Friday, 9 November 2012

Something Old Vintage Wedding Fair:

So far this season we have had two fusion vintage fairs where we have brought the Something Old Vintage Wedding Fair to our usual fabulous fashion fairs. The fair aims to bring everything from vintage bridal wear and kitsch stationary to unique photography and retro live music to your wedding. Pretty much everything the vintage bride could want all under one roof.

To give you an idea of what we bring to these wedding fairs, please meet the first batch of our exhibitors from The Bristol Vintage Fair. The rest to come in part 2 - there are just that many wonderful things to show you. By the way, the next fair is in Manchester on November 24th!

We kick off with the super cute sweet shop, Emily's Best. They love all things vintage; afternoon tea, sweets by the quarter and old fashioned service. As they say, their style is timeless, a little bit quirky and lots of fun. Having this pretty sweet shop at your wedding would be a serious talking point for guests of all ages and the variety of sweets would suit everybody too! Sweets are served in big glass jars and weighed with old fashioned balancing scales. All of these special touches add up to create their cute, unique shop and they even source their sweets from British confectioners. To find out more about them visit their website.


Keeping things old fashioned and a little bit kooky, meet Peach And Jo Photography. They brought their magical portrait booth to our Bristol Fair and you can see the snaps they took here. In their own words, they're about creating stylish, alternative and laid back photos for your wedding. Not only do they have their own classic, vintage inspired photo booth, the couple capture weddings on camera in a charming fashion.

And you know what? They're bloody lovely people too! Oh and you'll be pleased to hear that Steven Peach has years of experience as a press photographer and has the technical brain of the two, whereas Jo has a degree in Fine Art Photography and delivers the creative side to the job. They both love collecting old cameras and wandering through car boot sales, thrift and junk shops and they're in no hurry to give up! This loving, curious attitude reflects in their photography as they are beady eyed looking for the next beautiful portrait.


Among our bridal gown exhibitors were Zoe Frances Bespoke Wedding Dresses. Zoe aims to create the perfect dress for your big day, inspired by vintage gowns and the vision of the bride to be. With 20 years of experience designing wedding dresses, it's safe to say you're in the right hands. Not only does she craft dresses from the drawing board, she reworks vintage gowns too. If you're keen to be involved every step of the way with the ddesign of your dress you can be, Zoe creates a calico dress for the bride to get an idea of the finished piece. However, if you're thousands of miles away that's not a problem either! Zoe has worked for brides as far away as South Africa!

Keeping things collaborative, it's fantastic to see that Zoe works with photographer Abi Humphries to provide the bride, bride and groom or the entire bridal party with an "after the wedding" photoshoot. Something for you to treasure as well as your wedding day photos, you looking absolutely gorgeous! For more information take a look at her website, here.


The choice of flowers is so vast, so how does the retro bride make a decision? The rustic, colourful bouquets on display from Lucy Anna Flowers caught my eye instantly. I loved the dusky pinks, rusty oranges and the autumnal foliage. Though wedding bouquets are her passion, Lucy also creates gorgeous floral arrangements for local restaurants, pubs and businesses. Lucy even provides a service where this can be done on a weekly basis, you'll never have lifeless flowers again!

 If you're local to Bristol, she can arrange daytime deliveries so it's perfect for Birthdays or Valentines' day, plus you're keeping things independent. Looking below to the arrangements she brought to our fair, the almost gothic bouquet just shows Lucy Anna's attention to season and current trends. In her own words, "From wild and unstructured to vintage chic, I love bringing a bride's vision to life." 


We now come to a completely style of photography with Oliver Burnside. The Polaroids on display at our fair were hung up on string with pegs, like a washing line of loveliness! As Oliver puts it, the best way to get the feel for his style is to browse through his blog and gallery. Oliver understands that this is your big day and that though he will be doing his job to the best of his ability, he will be understanding, courteous, flexible and above all, passionate about your wedding photographs.

There are few candid shots in Oliver's portfolio and we feel that this adds to his natural "fly on the wall" style of wedding photography. The bride and groom can't be everywhere at once on their big day, so Oliver aims to capture all of those little moments with stunningly simple compositions to capture all of the little moments on your big day.


Next we bring you The Roadhouse Roosters who rock'n'roll'd the house down. Not only were they dressed to impress, these guys created an authentic retro sound, perfect for the vintage wedding reception.  They've got the classic line up of electric guitar, double bass, drums and strong male vocals. With classic rockabilly covers such as Please Mama Please, Rock This Town and Don't Be Gone Long they bring to life the 50s rock and roll style. Think Buddy Holly, Elvis and The Commodores. The Roosters have the wonderfully confident front man John "Johnny" Smith who will gently get your wedding guests up on their feet! Well, they even got us dancing at our fair! Brilliant musicians, make sure you get your booking in for next year! 


Lastly we have another very different take on wedding photography. Fishee Designs are a mobile photography booth that inject a great amount of fun to your wedding album. The words they give us are vintage, shabby chic, interactive, quirky and fashionable and we couldn't agree more! Emily, the founder of the company, is determined to stand out and create something truly unique. She blends photography with graphic design to offer you something very distinctive for capturing special memories.

 Guests can have fun with a variety of props along a variety of themes and the interactive element of this booth will make sure your guests are continuously entertained. The stress and monotonous of posed photographs is instantly erased as everyone is encouraged to relax and enjoy themselves in front of the camera. The girls themselves are wonderful and look fantastic and they'll be giggling with you as you look ever so silly in their photo booth!


Foxglove Flowers are based in Bristol. They know from the word go that your wedding is the biggest day of your life so aim to create your ideal flower arrangements and bouquets as well as a stress free set-up on the day. An independent business headed by Sarah White, she says "I can work with a wide range of materials and styles to create a display that is right for you. Be it bright and modern, soft and traditional, simply elegant, or bold and exciting". Contact her for a free consultation. 


It's all well and good having your wedding guests leave you wonderful comments, but you may as well have them written in a stunning piece of shabby chic artwork. With a background in art and graphic design, the people behind Your Unique Scrapbook bring you beautifully embellished books that are personalised to your wedding. 

"All our creations are one offs, handmade unique to them self’s and have a functional use but can also be kept as keep sake gift from a loved one.  Our aim is to bring in the Vintage look, some more shabby chic than others.  We recycle neglected books and old papers mixing with a modern touch."  
If you'd like to exhibit at our Manchester fair on the 24th November, please get in touch by e-mailing

Gina x

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