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Kate Halfpenny Bridal Collection

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It’s a great pleasure and honour to have Kate Halfpenny as one of the partners in our Partner Portfolio.

Personal and passionate, the celebrated bridal wear designer weaves Brit cool with vintage inspiration to create truly beautiful modern bridal style. A trusted stylist and friend to Kate Moss, Erin O’Connor and Emilia Fox, amongst others, Kate Halfpenny designs for the modern minded woman, creating breath-taking wedding gowns.

Today we’re therefore highlighting some of the gorgeous styles that run through Halfpenny London’s current collection. Which is your favourite?

Enjoy!

Fashion Week Wedding Style

Top Twelve

Through September and earlier in October, the fashion industry was in full swing as New York, London, Paris and Milan celebrated their fashion weeks, presenting the long awaited spring summer ready-to-wear collections.

At Knot and Pop, we usually select our ten favourite dresses from the catwalks but we have to confess – it has been so good this season that we went for twelve, too tough to narrow it to a top ten.

We loved the transparency trend, which emerged from Alberta Ferretti to Vionnet. Rochas got it spot-on for modern bridal inspiration, with a beaded collar on a sleeveless, slouch pocket white dress. Plenty of texture was seen at Alexander McQueen with a white embroidered jacket layered effortlessly over a delicate long dress, rich in tapestry like details with threads free-flowing.

For colour-loving brides, Arthur Arbesser created a loose maxi dress with long sleeves and floral prints – why go white when dresses like this exist? For the bold and brave, Dolce & Gabbana called their collection “Italia in love”. And our stand out look? A black see-through dress with colourful 3D floral and a flower crown in the Frida Kahlo spirit.

What about you? Which is your fave from our top twelve? If we had to pick it would be the modern simplicity of the Proenza Schouler dress with contrast black waist tie. Tweet us to let us know @knotandpop

TOP 10 AUTUMN WEDDING BOUQUETS

Wedding Flower Inspiration
Painted Autumnal gold leaf Katie Stoops

Summer is behind us and the time has come to embrace the low rays of sunshine, gorgeous leaves on the turn and copious amount of warming drinks.

Nature dishes up a crazy beautiful palette across the Autumn months, so today we’re sharing our top 10 favourite Autumnal inspired bouquets, for all you Autumn lovers out there.

Images from top left: The Sisters | Ponderosa and Thyme | Amanda O’Shannessy | The Garden Gate Flower Company | Dear Pearl Flowers | Tinge Floral | Twig and Twine | Amy Merrick | Ponderosa and Thyme | Twig and Twine

From a warm burgundy to a lighter peach shades, autumn is the perfect time to play with the many possibilities offered up by the season, and enhance the organic palette by adding more foliage to your flower arrangements. Non-floral elements will create a twist to your bouquet using succulents or different varieties of seasonal berries, for plenty of texture, depth and richness.

Take a look through our top ten and tweet us know your favourite @knotandpop

 

Knot & Pop News

Partner Portfolio

This post should come with a warning. We are about to be a bit show-off.

As award winning wedding planners, we recently launched our Partner Portfolio, giving brides and couples exclusive offers and experiences from the most directional companies across wedding, fashion, well-being, beauty and more.

With our modern minded approach to wedding planning, we like to think we offer couples a creative and contemporary alternative to the cookie-cutter approach.

This fresh approach is reflected in our all new, shiny and bright, Partner Portfolio where we have curated a lust-worthy list of like-minded companies including the most forward thinking, inspirational and current entities from bridal design, to jewellery, honeymoon and more.

Couples will be spoilt with exclusive experiences and offers from the likes of bridal wear designer Kate Halfpenny and Charlie Brear, skin specialist to the stars Teresa Tarmey, fitness experts Frame and apothecaries for the mind, The School of Life… plus more.

From free bottles of bubbly to discounts on workshops and gifts with purchase, this new partner offering shows that we give our brides and couples an ever-attentive, fun and in-the-know experience.

Check it out here, with select new additions (we are a picky bunch after all) launched through the season.

Stone Fox Bride X Savannah Miller

New Wedding Dress Collection
Boho bridal style, Savannah Miller for Stone fox bride Stone Fox Bride

At Knot & Pop, we are big fans of Stone Fox Bride and are always eager to see their new collections.

This year the boho loving wedding dress designers have collaborated with Savannah Miller, sister to Sienna Miller, and all round English style maven.

For those who are not familiar with Savannah Miller, the British designer worked with fashion royalty including Alexander McQueen and Matthew Williamson before creating the label Twenty8Twelve with Sienna Miller.

With her chic, effortless and bohemian style, Savannah Miller was the perfect match for a collaboration with Stone Fox Bride who embraces the idea of a “laid-back, high fashion and punk-bohemian” bride.

Having first started the exchange on Instagram after Molly Guy of Stone Fox Bride spotting Savannah’s own bridal look, they came together to develop the range and the connection was instant.

