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Real rustic charm in a decorated barn.

Ashley and Dan got married at Harty Church before continuing on to the barn at The Ferry House Inn, Kent.

We asked Ashley and Dan to share details of their day with us:

Where did you find Idyllic Days?

We found them at the Ferry House Inn wedding open day. I was immediately drawn to the example styling they had on show. We arranged to meet Sophie at the Idyllic Days barn studio. We had ideas about the style we wanted to go for beforehand and we knew we definitely didn’t want a ‘one size fits all’ approach to our styling. The meeting was invaluable in helping us bring our ideas to life, by using props and styling a table. Sophie took the time to really understand our personal taste, and in turn provided us with unique tailor made room styling for our special day.

I can honestly say that working with Idyllic Days was a pleasure from

start to finish.

To say that the room styling exceeded our expectations is an understatement. When we saw the barn for the first time at the reception, it truly brought tears to my eyes, I was so overwhelmed by how beautiful it looked and more than that….how it was such a true reflection of us and what we wanted for our special day. The guests were so impressed too, and we received so many comments on how gorgeous the room was. We will most definately be recommending Idyllic Days for many years to come.

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Most memorable moment

I can’t honestly say I have a most memorable part, but I can  say that I genuinely loved every moment of our wedding day from start to finish! From the ceremony right through to the final song played on the dance floor, it just exceeded my every expectation. And I realise that may sound a bit cliche but it is true.

Advice to future Brides…

Use suppliers you feel comfortable with and that you feel you connect with as I believe this goes such a long way in creating the backdrop for your wedding day that you really want. Be organised and give yourself plenty of time to plan, enjoy panning it, and when the day arrives just enjoy every moment as it goes by so quickly. Oh and have it filmed so when it’s all over you can relive it all over again!

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Dress: Martina Liana – Isabella Grace boutique, Tunbridge Wells

Tweed Suits: Made to Measure

Bridesmaids Dresses: Eloises Closet

Fur Wraps: Rotita Online

Flower Girls Outfit: Monsoon

Naked Wedding Cake: Made by Ashley’s cousin Kay.

Classical Guitarist at Church: Neil – friend played

Walking down the Aisle: Desree’s ‘Kissing You’

Signing the register: Beach Boys ‘God Only Knows’

Exit Song: Ramones ‘Baby I Love You’

Flowers: Steph @ Belle Fleur Florists

First dance: ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri, it’s always been our song since we first met, so for us there was only ever that song in the running.

Ceremony: Harty Church, Harty Ferry, Kent

Reception: The Ferry House Inn, Harty Ferry, Kent

Accommodation: Mocketts Farm, Harty Ferry, Kent

Photography: Violet & Green Photography

Video: Violet & Green FILMS

Whether you choose to have one or one hundred, your bridesmaids are such an important part of your wedding. From sharing the initial excitement about your engagement to choosing outfits, planning your hen do and of course their love and support on the big day itself, your best girls will be there for you along your entire wedding planning journey.

We were delighted to be involved in a gorgeous inspiration shoot at The Old Parish Rooms which has been featured on the pretty as a picture Wedding Sparrow blog. Set up as a bridesmaids lunch, the shoot was a creative way to ask your girls to be your bridesmaids and share ideas for colours, styles and of course indulge in a few sweet treats! You can see the feature here but check out all the pastel pretty below; we’d love to know if you did something creative to ask your girlies to be your bridesmaids.

We were lucky to work with some really talented people on this shoot:

All the beautiful images were taken by Claire Graham.

Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium provided all the cakes and sweet treats. Gorgeous stationery was from The Finer Details and the pretty bridesmaids dresses themselves were from Maids to Measure. Super make-up artist Louise Bonci made up the girls, their shoes were from Harriet Wilde and their accessories and hair pieces were from Glitzy Secrets. Styling and vintage china & accessories were by us and last but not least the super pretty florals were by Ladybird Florals.

Set in the Kent countryside, last July saw a most beautiful wedding at Natasha’s family home. Natasha, together with her mother, prepared for the wedding in meticulous detail. They brought in florist Kenny who created sumptuous displays of country summer blooms which accompanied tables laid with vintage crockery from Idyllic Days.

 Waiters delivered culinary delights under the watchful eye of event guru Oliver Allen, serving 240 guests in the marquee nestled in the garden and incorporating a fountain!

Thanks to Natasha for telling us about her wedding:

“I had always dreamed of having my wedding at home in the garden with the fountain in the middle of the marquee.
Mum used to organise a lot of Charity Balls and was the perfect partner in crime for planning the incredible day. Due to her connections, we already knew florist Kenny (The Flower Studio @ Canterbury), Sue at Harrisons (hair team) and Kristian (Maypole Marquees)

I spent an awful lot of time on Pinterest researching ideas and helping the whole thing come together.

