I recently had the absolute pleasure of meeting Corrina Lowe, from Chambers Farm Flowers.
I'll be honest, I had to try my hardest to be all grown up and sensible, because Corrina is one of those people that I really admire. She knows her stuff!!! and boy, is she passionate about it.
Corrina has shared some fantastic tips with us, to help you find your perfect flowers for your wedding day:
Most flowers sold in the UK are grown and imported from all over the globe, in fact less than 10% of them are grown here in Britain. Increasingly Brides are asking where their flowers have come from and requesting British flowers in their bouquets.
A rise in environmental awareness has played its part in this change but also British flowers have received some really good press in recent years. A team of British flower growers ‘Flowers From The Farm’won Gold medal with their first Chelsea garden in 2018 and the Royal wedding of Harry and Meghan certainly helped to showcase what British flowers can do, with most of their blooms having been grown in the Royal parks.
If you are considering British flowers for your wedding or want to know more here’s my handy guide to choosing British:
Here at Chambers Farm Flowerswe work throughout Kent and the South East for weddings and events. Where ever you are in the UK you can find your local flower farmer by visiting www.flowersfromthefarm.co.ukand using the map feature to search near you.
Chambers Farm Flowers specialise in seasonal, and sustainable floristry, and using flowers grown on their own farm, create wedding flowers full of character, fragrance, and joy.
Looking back on a successful, happy wedding day is always a joy for any happy couple! But you'll know that organising the biggest party of your life takes planning and entertainment will be on your tick list! The options for entertainment at weddings is wide ranging, but for some guaranteed fun during drinks, between courses or before the speeches, give your guests a real treat with a Wedding Magician! It's the perfect low key, fun fuelled entertainment that has everyone beaming with surprise and open mouthed with amazement!
A Wedding Magician has a simple remit - to put a little extra added value into your wedding party! If you've not had the pleasure of seeing close-up magician live in action, they mix and mingle to engage with your guests or visit individual tables where your guests are seated. They are highly adept at performing sleight of hand tricks, close up magic which defies explanation, mind reading and more - it's usually impossible to explain away the tricks that are performed right in front of your guests. It creates a real sense of wonder and is ideal for an ice breaker. They don't rush, but work the room or tables in such a way that everyone has chance to witness their skills during their time at your party.
Experienced magicians are used to working in complex spaces and with their incredible memory skills will know who has yet to experience some close up magic. A Wedding Magician often has exceptional personal skills too, so anyone who might not been keen on being in the lime-light will be able to enjoy the show from the sidelines.
Magicians offer the perfect entertainment choice - they are undemanding, polite, engaging and utterly magical - so add a touch of brilliance to your special day with a touch of Magic!
Finding the right Magician has been made easy with this unique and comprehensive guide from Entertainers Worldwide. Bursting with essential tips and answers to all your questions, it help you book with confidence, so that you and your guests can relax and enjoy a truly fantastic and memorable event!
So, you just got engaged? My huge congratulations to you and your fiancé!
After the initial excitement of telling everyone, and having romantic, snuggly cuddles, talking about your dream wedding day, reality then kicks in.
Your budget (obviously) plays a big part in the decisions you'll make, but sometimes there is an influence, or expectations from others, for what your day should look like.
Let's just STOP RIGHT THERE. In an ideal world, we'd like everyone to be happy, but ultimately what really matters, is that you both have the day YOU want. Perhaps there are compromises to be made, but please promise me you'll stick with what makes your hearts sing.
Make a list of your 'if money were no object' choices, and then work from there.
If you'd love a destination wedding, but feel really you should have your wedding at home so your nearest and dearest can be there, start thinking how to tick both boxes. Perhaps you could talk with those you care about, and ask how they'd feel if you married abroad but had a huge celebration when you got home instead - or what about a theme for your wedding? including as many elements of a destination wedding as possible through your choice of venue, styling, your wedding breakfast menu and cocktail list.
