Sunday, 4 December 2016

RETROPRESS - MAKING YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION COUNT!

When you decide you're getting married one of the first things you think about is letting people know, and sending out your Save the Date cards can sometimes be the first time you share the great news with your friends and family.  That's when you realise you need Retropress!


Retropress is the baby of Kate Clift, self-confessed stationery obsessive, with a passion for design and a conviction that your stationery says as much about you as your dress, flowers and venue.


We totally agree and you'll love the excitement of choosing something personal to you to spread the great news!


With a choice of their off the peg boutique collection or customer bespoke designs you can select the perfect style to suit you and your big day. 


Kate and her team cover every aspect of your stationery needs but we particularly love her coasters - the perfect keepsake for all guests and great fun!



Come and meet Kate to talk about all your stationery needs and we promise you, you'll be hooked!



Email: kate@retropress.org

Monday, 28 November 2016

EMMA NORTON - ROMANTIC, FAIRYTALE FLOWERS

We're thrilled to welcome back Emma Norton Wedding Flowers to this year's fair. Emma's beautiful, romantic, fairytale flowers are every bride's dream.


Having worked with flowers since she was a teenager, Emma's experience and eye for detail are second to none. With so many years' experience Emma realised her real passion lay in weddings and so created her business to specialise in working on weddings so is committed to making your big day as beautiful as possible.


Emma will work closely with you to ensure your flowers are distinctive and unique to you. She loves hearing your ideas and you'll work in partnership on your themes, colours and styles to create the perfect designs from your bouquet  to the accessories, table arrangements and venue flowers.


With her calm, relaxed manner and total professionalism you'll feel in safe hands with Emma.  Take a peek at her news and testimonials to see and hear from real life couples who've loved working with her.


You'll adore Emma's beautiful blooms at the wedding fair and she's really looking forward to meeting you and telling you about her passion for flowers.




E: emma@emmanortonweddingflowers.co.uk
T: 0117 9625987
M: 07891 308540


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Friday, 25 November 2016

I DO VINTAGE BRIDAL - BEAUTIFUL CAPES & CAPELETS

We're really excited to introduce our latest new exhibitor to the fair.  If your idea of heaven is a romantic, elegant accessory, then you'll want to visit  I Do Vintage Bridal's stand.


Adah Wellman is the creative brains behind this lovely company, making bridal capes and specialising in feature capelets, perfect for the bride and her bridesmaids.

Each capelet is handmade to order to personal specification and can incorporate vintage pieces or heirlooms to create a truly unique capelet.  They can be finished with new or vintage trims, even incorporating heirlooms, so you have your 'something old' as well as a truly unique piece.


Some brides also have capelets for their bridesmaids in a feather that compliments the theme or colour of the wedding. These make beautiful gifts for as they will love wearing them again.  


Take a peek at Adah's happy brides and what they have to say and you'll be very tempted. I know I am! 


E: info@idovintagebridal.co.uk
Website: http://www.idovintagebridal.com

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

ALWAYS YOU PHOTOGRAPHY - TELLING YOUR OWN UNIQUE STORY

Matt and Joe, the two halves of Always You Photography each bring their own unique talents to their work, marrying traditional photographic techniques with a more contemporary reportage style.


Their work blends a washed-out style, perfect for vintage weddings, with high-end editing techniques to deliver quality pictures capturing all those special moments of your perfect day.


The duo love getting to know what makes you tick and thrive on building a great relationship with you as they know this is the key to making sure you feel comfortable in front of the camera, resulting in more relaxed and beautiful photos.


Knowing how much you have to think about on your big day, Matt and Joe aim to give you a service that delivers one less thing for you to worry about.  They will work closely with you in the run-up to your wedding to deliver a service you can truly trust and can rest assured your day will run as smoothly as possible.


They can also cover your engagement shoot so you have get to know them even better beforehand and how lovely to have your pre-wedding photos as well. Take a look at what their satisfied clients say about them and you'll be impressed.


Matt and Joe will be at the fair to show you their work and chat about what you need from a photographer on your big day.


In their own words ..."Your love is one of a kind, so let's get your story started ..." 
T: 07958 678256 
E: info@alwaysyouphoto.com




Sunday, 20 November 2016

VINTAGE BUTTON BRIDAL DESIGNS - BEAUTIFUL HAIR ADORNMENTS & JEWELLERY MADE WITH LOVE

We're so thrilled to have Vintage Button Bridal Designs joining us again for 2017.

