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Designer of the Week: Claire Pettibone

23 Jul

If you’re looking to float down the aisle like an ethereal queen then you’ll love our designer of the week, Claire Pettibone. With lots of intricate lace detailing her vintage style dresses have a really soft elegant feel.

The closest stockist for you gals of Kent is Blackburn Bridal, which is in Blackheath, London.

All images from Claire Pettibone

 

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Vintage Wedding Shoot at Upnor Castle

28 Jun

Today we are really pleased to be sharing a fantastic vintage photoshoot at the very lovely Upnor Castle, Kent. The shoot was set up by Margate based photographer, Robert Marriott with the help of Maxine Gregory of Tea-licious and Sandra Andrews of Vintage Curves.

We just love the vintage dresses, the gorgeous red detailing and wow – that cake! Here are just some of our favourite shots but take a look at the slideshow for the full shoot. Enjoy!

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Image Credits Robert Marriott – thanks Robert!

Photo Shoot Credits:

Stylist’s Stephanie StanleyLacey Biginton and Leanne MacPherson

Florists Mals Bespoke BouquetFlower Heaven and Helen Louise Jury.

Red Ruffle cake supplied by Francesca Pitcher, Cupcakes by Samantha Vanstone

Vehicles from Amandas Vintage Car HireSimply Stunning Cars and Retro Caravan Hire.

Sunday Summary: A Very English Affair

3 Jun

I hope today’s post reaches everyone feeling very patriotic. I went to a Jubilee ball last night organised by super florist Rhoxan Hayes and her team of helpers. The marquee looked fantastic decked out in red, white and blue with brilliant homemade knitted bunting. Each table had to dress as an era from the Queen’s reign and ours was the 50’s. Luckily we did a vintage wear special on the blog last month! Whizz over to our Facebook page to see the pics!

This week on the blog started with our Fabulous Find of the week, Charlie loves Lucy, a wedding stationery company based in Kent and ran by super talented  Claire Hawkes. Next up was a little peek around a lovely wedding venue in Sevenoaks, Dorton House, with a shoot by Nataliya at Akira Photography.

Then we were super excited to bring you a two-part wedding special of Phil and Billy’s English Country Garden Wedding. With gorgeous vintage elements and a Spring feel we absolutely loved working on this wedding as wedding planners. In Part 1 bride Phil takes us from wedding planning stages through to the Church ceremony. Then Part 2 takes you from the reception right up to the last dance.

bride and groom walk towards the marquee

Wedding guests and bride and groom

Finally yesterday we gave you some essential wedding reading with our five favourite books based around getting married. Just perfect with a hangover and a cup of tea!

Happy Sunday x

Credits: Josh Spencer Photography  for English Country Garden Wedding

Real Wedding: Phil and Billy’s English Country Garden, Part Two

1 Jun

Today Phil picks up from yesterday, sharing with us her dream English Country Garden Wedding. This post starts back at their Vintage Tea Party reception.

“The idea of having the reception at my sisters home seemed really relaxed, the reality was slightly different! The week of the wedding the rain just didn’t stop. Carron Marquees put up the marquee three days prior to the wedding so we could get all the decoration organised but with Aprils rainy weather not letting up the garden was getting muddier by the minute.

But then on the day the sun came out and pretty much stayed out for the rest of the day.  The Wedding Dolls were on hand from early morning leaving me able to relax and get ready.  They completed the dressing of the marquee, finished the favours, organised the car and ribbons, were available to help the florist and even fixed a problem with the portable toilet! They made sure suppliers were set up and that the delivery vehicles were moved into a local car park. The Wedding Dolls were fantastic and really helped with keeping the nerves at bay. I didn’t have to worry about what the time was and where I needed to be as they quietly guided it all into place.

Our table centers were vintage cream jugs filled with country flowers and tied on the jugs were sprigs of lavender to give off a beautiful scent. The favours were tiny metal buckets filled with mini eggs. Small brown luggage tags were used as name settings and tied on with colourful ribbon and heart and pearl beads made by my friend Laura.

