The Old Kent Barn Open Day

In January 2020 the My Wedding Professionals team were proud to all be invited to The Old Kent Barn for their wedding open day.

We put on a lovely display of flowers, cakes, stationery and we even had a real bride in full hair and make-up wearing one of Vicky’s beautiful dresses.

On the day it was lovely to talk to so many couples planning their wedding day at The Barn, it was nice to be able to offer our experience and expertise and help them with their plans for their big day.

We hope you enjoy the photos and it gives you some wedding inspiration.

A Gown For All Seasons

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As seen in Kent Bride magazine

We were really proud and excited to be asked to put together an exclusive bridal fashion shoot for Kent Bride magazine. We were even more excited that the shoot was to be held at The Old Kent Barn, a lovely venue and a favourite for many of the My Wedding Professionals team.

The gorgeous dresses were provided by Victoria’s Bridal Boutique.

Above is Mylene-Marie by Maggie Sottero, it’s a vintage-inspired princess design with beaded bodice and a sheath skirt. Layers of soft tulle create soft shapes and a subtle split gives a hint of sexiness.


My Wedding Professionals were proud to team up with the wonderful Chic Weddings and Events on this shoot. They took on the styling of the venue for us and set up this amazing floral arch, which would make an amazing focal point at the top of your aisle.

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This show-stopping dress is Camden by Maggie Sottero, a beautiful blush mermaid wedding dress in shimmering ruched tulle with a sweetheart neckline and fit and flare skirt. A hidden corset is fitted to show off natural curves and the look is completed with a black velvet ribbon.

We loved making use of the gorgeous gardens at The Old Kent Barn, the meadow was in blossom from above and from below there was still late daffodils and early tulips adding their own splash of colour.

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This Stella York dress (style 6025) has a fitted bodice to provide an exceptional fit without sacrificing comfort and the soft breezy tulle and corded lace make it especially pretty.

The Old Kent Barn outside ceremony area is one of their biggest attractions, with overhead cover no matter if it’s rain or shine ceremonies can still take place here. We used this area to photograph the beautiful Connie by Rebecca Ingram and Isadore (style 6767 by Stella York).

Connie has a lovely boho vibe, with a sheer lace bodice and stunning back with keyhole detail.

Isadora is a statement maker, with beaded shoestring straps and an illusion back and satin buttons. The sleek crepe and lace bodice clings in all the right places.

Our lovely bridal bouquets were provided by Wild Ideas.

Our make-up stylist was Elizabeth Joseph Love

Our hairstylist was RKW Hair

Photography by Jeff Oliver Photography


Our fabulous make-up artist Elizabeth Joseph Love shares with us here top wedding makeup tips……

There’s just so much to think about when planning a wedding and when it comes to make-up there are a few things you definitely need to know.

When you first contact your make-up artist remember they need to know the following before they can confirm availability.

1. The wedding date

2. Your ceremony time

3. The location of both the trial and wedding

4. The number of people requiring make-up on the day.


Your wedding make-up is a big deal. So often make-up is overlooked and is one of the last things on a bride’s ‘to do’ list. I am now taking bookings for 2021 and will have multiple enquiries for the same day, so to avoid disappointment, book early.

After you have booked your wedding make-up, it’s a good idea to follow me on Instagram or Facebook. This is a great way for us to stay connected and you can see more of my work as it is posted.


I always take a skin first approach to make-up. Metaphorically speaking the canvas before I start to paint should be as flawless as possible. Very dry skin is a make-up artist’s worst nightmare, so remember hydration is key. Drink lots of water in the run-up to your wedding and moisturise day and night. Try to avoid changing your skincare routine just before your wedding. Stick to what you know works and use sunscreen even on a cloudy day. Planning a wedding can be stressful and stress can play havoc with your skin. You can start skin preparation up to a year before. Why not consider a visit to Dr Sophie Shotter who offers an extensive range of treatments for the skin, face and body.


