On Monday I had the pleasure of taking part in a fairytale wedding shoot organised by photographer and friend Rosie Parsons for Devon Weddings Magazine. There were horses, beautiful dresses, headpieces (that’s one of mine on the bride in the black and white image), vintage china from Vintage Tea Sets of course! Full credits for this awesome shoot can be found at the bottom of this post. Enjoy! If you’d like to see more visit my facebook gallery here.
Photography ∼ Rosie Parsons, Honiton
Venue ∼ Bickleigh Castle, near Tiverton
Dresses ∼ Pirouette, Exeter
Hairstyling ∼ Jody at Chix
Makeup ∼ Sam Jones, Exeter
Jewellery ∼ Pirouette, Exeter
Fascinator (black and white image) ∼ Clara Bows Millinery, Bristol
Horse & Carriage ∼ Ben Ford Carriages
Flowers ∼ Polly at West Country Wedding Flowers, Bickleigh
Table decorations ∼ Vicky at Vintage Teasets, Bristol
Its manic here, honestly……. let me set the scene, even those around me are bewildered, I’m a whirling dervish, a hurricane but being in the eye of the storm I have a sense of calm, between me and you though I’m feeling a little anxious right now! I have a ‘list’ book now by the bed, multiple lists that stretch weeks ahead and it keeps me sane, between huge hires, talks, photo shoots and last minute tweaking of hats for the Hobbs Best of Bristol Show, not to mention a minor panic about dresses (breathe Vicky breathe!) and a backdrop conundrum I was interviewed by a fella called Dan for BBC Radio Bristol last Friday about the fashion show and it was aired this morning. Amidst the chaos here I actually missed listening to it (was not on my list damn it), I was too busy preparing for a talk I was giving about my businesses Clara Bows Millinery and Vintage Tea Sets which I gave this afternoon to a wonderful bunch of ladies in Bristol.
My interview is here if you’d like to listen, I could not stop laughing during the interview (any minute there will be a knock at the door I know it)….click on Graham Torrington and then http://beta.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio/bbc_radio_bristol/20100614 and fast forward to 2.34.
Now I’m off to the Harmony Mega Yacht in Bristol Harbour to set up for an enormous photo shoot tomorrow, I cannot believe the scale of this, over 30 photographers….I’m working with Rosie Parsons of the Photography Parlour. Its going to be great, lots of models, fab dresses, make up and hair……..I’ll be blogging about it in the forthcoming weeks.
I’m chuffed to pieces with this I really am. One of my recent fascinator workshops has received a glowing personal review from none other than the Editor of Cosmopolitan Bride (and You and Your Wedding) – she attended the Bake-a-Boo one. Click on the image to read it in full for yourself….
My millinery business gets a lovely write up in Cosmopolitan Bride by the Editor!
Another interesting week here at Vintage Tea Sets & Clara Bows! I thought I’d share my millinery escapades from Monday. It was was one of the most exciting Mondays ever. Mondays are commonly dreaded and rightfully so, but this was the type of Monday I want to replicate again and again. At 8am I was buzzing around Park Row in Bristol in the Hobbs Hair salon getting one of my models ready for the press launch for the Hobbs Best of Bristol Show . Radio and TV crews were all buzzing around and Doug from Hobbs the organiser was working the room like a model himself lol! Well amidst the sea of models, make up artists, hair stylists, designers and a few celebs like Beth Rowley, I was feeling the pressure having to get my size 6 model in a size 14 dress (thanks to Gilly Woo who sewed her in for me) with only minutes to spare but here she is posing for the forthcoming brochure.
Tickets are on sale now for this really exciting event packed with dancers and performers, its a real show, taking place on the 19th June 2010 at the Colston Hall in Bristol, to book your tickets click here. all profits go to Meningitis UK, a very worthy cause. So where do I fit in you’re wondering? Well my hats will be showcased in front of 1800 people in a 1920’s section I’ll be styling, even picking the tunes they strut too….no pressure at all then!
Anyway, back to the hat, here’s a bit of a reportage shot from my kanckered old camera of the lovely Claire Beard aka Clara B (fortuitous name!). I’m bringing back some very vintage styles, all can be replicated in a vast array of colours…..I’ve wanted a skull cap cloche for years and finally….here’s one I made earlier. Enjoy x
A taster of what to expect at the show!
Last Sunday Rosie Parsons (photographer extraordinaire) and I embarked on a road trip to the big smoke from our comfy west country burrows, one that would merge her Birthday celebrations with a fascinator workshop I was hosting at the stunning little teashop run by Zoe called Bake-a-Boo (I’d been itching to meet this vixen after a mutual appreciation of vintage china and cake).
Meet the beautiful Zoe, making us a steaming hot vintage teapot of darjeeling on our arrival.
‘The Clara Bows head’ complete with an example fascinator I made the day before for some inspiration was placed on the beautifully laid table that the workshop ladies would be seated, and I set about laying out all the materials before they arrived.
Then the workshop commenced.
We paused for an Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea…..
Before resuming work again and completing these lovely creations. Here’s a picture of the hen party that took part modelling their pieces.
A lovely time was had by all. If you’d like to take part in one of these workshops or would like one arranged, see my millinary website Clara Bows for more details or email me (Vicky) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further to my recent posts on the fascinator workshops I’m organising…….
I’d like to introduce you to Julie, a lady with oodles of floristy talent and the gorgeous owner of Floriture. Together we’re collaborating on a number of fascinator and floristry workshops this year (one in Feb I’ll post details on shortly). Perfect for a crafty gathering, we can put on a afternoon tea for you complete with my gorgeous china from Vintage Tea Sets for a very attractive package price. Perfect for hen parties, birthday parties or just a meeting of craft loving minds.
Here’s some examples of what the lovely Julie can offer you in her ‘makes’, and remember we can tailor our courses to meet your requirements, just ask. Imagine a hen party where you can make your headpieces, button holes, corsages…..centrepieces….bouquets (obviously you can’t have it all in one day but you can have a selection)….even Bridal jewellery! why not have a two day course and make a weekend of it? Its a great idea for a wedding on a budget and you all go away with having learnt something and gained some new skills. There may be a budding florist in one of you but haven’t discovered yet. Do you have a theme you want us to incorporate in your workshop? Possibilities are boundless honestly. Contact Vicky on 0117 9532973 or email email@example.com
Above Pic taken by Rosie Parsons