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
On Saturday it was the Hobbs Best of Bristol Show 2010 in the Colston Hall, I was lucky enough to be given my own millinery section for Clara Bows where I fully styled the models from head to toe and here are some gorgeous pictures taken by Ria Mishaal Cooke Photography capturing my models doing the charleston across the stage, it was an incredibly proud moment and I’m ever so thankful Ria shared these images, you should take a look at her blog to see even more beautiful images capturing the whole day. Scroll further down to find out more about Ria.
Clara Bows Millinery
Ria Says ” I am a two-career girl: a photographer and a neuroscientist. I have a passion for creative expression and an enthusiasm for acquiring and communicating knowledge. I photographed my first wedding while studying for my PhD and was immediately hooked. To be a wedding photographer is a privileged and exciting role and I adore the individuality, beauty and emotion of every single wedding I experience.
I took my first photographs on my grandfather’s old Pentax. Over the years, several different cameras have seen me shoot and photo-edit for the student newspaper, hold several public exhibitions and achieve distinctions both for visual art and wedding photography.
I aspire to take images that are inspiring, aesthetically appealing and that capture moments of beauty and fun. I am chosen by couples for my journalistic style, my creative portraits and my personal attention to creating a special and individual service.”
Check out her website for more details!
I got sent these gorgeous detail shot images through of my table set up on the Harmony II from the lovely Chanel of Segerius-Bruce Photography this morning and just have to show you a few, check out her blog for more details and lovely pictures. A little bit of background, Segerius-Bruce are a husband and wife team and their beautiful wedding photography has taken them all over the world, clearly Chanel has a lovely eye for picking out detail, that minature scone looks like I can reach in and lift it off the screen!
Just take a look at that gorgeous mini scone from McBaile Catering
Venue: The Harmony II http://www.harmonyyachtclub.com/
Flowers: Floriture http://www.floriture.com
Catering: McBaile http://www.mcbaile.com/
Cakes: Sheona’s of Cake Matters http://www.cakematters.co.uk/
China and table styling by Vicky Rowe of Vintage Tea Sets
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.
Go on immerse your hen or birthday party in the roaring 1920’s with Clara Bows Millinery & 1920’s Charleston Dance with some stunning vintage china thrown in to boot from Vintage Tea Sets. We’ve teamed up with the fabulous Daffodil in Cheltenham, a true ‘Art Deco’ gem to give you this ultimate 20’s experience. Spend the day soaking up the beautiful venue and relax knowing you don’t need to traipse here there and everywhere, instead kick back with a cocktail or two, make a beautiful individual creation to wear and learn some 20’s moves like the knock knees, high leg kicks, snake hips and goddamit shimmy!!! before having a high tea or dinner on some stunning vintage china.
Further details will be added to the Clara Bows Millinery website soon but feel free to contact me for more details in the meantime.
Lots to report from Vintage Tea Sets & Clara Bows HQ, expect lots of blogging action later in the month but for now I’m working on the fashion show and a deluge of orders. But here’s a quick update, earlier in the week the lovely Faye Dicker of BBC Radio Bristol came over to see me for an interview, I put on a simple afternoon tea and showed her how to make a fascinator. It was a lovely afternoon,listen again by clicking here (time on is 0:47.22).
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!