This week I was kindly invited to celebrate the launch of the new website for award winning London florists Hayford and Rhodes. If you’ve not come across them before do check out their work! The company was established way back when in 1924 by William Hayford and in 2007 the Rhodes sisters Amy, Joanna and Laura took the reigns of the company, and since has continued to lead at the forefront of British floristry with their timeless designs.
I’m lucky enough to attend quite a few events within the wedding industry [that sounds pretentious, I don't mean it to, but there is a lot of networking to be done!] and I have to say that this one I really really enjoyed. Not only did I get to walk into the infamous BAFTA building at 195 Piccadilly [and be greeted by a larger than me brass BAFTA mask!] but the air in the bright room [which can be hired for weddings!] was filled with the beautiful scent of flowers and the space was quite literally blooming with colourful florals. Bright spring flowers were showcased in stunning arrangements from huge eye catching domes as a focal point of the room to ranunculus sprouting from lovely vintage dressing tables [courtesy of the lovely Kate Fletcher from Vintage Style Hire] not to mention the PEONY WALL. Yes that’s right… there was a wall of peonies, coral charm ones at that. I literally just stood there for 5 minutes staring at it’s prettiness. If I could have one of these permanently in my bedroom believe me I would.
There was also a delicious array of beautifully designed sweet treats from Rosalind Miller and just as I left I sampled one of the mini cakes and I swear that was the best butter icing I’ve ever had. Like whipped heaven. Then there were the cocktails. Oh. My. Let’s just say that it was rather fortunate [or maybe not] that it was a Monday evening otherwise I fear I would have outstayed my welcome at that bar. The clever guys at Drinks Fusion put on a seriously impressive array of floral inspired cocktails – with flavours such as rose, lavender and my favourite – Creme de Violette. I sampled, for research purposes obviously, the gin based Aviation Cocktail which basically tasted like parma violets – remember those? Definitely a new found cocktail favourite for me.
The cocktail waitresses adorned fresh floral hair crowns whilst some delicious food from in-house caterer gave us something to balance out the booze. As that was weary work I jumped at the chance of being beautified by the cute as a button Powderpuff Girls who were offering quick pampering fixes to the guests. My talented stylist did the most fabulous halo plait around my head in less than 5 minutes. Seriously impressive stuff [we agreed she could get into the Guinness Book of Records she was that quick] and I’m pleased to report the style lasted two days, hurrah!
A busy hour and a half as you can tell but after cake, cocktails and pampering I left with my free Muscari plant in hand after having a great evening, and so lovely to meet the talented team behind such a well known and successful floristry business too.
I want to also thank my buddy Fanni Williams who was their official event photographer for letting me share the very pretty images from the evening!
Photography: Fanni Williams for Hayford and Rhodes
‘Never overlook the ladies toilets!’ – Above Photos by London Bride
Well hands up to those that have perused Etsy for wedding goodies? Big show of hands I’m guessing… so some rather fun news for Etsy fans [myself included!] is that they are holding their first ever Etsy UK wedding event and I have two pairs of tickets to give away to some lovely London Bride readers! It will take place on 11th May in London at the Gallery Soho and they will be showcasing the best that UK sellers have to offer along with plenty of inspiration for couples planning a wedding or even for those attending them! There will be lots of pieces to see, from wedding dresses to decoration and stationery and of course all provided by unique sellers.
Throughout the day there will also be rolling DIY workshops, hosted by Parapluie Events, where you’ll be able to have a go at making a selection of wedding decorations from colour themed pom-poms to bride and groom pegs.
On arrival every ticketholder will receive an Etsy Weddings goodie bag [oooh we do love a goodie bag!] including a token for a St Germain wedding cocktail and a 15% discount code for all the sellers taking part in the event, valid until the end of May.
I have two pairs of tickets to give away to you lovely London Brides so to be in with a chance of winning simply leave a comment below [making sure you enter your email address so we can get in touch if you win!] and two winners will be selected at random on Monday 22nd April.