The collection is composed of seven dresses combining elegance, lightness and simplicity for an effortlessly chic bridal range. With a love for v-necks and cleverness in the drapery, Savannah Miller knows how to please the modern minded bride creating neat silhouettes with a twist in the details, from a hand beaded front panel to romantic lace sleeves or even a hooded gown inspired by her own wedding dress.

Never over-worked, always effortless with a raw beauty that speaks of an innate sense of style, and quiet confidence.

Does it sound like you? Pop over on the Stone Fox Bride’s website for more information and if you have the dress but need some help with the rest, please get in touch, we would love to help you.

Fun Filled Weddings

How To Get Guests Mingling

We are firm believers in the psychologies of surrounds, how people engage within them, and how the scene that is set is a huge catalyst to create and enhance moments and memories.

Creating a wedding that excites, gets guests talking, mingling and interacting are all the right ingredients for having a fantastic wedding celebration where everyone is united in sharing the big day.

By creating focal points that are interactive you bring people together, to share in the fun. We always design interactive table plans that are more installation lead – things that bring a smile to the guests and an element of surprise to keep the buzz of the day going.

For a Bollywood Beach themed wedding we created huge sand pits with names on rectangular tags and umbrella cocktail sticks, as if a scene from a beach. When guests arrived for the evening reception the escort card and cocktail stick were given to them to immediately pop into a Welcome Cocktail drink.

Carefully consider your floor plan, trying to ensure that there are no ‘lone’ tables where guests at that table could then feel partly removed from the main hub of dining and speeches. Also consider how the room functions after dining, when the bar opens and the music is underway. Placing the bar in the right location, and also considering the best situ for lounge areas is important in keeping guests together for a super social wedding day – the more locations you have for activities, the higher chance you have of guests dispersing amongst those, which would suit more of a free-flowing festival style wedding.

To keep things sociable, during reception drinks we’ve seeded games such as the Fortune Game, with custom made messages within that then encourage guests to mingle by asking them to perform fun (don’t worry tame) dares – such as curtsying to the Mother of the Bride, or starting a Mexican Wave at the end of speeches.

The dining experience is the social hub and you can bring so much creativity and ideas to the tablescape. They are like the canvas, with the centerpieces the paint – that’s how we like to think of it! Creating a picture that is reflective of the couple, and peppered with ways to get guests mingling and having fun is always front of mind when we plan and event design a wedding.

We personally love it when a couple opts for banquet dining, as the table width isn’t as wide as round tables so it enables you to easily talk to those either side and also opposite, and you can also have some fun with the configurations!

If you’re needing help planning your wedding and looking for the fun factor then get in touch.

English Marquee Wedding

Devon Delights
A Devon Marquee Wedding by award-winning English Wedding Planners Knot & Pop Knot & Pop wedding

Today we look back on an incredible wedding that we loved every moment of helping plan and style.

With nothing but blue skies all around, Rachael and Dave celebrated their wedding with a wonderful weekend in the Devon countryside.

With two amazing kids, Rachael and Dave wanted the wedding to be fun-filled for children and adults alike with a unique wedding that represented their loves and lives together. From the dance floor and Lindy Hop lessons where they first met, their story was told and weaved through their big day with the most personal of touches. Informal, inviting and enchanting, the day was packed full of surprises including the best best man’s speech from their 7 year old son.

The ideas were never-ending! Rachael pinned over 1000 images of inspiration (yes, really…possibly even more!) that we then discussed with her to pin point the core themes and schemes to create mood boards that acted as the guiding hand-print to the day. The venue provided lots of inspiration to the theme and the format of the day, enabling guests to make great use of the grounds. With a retro illustrated style, the invites featured and highlighted the country feel of the day with abstract trees setting the scene. Corals, hot pink, pops of yellow and jade and sea green formed a fun palette for the day that blended across florals, tablescapes and outdoor seating areas. Above all else, the celebrations were to feel relaxed, fun and reflective of the couple and their family so they could have the best day of their lives together.

The ceremony took place in front of a lightning struck tree in the grounds of stunning South Allington House. A spiral hay-bale aisle was created which allowed the couple to walk passed every guest and soak up the incredible atmosphere.

For a more relaxed day, Afternoon Tea was served following the ceremony with rustic trestle tables dressed with runs of vintage doilies and sea green fabric wraps to allow the rustic nature of the tables to peek through. The table plan featured photos of the family floating beneath giant cardboard cut-out balloons with guest names placed within. Each balloon was named after a Lindy Hop move, celebrating how Rachael and Dave first met.

Inside the marquee large white balloons acted as table markers with the Lindy Hop name attached on over-sized luggage tags, with coral pom pom ribbons adding pops of colour that continued across the napkins. On each table a designated sous chef was given a silver salt-dough heart, pressed in vintage lace that the bride had made herself, allowing them to collect and serve the fresh-from-the-oven scones and Afternoon Tea. The great outdoors were brought in with large branches running the length of the marquee poles to create the natural and country-fun-filled day, that saw food trucks arrive in the evening to serve fish n chips and wood fired oven pizza, before the dance floor got under way with Lindy Hop lessons.

