Sunday, 22 January 2017

BROWN IN TOWN - TRADITIONAL BRITISH TAILORING FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL STYLE

Founded to establish a traditional tailors and outfitters in Bristol "sympathetic to the requirement of the modern gentleman", Brown in Town offers a personal tailoring service with impeccable cut and finish.


Owned by our favourite Bristol gent, the consistently stylish, David Minns, Brown in Town stocks an extensive range of some of the world's finest cloths and materials from heritage brands such as Harrisons of Edinburgh, Fox Flannels, Porter & Harding and Harris Tweed, to name a few.


David is also very happy to offer sartorial advice and can offer shirts, ties, pocket squares, handkerchiefs and even umbrellas to complement your bespoke suit.  His attention to the smaller details is second to none and he now stocks glorious Cheaney shoes and, if it's raining on your wedding day 'Galoshes' to keep them immaculate!


So whether you have your own style, which you'd like translated into the perfect bespoke suit or need a little bit of extra help, you'll get everything you need from Brown in Town to be the smartest man in the room on your wedding day!


Email: david@brownintown.co.uk 
mob:  07864 087288

CHOCOLATE DELORES - STUNNING CHOCOLATE FANTASIES THAT TASTE DIVINE!

I often hear brides say they want a wedding cake but they'd really like it to be chocolate.  If that's you, then let me introduce you to Chocolate Delores.



Chocolate Delores designs and creates sumptuous, handmade chocolate cakes for any occasion, especially weddings, and uses only the best organic, fair trade ingredients!


The brains behind this wonderful brand is Lizzie Melling, who started baking cakes at the tender age of 10 and went on to work for one of Britain's leading organic cake makers for 12 years.  During that time Lizzie trained in couverture and learnt the art of the chocolatier.


Lizzie is a true artist and her cakes reflect this.  Each is individually made and a perfect work of art.  Her work really is true craftsmanship and will be a talking point of your day.  Every time I see her work I discover a new favourite from white chocolate cherubs to seashells and incredible chocolate spires, her imagination knows no bounds and her ability to turn it into a chocolate reality is awesome!


But don't worry - they don't just look good - as a big fan of Chocolate Delores' cakes I can assure you they taste divine.  One piece is never enough! 


The main ingredient is a deliciously dark chocolate and each cake is soaked overnight in Port before being layered with Madagascan vanilla buttercream and homemade plum jam. After that, using white, dark or milk chocolate, master chocolatier Lizzie gets to work designing.


Even as I write this, my mouth is watering as I know just how truly delicious Lizzie's cakes are.


So if you want a stunning fantasy cake as a centrepiece for your day AND your guests to be blown away by how delicious it is, you need to come and meet Lizzie.  You won't be disappointed!


W: http://chocolatedelorescakesbristol.co.uk
E:  hello@chocolatedelorescakesbristol.co.uk
T:  07970 794443  

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

HEARTFELT VINTAGE BRIDAL & WEDDINGS - THE HOME OF CREATIVE, ADVENTUROUS WEDDINGS!

It's fair to say we love Heartfelt Vintage Bridal & Weddings!  Based in Alma Vale Road in the heart of Clifton, if you haven't yet visited this vintage lifestyle boutique then you're in for a treat!


Established in 2014 by husband and wife team Will and Kate, the business was bourne out of their desire to create a little haven of calm and creativity amidst the chaos of the modern world.


With a background in the performing arts, running festivals and producing artists all over Europe, it's no surprise that Heartfelt Vintage has evolved to become a multi-faceted business offering a number of different services under one roof.


Part vintage boutique, part tea room, part party venue, they are unique within Bristol and the only place in the city where you can enjoy a cup of loose leaf tea and a freshly baked scone at the same time as choosing from their beautiful selection of vintage wedding dresses!  There's no hard sell here - Heartfelt like to think of themselves as the antidote to modern life. 


Bristol's only supplier of authentic vintage wedding dresses, they have a stunning range of unique dresses from the 1900's to the 1970's, all lovingly restored.  And don't worry about vintage dresses being too small - they have a fantastic alteration service who can either make a dress fit or can build a replica from scratch if you fall in love with a particular gown. 


Heartfelt love creating something from nothing.  With their creative backgrounds they love helping you plan your wedding and turn the most mundane space into something magical.  Some of their most memorable wedding locations last year included a front garden, a cinema and a woodland cemetery!