There are so many resources available, to give you ideas and inspiration. There are chat rooms and facebook groups where you can ask for suggestions and advice (or watch quietly from the sidelines and pick up tips). Online supplier directories can also be a fantastic resource, and you'll find that each online directory has it's own style or vibe, so you'll know if you're talking to the right people.
There are SUPERB National wedding magazines, such as Rock'n'Roll Bride, Confetti, and Wedding Venues & Fashion- each offering their own style, as well as quality magazines for your area - which have the benefit of featuring local suppliers and venues.
I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to meet your suppliers, and this is where wedding fairs are such a great resource for finding ideas and people help make your day magical. Your suppliers have a key role in your wedding, so knowing they 'get' you, can be really reassuring.
We're hosting our next wedding fair at Westgate Hall, on 23rd March. Fancy a free VIP Bridal Bag and glass of Prosecco? (er, yes!!!) then make sure you preregister before you come.
Enjoy the planning! xx
Christmas and New Years are a busy time for Engagements. I'd bet my morning coffee (that's a BIG deal!) that there are some very excited people heading back to work, ready to tell everyone some special news.
This got me wondering... has anyone got an unusual proposal story to share? Tell us your story (with pictures) and we'll feature it :)
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This wonderful inspiration comes from @braidedandblonde on Instagram
Creative Brides was the first directory I listed with when I started Chic’n’Cheerful, and they hosted the first wedding fair I exhibited at. Ever since, I’ve been a big fan! When I had an idea for a photoshoot, I knew I wanted to work with as many Creative Brides suppliers as I could.
I was careful not to be prescriptive when I invited the other professionals to join in on this shoot, but trusted their instinct and direction. I imagined myself back in the shoes of a bride, and felt pretty sure I’d be determined to do my own thing, so that’s exactly what we all did, and it worked perfectly.
The basis of the shoot was to have some fun with our mobile bar “Pixie” – a vintage caravan we fully restored and converted ourselves. She really is unique, and we get such amazing compliments whenever we go anywhere, so I wanted to set something up to show her off, in all her quirky, unique glory.
Bars like this seem to be quite popular in Australia, and are slowly making their way over here, but don’t seem to be used to their potential, in terms of really being part of the look and feel of a wedding, so I hoped to create a setting that might help people imagine something a little different.
As well as Pixie, we also cater for weddings, hire out some funky vintage items (just look at the incredible blankets and deck chair in the shoot), and make bespoke handmade paper flower walls. We’re all about colour, and having fun! Our ethos is very much to use homemade, recycled, up-cycled, local and artisan produce wherever we can.
The exceptionally lovely Amanda, from Distinctly Floral, knows how important this is to me, so she created some truly stunning arrangements, using home grown flowers and foliage from her own cutting garden in Kent. The scent from the peonies was sublime! I really do encourage people to think a little further with their flower arrangements than the ceremony room and tables – for example, the addition of flowers to Pixie really do take it to the next level.
Without a hesitation, I invited Emma of Epic Love Story as our photographer, as her style is relaxed, natural, fun and most definitely colourful. I knew Emma would have some unusual and interesting ideas, and she certainly didn’t disappoint – the images are incredible, full of movement and life.
Our stunning ‘Bride’ is Toni-Marie Langham. When I first met Toni, who works with our friends at Joe’s Bows, she spent pretty much a whole weekend with a bird of prey on her arm, chatting to couples at a huge wedding fair, so I knew she’d love to run around in a field with us. We dressed Toni in a beautifully simple dress from ASOS, who have their own bridal range, because I wanted the dress to be relaxed so our ‘bride’ felt carefree… we took that one step further with glitter pumps!
Terri, from Kent Bridal Hair, created a beautiful lose festival braid, and added some of the gorgeous flowers from the bouquet, which just looked incredible. It gave a feeling that was less formal than a flower crown, but also meant that our bride was relaxed and carefree. Makeup by Kings Hill Nails Beauty Lounge completed the look perfectly.
