Friday, 22 April 2011

A Most Curious Vintage Wedding Fair Indeed!

Early morning on Saturday 16th April intern Charlie, my sister Megan, photographer Sara Thomas and I found ourselves on the road to St Andrew's Hall in Norwich for A Most Curious Wedding Fair. I don't normally bother with wedding fairs, as a rule I don't think they work for wedding planners, but when organiser and founder of A Most Curious Party Rebecca Hoh-Hale got in touch to invite me I knew I couldn't turn it down.

It didn't disappoint either, because before the doors opened vintage brides and enthusiasts were queuing round the corner to be let in to enjoy a gorgeous array of vintage wedding specialists from dresses and accessories, flowers, cakes, photography and of course styling and planning.

Throughout the day when I wasn't chatting to brides, we had the chance to wander up and down the aisles and chat to some of the other exhibitors, some of which were old friends, (Dottie Photography, Debbie Carlisle, Gabrielle Louise and Eliza Claire Photography) as well as make some new ones. I hope to blog about these beauties soon, they're too good not to share with you...including Britain Kitten of Kitty Minx Vintage and her pet skunk. Yes, I said skunk and BOY was he cute!

My stand was a sweet little spring time display using designs created by some really lovely suppliers, including a bespoke cake designed by Samia of The Vanilla Cake Shop, stationery by Natalie Moralee at The Purple Peacock and sweet little mirrored favours lovingly made by Katie at What Katie Did Next.

The cutesy love bird biscuits were a joint effort between Charlie and me. She made the Peggy Porschen biscuit mix and I cut, baked and piped them. Delicious!

My outfit, which made me feel SO fantastic (especially post baby) and really made me feel like Joan Holloway was kindly loaned to me by the ladies at Jane & Marilyn whose stunning dress collection I'll be telling you all about in a dedicated post coming up next. The Ava dress is £695.00 and available via their website.

My sister Megan and me.

During the day brides were treated to live performances and fashion shows which Sara kindly captured-aren't those dresses just to die for?

I hear that Rebecca is hoping to make this a regular event, so if you missed it this time round, don't worry, there'll be other opportunities. Thanks to all at A Most Curious Party for a really fun day and to the lovely tea ladies who kept us fed and watered with homemade cakes and tea! HUGE thanks to Sara, Charlie and Meggy for helping out for the day.

All Images copyright of Sara Thomas Photography

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Wedding News: Matthew Williamson Launches Bridal Collection

My personal favourite-a Poppy georgette fully hand-beaded shift with fluted sleeves

Back in March I had the privilege to be invited by Leanne Hewitt of WildAbout Flowers to the Matthew Williamson debut bridal trunk show. Having followed Matthew's career in fashion for many years I can confirm that I was not disappointed. Based on some of his most popular designs from his ready to wear collections and adapted to bridal, this beautiful collection exudes luxury and opulence.

Silk chiffon kaftan with fluted sleeves embellished with swarovski crystals and pearls at the waist

Empire line column gown embellished with beaded peacock feather motif

Each piece is a beautiful work of art, be it the delicate embroidery, structured corsetry or hand sewn feathers. Texture and movement is key to this collection using silk satins, chiffons, georgette and silk devore-a most unusual fabric for gowns normally associated with scarfs, yet this works just beautifully.

Geometric beaded silk empire gown with softly draped skirt

For a contemporary, chic bridal look, Matthew's collection also has some shorter designs which are bang on trend, incorporating asymmetric necklines and draping.

Asymmetric silk tulle cocktail dress with ostrich feather and ruched tulle waistband

Small rose bracelet

To compliment the dresses there's also a delicate range of accessories, including clutch bags, corsages and hairbands.
Star diamante headband

Thanks to Fong Ee and her team at Matthew Williamson for a thoroughly enjoyable evening -I wish you every success with all your new brides.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Wedding News: Intern Position Available

This is a first for Grant-Riley Weddings, a sign that after four amazing years in the industry (and a lot of blood, sweat and tears!) I'm ready to take someone under my wing! Wedding season is about to step-up a gear and just you wait until you see some of the beautiful weddings I've been involved in. They're coming into the final stages now and it's a great time to join the journey.

Why Now?
In the past I've been able to manage my weddings on my own aside from the occasional assistance on the day, however, now I'm busy juggling being a mummy to 6 month old Reuben it does make life a little more difficult to manage both.

What Are We Looking For?
Someone with a passion for weddings and events is a great starting point (no point reading on otherwise!). You also MUST be available to start in the next week or two and be able to offer two days a week with occasional weekends up to the end of June. The following is also a bonus:

• A recognised qualification in wedding planning, events or stage management.
• You need to be based in the Kent or London area as you'll be working from Grant-Riley HQ.
• A full driver's license.
• Aged 18+

If you think you fit the bill, please apply via the enquiry form on our contact page for further information.

Good Luck!