Well, as the [ahem] popular 90s boy band Blue sang ‘One Love’ is all about one thing – Love – but in all different forms and combinations. In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ll now be aware of the fabulous news that a few weeks ago, the law was passed [finally!!!] to enable same-sex couples to marry legally in England and Wales. Incredibly positive news for gay and lesbian couples throughout the country and to the wedding industry, so very timely to introduce you all to the One Love Wedding Show London…
Sara Smyth from unique bridal boutique ruby+diva and Becky Hoh-Hale from A Most Curious Wedding Fair have joined forces to create the coolest gay wedding fair on the block. ’Unique, gay, inspirational’ sums up the essence of the new wedding show coming to London on 19th & 20th October later this year. The show’s aim is to showcase cool, style-driven wedding inspiration specifically to gay and lesbian couples planning their beautiful wedding days.
There will be everything to make your day super-special with friendly and supportive wedding suppliers with fresh inspiration and ideas to enable you to have a stylish and expressive day that reflects you as a couple. The show will be at the prestigious Hospital Club, in Covent Garden London, kicking off with an exclusive preview of the 70 exhibitors at the VIP night on Saturday with the main event on Sunday featuring entertainment, fashion shows and even a contemporary art exhibition – as inspiration can come from everywhere!
One Love Wedding Show Photography: Robbins Photographic
Saturday 19th October 2013: 6.30pm – 9.30pm - VIP + Press party
Sunday 20th October 2013: 10.30am – 4.30pm - One Love Wedding Show
To book tickets click HERE or for more information head to:
Website - www.oneloveweddingshow.co.uk
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/OneLoveWeddingShow
Twitter - https://twitter.com/onelovewedshow
The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street, London WC2H 9HQ
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