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Feature Fun: Coco Photobooths

3 Aug

Photobooths have become really popular over the last couple of years and lots of photographers now add this type of thing to their wedding package. But if you are looking to do it that little bit differently then our money would go on Leo Ferenc and his team from Coco Photobooths.

We met photographer and film maker, Leo, at a wedding fair earlier this year and his unique idea of putting a photo booth into a taxi really stood out from the crowd – we just loved it. If you are looking to inject something memorable into your day then we’d say give it a go. All that will be left to do is SMILE!

All images from  Coco Photobooths

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

Real Wedding: Phil and Billy’s English Country Garden Wedding – Part One

31 May

Back in April we helped Phil and Billy plan their big day. Here in Part One Phil tells us about the planning of her wedding and takes us through the ceremony.

“Our wedding was at St Marys Church in Thorpe with the reception in the grounds of my big sisters beautiful Georgian home. We had looked at venues in the UK and overseas but when my sister offered us her house we knew it would be perfect. We wanted a relaxed day with a vintage garden party feel and a really romantic setting, with lots of twinkling lights as the sun went down.

First on my to do list was the Dress! My dress was by Ella from La Boutique in Beckenham.  It was one of the first ones I tried on and loved it instantly.  I tried on about 15 dresses after but kept comparing them to the Ella dress as I just fell in love with the champagne colour, it was different to the traditional white or ivory. My shoes were by Diane Hassal and  I wore a side clip with pearls and small crystals from Glitzy Secrets.

I’m not overly adventurous with make up so did this myself. Louise from Beauty Call enhanced my eyes with some false eyelashes and put my hair up in a gorgeously simple style.

My sister and best friend were bridesmaids and wore dresses by Ghost at John Lewis. I had three flower girls and two page boys.

I hired Daisy Chain Florists to do my wedding flowers.  My bouquet was made up of Naomi, Pacific Blue and Ocean Song large roses with Veronic, Senecio foliage and Lisianthus. I chose these flowers because they complimented the vintage garden feel I wanted to create.

The guys suits wore very simple, a navy morning jacket, grey waistcoat with grey and navy pin stripe trousers all hired from Moss Bros 

The wedding car was a 1950’s Zepher borrowed from a neighbour.

Josh Spencer was our photographer. I loved the pictures on his website and so I gave him a call. I found a rapport with him straight away and he understood what I was looking for. I got about 5 other quotes but went with Josh because of his style of photography, his personality and I was confident he would deliver on the day. We had a pre-wedding shoot in Windsor Park as a practice before the wedding and this was really helpful. On the day he was brilliant. The photos are fantastic and he has captured the feel of the day perfectly.

We used Joanne from The Wedding Dolls to help us with planning from 10 weeks prior to the big day. She was also there on the day to organise us and keep an eye on the schedule. She helped give advice and support on tasks, time lines, site inspections and layout of the marquee and liased with suppliers and caterers. Her knowledge was invaluable and she supported us throughout with help and advise when issues cropped up. We had face to face meetings to get to know each other and build a relationship and she knew exactly how to get the best out of our day and reduce the stress levels!

Come back tomorrow for Part 2 when Phil will be sharing the reception with us.

Image Credits: Josh Spencer

Pre Wedding Shoot: Danielle & Chris

4 May

Today we can share with you a little taster of a pre-wedding shoot by fabulous photographer and all round talented gal, Kerry Ann Duffy. The shoot was on the Downs in Thurnham, Kent, with engaged couple Danielle and Chris, who got married last month. They will be sharing their gorgeous English Country Fair wedding with us next week. Don’t miss it!

Behind the Scenes Part 2: English Country Garden Wedding

27 Apr

Welcome back to Part 2 of our behind the scenes of a wedding planner. Yesterday we shared how the first part of the wedding day went and here I pick up from the arrival of the Bride at the Church.

