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Wedding Dress of the Week by Alan Hannah

16 Jul

If you’ve got it flaunt it! With this gorgeous Milano dress by designer Alan Hannah you’ll want to walk up the aisle more than once so guests get another chance to check out that stunning back detail!

Stockists in Kent include Pantiles Bride and Teokath.

Image from Alan Hannah.

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Thursday Treats: Little Boutique Bakery

17 May

I’m a big cake fan. The biggest. There’s not a single type of cake I don’t like and so I’m in heaven when it comes to helping brides source wedding cake and sweet treats. So today I’m very excited to share with you Little Boutique Bakery of Tunbridge Wells, who are makers of gorgeous wedding cakes, cupcakes and cookies.

Their cake flavours include Madagascar vanilla, chocolate truffle, lemon and orange zest, as well as the more traditional rich fruit cake and the list of fillings is enough to send me over the edge. Buttercreams of Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Belgian Chocolate Ganache, White Chocolate, Organic Lemon, Orange Zest and Salted Caramel, all of which can be teamed with quality preserves of Strawberry, Raspberry, Morello Cherry and Apricot plus Organic Lemon Curd.

We caught up with owner and cake designer, Jennie Bishop, to find out more about ordering with them. Jennie tells us “We are known for our elegant and unique designs and attention to detail, we only take on a limited number of commissions per week so we can ensure the utmost quality and time required to complete your order.  Booking early is advised, especially during the peak wedding season as we work on a first come first served basis. Right at the start we have a complimentary design consultation and tasting session with you so we can come up with the perfect design for you.”

Jennie will ideally need a minimum of three month’s notice to create your wedding cake so booking early is advisable. Delivery is available in Kent, East Sussex and Surrey.

And lastly, if you need a taste tester you know where to find me….

Ivory and peach cupcakes
pearl white cupcakes
heart cookie wands
Image credits: Little Boutique Bakery

Fabulous Find: Florist in the Forest

15 May

On the hunt for pink flower inspiration this week we sourced the help of Katherine Craft, owner of Florist in the Forest. We had been meaning to catch up with Katherine for sometime as we’d heard so much about her gorgeous flowers. Along with her husband, Katherine not only creates her designs but also grows her own flowers at her studio and cutting garden in Broadwater Forest on the Kent and East Sussex border. This means the flowers she uses are the freshest and most beautiful they can possibly be.

pink bouquet

Katherine tells us” as with all brides I have a no obligation consultation where we can discuss the flowers and styles for their day. This means I get to know the bride a little, which is key in creating designs that will best suit their wedding. During the growing season I take them around the cut flower garden so they can see the flowers that they might want to have. This consultation also allows us to talk about getting the most from any budget and plans for the big day.”

flowers in pink

flowers in china vase

flowers in china cup

Katherine’s designs have a natural, country-style which will make any wedding feel relaxed and timeless. For more about her work visit her blog and be inspired!

Images 6 & 9: Victoria Kaye Photography, all other images by Florist in the Forest.

Designer Sale at Froufrou Bridal Boutique

14 May

Froufrou Bridal Boutique are having their first ever sale on Saturday 9th June 2012, from 9am to 5pm. Sample designer gowns available include Matthew Williamson, David Fielden, Lyn Ashworth and Stewart Parvin.

bridal gowns

Nicole and Helena told us “At Froufrou we like to keep things fresh and hate to see beautiful gowns overlooked on the rails which is why we are giving brides the chance to purchase stunning designer gowns with huge savings.”

The special sale day is by appointment only so make sure you contact the ladies to book a slot.

We recommend you don’t miss it!

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Ps See our previous blog post on Froufrou Bridal

Get Wedding Fit

5 Jan

Getting in shape for your wedding is one of the best motivators. EVER.

The thought of squeezing into your wedding dress and having all eyes on you for the day is enough to see brides joining a gym before you can say “you need a pair of trainers”. But a gym membership can be expensive and actually going is practically impossible for most of us.

