The Hub: An Event for Wedding Industry Entrepreneurs

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Some exciting news for all you wedding creatives and business owners out there. Kiki-Sunshine Boonwaat, founder of The Chosen Wedding Collective, leader of the #weddingrevolution, and dynamo behind the Chosen Wedding Fairs, is running an event that will fire you all up creatively, provide an opportunity to listen to and network with award-winning industry leaders, and basically have a jolly good time along the way!

This event is called The Hub’ and it’s described as a ‘one-day escape into an inspirational and supportive space.’ Kiki says:

The Hub is about growth. It’s about meeting with and learning from other industry professionals, gaining an insight into topics that affect all of our creative businesses within the wedding industry.

It’s about taking that information, letting it inspire us, and moving our own ideas forward. It’s about creating connection exchanges in a warm, inclusive and inviting environment. It’s about finding support, encouragement and answers.

It’s about empowering yourself against your fears; assisting you in lifting up your dreams.

It’s about having a break from the norm of working life and visiting a place that will, without a doubt, give you your very own little twinkle of light-up inspiration to cultivate and carry forward with you.

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I’m telling you, I wish I could go!! Especially when the line-up of speakers is so flipping brilliant!! This list includes the mighty Bespoke Bride, The Little Wedding Helper and Coco Wedding Venues. Some of my favourites – these are inspirational people who can genuinely talk the talk, who have made waves in the industry, and they’ll be sharing with you their unique insights that will assist you in moving your creative business forward.

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Fun, Colourful, DIY Mexican Wedding: Ben and Dilys

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When you plan a wedding with an easygoing approach, and have as your main aim that your guests and you will have the best, most knock out time, while adding details as you go along that reflect you and the things that make you happy, you cannot fail to have an amazing wedding day.

The Mexican flavoured wedding of Ben and Dilys has so much fabulous DIY, and some of the biggest grins I’ve seen! Not to mention the spicy, in-your-face colours, and the fact that they did the legal bit the day before so they could truly go to town on precisely what they wanted on the day that mattered. I love their relaxed attitude; it resulted in a super gorgeous day!

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The Red Wedding: Love, Passion, and Good Fortune Styled Shoot

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The dresses in this styled shoot are ultra-womanly. You couldn’t not have curves in these! Also, they’re reminiscent of past times, what with their corsetry and structure, and yet modern in design so that they do not in any way look ‘costumey.’ A perfect balance of the romance of history with the edge of the present for the contemporary bride.

I first saw these images via make-up artist Amy Prifti’s Facebook page. Amy has been helping brides to achieve their perfect look for more than 12 years, and she comes from a background in film, television, theatre, fashion, beauty and catwalks, and has been published in VogueYour Sussex WeddingLife, and many more. So, basically the perfect person to do a highly stylised bridal shoot!! And to be snapped up to make you over on your big day!

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The dresses are the work of Chrissie Nicholson-Wild, the owner of Curve Couture, who describes her dresses’ aesthetic as, “clean lines and structure; sumptuously detailed and exquisitely finished corsets and a flair for millinery combine sleek modern styles with a respectful and deep (though never submissive!), nod to the past. My brides are strong independent women, looking for something more creative, unique and dramatic than an off-the-peg gown.”

And I love that Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes was so impressed by Chrissie’s peacock-feather accessories that she wore them for both an album cover shoot and to collect her 2009 Mercury Music prize! Music and fashion – you know I’m all over that.

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That Alternative Wedding Fair

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They’re poppin’ up all over the place these alternative wedding fairs, and I for one say YES!! It’s a much needed thing to have all styles of bride, groom and wedding catered for in the world of wedding planning, and this movement is gathering momentum.

Enter onto the scene, That Alternative Wedding Fair. This is being held over two days at Fargo Creative Village in Coventry later this month. I’ll let the organisers tell you more!

It’s YOUR day, and we want it to be YOUR way!