The final detail, was from Emily Ashborn, of Make.E, a talented designer and maker who likes to work in crochet. I specifically asked her to create something with fibre, because it gives such a great and edgy look, and she delivered! We had a crazy chevron and Pom Pom creation that looked incredible against the simplicity of the dress, and then a beautiful but subtle rose-pink necklace in contrast.
The people that made it all happen:
Styling, props and vintage mobile bar: Chic’n’Cheerful http://www.chicncheerful.co.uk or http://www.pixiethevintagecaravan.co.uk
Flowers: Distinctly Floral http://www.distinctlyfloral.co.uk
Photography: Epic Love Story http://www.epiclovestory.co.uk/
Necklaces: Make.E http://www.facebook.com/make.e
Dress: ASOS http://www.asos.com
Shoes: models own
Hair: Kent Bridal Hair http://www.kentbridalhair.com
Makeup: Kings Hill Nails Beauty Lounge http://www.kingshillnails.com
Model: Toni-Marie Langham http://www.Facebook.com/Toni-marie-langham
Tell us about Denys & Fielding: Denys & Fielding is an independent company creating home & garden wares designed for indoor/outdoor living. With a love of the garden, a passion for sustainable, ethical product development and serious crush on colourful design, we blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living with a range of considered, stylish British made homewares. All of which are equally at home on the sofa, city balcony or in the summerhouse.
Why did you start Denys & Fielding? The ideas and work behind Denys & Fielding began in 2014, but we officially started trading in 2016.
What’s unique services do you offer couples? We offer a deckchair hire service for wedding receptions and parties. Our chairs are unique – couples are able to choose the design of the fabric slings from our own collection or have a colourful mix!
Do you have a favourite wedding that’s used your services? We were part of a festival themed wedding last year, which was wonderful. It had a real sense of joy about it – live music, immaculate, beautiful vintage vans serving guests ice cream and drinks. Really lovely.
What exciting things do Denys & Fielding have planned for 2018? We’re stretching our wings! We’ve been lucky enough to become preferred suppliers to a number of venues in Kent and this is expanding across Sussex too.
What areas do you cover? Kent, Sussex, London and Essex.
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These beautiful handmade flowers are a lovely detail to signs or boards dotted around your wedding. They are made from 100% wool felt, come in several colours and each item is individually made with care in the Netherlands. Lily Razz ship to the UK and you can find their range via their website and Etsy.
LilyRazz also sell the flowers as a set with a letter board. Foliage/flower garlands are also available.
Choosing your wedding stationery is one of the most fun planning tasks, and is one of the very first ‘real’ glimpses of your vision, for both you and your guests. The aesthetics you choose will likely be carried through the rest of the stylistic narrative of your wedding, and these days the choices really are endless! Wondering how it works? see below a flow chart from Cat Creative which will help you visualise how Cat Creative can create your unique wedding invitations.
1 Brief Together, we will speak about your dream wedding, your theme, atmosphere, ideas and colours you like. You will tell me about your love story and any passions you might have. We will identify the main elements of your personality, capture your love story and translate it into your wedding stationery. We will choose a base template/size and paper quality and define some quantity needed for each of the stationery. All these ingredients will enable us to create the perfect design just for you!
2 Quote Based on our discussions and brief, a personalised quote will be drawn up. The design phase will begin once the order has been confirmed with the acceptance of the terms and conditions.
3 Research, 4 Designs Concepts, 5 suggestions & 6 Modifiations I will do some research and sketches based on your theme and colours scheme. I will present you several different design concepts based on your tastes and personality. We will exchange several emails where you will tell me your comments and favourite options. And I will modify your artworks until your are totaly satisfy with the result.
7 Validation A final design proof will be approved for printing. It is a final chance to triple check any details and spelling mistakes!
8 Printing Your artworks will then be sent to a profesional printer to have the best quality and high resolution print and a lovely choice of papers. The lead-time varies depending on the complexity of the projects but this phase take generally one week.
