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The Wild Heart at 2!

On the week of our 2nd ‘Wild Heart’ birthday we want to take the opportunity to show you, what we feel, is our best collection of dresses since we opened, a little sneak peak into what’s coming soon and some of our beautiful Wild Heart Brides.  If you’re recently engaged and thinking about booking an appointment to see us then hopefully this will make up your mind.

OUR DESIGNERS

We are constantly looking at ways to keep our boutique unique and fresh and of course that ultimately starts with our choice of designers, we’ve made a few changes since we opened in 2015 but our current designers are:

KAREN WILLIS HOLMES

Our day 1 Australian designer, we were the first to bring KWH to Kent and they are for the ultimate cool bride.  KWH provides our sequins and sparkle with that extra ounce of sass!

Low backs, fitted designs and amazing bead work make KWH dresses stand out from the crowd and we also stock a beautiful range of KWH ‘Design Your Gown” top and skirt separates.  The ‘Mabel’ two piece was our first ‘risky’ purchase, we loved it but we didn’t know how brides would take to it, was the separates thing a fad?  Was this two-piece more of an ‘editorial’ piece?  But this has by far been one of our best selling dresses and chosen by brides for destination weddings in Santorini, country fair themed big days and always makes a statement.

With KWH gowns it really is how you wear them and style them up for your big day.  A simple cathedral length veil can transform a slinky sequin gown, which some people may see as an evening style dress, into the ultimate bridal vision!  Add a flower crown to the Tillie and Natasha separates and you’re in boho bride heaven!  Here’s a few of our current KWH collection plus our beautiful brides showing them in all their glory!

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Mabel Two Piece by Karen Willis Holmes // Wild Heart Bride Ali in Mabel Top and Skirt // Wild Heart Bride Jade In Tillie Top and Mabel Skirt 

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Wild Heart Bride Emma in Nerada // Celine Gown by KWH // Donna Gown by KWH // Wild Heart Bride Hannah in Anya // Wild Heart Bride Kirsty in Ellery

BLUSH BY HAYLEY PAIGE

So while our go-to style may be sleek, slinky and minimal we felt we needed to add a little ‘modern day princess’ to the boutique and of course Hayley Paige had everything we were looking for.  Tiered tulle skirts, romantic, corded lace used in unusual ways and a hint of blush pink – yes please!  Hayley Paige is a huge name in America and is fast gaining popularity with UK brides looking for a statement dress for their big day that’s a little different from the rest.  Our collection includes the beautiful ‘Halo’ with it’s strappy, open back and tiered skirt, Lanai, a more understated gown without losing the HP wow factor and ‘River’ a classic fit and flare shape with the most amazing skirt and detachable sparkly bolero.  We are so excited about sharing our up and coming Blush brides in 2017 and 2018 and the new gowns we have coming for 2018…

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Wild Heart Bride Gemma in Pippa // Wild Heart Bride Jayne in Halo // Smith by Blush by Hayley Paige coming soon // Halo shot by Kerry Ann Duffy Photography // River by Blush by Hayley Paige

KATYA KATYA

At our first buying show back in May 2015 we fell in love with the delicate lace designs by Katya Shehurina and we are still just as smitten 2 years on.  These gowns appeal to a wide range of brides; those who love and appreciate beautifully detailed and excellent quality lace designs, brides who want a relaxed boho feel to their day without the boning and structure of a traditional bridal gown and brides getting married abroad who have to take into account factors like heat, luggage allowance and comfort.  We get excited every year and can’t wait to see what Katya comes up with next, different colour slips and the option to make subtle changes to these designs appeals to our creative Wild Heart brides.

