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Under The Spotlight – The Vintage Wedding Fair at The Old Finsbury Town Hall

On July 2nd,  The Old Finsbury Town Hall, London will play host to the first Vintage Wedding Fair hosted by Zoe Lem who has over 15 years experience as a stylist and vintage collector. The venue is a beautiful old Victorian stain glass building – the perfect place to host a vintage style wedding in fact.

Zoe explains, “The wedding market is ever evolving and the need for something different and the desire for all things vintage has been steadily growing. I have dealt with many brides over the years that are all searching for an original idea and something that goes against the mass produced scary big dress wedding that so many fear. Vintage has become the buzz word in both mainstream fashion and bridal, whether original vintage or vintage inspired.”

“Having launched my own vintage style wedding collection which the key is ensuring that the shape and era are the perfect match for both your body and wedding. I have a clear understanding of the key to the era’s that suit the ladies of today, bringing together for this event the perfect mix of her favourite vintage suppliers.”

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A Sunday Kind of Love – The NOT Wedding 2011

I have been a fan of The NOT Wedding ethos for the past couple of years. I love the concept of a wedding fair that thinks outside the box and shows off the best local Atlanta vendors by actually putting on a fake wedding!

This years event is going to be bigger and better. They explain,  “This time we’re mailing wedding invitations in lieu of purchased tickets, we’re having a full sit-down dinner catered by the amazing Sun In My Belly, and we are throwing in some pretty fun surprises to keep guests on their toes.”

The event will be held in Atlanta on July 21st. Tickets are on sale now for just $40. Visit their new website, www.thenotwedding.com, for further details and to purchase tickets.

I can’t wait to see the photos of the event afterwards and share them on these pages. You can see my coverage of the 2009 and 2010 events can be seen on the blog here and here.

*This is not a sponsored post. I just love.

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The Designer Vintage Bridal Show Feburary 2011 ♥ My Report + Exclusive Photos

In November I received an email from Bran Cook (PR extraordinaire) to ask if I’d be interested in being one of the attractions at a brand new wedding fair she was helping Rachel of Rachel Simpson Shoes and Clare Guest of The Wedding Club (a fabulous bridal boutique in Birmingham) to organise. At first I was a little confused. What would they want me there for? Who would want to come see me at a wedding fair? What would I even put on a wedding fair stand?! However I bit the bullet and said I’d be there with bells on…big pink ones.

Over the next few months I received regular updates (both via email and on The Designer Vintage Bridal Fair blog) about all the amazing suppliers that were getting involved with the show and my initial uncertainty and nerves turned to utter excitement! I had basically signed up to hang out at the beautiful Highbury Hall in Birmingham with a load my favourite wedding suppliers for a WHOLE WEEKEND…woohoo road trip! I even booked into a hotel with my girls Lucy of Lucy Ledger Designs and Debbie of DC Bouquets which further transformed the weekend from a ‘business trip’ into a fabulously giggly and gossipy girls weekend (and yes we did lie in bed until 3am chatting and laughing uncontrollably!) And I call this ‘work’ right?!

My girls, room-mates and gossip buddies – Debs & Lucy!

I literally couldn’t wait to get there…especially when I was informed that a) my stand was right next to photographer Emma Case (who I love more than life itself…not just because her work is amazing but because she has fast become one of my very best friends and b) that our room was the one with the bar in. BONUS.  Then, when I arrived I was informed that there was even a football table in the corner or our room (great for all the poor grooms-to-be who weren’t so interested in all the vintage prettiness.) Also in the bar area were the super rad It’s a Wind Up, vintage 78 DJ’s who constantly kept us entertained us with their classic record collection (and they even played some Elvis just for me!)

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A Most Curious Wedding Fair – April 16th 2011

Rebecca started her business, A Most Curious Party, whilst she planned her 2008 wedding (It was a beauty! I blogged it here.) Her vintage styling company has gone from strength to strength in the last couple of years, however now she’s going one step further and planning a bridal show with a difference!

She explains, “I was totally disheartened by the barren landscape of boring wedding suppliers on offer to do my husband-to-be and I justice on our big day. Since then things have utterly changed for the better and there are so many great designer, makers, florists, vintage dress companies, photographers, stationers, you name it, on the scene who have changed the face of the wedding industry, not to mention the bloggers like the one only Kat from the one and only Rock n Roll Bride whose influence is immeasurable. Similarly, now, there are vintage wedding fairs popping up around the country and this can also, only be a good thing. But I still feel we can go one further people! The experts putting together vintage wedding fairs are doing a grand job and full respect to them, but maybe, just maybe vintage isn’t enough.”

“Vintage is now part of mainstream culture and certainly mainstream wedding culture as its whimsical, aged beauty is so well matched to the fairytale day brides and grooms wants. I knew I absolutely wanted this as part of my wedding day, but only part of it. The other parts I wanted to be an all singing, all dancing carnival of delights, an aesthetic shot of love to the heart, colourful explosions that had the attitude and the punch that could express the ‘us against the world forever’ feeling that our wedding day signified to us.”

“So, after the two year hunt for fun inspiring creatives that can cater for weddings as well as two years of running a vintage (yes – vintage!) hire and styling company for brides A Most Curious Party, I have set up a wedding fair that hopefully incorporates all these things, uniting expressive brides with expressive suppliers – The Most Curious Wedding Fair!”

She is a girl after my own heart and in order to kick start the promo of this fabulous event, Rebecca organised a vintage inspired photo shoot to show off all the amazing people who will be exhibiting at her show (be sure to check out the full list after the ‘jump’)

The first “Most Curious Wedding Fair” will be taking place on 16th April 2011, 11am-5.30pm at St Andrews & Blackfriars Hall, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1AU. Tickets cost just £2 (!) and only £1 for brides-to-be and are available to buy on the door. That’s a total bargain I say!!

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