 

 

 

 

We had a motor racing theme for the reception as Chris is a mad motor racing fan. For our table centres we had flowers in tyres instead of vases and our table names were the names of Formula 1 drivers. Our favours were Air Ambulance scratch cards as it’s a charity close to our hearts. For the children’s favours we got party bags from All About Party Bags which contained activity books, stickers, sweets and bubbles.

Our brilliant stationery was made by a friend of my sister, Tomarty, and included invitations, table names, table plan, post box and guest book.  Joanna Tantum Floristry did our wedding flowers. We met up to discuss the flowers but I had no idea what to pick apart from the colour so we left it in her hands as we trusted her to do a beautiful job. I had no idea what they were going to look like until I saw them on the day but I was over the moon with them! My bouquet was a mixture of ivory and lilac roses, purple lisianthus and eucalyptus. There were also button holes for the men and corsages for the ladies as well as flowers for the tables.  The wedding room didn’t really need much decorating as there are gorgeous animal murals all over the walls so we didn’t have flowers to decorate the room.

Our menu was by the in-house caterers and we gave our guests choices so we had starters of Pate, Garlic Mushrooms or Melon & Parma Ham followed by Salmon in chive sauce, Chicken in mushroom sauce or Romney Marsh Lamb. Dessert was Apple Pie, Chocolate fondue with strawberries or Lemon tart. It was all delicious! Throughout dinner we had some table magic by a friend who is a magician.

A friend also make our wedding cake – we had chocolate and vanilla cupcakes decorated with purple and ivory icing, with hearts and flowers as well a top layer of fruit cake.  In the evening we had a big party and it was great to see people on the dance floor all night.  Our first dance was to Elton John’s ‘Your Song’. We have just always loved the song and the words.We had a fantastic band, Marylebone Jelly, who we had seen at some local events and knew we had to have them at our wedding – everyone love them!”
Katie planned her wedding in just under a year and says “accept help from friends and family where you can as it all helps and don’t worry about what other people want – it’s your day so have things as you want them!”
Thanks to the couple for sharing their day and big congrats from us! x
Image Credit: Kerry Ann Duffy

Today we can share with you the lovely spring May wedding of Kelly and Scott at Turkey Mill in Maidstone. Here we meet the bride and groom and get them to tell us all about the big day in all it’s detail. Kelly says “I fell in love with Turkey Mill straight away. It was everything that we were looking for. The grounds are amazing and our guests could walk round the gardens and find a little quiet spot throughout the day. We wanted a traditional wedding but very simple and relaxed. We had Emma Knapp Photography and as soon as we met Emma and started telling her about the kind of day we wanted I knew she was the right photographer for us”.

 

When it come to picking her dress from The Bridal Chest, Kelly told us “I always knew I would go for a fitted dress but when I put my one on I found myself smiling from ear to ear and I just knew it was the dress that I wanted. I had used Audrey Hepburn as my inspiration as I wanted something classic and simple – I loved how it was elegant and different with the one strap. I accessorised the dress with pearl detailed peep toe shoes and tiara from Confetti & Lace, a full length veil from The Bridal Chest and simple earrings and bracelet from Swarovski.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott wore an outfit from Bride and Groom which was a black morning jacket, grey striped trousers, waistcoat and a purple cravat. My daughter was a flower girl, her and the other younger bridesmaids dresses were from Debenhams and the two page boys, one my son, had outfits from John Lewis. The three adult bridesmaids had dresses from The Dessy Group.

My wedding bouquet included Freesia, Lisianthus, Delphinium, and Hydrangea tied with darkest purple satin ribbon and pearl pin detail. Creative Flowers arranged this along with the centrepieces for the reception tables including Fuscia pink freesia, pale pink lisianthus and dark purple delphinium. When I met them they were really helpful and advised us on the flowers that would work best for the look I wanted.

 

 

 

 

 

The main wedding colour was purple with touches of lilac and fuscia pink. Kelly says “I was very happy with the overall look and relieved that the colours and layout of the room had all come together. We named each table after the people most important to us, parents, brothers and sisters and our twins. We had cupcakes with our guests names on as place cards and had a lottery ticket for each guest as a favour. All our stationery was from Confetti.

 

 

 

 

Our caterers, aFORM, created our menu. We had Lobster Bisque with parsley croutons or Feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and red onion salad. Followed by Knuckle of  Lamb served with red wine sauce or Confit of duck with thyme, rosemary and garlic served with plum ginger and rice wine sauce. All mains were served with parmentier potatoes, baton carrots, fine beans, cauliflower and baby corn.

The meal was completed with Chocolate Cube for the ladies and Lemon Cheesecake for the men. Our wedding cake was made for us by Kate Penfold of Sophisticakes.