Although it’s good to book your make-up artist early, it’s better to have your trial no more than 3 to 4 months before the big day. You should have your trial after you have decided on your dress, flowers and colour theme, so that your make-up will harmonise with your vision.

Your make-up trial must be done in daylight and usually takes an hour and a half to 3 hours depending on requirements. The trial is done at a location of your choice

and should, if possible, be booked in at the same time as you book your wedding day, as dates get snapped up really quickly.

At the trial, It’s a good idea to wear an old, light coloured top as it will reflect light and be barefaced; unless there is a specific aspect of your make-up that you would like me to see and replicate.

Be realistic when collecting pictures of make -up looks. Avoid celebrity images and make-up trends. Remember all those brow trends over the years… From pencil thin brows to Intensely dark, square fronted defined brows. Thank goodness natural brows are back.

Everyone has a unique face shape, tone and texture, so it’s not one look suits all. When you walk down the aisle, The first thing your fiancé will see is the complete bridal look, but as you walk closer to him, he will focus in on your beautiful face, so make sure your make-up is perfect.

Your make-up should be flawless, elegant and timeless, so that in years to come you can look back on your wedding photographs with confidence, remembering that you looked the very best version of yourself.


It is not essential for bridesmaids/mothers to have a trial. This is entirely at your discretion. It’s nice to have a trusted friend present with you and it is advisable for a mother of the bride to have a trial if she is worried about looking ‘overdone.’ Having a trial will put her mind at rest. Likewise, if any of your bridesmaids feel anxious about their make-up, a trial is advisable.


It’s fine to look healthy and glowing, but please don’t overdo it. Make sure if you are having a spray tan that you have a trial run before the wedding day. If you do decide on a light spray tan, remember that you should not spay tan your face, as it can look patchy and will be more difficult to cover. I can easily match your foundation to your décolletage. (neck & chest) Many brides worry that they will be a different colour at the trial to the wedding day. Again, this is not a problem, I just adjust and rematch the foundation on the day. Easy!!!

If you’re wearing a white wedding dress bear in mind that even a light spray tan will look darker in a white dress and a word of warning… fake tan can rub off on your dress. Bondi Sands quick-drying formula is my favourite.


I’m an advocate for using a high SPF on a daily basis, but on your wedding day avoid it. SPF has light-reflecting particles and so it flashes back in photographs, leaving you looking like you have a white face. Most moisturisers and foundations now include SPF protection. Choose moisturises and foundations that have no more than 20 SPF for your wedding day.


On the wedding day the bridal make-up takes approximately an hour, other party members (Bridesmaids/Mothers) take approximately 45 minutes. Make sure you allow enough time for hair and make-up. The morning can become busy and four hours will suddenly feel like two.

One question brides always ask is… What comes first hair or makeup? It is best for the make-up to be done first (with the exception of the lips) and then the hair is styled. That way the hair does not need to be moved to make-up your face. The lips are done just before you put on your dress. Once the lips are done, I will give you a straw, so that you can drink champagne without worrying about smudging your lips. I am used to adapting and being flexible on the wedding morning. It’s all about the bride and we work around you. Just a footnote…If there is a large wedding party for make-up, the bride never goes first for make-up. I like to start the bride’s make-up somewhere in the middle so that we have plenty of time.


The answer is to use thin layers and build up and blend. Overdoing the moisturiser, primer and foundation will mean, product overload and your make-up will then move. Using high-quality products is essential for longevity. Wedding’s can be emotional, so waterproof mascara is a must. It’s a good idea to purchase the lip colour you choose at the trial, so you can top it up. I also advise my brides to purchase a sheer pressed powder for the T-zone for oil control. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder is sheer and lightweight.

Another way to keep your make-up looking fresh all day is to use a setting mist. My favourite is Morphe Setting Mist

Congratulations!!! With all these things in mind, your dream wedding will run like clockwork and you will look beautiful, feel confident and be totally relaxed on your special day.