9 Delivery I enjoy doing a hand-to-hand delivery when possible to discover your smile when you unwrap your lovely finished wedding stationery. I take the utmost care to pack your order with branding package and little goodies. If a hand delivery is not possible, your stationery will be send by first class signed post with extra care.
Cat Creative Contact Details
Telephone: +44 (0) 7 729 757 859
How did you meet, & how did you become engaged? We never get tired of telling the story of how we met. In fact, we used a quote on our invitations that read, “Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favourite”.
I went travelling for 8 months, starting in Asia then on to New Zealand and finally Australia, but it wasn’t until the last few days of my travels that I met Chris who was on the same Oz Experience bus out of Sydney as me, and travelling up the east coast. We spoke briefly at one of the first stops and bumped into each other again further up the coast, but it wasn’t until we had a full day together on Magnetic Island that we really got to know each other. Chris left for Cairns the following day and I said I’d get in touch with him when I was there, which to his surprise, I did! We spent a couple of evenings out with other traveller friends but when it came to saying goodbye, we both struggled. After 8 months of meeting hundreds of people from various walks of life, Chris was the hardest person to say goodbye to and I knew he was something special. Chris went back to work in Australia and I came back to the UK so we made the most of Skype and WhatsApp until he came back to England two months later and I went to Manchester to see him. From then on we were taking it in turns to go up or down the country every other weekend to see each other which involved plenty of tears (mostly from me) at the train station each time, until he eventually moved to Kent just under a year later.
On the 18th December 2015, Chris and I went to the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London with a group of friends. We all went our separate ways after the ceremony and Chris and I headed back to London Bridge via Tower Bridge, which is my favourite spot in London. As we approached the south bank side, Chris suggested we stop for a photo but rather than pulling out his phone, he pulled out a ring box, which contained the most beautiful ring I’d ever seen, and he proposed to me with the lights of Tower Bridge behind us. Of course, I said yes, and of course, I cried!”
How long did you take to plan your wedding? I actually had the guest list along with everyone’s addresses ready before Chris even asked me to marry him, but I should probably stop admitting that to people! After the proposal we agreed we wouldn’t rush into booking anything but me being me, I started browsing the venues and found that so many places were already getting booked up for 2017 so in blind panic I started booking us in for viewings. A long list later, we booked Winters Barns in February 2016 along with a few other ‘big bits’ like our amazing photographer and band, but once the big stuff was organised I relaxed a little and just casually started building up my ‘boards’ on Pinterest with many, many ideas.
What made you choose your wedding venues and how did you decorate them? Chris and I agreed that we would really like a barn style venue and we were ideally looking for somewhere with accommodation onsite or nearby, as the northern family would be travelling down and need to stay overnight. My mum came with me on the first viewing of Winters Barns and as soon as we walked in, we knew it was the venue for us. If it looked that beautiful in the midst of a cold and wet January, we knew it would look amazing on a warm sunny day (although as we all know, that’s never guaranteed in England!). There were various hotels and B&B’s nearby so plenty of space for everyone to stay. Chris and my dad came with us for a second viewing and we all loved it so we booked the only September date left before it was snapped up.
What inspired you to style your day the way you did? Good old Pinterest! I found a colour scheme that I loved, showed Chris who loved the suit the guy was wearing in the picture and we were agreed. We chose slate blue, blush and cream as the colour scheme, and so the hunt for the perfect colour bridesmaid dresses began!
How did you decide on your dress and accessories? The year before Chris proposed, my friend in work was looking for her wedding dress. While browsing over her shoulder I fell in love with a dress. She wrote the designer and name of the dress on a post it note and stuck it on my desk. When it came to my turn to start looking at dresses, I couldn’t find the post it note anywhere but I remembered the designer and started browsing online. I found the dress, I hunted it down in a bridal shop in Rochester and took my mum along for my first try on. When I finally tried it on and was asked by the sales assistant “how does it feel?”, my reply was “I don’t like anything about it!”. It turns out its true what they say; the dress you imagine is your dream dress is probably something completely different to what you buy. In the end, I found my dream dress in the third bridal shop I visited which just happened to be called Christina K (Chris and Kay) and put a deposit down before I had time to overthink it and talk myself out of it. I made a few adjustments to it though; I added the diamante and pearl neckline and the pearl belt which I had made to order. My friend offered me her veil to wear as my something borrowed and it fitted perfectly with my dress.
