I had the absolute pleasure of exhibiting and styling at the first ever Fabulous Wedding Festival at Muddifords Court in Somerset. It was such a great day out (yes day out, it really didn’t feel like work at all!), and so nice to meet like minded suppliers and couples over pizza and cider in the mud. It was actually like being at a mini festival with all the live music, food and different tent areas – which all helped the visitors to feel relaxed and positive when they did stop to talk to any of the great wedding suppliers involved.
You can check out some of the live blogging that happened on the day here, but I thought I’d do my own little round up with all images taken by me via my (now antique) iPhone and instagram.
First up my “stand” which was located in a tipi complete with wood burning fire in the middle. I woke up smelling ever so slightly of bonfire, which is also how I woke up the morning after my own wedding funnily enough!
I decided to keep in the popular DIY festival vibe theme, using lots of my own flea market finds to create a fun area complete with my own little photobooth to give those brides brave enough to come and say hello a bit of light entertainment. I hear a lot of people saying that they think vintage is “over”. I don’t actually… I think there is a slow decline in the more twee and chintzy look that was very popular for years, but I think the more edgy flea market chic look is here to stay. Why? Well it’s an easy look to achieve on a budget, it allows you to show off your personality and incorporate finds from friends and family members, and it’s actually pretty eco-friendly too. Re-use, recycle and up-cycle away people!
I was also asked to style a table for a wonderful festival themed banquet in The Shippen Barn alongside some other LOVELY stylists. I find it so inspiring and confidence boosting that we all chose completely different styles despite being given the same brief. Just shows the value of having a wedding stylist on your team!
Personally I wanted to do something that felt like how I’d want my wedding if it was festival themed now. I am the worlds biggest fan of Free People and love anything with a Bohemian or Indie vibe. But I also wanted something fresh, and wanted to step away from the popular “vintage” look so that I could show couples how to do something a bit different. As always, whenever I take on a project like this, I endeavour to make it both budget friendly and easy to do, with DIY touches that can be recreated by brides at home.
So my original brief to the lovely florist Laura Hingston and my sweet gorgeous friend Jenny from In The Treehouse was to help me create a Bohemian, Aztec, Ikat, Native American, Dream Catcher, Free People, Bold and Colourful inspired table scape. Not too hard then.
This was the moodboard I created to guide team Jessie!
One of the elements I envisaged from word go was to have giant dream catchers hanging above the table, with mini versions as favours for guests. There are lots of tutorials on the web, and I promise to share my own with you soon. Let’s just say they took a little longer than expected (perfectionist, moi?!) but once you get the hang of them are actually pretty easy to make.
I also made mini “yarn” (that’s wool to anyone in the UK!) tassels to decorate the jam jars. Funnily enough poor Laura had a bit of a nightmare with the flowers as she’d sourced all sorts of fabulous mismatched bohemian flower containers and vases, only for her dear Mother to drive off with them before they were unloaded! Luckily fellow wedding stylist Devon Vintage China came to the rescue and gave us a few of her own little vintage glass bottles to borrow. Phew! Just shows you, it’s VERY important to have an excellent and supportive selection of suppliers for your own wedding day as it makes sure that any last minute problems like this are avoided… I was set to go and buy some jars of food to empty into plastic containers so we could use them instead!! 😉
Anyway, would LOVE to hear your thoughts on the finished table, excuse my candid (read rubbish) shots. Official pics to come shortly!!
Here are a few other photos from the day for you to check out too!