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Back at the beginning of the year we styled a shoot at The Swan in West Malling to showcase how getting married in a pub or restaurant doesn’t mean forsaking any glamour on your wedding day. Choosing your favourite local pub might not seem like the obviously choice but The Swan itself is a fantastic venue and can cater easily for different events, whether it’s a small gathering in one of their private rooms to large events in their peak-season marquee.  We brought together a fantastic team of suppliers for the shoot including the brilliant photographer, Rebecca Douglas and set about using the Swan’s brand itself to inspire the shoot. Using a simple black and white theme we used feathers and touches of pink and purple to soften the look and make the most of the Swan’s elegant backdrop.

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Thanks to all the brilliant suppliers:

Brides Hair  by Annabel The Crop Shop West Malling

Brides Make up: The Beauty Aisle

Dresses: Isabella Grace Bridal Boutique

Stationery: Pretty Wild

Flowers & Props: Florist in the Forest

Cakes & Sweets: Little Gems.

And a special thanks to our four models Jessica, Ria, Sarah and Jodie.

If you are on a tight wedding budget one way to make the most of your hard earned cash is to go second-hand. And now thanks to Sell My Wedding, you can buy all manner of pre-loved wedding prettiness at a fraction of the normal cost. The online wedding marketplace has everything you could possibly need for your big day, from your dress to dressing your venue, all at bargain prices.

We love this website as buying some items second-hand, especially decorative items, can make a huge difference to your overall budget, leaving you more money to spend on the all important stuff like staffing, catering and photography.

So whizz over and take a look at what’s available. And then, best of all, once you’ve had your wedding you can go back and sell everything all over again. Be warned though if you’re anything like us you’ll be totally addicted after your first look!

 

Happy Shopping

Emma x

Images from Sell My Wedding by Simon Kench Photography

 

Earlier this month we were lucky enough to be able to have our pick from a range of bridal accessories from Cherish Jewellery in Tunbridge Wells, who loaned us some of their gorgeous pieces for a photo shoot. Our absolute favourite was this stunning necklace with a vintage heart set amongst freshwater pearls and crystals (£125.00).

 

Cherish has a wide range of jewellery and bridal accessories which are exclusively hand-made, with some designs using freshwater pearls, swarovski crystals and semi precious stones as well as vintage pieces ready to order.

If you are looking for a real one-off statement piece then this is the place to come.  They also take commissions so if you have something in mind but just can’t find it anywhere then give them a call.


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We had a really tiring but fun day at the Leeds Castle Wedding Show and it was such a great way to meet all the local suppliers whilst sipping champagne!  With such a unique and brilliant range of friendly and knowledgable Kent suppliers on tap that we feel very glad indeed that it’s our stomping ground.

We caught the last catwalk show of the day (which was minus Claire Sweeney). The catwalk show was fun and the models did a great job – however the goody bag certainly lacked a little bit of oomph and the large amount of empty audience seats made it feel a bit half-hearted. However it was a good way at seeing some of the dresses and wedding outfits in action which you wouldn’t have got otherwise.

Overall the show is worth a visit if you are in the area but some of the free ones offer just as much info and ideas (albeit without a catwalk show). It seems to be a case of good but try harder next year Leeds Castle!