Here’s the link you need to get in touch with Liz to discuss your wedding make-up.

Hotel Du Vin Styled Shoot

Find out what we have been up to recently, here’s the latest shoot from My Wedding Professionals, as featured in Your Kent Wedding Magazine

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My Wedding Professionals is made up of individual companies that are passionate and accomplished in their various fields that love to recommend each other. Though we regularly work together on real weddings, this shoot was the perfect opportunity for a dramatic collaboration of our skills.

The fabulous Hotel du Vin has so much to offer in terms of atmosphere, deep rich coloured rooms, a beautiful staircase, striking mirrors and quirky timeless decor. The latin vibe of the Hotel meant warm striking tones were called for, along with atmospheric lighting, fluid lines and a sense of understated drama.

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We embraced the slightly sultry feel of the venue and Vicky from Victoria’s Bridal Boutique chose a gorgeous gown covered in decadent silver beading in a sleek vintage silhouette by Stella York. The gown was perfect, but couldn’t of been an easy choice as Vicky’s boutique carry’s over 200 different bridal gowns.

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Our stunning model Emily’s exotic look was enhanced by our make-up artist Elizabeth Joseph Love, who created dramatic eye makeup by blending gradient shades of warm browns combined with cooler purple tones. A smokey, winged liner and glamorous lashes were added for effect and completed with a complimentary, rich berry lip.

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Angela our hair guru from RKW Hair then added her contribution to this sexy but sophisticated look with a fantastic style that had lots of volume and texture.

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Our florist Sarah from Wild Idea’s teamed this with a long exotic hand tied bouquet that included tumbling amaranthus, a mix of heady scented roses and unusual purple callicarpus berries. These blooms were chosen for their rich colours and to give layers of texture in the bouquet and also so they would move and cascade in different ways depending upon how the design was held.

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In fact, that really was the feel of this shoot….casual elegance. Just beautiful, timeless elements that compliment each other perfectly.

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Next came setting the scene….we all thoroughly enjoyed creating a stunning cake table with quirky furniture, fun signage, cascading flowers and a fabulous lit heart by Light It Up UK

A show stopper of a cake completed the look with gilding and an illusion window through one of the tiers made by the incredible Shelley’s Cakes

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Shelleys Cakes didn’t stop there they created a new twist to a luggage cake with “ Hector and Maria “ seated on their Cuban cigar box surrounded by travel items and finally delicious coffee bean cup cakes. Fortunately for the rest of us there is always plenty of cake for us to sample .. well it would be rude not to!

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Finally we dressed the main function room with an array of high and low floral design in burnt orange, aubergine plum and burgundy tones with acrylic table numbers in exotic teal. The room was completed with a floral mantlepiece, candle light and a matching stylish Seating Plan and Order of the Day with a gorgeous watercolour style design and gold foiling.

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Heather from by Blossom pulled out all the stops with this unique design. At our planning meeting she immediately was inspired by the hotel and transferred that passion to these wonderful designs

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Then we stepped back let Jeff Oliver Photography do what they do best … tell the story with their amazing use of light to capture the colours, feel and atmosphere at this beautiful venue.

Check out the full feature in the March/April edition of Your Kent Wedding magazine.

Award Winning Make-up Artist

My Wedding Professionals are very proud to have the best Make-up Artist in Kent as part of the team.

Hear from Elizabeth Joseph-Love herself and her awarding winning night at The Kent Wedding Awards.

“I WON!!!! What can I say but WOW!”

At a prestigious event on 15th November 2018 at The Great Danes Hotel in Maidstone, I was announced at the Kent Wedding Awards as the winner of the 2019 Beauty Award (Best Makeup Artist).

The Kent Wedding Awards hosted such a fantastic evening. I had so much fun celebrating with my good friends from the My Wedding Professionals team and it was fabulous to catch up with so many talented industry professionals.

During the dinner, in my head, I had been negotiating the walk in my high heels through the crowded room and up onto the stage; just in case I won, but I was totally taken aback when my name was called out.

