Sussex Cutting Garden: Supplier Spotlight
I've worked with Sussex Cutting Garden for a few years now and I love that thei flowers are seasonal and homegrown, which makes their arrangements individual and have a 'fresh from the garden' look.
Sussex Cutting Garden grow a wide range of traditional cottage garden flowers such as fragrant Sweet Peas and Lavendar, English Roses, Dahlias and a selection of spring bulbs for early season colour. All their homegrown flowers are grown in a paddock on an arable farm close to picturesque Hellingly in East Sussex. An added bonus is the wonderful fragrance that many of our flowers and herbs have.
Modern Romance Styled Shoot
If you’re getting married in a Village Hall, Tent and Tipi, then you have an amazing blank canvas to create something special. Starry Eyed have put together a styled shoot to illustrate how incredible these canvases can look, especially when given some thought and imagination.
Starry Eyed chose a local hall to them in Ongar - Budworth Hall, which dates back to around 1890. However, prospective brides and grooms hadn’t considered it as a viable wedding reception venue. We think it easily rivals the cool town halls of East London, at a fraction of the cost! Budwoth Hall boasts beautifully high ceilings, polished wooden floors and well-maintained original features!
Not Your Average I Do - Supplier Spotlight
I’ve always been amazed by the amount of props Not Your Average I Do have. Over the years I have seen their collection grow and it’s great to hear that Kelly and her team will be having their own showroom - Congratulations!
Tell us about the Not Your Average I Do: Not Your Average I Do was started as my own personal mission to create unique wedding days for couples. When I got married myself, I went out of my way to find things that were a bit different and unusual to style my venue and couldn’t believe how much extra work it added to the day. After 10 years in corporate events I knew that I could really help the wedding industry create some beautiful and unique weddings. I absolutely love my job!
Village Hall Real Wedding: Alicia & Luke
Alicia & Luke married on Saturday 10th September 2016. I'm really excited about this wedding as it's in a village hall just down the road from Creative Brides HQ and will (hopefully) be the venue for our 'wedding party' next year.
Alicia & Luke have given me lots of inspiration, and it's lovely to see that a village hall can look so stunning, food looks amazing and checkout that beautiful cake. I'm extra excited that the pictures were taken by Livvy Hukins Photography, who also captured our wedding in Nov!
Mini-Moon: Safari Campers
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had one, so did Kate and Andy Murray. As lives have become busier, mini-moons have become popular; the chance to get away and be together after all the wedding whirl.
At New Forest Safari Campers you can hire your own classic VW Camper for two; no restrictions, no meal-times, no interruptions and no screen-time (because our vans don’t do Wi-Fi). Just the two of you; going where you want, when you want and staying as long as you want.
VENUE SPOTLIGHT: Bassmead Manor Barns
Tell us about Bassmead Manor Barns venue: Bassmead Manor Barns has been owned by the Squire Family since 1845 and is a large moated farmstead containing a Grade II Listed farmhouse and numerous barns. A setting of choice for wedding ceremonies, the wonderful Rickety Barn is 300 years old, and has the capacity for 150 guests underneath its exposed beams and wrought iron chandeliers. Wedding breakfasts take place in the open plan space of the timber-framed Bridge Barn which overlooks the picturesque gardens. The setting provides a delightful contemporary feel and is a warm and welcoming area where guests can be served reception drinks and canapés.
Dove Cottage is an idyllic honeymoon suite and is located at the eastern end of the long barn and boasts a secluded patio area which benefits from views of the moat and morning sunshine.
Real Wedding: Charlotte & Alex
Charlotte and Alex added a few little touches to their wedding venue and it lookes lovely. Sometimes you don't need a van packed with items; simple touches can also change the venue to make it more personal to you.
Latest Trend: Pajaki
These wonderful "paper chandeliers", called "Pajaki", are one of the brightest gems in Polish folk art. Originating in the rural Lowicz region in the eighteenth century, the chandeliers or mobiles were traditionally made by women during winter months when outdoor work was suspended. Literally translated as ‘spiders of straw,’ the ornate hanging decorations were crafted from humble and easily accessible materials including paper, feathers, yarn, scraps of ribbon and string and brightened Polish homes during long, cold winters. A favourite decoration for Christmas, Easter, christenings and of course weddings, we suggest keeping yours up all year long…
My latest obsession is embroidery. Especially embroidery flowers, and it seems that where ever I look, it's popping up in all manners of products or wearable items. Next week I will share some ways of including embroidery in your wedding, but here are some high street finds (possible honeymoon attire?) that I just love (I've put the trainers on my Birthday list!)
Real Wedding: Sue & Jon
Today we have Sue and Jon’s wedding at The East Quay, Whitstable on the blog. Photographed by Livvy Hukins Photography (who captured my day too!). If you like Ice cream, fun egg races and the seaside then this wedding is for you!
Real Wedding: Hannah & Russell
Today on the blog I'm featuring Hannah & Russells real wedding. Hannah and Russell tied the knot at St Mildred’s Church in Tenterden where Hannah’s Parents, Grandparents and Great-Grandparents also got married! It's a lovley wedding that also includes some of our fab suppliers James Grist Photography & Rusty the VW from Chic'n'Cheerful.
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The idea for the shoot was pretty simple, set out to show that weddings in rustic situations such as farms and barns don’t need to be rustic, so stylist Rachael Yorke (Hire Love) put together an inspirational shoot based on maximising the luxe and minimising the rustic.
Beautifully captured by Malitda Delves Wedding Photography The first piece of inspiration was Pantone Colours of the Year “Rose Quatrz and Serenity Blue” then taking a look at French interpretations of asian art in the form of Chinoiserie.
This came together on mood boards and collaborating with Caroline at Wild Rubus the pair collected various Ginger Jars and Bristol Blue glass vessels to set off against the pale key colours, Caroline kept the palette very pale too, beautiful Peonies, Runculas and tea roses in dusty pastel shades. Accents of gold cutlery, brass candle sticks, and pale cream ostrich feather hangings.
Monday Must-Haves – Bridesmaid Dresses
Monday Must-Haves – Bridesmaid Dresses
When I was planning my wedding to Mr CB back in November 2016, I found it really hard to find bridesmaid dresses that were the correct colour, fitted my bridesmaids (who were different shapes and sizes) and more importantly in stock! I will share my bridesmaid story soon, but after the trouble we had finding lovely dresses I’ve picked out a few that might work for your bridesmaids – not all ‘traditional’ and could also be worn again for a party, which I think is an extra bonus!
Congratulations on your engagement!
A MASSIVE congratulations to everyone that got engaged over the Christmas break and in 2016. We want to hear your stories so email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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