How did you decide on the outfits for the groom and groomsmen? Chris decided on the blue suit and blush pink tie after seeing the Pinterest picture and he went shopping with his best man to find what he was looking for. He wanted to be able to have his suit tailor made rather than hiring one, and the suits he chose were perfect as he could have his made to measure and hire the groomsmen suits in exactly the same material. Chris personalised his suit, choosing white buttons and stitching and having our initials with the date of our wedding embroidered on the inside of his jacket.
Who gave you away / walked you down the aisle? And did you walk down the aisle to a particular song? My dad gave me away and I was pleased he told me to slow down as we were walking. You are so caught up in the moment you don’t think about how quickly you’re going. We walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Ellie Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You”. The words in the song are perfect.
Did you have any readings? If so, what were they and why did you choose them? We had two readings, ‘Here’s To Right Now’ which was read by one of my good friends. We both liked it as it talks about the memories we have made and those we’re yet to make, and about making the most of the moment we’re in, standing there with all our friends and family surrounding us to celebrate our special day. The second one was read by one of Chris’s good friends and was called ‘Marriage’. It is a poem which talks about both the good and bad sides to a marriage; “Kissing and loving and pushing and shoving, Caring and sharing and screaming and swearing”. It is good humoured and we saw people nodding their heads and laughing in agreement with its honesty.
Please describe your wedding breakfast and the reasons behind it? We wanted our guests to have as much choice with the food as possible and our caterers were very accommodating. They provided substantial canapés such as mini fish and chips, Yorkshire puddings with rare beef and horseradish and the best risotto balls we’ve ever tasted! With the main wedding breakfast we were able to provide two meat options for our guests and one vegetarian option. We chose chicken wrapped in pancetta and Kentish beef ragu, with baked vegetable strudel as the vegetarian option. Everyone was more than happy with the catering and we had plenty of comments about how good the portion sizes were. For the evening we chose to have a BBQ which, again, was great to fill the bellies of those hungry evening guests. We were concerned that people wouldn’t eat the evening food given the large wedding breakfast portions, but we were pleased to see a queue of people shortly after it opened.
Did you provide wedding favours? If so, please provide details or what and where you sourced them? I have to admit, we stole part of the wedding favour idea from two of our friends that got married earlier in the year (but we did ask them first!). We filled small organza bags with strawberry and lemon bon bons with a printed “Thank You” note inside and used them as a prize for each layer of a pass the parcel for each table. On the outside of each layer there was a personalised clue for each person at the table, for instance “Pass to the person who’s birthday is closest to the Groom’s”. The table then had to discuss who it was so it got people talking and introducing themselves if they didn’t already know each other. In the centre of the parcel there was a selfie-stick and some face mats so people could take some silly photos during the wedding breakfast and we had more photos to add to our collection. It went down a treat and people were amazed with all the different clues. I’m not going to lie, it took a while (and a lot of wrapping paper!) to put it all together but it was totally worth it to see everyone enjoying it!
Please describe your cake and why you chose it? My mum offered to make our wedding cake, but only if it was a fruit cake so she had plenty of time to make it in advance and not have a last minute melt down, to which we happily agreed. Pinterest came out trumps again and I found a beautiful three-tiered cake with different textures on each tier. The bottom tier was ivory with ruffles all around it, the second was a shiny slate blue to fit with our colour scheme and the top tier was a plain ivory with fresh flowers and a personalized “Mr & Mrs Kennedy” on top. Mum added finishing touches of pearls, ribbon and a couple of sparkles to the base of each tier and it was displayed on a cake log.
