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Wedding Guide: Part II

Don't book anything until you've read this! With ideas for bridal boutiques, florists hair & beauty...you have a read and we'll go buy a hat!

BRIDAL BOUTIQUESFLOWERS • HAIR & BEAUTYJEWELLERSHEN PARTIES • HONEYMOONS

BRIDAL BOUTIQUES

Isabella Grace Bridal Shop in Tunbridge Wells

Isabella Grace Bridal Boutique, Tunbridge Wells isabellagracebridal.com

There’s a reason this beautiful bridal boutique, in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, has been crowned the UK’s Best Bridal Retailer no less than 5 years in a row. Think biscuit-coloured walls, white painted furniture and plush cream carpets spread over four floors of an elegant Regency townhouse. Run by a mother and daughter team with over 12 years’ experience in the bridal industry, they believe that choosing your wedding dress should be one of life’s most magical experiences and they do a pretty fine job in making that happen. Their stunning selection of wedding dresses come from some of the best designers around the world including Justin Alexander, Martina Liana and Eliza Jane Howell and they EVEN have a showroom dedicated to wedding accessories.

Love in Lace Bridal, Chiddingstone – OPENING MARCH 2019 loveinlacebridal.co.uk

Stop Press. Love in Lace is opening in Chiddingstone this March! Created by Claire Martin-Quirk who was a Fashion Buyer for multiple world-renowned retails and possesses a keen eye for style and detail, Love in Lace offers brides-to-be a unique bridal experience and the chance to step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy total exclusivity in the countryside boutique. Claire has put together an amazing curated selection of dresses and accessories from global designers to well-established names and even the up-and-coming. The perfect place for the conscious, modern and discerning bride in you.

FLOWERS

Left to right, clockwise: Sue Davies Flowers, Flower & Glory, Flowers by Enchantment and Chambers Farm Flowers.

Flowers By Enchantment, Tonbridge flowersbyenchantment.co.uk

Another Muddy Stilettos winner for you: we love this independent, Tonbridge florist that is really at the heart of the local community and goes the extra mile to give you the best service. Good friends and talented florists, Mandy and Claire are truly passionate about what they do and can turn their nimble fingers to anything when it comes to flowers: be it modern and contemporary or classic bouquets, hand ties and arrangements. Plus you are guaranteed a very friendly service at the same time which helps to keep your inner Bridezilla at bay.

Chambers Farm Flowers, Marden chambersfarmflowers.com

Chambers Farm Flowers specialises in floristry using seasonal British flowers which can capture your wedding in a time and place with each anniversary you’ll be reminded of your special day by the flowers in season around you. All of their flowers are grown without harsh chemicals and they use sustainable farming methods so their flowers are safe to use on both wedding cakes and cocktails. Brides can choose to have a full service wedding where Chambers Farm Flowers can creative and deliver all of your flowers or you can choose to have just the key elements like bouquets or even DIY buckets of flowers for you to arrange as table decorations. Perfect option for both creatives and those on a budget.

Flower & Glory, Sevenoaks flowerandglory.co.uk

Deborah Arpino is a florist and stylist which is a magical mix in the world of flowers. Over the past 25 years, she has developed a distinctive look that is inspired by her love of flora, fauna and France – funnily enough. Driven by her passion of finding unusual decorative objects and combining them with beautiful flowers, plants and candles, Deborah can help you create the perfect floral vision for your day regardless of whether it is a small and intimate affair or a big old ho-ha of a party.

Sue Davies Flowers suedaviesflowers.com 

Super-talented Sue is the flower power house behind this florist and really knows her ‘stuff’ having worked in the industry for years. Her life-long style of using informal, wild, garden and hedgerow flowers and greenery has come full-circle with current wedding flower trends, growing many varieties herself for summer picking. Whether you are looking for flowers to adorn your venue, church, marquee, or simply looking for just bouquets, she will guide you through to ensure that all your expectations come to fruition beautifully. And what is more, should you be scurrying off to a beach to get hitched, Sue can make you beautifully crafted artificial wedding flowers to take with you!

Left to right, clockwise: The Floral Madam, Lily and Myrtle, Johnny’s Little Sister and Blooming Green Flowers.

Lily and Myrtle, Horsmonden facebook.com/pg/lilyandmyrtle

Lisa at Lily and Myrtle in Kent (there’s both a Kent and Surrey florist) is passionate about what she does. Working closely with clients to create stylish bespoke floral displays for all occasions Lisa takes a modern approach to providing a traditional service. She’s also a supplier for both Sprivers and Penshurst Place – two lovely local venues.

