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!
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!
This is just too darn exciting for words…..my wedding back in August last year is part of a vintage wedding feature in BBC Antiques & Homes! plus Vintage Tea Sets gets a lovely recommendation in there as well. This magazine holds a special place for me, they’re based in Bristol (cider me up landlord) where I’m based and also the vintage and antique fabulousness they impart on the nation month after month gives me goosebumps, the Antiques Roadshow is in there…….Amen!
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