If you need help and ideas with your marquee wedding then get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

Photography by Ed Peers

Velveteen Rabbit Kids Party

Christening Luncheon
Christening Party by Knot & Pop

The spotlight turns on us today as we bring you a London summer garden party we produced.

Not just about the weddings, we organise all manner of celebrations. From birthday parties, to product launches, and oh-so-cute Christening luncheons.

Taking inspiration from the Velveteen Rabbit, the celebratory party brought the children’s favourite story book to life with characters from the book forming the table plan and table decorations, with a bespoke table runner illustrated, and made for the occasion. This was a gorgeous occasion to mark a special day for two sisters, their families and their little boys.

With welcome drinks served from vintage drinks dispenser and jam jars, guests first had their photos taken against a hessian backdrop that showcased pages from the Velveteen Rabbit, applied in different papers.

The table plan was named after different characters from the book with beautiful illustrations commissioned by Knot & Pop. These illustrations were also applied to toy blocks that were used along table tops, propping up the menu cards. We also had the illustration applied to statement table runners that have now become a lovely keepsake for the family.

Flowers also took inspiration from the rabbit theme with carrots upturned in milk bottles, asparagus ferns and celery sticks, mixed in with a wild flower look and feel. Hanging from a wooden pergola, further flower bottles and bunches of carrots and radishes created a beautiful garden gathering.

With no detail over-looked, the food and drink perfectly complemented the theme, with terracotta pots of hummus and carrots, and artisan breads served as nibbles during the welcome drinks. The courses were served on hand-crafted wooden platters, finished with edible flowers for a taste of the garden.

To remember the day by, two hardback copies of the Velveteen Rabbit were inscribed with a message to the sons and signed by all the guests at the luncheon.

To see more images take a look here.

Wedding Drinks

Cheers to Drinks Stations
Creative drinks bar for weddings, on the Knot & Pop blog, UK wedding planners

No longer just about the bar, drinks stations are getting more creative and interactive with guests enjoying anything from a Whisky Bar, to fruity Cocktail Counters, Wine Tasting Tables and Hot Chocolate Stands…served up from all manner of places – carts, caravans, convertible Minis (taking the Mini-Bar to a new level…)

A little warming drink may be needed to welcome guests at winter weddings or a refreshing, ice cold beverage required to quench the guests’ thirst on a warm summer’s day. Whatever the reason, we’re down with this drinks trend.

Personalise the drinks station with edible flowers or cocktail stirrers that match the wedding theme. It may be that the couple are known for their love of a particular tipple, a classic mimosa or a fresh mojito, renamed after them for a deliciously, fun twist.

Continue the style of the wedding through to the décor of the drink station. Whether it’s serving cocktails from coconut shells for a Rum Bar or opting for an Honesty Bar feel with cut glass decanters, there are plenty of ways to get creative. Decorate stands with flowers or fruits to soften the look. Keep modern with crisp neutral linens draped over the table topped with lines of bright cocktails adding pops of colour.

Cheers to that.

Festival Party

Summer Fun
Knot & Pop Weddings, Events and Parties

When it comes to throwing an amazing party, our couples are always looking for something different, not wanting to subscribe to the normal, tried and tested ways.

Looking back to one of our favourite events, we worked with a lovely couple who were turning fifty and wanting to celebrate their birthday with all their friends and family in the English countryside.

With a festival feel and lashings of tie-dye, we devised the event design, getting our craft on with all manner of bespoke backdrops, napkins, signage and props.

With two marquees, one for informal dining and the other for dancing, an outdoor picnic table area bridged the two areas, flanked in festoon lights and creating a lovely hub that encouraged guests to move freely, setting a very relaxed and fun atmosphere.

The marquees had tie-dye blue drapes forming the curtain fronts, with a gorgeous dark blue lining for the Dance tent, that mixed with a cluster of bespoke dip dye lanterns and ribbon tassels. The ceiling of the two marquees also had foliage garlands, teamed with blue dyed ribbons, tied on to flutter in the summer breeze. The sense of bringing the outdoors in saw white wire vintage frame lampshades treated in foliage to form gorgeous organic lighting over picnic benches.

Putting the focus on the dance floor, the DJ booth was covered in a dip dye indigo cloth, with a statement gold backdrop of curled paper and foliage. A pop of gold also appeared along the bar with spray painted BAR letters surrounded by a blue tassel garland…and the gold confetti that went off with a bang during the dancing!

Lovely lounge areas were created with day beds and lots of sumptuous blue cushions to keep guests comfy. Candles were dip dyed in blue wax to add those extra little design details, with lovely pebble votives holding blue tealights for that added twinkle come sundown.

A separate Teens area was hosted in the carriage house that saw sweets a plenty in the Tuck Shop area, with the photo booth having all manner of festival inspired props to get guests in the mood. The fun factor was in mind at all times, with lots of games and goings-on. From the foliage wrapped wigwams, to the fruit shaped waterbombs hanging from the orchard, the space hopper races, the Nail Bar, the inflatables around the pool and the lawn games – this was a party that knew how to party!

If you’re looking for someone to organise your event then get in touch.