Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Rose Popay

Bristol Vintage loves Rose Popay - The Wedding Painter

Invite Rose Popay to your wedding to entertain your guests whilst she draws and paints your event.

She will encourage (gently force) your guests to join in, resulting in a fabulous collaborative creation of your wedding by the end of the evening.

Rose also draws wedding maps...

...and can work from photographs after an event. She's just finished two that were sent to the USA and Dawn Porter just recommissioned Rose to celebrate the first year of her marriage to Chris O'Dowd from photographs of their adventures.

So get with those in the know and book Rose Popay for your wedding and have the most unique, original and wonderful reminder of your wedding day. (Oh and she'll be at our next fair in March 2014 so make sure you come and meet her - she'll be drawing live!)

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Flo-Jo Boutique

On a popular independent shopping street in Bristol you'll find a beautifully styled shop that Bristol Vintage loves... 

Designing, sewing  and making all things vintage-inspired since 2004, owners Delia and Erika of Flo-Jo Boutique on Gloucester Road host brilliantly fun knicker-making and sewing parties.

The knicker-making workshops are a very popular hen party choice. Over 3 hours you'll make a pair of knickers and contribute to the making of a garter for the bride-to-be using a selection of new and vintage lace and trims, retro-style prints, buttons and bows.

Flo-Jo Boutique serve tea and cakes on vintage china and you'll finish off your party with a glass of bubbly in vintage Babycham glasses. 

Groups have a really good time bonding over their making experience and it's something that mums will enjoy too. They cater for all ages and sewing experience, from total novice to fashion designers. 

Flo-Jo is more than just knicker making.  They have a gorgeous selection of designer fabrics, quality haberdashery and craft gifts to inspire.  Looking for a retro fabric print?  These are your ladies!  They also offer a year round program of dressmaking and craft courses, children's sewing parties and baby showers!

So join the knicker-making revolution with Flo-Jo Boutique and make sure you visit them at our 2015 Fair on Sunday, March 8th. Delia will be bringing a selection of their wares to inspire you.  Save the date!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Wilde Bunch

Bristol Vintage is proud to present the latest confirmed exhibitor for our 2014 Wedding Fair... The Wilde Bunch.

Business is blooming for The Wilde Bunch!

Since last year's fair, owner Claire Nicholson has been busy buzzing around Bristol and out into the Wild West to adorn vintage-style weddings with her beautiful designs.

Just as in nature, there's a refreshing wildness to The Wilde Bunch style and they passionately deliver an outstanding tailor-made service, working with the season's loveliest, sweetest, most stunning floral ingredients, bucket loads of imagination and a barn full of amazing vintage props and containers, to create unique flowers beyond your dreams and all without that 'exclusive' price tag'. 

You'll be able to see some of The Wilde Bunch's fabulous creations at our 2014 Fair (Sunday, March 16th). Till then you can find them on their website and do check out their Facebook page for more inspiration.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Your Unique Scrapbook

Bristol Vintage are delighted to announce the first confirmed exhibitor for our 2014 Fair is... Your Unique Scrapbook.

Since last year's Fair, designer Sharon Barbour's business has gone from strength to strength. With a love of vintage materials and scrapbooking, Sharon will take your keepsakes and treasures and make them into a uniquely designed, personalised guestbook.

Recycling vintage books and papers, lace and costume jewellery and adding a contemporary touch of embellishments to make it uniquely yours, Sharon works with you to get your book just right.

Your Unique Scrapbook have now extended their range so you'll find vintage suitcase cardholders, wedding favours and programmes as well as place mats, message cards, journals and notebooks.

As well as the traditional vintage-style wedding favourites, Sharon's added a number of new themes... how about steampunk, Paris or Christmas? 

You can buy direct from Your Unique Scrapbook at their all-new online shop, find out more on facebook and Twitter and don't forget Sharon's gorgeous boards on Pinterest. Oh and come along to our 2014 Fair on Sunday, 16th March and meet her in person.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Strumpets with Crumpets

How can we at Bristol Vintage not love a company with a name like Strumpets with Crumpets?

Outrageously racy and delectably tasty with toppings to suit every palette, Strumpets with Crumpets are brilliant evening wedding party entertainment.

With a menu that caters for all ages and tastes and a fine selection of Fairtrade coffee, tea and hot chocolate, their delicious square crumpets are divine. And when it comes to toppings... think goats cheese and blackcurrant jam, camembert with red onion marmalade, roast beef with creamed horseradish and Bristol Vintage's favourites... the banoffee pie, lemon cheesecake and cream tea crumpets.

The fun doesn't stop there... Strumpets with Crumpets will add a touch of glamour and sparkle to your evening with playful banter as they serve you from their flamboyantly gorgeous crumpet wagon, 'Scarlet'. They're not your average caterer... they're part of the entertainment so for an extra wow to the evening, ask about their high flying Strumpet trapeze act!

You can find out more about Strumpets with Crumpets on their website.  Make sure you check out their gallery for inspiration...

Monday, 14 October 2013


Bristol Vintage loves Ciderpig!

Now if you've chosen your venue, hand-stitched the bunting (!) and hired your gorgeous Bristol Vintage crockery, all you need now is the perfect bar to fit your vintage-theme. Well look no further... Ciderpig is, in their own words, possibly the second most awesome mobile cider bar in the world!

Ciderpig has been serving up real Somerset Scrumpy direct from the farm gate to happy wedding guests since it first hit the road in 2010.

Once a French fire engine, the vintage-themed bar captures all the character and charm of a traditional cider farm and delivers it straight to your wedding.

