Morning! 3 days down and 2 to go until the weekend! Anyone else itching for it to be Friday afternoon? I am and I am not going to pretend that my first week back after Australia hasn’t been a killer, because it has. I have needed to be motivated this week but my head has totally been in the clouds. I want to go back!!!
Talking of the weekend, what are your plans for the 17th-19th March? Or the 9th April? If your answer is nothing then we have an event that every bride and groom to be should be attending…… A Most Curious Wedding Fair.
Now you may already be aware of this cool, trend setting and alternative wedding fair as we have plugged it a few times here on Festival Brides. Yes we are HUGE fans of the show and are very proud to be sponsoring the event this year. A Most Curious has the same ethos and desires that we do, which is to equip you with everything you need to plan an awesome wedding, so we couldn’t think of a better show to partner up with and promote. From fabulous suppliers to great inspiration. A Most Curious is a wedding fair that really will leave you buzzing with ideas and excitement for your wedding as well as a list of hard working and talented suppliers who will help you make your dreams happen. Which brings me to my next point!
We are sharing 25 reasons why you should be attending the fair today. Those reasons being a different supplier that is exhibiting either at the London or Norwich shows and who we, along with Most Curious founder Becky Hoh-Hale, think you will love love LOVE!
So here they are. 25 exhibitors that cater for Festival Weddings and these are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many more awesome suppliers that are worth a look up so check them all out on the Most Curious website.
25 Most Curious Exhibitors Perfect For Festival Brides & Grooms….
Words By Becky Hoh-Hale
Here at Most Curious we pride ourselves on, simply, catering for the style-savvy bride, that’s our motto. So it’s quite open to interpretation, it’s for the creative and the chic with their finger on the pulse, the rock n roll, the elegant, the design-led, the fashion-led, the geek led – you name it! But one of our faves little corners of the cool bridal world is one inhabited and quite frankly NAILED, by the Festival Brides team. It’s sun-kissed and good-vibes, it’s rustic, dreamy, laid-back, free spirited and bohemian and a tiny bit raw and bad ass, and today we are all about our exhibitors from both our London and Norwich shows that cater to the Festival Brides tribe.
Planner, Stylist and Prop Hire
Helaina’s handmade Rustic Lemonade Stand can be hired on its own with a choice of alternative signage for complete versatility, or fully stocked with drinks dispensers and your choice of tipple. “We think it would make the perfect DIY Flower Crown Station!,” says Storey. “The options are endless. We are also big fans of bringing the inside out, like with this Gentleman’s Lounge set-up, perfect for a free-spirited, bohemian vibe.”
2 – Lola and Blush
Stationer & Paper Good Specialists
This uber cool new name on the block is right up a botanical, palmy loving festival bride’s street. Lola & Blush’s new ranges that will be launching at the London show is ‘The Evergreen Collection.’ It has a botanical boho vibe with watercolour leaves and patterns, with brush lettering typography. It is also in shades of green the 2017 Pantone colour of the year.
3 – Wolf and Rosie
Hand Painted Leather Jackets & Stationery
How could we not include Wolf & Rosie?! The perfect accessory for all you boho brides to be, Wolf & Rosie hand paints leather jackets to create beautiful bespoke and custom pieces for your most perfect day. Specialising in botanical inspired designs with a touch of the bohemian, we love to incorporate your wedding flowers into the artwork as well as your chosen wording. “Above all we strive to create pieces that you’ll want to treasure and wear forever,” says Rosie. SWOON.
Cool Umbrella Hire
If you’re the tipi loving out-doorsy back to nature kind of couple that is all well and good, but here in Blighty you gotta accept it could mean…rain! But that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on awesomeness. Brolly Bucket are regularly used for shall we say, tent-based weddings!
“Whether you need brollies for your outdoor ceremony, family photographs or simply to keep your guests dry as they dash to the loo’s we are here to help!’ describe Rosie of Brolly Bucket. “Stay Dry and Be Prepared for Anything!”
With a name like Through The Woods We Ran, you don’t get more of a Festival Brides orientated vibe that with these former Australian, now Bristonian photographers. Husband and wife, complete hipster but similarly completely lovely, duo would describe themselves as, “Candid/documentary mixed with creative portraiture. One is good for capturing all the big + little stuff throughout the day, the other one is good for nailing those awesome photos of the two of you.” We say, their work is rock n roll, achingly cool, cinematic bit intimate, warm and heartfelt all wrapped into one.
Definitely dreamy and textured to the max, any self respecting festival bride would find ‘the one’ with these guys. The Katya Katya team set the scene: “Vintage inspired, worn by todays modern bohemian bride, confidence outshines as self and equally with her partner. French floral, decorative lace and tulle flow with the soft breeze of the Valleys fresh air as the bride stands in a field of wild flowers. Soft flowers trail over the body, joining the gown with hand crafted applique with natural wood and contrasting Swarovski embellishments reflecting the wilderness’s sublime surroundings.”
