Saturday 2nd July
We attended the very first Vintage Wedding Fair at The Old Finsbury Town Hall. This rather grand 19th century building decorated in the Flemish Renaissance style, but with Art Nouveau decor, must be one of the most beautiful London venues to host a wedding. A big thanks to Ziggy one of the energtic managers at Finsbury www.theoldfinsburytownhall.co.uk and to Celebrity Stylist Zoe Lem www.zoelem.co.uk for making this day possible.
The public hall was where most of the day’s proceedings took place. It can be hired for wedding receptions and those with a vintage taste will surely fall in love with this grand space as we did.
Upon arrival one was greeted by Daniel Illsley of the Theatre of Wine www.theatreofwine.com whose fun presentations were a big attraction. Joyful Food www.joyfulfood.co.uk kept our energy levels up by serving us some delicious sandwiches and teas/coffees. We must also mention the Easy Gourmet Catering company, wwww.easygourmetcatering.co..uk . They not only befriended us and put us in touch with new clients but offered us a tasting session of their delicately flavoured cakes. These truly amazing creations have some very unusual ingredients, namely vegetables. Our favourite was the chocolate and beetroot with a chantilly topping.
Our impressive display featured a bridal mannequin dressed in a 60′s dress, adorned with a garland of Asparragus Asparragoides, standing in a wild garden of summer flowers and holding a bouquet of white Avalanche Roses, Hydrangeas, Sweet Peas and Clematis. Our visitors all commented on the beautiful and relaxed setting. Next to us was Penny and Oliver from Pennies Vintage shop. Their dresses were a big hit with future brides www.Penniesvintage.com Another popular vintage range were the wonderful dresses of Sally Lacock. She has her own showroom in Dalston. It was great talking to her about her work with brides. Her passion really shines through www.sallylacock.com .
Zoe Lem and her team of expert stylists were also on hand to help brides select from their own stunning range of wedding dresses.
The vintage makeovers by Lipstick and Curls kept us entertained in the quieter moments. Both Amanda and Natasha did some wonderful transformations for the three models, i.e. transforming not just their hair into a 40′s look but also their makeup. www.lipstickandcurls.co.uk . And keeping with the theme of vintage styling both Karlie Gartner, who restyles vintage jewllery, www.karliegartner.com and Abby and Debbie of Cherished Vintage Bridal Accessories www.cherishedvintage.co.uk had the most elegant ranges of jewellery and accessories that we have seen in a long time.
We also had some great conversations with Helen from Magpie vintage crockery hire. She offers a very stylish selection of vintage china and delicious cakes www.magpiecrockery.co.uk . It was also great to meet up with photographer Anne Brassier again. Her photographs are very special indeed, and the albums she has created for them are truly impressive www.itakenicephotos.com We loved the vocals and piano arrangements of Connie and Edith Valentine. Their selection of 1940′s songs really set the tone of the day www.thebluebirdsoflondon.com Finally, we must mention the The Wedding Documentary Company www.weddingdocumentarycompany.com who produce some amazing films that the bride and groom will cherish for ever.
All in all a great day for us with many engaged couples signing up for appointments to discuss their requirements for their future weddings.