Thankfully, when the time came, I managed to make my way down to the stage without a stumble. PHEW!!!

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To be recognised as the absolute best at what you do is an amazing accolade and a huge endorsement of quality! It has given my personal confidence a massive boost and has spurred me on to make my business even better! I’ve been overwhelmed with all the well wishes and kind words from my brides, past and present, fellow industry professionals and friends alike.

I can safely say it made every 3 am wakeup call and every midnight admin session worthwhile. Knowing that what I do is valued. My brides really love the fact that they have chosen an award winning MUA for their wedding, as this definitely helps them to be relaxed and confident, knowing that they are in good hands.

The most obvious development so far would have to be the increase in website hits and enquiries that I have already had since the awards. All of that translates into more lovely bookings and my business being firmly on the wedding industry map for another year.

I never take for granted what a privilege it is to help make someone’s wedding day perfect. The delight on my client’s face when they see their completed look, is why I do what I do.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank both the Kent Wedding Awards, the judges and A Kentish Ceremony Magazine. Winning this award is a real honour.

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Celebrating 2018

2018 has been a FABULOUS year! I have had the pleasure of creating the makeup for many wonderful weddings and the opportunity to have my work featured and on the Front Cover of both Your Kent Wedding Magazine and Kent Bride Magazine.

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Featuring one of my beautiful brides Francesca

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Photography  – Jeff Oliver Photography

Wedding Hair – RKW Hair

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Styled shoot featuring Angel Barberette Pooley


Photography  – Jeff Oliver Photography

Wedding Hair – RKW Hair

Wedding Dress – Victorias Bridal Boutique

Bridal Bouquet – Wild Ideas Flowers

Meet the My Wedding Professionals

Want to meet the My Wedding Professional Team in Person?

Well you can do just that at a range of different wedding fairs and venue open days between now and the end of the year.

We would love to meet you and hear all about your wedding plans, so check out the dates and venues we’ll be at in the list below:


Here is a list of the up and coming wedding fairs and who you can meet at each one.

6th and 7th October

Chelsmford Race Course

To meet By Blossom


7th October

The Orangery Maidstone

To meet Angela from RKW Hair


14th October

Port Lympne Hotel Open Day

To meet Sarah from Jeff Oliver Photography, Simply Ceremonies and Light It Up UK


Chelsea Enchanted Wedding Fair

To meet Jeff from Jeff Oliver Photography


18th October

Eltham Place Showcase

To meet Jeff Oliver Photography and By Blossom


Brands Hatch Palce

To meet Shelley’s Cakes


16th October

Chic Weddings and Events Open Day

To meet Jeff Oliver Photography, By Blossom, Victoria’s Bridal Boutique and Shelley’s Cakes


21st October 

Detling Show Ground

To meet By Blossom


28th October

Selsdon Park

To meet By Blossom


11th November

Rowhill Grange Open Day

To meet Shelley’s Cakes, Jeff Oliver Photography, By Blossom, Victoria’s Bridal Boutique


18th November

Nutfield Priory

To meet Shelley’s Cakes


22nd November

Brands Hatch Place

To meet Shelley’s Cakes and RKW Hair


21st – 24th November

The Ideal Home Show

To meet Crystal Cole


28th November

Thatch Barn at Farthingloe

To meet Karina from Simply Ceremonies


2nd December

Port Lympne Hotel

To meet Jeff Oliver Photography, Simply Ceremonies and Light It Up UK


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My Wedding Professionals – When Only the Best is Good Enough


Bridal and Prejudice, as seen in Kent Bride Magazine


Romantic wedding style straight from the pages of Jane Austen

Bridal shoot at Goodnestone Park

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Jane Austen was a frequent visitor to Goodnestone Park, home to her brother Edward in the early 19th century.  My Wedding Professionals team put together this beautiful bridal shoot at the estate that inspired many of the settings in her books.

