The Designer Vintage Wedding show returned to Birmingham in style

Last weekend saw the return of the most stylish wedding show on the Calender. The Designer Vintage Wedding Show had a new home, Edgbaston County Cricket Ground, lots of new exhibitors and a whole host of stylish brides and guests who were totally wowed with the beautiful wedding goodies on display. Throw in a host of fabulous fashion shows organised by different eras, bridal make-up tips by the wonderful Emily Jayne, and a goodie bag that included Molton Brown goodies and cake pops by ‘We are Delish‘, and you have a wonderful event. Here are some of my highlights.


Jewellery that carries ‘the patina of age’, Cherished is the brainchild of Abby Gadd and Debbie Hayes. This is truly beautiful vintage bridal jewellery and accessories that are created from original antique pieces of jewellery, often from the 1920s, and also uses old millinery flowers to create new headpieces and fascinators. The Cherished stall just glistened with an array of pearls and diamante stones and  looked like a complete treasure trove. I wanted to buy everything on this stall!

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Tallulah’s trinkets

Annie, the talented designer behind Tallulah’s Trinkets had been involved with jewellery design for 10 years before launching the brand. Inspired by nature and by flowers(Annie’s mom is a florist), the range incorporated the most exquisite vintage inspired headpieces, from bands to mini veils. Each piece is handmade, but is also very wearable, the headbands can be manipulated for true comfort as well as supreme style. Each piece is also bespoke, flowers and beading can be added as you wish. My friend Dawn, soon to be a bride herself, so fell in love with one piece that she wanted to buy the sample. Myself, I was enthralled by the 1920s style large floral band which looked like something from The Great Gatsby.


Dudley based Kate Slater creates beautiful handmade lace creations that are totally unique. Using old lace, metal, leather and old buttons Kate has created headdresses, collars and vintage style shawls that are very beautiful and original in their character. Kate’s work is very adaptable, can be created in any colour and with any imagery worked into the design. I loved the shawls and scarves, and think that the collars would be an amazing additional to a simple little black dress.

Emily Jayne

Colour me beautiful trained image consultant, fashion blogger and all round lovely person, Emily Jayne was on hand to dispense lots of hints and tips to brides-to-be in one of the areas that can often be troublesome, the perfect bridal make-up. Emily was on hand to answer questions and offer advice on how to look fabulous on your big day.

We are Delish

I was wowed by the sumptuous cake pops created by We Are Delish. These are gorgeous and oh so delicate cakes on a stick, the perfect sweet treat for weddings, where you really don’t want to get cake on your beautiful outfit. The flavours were delicious, chocolate cake, red velvet cake, Vanilla…and each one tasted beautiful. The fantastic thing about cake pops are  that you can have any colour, or combination of colours on the icing, and this means it can match anything – the bride, the bridemaids or your favourite football team!

The bloggers

The wedding bloggers were a big success, sharing anecdotes, and offering all manner of advice to the brides-to-be.  Rock n Roll bride Kat Williams was resplendent, with her bright pink hair and a tutu. Warm, funny and down-to-earth, it was great to have a catch-up, admire her beautiful photographs and get a copy of the inaugural Rock n Roll Bride magazine.

Sharper Millinery

Another person who it was lovely to see again was Sally Harper Kenn, the lady behind Sharper Millinery. Sally’s hats, headpieces and mini veils are all inspired by the glamorous stars of yesteryear, and use vintage materials where possible. I adore the artistry behind them, you can almost see Bette Davis and Joan Crawford fighting for first choice of these hats. These are perfect mother-of-the-bride wear, but I also noticed lots of new pieces that were 1920s inspired, headbands with beads and feathers that just suit ultra-modern gamine brides.

Wedding dresses

Of course, a wedding fair wouldn’t be a wedding fair without wonderful dresses. The fashion shows gave ample opportunity to view dresses from different eras. I attended a show from one of my favourite eras, the 1950s. This contained a whole host of beautiful dresses from the likes of Tobi Hannah, The Wedding Club, Lyndsey Fleming couture, Jenny Packham, Sarah Willard Couture and  Charlotte Casadejus. Here are some of my favourite looks, the ones that could almost tempt you to become a bride again.

