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!).
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It seems us lot just can’t get enough of fresh flowers, not just for special occasions but to spread a bit of joy at home or to friends. I used to be utterly spoilt with local florists near my last home but since moving there are none in my area (well, none that offer flowers other than gerberas, rainbow roses and carnations) and I’m feeling a little flower bereft!
However I’ve stumbled upon some lovely services that offer unique and boutique flowery delivery in London (and some throughout UK) that will enable me to get my floral fix straight to my door! I’m very excited to try some of these out, and thought I’d share my top 5 findings! Also if any friends should wish to send me some flowers… here’s a little hint ;)
Beautifully curated and sent fresh from the grower, bouquets from Bloomon can be delivered weekly, fortnightly or monthly and you can subscribe for as long as you like. The bouquets are carefully designed to highlight nature’s beauty and with three different sizes to choose from (£20.95 – 31.95) they are great for a treat for yourself or for a gift. They allow for you to have a play with how they are arranged but do come packaged well and with water so they last as long as possible.
Geo-Fleur Plant Post Club
If you are more on the green fingered side, or know someone who is, then this is one for you! The Geo-Fleur Plant Post Club Subscription sends you a monthly delivery (£24 a month for 3, 6, 9 or 12 months) of a surprise exclusive package of plants or plant related accessories to keep your home green! And don’t worry, it comes with a care card so you can at least attempt to keep them alive! My obsession with plants, succulents and cacti isn’t going anywhere so this is such a fun way to enhance my collection and who doesn’t love a surprise package in the post? Perfect for a plant-loving friend as a present too.
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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