The Indie Wedding Fair
Why hello there, lovely And So To Wed readers!
Today I wanted to share with you a little run down of the inaugural Indie Wedding Fair, which took place in April at Ashton Hall Farm, just south of Manchester, and a cheeky little photoshoot I coordinated the day afterwards, with the help of some incredibly talented collaborators.
The fair itself was a laid back festival-style affair, contained within 5 giant Tipis with a number of outdoor suppliers adding some festival cheer: stonebaked pizzas, proper pies, aerial performers and an ice cream trike to name but a few! I wanted to create an event from scratch, with just a field to play with (albeit a very lovely field in a lovely spot, opposite a magnificent church) - to demonstrate what’s possible with a little imagination (and the right coordinator, of course) - with the ultimate aim of connecting great suppliers to great couples, without clawing out their eyeballs in exhibitor fees, in a fun, quirky, non-traditional wedding fair environment.
We had 50 suppliers in total, and a huge range of indie products and services, a lot who cater to those festival inclined, free-spirited wedding couples out there, and those looking for something a bit different for their nuptials. Not a whiff of a ‘one size fits all’ approach or package deals for identikit weddings, here. We had Etsy sellers, Not on the High Street sellers, small businesses and more ‘alternative offerings’ than your standard fair. There was also a ban on irrelevant tat or any ‘self-improvement for your big day’ nonsense (imposed by yours truly). Suppliers were carefully curated so that they were relevant for the event and all were offering a bespoke, personal and tailored service- and were a blummin’ lovely bunch of people, to boot!
The delight that is Chris at Arcadia Films put this together this little video, which describes the background to the event. I do hope you enjoy. I apologise in advance for my undeniable overuse of “kind of”– I hadn’t slept much for a few days (understandably!)
I must say, whilst we are on the subject- what an absolute beaut he is to work with. He is also the chap behind the lens for the photoshoot (a man of many talents). Do check out his links below, and if you want a videographer that feels like a mate pretty much instantly, films unobtrusively (he uses Go Pros a lot) and won’t charge the absolute earth; we’re happy to vouch for him.
If this sort of fair looks up your street, register to be on the mailing list at www.indieweddingfair.co.uk to hear details of the next!
Now, onto the shoot… I wanted to create a whimsical extravaganza of outdoor loveliness and make use of the backdrop that had lay host to the Indie Wedding Fair the day prior. The florists at Diddibox put together an incredible moss-laden, succulent strewn wonderland tea party display which just needs to be shared and appreciated far and wide! It was so beautiful, original and imaginative, I can’t tell you. Top hats off (geddit?!) to Bec and Ali, the creative duo behind it. The gorgeous bohemian bouquet and flower crown complemented the dresses and shoot style perfectly, too.
As for the dresses: I fell head over heels for Felicity Cooper bridal gowns one evening when I was losing myself in social media (a regular occurrence) and was delighted to discover that the designer was based in Cheshire. The flagship boutique is located in gorgeous Knutsford and is an absolute delight, brimming with delicately exquisite gowns. Many of the gowns are understated, soft, relaxed and have nods to vintage and boho-inspired roots. As someone with a penchant for beautiful back detail on a gown, these were a total dream for me and I suspect that many a bride will fall for these glorious dresses in their search for ‘the one’.
I hope all of you boho Betsy types have enjoyed feasting your eyes on some of my fave piccis from the shoot.
Styling, Prop Hire and Coordination: Soft Touch Events
Glorious gowns: Felicity Cooper Bridal
Beautiful blooms and wonderland table: Diddibox
Alice in Wonderland Cake: Pink Cocoa
Videography: Arcadia Films
Photography: Christopher Paul Weddings
Make up: Emma Culbert
Hair: Amber Dobson
Gowns: Felicity Cooper Bridal