{Monday Muse} Do I need a colour theme?

Happy, Monday, one & all! We’ve had a whole weekend of wedding wonders, with the last of our Essex Vintage Wedding Fairs at the Essex Indoor Vintage Festival! It was lovely to meet lots of brides & grooms looking for inspiration for their big day and some familiar faces who met some of our fab suppliers at previous events!

Today, I wanted to discuss something often talked about when in the initial stages of planning a wedding – a colour theme. Some brides have a very definite colour scheme they want to run through their wedding day, tying together all the little touches and ensuring everything coordinates.

Every year, wedding magazines and blogs rush to predict the hottest colours for the following year – with navy & teal standing out amongst the blush pastels tipped to be favourite for 2014. Yet, apparently, wedding themes are no way near as popular as they used to be – with themes replacing colour trends.

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Others (like me!) stumble across one accidentally while choosing items like the bridesmaid dresses or the groom’s suit. Navy blue ended up being a predominant colour in our wedding, but we also opted for a colourful cacophony in other aspects such as the bouquet and the tableware. So, does it matter?

Long gone are the days of having wedding receptions looking like corporate Christmas dos. For me, organza sashes really have had their day, and a floral or brightly coloured chair cover or sash looks so much neater and unique than a piece of pastel fabric wrapped round it in a messy bow! Why not go bright & bring out those polkadots?!

Calamitea Jane's Vintage Tea Parties Polka Dot Sash

Calamitea Jane’s Vintage Tea Parties Polka Dot Sash

Brides are definitely getting much more confident at standing out & being daring when it comes to colours. Pastels are surely a favourite with Spring & Summer weddings and I love a winter monochrome affair too! Tying your colour scheme in with the seasons seems a logical way to go, as your flowers can often set the tone and if you’re getting married in Summer, sunflowers can be the perfect way to inject a splash of colour to your big day.

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Don’t be afraid to mix it up! I adore this brightly coloured wedding of Tabitha & James, photographed by our very own Kerrie Mitchell. It perfectly illustrates how a whole rainbow of colours can be created without looking messy or confused. The attention to detail is just incredible and I love the addition of black and white to bring some order to the table layout too! Genius!

(c) Kerrie Mitchell Photography

(c) Kerrie Mitchell Photography

So, what’s your colour theme? Or don’t you have one? Let us know your ideas & plans!


{Feature Friday} Foxley Flowers

Good Morning!

Wowee isn’t it FREEZING? However, there is something about Winter that I just love, probably as it’s another excuse to go clothes shopping for that all important ‘warm coat’ (to add the the 500 other ones in my wardrobe). Also, we are one step closer to Christmas and I think it’s only so many sleeps until Christmas Day 😀 … Anyway, enough of that! Feature Friday is always dedicated to the fabulous suppliers that have that something special that gives weddings that va-va-voom! So, this week we are turning our focus to Foxley Flowers.  So, without further ado, let me introduce you to Laura of Foxley Flowers.

Ps. LOVE the first wedding pic!

Foxley Flowers are freelance Florists covering the whole of the South of England – we love all things, Floral, Country and Vintage. Be it a small woodland wedding or a grand state of affair – we will where possible provide you with Seasonal English Country Flowers whether you are looking for a rambling country display with a naturally arranged style or beautiful big blousy blooms with flowing ribbons or vintage lace – Planning your wedding should make you feel excited and inspired – especially choosing beautiful flowers. This is important to us. Plus we can also provide the accessories and decorations to compliment the flowers, candelabras, pedestals, vintage china, cups & saucers and more.

We don’t just do weddings! As well as providing By–the–Sea career courses for other aspiring Florists we also run courses for the more do-it-yourself bride to teach all the essentials you would require if you fancy the adventure of making your own table centres or button holes – and we will supply the loose flowers for you to do so! (and some end of the telephone panic support if necessary!)
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So please give us a call or an email to chat, mail@foxleyflowers.com , or 07922684556 or take a look at our site to learn a bit more about us – www.foxleyflowers.com

{Wedding Wednesday} Vintage Tandem Bicycles & Hog Roasts In The Countryside; Kath & James

Oh yes, our dear lovely readers – It’s WEDDING WEDNESDAY!

So, what have we got in store for this week? Well, plenty of inspiration and some rather amazing photographs both of the wedding AND the engagement shoot (I know, we do spoil you!) courtesy of Stefanie of Photography By Stefanie.  I’m sure that you will agree that the photography, is as always, wonderful. How adorable is the flower girl? Of course, we are loving the retro car!

Anyways, enough of me rambling on.  I now hand you over to the photographer behind these gorgeous photographs; Stefanie.


I actually met Kath on a friend’s hen do before she was even engaged and she was so lovely, we all had a fab weekend away in Brighton.  I knew that she had a partner called James but we didn’t really have a chance to get to know each other properly, so I was very touched when she got in contact with me nearly a year later to ask if I would do their wedding photography.

