A couple of weeks ago I exhibited at the stunning Slindon College in the picturesque village of Slindon near Arundel, and it would be breathtaking as a wedding venue with, a beautiful ceremony room and a vast space for a huge marquee overlooking the gorgeous Sussex countryside.
The wedding fair was held by the very lovely Alex at The Vintage Parade, who organises vintage fairs and events in the Sussex and Hampshire area. Alex hand-picked suppliers based on their creativity and unique, vintage style. There were some lovely suppliers here and by far my favourite set-up of the day was created by the fabulous team of The Toast styling and hiring, Winters Workshop flower design and Kasserina Cakes who created this stunning styling in the ceremony room...
When I exhibit at a wedding fair I try to make my area as consistent in styling as possible. To show the couples what all the items can look like when put together and to portray how a certain look can be achieved, as it can be difficult to envisage how items can work on your big day in situ . At Slindon College I went for my current favourite look of understated vintage, rather than anything too mismatched and rustic (although the marquee itself was fairly rustic). I went for a neutral palette of blush pinks and creams with an overall elegant and refined vintage look. Using authentic vintage is key to all my styling, so of course there were lots of vintage items from my expanding prop cupboard.
I wanted to include lots of lace in my set-up, as this is my absolute favourite thing to use in my styling. I recently made the wall hanging - hung behind my table - and I love the result. It's made from an array of lace I've been collecting over the months, some as old as Victorian and some modern with a vintage style. I teamed this with my personalised bunting made by the talented The Paper Party Company as my backdrop.
With lace as my starting point, I picked out all of my items that would continue with the romantic and whimsical feel. I painted some desk drawers in a pretty pink to show that these could be used as a unique alternative to a guest book. I then added decorative items that worked within the scheme, such as the vintage style hat boxes, vintage perfume bottles, vintage brass candlesticks and of course, the table setting. Table settings are so much fun to style and using this vintage crockery set gave an elegant and refined vintage look, rather than using mismatched china that wouldn't have worked as well. Final touches of a menu on a vintage postcard attached to a vintage book, vintage cutlery and a champagne saucer made the setting a reality of what you can expect on the day. Obviously on a bigger table!
So there you have it, my romantic vintage styling, with a whimsical feel and neutral palette. I hope I've shown you that vintage does not need to be mismatched and rustic, it can also be elegant and understated.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this look? And if you would like to hire any of these items for your wedding, or would like to chat over a cuppa about how I can take the pressure off of you and style your big day, drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by my trusty iPhone along with some by the talented Zest Photography