Johnny’s Little Sister, Sevenoaks johnnyslittlesisterflorist.co.uk

Johnny’s Little Sister is a family-run business based in Sevenoaks who believe that beautifully arranged flowers make for uniquely beautiful moments  and with that in mind, they only take on a limited number of weddings every year to ensure that they fulfil each and every floral detail. They are a stylish bunch (ho ho) and you will find many interesting pieces from vintage jugs and vases, in which to place your blooms, and style out your big day.

Blooming Green, Maidstone bloominggreenflowers.co.uk

Why not try something totally different for your wedding that is also a little kinder to our planet. Head to Blooming Green, just outside Maidstone, where they specialise in cut flowers that are organically grown and have a tiny carbon footprint. Or PYO flowers where you can wander through an acre of flowers, picking your own.  They’ll also be able to provide everything from your bouquet, buttonholes, table decorations – to flowers for the church with guaranteed gorgeous, freshly picked flowers. Sounds like a plan to me.

Floral Madam, Macknade’s macknade.com

The Floral Madam is a recent and very welcome addition to Macknade Fine Food hall in Faversham and they are known for their unusual and high end cut flowers. They have a wide range of cacti, succulents and plants (very on trend dontcha know), mixed with stems for some alternative yet still stunning wedding-themed concepts. Helpfully, they provide a creative mood board that reflects your floral preferences post your consultation and this matches the season’s availability. Note of warning, you will not walk away empty-handed as you have to stroll through a mouth-watering display of food to get there…

HAIR & BEAUTY

Leigh Roberts Salon in Tunbridge Wells. Photography by: Mollie Manning

Leigh Roberts, Tunbridge Wells leighroberts.co.uk

Recently voted top hair salon in Kent in our Muddy awards, it is no surprise to learn that Leigh is nicknamed the ‘King of the Blondes’ due to his rep as an award-winning colourist for the past 30 years.  But Leigh and his team also do weddings pretty damn well too. Whether it’s the classic hair-up look or something more catwalk-inspired, they will advise you on everything you need to complete your look – make-up included (exclusive outlet for Shu Uemura don’t you know…).  By prior arrangement you can book the entire salon exclusively for your private use or, if you prefer, they can come to you.

Caisters, Hawkhurst caistershairlounge.com Caisters is a family-run, friendly salon in Hawkhurst that offers great haircuts without the pretension. Think rural approachability at its best. They have an experienced team of stylists who understand that as enjoyable as weddings are, the build-up and planning can be very stressful so it’s a bit like going to chat to your friend about your big day who just happens to be very talented with their hands, a bottle of hair spray and one of two kirby grips.

The Beauty Bar, Wadhurst wadhurstbeautybar.co.uk

Close to Wadhurst station, converted from the newly renovated Old Antiques Shop, you’ll find this smart and sociable salon. Founder Emma Griffiths believes catching up with friends, a glass of your choice and a good looking set of nails are amongst the best things in life, which is why she’s brought them all together. And that sounds like a pretty good mantra to me for the start of your wedding day. With tonnes of wedding packages on offer – The Beautiful Bride (make-up, make-up trial, blow dry, nails, tan, brows and lashes PLUS course of three facials leading up the big day) gets my vote.

No6 Clinic, Tunbridge Wells no6clinic.co.uk

If you want skin of the glowing variety, then you should consider No.6 Clinic, who have won Best Beauty Salon in our Muddy Awards for three years running, proving their popularity time and time again.  The Power Facial has recently been launched at No.6 to help clients maintain healthy, youthful-looking skin and uses a combination of advanced treatments in 45 minutes to produce amazing results. So do not fear if your skin routine goes AWOL in the run-up to the wedding, major SOS help is at hand at No6 Clinic in Tunbridge Wells.

The Chair, Canterbury the-chair.co.uk

The Chair, based in in the historic Northgate area of Canterbury, boasts.an experienced and creative team, all of whom have a knack for knowing precisely which hairstyles will suit you best. They offer a bespoke wedding services in the salon, or at your home or venue, and are up to date with all wedding trends noting  that chic boho looks and vintage soft waves are still going strong this year, while glamorous classical looks are making a comeback. Now you just need to decide what look you want to be channeling for that auspicious day.

Camden Villa Hair, Cranbrook facebook.com/camdenvillahair

This little pocket rocket of a hair salon tucked away in Sissinghurst, in a newly converted barn in the owner’s back garden, specializes in wedding and occasional hair. Linsey,who owns the salon, used to work for some of the top salons in London before opening up Camden Villa Hair and we are so glad that she took the plunge!  Here you can expect a truly personalized service for your wedding day plus the additional benefit of having your own space, with you and the bridesmaids, to get wedding-ready.

