So this weekend, I took to the Business Design Centre in Islington on Friday and Saturday to have a good ol’ wander around the fabulous Brides The Show exhibition (and do a little chat On The Sofa with fellow blogger Karen from Smashing The Glass – for those that came thank you! Sorry if I rambled, I wasn’t feeling very well but glad I just about made it through!).
It was really great to soak it all up and meet with lots of fabulous people and companies, both new and old. I thought I’d share with you some photos as there really was inspiration literally around every corner (and even this is edited!) and I spent many hours taking it all in.
Huge thanks also to the pop up team from Chelsea’s blow-dry and updo bar, Duck & Dry for my very long lasting beautiful wavy blow dry, that was a lovely treat to be pampered before a busy day entailed (and bonus it lasted all weekend!).
I’ll also be blogging all the catwalk images tomorrow, so stay tuned for an array of beautiful bridal designs, especially handy if you are searching for the ‘one’!
Stands featured: Prezola | Sanyukta Shrestha | Katya Shehurina | Sassi Holford Bridal | Philippa Craddock Flowers | Eagle Eyed Bride | Palmbrokers | Maids To Measure | Laura Burkitt | Naomi Neoh | By Appointment Only Design
Overall there was a strong theme of trees, heavy use of foliage as well as florals, touches of copper and some striking hanging displays and statement arches or structures. Definitely all about creating impact in key areas and there is a strong move towards lots of greenery.
I actually managed to visit all the florists stands at the show (what can I say, I like the pretty!). Throughout the space, there were incredible tree features from Palmbrokers, which create real impact and wow factor. There was sheer decadence of rose upon rose of Philippa Craddock’s incredibly fragrant stand, with a clean palette of green and white herbs and foliage at Mary Jane Vaughan.
For a more urban edge, there was jungle fever from the super lovely Sarah at Hiding In The City whose indoor/outdoor stand was draped in leafy foliage along with hanging displays and floral crowns, whilst Grandirosa took on a peachy fresh approach with a stunning hanging floral centrepiece structure bursting with soft coloured roses. There was an appropriately autumnal tone set by Zita Elze with their aisle and dining table setting overflowing with gypsophila and snowy pastel perfection from the incredible visionaries By Appointment Only Design (who were also behind the floral styling on the runway!). Ricky Paul Flowers did something very unique with their showstopping floral poodles.
As predicted, metallics seem to be as popular as ever, with luxury foiled stationery as seen in Dimitria Jordan’s stationery collection as well as cakes iced with edible gold or silver leaf. Romantic but modern floral designs, and also for the modern bride geometrics were also a key trend through stationery design but also even in the cakes and table decorations.
There was an abundant of decorative inspiration, with so much paper pretty from Eagle Eyed Bride, with quirky personal illustrated stationery from BR&NEWWedings and the classic and traditional letterpressed invitations from The Wren Press.
Usually the first stands that I hit are the cakes. Ha! Daisy Cakes gorgeous range of styles and themes with a metallic undertone were bang on trend as well as a stunning hexagonal shape, whilst the modern and elegant display from Victoria Made was so striking, I think we’ll definitely see black iced cakes take centre stage at weddings in the future.
Stands featured:Daisy Cakes | Bobbi Brown | Catherine Deane |Victoria Made | Myla |Charlie Brear | Duck & Dry Updo & Blow Dry Bar || Nikki Macfarlene Bridesmaids |Mary Jane Vaughan | Amanda Wakeley |Eagle Eyed Bride | Halfpenny London |Hiding In The City| Goldsmiths Jewellery |Zita Elze
Hopefully if you weren’t able to make the show this has given you a pretty good insight into the highlights! We’ll be back again with a fashion focussed roundup tomorrow!
If you did miss out this year and the post has given you a taster, then do pencil your diaries for next year’s event which will take place the weekend of 30th September-2nd October 2016 – or keep in mind for any friends who may be newly engaged in the coming months and you can show them the ropes!
This post is in collaboration with Brides The Show, London Bride is the Official Show Blogger!