Prior to meeting James, his mother rang me and asked if I would do a portrait shoot for her of Kath and Gemma  (both partners of her 2 sons) and they were all so lovely and welcoming that I knew immediately how great they would be to work with. Following that, I went on to do a pre-wedding couple shoot with Kath and James.  We incorporated their wonderful vintage tandem bicycle, which worked really well and I have genuinely never met such a cute couple!

The best part of the day was, well, anything with Kath in it as she looks stunning – she is such a beautiful woman!  Having a wedding reception at a golf course is a little unusual, but it provided the background of a lovely rolling vista of uninterrupted countryside.  The weather was great and I loved going out onto the course with them to get some fun group and couple shots.

It was a very relaxing day with no pressure or stress; James & Kath had clearly thought through their celebrations from the big bits down to the little details. They used their tandem bicycle from the pre-wedding shoot with a basket on the front as a postbox for their guests to leave cards in which I thought was a brilliant idea! It was a real party atmosphere with a hog roast buffet and kids play area outside. Everyone partied the night away by all accounts!

I spoke with Kath and James at length about the kind of shots they’d like. They weren’t after too many group shots, just a few traditional ones. Mainly, they wanted the shots to tell the story of their day from a natural perspective. I offer quite stylised photography, shooting from unique angles and capturing the essence of a day. Kath exuded vintage elegance and so I tried to reflect this through my photography and from what I hear, they’re thrilled with the results!

Stef’s Top Tips When Hiring A Photographer…

I would suggest having a brainstorm with your partner before meeting with your supplier. This will help you to have a rough plan or idea in your head about the type of service you’re after. So many couple come to me without having thought about what they’d like out of the photography. This is completely fine of course as weddings to tend to develop organically as the day progresses, but if you’ve chatted about it first, it helps you both to understand what you’re looking for from your photographer and will help ensure you get the right results.

I‘m currently writing a 10 part blog giving advice regarding each big stage of organising a wedding so for more advice and tips, do keep an eye on my blog page: http://photographybystefanie.wordpress.com


I couldn’t resist leaving this photograph until the end – I love it! So carefree and oh, so in love…

Remember, Stefanie does travel and would be more than delighted to be your photographer! Please do get in touch with her to find out more.  We highly recommend.

Until Next Time xxx

{Monday Muse} Vintage tea party wedding & a fab offer!

Happy Monday, folks! It was a chilly weekend so what did you get up to? Wedding fairs? Wedding planning? We love hearing your stories about how your plans are coming along so be sure to share!

Today, we’re sharing a very special offer for you from one of our fab suppliers: Calamitea Jane’s Vintage Tea Parties & Events! It’s hard to think back to those warm summer days with the weather it is at the moment but we think afternoon tea is a perfect way to celebrate for a Spring or Summer wedding! What’s nicer than sitting around a table together, sharing delicious food from beautiful vintage china! Calamitea Jane’s offer a really comprehensive service, from vintage china hire to catering, to planning & coordinating for the day itself! With fantastic links to other suppliers, they can take on the whole planning process & recommend other great wedding professionals too! Over to Calamitea Jane’s to explain more!

Vintage afternoon tea weddings Essex

Here at Calamitea Jane’s Vintage Tea Parties & Events, we specialise in vintage themed events. From beautiful china hire, cutlery, crockery & linens to event planning & coordination we will ensure your party or wedding is the perfect way to celebrate your special occasion. A sophisticated and elegant way to wow your guests, vintage afternoon tea is perfect for everyone. Working alongside caterers of the highest quality, you can be assured that your guests will enjoy every mouthful of the delicious afternoon catering we can provide.



With menus starting at just £14 per head, it is a cost-effective, yet wonderful way to entertain your special guests. Choose your own sandwich & cake options, add savoury canapes, cocktails and bubbly for an extra special treat – we are truly flexible when it comes to your event needs.

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We love nothing more than a vintage themed wedding & can cater for gatherings up to 250 people! Vintage crockery, vintage glassware, cutlery, linens, chair sashes, bunting & more can be provided to style your event to perfection! We invite every bride to meet with us over a FREE tasting to discuss your needs and join us on Pinterest to plan your styling to match your wedding colour scheme or theme. Perfect for those dry-hiring their venue, we provide our own styling, waitressing & event management staff to ensure your day runs smoothly and to schedule. 


For a beautiful vintage wedding, planning & executed perfectly, Calamitea Jane’s can do it all to the highest standard you would expect for your special day.



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We are currently offering a fantastic Facebook offer of 15% OFF all 2014 wedding bookings taken before 31st December 2013. All we need is a 10% deposit to confirm your chosen date!  Head over NOW to claim your voucher!

15% OFF 2014 WEDDINGS!