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Goodnestone Park is a quintessential English country house and gardens available for exclusive use.

A favourite place to stay for Jane Austen in the 19th century. We wanted to create a timeless, elegant and classic look for this shoot, showcasing these beautiful dresses in an equally impressive setting.


Photography – Jeff Oliver Photography

On Location – Goodnestone Park House & Gardens

Dresses – Victorias Bridal Boutique

Make-Up – Elizabeth Joseph Love

Hair – RKW Hair

Hair Accessories – Lottie of Love

Flowers – Wild Ideas

Models – Angel Pooley & Katie Ray

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Get the Look

The Dresses

Erica by Rebecca Ingram is made of Reena mikado and features box pleats, pockets and a high-low ballgown skirt. (Also available in full-length). A delicate bow adds a touch of whimsy to this romantic style, £810.

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Maggie Sottero’s Imani features embroidered lace with pearl and crystals, a sheer, boho bodice and illusion back. The romantic Revina chiffon gives the perfect amount of drama combined with relaxed elegance, £1355.

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Fabienne by Maggie Sottero is a whimsical yet sophisticated gown with intricate beading on sheer tulle along the waist and side panels – a modeern twist on a vintage-inspired design, £1360

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Jayleen by Maggie Sottero has a banteau neckline and straps. The bodice is accentuated with beaded-lace motifs and a soft, sheer, scoop back. The Aldora crepe fit and flare skirt has tulle and lace godets on the sides and back, £1185.

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 Stella York’s Anika (style 6404) is a lace and crepe dress that creates a flattering, slim and sophisticated column silhouette. Graphic lace starts on the neckline to highlight the collar bone, traces down the bodice and hits the hips in all the right places, £1099.

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Annabelle by Maggie Sottero is made of Tuscan organza and has a jewelled neckline and sheer back. Lace motifs trail from head to toe with soft shimmer, £1120.

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All dresses are available from Victoria’s Bridal Boutique

The Make-up by Elizabeth Joseph Love

Classic smokey eye

The Hair by RKW Hair

Sleek up-do with pearl hair pin from Lottie of Love.

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Photography by Jeff & Sarah Oliver of Jeff Oliver Photography

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Victoria’s Bridal Boutique at the Harrogate Bridal Show

Hear all about the Harrogate Bridal Show from Victoria’s Bridal Boutique.
Where has this year gone?!? Not only has it been our busiest year to date, Harrogate Bridal show is now done for another year but what a weekend we had.
The Harrogate bridal show of 2018 was full of beautiful designer collections and new opportunities for us at Victoria’s Bridal Boutique. Our first stop was exploring the new designs of our existing designers in store, starting with Stella York.
Stella has designed a mixture of styles and shapes as usual, but this time with new softer colours complimenting the gowns lace detail, and more sparkle than ever from delicate glitter tulle underlays fit for the princess. We like to see collections that flow from start to finish and that’s exactly what she provided.
We particularly wanted to expand our EveryBody/EveryBride collection, which is designed with the plus size bride in mind. Every bride is unique and we want them to feel that way when they visit our boutique, and that’s why Stella York are one of our go to wedding dress designers for the curvy bride. We found a lot of the dresses were designed with excellent structure, supportive bra cups and different bra cup size choices.

