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Friday, 25 February 2011

A day at the Designer Wedding Fayre, Battersea Park

I had an enjoyable day at the Designer Wedding Fair in London earlier this month with Anna MacDougall of Bride and Glory. We had a wander, watched the fashion show and then enjoyed a glass of pink bubbles at the bar. If I had my day again here are a few of the things that I would be thinking about…

The overall vibe of the fair was a heavenly mix of evening glamour and vintage (think 1920’s and 1930’s) with barely any 'big' dresses. Being the 'designer' wedding fayre many of the dresses would only look truly fabulous on teeny tiny ladies - but this is where the inspiration begins and cascades down.

My personal favourite of all the collections were the Temperley dresses that owned the runway in the Catwalk Designers show. Alice Temperley creates divinely elegant dresses which are sophisticated yet free-spirited…utterly gorgeous.

The other thing that really stood out at the fair was the number of bespoke stationers. This aspect of weddings seems to be moving on in a big way – away from more traditional (‘stiff’) invitations to relaxed yet beautifully crafted themes which can continue through your whole wedding:

Cutture really stood out for their stunning bespoke laser cut stationery whilst the work of Paul Antonio Scribe offers an elegance in their calligraphy which I so wish I had known about for place cards, menus and such.

For something unusual yet personal, try Hello!Lucky . They are design innovators and letterpress specialists who are regularly featured in bridal magazines both in the UK and the USA. And if that isn’t enough choice, look to sugalily whose luxury hand finished stationery crosses the spectrum from boho to bergdorff and caters to every wedding style and budget.

Then my thoughts move to finishing touches and I was particularly taken with two milliners: Judy Bentinck and Uma Turan who showed rather different but adorable, bespoke hats.

The icing on the cake (excuse the pun) would be a Linda Fripp cake. Each and every one of her cakes, and there are a lot, looks like an elaborate work of art and yet is edible and delicious…the only problem is that I’m not sure how you can choose just one.

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