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Wild Heart Bride Sasha in Alice // Wild Heart Bride Annabelle in Vitalia // Wild Heart Bride Tracy in Liliana // Demelza Gown by Katya Katya

MODECA

This is the newest brand to the Wild Heart and it has already proved a big success with our brides-to-be.When we went to the London Bridal show last year we were looking for a brand that could do it all to be honest!  We needed the gowns to appeal to brides looking for something slightly more traditional than our current designers, be at a good price point whilst still being in keeping with our Wild Heart values.  We chose pieces from both the Modeca and Le Papillon collections and we have been so impressed with the quality of materials and the fit of these gowns.  We feel we have something for most brides within this collection; ‘Alexia’ is a classic style satin gown with pockets for that Wild Heart twist and Aurora is a beautifully flowing gown, perfect for a destination wedding with a lace trimmed thigh split.  Oh yes!  Definitely a welcome addition to the Wild Heart rails, we can’t wait to build our collection next season and see our first Modeca bride in December 2017!

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Aurora by Modeca // Beth by Papillon // Audrina by Modeca // Alexia by Modeca

ELIZABETH DYE

Elizabeth Dye was one of the first designers we found when we came up with the concept for the Wild Heart.  Creative, modern and effortlessly cool ED designs are a Pinterest favourite.  The perfectly sleek Dunaway is still a firm favourite for us, it’s versatility allows the bride to truly make this dress their own as our gorgeous brides Hannah and Nikki have proved.  Lewisia is fun and fabulous with it’s fitted lace bodice and ballerina skirt and the flowing silky Electrique was the absolute boho dream on our stunning bride Charlotte this year.

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Wild Heart Bride Hannah in Dunaway // Wild Heart Bride Charlotte in Electrique // Wild Heart Bride Frances in Lewisia //Wild Heart Bride Nikki in Dunaway //Xanadu by Elizabeth Dye

So if our fabulous designers haven’t yet convinced you to pay us a visit we also stock a gorgeous range of veils, shoes, accessories and gifts (not just for brides) by Katie Loxton and Joma Jewellery, with some gorgeous autumn/winter stock on it’s way.  There really isn’t a better time to come and see us, so if you are recently engaged or simply tired of trying the same style bridal gowns, visit us in Rochester for something a little bit special.  We promise you won’t regret it!

Happy 2nd birthday to us!

xXx

 

Frances and Shaun’s New Zealand Dream

After a far too long break from the blog I am so excited to share this truly beautiful destination wedding with you today.  Frances and Shaun were married at the Tarureka Estate in Featherstone, NZ, a rustic, sensitively restored historic barn with it’s very own chapel and banquet area.  I couldn’t help smiling watching the photo highlights reel, everything just looks so effortlessly stunning.

Frances came to The Wild Heart looking for a relaxed, fun and modern wedding dress to suit the relaxed vibe of her big day and ‘Lewisia’ by Elizabeth Dye fit the bill perfectly.  After a few bespoke changes to make the dress fit just right Frances created the dress of her dreams and these photos by Anna Munro show it off in all it’s glory!

Congratulations Frances and Shaun, you created a day full of love and laughter and one that i’m sure your guests will remember for years to come. I’ll let the photographs do the talking now…

 

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Credits:

Venue: Tarureka Estate, Featherston NZ

Photographer: Anna Munro Photography

Dress: Lewisia by Elizabeth Dye at The Wild Heart

Shoes: Dune

Flowers Em’s Flowers

Hair and Make Up: Lee-Ann Smith

Bridesmaid Dresses: Dotti

Happy Wednesday, thanks for reading! xXx

10 reasons to visit The Wild Heart right now that aren’t all about weddings!

Who doesn’t just LOVE Christmas? Band Aid a bit of Shaking Stevens and a mince pie is enough to get anyone in the mood right?? Ok maybe not everyone.

We love it though and like it or not guys its coming for you, so with that in mind we wanted to give you some reasons why you should visit Rochester this season and us at Wild Heart especially.