Stella York gowns are always designed with ease and comfort in mind, whilst beauty, elegance and attention to detail shows on the outside. Sadly we can’t have them all, however we chose a variety of wedding dresses, including some new shapes that we are introducing to our boutique. We’ve selected your traditional princess dresses, covered in pearl and sparkle detailed lace flowing into soft tulle and organza skirts, including ruffle skirts for the alternative brides. We have included your floaty alternatives with subtle lace and twinkle details, as well as the slightly fitted, flirty and fun styles with breathtaking backs and pretty cap sleeves and delicate sparkle straps.
We are extremely excited to show our brides the new Stella York wedding dress collection of 2018, we know they will adore them! We will be holding a very special preview weekend on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th of November this year please visit Victoria’s Bridal Boutique
Maggie Sottero and Rebecca Ingram have completely upped their game. The stunning Alistaire collection by Maggie Sottero, inspired by “your love story” is luminous and elegant with beautiful jewels of time and transformation. While the Rebecca Ingram Seraphina collection featuring light-as-air fabrics and blossom-like laces, a little baroque and a little boho.
Their new setup includes a runway and a boutique area so we could see the dresses on the catwalk as well as feel the fabrics and beading up close. It was lovely to relax and take our time viewing the wedding dress collections.
A new collection caught our eye; the beautiful Sweetheart range inspired by Lillian West and Justin Alexander. They are simply charming, these clean cut wedding dresses are gorgeous with soft chiffon’s, crisp mikados and romantic ruffled tulles. A selection of button and lace up backs will give every bride variety and choice all for under £1000.
After exploring our inspiring wedding dress collections, we were off to view more new sparkly bits and accessories, from Meghan Markle inspired tiaras, to delicate lace veils to match our new gowns, as well as adorably cute flower girl dresses to make anyone fall in love. We have introduced a new sparkle cap sleeve for the bride that is looking for something different, including a few stunning capes to compliment the boho bride who wants to stand out. All at a lovely range of prices to work with all budgets.
Best wishes
Vicky xx

Spring in the Orangery

Spring at Hayne House as featured in Your Kent Wedding Magazine

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The new Orangery at Hayne House was a wonderful setting for My Wedding Professional’s spring styled shoot. With natural light streaming through the lantern ceilings it was a perfect light and airy spring day.

The Orangery is nestled near the house with the gardens wrapping around it, creating the lovely blend of elegant inside space and stunning outdoor views.

To compliment the feel of the venue we chose a classic soft flowing gown, teamed with exquisite simple styling in blush tones that is very much on trend, then added deep raspberry to give vibrancy and colour.


How we got the look.

The Makeup

Elizabeth Joseph Love chose a pretty, pink shimmer for the eyelids to reflect the natural light, with darker pinks and browns to sculpt the crease. Long, bold lashes were added for extra drama and this monochromatic look was completed with a deep, raspberry lip.

The Hair

Angela from RKW Hair said she was inspired by the the venue grounds and the English garden feel.

“I went for soft and romantic hair to complement the soft fabric of the bridal gown.
Accessories were chosen with the colours complementing the flowers and venue colours/decor.”

The Dress

The stunning Stella York 6707 affectionately named at Victoria’s Bridal Boutique as “Mia” has a romantic skirt and boho lace bodice with a deep V-neckline, halter inspired straps and a jaw dropping completely open back.

The soft tulle skirt has a small train that makes dancing a breeze. It’s perfect for a bride looking for comfort and romance with a unique and modern twist.

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The Flower girls

Every little girl dreams of being a princess and with the Cindy flower girls dress, she can. These gorgeous little gowns are made from a soft lining for comfort, a tulle over lay and completed with an elegant beaded belt. They start at 6 months and go up to an age 12.

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The Stationery

By Blossom wanted to convey the feeing of being in the Orangery – half inside, half out… undercover but light and airy, just a step away from the beautiful gardens.

Our laser cutter allowed us to experiment with different shapes and we created the ‘garden gateway’ design, with windows reminiscent of the orangery, and roses and foliage inspired by the gardens.

The cake

Shelley’s Cakes creating an amazing 3 tier wedding cake that perfectly complimented the white and pink colour scheme. Not only was the top adorned with pretty flowers, the cake included ruffles and drip features, all very on trend at the moment!

The Flowers

Wild Idea’s Flowers used white and pink blossom to decorate the venue and give it a real spring feel.

The Details

From scented candles to chocolate favours, we made sure all the details were included for that final finishing touch. Our pretty favour boxes full of white chocolate and raspberry truffles were from Flutterbee Me and the scents of the summer were provided by Crystal Cole Candles.