We had always wanted a big party in the evening and danced to guitarist Nick Woods and our DJ. We found it very hard to choose a song that we both agreed on for our first dance but when we heard David Gray ‘Be Mine’ we knew it was the right song choice. Our reception finished at 12 but most people were staying at the Hilton so the party continued back at the hotel bar!”

 

Thanks so much to our couple for sharing their day with us and what final piece of advice would they give to others getting married?

“Make your wedding personal to you so that your friends and family feel a part of the big day with you and don’t worry about the small things. The day goes so quickly and it’s very hard to make time for one another as you have so many people to speak to and many different things going on but try and make sure you have some time alone as a couple throughout the day. I think some of those times on our day are my best memories.”

Congratulations to Kelly and Scott x

All images by Emma Knapp Photography

If you are getting married on a budget then get down to Topshop on the 22 June to check out their new bridal range. Designer Richard Nicholl is behind the new collection called Tie the Knot. It features a range of six wedding and bridesmaid dresses with prices starting at a budget friendly £75.

They might not be to everyone’s taste but they certainly pack a fashionista punch. What do you think?

 

 

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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!

Emma x

Image credit: Kerry Ann Duffy

Every girl needs a clutch bag (or two…) for a special occasion and your wedding day is no exception. Where else will you store your make up for touch up’s or that packet of tissues for a tearful moment!

If you haven’t added a clutch bag to your list of items to buy then fear not, there are so many to choose from online plus unlike other wedding accessories your clutch bag is something you’ll reuse for years to come.

This lovely satin vintage style wedding bag has a detailed deep row of silver and diamante decoration along it’s front. It comes with a detachable wrist and shoulder strap.and satin lining. The reverse of the bag is rich plain satin and best of all is only £29 from Catherine Mee.

 

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A few months ago we hurled ourselves into a challenge set by one of our followers. She had a really tight budget for her wedding and didn’t know where to start sourcing outfits that were not going to blow every penny.

So instead of seeing a large chunk of budget go on a designer wedding dress we jumped ship and went in search of available high street bargains. Two weeks later we had three outfits ready to go! Not quite designer, but what do you want for around £70 a pop!

Outfit 1: White Lace and Chiffon Dress by Primark £12.99, Veil from eBay £15.60, Hunter Wellies from eBay £36.00, Hair Flower by Accessorize £6.99.

If you can brave the brand new jumble sale that is Primark, then they have some fantastic dresses for all types of wedding. This one looked fabulous on and would be great for a festival style bride, complete with Hunter’s and flowers in your hair.

 

 

 

 

Outfit 2: Black Prom Dress by H&M from eBay £5.30, Shoes by New Look from eBay £8.10, Necklace on loan from Cherish Jewellery.

This outfit was a complete bargain, with an extra net underskirt, this dress is perfect for a bridesmaid at a black and white or Hollywood style wedding. We’ve seen more and more black being used as an accent colour at weddings to really set a glamorous tone and it works beautifully for bridesmaids.

 

 

 

Outfit 3: Dress by Next (Geri Halliwell Range) from eBay for £22. Original Retail Price £89, Headwear from Oxfam £3.50, Shoes, models own.

What promised to be a great bridesmaid dress wasn’t the result we thought when we actually got our hands on it. Any wedding dress designer will tell you that satin has to be treated with great care and fit perfectly unless you are going to look like a used sweet wrapper. And well it sort of did. We were nervous about this one but for the bargain price of £22 it was worth a try and a lesson to trust your first shopping instincts!

 

 

So if you are short on budget then don’t be afraid to go second-hand as you can get some really good bargains – you’ll just need to be prepared to shop around. There’s also plenty of designer sample sales to watch out for where you can get a fantastic dress at much less than usual.

And so for now our challenge is complete! Happy bargain hunting!

Photography Credit: Kay Young Photography

Last week was a busy time at The Wedding Dolls HQ.

Not only did we get to see the initial concept of our new brand but we had massive fun with our very own photo shoot (with the gorgeous and super talented photographer Kay Young). It was a fantastic day with lots of fun, laughter and very creative ladies indeed.

We started off reviewing a whole host of bridesmaid dresses from the high street, sampled the latest ranges of Bridal headwear (thanks to Pantiles Bride and Cherish Jewellery) and then went all DIY putting together cheap and chic wedding outfits as well as low-cost ideas for decorating your venue.

Finally and purely for our own enjoyment, we were styled to perfection (by the lovely Caroline of Powder & Glow) and did a rock the dress shoot. Even the rain didn’t dampen the excitement and we had an absolute blast.

Watch out for our blog posts over the next few weeks to find out more about the shoot and our reviews. In the meantime here’s just a little sample!