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Amy and David were married in September at the gorgeous Speldhurst Church and then had their reception in a marquee at home. We just love the croquet playing Bridesmaids and the intimate feel of the wedding. Enjoy the inspiration and the gorgeous day everyone!

All images by Alan Harbord Photography

Click here to see a beautiful inspirational vintage shoot by Alan Harbord

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Lisa and Ian were married back in June at The Beacon, Tunbridge Wells. The lucky bride wore the Lizzette gown by Maggie Sottero and a beautiful fur wrap to meet her husband-to-be, who was fully kitted out in his uniform. What a gorgeous couple and we just love the little bridesmaids too!

 

Images by Alan Harbord

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

 

At the Wedding Dolls we have really different styles. Whilst Joanne loves a strapless dress I can’t stand them, but only on me that it. They can look absolutely fantastic on the right frame but for me they just don’t seem to stay where they’re supposed to and I’m forever pulling them up. So I’m quite pleased to see more bridal gowns with higher necks and straps coming through.

Not everyone wants a strapless number and over the last few years this style has dominated the bridal boutiques. But the Royal Wedding has had a huge influence and now more brides want to cover up with softer feminine looks. So if you’re looking a designer that encompasses all different styles then head over to Elizabeth Stuart. Here’s just a small selection of her bridal gowns now available.

 

 

 

 

Nearest stockist: Mathilda Rose

All images Elizabeth Stuart

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Don’t feel like you can leave even the simplest of jobs to menfolk on your wedding day?  You are not alone.  It seems that the rise of the female usher (or usherette) is increasing. When it comes to leaving the free beer alone and actually helping get Granny down the steps for the pictures it seems men just can’t be trusted.

 

Ushers on the day (whatever gender) will need to have at least basic organisation and people skills and it helps if they actually know most of your family and friends.  Making guests feel welcome when they arrive can really set the tone for the wedding and so you need to be sure whoever does it will really go for it!

Ushers are able to be slightly more relaxed than bridesmaids and don’t need to appear in half as many photos so are better able to organise things around them.

Just don’t cast aside all the men in your family at once – a mix of both girl and guy ushers can really work well.  If you have an usher that doesn’t mind being centre of attention then think about using them as an MC to announce the events on the day as they unfold.

Whoever you choose and whatever they do it always helps to be prepared (a wedding golden rule!) so carefully plan their duties and get them all to the wedding rehearsal – after all practice makes perfect!

Welcome to Sunday all!

Today we’re attempting to keep our feet up after being on them for pretty much most of the week. The only thing we might manage is to watch the footie a bit later with a few Sunday glasses of vino (if we’re still awake by then!).

We start the post with a big congratulations to Vijay and Leanne who we worked with yesterday at their Asian Fusion wedding. It was simply stunning. The very lovely bride and groom looked gorgeous, the indian food was superb and the views from Nettlestead Place over the Kent countryside were made all the better by some summer sunshine and very happy guests. The pics here are just a little glimpse into the day which we’ll be sharing in much more detail over the coming weeks.

 

 

We were lucky enough to work with some great suppliers on the day including Chic Weddings, N Photography and Dream Days for You (we have a Fantastic Find feature on them later this week).

So just before we look forward to another week in wedding world here’s our summary of blog posts from the past 7 days. We kicked off with designer Stephanie Allin’s beautiful range of wedding dresses and her new collection which will be in store around September. Next we gave you some advice about how to set your wedding budget in our post Counting the Cost. If you have any good budgeting tips then we’d love to share them.

Then the Flower Preservation House showed us how you can preserve your wedding flowers into beautiful keepsakes of your day. Next we were really pleased to share the real Kent wedding of Keeley and Mike at Cooling Castle Barn with photography by Fleur Challis. The vibrant colour scheme and stunning backdrop make this a wedding worth taking inspiration from.We rounded the week of with news of a discount at Myla with up to 50% off some of their bridal lingerie range.

See you next week for more real wedding inspiration, a gorgeous vintage photoshoot and our weekly Fantastic Find.

Come on England!

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Wow what a week! We hope you all had as much fun as we did with all the Jubilee celebrations going on in Kent. We had a brilliant time at a Jubilee ball but incase you were wondering we’ve still managed to get a bit of work in….

We’ve been busy finalising our new website and getting ready for another wedding in two weeks. How quickly the wedding season seems to be going! We started the week with our homage to the Queen looking at wedding dresses throughout her reign. From the 50’s right through to 2012 wedding gowns have come full circle and back again. If you missed it and want some vintage inspiration see what your favourite era was right here.

 

There was also little whistle stop tour of quirky Kent venue, Finchcocks in Goudhurst. If you’ve never been then go for a very English Cream tea and enjoy, if you’re looking for for something that little bit different you won’t be disappointed.

We then shared with you the wedding of Marika and James, who got married back in May at the Marquis of Alkham. With fun races, gorgeous outfits, stunning food and fantastic views this wedding has something for everyone to take inspiration from. We also gave you a little peek at some of their photobooth pictures from their evening celebrations. We love a photo booth at The Wedding Dolls and it was great to round off this busy week with lots of fun and giggles to share.

 

See you next week where we will be sharing another Kent wedding at Turkey Mill in Maidstone, as well as taking a little look at the new Bridal range from Topshop, sharing a fabulous find and five of the best First Dance tunes. It’s also countdown to our new website launch. Beyond. Excited.

Happy Sunday x

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The wedding tradition that Brides wear a garter and then toss it to the men in the wedding party for good luck seems to be hitting a snag at Wedding Dolls HQ. Our round-up of these beautiful garters means no bride will be giving them up that easily.

Whether or not you are going to be adding the ‘blue bit’ into the mix (are you keeping up with this tradition stuff?) these garters should definitely be yours to love forever!

Florrie Mitton, £58 at Etsy

 

Atelier Rousseau, £39.99

Atelier Rousseau, £29.99

Don’t forget to let us know if you will be tossing your garter, or if this is a tradition you won’t be sticking too! We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Images direct from the designers websites:

Florrie Mitton at Etsy

Atelier Rousseau

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BBrrr as the temperature drops, if you are getting married in the next month or two, you’re probably worrying about how to stay warm, but not look like you’re about to ski down the black run. Well worry not, as we’ve got a selection of winter warmers for your delight from Wonderful Wraps, who have a fantastic range to suit all wedding styles.

To go all out in the keeping toastie stakes then you will almost certainly need to have a wrap or cape.

Marabou Bolero, comes in ivory and black (as shown). £115

 

Faux Fur Wrap, £139

 

Velvet Cloak with Fur Hood and Train, £599.

 

Wedding Faux Fur Muff, £40

The wedding muff may feel like an accessory too far for you as a bride, but they do look fantastic on bridesmaids, who can have one instead of a bouquet, and it will stop them from getting freezing when standing around waiting to be photographed.

We spoke to Katie Diamond from Wonderful Wraps who says “Normal postage times are 3-5 days but if an item is not in stock you will be emailed immediately and notified of the new delivery date. The Wonderful Wraps cloak is bespoke and so will take around 6 weeks, however in some cases we can reduce this, as our wedding range is made here in England. Customer service is paramount to us so we are on hand to offer friendly advice and help with every order”.

Spring 2012 will see the release of three new on-trend pieces as part of their wedding collection so keep an eye on their blog to find out more.

All images from Wonderful Wraps

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