As the Bride pulled up to the Church final touches were done to her make-up and smiling brightly she took her place at the start of the aisle. The ceremony had started, but back at the house there will still lots to do.  With the broken toilet and missing car to sort out the plans to finish off the marquee had been delayed so Emma did the finishing touches to the marquee. This included completing the table decor and favours, hoovering up the marquee carpet, finishing of the chill-out area, overseeing the set up of the band and DJ and getting suppliers to move their cars to the supplier parking area.

At this point I was at the church coordinating the photos of the new Mr and Mrs and their bridal party.  I called Emma so she knew that some guests would be arriving back at the house shortly – at this point the rain started. Making sure the bride had her white umbrella and all the family photos had been taken I left the couple to have some photo’s done on their own and headed back to the house. Emma was under her umbrella guiding guests cars into parking spaces. I then became the watchful eye in the back garden, making sure guests were happy and that the champagne and canapés were circulating.

With the rain now falling and the bride and groom expected at the house we needed to make a decision. The plan was for drinks and canapés on the lawn with photographs in-between but now we had to ask all guests to go straight into the marquee. With drinks circulating and the bride and groom in the house the sun came out, so I invited all the guests out of the marquee and onto the lawn. I then assisted the photographer to make sure every requested photograph was captured.

The couple had selected a good friend to be MC for the afternoon and so it was my job to make sure he knew when to get the mic and start talking! Dinner was served and so we took 10 minutes to grab a bite to eat back in the house and look through the plans that would take the afternoon into the evening reception.

By now it was early evening and there were still the speeches, cutting of the cake, greeting evening guests and the first dance to do. So with our eyes fixed firmly on our watches we made sure this all happened ensuring the bride and groom were relaxed and enjoying themselves. Then before we knew it our job was almost done. Just before saying goodbye and quietly slipping away we lit over 50 candles in the marquee and lanterns in the garden. We also organised some extra lighting for the path to the toilets and then finally made our way home. Exhausted but exhilarated by the day.

If you would like to know more about how we can help you on your wedding day please drop us an email.

Joanne x

Fantastic Finds: Rachel Hudson Photography

24 Apr

Today we are pleased to share with you Tunbridge Wells based photographer, Rachel Hudson.

We caught up with Rachel who told us about the style of photography she likes to take. “I love nature and everything natural and like to photograph things in a natural way. My portraits and wedding photos are relaxed, timeless and have been described once like a fondant fancy! I like people to look at my images and feel the emotion and spirit of the moment. I love natural light, a dreamy and romantic feel, soft light and airy colours and beautiful black and whites”.

It’s like rain on your wedding day …

19 Jan

White umbrellas against the door

Howling wind and torrential rain are to be expected as part of  the great British weather, and that’s just in July.  So if you are planning a wedding in the UK then you need to make sure you have a Plan B in case the weather turns nasty. However it’s not all bad news.

Sounds easy for us to say, but getting married on a wet day can be nothing to worry about. Rain can actually add to the artistic look of your photographs, and here Wedding Dolls friend and fabulous photographer Kay Young tells us why.

“Being a wedding photographer is an amazing job and to be part of a couples special day is a real privilege. I become so involved with the running of the day and always get caught up in the emotions (I have been known to shed a tear or two during the speeches), but photographing a wedding also comes with a big responsibility. My job is to create the best images possible that will last a life time, even in the most challenging circumstances.

Raining archway

So before the big day I do a pre-wedding venue check to spend time planning out different backdrops and suitable areas for shots as well as the all important backup plan in case it rains. The light is always amazing when it rains and can make for some moody and artistic images. Wet tiles on the ground create reflections, textures on wooden doors look fabulous and everything looks greener.

Umbrellas make fabulous props and I always bring a few along to each wedding.  Most venues, have lots of doorways, arches and porches and these can make for some intimate romantic shots with the rain falling in the background.”

So even if it is forecast to rain on your wedding day you shouldn’t let it dampen your spirits (see what I did there…) just be prepared, check out some gorgeous umbrellas from Olivier Laudus and take cover in the most stylish way possible!

Venues: Mountains Country House and Penshurst Place, both in Kent.
Bride and Groom - a wet wedding marchBride and Groom with rainbow