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Fantastic Find: DC Bouquets

3 Jul

If you are looking for an alternative to the usual wedding bouquet or accessories and want something completely different then you are going to love DC Bouquets which is run by the very talented, Debbie Carlisle. Debbie makes her fantastic one-off designs with vintage and vintage-style jewellery mixed with buttons, crystal, glass and pearl beads.

Her range includes wedding accessories, bouquets and buttonholes. Here are some designs from her 2012 accessories collection.

All images: Copyright of DC Bouquets
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Our Sunday Summary

29 Apr

What an eventful and exciting week its been, with our spring bride and groom relaxing on a beach in the Seychelles we turned our attention to our sparkly new website.  Now in its final stages we met with our fab designer Ali of Pad Creative to look over her latest ideas.  It’s all coming together nicely and we can’t wait to share it with you later this summer.

To celebrate St Georges Day on Monday we showed you our England Wed in Red inspiration board, fabulously bright and colourful on whats been another wet and cold week!

We shared another fantastic find with you later on in the week, the very talented and creative Rachel Hudson.  We love finding fab wedding suppliers on our very own doorstep.  Rachel is based in Tunbridge Wells and she told us why she loves to photograph all things natural, we love her work and hope you took the opportunity to find out more about the 15% discount she offered Wedding Dolls followers.

Then we took you behind the scenes of Philippa and Billy’s English Country Garden Wedding.  We wanted to give you a little insight into what we do ‘Backstage’ to make sure our weddings go without a hitch – excuse the punt.  We hope you found parts one and two  helpful if you are planning a wedding at home this summer.

Finally, we bought you part two of the Planning your Vintage wedding series, showing you how you can create your own vintage hair and make up. With the help of professionals Christina Jessel, Powder and Glow and Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair we showed you how to create the look you are after. Next week we’ll be talking vintage wedding shoes, and they are just gorgeous….

We hear there’s sunshine promised for tomorrow, enjoy!

Get the latest look: Buns and Roses

2 Apr

As we approach summer our resident fashionistas’ latest news is that the bun is making a big comeback.

I have hair I wouldn’t wish on anyone. It’s thick, frizzy and has a mind all of its own. If my house was on fire my GHD’s would be the first thing I saved. So when I heard the news I thought it might be the answer to my morning hair woes. No more messing around trying to tame hair at the crack of dawn, the bun would be my new secret weapon. I cast aside the fear I might end up looking like Mrs Lyons from the Post Office and off I went to buy a bun ring to try it out.

Back home I started with a low ponytail and put the ring over the top. I then used another band to pull hair over the ring and secure it in place. I then pinned up all the loose ends with some grips behind the ring. Voila a bun to behold! Three easy (ish) steps, minimum effort, maximum effect. Ok it wasn’t all that neat and I won’t be winning any style awards just yet, but I did have hair with a bit more attitude than my usual ponytail. I tried out a few sparkly grips and then swapped them for a small rose clip instead. And with loads of comments throughout the day about my new ‘up do’ my bun ring is definitely here to stay.

If you are looking for inspiration for bridal hair then check out our bun inspired board on Pinterest, I guarantee you won’t look like the lady from the Post Office.

All images via Pinterest via:

1. rebeccaanderton.tumblr.com

2. nibsblog.wordpress.com

3. theberry.com

4. onepickybride.blogspot.co.uk

5. nibsblog.wordpress.com

6. blog.modcloth.com

7. weddings.theknot.com

8. janetaylormillinery.com

9. favim.com

10. sullivanowen.com

The Wedding Dolls “Cherish the Dress”

16 Jan

At the end of last year to make the most of the gorgeous weather and the Kent countryside, we had a Wedding Dolls photo shoot. The day was mostly spent organising our models in their cheap and chic wedding wear (more of that to come in later posts), but in honour of our new blog we couldn’t resist getting involved ourselves. It seemed the perfect excuse to revisit our own weddings and think about what made our day’s so special. Seven years on and four kids later our wedding dresses had faired rather better than us, but then you can’t stay young forever (that’s our excuse and we’re sticking to it) and anyway there’s always plastic surgery on expenses…..

