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My Weekend at The Savoy

When I was asked to exhibit at the Bridelux Atelier a few weeks ago I was absolutely stunned! To attend such a prestigious event at such an iconic London hotel - what an honour! It also meant I had to get my skates on and prepare the best of the best of my headpieces to show prospective brides to be.


The drive up to London from Torquay took over five hours but to go from my house straight to the Savoy Hotel in the centre of the city was such a buzz! After being in lockdown for over a year it was a very exciting prospect to be back in the city and able to talk to some new people!



My husband George very kindly drove me up with all my stuff. I tell ya, it was like a jigsaw trying to fit everything in!



When I was first shown in the room I would be displaying in, my jaw nearly dropped to the floor. The SMELL of the beautiful flower arch that was being installed by Calisto by Christina was amazing - I couldn't believe it was right next to my display!


Photo by David Christopher Photography


My neighbour to the other side of me was the lovely Rachel Simpson Shoes who was showing off her stunning intricate shoe designs with wedding planner Jeni of Vanilla Rose Weddings


Photo by David Christopher Photography


I had my hair styled by Yasmin of Halimah Beauty and my Esme hair pins placed in the side. I was also wearing my ceramic hydrangea earrings with sterling silver hooks.



Friday night's guests were brides and industry professionals. It was great to meet so many wedding photographers and planners, I feel some photoshoot collaborations coming on! My husband George scrubbed up very well and really got into the pink theme, even wearing a pink mask for me!


Photo by David Christopher Photography


This was my display - I had a gorgeous dried flower bouquet made by Flower La Vita and of course I had a beautiful veil on display by Rebecca Anne Designs to show the different ways by headpieces could sit with it. A Wynnie Tam Tam candle complimented the aromas of the flowers in the room. I hired poseur tables from Tim at Velvet Living, I think they looked really smart!



Saturday was mega busy. My best friend Tom, an events manager at The Arts Club, helped me out most of the day and just as he left I suddenly couldn't move for the amount of couples checking out my headpieces. It will forever be a fond memory for me to see so many brides queuing up waiting to talk to me. I actually had to go round the corner after the rush had died down and take a moment to compose myself!


Here is a lovely bride trying on one of my crown's with a Rebecca Anne veil. Rebecca is an embroidery queen and can add song lyrics, shapes, flowers, names, dates, anything you want to your veil, how special is that!



Downstairs in the ballroom were some absolutely dreamy wedding dresses by some top designers. It was lovely to meet Sian from Shimmering Ivory, Suzie Turner and Britta from The Couture Gallery, as well as some fantastic photographers; David Christopher, Cesar Portes and Andrew of Bloomsbury Films. Unfortunately Vivienne Westwood herself couldn't attend but her dresses were incredible!



The Couture Gallery


Shimmering Ivory


Suzie Turner Couture


The beautiful Abi modelled this amazing dress by Shimmering Ivory with my Esme hair pins at the weekend, she even found time to do a photoshoot in one of the suites at the hotel - how stunning does she look?! Photo by David Christopher Photography



Moet was there, as was Dior. It was pretty cool to be exhibiting with such established luxury companies like them.



I had my ceramic flowers on display in the form of tiaras, crowns, hair combs and pins. The brides loved trying on my big orchid headpiece and the pins were also very popular.



Photo by Muse Motions Pictures


The below photos are by David Christopher Photography

It was so nice to actually talk to people in person again!


The Velvet Notes

Farima Perry Flowers

Moet Chandon

The lovely Chloe (now one of my brides!) trying on some headpieces


Dior


I had a truly incredible couple of days. I have some very exciting projects in the mix with brides, photographers, planners, bridal shop owners and designers so watch this space!


A massive thank you to Bridelux for having me xxx

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