Wedding special part 2: The extras
The dress. The car. The cake. The flowers. The photographer. And even the wedding favours. Plan the ultimate Surrey wedding with our pick of the best local suppliers.
For the bride, it’s all about the dress! Head to May and Grace in Haslemere, an exclusive bridal shop which showcases gowns from top international designers including Essense of Australia, Martina Liana and Mikaella. Brides are offered exclusive use of the boutique in private 1.5 hr appointments, with just friends, family and your weddings stylists around you.
If it’s a bespoke wedding dress design you’re after, Felicity Westmacott, the Muddy Award winner of the Best Bridal Boutique in Surrey, is your lady. She’ll create a luxurious and individual wedding dresses. With bespoke bridal there are no limits to the possibilities, whatever your style or figure. Each bespoke wedding dress involves a design consultation, perfect fit and a couture finish.
If you’re getting hitched, you’ll probably need a ring – and we know some fab jewellery designers.
We love the designs at Muddy Award-winning Simon Pure – with studios in Guildford and Cranleigh – from the stunning solitaire diamond rings to the more flamboyant rings set with blue topaz or vibrant amethyst. There’s also a range of wedding and eternity rings, including tailored fitted, diamond set and plain bands with a twist, for both bride and groom.
Joulberry, at Hampton Court, design and create gorgeous bespoke engagement rings and wedding bands. Whether its platinum, 18 carat yellow gold or rose gold – there are some gorgeous choices including the tri-gold Russian wedding ring.
THE HAIR AND MAKE-UP
Don’t even think about trying to do your own hair and makeup – if ever there’s a time to call in the experts, is your wedding day. Jimena Lemck hair and make-up will get your locks looking luscious and your make-up just right. With more than 18 years of experience as a hair stylist and make-up artist, she works with only the best cruelty-free brands.
The best wedding photographs are those you can look back on in 20 years time and instantly recall every single magic moment. Muddy loves Fiona Kelly Photography for her natural, creative and relaxed photography. Her style is cool, not cringey – so you know you’ll be looking at these pictures in years to come and love every one of them!
We’re also fans of Muddy Award winning photographer Sarah Olivia Photography. Her style is contemporary reportage with traditional storytelling, and all with a smile and a helping hand where needed. She’s there on your big day to capture the small moments, as well as the big ones.
Does a car get any classier than a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow? No, we think not! Although, maybe you’d rather arrive at the ceremony in a classic 1969 E-Type Jag roadster, or maybe a 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi? The guys at RNG Classics, based in Reigate, can make it happen.
Don’t forget the favours! Gone are the days when sugar-coated almonds were de rigueur – these days favours can be anything from tiny bottles of gin to gorgeous handcrafted candles. And since we mention both – Wessex Distillery in Chiddingfold offer a range of personalised gin wedding favours. Choose your gin flavour to match your wedding colours (rhubarb and ginger = pink, traditional London dry gin = turquoise) then decide on what you’d like printed on the label the names of the bride and groom, or perhaps include the name of the guest as well.
But if gin’s not really your thing (are you crazy?!), you might like to go for handmade candles. Made in Croydon, The Flaming Wolf Candles are handmade, vegan and natural scented candles. Can’t go wrong really.
Invite Press knows a thing or two about making stationery – both personalised and chic. And they’ve got all your wedding needs covered – from the ‘save the date’ cards to the invitations, name place cards and thank you notes.
When your flower designer has helped produce the arrangements for top telly shows like Downton Abbey and The Crown and recently, the film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – you know you’re in good hands. Rosie Orr specialises in creating country style flowers for weddings using seasonal blooms and her own cutting garden flowers. She works closely with clients to turn their ideas into beautiful arrangements, using her relaxed and informal style.
Alongside the bride’s gown and bouquet, the wedding cake is one of the most central features at a wedding – and for a real show-stopper you’ll want to call Cakes By Bells. Whether it’s a medieval fantasy cake or a simple naked sponge with whipped buttercream – she’ll bake and decorate a stunning cake.