Unless you have been cut off from all communication in the past couple of weeks, you most definitely will know about the First Comes Love Bridal Fair. An alternative bridal fair for brides in Perth. I have been tweeting and facebooking my excitement over this event for some time. While I haven't been an exhibitionist at a fair before, I feel so very lucky to have this particular fair be my first. I met some incrediblely creative artists, some I knew of and others I didn't, and above all I had the chance to show my work to some very discerning brides and grooms. I had a lovely response and great feedback from everyone and I am so humbled to have been a part of this event. I don't know how I came to be amongst such talented company but I was sure to drink it in and revel in the moment. I brought along my camera on the Sunday to show you just a few of the exhibitors displays and what was available to see and do. Firstly, this was my little display and home away from home for the weekend.
My vintage spoons from Monkeys Always Look were a bit hit and if I had been selling them I could quite possibly hang up my camera for life. They were actually props from our own wedding that I thought would be cute on display.
The Oxford Hotel was the perfect setting for such a specialist, boutique bridal fair. It really is an ingenious idea to have a bridal fair above a pub - I think the guys appreciated it alot :)
Something I loved about this fair (not that I am an expert) was the amount of aspirational displays available not just inspirational displays. Groups of vendors coming together to create tablescapes and vignettes to give brides (and grooms) something to aspire to. This particular display was a collaboration of styling and hire by Her Handpicked Harvest, stationery by Dizzy Wizzy Designs (my own stationery designer) and blooms by Code Bloom. I don't think anyone walked past without having to do a double take or taking a photograph of the display.
This was a lovely vintage typewriter on display with Her Handpicked Harvest. While I never had the opportunity to introduce myself properly this creative duo, I can't wait for the opportunity to photograph their work perhaps for a future bride of my own.
Another tablescape was a drink station with styling and hire items from Bride + Groom, stationery by Mitchell and Dent and blooms by Code Bloom. This display was a great way to see how the stationery you choose can tie in with your decor of the actual wedding. I know that some people feel that invitations are just invitations but this really shows how your invitations can set the tone of your day for your guests, months in advance.
I was so fortunate to be flanked by two incredible talented artists. This display was of Sophie Kyron's gorgeous statement jewellery. I must admit I browsed the range while I should have been standing behind my display and even went home with a new pair of earrings. Now I've joined the ranks of Cate Blanchett apparently with my very own Sophie Kyron piece in my jewellery box :)
On the other side of my display was the lovely Reny Kestel. Reny makes the most beautiful headpieces for the modern bride and everyone stopped to try something on. It made me rethink the concept of whether you have to be a hat-person and I am dying for an occasion to wear one now.
Throughout the fair, there were a number of acts that played. I think my favourite was Brooke Russell and Chris Sealey. A lovely mix of jazz and modernised arrangements. Just heavenly!
I was so pleased to finally meet Emma from All of the Above Creative. I had heard incredible things about this team of photographers, stylists, makeup artists and hair stylists and all they are accomplishing and they were responsible for making up and styling the models that were showcasing dresses, headpieces and blooms from the other vendors.
Heaven help me! If only I where getting married again, this incredible ensemble of blooms by Flower Talk and dress by Loui Col would be on my wish list. With this lovely bride is her bridesmaid dressed in a Little Gracie bridesmaid dress.
I couldn't let the day go by without a moment to photograph one of my favourite ladies from Mitchell & Dent, the sister company of Studio Bomba. I gave Michelle a sneak peak at some of my wedding images on my iPhone during a quiet moment as we continued to bond over our love of good paper and another project we hope to work on together in the near future which is exciting. I photographed Mitchell & Dent's range of stationery last winter and was delighted to see a new range of bespoke stationery illustrated by the talented Angela Mitchell.
Mr Jon Lewis is a ukelele player with an enough enthusiasm to cure cancer. It you're looking for something different as you walk down the aisle, he is your man. In fact, I confess I took his photograph to show my mum. I know she'll love him as he was playing Beatles songs AND on the ukelele no less. She'll die.
The lovely Karen from Katya Bride had some of the most beautiful bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses in a cotton candy assortment of colours. I couldn't pass up a chance to photograph just a couple of pieces.
Helen from Cook. Learn. Love told us she came from a fine french cooking background and now teaches brides how to make their own wedding cakes amongst other things. Everyone was raving about her samples and one person even used the word "orgasmic". I'm thinking of contacting her for some private tuition for my own cooking skills. How wonderful would that be?!
I was so pleased to be able to finally meet Jappalin from Flower Talk. I have admired her work for sometime now and to put a face to the name was lovely. Her display of bouquets was heavenly and she was kind enough to allow me to take the gorgeous lavender bouquet home with me. It has pride of place on my bedside table and as you can imagine, smells incredible.
It was a privilege to photograph some of Jappalin's bouquets being modelled by the girls. I loved this orchid bouquet by Flower Talk and the 50's inspired Sandra wedding dress and headpiece from Elvi Design Company. Of course, hair, makeup and styling all by All of the Above Creative.
This beautiful display was a collaboration of hire from Antiquitea and styled by Chandelabra. Such an elegant style that would be perfect for an afternoon reception. I spoke with Kerry from Chandelabra for a moment about how more brides seem to be wanting a really great styled wedding and she, as you can tell, is delivering the goods.
Someone I was so pleased to finally meet was Rebecca from Fox and Rabbit. I have dreams of a wood nymph bride with one of her garlands and gorgeous floral arrangements. Can't wait to catch up again Rebecca :)
This is a beautiful compilation display of Hire Society's rental pieces which were styled by Debra Hayes. I could definitely see this tablescape and dessert bar under the stars overlooking the river for a fine dining experience.
I so wish I had the chance to photograph more from the bridal fair but I had to get back to my post and meet more lovely brides and grooms. I hope everyone enjoyed the fair as much as I did and I can't wait for the next one. *wink, wink* Studio Bomba :) Congratulations Ange and Leah on a wonderful fair that clearly Perth has been salivating for. Congrats!
Lastly, thank you so much to the lovely brides and grooms who this event is all about. It was delightful to meet you and talk about your wedding plans. We have an incredibly talented bunch of people in Perth that are going to put Perth weddings on the map. I guarantee it :)