All About the Bride – A Fabulous Night

 

Andrea Pennington Photography

I wrote recently about a wonderful evening event in Bath called All About the Bride, where brides-to-be could get together in a more intimate setting than a huge wedding fair and receive bespoke, one-on-one advice from a small group of experts. I thought you might like to see how it went!

Here’s Jessica Singer from No. 3 Hairdressing to tell you more!

So, Jessica Charleston and I decided to organise a catwalk/showcase event for bridal wear for Bath In Fashion as we noticed that there was nothing bridal featured, and let’s face it, it’s the one day in your life when you want to look and feel amazing! It may be the most you ever spend on yourself. We had a fantastic team of people who are all at the top of their wedding game who got involved!

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Win Tickets to the Etsy Wedding Fair

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You’ll have twigged by now that my heart belongs to Etsy! I’ve spent many a happy hour finding cool new shops and adding hundreds of items to my bulging favourites list. I’ve done WOW Hearts… posts filled with links to makers, and one on finding alternative dresses on Etsy, because it’s pretty much one of the best treasure troves for offbeat brides around. Handmade and design-led marvellousness all on one website. So I sort of went, “WOOOHOO!!” when Etsy emailed me about its upcoming wedding fair – a physical space in which to view these wedding gems with your own eyes?? Er, YESSS!!! And what’s more, I’ve been given a pair of tickets to give away, so you could be finding your bridal attire along with your +1 in this magical place. You are welcome.

To win, simply email me with your name and which date you would like to attend.

But don’t worry if you don’t win because details are at the end of the post of how to buy tickets. And they are a bargain!! All is not lost!

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What to expect at the Etsy wedding fair

Workshops

The make-your-own floral headpiece workshop will run throughout the day – 45 minutes per class, all materials included. Book here (£5 per session, plus you will need to have an event ticket to attend).

Exhibitors (excited to see listed some of my absolute favourites on Etsy!!)

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Claire Pettibone Romantique Collection

I may be late to the party here, but who cares, like, when I’ve brought with me such wonderful dresses! This is the Claire Pettibone Romantique collection, and it’s a dreamy set of gowns just perfect for the bohemian and free-spirited bride. I love the innocence and femininity of the floaty, draping shapes. If The Three Graces wore some clothes, this would be them.

And how lovely is the groom! *swoon*

The description of the collection’s vibe is just as sweet…

“A little Moroccan villa, a touch of English Garden
Timeless with a vintage vibe
Polaroid soft light and lavender fields
Graceful, poetic, bohemian wedding gowns…”

Ceylon

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Topanga

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Patchouli

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Rainbow May Day Styled Shoot

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The words ‘rainbow’ and ‘wedding’ in the same sentence always make me sit up and pay attention. Add in ‘May Day’ and ‘hand fasting’ and ‘maypole’ and it’s a done deal.

This here is a beautiful styled shoot with so much to take away and incorporate into your own spring wedding, particularly the maypole dance using a tree. There’s something so sweet, so simple but effective, about your wedding kids dancing a rainbow of ribbons into a colourful pattern to celebrate your marriage.

Gwenda Jeffs of the Vintage Floral Design Co. told me the story behind this romantic shoot steeped in spring traditions…

“The concept grew out of a conversation with photographer Kat Forsyth about The Wizard of Oz, evolving through Somewhere Over the Rainbow to technicolour bridesmaids!

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“I chose a different type of flower to represent each colour – red tulips, orange roses, yellow sunflowers, green carnations, blue hydrangeas, indigo delphiniums, and violet stocks. A small posy of each bloom was provided for each bridesmaid and a buttonhole for the pageboy, and the whole spectrum was represented in the trailing bridal bouquet. I adore using colour in a suitable vintage theme, and this shoot, which had something of a ’70s hippy vibe about it, was the perfect opportunity to indulge!

“The people at Riverhill Gardens kindly permitted us to use their beautiful venue. Hayley did a wonderful job of Olaya’s hair and make-up, creating a soft, natural look befitting her youth. I have previously worked with Liam, our male model, and I knew that he would be great for the role in this shoot. On the day, both of their lovely personalities combined into a natural chemistry that conveyed the precise sense of exuberant young love that I was hoping for.

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“Charlotte of Wilden Bride brought along two of her gorgeous dresses, including a re-worked vintage lace piece (her mother’s own wedding dress, no less!). To complete each bridal ensemble, we added fabulous veils by Dornellie and exquisite jewellery and hair accessories by Rosie Weisencrantz Vintage Creations.

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