‘Wild’ Bride Hayley in Karen Willis Holmes

Wow, welcome to our brand new blog!

We will be sharing with you all the things we love at The Wild Heart as well as featuring our beautiful real brides.  First up with have Hayley who came to us in January looking for her dream dress to wear for her wedding in February…2016. That’s right, she had 6 weeks to plan a wedding!  I think you’ll agree from these beautiful photos that Hayley pulled off a stunner of a wedding day in such a short amount of time, so after deciding on their venue, Brandshatch Place Hotel, Hayley’s next big decision was the dress…

I’ll hand over to Hayley to tell us how she made that all important decision.

When I came into The Wild Heart I had the set idea that I wanted lace and sleeves… definitely not strapless. All of the dresses in the shop were gorgeous and I wanted to try them all. I tried at least 8 or 9 dresses in this style, none of which suited me and had given up hope. Alex and Nicole had put a dress in the changing room which I avoided trying as I really didn’t like it. We were running out of time and with time for one more dress they decided I really should try it. Begrudgingly I tried it on and as soon as I stepped into it and the zip was done up, I knew! (It brings a lump to my throat when I think about it!).

When they put the over skirt on top and teamed it with the Amanda Wyatt belt, I really loved it. And when I walked out of the changing room I got the reaction I had been looking for. I went to another shop and tried some more on the next day, just to make sure but couldn’t stop thinking about the Karen Willis Holmes ‘Kelly’ gown and so went back and tried again and just knew I had to have it!

Alex and Nicole were great, never pushy and really knew what they were doing. I would never have even tried that dress on had it been just down to me!

Hayley wore the ‘Kelly’ gown with the ‘Clarisse Train’ by Karen Willis Holmes and belt by Amanda Wyatt.  She teamed her look with Jenny Packham shoes from Debenhams.  Hayley’s sister Lauren wore a navy bridesmaid dress from ASOS and Hayley’s gorgeous flower girl Ivy wore a dress from Monsoon.  And not forgetting the Groom and his party who hired suits from Penguins Suit Hire in Chatham, Kent.  Hayley’s beautiful blooms were by Blue Daisies in Meopham, Kent.

Photographer Clare Randell at Clare Randell Photography has really captured the love and fun of the day and the bride, of course, looks simply dreamy!










We had such an amazing day.  With only 6 weeks to plan it, I was worried I would miss something, but the whole day went so well – I couldn’t have wished for better. The most fun part of the day was probably the when the DJ did a ‘garage hour’ and the bouquet throw. But my favourite part was saying our vows.

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Garage Hour going OFF! 


So has Hayley got any advice for brides planning a wedding on a short timescale?

Lists… work out what you really want and get the main things done first. Then the small things (table decorations etc.) can be done as you go. I was buying things right up to the day before. But don’t get stressed – you will get it done and make sure you have organised and reliable people around you that you can pass things over to when you need help. I’m a control freak so was difficult to let go of anything, but I have also just enrolled on a Wedding Planner course, so maybe my advice should be to contact me?!!

Planning a wedding as beautiful as this in 6 weeks…we’d definitely say Hayley has a knack for this wedding planning lark, thank you Hayley for sharing your big day with us and also choosing The Wild Heart for your dress, we loved having you! 

Alex. xXx



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