There’s less than a week to go until Bristol’s original and best Vintage Wedding Fair. Come down to the Clifton Pavilion at Bristol Zoo Gardens this Sunday, 16th March, 2014 between 10.30am and 4.00pm for a feast of vintage style wedding inspiration. I’ll be there with a selection of couture wedding dresses from all of my collections as well as some new separate pieces, flower girl dresses made from my favourite bridal fabrics, beautiful vintage veils and brand new accessories from Klaire Van Elton and Nickie Portman. Other exhibitors will be displaying original, vintage items as well as vintage inspired pieces. Have a look at the Bristol Vintage blog to see who else will be there. The £1 entry fee includes a raffle ticket for the prize draw so make sure you get there by 2.30pm for your chance to win fantastic prizes from all the exhibitors including Hotel du Vin, Bristol ( I wish I could enter!). All the proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Society. And if that isn’t enough of an incentive you can tie it in with a trip to the Zoo… go see the Red Pandas they are so cute!
Following our beautiful photoshoot at Leigh House near Bradford on Avon with the super talented Hattie Ellis, you can get hair and beauty tips from experts Katy Pfeiffer and Victoria Lovell in this brilliant article as well as some stunning pictures of models Sophie Andrews and Meaghan Hunter in their Jessica Charleston wedding dresses from the Fleurs Sauvages Collection.
Well, the last two weeks have been a whirlwind of wedding fairs with a difference. First came Bristol’s brand new Weird and Wonderful Wedding World Show which showcased a whole range of unusual suppliers from corsetieres to taxidermists! Then London’s A Most Curious Wedding Fair over an entire weekend at the ubercool Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. I’ve met some brilliant people, inspiring wedding creators from all over the UK and lots of lovely brides and grooms to be. It’s always exciting to get out of my studio and take some of my creations out and about and I’ve returned a little tired but inspired and refreshed and buzzing to create more adventurous wedding dresses.
Each of the shows was so epic that they most definitely deserve reviews of their own. So watch this space for more details and images from the host of talented photographers on hand at both shows.
I’m really looking forward to exhibiting at Bristol’s first alternative Wedding Show on Saturday 13th April from 6pm-11pm. The show is being organised by the inspirational duo of Ali from Bristol Vintage and Emily from Fishee Designs photobooths.
There’ll be a host of wedding dress designers offering corsetry, 50s retro and gothic inspired gowns also appearing at the show. I’ll be showing some of my Japanese inspired pieces as well as a few brand new designs. I’ll also be on hand to talk about bespoke commissions however weird and wonderful. Share your ideas with me and I’ll come up with some unique wedding dress designs to help you express your true self and stand out from the crowd on your wedding day.
The show will be held at the @Bristol Science Museum. Entry is free if you pre-register or £5 on the night and you’ll receive a free glass of Kir Royale on arrival. You don’t have to be getting married to enjoy the show as there’ll be entertainment throughout the evening and some of the best alternative fashion labels in the country. You’ll also get to play on some of the exhibits in the museum and watch a star canopied fashion show in the Planetarium. This promises to be a wedding show unlike any other and a fun evening for all!
For more information about the show, to pre-register and to see a sneak preview of the amazing promotional photoshoot go to the weird and wonderful blog.
November was a very busy month for photoshoots. I was very lucky to work with the uber-talented photographer Hattie Ellis who has been passionate about photography from a very young age. She is also super creative and made these amazing paper headresses for the shoot which accessorised my kimono inspired wedding dresses perfectly. Our model Sophie Choy looked stunning and was a joy to work with. Her impeccable make-up was done by the brilliant Katy Pheiffer a fashion shoot and wedding make-up specialist. The stylishly neglected Orangery at Blaise Castle, a wedding venue near Bristol provided the perfect setting for an unseasonally exotic photoshoot!
To learn more about Hattie Ellis have a look at her Facebook page here.
I’ve just received this lovely poster for a wedding show I’ll be exhibiting at on Saturday 29th September 2012. It’s taking place at the Southville Centre, Beauley Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1QG. It’s a beautiful old listed school building which can also be hired as a quirky wedding venue. This will be a great opportunity for you to pick up lots of ideas to make your day really special with an emphasis on handmade and locally sourced suppliers. I’ll be there with some of my wedding dresses and lots of design inspiration. Looking forward to seeing you there!