What was your first dance track and what did it mean to you? The first dance was a daunting thought for both Chris and I, we’re not very good at slow dancing together so we decided to go for something a bit more upbeat. We chose Rudimental’s “I Will For Love” as it starts of slowly giving us a chance for a short slow dance and a few twirls before the beat kicked in and we had everyone join us on the dance floor. We both love dance music and had a great time when we went to see Rudimental the year before and the words talk about what they would do for love which seemed appropriate.
What was your favourite part of the day and why? It’s so hard to pick one specific moment to call my favourite, there were just so many. A few things that stand out to me when I think about the day is seeing my dad’s face when he saw me for the first time, hearing Chris’s laugh while Nick was taking photos of me before I was about to head down the aisle and seeing how smart and happy he looked when he saw me. I loved seeing people enjoying themselves at the table and seeing one of Chris’s little cousins running around taking selfie’s with the selfie-stick all day.
Chris said seeing me walk down the aisle was one of his favourite moments and we both agree that it was just so fantastic having all our closest friends and family in one place.
What led you to choose Nick from Parkershots as your photographer? I am not ashamed to say that I started stalking Nick’s photos after one of my friends used Parkershots for their wedding. While looking through I saw two other friends were featured in his wedding galleries so I knew he was good. Literally every photo I looked at was amazing, the way he uses the light, the smoke bomb effects, the angles – there wasn’t one photo I didn’t like. I kept showing Chris the beautiful pictures that were being posted on his Facebook and Instagram pages (I told you I was stalking!!) and he agreed that he had something special. We thought we were a bit far in advance for booking but I’m glad we booked early as it seems other people know how good he is and want to snap him up too! After all my stalking, I would have been absolutely gutted if we couldn’t have Nick to capture our day.
From the moment we contacted Parkershots, Nick was friendly, approachable and interested to hear all about our special day. We had confidence in him from the start and he was absolutely amazing on the day. Friends and family have commented on how nice Nick was and when we have shared our pictures they couldn’t believe how many we have saying “we didn’t even notice him half the time”.
We could not be happier with our wedding photos. Nick has captured every moment and we have tough decisions of which photos to put on the walls – all of them if we could! We would have no hesitation in recommending Parkershots to everyone we can, whether it’s for weddings, portraits or any other special occasions. His slogan is totally correct, “Damn fine photography”.
On reflection, is there anything you would have done differently with foresight? We would certainly do it all again if we could, but we can’t think of anything we would change. It would be great to go back as a fly on the wall to see what we missed out on.
If you could impart any words of wisdom to a bride to be planning her marriage and wedding day, what would they be? Get a pin board! I was making lists upon lists of things to do and the lists kept getting lost of forgotten about, and they weren’t being seen by Chris. I got myself a pin board and split it into three sections – things to do, in process, and done. It worked wonders. Chris came home and couldn’t believe how much we had to do, but from then on he was the one asking me ‘what can we do next?’. He took responsibility for some bits while I worked on others. It was great seeing things gradually moving over to the ‘done’ side and we had a feeling of accomplishment every time.
Is there anything else that you would like to add? Stay calm.
Dress / Cosmobella 7726 in Ivory from Christina K
Jewellery / Earrings from Goldsmiths
Shoes / Rainbow Club Adrianna
Veil / Headpiece – Borrowed from a friend
Hair / Fiona Templeton
Make-up / The Chair
Florist / HeiDesigns
Rings / Rajveer UK Ltd
Venue / Winters Barns
Décor & Styling / Ambience for chair sashes, everything else was handmade or bought personally
Cake / Lynn Ostheimer
Caterer / Scott Anderson
Bridesmaids Dresses / Kennedy Blue
Groom & Groomsmen suits / Ted Baker at Moss Bros
Wedding Planner / Kay Kennedy
Stationery / Handmade
Entertainment / The Edge Bank UK
Photographer / Parkershots