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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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Photography Parlour Shoot – Bristol Harbourside

Photo by Antonina Mamzenko

On Tuesday last week something amazing happened at the Bristol Harbourside, chum Rosie Parsons of the Photography Parlour co-ordinated a meet up with 3o fabulous photographers and tasked 8 models, make up artists and hair stylists to style them and give the happy snappers heaps to shoot, we all descended on the Harmony II Mega Yacht, a very exclusive base for the day, and then they all shot details set up by myself Vicky Rowe (Vintage Tea Sets & Clara Bows Millinery), McBaile Exclusive Catering, Cake Matters, Floriture and Vintage Dress before charging round the harbourside shooting some of the most creative and exciting shots of the local area with their allocated models, I cannot wait to share these with you.  I’m going to be blogging about the various talent on that ship over the coming months, so keep popping back and check them all out please.

Photo by Antonina Mamzenko

Thank you to Rosie Parsons of the Photography Parlour, all those photographers who attended (some of whom I ‘ll be blogging about, 30 may to too many!) and of course all the suppliers, models and makeup artists involved:

Venue – The Harmony II
Dresses – Vintage Dresses
China and table styling – Vintage Tea Sets
Flowers: Floriture
Catering was from McBaile Exclusive Catering
Cakes: Sheona’s of Cake Matters


Lilly MUA http://www.modelmayhem.com/1075740
Heather Talbot http://www.modelmayhem.com/1192627
Cat Parnell http://www.catparnell.tk/
Sara Friar http://www.heygorgeous.me.uk/bodypainting.html


Silvi http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/1216312/0
Clara B http://www.modelmayhem.com/1417038
Nat http://www.modelmayhem.com/1363531
Miss Cherry Delight (Gemma) http://www.modelmayhem.com/1663173
Siobhan http://www.modelmayhem.com/1519392
Sara Friar http://www.heygorgeous.me.uk/bodypainting.html
Janka http://www.modelmayhem.com/1556691

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1920’s Hen or Birthday Party – fascinator making, charleston lessons & Vintage afternoon tea

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.


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Vicky Rowe Interview on BBC Radio Bristol

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).

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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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Vintage Tea Sets in BBC Antiques & Homes

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!

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Vintage Tea Sets, Alice in Wonderland and the Sanderson Hotel

Well folks, My Vintage Tea Sets cake stands will regularly be making an appearance (up to 50 times a day!) at the fabulously trendy and ultra lavish Sanderson Hotel, take a look at the hotels website and you can see exactly why it was chosen for the world premiere aftershow party for all the cast!  (I’m still so very chuffed that my cake stands were used for that party and have been used by Royalty and Johnny Depp!  eek).

Meantime, here’s the press release for the amazing afternoon tea at the Sanderson thats being served on Vintage Tea Sets cake stands.  Not bad eh?

Take a trip down the rabbit hole and try the Mad Hatters afternoon tea at Sanderson for an unusual culinary experience that keeps on getting curiouser and curiouser.

Eat me
Featuring pineapple lollipops that turn your mouth from cold to hot and multicoloured finger sandwiches, this Alice in Wonderland inspired tea is for those who love to play with their food. Other highlights of the quirky Mad Hatters afternoon tea at Sanderson include a Queen of Hearts teacake that melts in your mouth as soon as you bite into its strawberry and white chocolate shell, and exploding mint chocolate chip ice cream lollipops.

Colourful finger sandwiches
In keeping with the eccentric theme, the finger sandwiches in the Mad Hatters afternoon tea at Sanderson come in a variety of bright colours. Nibble on ham and English mustard sandwiches served on yellow saffron bread, or smoked salmon and cream cheese on green spinach bread.

Fairytale tea
No tea would be complete without a selection of cakes and sweet treats, and the Mad Hatters afternoon tea comes complete with a hazelnut and passion fruit tart topped with the White Rabbit’s pocket watch, as well as a chocolate crackle cupcake surprise. Traditional scones with lashings of clotted cream and jam are also part of the afternoon tea.

The Mad Hatters afternoon tea at Sanderson is available daily from 2.30pm – 5.30pm throughout March 2010. The tea is served in the Courtyard Garden at the hotel.

The standard tea costs £20.00 per person, and is also available with a glass of Veuve Cliquot Champagne for £26.00. For more information and to make a reservation, call 0207 300 1444

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