  1. Rochester has some hidden gems! You may have seen us promoting a brand new site called www.thecreamcollective.com. We are proud to be listed on Cream as its a site that promotes the best local independent retailers offering something unique and special and to get listed… you got to be recommended. Good news for us we were recommended to the Cream team and made the grade. Yay…but seriously take a look at the site and you will find some beautifully unique, quirky, quality traders are right on your door step so Christmas shopping could be a bit more exciting this year!
  2. Best food and drink for miles! Fancy afternoon tea with friends or family, a baby shower or a celebration after getting your wedding dress (hint hint) then pop into Fleur De The. A stunning shabby chic afternoon tea shop that does amazing cakes, a variety of teas, coffees and soft drinks but also sells literally everything you can see in there. The owners are lovely too so you will get great service in here.

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Spending the day here and need some dinner? Then GO TO TOPES! Its a Gin bar!! Is that enough? Modern contemporary menus for a 15th century building and with fresh local ingredients meaning the menu is always changing with the seasons so more reason to go back!

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4. Mince Pies and Hot Toddies for Dickensian Christmas at The Wild Heart. The Dickensian Christmas festival is Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December. It has such a great atmosphere and people travel from all over to come to Rochester that weekend. With all the mayhem outside we love watching the festivities from our window enjoying mulled wine and mince pies from our cosy boutique. So if your in town that weekend come and see us.. get warm and have a chat and a casual mince pie. Especially if you have a wedding coming up we just love to hear all about it and maybe take a look at some of our pieces.

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5.        Christmas Shopping! Have you started yet? So you may not realise but The Wild Heart doesn’t only sell wedding dresses and wedding accessories. We now stock Katie Loxton and Joma Jewellery. Our pieces are perfect for your girlfriends, sisters, mums or nans. Starting at £9.99 and all under £25.00 we just know you will love them all. Secret Santa sorted!

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6. Treat yourself! Come take a look at our Florence shoes whilst your down here and treat yourself to an early Christmas present with the Jacko trainer or Sarah studded shoes.

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7. Evening Wear. Going somewhere special over Christmas then come and see our Hayley Paige Occasion dresses. Lace, chiffon, low backs and tulle. Perfect for a Christmas black tie event we think!

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7. Something for the Kids! Rochester has always got something going on for Children. The Fairies and Elves  door trail is lovely for them to do and you get to browse the shops whilst they look. Looking for gifts for kids the we just have to recommend Mini Mi. Absolutely lovely pieces, you will find it hard walking out without something.

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8. Book in for the new year. Why not plan for the new year. With miserable January just around the corner wouldn’t it be great to have your first bridal fitting appointment with afternoon tea to look forward to? Or maybe you are a bridesmaid and want to treat a bride to be friend? Pop in and book a VIP appointment with us for January. Who knows you may even find the one here! (we hope so)

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9. Become a Historian for the day?! I know we big up Rochester a lot but we live here and we love it and we have a castle and a cathedral and we think that’s a pretty big deal. Visit these places, they are beautiful and on your door step!

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10. Finally, just come in and see us. Come and see the bridal shop in Kent doing something a little different. Whether you are a bride to be or a local supplier looking to network we would love to see you! We will talk Christmas, New Year make things happen round here!

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See you soon.

credits:

Big shout to Cream for some wonderful photos and for recommending the best suppliers we have locally.

 

 

Pinks, Pom Poms and Sweet Treats for this Blushing Bride

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On today’s blog we have Heather and Matthews wedding at Westerham Golf Club. Heather really did think of everything when planning her big day and not one detail was missed. The couples personality really shone through on the day and you can see from these beautiful photos that apart from tying the knot a big factor was giving their guests a great day.

 A multitude of pinks and soft golds decorated the venue perfectly, from the flowers to favours, every inch of this wedding was meticulously thought out. Heather makes a great wedding stylist. A lot of what you see was handmade by her!!! With so much detail the pictures can do the talking..!

Here Heather explains to us how she came to Wild Heart and picked The dress with us….( and we are so glad she did)

“The day I dedicated to dress shopping was exciting and nerve wracking! I’m not what I’d call a ‘traditional’ bride and so most of the dresses I had come across or seen just weren’t quite right. My final stop was The Wild Heart which had been open a matter of weeks when I went to visit.

