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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As wedding planners we get very excited when we can share a wedding with you that we’ve worked on and today’s wedding is a real treat. Our couple Vijay and Leanne had a fantastic theme for their wedding back in June, this year, and were so full of creative ideas we knew that it was going to be such fun helping them with their big day.
Leanne tells us how they started with their planning journey. “As a mixed race couple we wanted a day that reflected both our cultures. We had the structure and the ‘nice’ formalities of an English wedding with the food and party of an Indian Wedding, so you could say we picked the best of both and fused them together.
We had a civil ceremony at Nettlestead Place, Wateringbury. We chose the venue as it allowed us to have the day we wanted without being dictated too. We looked at other venues but our options were limited at many of them. Nettlestead Place offered us the perfect mix to create our fusion wedding – a beautiful old English house with a marquee for our Indian party.”
“We run our own Graphic Design business so we designed our own wedding theme and then used this theme to create our stationery including invites, place names and table plan. We named our tables after artists as we met at art college. We’ve designed lots of wedding stationery for our clients, but creating our own took us quite a while – we became super critical and wanted to reflect both our cultures. In the end we used Edwardian British Raj colours including Ivory, Sage Green and Brown with hints of gold.
The Wedding Dolls gave us very clever advice on timings and came up with ideas and solutions for potential problems that we would have never thought of. I was worried about not being able to keep check on everything on the day and so it was fantastic to have them there making sure everything was running on time and dealing with all those last minute issues that cropped up.”
“My dress was from Isabella Grace in Tunbridge Wells. I would highly recommend them as the service was outstanding and you’re made to feel very special – the whole experience of choosing my dress was really memorable. I found the perfect dress by Sophia Tolli that had a touch of ‘bling’ but was still me. The dress was stunning and I haven’t seen another like it – I’m now a big fan of her dresses – she’s a very clever designer.
My veil was also from Isabella Grace, it was a chapel length veil which had two tiers to it. The veil had seed beads and pearls along the scalloped edge, I felt it had a little Indian look to it, like a chunni, especially when it was draped over my shoulders. I asked at Isabella Grace if they could remove the top tier, which they very cleverly did for me, making it a less formal and more like a chunni.
During the day I wore my Nan’s pearl necklace and engagement ring but changed them in the evening to create an anglo-indian look. Typically Indian Brides wear Chura for their wedding, so I created my own version of this with Ivory and Silver sets of bangles for each arm and my mum’s crystal drop necklace and topped it off with a bindi. We also gave out bindis to our guests to wear which they loved.
Vijay wore a Sherwani, which was Indo-Western style, it was a 3 piece tailored silk suit in brown with an Edwardian cut. It was from Geeta Arts in Green Street, Forest Gate.”
“For our reception we had canapes and then our menu included Dhal Tarka, Butter Chicken, Lamb Curry, Saag Paneer, Jeera Rice and Naans. For dessert we had an ice cream cart by Little Gems, with gorgeous handmade ice cream in lovely flavours – she also made our beautiful wedding cake.
During the wedding breakfast we had a singer, Amy-Jayne, who sung mellow songs and then raised the tempo for our first dance and to get the party started in the evening. Later we had an Indian DJ who played a mix of Bhangra and English/American music. They also played the Dhol (an Indian Drum) to our entrance into the marquee and then performed as a Dhol duo on the dance floor once the evening was underway… brilliant!!! It turned into a great big party, as every indian wedding is!”
Finally we asked Leanne what advice she would you give to other couples about planning their wedding day?
“Be realistic! As much as you may want it all, the day is shorter than you think. Ask for help from family and friends and don’t be afraid to ask wedding professionals. We feel we couldn’t have made the day as perfect as it was without the help and advice of The Wedding Dolls, who were brilliant and definitely saved us money and lot’s of stress in the last few weeks.
Make sure you hire a Videographer, there is so much of the day you don’t see and it’s lovely to be able to see your guests enjoying themselves. Also think carefully about your wedding photography and the type of shots you want most. Lastly, if you can take your honeymoon a week after the wedding as this gives you time to reflect on the fun you had on the day with family and friends.”
Thanks so much to Vijay and Leanne for sharing their day with us and for being so much fun to work with. Congratulations to you both xxx
Brides Shoes: Rainbow Club
Brides Jewellery: Chez Bec and Glitzy Secrets
Videography: Padgham Productions
Catering: Dream Days for You
Flowers: Chic Weddings
Isabella Grace Bridal Boutique in Tunbridge Wells are holding a Bride’s Night In Accessories Party this Thursday (24th November) from 5pm to 8pm. Champagne, cakes and plenty of sparkle are promised!
Numbers are limited so you must call them to reserve your place.
The boutique has dresses from designers including Sophia Tolli, Caroline Atelier, Sottero & Midgley, San Patrick by Pronovias and Paloma Blanca. Prices start from £950.
They also stock the entire collection of Bridal Jewellery and Wedding Hair Accessories by their award-winning sister company, Chez Bec. This includes a fabulous range of shoes from British shoe designer, Filippa Scott and veils by Emmerling, Pronovias and Paloma Blanca.
So to get your pick of their fabulous accessories and enjoy a sparkly evening with the girls book your place now.