The table plan was a cream heart shaped metal wire notice board with cream luggage tags with the names of the guests on. All over the heart wire I tied colourful paper flowers from Hobby Craft to give a rustic country feel. My friend Laura helped with the writing of the guests names as she has the best handwriting!

We also had a wedding tree drawn by Laura on a large card. People could leave their finger prints on the tree in different coloured stamps then write their names above. It was a lovely alternative to a guestbook as we are having it framed to put up a home.


Our wedding cupcakes were made by my sister-in-law’s father as a wedding gift and they looked absolutely beautiful on their stand. They were a mix of Chocolate with chocolate ganache filling, lemon with lemon curd filling and Vanilla, all with buttercream icing on top.

Gastro Catering served us a gorgeous dinner of Thai-marinated Tiger prawns or fresh Asparagus salad with duck egg and pomegranate dressing followed by Salmon fillet or slow roasted spit lamb and Yorkshire Pudding, all with potatoes and seasonal veg.

Dessert was chocolate and hazelnut brownie with vanilla ice cream or individual apple crumble with cream. Our favourite drinks were served and included Bottled Corona with lime, Beaufort Brut Reserve and a cask of local ale.

Our first dance was At Last by Etta James ……its all in the words!Billy’s good friend is in a fantastic band, The Rise. They played sets for us at the wedding and a friend DJ’d. We had a big party that could have gone on all night but finished at 12.30 – even though some of the guests attempted to bribe the band and DJ to play on!

And finally Phil gives you all brides-to-be out there a little bit of wedding advice. “Take time and really think about what you want and if you are struggling get some help -it’s definitely money well spent. Things can get a bit crazy but remembering why you are getting married brings you back some perspective. Make the most of having all your friends and family under one roof as you won’t get that opportunity many times again”.

Congratulations to Phil and Billy and thanks for letting us be part of your day x

All images: Josh Spencer Photography

Sunday Summary: Wild Wedding Weather

13 May

This week has been full of up’s and downs. In the name of research we have been out and about looking at potential new wedding venues and getting rained on in the process. However it didn’t stop us getting very excited by some of our fabulous finds for our special venue feature coming up later this month.

kent country wedding scene

Another up was that my hand is recovering well so I managed to get my hand splint off and am now typing this post with two hands – sort of. Hurrah! However I wasn’t able to do my Moonwalk last night (read about my training here) but here’s hoping my team mates had fun – well done girls!

On the blog this week we started with a Butterfly Inspiration Board to get the creative juices flowing. We featured the new Ghost dresses available at John Lewis and shared our top five Bridal clutch bags from the High Street.

There was also the fourth part of our vintage wedding planning special with Vintage Tea Kent who showed us their gorgeous tea sets to help style any vintage event to perfection.

We were also really excited to showcase the Real Kent Wedding of Danielle and Chris. The couple celebrated their day with a fabulous Country Fair theme so take a look if you are planning your own country wedding for more inspiration.

Look out next week for part five of vintage wedding planning with the bit you’ve all been waiting for – the dresses! Plus two fantastic supplier finds and news of a designer dress wedding sale – what’s not to love!

Happy Sunday folks!

Emma x

Image credit: Kerry Ann Duffy

Planning a Vintage Wedding Part 4: Tea Time

12 May

When planning your vintage wedding the styling will ultimately set the scene and create the feel of the wedding. For table settings try Vintage Tea Kent who have beautiful vintage china to hire in Kent and the South East. We caught up with co-owner Emma-Kate who says “you can easily add a touch of vintage charm to your celebration as our gorgeous bone china sets range from early 1900’s, 1920’s Art Deco, right through to 1960’s pretty florals. The collection can accommodate any number up to 140 guests but we are always adding new pieces”.

cakes plate

cake stand

Your table settings are so important when creating a period feel and we think china tea sets just add that special touch. For more inspiration on all things vintage get a copy of  Vintage Life Magazine where you can find loads on styling your own vintage event and lots more.