Offering different wedding planning services 'The Creator', 'The Searcher', the Co-ordinator' and 'The Fixer', they can cover every aspect of your wedding from just sorting out a problem to helping you organise the whole thing from start to finish.


You can also hire their beautiful venue for a vintage hen party with scrumptious food and a variety of activities.


You can either simply hire the tearoom for your own private party, book one of their ready-made party packages or ask them to put together a bespoke party for you.  Or they can bring the Heartfelt Vintage Bridal mage to a venue of your choice.


From vintage makeovers to photo shoots and fascinator making, to afternoon tea with live music, they'll ensure there's always a warm welcome, enough tea to sink a battleship and lots and lots of cake!


We're thrilled to be welcoming Kate and her team back to the Vintage Wedding Fair and we can't wait to see their gorgeous stand.


Photoshoot credits:
Creative Direction & Styling | Kate Ashwell at Heartfelt Vintage
Photography | Leelou Wedding Photography
HMUA | Lou Mack Makeup & Hair
Flowers | Emerald & Jade Flowers
Flower Crown | Deni Maxa at Heartfelt Flowers
Cream 1950s Lace Dress | Heartfelt Vintage
Green Upycled Wedding Dress | Linda Thomas Eco Design
Assistant Stylist | Lizzie Williams
Location | North Street, Bristol

W: http://www.heartfeltvintage.co.uk
T:  0117 904 2898
E:  heartfeltvintageltd@gmail.com




Friday, 20 January 2017

EILY O'CONNELL - CREATING TREASURES OF WEARABLE ART

We're very excited to welcome Eily O'Connell to this year's wedding fair.  Eily creates treasures of wearable art that have a mysterious and other worldly presence.
If you're looking for a unique piece of jewellery to celebrate your love, Eily's work is perfect for you. Not only that, but our ecological impact is very important to Eily and she sources sustainable material wherever possible including recycled metals and fair-trade gems.  Even all her boxing and marketing materials are recycled.

All Eily's work is crafted sourcing the finest materials in her studio, where visitors are welcome by appointment, and she loves to make you commissioned pieces, whatever your budget.  All her prices reflect this very small-scale local production made from cradle to cradle by the hands of the designer maker.

Eily's starting point is foraging around the beaches, forests and other areas of natural interest to find materials that she can combine and cast into gold and silver to make beautifully detailed jewellery with gemstone and enamel accents. 
Growing up in the countryside of the fishing village of Killybegs on the North West coast of Ireland, sea themes are evident throughout her work. 
There are constant references to human manipulation of nature as Eily is concerned with our ecological impact and so tries to highlight important issues through pieces and collections. 
Eily's work ranges from very clean, simple lines thru incredibly intricate, delicate shapes to glorious statement pieces, but her passion for nature is reflected in every piece.
Eily loves every aspect of her work but she particularly loves crafting something bespoke in her unique style, just for you.  With an avid eye for the unusual and textured, Eily has created some extraordinary pieces for her bona fide clients, from designing engagement and wedding bands, reviving and re-melting heirlooms to simply casing a small silver pendant from an acorn found in a special garden!

No project is too big or too small and Eily loves the challenge of engaging your senses through a bespoke piece of jewellery which will be made to last with the finest materials, creating our very own heirloom piece.
Personal meetings can be made near her Bristol studio but get in touch if you live further afield as Eily travels a lot and may be able to meet up with you to discuss the evolution of your idea to concept.  Alternatively this process can easily be done via email.  Many of her special commissions have been made remotely for people around the globe whom she has never met! 


Take a look at Eily's portfolio page to give you a flavour of the wide range of her creativity and imagination.

Whether you want a totally unique modern piece or something recycled from a heritage piece of jewellery all Eily's pieces are made with great love and care for the environment.



W: http://www.eilyoconnell.com/cms/
E:  EILY@EILYOCONNELL.COM

Thursday, 19 January 2017

L K BESPOKE BRIDAL - CREATING TRULY UNIQUE, STUNNING WEDDING DRESSES

Welcome to the British Independent label of LK Bespoke Bridal.  Lisa Keating works closely with her clients in order to create and successfully achieve the perfect fit, unique look, bridal-wear and evening wear that suits the personality and style of each individual woman.


Photograph courtesy of Jo Hansford Photography
Lisa loves and designs bridal-wear for real women.  Her approach is personal and it's an obvious passion.  Every creation understands the client's body, their individual beauty, personal vision and their lifestyle.


