Every fancied to visit a vintage wedding fair in Essex and meet industry suppliers with that special something?
So why not head over to one of Karen Whybro’s Essex wedding fairs with that special vintage theme. She is the organizer of the events and the founder of the vintage wedding guide. Her aim is to provide brides and grooms-to-be with a lot of help in finding the perfect suppliers that match their theme and style of their upcoming big wedding day.
On June 29th, 2013 the doors opened once again for one of these festive events and this time it was held in my hometown Leigh-on-sea. Naturally as I’m a wedding photographer myself I hopped over to just have a little stroll myself. The Community Center in Leigh is quite cute for events like that as it has a little café inside as well as some lovey space indoors. I regularly also go to the Vintage handmade fayre by Betty Blue Eyes, so I knew my way around. It was great to meet some of the amazing local vendors and like-minded people of the industry that have the same passion when it comes to weddings, especially vintage ones. While talking to Karen Whybro she informed me that just in the morning alone already over 100 brides have been visiting, so she was very pleased with the footfall of the fair in general. I think it is great that Karen organises these fairs as it is a brilliant opportunity for anyone. Thanks again, Karen!
The fair itself was comprised of around 30 stalls in total. Every part of the industry was represented, from hair and make-up, to stationary designs (gorgeous!!), to photographers as well as florists and cake designers. And many more. It was lovely to see so many passionate people that care about their customers and are living the dream of creation and inspiration. Each and every single one of the suppliers there was so unique and brilliant I couldn’t get my eyes off of the things on display.
Here are some the ones I spoke with and that have truly inspired me – no offense to anyone not mentioned here, this is just a small collection of all the amazing vendors that were present.
Dream American Cars – Exclusive Wedding Car Hire. www.dreamamericancars.co.uk
Isn’t this just gorgeous? I could not take my eyes off of them. This car was just beautiful and I could envision a bride and groom to sit in the back and drive around. Lovely!
Let them Eat Cake – Bespoke cakes, cupcakes and biscuits. www.letthemeatcakecompany.com
This was one of the two cake designers, Donna Mills. Aren’t these just plain yum? Very pretty and bespoke designs.
The second cake company that was present and equally as gorgeous were cakes made by Lu Marks from Sticky Fingers Cake Co. www.sfcakeco.com
Lille Ann Designs – Unique wedding invitations, tailored to your specific needs. www.lilleanndesigns.co.uk
I was blown away by the precision of these bespoke wedding invitations made by Helen Blatchly. She makes them all by hand and how therapeutic this can be sometimes. Oh I just loved them. Hey lovely brides-to-be, if you are looking for a unique and bespoke design, look no further! Hat off to you, Helen.
The Candy Bag Shop – Personalised Candy and Party Bags. www.thecandybagshop.com
Being in the vintage scene, I also adored the little candy shop bags and bespoke label designs that you can print with Emma Mitchell. Very unique and I can just envision them on a wedding i.e. as little candy bag give-aways or just a little treat during the reception. Beautiful.
Speaking of candy, don’t forget Tanya Bateman’s Candy Magic. She offers bespoke candy catering as well as an entire candy wagon for hire. Yum yum yum.
There were also a few hair styling and make-up artists around. Two hairstylists Mari Jean Vintage Hairstyling and Louise Leaves and one Make-up Artists AS Bridal Makeup. It was a pleasure to meet you all. I just love the 50s look, the hair curls and the bright red lips. Gorgeous!
Mari Jean Vintage Hairstyling – by Rebecca Hann. https://www.facebook.com/MariJeanVintageHairstyling
Louise Leaves – Bridal and occasion Hair Stylist. www.lovehairbylou.co.uk
AS Bridal Makeup – Professional Makeup artist Amanda Scruby. www.asbridalmakeup.co.uk
(unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of Amanda’s stand, however, please check out her website for more info – lovely makeup!)
Willow Tree Buttons – Handmade button bouquets, jewellery and accessories. www.willowtreebuttons.co.uk
I was so supprised to see bouquets made entirely out of buttons. I thought this was such a nifty and unique idea. I truly was amazed by them and thought they look gorgeous. Beth, truly inspiring!
The two florists present were Penny Jane Flowers and Re:Creation Floral Design. Both of them had equally beautiful flower arrangements. Something for every taste.
Penny Jane Flowers – www.pennyjaneflowers.co.uk
Re:Creation Floral Design – www.recreation-flowers.com
Last but certainly not least, we also had a stand for bespoke personal services covering all kind of events by Jessie Hobbs at Cherry on Top as well as Vintage China for hire or sale by Barbara Howard from Lavender Bee Vintage. Another great and beautiful vintage catering and furniture hire company was Calamitea Jane’s Tea Parties.
Cherry on Top – www.cherry-events.co.uk
Lavender Bee Vintage – www.lavenderbeevintage.co.uk
Calamitea Jane’s Tea Parties – calamiteajanesteaparties.co.uk
Maybe in the future I will be a vendor on one of these events myself, but for now, I just had a blast being a visitor and it was great to simply meet everyone present. Thanks again peeps, for chatting with me and listening to my stylised shoot ideas 🙂
Keep in touch.
Lots of love, Magdalena