Photo - Oxana Mazur of http://www.oxiphotography.co.uk

We fell in love with Clare Lloyd's designs the first time we saw them and I still can't walk past her stand without wishing I had an excuse to own every piece!

Photo - Oxana Mazur of http://www.oxiphotography.co.uk

The Vintage Button Bridal Designs collection features intricate and delicate bridal accessories and jewellery designed as stand alone pieces or with the option to combine adornments to create a more subtle or statement look.

Photo - Oxana Mazur of http://www.oxiphotography.co.uk
Her pieces include heirloom quality hair adornments, headpieces, jewellery and accessories designed and made entirely by hand by Clare herself with love and attention to the finest detail.

Photo - Oxana Mazur of http://www.oxiphotography.co.uk
Each piece is a small work of art, unashamedly romantic and feminine and perfect for the bride looking for something a little bit different.

Photo - Oxana Mazur of http://www.oxiphotography.co.uk
Take a look at her gallery to see even more stunning designs.

Photo - Oxana Mazur of http://www.oxiphotography.co.uk
Come and visit Clare's stand at the fair and we guarantee you won't be able to resist!


Monday, 14 November 2016

IVORY FLOWERS - FLOWERS WITH PASSION

Just hearing the name Xanthe Ivory makes me think of a romantic heroine and, as the owner of Ivory Flowers, Xanthe is in the perfect job to know all about romance.


It's lovely reading the Ivory Flowers' website as her passion for her work shines through and the lovely words of clients confirm how much she and her team love working on weddings.


Growing up in the beautiful Somerset countryside, Xanthe's imagination was captured by the natural blooms, stunning woodlands and endless fields and she developed a pastime of flower pressing (to award-winning standards!)


After training as a florist, Xanthe settled in Bristol and became a mainstay of the Tobacco Factory, where I met her when my husband treated me to some of her wonderful flowers.  Since then she's joined forces with chocolatier Zara and the pair now own a glorious shop in Southville providing beautiful flowers & divine chocolates to the lucky people of South Bristol.


Come and chat with Xanthe at our Fair and you'll be charmed by her laid-back style as well as her knowledge and love of flowers and foliage.


T: 0117 9533892 


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Friday, 11 November 2016

BATH CAKE COMPANY - AWARD WINNING CAKES FOR ALL OCCASIONS

We love letting you know about all our fantastic exhibitors and our first for 2017 is no exception. 


Founded by Celia Adams, Bath Cake Company will work with you to create your dream wedding cake and you can meet with the team by appointment to discuss your ideas and taste their delicious cakes at no extra charge.


Not only that but if you fancy being a bit creative yourself they hold cake decorating classes in their very own decorating studio and they have a Sugarcraft Shop open to students of these classes exclusively.


Their creative team love hosting yummy cake decorating parties for children, adults and hen parties - how much fun would that be!?


They even have an on-line shop with a fantastic choice of cake decorating products including gifts for cake lovers as well as tools, equipment and pretty cake decorations for all occasions.


Take a look at their wonderful gallery to give you an idea of some of their amazing work.  


To discuss your perfect cake, come and meet them at our fair and let them tell you more about what they can do for you. 


T: 01225 446094
E: info@bathcakecompany.co.uk 


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Monday, 7 November 2016

SAVE THE DATE - BRISTOL VINTAGE WEDDING FAIR 2017!

I am really excited to be announcing the launch of the 2017 Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair for so many reasons!

As Zoe is now the owner of Bristol Vintage I'm really lucky to have the opportunity to organise one more fair whilst she is discovering all the wonders of the crockery world.  

But even more exciting is that this year, I am organising the fair in partnership with Kirsten Butler, aka The Little Wedding Helper.  Kirsten is an award winning wedding stylist and we've been friends and collaborators since the very early days of Bristol Vintage.  She'll be tweeting, face booking, pinning, instagramming and generally shouting out about our fabulous exhibitors over the next few weeks and I'm really enjoying working with her on my final fair.

The wonderful Moomie Swan has, yet again, come up with the amazing artwork for this year's fair.  We're holding the fair in January this year, and we gave Moomie the briefest of briefs yet she came up with this wintry-themed poster which knocked our socks off!  How much more romantic can you get?




