Tag Archives: wedding planners

Feature Fun: Going for Gold

27 Jul

It’s here, the official opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics is tonight and to celebrate we’ve put together a gold wedding inspiration board. Here is just a taster of what’s on the full Pinterest board, so race over (see what I did there..) and check it out.

All that’s left to say is GO Team GB! We’ll be cheering for you!

 All image credits from TheWeddingDolls via Pinterest

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

Behind the Scenes Part 1: English Country Garden Wedding

26 Apr

The setting was amazing, the bride looked breathtaking, the weather was finally on our side as the sun shone – it was the perfect day for the Bride and Groom.  For the Wedding Dolls it was 10 hours of busy, busy busy and we loved every minute of it. Helping turn months of ideas and plans into reality  and as the bride told us the day after, for what would be the wedding day they had dreamed of.

So for those that ask the question “what does a wedding co-ordinator actually do?” here is an insight into what The Wedding Dolls did on Saturday, behind the scenes…

When we arrive at the house at 10am (which is also the reception venue) we find the bride looking very calm and getting her hair done, as per the schedule! Elsewhere there is a feeling of panic in the house, especially as there will be 80 guests arriving in less than 6 hours time and there are 10 people who need to get ready. After checking everyone had what they needed we had a quick catch up with the photographer and then went down the garden to the marquee, where we began going through our to-do list to get the reception looking nothing less than perfect.

Our to-do list was slightly interrupted when we discovered the portable toilets for the reception guests were not working. After a couple of phone calls and some investigation the supplier was called to the house to fix the problem. Next was the news that the vintage wedding car the bride was borrowing from a neighbour had not yet arrived. Whilst I was helping the bridal party to get ready for pre-wedding photo’s Emma tracked down the car and tied on the wedding ribbon.

At this point I left for the church to organise the reserved seating for the wedding party and key guests as well as ensure the sound system worked for the service music. After the service the bride and groom had asked for a specific photo shot to be set up, involving cricket bats as they exited the church. To make sure they got what they wanted I briefed the Best Man and Usher on what I needed them to do. With limited parking the school next door had offered their car park so I was also there to ensure the gates were opened and guests knew where to park.

It was at this point Emma was making sure the bridal party left the house on time and called me so I knew they were on their way!

Check back tomorrow for Part 2.

Joanne x

Theme Sunday: Indian Fusion Wedding

26 Feb

A few weeks ago we met with one of our couples who are having an Indian Fusion Wedding.  The initial colour palette is Edwardian Green and Gold and we couldn’t wait to get started pulling the theme ideas together.

Follow us on Pinterest to see the full board as it grows, but for now here is just a taster of what’s to come.













Image credits:

1. houseandhome.com 2. Chair citified.blogspot.com 3. Gold Bridal Gown via google.com.ph 4. Flo & Percy Vintage Tiaras 5.The Pastry Studio

6. greylikesweddings.com 7. thedecorista.com 8. projectwedding.com

9. beautyandthegroom.com 10.ritzybee.typepad.com 11. lapetitecoquin.blogspot.com

12. stylemepretty.com  All images from TheWeddingDolls via Pinterest