WEDDINGS

supplier spotlight #8: the luxury wedding show

Morning brides & grooms to be!

You might have noticed from my very excited mentions, tweets and facebook updates, that I went the very first The Luxury Wedding Show, London at the Saatchi Gallery last weekend.  First of all I was super excited that one of my favourite things (weddings, of course) had been combined with my favourite place in London (The Saatchi Gallery)!  I knew the clean & crisp galleries would provide the perfect setting for each exhibitor to really showcase their products, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

Bringing together some of the top industry names (David Fielden, Vera Wang and Vivienne Westwood to name a few) it promised to be the ultimate luxury wedding planning.  With a cost of £50 per ticket (I was very grateful to be invited with a press pass) the show certainly is aimed at the discerning bride.  So, what did I think?

Meeting up with fellow bloggers Gaby, Michelle, Sonia and Vicky, for some much needed coffee and pain au chocolat before the show, we noticed just how many industry professionals had made the effort to travel down to London for the experience.  Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to get in the door!

I was impressed, not only with the layout and presentation of the show, but also the friendliness of each exhibitor who welcomed me onto their stand like an old friend, happy to chat about their new collections and offer collaborations and exciting projects.  This is certainly something I have not experienced at other shows, and it was lovely to see them treat their brides in the same way, with such warmth and genuine interest. The show featured everything from accessories and bridalwear, to cakes and flowers, jewelery and cosmetics. gift lists and honeymoon and everything in between.

{Maids to Measure with accessories from Victoria Mann Millinery}

My first mention has to to go Maids to Measure, who launched at the show.  Walking onto their stand I was greated with passion & enthusiasm and geniune love for their products that instantly made me feel at home.   Providing a much needed personal service for bridesmaids, their fully bespoke dresses are made to each bridesmaids exact requirements, a stress free way to dress your bridesmaids, whether opting for matching or mismatched dresses.  The dresses on display were absolutely stunning, combining the most beautiful fabrics and craftsmanship into each piece, and at £195 per dress (regardless of style) I thought they were very good value!   There was even one piece designed with me in mind, after I contacted Sinclair with some ideas for an upcoming event!

  {Caroline, Stephanie & Diana from GC Couture}

Another stand that caught my eye was GC Couture, the luxury brand from Genuine Cakes.  Their stand was super busy all day, with visitors sampling some of the delicious cakes on offer, and lots of lucky brides making appointments for consultations.  I was a little jealous they would get to taste more cake!

{Buckinghamshire, Suffolk & Oxfordshire from Louise Richardson Stationery}

I also spent a long time admiring the bespoke stationery collections from Louise Richardson Stationery, whose contemporary graphics and attention to detail offer something for the bride looking for something completely unique & personal.

And many more passionate and friendly suppliers, including the lovely Claire Mischevani, Alex from Candy Anthony, Maisie Fantasie and the lovely lovely ladies from Illustries!

As well as these new discoveries, I enjoyed spending time with some friends, Rachel from Luella’s Boudoir showcasing her new 2012 collection and gorgeous sparkles from Magpie Vintage, Charlotte Casadejus who creates some of the most beautiful and unique dresses around at the moment and is a genuinely lovely lady, and the wonderful team from Not on the Highstreet.

I’ll be sharing more from all of these wonderful people over the next few weeks, so keep your eye on Friday’s Supplier Spotlight to find out more!

Undoubtedly, the highlight of the day was the catwalk show, with an exclusive preview of the 2012 Vivienne Westwood collection, alongside other highly desirable couture brands. We bagged our seats in the front row and sipped our complimentary champagne as the lights dimmed and the music began, the atmosphere was electric!

First up, carrying the prettiest vintage suitcases and birdcages was the dainty and feminine collection from David Fielden.

Some of my favourite pieces on the catwalk were this floaty grecian piece and modern princess dress, covered in splashes of silver from Charlotte Casadejus.

These pieces from Candy Anthony were stunning, perfect for a fifties-inspired intimate wedding.  I fell in love with the polka dot tulle skirt!

Flirty and fun lace pieces from Kula Tsurdiu

Elegant and modern pieces from Luella’s Boudoir, these two dresses both appeared to float along the catwalk, trains billowing behind them

I adore these iconic pieces from Temperley London, and they did not disappoint in the flesh.

Extravagent and opulent collections from Browns Bride including this classic Vera Wang and striking Peter Langner

The finale to the show was the launch of British fashion icon Vivienne Westwood‘s 2012 bridal collection.  I loved the use of colour, texture and pattern and adore the gllittery buckled belts which featured on a number of her dresses.

So, was it worth it?  Most definitely yes.  If you only visit one show when planning your wedding I would certainly recommend this one.  Grab your ‘maids and your mum and indulge in a day of wedding pretty, catwalk couture and a glass of bubbles! The goody bag more than lives up to the ‘luxury’ expectations as well!

The next Luxury Wedding Show is already being planned for February 2012, I’ll be there, and I hope you will come along for the experience too!

{credits ~ catwalk photography courtesy of Christopher Dadey Photography}

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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