Don’t fear though, if you don’t win or if you want to make sure you don’t miss out you can buy tickets for just £5 online here: http://etsyukwedding.eventbrite.co.uk/
The Etsy Weddings Event is taking place at The Gallery Soho in London on Saturday 11th May 2013. You can also keep up with all the UK Etsy news over on their facebook page or follow them on twitter at @EtsyUK
Competition T’s & C’s
- Entries accepted up until midnight 21st April
- Two pairs of tickets to be won
- Your email address is required for winning notification only
- The event is for Saturday 11th May 2012 only
- Winners will be chosen at random and notified on Monday 22nd April
Things seem to be getting a tad on the busy front again with me, lots of planning going on behind the scenes for summer brides, and I co-ordinated a lovely wedding this weekend [hurrah it stayed dry!] so perhaps a moment to breathe just now….
A few weekends ago I managed to squeeze in a couple of hours consulting at the new wedding show for the modern bride, the London Wedding Emporium [aka LWE] at the Old Truman Brewery off Brick Lane. I was slightly dubious about exhibiting at a show, however I thought the two hour ‘consultation’ slot was much more suited to me and being an East End girl, I’d have been crazy not to be a part of the show.
There were so many talented suppliers exhibiting all weekend, some new some well established but all with the aim to appeal to the modern, creative bride. I’m a bad blogger as I simply didn’t have time to wonder around too much or take any other photos as I was in a rush afterwards so apologies! Head to their website for more info on who was exhibiting!
So here’s my little stand, I know it was only 2 hours but if your a stylist then you it’s a chance to have some fun isn’t it? And do you spot that…..?! Yes! I have NEW branding. Well to be exact so far I have a new logo, which was hand drawn by Erin of Berinmade – a super talented and lovely designer and I’m SO pleased with it. I wanted something stylish, timeless but playful that would embrace my style with the blog and my planning services and Erin certainly captured all of this and it’s great to support the talent and work with a wedding industry colleague!
In the lead up to the fair I had a small panic as I realised I had run out of business cards so I thought why not use my new logo which I’d been sitting on for months! Who cares if my website isn’t anywhere near finished just yet…ahem [very much work in progress]. So I designed some rather luxurious neon printed letterpress business cards which certainly brightened up my corner of the warehouse space! Along with my wall of fame of beautiful images from my weddings and shoots a few touches of gold, a chevron rug, a beauty of a bon bon balloon and ta-da – it was London Bride-ified.
I met and chatted to some really lovely couples, readers [hello!] and brides at the show, giving them a bit of advice or talking them through my services, along with a few friendly industry faces popping up so it was a great event to be a part of and congratulations to the brains behind it, Caro and Kat for bringing it all together!
Photos: London Bride
It’s that time of year when wedding fairs are popping up and if you’re getting married in the next year you’re probably considering attending one or two for a mooch. Whilst there’s a plethora of vintage style fairs, or mainstream shows there has in my mind always been a gap in the market for the modern creative couples… but not now! This one is definitely for the London Bride’s amongst you – The London Wedding Emporium [or LWE] is a wedding showcase taking place at the Old Truman’s Brewery off Brick Lane this coming Saturday and Sunday [3rd & 4th March] and is for those couples who appreciate good design and craftsmanship, who enjoy the eclectic mix of what London has to offer, who has a good sense of style and most importantly, want to discover new ways of injecting fun and personality into their day.
What’s even more exciting is that I’m going to be there! Yup, you can come and meet me to chat about your day, pick my brains for inspiration or get some advice and aisle assistance on anything that you may be struggling with as I’ll be at the LWE for a 2 hour window on Saturday between 11am and 1pm so I’d love to see some of you there and meet some real London Brides!
The ethos behind LWE is collaboration. No hard sales, no flashy shows, it’s simply a chance for you to chat to some of the most creative people in the industry in a friendly, relaxed environment. From dress designers that will help brides make a statement, to the most creative of wedding food providers, LWE exhibitors are all handpicked for their design-led, fun, and different take on their products or services. We’ve stripped back the concept of the wedding fair to focus on what’s most important: brides and grooms meeting the creative team behind their wedding.Whilst it’s a new concept, I know the ladies Caro and Kat [who both happen to be ace wedding photographer's] behind it are doing a fantastic job, and with some great exhibitors on board I have a feeling it’s going to be a super event!
The showcase will be Saturday 2nd March 11-6pm and Sunday 3rd March 11-4pm. Advance tickets are on sale now for £3 click here. Or you can buy them on the door for £4. What a steal! You can visit the website www.londonweddingemporium.com to find out more. Let me know if you’re popping along, I hope to see you there!