The Ceremony

Karina from Simply Ceremonies can write your ceremony from scratch so that it is personal to you.

The Lights

As day turned to night Light It Up UK transformed the garden with light up letters and festoon lighting, adding a real touch of magic.

The Dancing

Finally, no wedding is complete without music to dance the night away to, Mint DJ’s gave us the atmosphere with up lighters and smoke.

The Photography

Photography by husband and wife team, Jeff Oliver Photography. Capturing all the moments throughout the day.

Get the look

If you would like to recreate our whole look for your wedding or are interested in any of the My Wedding Professionals service’s get in touch, we’d we happy to help you make your wedding day dreams come true!

Angela Williams of RKW Hair celebrates 20 years of creating your perfect hairstyle

2018 is an incredibly special year for the award-winning RKW Hair, as this year Angela celebrates her 20th anniversary of hairdressing by launching a brand new online shop, Lottie of Love, selling bridal hair accessories.

Angela Williams, an award-winning creative hair stylist, educator and founder of RKW Hair said, “I am thrilled to be celebrating such an incredible milestone. I am so proud of what I have accomplished over the last two decades. It’s a testament to my love and devotion to all things hair and my evolving business”.

In 2012 Angela launched a mobile hairdressing service specifically for brides, RKW Hair, named after her first daughters initials. It has gone from strength to strength. By travelling out to brides, at their chosen location, RKW hair has really found her niche clientele. It therefore makes total logical sense, after 20 years, of dedicating herself to the needs of all things hair, to add a beautiful range of hair accessories to help her clients achieve that perfect look.

Angela continued, “Since 2012 and my change of focus to bridal hair I understand, that on a wedding day, all eyes are on the bride. Through the one-to-one consultation and wedding hair trial appointments, I ensure outstanding hair results that fit the occasion perfectly and are flawless, all day long! I have always consistently delivered great customer care, and pride myself on never letting the bride down as I understand it is important to be dependable. I am professional and passionate from the moment I walk into the wedding venue, the bride’s or their parent’s home, giving salon experience in the comfort of their chosen location.

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Over the years I have seen hair trends change dramatically, especially for brides and occasional hair, so I have to stay up to date on all the ever-evolving standards, methods and styles – especially since the launch of Pinterest. I have also witnessed the number and types of wedding venues increase, so now brides can get married in a barn, castle, orangery or even in the woods, which can make bridal prep more complicated. As a consequence, brides’ expectations for their hair have also changed. They might want a fairy-tale wedding hairstyle, Bohemian hair or an elaborate up-do, which can now involve the use of hair accessories, because nailing the hairdo is all part of the beauty styling, to ensure the bride gets those all-important images perfect for sharing on social media.

And yet, I’ve never forgotten my rookie spirit, my enthusiasm and passion for all things hair. I’m more excited now than ever before, as I am inspired by brides and I love that we are part of our client’s most special day, often working alongside leading makeup artists and the best wedding photographers. The buzz never leaves you.”

From RKW Hair inception, Angela has expanded her business, she has won numerous important industry awards, which have included the fiercely competitive Apprentice Hairdresser of the Year, and Employee of the Year and she is also a winner of a Kent Women in Business award. Recently, Angela’s knowledge and experience of bridal hair have led to her becoming involved in styled shoots and has made her an industry trendsetter. She is now sought out for advice and tips on everything to do with wedding hair styling, with her articles and handy tips appearing frequently in bridal magazines.


To mark their 20th-anniversary RWK Hair and the launch of her new business ‘Lottie of Love’ – named after her second daughter’s initials – Angela is offering £200 worth of prizes to the first three brides, who book RWK Hair, to do their bridal hair on their special day before 31st July 2018. The first bride will receive £100 worth of bridal accessories free of charge, the second £75.00 and the second £25.00. Competition rules and the brides names will be published on the new Lottie of Love website, so sign up for their newsletter now.