Monday, 26 November 2012

Flo-Jo Boutique

Join the knicker-making revolution with Flo-Jo Boutique! Designing, sewing and making all things vintage-inspired since 2004, Delia and Erika host knicker-making and sewing parties from their brand new boutique shop on Gloucester Road.

Why not book the perfect Hen Party where you’ll learn how to make a pair of knickers and a garter for the bride?  If there’s material left over, you can make bunting and add all the buttons, bows and vintage embellishments you like. Delia & Erika search high and low for their retro-inspired prints and find inspiration in vintage lace and silks, which they ‘upcycle’. 

At Flo-Jo Boutique you’ll find collections of handmade undies, knicker-making kits and frilly pinnies for sale. They also run a haberdashers with carefully sourced fabrics, but the other half of the shop is a fabulous retro style 50s kitchen inspired workshop space, filled with sewing machines. Here’s where the creativity happens, alongside high tea, cake and a glass of champagne. They run regular workshops on embellishing, quilting, patchwork and dressmaking, but beginners are very welcome to the party and the knicker-making hen dos are designed with that in mind.

At the Fair, Delia will be bringing a gorgeous selection of knickers and garters to show you just what you can make using vintage silks.  She’ll have some of the Fancy Pants knicker-making kits too.  They’re a great introductory sewing project for lovers of vintage and make perfect bridesmaids and hen party gifts. Each kit includes a fully graded reusable pattern and you can choose from their range of cute cottons, frilly elastic and satin ribbons. She’ll also be bringing a party album so you can get a feel of the space and some inspiration for your own party.

Delia will be on hand at the Fair on March 10th, but why don’t you check out Flo-Jo’s website, or better yet, pop in to the shop! Flo-Jo Boutique are based at 36b Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8AR and you can book your party by calling 0117 904 1498. 

Friday, 23 November 2012

Dawn Wilkins Photography

We’re thrilled that Dawn Wilkins will be exhibiting at our next Fair in March. Bristol Vintage know Dawn well; last year she was our very own Fair photographer, documenting the day and running the classic car and fashion shoots. She’s also a photographer who’s really inspired us and we’ve been proudly featuring her beautiful vintage-inspired weddings and gorgeous family portraits ever since.

Dawn Wilkins specialises in wedding and portrait photography and she also offers engagement shoots and hen dos.  Imagine a photoshoot somewhere like Goldbrick House with tea and cake and an optional makeover by a local makeup artist all followed by a fun photo session.  It’s great practise for posing on the actual wedding day and Dawn’s friendly and warm approach enables her to capture people at their most natural.

Dawn’s website details the wedding and civil ceremony packages she offers which include an optional engagement photo shoot before the wedding, post production and retouching of all photographs, all photos on a disc in high resolution, plus a DVD slideshow of 100-150 best photos set to music
. Dawn also offers gorgeous wedding albums; magazine style photo books in hardback with dust jackets.

It’s that natural, comfortable, organic feel that marks out Dawn as a photographer that people come back to time and again. Most recently she was out in Helsinki (she’ll travel where she’s needed!) then back at Sheldon Manor for another fabulous vintage-inspired wedding.  She’s been booked solid for her family and baby portrait sessions and these really are something special.  Dawn will visit you at home to get those gorgeously cute pictures of your children that you’ll treasure forever.

Check out the gallery on her website and blog.  You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and on March 10th, she’ll be at the Fair!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Your Unique Scrapbook

What’s more perfect for your vintage style wedding than a uniquely designed, personalised handmade vintage guest book?  These beautiful creations are all one of a kind and after the wedding, make a lovely keepsake of your special day.

Designer Sharon Barbour has a love of vintage materials and scrapbooking.  With an art and graphic design background, she takes your ideas, your favourite colours and themes and puts together a guest book that will complement your wedding beautifully. She recycles neglected books and old papers, vintage lace and costume jewellery, mixing them with a modern touch and some gorgeous embellishments to achieve something you’ll want to keep forever.

There are other treasures to be found in the Your Unique Scrapbook online shop too… Sharon now offers wedding paper goods, vintage lace wedding bouquets and headdresses, vintage wedding suitcase cardholders, favours and wedding programmes.

Sharon runs a blog from her website to keep you up to date with all her news and you can find her on Facebook and Twitter, but save the date – because on March 10th, 2013, Bristol-based Sharon will be exhibiting at our next Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair.  You’ll be able to meet her in person and have a look at her wonderful display of vintage designer guest books.  She’ll also have her portfolio with her so you can be inspired by the many possibilities for your personalised book. In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about these special, handmade and unique gifts, you can contact Sharon on her website, by phone on 01454 633294 or via email E-mail:

Monday, 19 November 2012

Meticulous Ink

We’re delighted to welcome back Meticulous Ink for our next Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair.  Owned by Athena Cauley-Yu, stationery designer & typesetter, and Charlie Cumming, illustrator & printer, Meticulous Ink is a traditional printer and fine stationer based in the heart of artisan Bath.

With backgrounds in typography, illustration and design, both Athena and Charlie are passionate about stationery. They offer a completely bespoke stationery service, ensuring each invitation they design fits your wedding perfectly. You’d prefer a hand-drawn invitation?  They do that too.


Your wedding invitation is the first introduction to your guests and Meticulous Ink can help set the tone, letting friends and family know whether it’s a traditional, relaxed or more outrageous event. Taking their inspiration from vintage posters and books to modern designers across the globe, your wedding stationery will be as unique as you wish it to be or as classic as you prefer.  From the choice of letterpressed, engraved or embossed paper to the style of print, each item will be a completely individual, unique design.  From Save the Date cards to the Order of Service, they can customize and print every element of your wedding stationery in whatever format and colour, however elaborate you want.

Everything they produce and sell under Meticulous Ink is designed, printed and finished entirely in Bath on their beautiful vintage presses that date from 1870 to 1960, which help them achieve that authentic vintage style.

At our Fair in March you’ll have a chance to meet Athena and take a look at the meticulously designed wedding stationery samples. She’ll also be bringing along their latest range of hand-printed greetings cards, which you’ll be able to buy on the day.

Oh and did we mention Athena designed and printed this years Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair poster?  We love it and we know you’ll love Meticulous Ink.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


So ... it's that time of year and we're just about to start posting on our gorgeous exhibitors for next year's Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair.

The Fair will again be held at the stunning Clifton Pavilion on Sunday, 10th March 2013 from 10am to 4 pm and the fabulous Sarah Baker will be putting the first posts up here over the next few days ... watch this space!

Our first featured exhibitor will be the incredibly creative Meticulous Ink - and if you want proof of their gorgeousness, just take a look to the right of this post and you'll see Athena's incredible artwork for next year's Fair.  We're SO proud of our poster and can't wait to start getting it out there!

Looking forward to seeing you all in March - it's going to be gorgeous!

Watch this space ...