6 – Animalesque
Creature Based Headresses
Who hasn’t worn something crazy on their head at a festival, it’s all about being wild and dressing up right? Well these guys, do it in style.
“Worn by the romantic, the imaginative, the curious and the wild – these playful, yet sophisticated animal headdresses add a unique and memorable touch to your wedding day.
Begin your story as you mean for it to go on . . .” says Sara who creates these magical beasts, inspired by the likes of Wes Anderson and nursery rhyme and Roald Dahl books.
7 – Lucie Bennett
Patissier & Chocolatier
Lucie’s beautiful creations not only fit the aesthetic of the laid back, rustic but romantic and chic bride, but her ethos is very at one with nature too. “I love to use local and seasonal ingredients in my cake and desserts,” she explains. “In the summer I grow my own vegetables Beetroot and Carrots which I use in the cakes I also grow herbs & edible flowers which I use as decorations. I love to create natural stye wedding cakes incorporating patisserie elements to make them taste amazing.”
8 – Portraits Bridal
Bridal Hair and Make Up Stylists
These big names in the bridal bizz were at the forefront of the braid revolution and specialise in of the minute hair styles and glowing, dewy make up (tick and tick!) and have even worked with Festival Brides on styled shoots themselves. Rather excitingly they will be at the London show setting up a rather festivally style glitter and gems service for our visitors (my hand is up!), with the added bonus of a braid bar and flowers hair weaving which is a service for bridal parties and evenings guests they will be launching this year for real!
Prop Hire and Stylist
Firm Bohemian, industrial and rustic favourite Penny of The Little Lending Company is not only exhibiting at Norwich, she is organising the Norwich show! Her Festival Brides credentials are endless, having shot with them a few times, and examples of her hiring service are the Boho Corner, pictured, with 2 large peacock chairs, apple crate, white skull, candle sticks and a persian rug for just £90! Or what about the Outdoor Boho Ceremony Package, including a wooden ceremony arch and installation, arge macrame hanging, Persian rug, two large loose antlers, 8 glass cylinders for candles at base of arch, 2 wooden chairs and hubby + wifey chair backs. (Excludes all flowers and foliage) £150.00 to hire. Get involved guys, get involved! Images by Faye Amare photography, the official Norwich Most Curious 17 show photographer too.
10 – Patchwork
Wedding Crowd Funding Service
Patchwork are a clever service that not only offer a bespoke way to do your wedding guest list, but will help with pull the wedding together using a unique gift registry too. They even have a Festival Wedding Package where you can ask friends, and family to contribute time and skills rather than giving you traditional gifts. You simply create a pinterest-style board to show everyone all the things you need doing, then they choose whether to buy beers, bake cakes, make decorations or promise to DJ. Go check it out or come and meet them at the show of course!
11 – Wildflower Cakes
Wedding Cakes & Biscuits
Arianna of Wildflower has a huge love for nature and flowers always tries to make this a real focus in her designs. Her new designs include Tropical botanical biscuits which would look wonderful on a tropical themed sweet-table or as favours for your guests to take away. Or how’s about a soft grey, rambling wildflower and foliage wedding cake, all of which are hand-crafted out of sugar. Or minimalist and elegant dove grey cake with silk ribbon and silver-leaf highlights, we’ll let you decide!
12 – French and Fahey
Festival Style Destination Weddings
Between the sea, meadows and mountains, French & Fahey offer festival style destination weddings in the stunning Basque country, just outside the idyllic seaside town of Biarritz, South West France. Whether you want a country fair style wedding with hay bales & bunting, or a whimsical wedding wonderland, dancing barefoot under the stars, these guys have the bohemian bride covered. “Why have a festival wedding weekend at home,” asks founder Louise French, “when you can have one in France with long balmy nights and warm sea breezes, not to mention the authentic and delicious French food and wines. With bell tent glamping and the croissants pre-ordered, F&F have every last detail covered, so that by the time you arrive in France, all you need to do is welcome your guests and pop the bubbles!”
13 – Matilda Delves
Matilda captures the spirit of the festival bride! Your wedding should be a reflection of who you are as a couple and that is what I love to photograph; the dance-floor going crazy; tonnes of confetti being chucked in your faces; laughter that makes you spit your drink out your mouth, just after your best man’s speech; tears of joy; you looking gorgeous in your stylish dress, but with muddy feet from where we walked across the field to get a killer portrait in some pretty light; your mum’s dog begging guest for a canapé; the little flower girls with flower crowns, covered in mud from playing under the drinks table; big hugs and all the love!