The first thing I noticed was how different it was to other bridal stores, relaxed, modern and the range of gowns looked so unique. Alex & Nicole were so welcoming and I soon had around 10 dresses to try on, way more than I had found in any one shop before!

We had a few straight up no’s, a few that split the audience and then I put on the Alexandria gown by Charlotte Balbier and I knew instantly! I thought this was just a cliché that people spoke about but no, it really did happen to me! I stepped apprehensively out of the changing rooms and the reaction from ‘the clan’ was resounding yes! Comments of “that’s so you”, “it was made to be your dress” accompanied by tears made me even more sure I had picked the perfect gown!

From then on the team at The Wild Heart couldn’t have been more helpful, helping me pick accessories such as my belt and hair piece as well as the amazing alterations that made my dress inch perfect.

I had so many compliments on my dress and can’t imagine what would have happened if I’d been in your more ‘standard’ wedding dress. I would advise everyone go to The Wild Heart, try anything on too! The range of dresses and the help from the team was amazing. So much so my cousin went and got her dress there too.”

Thank you Heather and Matthew for sharing your wedding with us. Now here are some gorgeous pictures by Emmie Scott Photography to feast your eyes on…

Suppliers

Chair covers, drapes, festoon lights and tablecloth – Bows Hire

Pom poms, paper flowers, garlands, bunting, initials on tables all handmade

Glass Bell Jars – Home sense

White pots, milk bottles etc. – Ikea

Table numbers – Hobbycraft

Signage & Photobooth – The Chalk Spot (http://www.thechalkspot.com)

Stationary – Wade Designs https://www.facebook.com/wadedesigns

Groomsman – Ted Baker Teal suits

Flowers – Charlotte and Pick a Posy http://www.pickaposyflorist.co.uk/

Bridesmaids – Monsoon

Shoes – Monsoon

Earrings – Kaizen Rochester

Hair piece – Amanda Wyatt

Hair – Ebony Arney of Ebony’s Makeup https://www.facebook.com/ebonysmakeup/?fref=nf&pnref=story

Make-Up – Rehana Beauty https://www.facebook.com/RehanaBeauty/?fref=ts

Sweet Table – Meringue Girls https://meringuegirls.co.uk/

Photographer – Emmie Scott http://www.emmiesweddingphotography.com/

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A glittering glamorous affair

When Danielle came to Wild Heart she was looking for something glamorous and truly unique for her shimmering sultry deco wedding at Chilstern Park Hotel and she certainly made the right decision choosing the Karen Willis Holmes “Caitlyn”. A full sequin, embroidered illusion low back, bias cut gown….WOW. A firm favorite here at Wild Heart.  

Danielle and Iain’s wedding at Chilstern Park was everything it promised to be. A country house hotel boasting unique styling, filled with antiques and oozing character. Is there a better setting for a classy, elegant 1920’s inspired wedding? 

Bringing subtle hints of the deco era to the wedding, with beaded and embellished dresses and shimmering antique gold tones. The pair pulled off a really classy but relaxed affair. Perfect for the modern bride looking to marry her man in style and have a good time doing it! 

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Suppliers

Dress – Karen Willis Holmes “Caitlyn” – www.thewildheartbridal.co.uk

Accessories- Coast

Shoes- Untold at House of Fraser

Venue- Chilston Park Country House Hotel

Florist- Clare Steward at Girl Flower (www.girlflower.co.uk)

Makeup- Gemma Pass (www.facebook.com/gemmapassmakeupartist)

Hair- Jade Walby (www.facebook.com/Jade-Elana-1707047789538369/)

Bridesmaid dresses- Debut at Debenhams

Flower girl dress- Monsoon Girl

Groom and Groomsmen- Next

Cake- Mary McDonagh (www.facebook.com/MarysKitchenKent/)

Photographer- Robin Ball Photography

‘Wild’ Bride Hayley in Karen Willis Holmes

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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!

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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! 

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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