Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining my wonderful friend and talented make-up artist Rachel Mannix at the Most Curious Wedding Fair in The Trumans Brewery. I had heard really great things about this fair but had not had the opportunity to visit myself so I was extremely excited to see what was on offer.
The sun was beaming over London yesterday which made for the perfect atmosphere, Brick Lane and the surrounding streets were full of people eating street food and rummaging through the local vintage shops.
The Most Curious Wedding Fair was over one floor in the Trumans Brewery which is a huge space! The variety of exhibitors was so great that you could literally have your wedding sorted under one roof. From rings to photography, make up to cakes, props to florists there was something for every couple planning their big day.
Wedding fairs can often be seen as dated and pushy for sales but the Most Curious Wedding Fair is the complete opposite of this. Current, fun, friendly and most importantly relevant to the modern couple. The most charming element of this fair is that most of the exhibitors are independent companies set up by families, friends or couples. Everyone was willing to help and support each others ventures which was so lovely to see.
I am going to section this blog so that it is easier to navigate. Everyone is at different stages of planning so you can skip through to what is relevant for you. These were some of my favourite exhibitors and I can highly recommend their services for your big day!
Hair & Make Up
I spent the day with my close friend Rachel Mannix who specialises in Bridal Make-Up and Hair Artistry. Rachel is London based but is willing to travel for weddings and also offers services for the bridal party. I will shortly be writing a ‘Meet The Expert’ blog post with Rachel which will answer all of your make-up/hair questions (Please leave comments below if you have any specific questions) Rachel did some hair demos throughout the day which was really fun and attracted a lot of interest. One of my favourite hairstyles was this braided up do using these amazing handmade butterfly pins by Clara Francis. On Saturday Rachel also created a really beautiful half-up hairstyle using a hair chain, I love how contemporary and relaxed this looks.
Wedding Gift List
Patchwork Present makes your wedding gift list so easy and allows you to have complete control and customisation. Often couples end up with presents they don’t need or want meaning lots of money, time and effort goes to waste. I know lots of brides who feel unsure and uneasy about gift lists, are they rude? pushy? assuming? but most of your friends and family will want to give you something to remember this special time. It is better to actually ask for what you want rather than being too polite ending up with 4 toasters, 6 kettles and the kitchen sink!
With Patchwork you can ask your guests to contribute towards your honeymoon, breaking it down into smaller ideas such as a £100 meal at a restaurant or a £60 helicopter ride. It allows you to plan out your trip and means your guests are contributing towards an experience which will have more meaning and lasting memories. You can make your Patchwork about anything that works for you whilst making it stress free and easy for your guests.
I was in my element yesterday with so many delicious sweet treats around. From wedding cakes to donuts there was an abundance of sugary yumminess. Here are some of my favourites.
For beautifully crafted wedding cakes make sure you check out Wildflower Cakes. Arianna uses such pretty detail with her main focus on nature and flowers. Her sugar work is incredible, I actually thought the flowers on this cake were real. Arianna’s cakes also taste amazing, I definitely had my fair share yesterday.
Vicky’s Donuts were so colourful and eye catching that I think every wedding should now have a donut stand. Vicky does an amazing range of flavours and designs and can even shape the donuts into letters. Perfect for displaying your names or a cheeky message.
Meringue is one of my all time favourite things, so I was very excited to come across the Meringue Girls. The colours and patterns were so so pretty and would be such a feature at any wedding. They would also make innovative favours for your guests.
Another seriously eye catching sweet treat was Troffle. Handmade chocolates with unique delicious fillings from black tea and date to lemon and rosemary. The designs on the chocolates were also very fun. These would be great for favours or gifts for your closest chocoholic friends.
Electric Daisy Flower Farm has such a special feel about them. All of their flowers are sown and cared for by a small team near Bath. They pride themselves on ethical harvesting meaning they do not use chemicals. They carefully choreograph their flowers so that they are grown at the perfect time to maximise the health and vitality of each flower. I also love that there is a bit of humour to the brand, who doesn’t love a bearded man in a flower crown?
Vervain Flowers is owned by India Hurst and is based in the UK. India is an experienced grower using mostly home-grown or British sourced flowers. Her display at the fair was incredible, flower bouquets were rustic, fresh and extremely beautiful to photograph. I couldn’t stop staring!
The wonderful Chloe at Fox and Owl is very talented and I would highly recommended her as a wedding photographer. Chloe and her partner Martyn launched Fox and Owl at this fair and have an abundance of experience between them. Chloe is full of enthusiasm and her portfolio is so aesthetically pleasing. The film-like quality they use is really stunning. Based in Leeds they are also able to take on commissions from all over the UK and abroad.
I have been obsessed with geometrics, cacti and copper for ages. It is a huge trend at the moment and has filtered through into the wedding industry. The botanical theme is taking the wedding world by storm, everyone wants cacti, succulents, terrariums and foliage draped around their venue. And who would’t? it looks pretty damn good.
Monti By Monti is a handmade, geometric lifestyle and home ware brand founded by Dee Monti. Dee trained herself in the art of glass design creating geometric quality vases and terrariums. Free standing or hanging these are perfect to kit out your wedding venue or to incorporate into your home.
Geo Fleur specialise in cacti, plants, succulents and concrete pots with copper and gold accents. I really had to restrain myself here, I would have bought my weights worth of these. They are so simplistic but have such an impact. Luckily they have an online shop and subscription service so they are easily available. They would be a great way to inject some modernity into your wedding. If you are having a minimal theme these would be perfect.
I met another exhibitor who was so sweet and innovative, her name is Karolina the founder of Bobbin and Bow. Karolina’s brand focussed on the art of Pajaki (meaning spiders of straw) which is a polish traditional craft. These straw chandeliers were made by country women to decorate their homes for special occasions such as Christmas and Easter as well as Weddings and Christenings. As a symbol of happiness there are so perfect to suspend at your wedding. If you would like to learn how to make Pajaki, Karolina will be holding workshops at the CraftyFox Market on May 28th -29th in Brixton at The Dogstar. I will definitely be popping along to give it a go.
Every wedding needs some character and charm so why not add your own little touch with some fun, quirky and unique props? Head over to Sorrel and Steve for some inspiration. They are a high quality props and styling service that have an array of weird and wonderful retro props for you to choose from. They can also source props for you and style the venue on the day.
If you are into quality stationary make sure you check out Knapp. An amazing letterpress company. They are currently in the process of re-launching their website but you can follow them on instagram (@knappstudio) to find out more about the company and see some of their very stylish work.
I hope this blog post was helpful, I wanted to give you some advice on reputable vendors and to promote some of these lovely independent brands that often get lost in the big wedding world. If you have any questions or would like any more information please comment below!
Happy Wedding planning!