Photograph courtesy of Jo Hansford Photography
With 35 years' experience in understanding the bride's desire to be her best self and to express that in their own way, Lisa makes the wedding dress work for them, NOT the bride work out for the dress!

Photo courtesy of Jo Hansford Photography
This is where the dress is designed and made for each individual bride.  It's a completely different experience from entering a bridal shop and selecting a gown that's mass-produced and 'off the peg'.  It's a personal experience, where the gown starts with a conversation, enters into the design process and Lisa works through every stage with you, the bride to create a gown that will make you feel confident, beautiful, spoiled and 'loved'!


Photograph courtesy of Jo Hansford Photography
Combining her commercial design background, in-depth pattern-making and garment construction knowledge, Lisa works with your vision, vintage inspiration and love and passion for beautiful fabrics to create truly stunning, modern wedding dresses and bridal wear. She brings creativity, intelligence and versatility to her collections, knowing that carefully crafted and interchangeable elements will work for every woman, whatever shape or size.


Photograph courtesy of Viktoria Kuti
Graduating with a BA Honors in Fashion Design in 1989 at the University of Bristol, Lisa went on to gain a post-graduate certificate in Fashion Illustration, then specialising in Corsetry, feeding her obsession with fit, the female form and embellishment.  This knowledge and experience, combined with Lisa's skills as an Atelier, give her an unparalleled ability to design and create breath-taking wedding gowns.




Lisa is proud to divide her time between creating beautiful gowns and passing on her skills and knowledge in teaching Fashion Degree students in South-West universities as well as running workshops and masterclasses.

Lisa will have a beautiful array of her garments for you to fall in love with at the fair and all her items are created in Bristol, England.  


Web: www.lkbespokebridal.co.uk
M:07984896732
E:  lkeating.lk@gmail.com



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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

MCGILL SISTERS - BEAUTIFUL, UNIQUE WEDDING FILMS

As the name suggests, this company consists of two sisters, Sinead & Siobhan, who are based in Bristol. They make beautiful and unique wedding films to capture couples and their  loved ones on their wedding day. I love this quote from the sisters about their work style;

'We are there to catch everything from the champagne in the morning to the hilarious dancing in the evening, with laughs, hugs and tears in between! We LOVE couples who are unique, adventurous, and crazy about each other. And if you're up for a bit of hiking for an amazing backdrop,or doing something fun for the perfect shot, even better! '

They film in a very natural, unobtrusive manner and using small film cameras. The McGill sisters aim to blend in with your guests, chat to your family and friends, and then you can truly let your hair down, and forget that they're  even there! No one wants a camera in their face during the day and they are experts in capturing the relaxed and spontaneous moments of the day.

Once filming is over, they take special care selecting these moments, synching them with sound and editing them together to make your unique story of the day. I love how honest they are in saying that they spend lots of hours doing this, and don't like to rush! Using ambient sounds, music and accompanying vows and speeches, it results in a beautiful and heartfelt film that will bring the memories flooding back! 

Have a look at one of their highlights videos with lots more weddings on their website. We are really excited that they will be capturing the day at the fair too for us! 

W: http://www.mcgillsisterfilms.com/#welcome
T:  07749 914138


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

WILD THINGS - VIP AREAS FOR YOUR SMALLEST GUESTS

Wild Things is a luxury party planning service devoted to your children.  They also hire cool kids corners,  giving your own 'wild things' a space of their own on your wedding day.   



When all the excitement gets too much, Wild Things gives your little ones a place to do some colouring, read a book, play on the iPad or even have a nap.


Wild Things can provide three styles of kids' corners, with various soft furnishings, including teepees, rugs, cushions and beanbags and either a box of books or an iPad with classic Disney movies.   

1.  Snug - fits a snug area!
2.  Cosy - a larger version of the snug with 2 teepees
3.  Vintage - comes with vintage print cushions and a box of vintage childrens' books.

They're perfect for smaller venues, city venues or those with not as much outdoor space. 


Their kids corner packages give the little people their very own VIP area and can include a dance area, a huge dressing up box, toys, are and fun.  Wild Things can even provide entertainers and childcare.


With a background in weddings, fashion and club nights, they also offer a kids party planning service that will make their event a total WOW!  


They can do everything from creative direction, event design and management, decor and product sourcing, supplier sourcing, photo shoot direction and pretty much anything you can think of and can supply party boxes and amazing prop hire!


In fact, if you're not careful you'll be jealous of the kids!

Email: hello@wildthings.co.uk
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