I couldn’t have done any of it without Mum, we made a bit of a dream team and she was an amazing force to be reckoned with and made 72 ice bowls for the day, took her forever to do!

Advice for your upcoming wedding….. plan in advance, spreadsheets saved my life, listen to your other half’s ideas (some of them are actually quite good!)

Take time, just for you and your new hubby, to take it all in and enjoy it. So many brides get carried away in expecting the perfect day… just accept that things can go wrong and sometimes there is nothing you can do to stop it! It’s only minor and it will, no matter what, be the best day of your life!”

Cups used as finger bowls for fish platter course

Cups used as finger bowls for fish platter course

This bright and breezy inspiration shoot can’t fail to bring some sunshine to an otherwise grey winter’s day today! We were invited to collaborate with some favourite suppliers to put together a blue, yellow and silver shoot. Florist Jodie Vigor from Boutique Blooms looked to children’s favourite Mary Poppins for inspiration and the ‘let’s fly a kite’ theme was born.

THE SHOOT

The shoot took place at Warren House near Kingston; a grand Victorian mansion whose gorgeous gardens lent themselves perfectly to the summery colours and whimsical details. Styled shoots like these are so great as they enable us to show you how to use our vintage products in ways you may not have thought of before. In this case, silver tea and coffee pots were used to house the colourful florals and some of our smaller silver items and trays were used for single stems and candles.

This shoot was such a fun one to work on and featured the following suppliers:

Styling: Jodie Vigor www.boutiqueblooms.co.uk

Floral Design: Bouquet, table displays, teapot flowers, cake decoration, carnation strings on kites, chair flowers and umbrella decoration. www.boutiqueblooms.co.uk

Photography: Anneli Marinovich  www.annelimarinovich.com

Stationery: Kite shaped stationery, kites in tree, sign on dessert table, chalk drawings, straws and bird seed pouches. www.eagleeyedbride.com

Chair Hire: and large silver trays www.greathire.co.uk

Vintage Silver Prop Hire: Teapots, candlesticks, miniature trays (on dessert table) and tiny teaspoons tied to desserts. www.idyllicdays.com

Desserts: Passion fruit pots, blueberry jellies with shortbread and lemon & vanilla macaroons www.kalmkitchen.co.uk

The Cake: www.theabigailbloomcakecompany.com

Tableware:  Striped plates, napkins, charger plates, cutlery, table runner and candles. www.johnlewis.com

Custom Teaspoon Favours –www.thecutlerycommision.com

The Venue – Warren House www.warrenhouse.com

We’re thrilled to have been featured in the Diamond Edition of Brides Magazine this month. Brides was formed in 1955 and continues to be the go-to magazine for savvy brides planning their big day. We’ve enjoyed a long relationship with the publication and our products are often used in their super stylish reception features which always inspire!

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This issue, our pretty plates, glassware and bottles all feature in a gorgeous reception set-up with a palette of the prettiest pastels and dove grey. With utterly stunning florals by Zita Elze and a light & airy location this shoot will surely inspire you and we can help transform your wedding venue into a picture perfect place – contact us today to hire some pieces of pretty or even employ the services of one of our talented stylists to make everything look gorgeous.

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We’re honoured to have been featured in this special edition – Happy Birthday Brides Magazine! xx

 

Our pretty little easels were featured in this month’s copy of Wedding magazine in a shoot they styled at the fabulous Ritz hotel in London.  Holding the gorgeous stationery from Artcadia, the easels were part of the pastel-pretty shoot which featured reception and fashion styling – check out the gorgeous little page boy outfit – so cute!

Our easels are £2.50 each to hire, and are perfect for any signage at your wedding or party.

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Yesterday I celebrated my first wedding anniversary! Not quite sure where this first year has gone as it only seems like yesterday I was  surrounded by my fabulous girl friends and having the best hen weekend.

Our wedding (I know I’m biased) was incredibly beautiful and everything we could have wished for and more. My parents’ local village hall (where I had many a childhood birthday party) was transformed using the creative talents of some very special friends and family, meters of organza and all things Idyllic Days! Even now as I look back, it overwhelms me at just how literally breathtaking it all looked – the pretty cups and saucers, the simplicity of single stem glass vases and tea lights, beautiful birdcages,  gorgeous hydrangeas and avalanche roses and so much more.

Instead I’ll share some photos and go shed some happy reminiscing tears…..

Much love, Ali x

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