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Kirsty & Dan – Goldbrick House Wedding

A local Bristol wedding for Vintage Tea Sets, we supplied the china only for this lovely couple who got married in Bristol Registry Office and then held their afternoon tea wedding breakfast at Goldbrick House.  These beautiful images were captured by Rosie Parsons who was awarded Cosmopolitan Bride Photographer of the Year!

Clarabows Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2010, Rosie Parsons

Clarabows Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2010, Rosie Parsons

Clarabows Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2010, Rosie Parsons

Clarabows Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2010, Rosie Parsons

Clarabows Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2010, Rosie Parsons

Clarabows Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2010, Rosie Parsons

Clarabows Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2010, Rosie Parsons


Goldbrick House is also a venue for our hen party fascinator workshops!

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Fairytale Wedding Shoot with Rosie Parsons for Devon Weddings Magazine

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

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Clara Bows interview for the Hobbs Best of Bristol Show

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.

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Mad Hatter themed fascinator workshop at Bake-a-Boo photographed by Rosie Parsons

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 info@clarabows.co.uk

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Clara Bows Fascinator Workshop photographed by Rosie Parsons

The gorgeous Rosie Parsons popped up to see me earlier in the week with her camera! after a lovely catch up at Bocca Bar she came with me to a ‘Mad Hatter’ themed fascinator workshop I was hosting at Caffe Clifton and took some snaps to go in my beautiful millinery website Clara Bows that both she and her husband Lee created for me.

It was a really lovely relaxed evening and the ladies that attended made some really beautiful things, two even vowed to wear their creations into work the next day!  I so hope they did.  Anyway, as they say, a picture can tell a thousand words and as usual Rosie has done me so incredibly proud, I cherish these images and can’t wait for our ‘road trip’ in just over a weeks time!

Clara Bows Fascinator Workshops

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1920’s wedding dress consultations with Lindsay Fleming

Ladies! Lindsay Fleming, the extremely talented wedding dress designers are travelling to London town all the way from their Scottish hub for consultations with brides who are looking for the ‘twenties’ style wedding dress.  Trust me, being a 1920’s addict, they’re dresses are to be lusted over with good reason…..plus you may have seen one of their dresses recently in ‘you and your wedding’, thats a snapshot at the top of the page.

so, notebooks to the ready,  they’ll be at the ‘Dolphin House Apartments’, Chichester Street, Pimlico, London from the 26th to the 28th of March.  These designers are hot to trot and are going to get booked up fast so get in contact with them asap.

Check out the details on their website here

You may remember me talking about them recently.  I love their collection so much, so Rosie Parsons and I included these stunning dresses in a 1920’s Bridal shoot soon to appear in a wedding magazine, whoooo hooo! Once again a special thanks to Rosie Parsons (www.rosieparsons.com), and make-up by Sarah Brock (www.sarahbmakeup.co.uk). Here are a couple of pics from the shoot. Find the complete shoot here.

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Introducing my 1920’s Millinery Website – Clara Bows

Its official launch isn’t until June this year but here’s a taster, I need to photograph all my hats and fascinators which is easier said that done at the minute (a good chunk are with a magazine which is another story!) so for now there’s some old pics on there .  Excuses excuses! check out my very flapperesque website Clara Bows Millinery (make sure you click on the gramophone!) created by the wonderful Rosie & Lee.  They’ve done an amazing job, thanks guys x

This website will be selling hats I make, giving details on how to order a bespoke hat from me and of course, details on my fascinator workshops (with lots of pictures showing them in progress).  I’ve been selling hats now for well over a year, no promotion at all but still getting at least a couple of orders a month usually people who stumble on me via the web or who stop me in the street.  I’ve been given my own millinery section in the Bristol Fashion Show later in the year.  I’m excited, nervous and honoured all at once about that, I’m busily making my six key pieces……six pieces that I’ve wanted to make for years heavily influenced by the 1920’s, its a creative indulgence and I’ve had to up my skills to create these pieces where the practices needed to make them have almost died out.  And two of these pieces wouldn’t be possible If it wasn’t for a lady with over 50 years in the business making hats for Royalty  passing on her skills as I couldn’t find anyone else up to the job.  All the feedback I’ve had from customers has been incredible but whilst I was growing Vintage Tea Sets I kept this in the background, and lets face it I’m very very busy with the china hire business!  But with the support of my lovely Mum – together we make an amazing team – she blocks the hats for me, makes those lovely vinyl cakes stands that just keep flying off the shelves and helping get big orders together.

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Fascinator and Floristry Workshops brought to you by Vintage Tea Sets & Floriture

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 info@vintageteasets.co.uk

Above Pic taken by Rosie Parsons

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My 1920’s wedding in Cosmopolitan Bride……

Well its a lovely way to start 2010!  My 1920’s style wedding has been given a whopping 4 pages in Cosmopolitan Bride, you can read the full article here on my blog and its just hit the shelves.  The fab photographers were Graham Morgan and Rosie Parsons.