{Feature Friday} Little Stringers

Ooooh! It’s Friday.  Not only that, do we have a treat for you… Let us introduce you to a supplier that is really rather special, Little Stringers. So why are Little Stringers so special, we hear you cry? Well, not only do designer and illustrator, Sophie’s stylish designs  speak for themselves but we adore the whole ethos of her business.  Sophie seems to live and breathe her work, a passion that can at times be hard to find.  The result of this, are truly gorgeous designs that will leave your guests (and you!) ‘Ooh’ing’ and ‘Ahh’ing’ long after your wedding day.  Not only that, should you require something bespoke or even ‘Thank You’ cards…OR, perhaps, *ahem* birth announcements… then Sophie is your girl.  Anyways, that is enough of us rambling on. We know you are wanting to take a peek at her designs.
Psssst! Take note of Sophie’s tip to keep tabs on her Twitter and Facebook pages for special offers and promotions.
Little Stringers Invites is the home of contemporary wedding stationery design, especially for the modern couple. Little Stringers Invites was set up by illustrator Sophie Webber, who creates all the designs available on the website.
There is a stylish range of set designs to choose from at affordable prices, which are all customisable with your desired names, wording and colour scheme. Designs are applied across any items you may require, from save the date cards to favours, menus and place settings. All wedding stationery is designed, assembled and packaged to a very high standard.
If there isn’t a set design range that is suitable, Little Stringers also offer a bespoke design service where we work with you to create something completely unique and personal to you, your lives and your wedding. We believe that every wedding is personal and every wedding is different. We aim to create unique, leading edge wedding stationery that is original, fresh and suits your needs.
Couples can get in touch by emailing us at info@littlestringersinvites.com or visiting our online contact form www.littlestringersinvites.com/get-touch. Couples should also keep and eye on the Little Stringers facebook page (www.facebook.com/littlestringers) and twitter (@littlestringers) for latest news and special offers. Little Stringers Invites are based in Bedfordshire and supply wedding stationery Nationwide. Visit us at www.littlestringersinvites.com. We would love to work with you!’

Until Next Time xxx

{Wedding Wednesday} Dionne & Gary’s Essex Wedding with a hint of Cockney!

Happy, hump day! Well, we’re halfway through the week & the sun is shining here in Essex! We hope it’s a lovely day where you are & you’re ready for today’s beautiful real wedding! Captured by the lovely Bloomwood Photography, Dionne & Gary’s Essex countryside wedding has a hint of the Pearly King & Queen about it today!

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Over to bride, Dionne, to tell us all about it!

Gary proposed at home, on one knee, just before we left for our holiday. I knew he may have been thinking about doing it at some point that year but it was still a surprise! The wedding planning didn’t get going for four years as I sadly lost my mum and went off all things wedding. But we started it all again after our daughter was born.

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We got married at Lord’s Golf & Country Club with our reception at Battlesbridge marquee in Essex.

Our wedding was supposed to be small but we ended up with 65 guests. We had a tight budget so most of the things was done either by ourselves or with help from friends.

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We managed to source our suppliers either through recommendations or searching the internet and eBay.

We met Emma from Bloomwood Photography while having photos taken of our daughter. We immediately felt comfortable and eventually even the groom warmed up to having the photos taken! The engaged shoot helped us prepare for what to expect on the day & we’d definitely recommend Emma to others.

I found my wedding dress from just one visit to a bridal shop! It was the 3rd or 4th dress I tried on and knew it was the one straight away. It was a flattering shape and the colour was perfect. The shoes had to be comfortable but would also give me some height!

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I helped Gary choose his suit as he always goes for black but I knew grey would go better with our colour scheme! 

Making our wedding personal was the most important thing to us. We wanted every detail of our wedding to be the things we love. My husband is a cockney and was very close to his granddad. Therefore, we had lots of memories of him and his granddad walking in London markets, eating cockles, winkles & stopping for pie & mash with liquor. So, this HAD to be our food theme. Also, his granddad used to fix the London buses so we had one of those to transport the guests.

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For favours, we decided to donate to Cancer Research with pin badges for every guest. This is a charity very close to our hearts.

There are lots of great memories! The best parts of the day for us was the best man’s video speech, the sun coming out for group photos, the food & the songs we chose for our first dance & walking out as husband and wife. We chose Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls.

For our honeymoon, we went to Tunisia as a family, with our two month old daughter.

My advice to brides would be don’t worry about planning too soon. Things might go wrong on the day but it doesn’t matter. You will still look back and remember what an amazing day it was.

We completely agree with what Dionne says! Enjoy every minute as it goes by in a flash! Huge congratulations to such a lovely couple!

Be sure to head over to Emma’s website here to see more of her fab work! www.bloomwoodphotography.co.uk

{Themed Tuesday} Dotty Over Polka-Dots…

Hello you lovely people!

I hope you are all well and are continuing to make wonderful wedding plans.  This past weekend was more than crazy busy. As a result, you may have noticed that Monday Muse didn’t make an appearance.  However, there was more than one reason for that. We have created, Themed Tuesday – every now and then, we want to share a sort of mood board, if you like, of different theme ideas for your wedding. Adoring Pinterest, I am frequently looking up different themes, so thought let’s get creative over here at AVWG and get theming.

Themed Tuesday, is all about the polka-dot. I love this pattern, I always have. You can incorporate this into pretty much every aspect of your wedding – even your dress! So without further ado, take a peek at our ‘mad about polka-dots’ collection…

Candy Anthony

Candy Anthony

What do you think of the polka-dot theme? Let us know what you think? We are DOTTY about it (haha! I had to, sorry…)

Until Next Time xxx