A behind the scenes look at the London Bride & Otaduy Bridal special bridal showcase last month. We were thrilled to invite readers and brides to this intimate event to try on dresses and chat and be inspired by some of our wedding industry friends!
Part of why I love working in this industry is getting the chance to work and collaborate with like-minded, creative and modern thinking wedding colleagues. It pushes the industry in the right direction and just bouncing ideas, inspiration and swopping stories is really refreshing.
Having been a fan of Barcelona bridal designers, Otaduy and their gorgeous London showroom, we decided to collaborate and hold an intimate bridal event to showcase their new collection, meet with brides (and readers of London Bride!) and also to introduce them to some fabulous wedding brands, suppliers, designers and makers. It was so much fun to see bride’s try on potential contender dresses, with their friends and family with the added fun of trying on veils, shoes, holding a beautiful bouquet as well as be made-up all whilst in a relaxing and intimate atmosphere with delicious and cute mini bottles of sparkling wine courtesy of Cordoniu and refreshing and stylish hydration from Solan de Cabras. Definitely the way dress shopping should be!
As a wedding planner and blogger, it’s also really lovely for me to connect with bride-to-be’s to hear about their days and their styles and wedding inspiration and of course talking all about dresses!
Otaduy showcased their new ‘I Do’ collection, which you can see more of here but is inspired by the glamorous days of disco, and free-spirited style… Otaduy has a lovely balance of feminine dresses and cool separates (plus jackets!) that are for a modern boho bride and are perfect for both a city wedding or something a little more rural. We had a lovely mix of brides at the event who were getting married in the city, the countryside and a few destination weddings too (lucky them!).
Lidia (Otaduy’s UK manager) was a very busy lady talking and welcoming in the brides and advising them on styles, and what might suit them and chatting through the options. It was great to see so many different styles being tried on, and everyone just looked incredible. I don’t know how anyone would choose!
Along with the dresses, whilst a lot of brides may sit on the fence when it comes to wearing a veil, it’s just something you have to give a go, as you just never know plus it’s super fun! Accessories (and milliner) designer Ann Marie Faulkner of AM Faulkner was on hand to advise on styles and to match suitable veils from her Plant Life collection to the dresses the girls tried on. The subtle shimmer gold ‘Cosmos’ veil in the softest tulle proved to be a popular choice although I was secretly hoping someone would opt for the pressed flower ‘Meadow’ design (above), it’s just the prettiest.
The beautiful bold, bright and seasonal florals were all by the absolutely fabulous florist, Fiona at Electric Daisy Flower Farm. Have you ever seen dahlias so beautiful? Fiona and her team are a seriously talented and creative bunch (pardon the pun), as not only do they design beautiful wedding and event arrangements, but they also grow as much as possible on their own flower farm near Bath. This means you get something truly ‘in season’ when they create their bouquets, and so nice to know they are all English grown.
I loved their cheeky and fun displays of flowers in little toy trucks (because, why not!) and was fascinated learning from Fiona about the seasons and what flowers are around and when. Autumn brides, you are lucky as just look at the beautiful florals on offer for you! I love the colours she put together for the mantel display with the dark and deep pinks and reds adding a touch of drama along with the blushes and greens. Just gorgeous!
I did attempt to take a few snaps, but promptly gave up as the incredible wedding photographer Cinzia Bruschini was there to capture parts of the day and who has kindly shared her images for this feature. I was so thrilled to meet and work with Cinzia as I just love her atmospheric style, she really does have a remarkable eye for moments, composition and light and happens to also just be a cool creative lady, definitely go check out her work, she’s based in London currently but judging by her incredible insta-stories she travels everywhere and anywhere!
A little sneaky shot of me above having far too much fun with the flowers…
I attend a lot of bridal events, and whilst there is always cake and sweet things, I was keen to offer the brides something a bit more healthy and tastier (it was daytime after all) so brought the talents of wedding and event caterers, the Canababes in, who put together an offering of a few of their different canapé suggestions served with edible flowers which went down incredibly well. So well in fact, I didn’t get a taste, but I’m told the marinated courgette involtinis and mackerel on spiced potato cake were just divine.
Here’s what the guests nibbled on if you wanted to get the taste buds going…mmm!
Involtinis; Grilled & Marinated Courgette Stuffed with Feta, Mint & Chilli, Slow Roasted Tomato, Bocconcini & Basil Marinated Aubergine Skewer, Rare Beef & Pickled Cucumber Skewers with Sesame Dip, Indian Spiced Potato Cake with Mackerel & Chilli Jam
I think there is no bigger treat than being pampered and having your make up done, and our bride-to-be’s were incredibly lucky to have the on-hand talents of make up artist and all round lovely lady, Kate Balding to make them up!
Kate worked (and chatted!) non-stop to treat the girls and their friends and mums to having their make up done as they relaxed and waited to try on dresses. Kate has the most friendly and fun approach and managed to make the girls look like themselves, pretty and elegant whilst enhancing their features which I think is what bridal make up is all about.
I had lots of fun rifling through her make up kit, and talking about eyebrows and brushes. In my element. Thank you Kate!
There’s no denying I have a thing for neon art-work, and I jumped at the chance of using one of the amazing pieces from neon designers Bag & Bones as part of the set up in the showroom.
This neon red ‘first kiss’ lips design was the perfect backdrop for make up artist Kate, and tied nicely into the disco inspired collection of dresses. All their neon designs can be hired, and I think these would make an amazing backdrop to a dessert table at a wedding and they are super safe too and very easy to set up anywhere, just plug in!
I’m trying my best to justify a purchase for my office, surely every office has to have a set of pink neon lips (although the ‘and so it begins’ neon is pretty cool too).
Huge thanks to everyone mentioned above and credited below – do check out their work – I’m so grateful to work in an industry full of talent. Especially well done to Lidia and Ann-Marie given they were both ‘with bumps’ – you did remarkably well during such a busy day!
Thank you also to all the lovely brides who joined us along with their friends and families. We hope you had a great time and it was such a pleasure to chat to you and hear all about your wedding days.