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Three of the best wedding Blogs – rocking, vintage and green!

I think its time I shared the love to be honest, there’s been lots of it going round recently and I’ve shied away.  And ‘no’ to all you potty minded people, I’ve not lost the plot briefly and planted pampas outside, this is blog love and don’t you forget it (waggles finger).  Over recent months myself and my business Vintage Tea Sets has been featured on a number of amazing wedding blogs and its time these fab bloggers were shouted from the rooftops, they are a huge source of inspiration away from the generic magazine copy wedding world.  So go grab yourself a cuppa and strap yourself in for a journey through every different type of wedding blog site you could wish for.  A big thanks to Kat of Rock ‘n Roll Bride, Annabel Beeforth of Love my Dress and Rosie Ames of Green Union.

First up, introducing the fabulous Rock ‘n Roll Bride!!!!!!

and its stylish creator and very talented prolific blogger Kat Williams, photographed here by Rosie Parsons.  She looks wild, I love it!

Kats blog was a breath of fresh air when I first discovered it and just keeps getting fresher! that’s no mean feat in the blogging world ladies and gents this lady is a wedding guru of the highest order and works incredibly hard to be a source of inspiration across the globe (oh yes). The weddings and photography she features on her blog are  awe inspiring to say the least and often leave me thinking…jeeesh, wish I’d done that! but with happily wedded couples and their photographers clambering over themselves to get a mention on her site she gets the cream of the crop and only months later National Mags pick up on some of her pieces, she’s top of her game.

What I also love about her blog is that the focus is not so much about the suppliers which is refreshing, I recall as a bride getting hacked off with the usual fluff being rammed down my neck that I should and shouldn’t have for my wedding.  In Kats own words “Rock ‘n Roll Bride promotes individuality and general awesomeness in a cookie cutter, pastel pink, poufy dressed wedding world. Don’t let the wedding industry define your day – let *you* define your day” that’s a wedding mantra I wish I’d written just there let alone the blog!

She’s a leading light for individual wedding inspiration with a huge following in the US, you must stop by her blog and check it out and be wowed.

Big love to Kat x

Next up is a new arrival on the wedding blog arena but has literally bust onto the scene in the last month and is making a massive impression on vintage lovers everywhere, its the wonderful ‘Love my Dress‘ created by Annabel Beeforth and features a number of guest bloggers giving it a very unique and exciting feel.

Copyright (c) 2009, Karen McGowran Photography http://www.karenmcgowranphotography.co.uk/

When I was planning my 1920’s styled wedding I hunted high and low for ideas and struggled, it wasn’t easy as there weren’t many 1920’s style dresses about and genuine vintage was out as I’m 6ft, not good, I was setting up Vintage Tea Sets and working a full time job………If only this blog had existed then it would have saved me days of my life scouring the net getting very confused and perplexed.   Annabels blog brings the very best of everything a bride could want under one roof for the vintage inspired wedding, beautiful photography, interesting interviews with her favourite suppliers that range from stationary to dresses all brought to you in a wonderful writing style that keeps sending you back for more, she knows what she likes and damn! she’s got very good taste.  Just take a look at that stunning picture of her above taken at her wedding last year, she’s giving advice!!!! Whilst she says she’s no wedding expert, I think its fair to say that in this arena she is fast cherry picking the best of the best saving valuable time for Bride to be’s.

This immensely talented lady is one to watch on the wedding blogging scene for 2010, with an ever growing following I see her becoming the Queen of vintage wedding blogs. Check her blog out and remember you saw her here first…..

And finally its Green Union founded by Rosie Ames (below), which is more of a movement with a blog however the blog is growing and bursting with ideas for the eco-couple and is just getting bigger year on year.

My partner and I are big advocates of green living and I wanted to ensure that our wedding recognised that fact, at the time I was just 1920’s crazy and for some bizarre reason thought the two wouldn’t mix, well they went hand in hand.  When I stumbled on the Green Union blog last year I was amazed!!! it was such a great resource, so much so I ended up getting in touch with Rosie Ames the founder and after a year of keeping in touch visited the HQ, this lady lives Green Union and her Polenta cake kicked butt, no messing.

Having a Green Wedding doesn’t mean you have to get your guests to cycle to the venue and then dish them up a nice bowl of lentils (oi! I love daal!!! and sorry Rosie!!!!).   No, being green can be super stylish, you can still be Rock n Roll or a Vintage Goddess, your style can go hand in hand,  just tweak a few things and revel in the fact that you have cut down on CO2 emissions, lets face it we can bury our heads in the sand or take some responsibility, being green on your wedding day can make it all the more memorable and with this brilliant resource and blog you’ll see how easy it is to make a difference.

A real inspiration and master of cake.

Big hugs x

There is some huuuuge blogging talent out there, the above are my favs and I find myself reading every day, why not bookmark them and see for yourself?


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