Thursday, 16 December 2010

Meticulous Ink

I have, for many years, been obsessed with all things stationery related. I could hang around in WHSmith for hours as a child. Of course, I later discovered the delights of the rather more sophisticated Paperchase but, my tastes have moved on once again...You might now find me loitering, for far longer than is considered normal, in the beautiful premises of Meticulous Ink.

"Dedicated to creating exquisite paper goods"

And their goods really, really are exquisite. And meticulous.

There's something so special and exciting about a wedding invitation. I love to keep all the invitations I've received over the years. They're just like a photograph. They evoke such strong memories and say so much about the bride and groom.

We're really looking forward to welcoming the lovely and enormously talented Athena Cauley-Yu to the Fair. Here are some examples of their work and some words from Athena about what to expect at the Fair....

Meticulous Ink are a traditional printers and stationers, using hand crafted techniques to produce outstanding bespoke paper items. Including print methods from die-stamping and embossing to foiling and letterpress, there is unlimited choice to make your wedding stationery chic and sophisticated or outrageously glamorous. We will be showing a wide variety of samples including wedding invites, order of service booklets and menus, at the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair to inspire a stationery suite that gives a great first impression of your wedding to your guests.

Take a look at their website -

Rachel Goodchild Designs - E-cards

Forgotten to send a Christmas card? Fear not my lovelies! The wonderful Rachel Goodchild has launched a gorgeous range of E-cards to save us all from our forgetful and disorganised selves.

They're all fabulous and, as always, have a wonderful vintage feel. You can check out the E-card samples here.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Bristol Vintage - Crockery Hire and Event Planning

Now for a post about the fabulous Ali Cook and Katie Daniels, of the equally fabulous Bristol Vintage.

I've known Ali and Katie for many, many years after we met at Aardman Animations. I've worked with some exceptionally talented people over the years and these 2 are among the best. They are truly, truly passionate about vintage and about people. A pretty perfect combination to help any bride put together the perfect wedding reception.

Their collection of crockery is simply stunning and their collection of vintage props is as extensive as it is eclectic. Their long-standing love of vintage means they have some amazing sources. They can find anything. Ali's love of shopping is pretty infamous and I get soooo excited to see what fabulous vintage finds she'll come up with from her latest shopping jaunt.

They can cater for up to 200 people for weddings, parties, film premieres. Just name the event. As far as we know, Bristol Vintage have the biggest collection of original babycham glasses for hire too. Babycham glasses! How fabulous. They work with some of the best destinations in Bristol such as Goldbrick House and hold fabulous regular cream teas at Hotel du Vin.

I think that Ali and Katie are pretty confident in what they do. But they're also extremely humble. Never likely to really, really big themselves up. So here I am to do it for them. They are absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, the choice when it comes to vintage crockery and prop hire, event styling and organisation.

Their creativity, their energy and their all-round loveliness is pretty hard to beat. I love 'em. Here's just a few images from their amazing collection...

Miss Jones - Exquisite Lingerie

The trouble with these blogs is that 'older posts' drop off the page and you have to scroll down and click 'older posts' in order to find these so-called 'older posts'.

It occured to me today that my post about Miss Jones (the most amazing hand-made lingerie imaginable) has now 'fallen off' the bottom of the page. Too beautiful not to re-post. Here's more from the wonderfully talented Jacqui Jones...

Red Ruby Rose

Didn't someone really famous and clever once say "You can never have too many gorgeous bags". No? I think they must have because I really, really need one of these wonderful creations. Handmade by the incredibly talented Rowena Dugdale of Red Ruby Rose.

Rowena hand-makes these clutches, many of which with her own textile designs and we think they are spectacular! We can't wait to see them at the Fair.

Lots of brides are carrying clutch-bags, or using them instead of posies for their bridesmaids. Very stylish. And a perfect gift for your bridesmaids to keep. Rowena even offers a discount to brides for multiple purchases. Brilliant.

For more information, and more bags, check out the Red Ruby Rose website by clicking

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

c20 Vintage Fashion

We are so, so excited about this next exhibitor. c20 Vintage Fashion have an enormous collection of vintage fashion including couture and designer peices from Biba and Ossie Clark. In the business for over 40 years, they really know their stuff.

Their wedding dresses are to die for! If you want an authentic vintage dress, these guys are for you.

The lovely Xanthe Swift will be joining us at the fair and we can't wait to see what beauties she brings with her!
1950s gown

1920s beaded evening dress

1960s Ossie Clark dress

C20 Vintage Fashion is an inspirational archive of designer garments and unique pieces from every decade of the twentieth century. We will be selling a handpicked selection of beautiful vintage items from the collection.
I think you'll agree they're pretty special. Check out the photo gallery on their website for some heart-stoppingly, fabulous dresses!