This year though you won’t be alone as the Wedding Dolls are getting down and shaping up.  We have signed up for the Moonwalk in May so we will be dragging ourselves (I mean briskly walking) 26.2 miles around the mean streets of London.  Alcohol is strictly forbidden so we are going to have to do it the traditional way and actually get fit, minus the gym membership. Here’s how we are going to do it.

Run

Get your heart pumping and improve your muscle strength by taking up running. The local parks are a great place to start – just make sure you have proper running shoes. The Wedding Dolls friend and fitness gal, Mina Lawrence, took up running in July and can now run over 10k in under an hour. Mina says ‘running is just fantastic if you have a busy life.  You can fit it in when convenient and it costs next to nothing – you can also start slowly and build up as you go – I never thought I could get this fit and can’t ever imagine not running now”. If you don’t want to run on your own join a local group, like Sarah’s Runners or get a Bridesmaid involved for added motivation!

Swim

Yes we all know that swimming is probably the best thing for a complete body workout but we just find it dull dull dull. However for a more interesting splash about, during the summer months head to the Serpentine Lido and Paddling Pool, Hyde Park. It’s just the ticket for topping up the tan whilst doing those lengths. Best of all you are a stone’s throw from some fantastic bars and restaurants for a post swim snack (just saying).

Join the Pussycat Poles

Pole Dance

The phrase pole dancing is usually associated with the Stag do, but this form of fitness has become huge over the last few years. Lots of our brides are raving about it so we spoke to Emma of Pussycat Poles to find out why more of us then ever are giving it a go. She says “brides just seem to love pole dancing. It’s such a great form of exercise for toning up the whole body and having fun at the same time – it completely takes the stress out of an exercise routine. Lots of brides say their confidence increases as well as their fitness levels and they usually end up bringing friends to a session as part of their hen do”.

Anything with the words fun and toning up in the same sentence is fine by us.

Dance

From ballet to ballroom there’s something for everyone with dancing. Zumba is the latest craze to hit the UK and for this one we have mixed reviews.  One of us (and I’m not saying which) can’t keep up and jumps around like a complete idiot whilst the other has rhythm and can shake their booty perfectly. Stomach muscles were aching the next day, which would have been from the howling with laughter, but it has to be said that with a mix of fast beats, loud music and quick dance moves you’ll be feeling the Zumba heat in no time.

Fitness DVD’s

If you prefer to leap about in the comfort of your own home then why not do it with a celeb or two and their annual offering of fitness DVD’s. Our favourite is Davina McCall’s, Davina Fit. The easy to follow exercises leave you feeling like you’ve had a great workout in half the time it takes to get to the gym and back.  You can rotate the routines so you don’t get bored doing the same thing. Fabulous results if you can stick to working out three times a week. Davina also has a new DVD Ultimate Target out for 2012 so if you’ve tried it and like it let us know.

Bootcamp

Sir Yes Sir. Sound of 1 2 sound of 3 4. Yes if you really need someone to shout at you and like the idea of digging out your combats then this might be just the thing. Natasha Harding, journalist and owner of The Village Yoga, took up the challenge of the five-day boot camp and told us all about it.

“A typical day’s training with GI Jane’s in Kent, meant getting up at 6am, followed by pretty much non-stop, gruelling exercise on a teeny calorie allowance of 1,200. We did a variety of exercises including hikes, circuits, salsa dancing, netball and paint balling. At the end of the agonising five days, the group were rewarded with a delicious dinner and a well deserved glass of champagne.

However the best reward was at our final assessment and weigh-in. I was delighted to discover I had lost just under 5lb and a total of five inches. It was incredibly hard, but I would definitely go back if I needed to kick-start my fitness levels”.

So there you have it – it won’t be easy and sometimes it will be downright hard but at least its fun, healthy and all in a good cause.  What are you still reading this for? GO GO GO.


A Vintage Necklace With Heart

30 Nov

 

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).

Vintage Necklace

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.


Isabella Grace Bridal Boutique Accessories Party

21 Nov

Isabella Grace Bridal ShopIsabella 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.