Matthew Cross Hair Salon, Sevenoaks matthewcross.uk.com

If you want to feel and look like a supermodel on your wedding day, then look no further than Matthew Cross salon in Sevenoaks. Matthew started his career at John Frieda in 1989 and then moved to Nicky Clarke where he worked on many photo shoots for magazines such as Tatler, Harpers & Queen, etc before working as a freelance stylist for fashion shoots and shows  in New York, Paris, Milan and London. Supermodels aside, Matthew and his team still pride themselves on dressing your hair to complement your whole appearance ensuring that you get the EXACT look that you are after!

Coco Blush, Tunbridge Wells onewarwickpark.co.uk/coco-blush

Coco Blush is a wellness sanctuary in the heart of Kent’s old spa town where they provide a calm and peaceful environment with a warm, friendly and professional service, ensuring every visit is unique and memorable. At the moment they are running a Bridal Offer, gel mani and pedi is now only £85 (usually £105.50) or go all out and get a gel mani, pedi and a 30 minute massage for only £110! Better yet, grab your girls and all get gel manicures for only £38 pp. Go on, spoil yourself!

Dream Lashes, Cranbrook facebook.com/dreamlashescranbrook

Now you really need to consider some fluttering of lashes as you demurely say your vows and Helen, who operates Dream Lashes out of her home in Cranbrook, can help in that department. She has a comfy, clean little salon at the back of her house which actually has a very glamorous connection of its own. Little Swallows was the family holiday home of Elizabeth Taylor no less (now she had some lovely lashes). Whether it’s classic eyelash extensions using superior quality lashes & adhesives from Lash Perfect or Elleebana LVL lash lifts which tint & curl the natural lashes making them appear longer and prettier without the need for extensions (lasts for six weeks), you will be sure to wow your groom and guests.

TBC Skin Clinic, Tunbridge Wells tbcskinatelier.co.uk

In the run-up to day, you want to make sure that your skin is looking its absolute best which is why we would recommend speaking to the talented team at TBC Skin Clinic. There you will find skin specialists, combined with a top cosmetic surgeon’s expertise. who offer the very best non-invasive beauty enhancing treatments so you know that you are in safe hands.We really rate the approachable staff whose philosophy is to promote healthy skin health in all its forms and give you a healthy, luminous complexion. Beaming beautiful bride ahoy!

Truffle truffleonsea.com

Truffle Tunbridge Wells is the second salon launched by owner Sarah Taylor who is replicating the success of her St Leonards-On-Sea Sussex salon in Tunbridge Wells. Not only do they offer a top notch hair styling but there’s brilliant beauty here too so you and your harem of ladies can tick a lot of hair/beauty boxes in one place. Truffle Beauty has a real home from home vibe offering all the standard beauty treatments you’d expect, along with a selection of more bespoke treatments such as their REN face and body shiatsu and Japanese massage techniques should any pre-wedding jitters need some soothing…

Prime Aesthetics primeaesthetics.co.uk

Prime Aesthetics in Sevenoaks offers a total package of beauty and holistic therapies delivered by extensively trained, professional and friendly beauty therapists. From massage and facials to nails and waxing, they can give you the top to toe wedding treatment, using some of the best brands in the beauty industry including Jessica, ZO Skin Health and Dermaquest.

Beautellies beautellies.co.uk

Beautellies is a family-run beauty salon, sitting pretty on Tenterden High Street and founded by Ellie Hoskin who makes sure every client enjoys a warm welcome as well as a professional treatment. Ellie has the highest and most prestigious qualification within the beauty industry, CIDESCO and tonnes of experience, which she has passed on to her fab hand-picked team. Their bridal make-up package is VERY competitively priced with a wedding trial priced at £40 for one hour and then just £25 on the day plus there is plenty more fab treatments to indulge in before the big day such as its popular Moroccan Spray tan to ensure that you are just that right shade of sunkissed skin on the big day.

JEWELLERS

Inside MarkAdam Jeweller’s in Tunbridge Wells, Winner of the Muddy Stilettos Best Jewellery Store Kent 2018

Mark Adam, Tunbridge Wells markadam.co.uk

Another Muddy favourite is MarkAdam. Its award-wining goldsmith, Adam Godfrey, unites adventurous ideas, traditional craftsmanship, and state-of-the-art digital design to create fabulously unconventional jewellery. Based in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells, its bespoke pieces are handmade onsite in its workshop using only ethically sourced precious materials and gemstones and for something a little further afield, Mark Adam hand select luxurious jewellery and accessories from some of Europe’s most exciting designers.

Precious Kent preciouskent.wixsite.com

If sourcing from local designers is important to you when choosing your wedding gems, then peruse what Precious Kent has to offer as they boast an eclectic range of award-winning designers and makers from Kent who have come together for a selling exhibition of handcrafted designs and art. Their celebration of the best of British talent offers a treasure trove of creativity, innovative design and superb craftsmanship, using a variety of interesting and beautiful materials .