Which is why we have gathered together the best alternative, bespoke, edgy, innovative, original, quirky, vintage and contemporary wedding suppliers, small businesses, entertainers, food suppliers, and everything else in between, and put them all under one roof for you.

On each day of the event, there will be something different, new and exciting for you, and everything you see will be hire-able for your big day.

To inspire…

There will be up to 30 stalls exhibiting, including bespoke wedding dress designers, origami flowers, homemade table decorations, quirky cake makers, independent jewellery designers, vintage travel and much more.

These include: Satin and Tat // Donna Preece Photo Studios // Jester Styles Magic // Joanna Photography // Scarletta Tayla

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Saturday, April 18th: Let’s party, celebrate your love
10am-5pm

To entertain…

Throughout the day, you’ll be able to enjoy a live fashion show, showcasing suppliers’ work styled by Coventry University fashion students, and performances from live local acts and entertainers.

To tingle those taste buds…

Step away from the buffet and put down that sausage roll! Instead, discover the new trend of al fresco and alternative dining with Scoff, as associated with the renowned Digbeth Dining Club. Scoff will be supplying food vendors – Spectacular Goat, Big Daddies Diner, Canoodle, and more. There will be enough taste explosions and variety to please the fussiest of guests!

To quench that thirst…

The Drinks Bus, an alternative bar set up in an old double decker red bus, will be there all day supplying you with lovely refreshments to quench that thirst, with seating available on deck.

Sunday, April 19th: Arts & Crafts, wedding edition
11am-4pm

To create…

We’ll have a variety of live craft seminars all day to inspire the creative bride and groom to DIY those little homemade touches.

To feast…

Didn’t get a chance to try out all the food on offer? Then why not come back and dig in to more culinary delights with Scoff.

To invigorate the senses…

Even more entertainment this time, featuring a fashion show entitled ‘Anti Bride,’ showcasing the work of highly talented first year student designers, and more live acts and bands.

All this and many more treats to be found all weekend! So let’s shake it up and celebrate individuality, personality and fun. Allow us to inspire your alternative desires for your big day.

Warning: This is not your average wedding fair – we expect a high risk of inspiration overload and an excess of excitement!

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Funk Fiction: A 1970s Tarantino Inspired Styled Shoot

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Pulp Fiction clearly has lasting style. It arrived with a bang in the 1990s, and showed us all the power of a sleek black bob, a white shirt and vampy claret-coloured nails. Mia Wallace is a bit of an icon, drug-abuse aside…

 

I saw this Tarantino-inspired styled shoot on the brilliant French wedding blog Queen for a Day‘s Facebook page, and I just thought what an original idea for a wedding shoot!! Have to have it. The suppliers making up the team are having an absolute scream throughout, and it really shows in the images – so much fun!

 

I love the teaming up of modern bridal looks with major retro décor styling. It creates such interest and it works really well to create a visual impact – lots of colour and pattern. It’s all fairly eclectic stuff in terms of the table styling – you could easily borrow as well as buy these details. Thrift stores, eBay and vintage places would be great for sourcing some of the genuine 1970s bits. Your parents and grandparents might even have some stuff at home. Good hunting!

 

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 So, would you have a Tarantino-inspired wedding? Which films would you choose? It’d be a choice between Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction for me.


Credits
Photography – Studio Huit and Tant de Poses
Creative direction – Queen For a Day
Dresses – Atelier 2B
MUA – Flo.s
Hair – Madame Sans Gêne
Shoes – Dessine Moi un Soulier
Suits – Samson
Bow ties – Le Colonel Moutarde
Girls in suits – ASOSMaison Guillemette
Flowers – Gali M
Videography – YM Productions
Table décor – Charlette et Juliotte
Stationery – Nabe Fabric
Props – Mes Petits Packaging
Photobooth – Clic-Omatic
Sweet table and patisseries – Manon OhlalaCarotte jaune et tomate rose
Location – Mariage et Dessert
Models – Anyssa, Yannick, Charlotte, Raph, Amélie from Queen For a Day, and Maëliss