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Happy Halloween Everyone! Today on the blog there’s no trick just treats all the way with Nick and Sarah’s Halloween Wedding.

The happy couple were married last year in a ceremony at St Mary’s Church in Speldhurst, Kent, with the reception at Mountains Country House, Hildenborough. We asked Sarah to tell us about their day.

“We had 120 guests during the day and had an additional 40 in the evening. We had to compromise slightly on certain things to enable us to invite the amount of guests we did. We found Mountains after a few weeks of looking and it had everything we wanted.

I was inspired by a wedding I had seen on the Green Wedding Shoes blog. We used autumnal colours with black and white ribbon and lots of pumpkins! Our theme was really fun and I loved the look – although it could have got very expensive!

The pumpkins were from a local supplier and all different sizes. We had wanted white pumpkins but weren’t available so I found some cool looking squashes at a farm in Kent. I cut holes in the tops of some of the pumpkins to hold candles for the tables and drilled holes and hollowed out some for candles as decoration. I made the place cards adding some of the black and white ribbon and got big MDF numbers from eBay and spray painted them black which were the table centrepieces. Plus we had huge bowl of sweets including chocolate eyeballs! I asked all the married guests for a picture of their wedding and put them in all different frames to decorate the reception. I was really pleased with our look but it was hard as it was such a massive marquee.


Our family helped with some aspects of our wedding, my sister did some stationery printing and Nicks mum made our wedding cake. One tier was fruit, one carrot and one chocolate.

Finally we asked Sarah what advice she would you give to other couples planning their wedding day? “Make sure you have a budget plan and don’t drink too much. The end of the night was a bit blurry!”

Wedding Contact Book:

Photography: Emma Knapp

Caterers: Pop Creative Food – all local produce

Brides Gown: Surrey Brides

Brides Shoes: Ted Baker

Brides Necklace: Muriel and Lily

Groom’s Suit: TM Lewin

Ushers: M&S

Bridesmaids: Coast

Wedding Invites: Wedding Teatowels

Wedding Flowers: Blooming Perfect

Transport: Silver Phantom Rolls Royce from Cars For Wedding

Entertainment: Westend Jazz Band

First Dance: “You’ve got the Love” Florence and the Machines

 

The Wedding Dolls have worked with the lovely Kay Young for over five years now and so we are thrilled to share with you her beautiful new website.

Typically at the Wedding Dolls we both feel differently about having our picture taken. Joanne (although will deny this when asked) loves having her picture taken. Me, No. It’s painful and I would sooner chew off my right arm. This is why Kay is our perfect photographer.

She’s fantastic at making you feel comfortable and at ease in front of the camera. Not only does she work wonders with photo shy wedding couples she’s a dab hand at sorting kids and animals too! Plus if you’re not backwards in coming forwards and can turn on the smiles Kay will have all sorts of wonderful ideas to get some really stunning shots.

We have seen her work her magic many times at weddings and could not recommend her highly enough. Check out her new website and see what you think, you might even spot us lurking there!

It’s here, the official opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics is tonight and to celebrate we’ve put together a gold wedding inspiration board. Here is just a taster of what’s on the full Pinterest board, so race over (see what I did there..) and check it out.

All that’s left to say is GO Team GB! We’ll be cheering for you!

 All image credits from TheWeddingDolls via Pinterest

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