With a selection of traditional still, bottled and sparkling ciders, you'll also find ales, lagers, wines and spirits all present and correct.

What better way to wash down your hog roast? Find out more on their website. We think you'll love Ciderpig too!

Saturday, 12 October 2013

The Dandy Cabin

We at Bristol Vintage love The Dandy Cabin and we know you will too. This beautiful wooden teardrop trailer is a mobile drinks bar perfect for weddings!

She can arrive complete with Babycham glasses for your champagne toast...

... or, because she's perfectly self-contained, she can sit in a field or garden and you can still have a yummy cup of hot chocolate or Fairtrade tea and coffee.

So whether you're after a champagne bar for your reception, or tea and cakes to keep your guests fed and watered while you're having your photos taken, The Dandy Cabin is the way to go for a vintage-style wedding. She certainly turns heads!

Find out more on the website or follow owner Katie Daniels on Twitter.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Cool Classy Campers

In our quest to find you the best suppliers for your vintage-style wedding, we at Bristol Vintage present Cool Classy Campers.

You might have met owners Phil and Sarah Heaton at one of our wedding fairs and if you did, you'd know they're the owners of three gorgeous VW Camper Vans which they hire out for weddings.

Each bespoke VW Camper van has been beautifully restored with a stunning finished interior. For your wedding you can hire one in red, white or blue. You'll be chauffeur driven and can even decorate your van with as many flowers and as much vintage ribbons as you like.

Perfect for a stylish vintage-style wedding car, these VW vans come with bags of spirit and personality.

Meet 'Gus the Bus' and the other vans on Cool Classy Campers' website and don't forget to check out their new cocktail van - perfect for wedding receptions!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Mauretania Bar & Lounge

Mauretania Bar & Lounge is one of Bristol's best kept secrets and we at Bristol Vintage think she's a stunning, totally unique and sophisticated choice for a wedding venue. With its rich and fascinating history, the Mauretania is perfect for you lovers of vintage.

Hidden inside the beautiful and historic building are plenty of art deco features.... think chandeliers, opulent wood-panelled walls and ornate plasterwork. These art deco interiors originate from the world famous RMS Mauretania Ocean liner, built in 1906 and the biggest, fastest and most opulent ship of her time.

Creating bespoke packages to suit your particular event whether it's your upcoming nuptials or a sophisticated hen party, the Mauretania is a bar, cafe and club that effuses exclusivity with plenty of style. They have a variety of rooms available... The snug rooms with their hidden entrance on Park Street are perfect for receptions, whilst the spectacular Mauretania room offers a beautiful setting for wedding breakfasts. The club room is fantastic  for later festivities and features plush blue velvet seating booths, a giant glitterball and a magnificent domed ceiling, originally the centrepiece of the RMS Mauretania's library!

Want to feel like a VIP at your wedding? The team at the Mauretania can create a bespoke package perfectly tailored to your needs. They also have talented in-house chefs who'll work with you to arrange anything from elegant canapes to a lavishly indulgent three-course meal. Book the Mauretania Bar & Lounge by emailing them direct at and you'll be sipping one of their fantastic signature cocktails and planning your celebrations in no time.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Fosse Farmhouse

At Bristol Vintage we're always on the lookout for inspiring places that will suit the sort of vintage-style we adore and we've found a place to stay that we think you'll love too.

Fosse Farmhouse is nestled in the beautiful Cotswolds in an area of outstanding natural beauty. In fact, the nearby village of Castle Combe is just 20 minutes from Bristol and Bath and is frequently used for film locations, such is its vintage charm. 

The Farmhouse sleeps up to 16 guests and is perfect whatever your accommodation budget, with pretty bed and breakfast rooms furnished with gorgeous vintage pieces, country antiques and French brocante (most of which is for sale) as well as three luxurious, contemporary self-catering cottages.  

Owner and chef Caron Cooper sources the finest local ingredients to prepare delicious breakfasts and evening meals, with clotted cream teas served in the orchard throughout the summer months. You could take yours in the Garden House living room, of course, once it gets a little colder... 

It's a perfectly wonderful place to host not only your vintage-style hen weekend but to have all your wedding guests stay in one place. Every room is gorgeous...

Owner Caron has experience in organising events too and will decorate to your taste with flowers, bunting and banners. She'll also ensure the bride and groom and all your relatives are looked after properly with a delicious wedding breakfast.  

So if you're getting married locally, take a look at Fosse Farmhouse. Nearby Sheldon Manor is a favourite wedding venue and they send all their weddings to stay at Caron's Farmhouse. We hope you love it too...

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Abbey House Gardens

Another vintage-style place we think you'll love is the beautiful, historic and unique Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury.

The 16th century house is full of history...

...and the gardens really have that wow factor.

When it comes to your wedding, Abbey House has six different areas licensed for civil ceremonies both inside and out, perfect whether you're a large group or after a smaller, more intimate wedding. Maybe you're after a winter wedding with roaring fires, candlelight and champagne or perhaps you'd prefer the manicured rose gardens in the height of summer... 

...or even the woodland area that hosts a river and a waterfall; all fantastic photo opportunities.

Recently they hosted an Alice in Wonderland Wedding Shoot with a Mad Hatters Tea Party in their magical gardens alongside vintage crockery and props, 'drink me' potions, playing card bunting as well as a fantastic oversized topiary cupcake!

For more information take a look at their website and gallery. They have some brilliant suppliers on board and we hope you love this place as much as we do.

(Thank you to Photographer Robert Leons for the beautiful photos)