Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair (Part deux)

So there I was in One Marylebone surrounded by lots of amazing wedding vendors, spending time chatting to suppliers and other brides and who do I meet other than the amazing sister team behind Hayford and Rhodes Florists. These were my favourite vendors of the whole event *BIG gold star going their way*, they were friendly, helpful and really nice, showing me billions of examples of their amazing work and just generally being awesome.

My main issue with the florists local to me is that so many of them have a ‘mimimum budget’ that they are willing to work with, not so with Hayford and Rhodes who can create striking arrangments on the budget that you set – my favourite arrangement at the show was this huge ornate piece with manzanita branches hung with test tubes of flowers and sparkly crystals – it was amazing and I nearly hyperventilated when they told me that I could have the same sort of arrangement for roughly £80 – now that might seem like a lot, but if you had seen it you would know that it was worth it – it was so amazing you would only need one to make a serious impact!

I loved the amazing ‘bell’ glass arrangements that they were showing – and I showed a picture to Mr Postscript Bride and he very much agreed that they were amazing – surprising as whenever I show him wedding flowers he tends to nod and say ‘yeah they’re alright’, the mystery was solved as to why he liked them when he said that they ‘reminded him of the disney movie beauty and the beast’ I can see what he means can you?

I was really unimpressed with the Vodka cocktail bar upstairs, (I tried two of the drinks on offer – one tasted awful and the other boring!), I loved the Emmy shoes display although I was dissapointed that there was nobody there to talk you through the styles and prices, couldn’t see what the fuss was about the Little Venice Cake company, loved my strawberry snow-cone from Ideas Box and thought the chocolate brownie in my goodie bag from Rhubarb catering was divine so very mixed receptions about the Vendors although on the whole the selection was good.

The best part of the evening, for sure, was the Catwalk show featuring several dress and accessory designers from the Luella’s Boudoir boutique in Wimbledon, unfortunately I fell completely in love with a dress so far out of my budget hemisphere I nearly choked when the sales lady told me the price (£4700 just incase you were wondering!) Kat from Rock’n’Roll bride was absoloutely amazing – she rocked it down the catwalk and gave it some real attitude in everything she wore – what a amazing experience for her and I can’t wait to read her blog post on the event! My only wish is that I had stayed behind and introduced myself – to be honest I chickened out at the last minute hehe!

This sneak peek was borrowed from the Rocknroll bride facebook page and was taken by Liz Eliza Hankins – if you look far left you can see a bit of little old me in my specs 🙂

I had such a fantastic night and it has just made me want to go to as many wedding events as I can – thinking of booking my tickets for the next national wedding fair now 🙂

xxx

Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair @ One Marylebone

I was absoloutely thrilled when my VIP  invitation to Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair landed in my inbox, and even more so when I realised that Queen of the Wedding Bloggers Kat Williams of Rock’n’Roll Bride fame would be there.

So off I marched (well took a tube) to One Marylebone which is a stunning converted church on it’s own little ‘island’ in Marylebone, armed with a notepad, a big handbag (luckily as I picked up tonnes of leaflets and business cards) and my invite…

^The view from outside One Marylebone – It looks absoloutely stunning, as does the ground floor main hall below

 

Although the outside look amazing, and the stained glass windows and organ in the main hall were lovely, truth be told I was a teeny weeny bit dissapointed with the rest of the venue – particularly the toilets, which might make me sound a little bit crazy but the ott gold textured wallpaper in the cubicles just put me off ANYWAY…

The first vendor I met was the amazing Victoria Ferguson and I spent a good half an hour chatting to her about her designs and my own wedding plans, whilst trying on some gorgeous handmade accessories including the ’50’s chic bow’ above and the ‘Swan lake’ headpiece below (which I have completely fallen in love with!), the pictures just don’t do these amazing pieces justice!

My second stop of the evening was to meet Benny from The real princess company who was really lovely and super enthusiastic. Her website hasn’t been updated yet with the pieces that she created for the show but as soon as they are i’ll be sharing her fantastic tulle bows and sparkly creations with you as they are simply stunning. Benny’s new muse is none other than The rock’n’roll bride herself and she created some amazing accessories for Kat to wear on her catwalk debut!

I fell in love at the Cutture stall (not for the salesman so don’t worry) but with the amazing laser-cut, hand pressed and finished invitations created by the Cutture team. My favourites were the ‘storybook’ designs where the design team incorporated bits of the couple’s lives into their stationary – from Milanese monuments and their pet dog for one couple, to ice skating and London monuments for another.

 

 

The designs are absoloutely gorgeous, the finish and attention to detail is amazing! The invitations are priced upwards of £8 each and would be perfect for an intimate, chic city affair, I am in love!

Come back later for some more information from the Luella’s Boudoir wedding fair!

xxx

Super-cool, Funky Invites!

