Sunday, 16 September 2012

My lovely friend from work, Emilia, is getting married in a very scary three weeks time at this lovely little farm in Groombridge near Tunbridge Wells in Kent. We found out they were holding a vintage wedding fair there this Sunday and decided to go along with another friend, Zsuza. 

I've never been to a wedding fair before and this was a lovely place to pop my cherry-not all exhibition halls, bright lights and the dreaded sales people. Just an artsy, crafty, vintage theme, very small and friendly and not too much to take in, which was good because my head was still a mess from the night before (one too many drinks...)

I loved these beautiful, hand painted plaques by Painted With Love, which can be personalised to suit whatever you need for the big day. They also had pretty little plaques for the bridesmaids which came in a gift box and I thought were a really nice idea as a keepsake item.

This I just had to get a picture of, there's something about vintage inspired decorations and designs that make girls go crazy. I could literally just look at pretty things all day long. This beautiful stand belonged to the lovely Pippa Ward, the Events & PR Manager at Pop Creative Food, who hand make all of their delicious food for wedding catering. Two things to say about this; if their food is anything near as good as the (cough) two truffles I ate from the stand, then there's going to be a whole lot of happy wedding guests, and secondly, their package includes the cutlery, which is quite frankly divine.

Yay! This is my lovely friend Ellie, who had a stand at the fair to promote her make-up artistry. Ellie has done the make up on some pretty amazing shoots, including for Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Her friend Kat (right) came to help, and made some pretty darn amazing cupcakes. I know this because..le sigh...I ate one. Om. View Ellie's gallery here.

For those who haven't noticed, I am a pretty massive fan of cupcakes, but more importantly, cupcakes that look too good to eat. I am planning on having cupcakes under my cake on the big day, and I was pretty much blown away by how awesome these babies looked. Vintage Rose Cupcakes is a company based in Royal Tunbridge Wells and all the cupcakes are hand crafted by one super lady, Alexandra Harding. Hats off to you my dear.

I think it is fair to say that this is every girl's dream right here-pretty, floral crockery that you will probably want to keep forever, but failing that, you can have yourself some of this for your special day by contacting Clair at Alice and the Teacup. Quite honestly, I'm thinking about holding myself a random tea party just so I can have this stuff in my house, or a baby shower for my friend, or a Thursday afternoon...

Nothing says vintage quite like a distressed drawer full of ivory and pastel pink roses. The only thing I am sure of about my wedding, (apart from the groom hopefully) is that I want to have these kinds of flowers in my bouquet. Elegant, simplistic and understated, the romantic notion of roses like this just fills me with some kind of emotion. I would pick off all the petals afterwards chanting 'He loves me...he loves me not' and keep them in a chintzy little jar on my dressing table forever after. If you like what you see here, check out Florist in the Forest.

Personally I am a minimalist when it comes to embellishment, but I admit to being a magpie when it comes to being drawn in by these kinds of things. I love to look, and admire, and I do love shiny things. Snow Jewels has some amazing tiaras and hair pieces, and this is what interested me, as I think finding that all important 'finishing touch' can be crucial to the entire look.

The coolest thing I've ever seen-the wedding car bug! Bridal Bug Weddings hire out all manor of VWs for the day, but it is this retro camper van that does it for me. Getting past the free champagne and down to it, practically, it holds six people, and aesthetically well, it ticks all of my fun boxes. The guy had me at champagne. :)

All in all, I have decided on two things for certain after my day. One; I love all things vintage and vintage inspired. Everything from the colours, the richness to it and the elegance of everything sucked me in and has threatened to become all consuming. Two; I actually enjoyed the fair, it wasn't altogether too scary being called a bride and if I'm being completely honest, regardless of whether I was getting married or not, I think I'd go to these things anyway. It could become like some kind of weird and wonderful hobby of mine, to be surrounded by wonderful beautiful amazing things. Anyway, I think I've said enough! 

Happy Sundays, I do not have to work for the coming week, so very happy days indeed.


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