Brides the Show AW15
If you missed Condé Nast's Brides the Show
here are a few highlights. We didn't get out that much thanks to you and our busy little stand but here are a few things we did see!
The catwalk was a lush green lawn overlooked by an huge exuberant flower wall By Appointment Only Design
with large blossom trees bought in by masters of living foliage - Palm Brokers!
There was even a unicorn from Aynhoe Park
in the entrance! DOES ANYONE HAVE A PICTURE OF THE UNICORN? No-one believes us. For us, the floristry category really stood out this year with 5 very different florists mentioned here!
But first up, Daisy Cakes!
I fear we're a little late to the party showing these guys some love, they are so HOT! Such a great bunch of personalities behind the brand and this certainly shows through in the cakes. Awesome team = awesome cake! These visionaries create aspirational and creative cakes with high end, luxury finishes = right up our street!
Winner of the 'Dress of the Show' award, Britta Von Basedow
is a fantastic asset to Brides the Show, a second time exhibitor she really stands out as unique. She's a free thinker with a huge imagination but also down to earth and incredibly practical, the perfect combo when searching for THE dress.
expertly tailored, crisp, contemporary and chic creations really caught our eye. Her dresses are SO well designed, the fabrics so luxurious and the details so confidently executed there's no need for extra fuss. With a stint at DKNY, Amanda Wakeley
and Julien Macdonald,
Charlotte Simpson is now leading the way with designs for the refined bride. Do visit her website, we are her new biggest fan, her dresses are gorgeous. A HUGE round of applause for Charlotte's refreshing style if you please!
Sarah Loughrey-Jennings at Hiding in the City Flowers
used the space to show off her skills across a number of extraordinarily stunning examples.
Move over contrived floral arrangements! Hanging copper bowls overflowed with lush green flora, table top and floor standing arrangements were put together in a wild and natural looking fashion that looked effortless but obviously required huge amounts of talent and skill!
If you're looking for a Pinterest-worthy floral statement, an intricate floral hairpiece or intriguing glass jars filled with goodies look no further. This woman has style by the bucket load, her stand was a real show stopper!
India and Sinclair at Maids to Measure
had a colour popping stand complete with neon AND gold pineapple! We have so much love for this brand servicing bridesmaids with gorgeous dresses tailored to whatever shape and size, whatever style, fabric choice or colour!
Mary Jane Vaughan,
a floristry super hero admired by all, set up a stunning display of creamy white hydrangeas and berries, with vibrant green moss balls of varying sizes. Her table top was packed with interest, candlesticks and objects in glass and bronze sat so beautifully on the crisp white linen. In the background an enormous floral arch strung with glass vials with single stems framed the table. Be it a large or small display MJV
continues to be at the helm of creative floristry and takes great care in everything she does.
We have a soft spot for Paul Read Photography
after he shot a wedding for one of our wonderful brides. His romantic style is in a class of it's own and he's a super nice guy to boot. His images are so emotionally provocative that a visitor to his stand spontaneously burst into tears! It was great to meet him in person.
The ladies at Revival Rooms
demonstrated their skills for event planning and design as well as creating individual displays that showed off their skill and creativity with flowers and colour in contextual arrangements.
They breathe love and life into their work and have a really fresh take on modern floristry.
We're complete suckers for a gorgeous hanging floral display and this one by
was a beaut. We didn't manage to get back to speak to them and take pictures so here's a 'cheers' and a 'well done' on a killer display ladies.
We think a few of our brides might just love this blush and gold table-scape created by Stones Events.
We have a penchant for anything shiny so we were drawn towards this golden table brimming with colour and objects. We love the use of etched brass feathers and tea-light holders from Tom Dixon.
We hear the Creative Director at Stones Events is a bit of a maverick and may not need our help, but we think a few of our pieces might just compliment this look perfectly!
Last but not least, our little stand! We were overwhelmed by the number of you that turned up to see us. Thank you! Without you we wouldn't be designing the stationery we do each season. Our brand new Portofino collection featuring letterpress and our signature luxe tag style invitations in black, navy and mink with gold, rose gold and champagne foiled details went down a storm.
We're taking orders for the Portofino collection via email at email@example.com before it goes live in our store, so if you saw something you like and you're in a rush for it just get in touch!
Big thanks to Bruce Russell
for asking us to join him and Mary Jane Vaughan
on the sofa to dispel any myths and apprehensions around being upfront with your budget when it comes to dealing with suppliers. Our very own Jacqui (in the white frock!) expertly explained that it's incredibly useful to know your budget before kick off so that we can tailor our ideas to your pocket. There's nothing to be shy or embarrassed about, so please stop being so British and help us to help you, let us know your preferred price so we can design and make suggestions accordingly.
We also had fun in the Imagination Room answering your questions and giving useful tips on how to put together a table plan based on etiquette, style and design. If you would like to see our cheat sheet take-away from the show click here!
Thank you to Brides Magazine for creating such a unique and imaginative show for exhibitors and brides.
We're feeling truly blessed and full of love. See you next year!
With love, EEB x