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Vintage Tea sets in this months ‘Brides Magazine’

Check out our gorgeous vintage crockery in ‘Brides Magazine‘ this month on a staggering 5 pages!  Its in the shops now.

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Photography Parlour Photo shoot introducing Segerius-Bruce Photography

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


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Posh Pie and Mash? Brought to you by Pieminister and Vintage Tea Sets

Well vintage china kittens….just feast your eyes on this will you. When you’ve stopped drooling and gnashing at your monitor you can find out what the hell this is all about further down the page! Hmmmm pies. But just savour that picture for one more second will you.

Be gone friffy fraff food, bring me pie forthwith! Give the guests what they want.

Ok, this is from a photo shoot I did with the fabulous Pieminister. But how?  Why?  Well….cannot beat a good pie, we all know that! and thoughts like ‘pie’ often merge into my china world,  you see its not all china, cake, sandwiches and hats here, I do find time for other things…….*cough*…..like pies……maybe chocolate as well….

Are you strapped in comfortably? Last year I got this thing in my head, this overwhelming urge to get in contact with Pieminister pies with no real reason except I kept thinking posh pie and mash on vintage china would be a real guest pleaser for weddings and events, plus, I’m a real fan of these guys after their pies were becoming regular visitors in my life.

Pieminister was set up in 2002 by Jon Simon and Tristen Hogg and has just steadily grown from humble beginnings in Stokes Croft (an area that is bursting with creatives) to infinity….almost, for now Canary Wharf.  You can buy their pies in Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, a comfort for those who can’t just get to Bristol and eat at one of their pietastic shops that get food critics peeing their pants (sorry but its true, hard to please but when you do, not nice).  Basically these pies had infiltrated my social life, made me buy leggings for this first time since the early nineties and somehow got more family to travel down and ‘visit’…eh?  Thats power that is.  But how?

I first discovered Pieminister pies at our local watering hole.  My husband and I were impressed and in the space of a year I clocked up more pies than I had in a lifetime (bye bye waistline!) and before I knew it visiting friends and relatives were requesting to be taken there……so from humble beginnings two fellas who were passionate about pies having seen how the Aussie’s do it (having lived there myself for sometime I used to frequent Harry’s Cafe De Wheels so I know where these guys were coming from) had permeated my life.

To cut a long story short, after lots of chatting last year, this admiration resulted in a meeting with a very talented food photographer Mike Cooper, Jon Simon himself who I babbled at in a haze of pie admiration…jeeesh what am I like!  but its true, shows what a business can become when you’re passionate about what you do.  So the picture above was created and will be featured on my website soon to demonstrate to Brides that posh pie and mash is the way forward (and let me let you into a little secret, even the editor of ‘You and Your Wedding’ & ‘Cosmo Bride’ is a massive fan of these pies, I know that for a fact).

For more details on having a ‘posh pie and mash’ catered for at your wedding on Vintage Tea Sets china drop the Pieminister team a line or even myself and I’ll forward your query on info@vintageteasets.co.uk


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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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Vintage Tea Sets is an approved supplier of Green Union!

I am extremely pleased to announce that my vintage china hire business ‘Vintage Tea Sets’ has been accepted to become a partner to the wonderful Green Union and is now listed on website as an approved green wedding supplier.

Vintage Tea Sets are committed to being as green as possible.

Green Union is the ultimate green weddings guide & wedding directory, covering advice on throwing eco friendly weddings. Fabulous ideas for your unconventional wedding reception & top tips on how to find romantic green, earth friendly wedding venues, luxury organic wedding dresses & bridal gowns, fair trade flowers, eco chic wedding decorations, seasonal food & ethical wedding services & suppliers, conflict free eco wedding rings & jewellery, sustainable invitations, wedding photographers, tipis, tents, gift lists and wedding favours.

I first discovered Green Union a year ago and immediately got in contact as I was very impressed with concept and was very interested in taking part.  Recently my own wedding was recently featured on Green Union here and I can’t tell you how happy I am now to have become one of the members of this excellent green wedding movement.


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Vintage Tea Sets China Hire on the BBC!

Back in August this year I was asked to provide vintage cake stands for Series 3 Episode ‘The Cake’ for Chef chef Raymond Blancs’ Restaurant Programme.

The episode was aired on Thursday and not only do my cake stands make an appearance but so do I.  I was asked to come along and give my thoughts on the afternoon tea in a professional capacity and I have to say…..I wasn’t too impressed and that came across pretty well I think!  Over two hours to get served and the some stale sandwiches arrived and some shop bought cakes…..not good.  But my friend Kathryn and I still had fun watching the chaos unfurl, people walking out and throwing barneys.

Watch it again here on BBC iPlayer to find out what NOT to do for an Afternoon Tea!


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1920’s Wedding Shoot Styled by Vintage Tea Sets

On Monday and Tuesday earlier this week I (Vintage Tea Sets) styled this gorgeous 1920’s inspired Bridal Photo Shoot.  Here’s a tiny snapshot of what the very talented photographer Rosie Parsons captured on the Tuesday, on the Monday we were at a secret location shhhhhh! More to come on that.  She’s done an amazing job yet again and I cannot rate her wedding photography highly enough.

I’ll be blogging more on the detail shortly, the dresses, head pieces etc with a special thanks to all those suppliers, all to come.  But initially I’d like to thank Floriture and Bella & Fifi for the beautiful flowers, Award Winning Make up Artist Sarah Brock and Becky Simpson from Hair by Becks @ Thairapy Bristol.  Not to mention Combe House for letting us shoot there.  Now enjoy these gorgeous images!

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