As always, the fair will be held in the stunning Clifton Pavilion, Bristol Zoo Gardens, over two floors with the best hand-picked exhibitors we can find. There's everything from original vintage and vintage-inspired dresses and accessories, one-off millinery designs, stunning photography, beautiful flowers, delicious cakes as well as fabulous entertainment and pretty much everything you can possibly think of for a vintage style wedding.


Over the next few weeks we'll be showcasing our gorgeous exhibitors on the blog so watch out for our shout-outs on the Bristol Vintage and Little Wedding Helper social media.  All the Bristol Vintage media links can be found on this page, but below are Kirsten's links. We hope you'll be as excited as we are - and look forward to seeing you in January for our best fair yet!

Little Wedding Helper

Thursday, 3 November 2016

A NEW CHAPTER...

Hello from me!  I'm Zoe, the proud new owner of Bristol Vintage. I've taken over the reins from the gorgeous Ali and I'm determined to do her proud. 


A little about me...
I'm hugely enthusiastic about a lot of things, but one of my real passions is running. I'm not too fussy about where or for how long, however I am partial to a run in the dark around the illuminated Bristol harbour side.  I love the feeling of freedom it gives me, not to mention the hour or so away from the craziness of my house and two little girls. I also do a little running coaching for people who are keen to start but need a little guidance .... come run with me!

I LOVE to eat, pretty much anything, although my favs are Thai food and cakes. Not together. Unfortunately I'm not the best cook in the world, but luckily that gives me an excuse to eat out a lot.

I'm slightly obsessed with beautiful architecture of all genres, although I have to admit modern boxes leave me feeling a little cold.

I love a cocktail – something sour and cold, I only hope that my choice of cocktail isn't a reflection of my personality!


So... why did I choose Bristol Vintage?  Well, for a start the stock is really rather special. Each cup and saucer has been painstakingly hand selected and it really shows.  The collection is obviously a labour of love and this really translates into something exceptional and totally unique, how could I resist?   On top of that, I really love a wedding.  I'm at the age now where most people I know are either married or they've decided that it's not for them, so I'm experiencing severe wedding drought.  I love the sense of occasion and excitement that comes with any major milestone in life, so to be a part of your special Bristol Vintage is a real honour, and something that I truly relish.

Over the last few weeks I've been slowly unwrapping box after box of gorgeous things, getting a sense of what Bristol Vintage means to me.   The good news for you is that I plan to continue Ali's ethos of personal and friendly service, so you won't see any changes on that front. I'm really excited to share our treasures with you over the coming months, we've lots of new projects already in development so stayed tuned for what lies ahead. 


Wish me luck!
Zoe xxx

Thursday, 27 October 2016

BRISTOL VINTAGE - THE END OF AN ERA!

I have momentous news!

Following my post of a couple of months ago announcing the sale of the business, Bristol Vintage is now under new ownership.

I have so many happy memories of the last few years - from the very early days when Bristol Vintage was just an idea that Katie and I shared, to our launch event - Katie's wonderful wedding; collaborating with Aunties Vintage on the Clifton Hill Costume and Textiles launch; happy hours spent searching for the most beautiful crockery and props, and some of our truly wonderful brides and grooms, as well as fabulous birthday parties, hen parties and even some very beautiful wakes.  Not forgetting our very own Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair (more of which later).

I've met some amazing people - clients and other people in the wedding industry - many of whom will be friends for life and I want to say thank you to them all for making the last 8 years such fun!  

Watch out for our next post where Zoe Fletcher, the new owner of Bristol Vintage, will say hello.  I'm so excited to see where Zoe takes the company and wish her all the luck in the world and hope she has as much fun as we have! 

Here are a few of my favourite memories! 

 
Our Babycham deer!
Gorgeous Lizzie (Chocolate Delores) and Joanna Swann
Beautiful Rachel modelling 
Fab Lisa Keating & Jacqui Jones - Coco Moon Photography
The West Weddings Team
Emma Norton Flowers
Pete Cranston Photography
Ms Marmite Lover's House Market

The Marionettes - Evoke Pictures

The Orangery Christmas Fair
Our stunning models Luba, Lisa, Lauren & Jennifer - Evoke Pictures
The lovely 'Little Wedding Helper' 
Our wonderful models Hyder & Charlotte by Always You Photography

Simply Vintage Photography
Caroline Lyall Photography