With Emma Case creating more of those fabulous, quirky wedding images, and bright pink wedding tents called Yurts at the centre of everything, this was no ordinary wedding show. And the team behind it, deserve extra praise for creating such a fabulous new environment for brides in such a short space of time.

A full feature on one of the exhibitors, Terry Terry accessories to watch this space!

Designer Vintage Bridal Show – Oh! To be a bride…Pt 2.

The most amazing feature of Highbury Hall is the gorgeous staircase. You can just imagine brides floating down it in a sea of silk and lace on their special day. I had these thoughts in my head as I walked up the stairs, pausing dead in my tracks to admire the most fabulous dress I had ever seen. This 1920s style gold sheath is the sort of dress that tempts married women into divorce in order to get married again and WEAR THAT DRESS! “It’s Jenny Packham” I was reliably informed. I thought this would be the perfect dress for Keely Hawes to wear as Lady Agnes when ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ returns.

The Jenny Packham dress!

I reluctantly moved across the landing, leaving my dress behind, and entered the wonderfully named Miss Hilda’s room. This beautiful bedroom, complete with four-poster bed, had been transformed into a vintage bride’s boudoir.  There were rails of beautiful new dresses, courtesy of ‘The wedding club’ and also acres of vintage styles by ‘vintage frocks and crocks’. I was entranced by the beautiful Elie Saab dress that was hanging from the wall, and the amazing vintage gowns were fascinating the brides to be. I heard one bride saying ‘my mom got married in a dress just like that, as she stared at an applique floral lace dress. There was a beautiful silk. long-sleeved bias cut dress reminiscent of Kate Moss’s vintage dress worn to ‘The Golden Age of Couture’ show, the one famously ripped by Courtney Love. The wedding club are co-founders of the Designer Vintage Bridal show, and Clare and Emma were kept busy all afternoon by delighted brides making bookings and trying on their dream gowns.

Elie Saab dress from The wedding Club

‘The wedding club’ shared Miss Hilda’s bedroom with Rachel Simpson shoes. Rachel Simpson, the second set of brains behind the show, creates the most sumptuous wedding shoes to suit every taste, in a range of gorgeous fabrics. I was particularly taken with the coloured shoes in satin fabrics that I thought could look good for any special occasion. The shoes had been expertly displayed on Miss Hilda’s dressing table, just to add that further touch of authenticity to the clothing. My favourite’s were the 1940s style black and white peep toes, these would look amazing with any outfit – just Gorgeous!

Glorious vintage style shoes from Rachel Simpson


Taking a trip across the landing to The West Wing, I entered a fairytale room full of exquisite bridal couture. This room was home to Tobi Hannah, a bridal company that specialises in short and tea length bridal dresses especially designed with modern brides in mind.  Tobi Hannah seem to have cornered a niche market in sophisticated cocktail style dress, prom dresses and short sexy ruffled affairs that are just perfect in todays modern wedding settings. I loved the gorgeous dresses that hung from the wall, and on the vintage rails.


Short and thoroughly modern, but with a vintage edge – Tobi Hannah brides.


Also residing in this room, was, with the obvious exception of the amazing Jenny Packham dress, my favourite design of the day. This was from Lindsey Fleming Couture, an award-winning Scottish company who specialise in Celtic and vintage inspired dresses. The dress I fell in love with was flapper inspired. Imagine Zelda Fitzgerald, the quintessential 1920s ‘it’ girl in her glamorous heyday, and you will see this dress in your imagination. It was designed to have strings of beads hanging from it, and a rinky dinky bobbed haircut accessorising it.  On checking out their website I was delighted to find that their ‘Jazz Age’ inspired dresses were named after 1920s and 1930s icons. I love the Claudette pictured below.  Absolutely stunning!


Flapper bride from Lindsey Fleming Couture.

Claudette by Lindsey Fleming Couture.

Fashion-mommy decided that now was a good time for another cup of the fantastic tea…and maybe even another slice of cake. Join me again for part 3, when I meet über bloggers Kat of ‘Rock n Roll Bride’ and Anabell of  ‘Love my dress’.