WOWOWOWOW! I am so thrilled to be featuring Sam and Chris’ gorgeous DIY invitations – I shared their amazing save-the-dates a few posts back but was even more thrilled when I got my hands on this gorgeous stationary! Again the details are incredible, every little bit of information is displayed in such a cool and unique way, I am in love!

LOVE IT! Am so excited to see more of the couples DIY projects soon 🙂

xxx

A fine and funky wedding – Part Two

Continuing where we left off with Kim and Chris’ gorgeous wedding here are a few more pictures from Karen McGowran and details…

The catering was by Danby Castle’s caterer Lisa Grainger and sounds absoloutely delicious: 5 different types of canapes (which the bride didn’t even get a chance to nibble on!), a hog roast with freshly baked bread, roast potatoes, stuffing, apple sauce, nut roast and three different types of salad. Dessert was chocolate torte with raspberries (yum yes please!) and an ice cream van! In the evening there was a fish and chips van and local port pies and cheeses – wow those guests must have had big bellies the next day! Sounds absoloutely yummy!

The cake was by Kelly-Ann cakes, another vendor met whilst at a wedding fayre, and it was a three tier cake – one carrot cake with lemon mouse filling, one chocolate cake with orange contreaue filling and one tier traditional fruit cake!

The amazing campervan Kim arrived at the church in was ‘Tilly’ from Love Dup cars – and I’m not surprised that everyone loved her!

Just had to include this gorgeous picture! So cute!

Entertainment was provided in the form of a jazz pianist, then Kim’s mum and stepdad’s folk band (who got the guests involved in a percussion set – super cool!), the Dj FatSound Disco and later on a band called ‘The Frantic Sound Collective’ who Kim said were amazing “They even got Chris and Jonathon up for a sing-off”

What an amazing wedding and I am in no way surprised that Kim has gone on to set up her own wedding and event planning business – check it out at:

http://www.fineandfunkyevents.com/

Thanks for letting me feature your gorgeous wedding Kim, wishing you and Chris love and luck 🙂

xxx

Real Wedding – A fine and funky wedding!

I am so thrilled to be featuring today’s real wedding as it is absoloutely stunning and very inspirational!

Kim and Chris got married on 26th June 2010 at the Holy Rosary Church in Billingham, followed by a reception at the gorgeous Danby Castle, all of the photographs featured are by the amazing Karen McGowran, check her out at www.karenmcgowranphotography.co.uk

 The church they married in was chosen for beautifully sentimental reasons – it is the same church where Chris and his sisters were christened and confirmed and Chris’ eldest sister was also married there. Although Kim is not catholic or christened she knew it meant a lot to Chris and his family that they were married there, and so they were. It’s lovely to be able to have your ceremony somewhere so meaningful.

How stunning is that engagement ring? Being such an unusual shape Kim had to have a wedding band made to match by Rings by Design. Chris’s ring was much simpler – a brushed effect band from Beaverbrooks.

The beautiful reception flowers were by Wild Bunch based in Sunderland, who Kim met at a wedding fayre – their display of a banqueting table covered in moss really caught her eye and Kim arranged a meeting with them straight away. Armed with a moodboard of ideas Kim and florist Lisa created 13 tablecentres which were a mixture of flowers in either cream watering cans, cream vintage cake stands or vintage bird cages. Her bouquet and buttonholes were from Hilary Madden and Kim’s great-grandma’s ring was tied into her bouquet using silk and vintage buttons from her dress.

Kim’s gorgeous dress was designed by the bride herself and made my Laura Day Bridal in Middlesborough. Kim wanted something a bit different from your standard wedding dress and is inspired by iconic women from the 50’s such as Audrey Hepburn. Being petite and planning a rustic reception Kim knew that she didn’t want a train and so using lots of inspiration created her perfect dress – it is simply beautiful!

During the day Kim teamed her dress with Rachel Simpson shoes, a veil from Laura Day, and swarovski accessories – later on in the evening changing into her cute wellies!

I love this image above! The bridesmaid dresses were Alfred Sung D448 in Begonia, teamed with shoes from Faith, hair accessories from Accessorize and jewelery as a present from Kim and Chris. Kim’s flowergirl wore a dress handmade by the bride’s nan.

The couple set up a favour table with favours of Sarah Nelson Grassmere Gingerbread, Personalise bottles of Lake Garda Olive oil and packets of forget me not seeds.

They also had a sweety table with lots of retro sweets which went down really well with their guests. Little details such as pinwheels and ‘Eat Me’ cupcake sticks added a fun finishing touch. The little details were clearly important to Kim who made and hired 70 metres of bunting!

Family is very important to the couple and they had lots of kids at their wedding. To keep them occupied an area was set up with loads of toys and entertainment on hand for them – with a big ‘No Adults Allowed’  sign which I’m sure made the kids happy!

xxx

Sneak peek – A fine and funky wedding!

What an amazing photo – a sneak peek for you of the wedding I’ll be featuring later on today!

xxx

Our first Real Wedding – The Good Life

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