Image credits: Emma-Kate Photography

Vintage Wedding Part 3: Accessories & Shoes

5 May
Most brides tell us the inspiration for their vintage wedding usually starts with their wedding outfit. Whether it’s the dress, veil or shoes, creating your wedding style can stem from one simple piece. When it comes to shoes you are positively spoilt in Kent. We love Rachel Simpson Shoes which are stocked at Froufrou Bridal in Tunbridge Wells (see pics below).
We also love Emmy Shoes who we featured last month (click link for the full post). Their beautifully ornate shoes can be made to measure for a perfect fit (see pics below).
The Rainbow Club have stockists all over Kent and have a really good range of vintage shoes at really reasonable prices – our favourites are below.

For real vintage try Trash or Treasure which is a vintage and second-hand shop in Maidstone. They sell a wide range of vintage clothing and accessories from the 50s and 60s right up to the 90s. (It’s down the alleyway between Mu Mu’s Wine Bar and the Ghurka Restaurant).

There are also lots of vintage fairs where you can pick up complete fashion bargains. Check out Red Rose Vintage Fairs.

Next week our vintage wedding special looks at styling your venue.

Planning a Vintage Wedding Part 2: Hair and Make up

28 Apr

In part two of our Planning a Vintage Wedding special we take a look at creating your own vintage look. We caught up with three industry experts who, just like us, love vintage hair and make-up. ALOT!

Christina Jessel, hair and make-up specialist, says “Vintage is very much requested in my work at the moment. Its fun, classic, glamorous and works with all face shapes and hair textures. Adding a beautiful sparkly hair decoration with jewels or an accessory with fine, small feathers really completes the vintage look.

Caroline from Powder and Glow loves recreating vintage make up. “From mastering a 1940’s starlet, a 1950’s siren pout or a 1960’s smokey eye, we can work with you to get the vintage look you want. We also offer personal vintage styling tutorials so you can learn to create the looks yourself”.

Liz Bower from Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair specialises in wedding hair. “It’s fantastic to create a lovely soft, vintage feel, incorportating Marcel waves and twists, finishing beautifully with the most gorgeous hair comb.”

Here’s some inspiration from the ladies!

If you missed Part 1 of our Vintage Special catch it here and see you next week for Part 3 when we talk vintage wedding shoes.

Have a great weekend x

Image Credits

1 – 5: Courtesy of Christina Jessel 6-9: Courtesy of Powder & Glow 10-14 : Courtesy of Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair

Plan your Vintage Kent Wedding Part 1: In full swing

21 Apr

Over the next five weeks we will bring you the best Kent has to offer if you are planning a vintage wedding. From complete wedding stylists to vintage hair and make-up it’s all here to help you get started. Whether or not you are going fully themed or just picking vintage elements to create your day here’s our pick of the suppliers to check out.

We were going to kick off with the dress but there’s been such a debate about how to narrow down our list of favourites that we’re starting with one area we could actually agree on – that’s entertainment!

The Polka Dot Dolls (no relation!) are three super singing ladies who capture the romance and emotion of the war era. Your guests will be toe-tapping, dancing and jiving as the ladies belt our swing tunes by the plenty. We saw the ladies perform in Kent last year and they were a hit with the whole crowd.

If Old Blue Eyes hits your vintage note then Alex Banks might be what you need. We saw him last performing at Leeds Castle – the tunes were smooth, the voice was silky and everyone couldn’t help but sing-along. A cracker for over dinner and to get your evening reception underway in style.

Goosebumps are one of the hottest Swing Jive and Jump Blues bands in the UK. These five guys have a full gig list so check out their website and go see them perform.

If you have a vintage themed band you can recommend we’d love to hear from you.

Next week on our vintage wedding special: Hair & Make Up