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G Collin & Sons, Tunbridge Wells gcollinsandsons.com

If it’s good enough for the Queen, it is good enough for you! G Collins & Sons is a small family-run establishment tucked away in Royal Tunbridge Wells and in 2000, Her Majesty The Queen employed Mr Harry Collins as her personal jeweller! As the only jeweller to have his own workshop in Buckingham Palace, you can easily see why G Collins & Sons was chosen they are passionate about providing the highest standards of quality regarding service and care for its clients and offering the finest pieces to suit their requirements.

Catherine de Crèvecoeur catherinedc.com

Catherine, based in Tunbridge Wells, began hand-crafting a range of statement jewellery when she saw a gap in the fashion market. Sustainably sourced, gorgeously designed, light-weight and reasonably priced, her earrings have already gained a cult following locally and are just the thing if you want to break away from the norm for your wedding day.

HEN PARTIES

Green Farm Kent

Green Farm Spa, Shadoxhurst greenfarmkent.co.uk

A high spec, fabulously restored 19th Century, listed barn set on a farm in the delightful Kent Weald with one of Kent’s most unique Spas at your disposal you say? With luxury self-catering accommodation for up to 12 guests, Green Farm Spa ticks a LOT of  boxes for your hen weekend with your favourite people. The only issue being can you fit it ALL into your oh so hectic schedule – whether it’s a yoga or art class, ‘enduring’ a full-body massage, cycling around the neighbouring country lanes or relaxing those limbs in the hot tub, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone to enjoy.

Heavenly Fitness, Maidstone heavenlyfitness.co.uk

Want to do something different for your hen do? Then you should give the Pole, Aerial Hoop or Aerial Hammocks at Heavenly Fitness a whirl. Heavenly Fitness is an independent studio offering specialist fitness classes based in Maidstone and the owner, Jane, really knows her stuff so you will be in VERY safe hands. You will leave your Aerial Fitness class feeling taller, lighter and with better posture so what better way to get your body ready for that all-important glide down the aisle plus a fine opportunity for a right old giggle with your friends.

Stede Court Private Fitness Retreat

Stede Court Private Fitness Retreat stedecourtprivatefitnessretreat.co.uk

Stede Court is an exclusive luxury fitness & wellbeing retreat, set in seven acres of beautiful gardens and woodland, near picturesque Biddenden and is run by Kathryn Freeland, who has over 20 years experience training private clients and celebrities including Cate Blanchett and Claudia Winkleman.  We highly recommend the Private Fitness Retreat (up to 8 of you) which includes personal training on its outdoor exercise trail, Pilates & Yoga style exercises, popping into the outdoor sauna and plunge pond, hen do themed exercises,meditation, country walks, wonderfully relaxing massages when it all gets too much and then retreating to the beautiful grade 2 listed house with bags of history & character -for delicious and nutritious meals. You will return home rebalanced & rejuvenated and ready to tackle the next bout of wed-min that is thrown at you.

The Granary Spa, Ashford thegranaryspa.co.uk

It’s no co-incidence that Granary Spa won Best Day Spa in our most recent Muddy Stiletto Awards – the team here definitely go the extra mile. This rural retreat, tucked away close to Ashford in Kent, has developed a reputation for their depth of care and personal touch – rather than just a quick manicure – and what is particularly good for you and your gal pals is that the Granary Spa can be hired exclusively for a hen celebration! Enjoy one of their fab Pamper Packages and prolong it even further by staying on for Afternoon Tea.

Escape in the Towers, One Pound Lane, Canterbury onepoundlane.co.uk

Want to see your mates in a whole new light? Then why not take part in Canterbury’s thrilling escape room experience! Here’s the beef: set in the real cells of Canterbury’s 1830s former jail. The sinister storyline involves a dangerous doctor and an old crime and punishment lab, and there is an hour to escape. Finish your night in The Pound Bar, next door to Escape in the Towers, with dancing and prison-themed cocktails.

HONEYMOONS

Gilchrist & Gray Tailored Travel gilchristandgray.com

Proudly independent with their 25 years’ luxury and tailormade travel industry experience (with 17 years experience travelling with children in tow), they are the ones you can trust with your hard-earned cash. Where ever you are dreaming of and whatever you are planning, Gilchrist & Gray will transform a good holiday into a perfect one. Everything they do is tailormade and they take care of every detail in advance. You can meet the time in their new travel snug in Hawkhurst, plan your next trip whilst you sit back and relax in their comfy sofas with a cup of coffee in hand. These are by appointment only but can be arranged whenever is most convenient for you.

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