Now you might think that once your wedding is out the way that’s the decision-making done, but oh no.  Now you have to decide what you are going to do with your dream dress. There’s the all out “trash the dress” where you basically ruin a perfectly good dress by jumping in an algae pond or diving in a barn full of cow poo. This option will save you room in your loft as you can basically just chuck your dress out straight after.  If you are hyperventilating now don’t worry – there’s the next step which is ‘Rock the Dress’. This basically means you find a new way to wear the dress whether it’s adding your hunter wellies and trudging through a field or donning your leather jacket with Prada sunglasses and leaning moodily against a graffiti wall.  But if, like us, you are too OCD to get your perfectly dry-cleaned wedding dress dirty again, you can go for a “cherish the dress”.

We had a ball cherishing them again and made the most of it by adding gorgeous accessories. Back in our day reportage and relaxed wedding shots were only for slebby types so we wanted to give those a go. Maybe next time we’ll be brave enough to get our dresses on and chuck ourselves in the sea or go paintballing…… but in the meantime how let us know what you are going to do!

Our photographer for the day was Wedding Dolls friend and all round creative lady, Kay Young, and the super stylish Caroline from Powder and Glow was on hand for all our make up needs. A massive thanks also goes to Cherish and Pantiles Bride for the loan of the headwear and accessories.

Here’s just a small selection of our favourite shots. Take a peak whilst we hide under our desks……..

Wedding Tanning the TOWIE Way

26 Nov

Welcome to the first post of our Wedding Doll guest blogger, Emma O’Connor, who lives and breathes all things beauty related. Emma is only happy when she’s rubbing shoulders with beauty bloggers and editors, plus a celebrity or two, so she can bring you reviews of the latest products to hit the shelves.

Over to you Em!

The Only Way is Orange…

Lauren Goodger & the Wedding Dolls

Emma O and Lauren

When I was invited to the launch of TOWIE star, Lauren Goodger’s, fake tan at London’s Jewel Bar, I shamefully prepared myself for the worst. I was expecting lots of fake tan, hair extensions and false eyelashes… and this was just me.

I’m glad to say I was not disappointed; it was full on glam and packed with gorgeous beauty lovers, magazine editors, journalists and of course, Essex A-Listers.

I was all set to learn the rules of this Essex beauty essential and if Lauren’s tan was anything to go by, her new product certainly promised to pack a punch!

Fake Tan

For my part I was sampling the “Instant Wash Off Glow” so I grabbed my bottle and got down to business.

Being a die-hard fake tanner I’m not usually phased by the initial colour, but when I squirted some out of the bottle I shouted a very loud and very Essex “Shut up” to my tanning partner – the colour was REALLY dark which was slightly worrying, but all in the name of research I carried on.

When I started to apply the cream (using the all important circular motion) it soaked in really quickly – well under a record-breaking minute – and had a lovely fruity melon scent.

The colour completely toned down and almost immediately I was left with a really lovely tan and all streak free – and you can’t say fairer than that!

Overall I thought the product was great value for money (£11.95, 250ml) and would really recommend it for a beautiful glow on your wedding day. As it’s an instant tan there’s no worrying about how it will dry and you can touch up as you go.

One insider tip would be to use gloves or a mitt to apply – although it does wash off you don’t want to chance slightly orange palms on your big day!

All Lauren’s fake tan products (and lot’s more) can be ordered on her website.

Enjoy the tanning Wedding Dolls and see you soon for my next beauty review!

The Wedding Dolls HQ

8 Nov Little Bridesmaid

Little BridesmaidLast 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 to keep you going.

Hunter wellies for a cheap and chic bridesmaidGorgeous bridesmaids with play tea set