14 – The Capston Second
“Organiser of private gaiety, curator of richly encrusted happiness”
Festival Brides need a festival field and I delight in helping couples who choose to get married somewhere with no existing infrastructure whether it’s a countryside field or an estuary side paddock,’ describes Capston’s Rachel. “I love sorting out all the festival essentials like somewhere waterproof for the festivities to take place, street food trucks and of course the all-important loos and power! I love that festival brides can go wild with even the basics of the wedding and one of my favourites was the couple’s friend officiating”
Photo Credit: NMFoto
15 – Stone Hearts Club
Could there possibly be a jewellery company more suited to the Boho Bride? Stone Hearts Club stock beautiful pieces from the coolest brands in the UK, USA and beyond. In their own word, ‘We care about crystals and beautiful glistening stones. We love to feel empowered by the rocks on our fingers – those rocks represent our fierce nature in love and life. The recipe is simple. Take one tanned LA Valley girl and one English country rose working together in London at one of the world’s largest fashion retailers who bonded over their out-of-control magpie tendencies. Team that with over 20 years fashion ecommerce experience between them, and a desire to bring their worldwide treasure hunt to like-minded souls…In crystals we trust. “
16 – Howling Moon
The name says it all, this utterly affordable crafter creates mystical and magical quartz crystal crowns and head bands perfect for woodland and meadow frolicking. Made to be worn with or without a veil and all with the healing and cleansing properties of semi precious gems.
17 – Darlish
If you’re into the world of festival vibes, chances are you love travel and a little bit of exoticism, so why not combine the two and have that food truck sort of feeling but with delicious, luxury Persian deserts?! Darlish are you guys. With Middle Eastern flavours of Pistachio, Rose Water, Saffron and Orange blossom them and their little cute little cart will have you and your guests going back for more after going wild on the dance floor!
18 – Heilsa
Pop Up Holistic Therapy Pod
Heilsa Therapies the travelling therapy station, will be at Most Curious London easing those weary feet and tired shoulders with Reflexology, Indian Head and Seated Massage. Heilsa, is a Scandinavian word meaning health and to wish someone wellness and love and that’s what we ensure we do with our therapies. We travel to any event small, intimate or large creating a totally relaxing, chilling and fun experience through our range of therapeutic treatments, either in an environment of your choosing or from our gorgeous bespoke therapy trailer. Perfect for those laid back, hippy vibes!
Wonderful Wonky Weddings have many stationery ranges to suit the festival bride/cool contemporary couple. These hand illustrated ‘Flora & Fauna’ invites are available in 4 different designs to match the seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn + Winter. So sweet and straight back to nature! The ranges include Save the Dates, Invites, Information Cards, RSVPs, Table Plans, Table Signs, Guest Name Cards and even Thank you cards.
20 – Frog Flowers
These guys are have worked with some serious clients, like Selfridges, Claridges and Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants to create installations and fashion editorials, not just your average bouquet! So if you’re thinking big and bold and completely take over with your foliages and flowers, these guys are YOUR guys!
21 – Velvet Johnstone
A certified Festival Brides and indeed Most Curious fave, Velvet Johnstone has long been making the stuff that laid back, creative brides have dreamt of. But unbelievably they just got an upgrade, especially for those spiritual babes among us. Their designer Cheryl Isabelle now practices reiki, holy fire to be precise and she is sharign the love with her creations. ‘My gowns were always made with loving intent,’ she describes, ‘but now they are super charged with love & reiki energy.’ We’re into it.
22 – Man Pins
Wooden Label Pins
A rustic one for the chaps, these hand-made hard wood pins are perfect for the groom (or bride!) who is planning a tweed number, or woodland/highland friendly number. To be worn on your lapel, your kilt or anywhere you want to stick it, as their instagram says! They will be showing two collections; our African Collection and newly launched Scottish Collection, and offering a bespoke groom and groomsmen service. There’s a Man Pin for every personality… come pick your wood lads! Made by Scottish designers Islay Spalding and Louise Forbes.
23 – Rembo Styling at Lara B Boutique
Belgium and Portuguese bohemian brand Rembo Styling is one of many cool brands stocked by Lara B Boutique, exhibiting at Norwich. This is how Rembo describes their ideal bride, ‘She is a Dreamer who loves her friends. Her world is dynamic and free, with no boundaries for happiness. She is pure and unique, enjoying life to the fullest, in a spontaneous way.’ We defo want to be her!
Two times boho for the price of one, both of these beautiful brands will be showcasing at London,Sophie * Luna with their everlasting florals, including flower crowns and other accessories and Story of My Dress have actual vintage gowns from the 70s – orginal boho! Their newly designed, in-house collection also evokes this festival, laid back look, with floaty, lace, off the shoulder, bell sleeve numbers.
25 – Tilly Thomas Lux
Tilly Thomas Lux and Festival Brides could pretty much be star-crossed lovers. The Tilly Thomas Lux ‘Celestial Flight’ collection draws on folklore and legend, motifs of feathers, leaves and the shimmering celestial ether. ‘We’re for the day-dreamers,’ says the team, ‘the free-spirited style-shapers; the mystical goddesses. We’re for every woman who’s ever fantasised about wandering in a ancient forest or dipping her toes in every ocean.’ Me me me!!
For tickets and full details on the show, please visit the Most Curious website. We will be planning to visit the London show on either Friday 17th or Saturday 18th so if you see either myself or Clare, please say hello. I will be the blond one with a 30 week pregnancy bump!
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