Spring 2016 saw us cut the ribbon on our Brighton fair – the Seaside Spring Spectacular Wedding Fair. Held in the Brighton Dome Cafe with it’s glass roof and period features, this was a venue that more than did justice to the stands our exhibitors worked hard on making look so fabulous! Kate at Roberts and Whistles did an amazing job dressing the space and I know many hours went into hanging those lanterns the night before!

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Here at Belle’s Events we place real value on supporting unique and creative Sussex-based, alternative wedding businesses so it is always a huge pleasure to welcome back Darren and Amanda at Doris Loves and their giant light up letters and temporary tattoo station. if you’re looking to bring to life dark spaces, why not try out some seriously creative and colourful mood lighting courtesy of Claire at Creative Spark or transform a blank canvas barn with Natalie Rose Event’s delightful vintage props. If it’s a one stop shop for all your event planning needs that you are on the hunt for then get in touch with Kate at Roberts and Whistles. 10 years in the business means that her little black book of contacts is positively bulging!

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Beautifully arranged flowers and bouquets from the fine art inspired displays at Cabbage White Flowers, and the untamed and seasonally inspired creations at Gather and Bloom, brought stands to life with delicate colour and perfume. A different take on the bouquet came courtesy of  Monica at Handmade by Monica and her sweet and sparkly button and brooch designs, and the combined efforts from the ladies at Florem saw them create vibrant centerpieces and a naked cake topped with edible ‘confetti’ petals. I adored the elegant cakes crafted by Ellie at Bunston Bakes and the skilled icing from the Incredible Cake Company was really something to behold! Scrumptious confectionery came in the shape of pebble-like dragees from Maria at Dora’s Touch that really had to be tasted to be appreciated.

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On to the dresses and what a collection! We had Anna at Lucky Sixpence Bridal rocking the preloved and vintage look for brides on a budget (and working that wide brimmed hat like the fashion pro she is!) Cara at Story of My Dress bought along a glorious rail of some of the most elegant and original vintage designs I think I’ve seen yet – some of them with their own story to tell and Anna at This Modern Love Bridal showcased her beautifully crafted bohemian and romantic bridal wear and bridesmaids dresses.

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Great to welcome back Susie Warner Jewellery and her contemporary pieces and headdresses with a vintage and sparkling twist. A high five goes out to Pauline at Fancy Pants Jewellery for cracking on with getting her stand set up before her space was even ready and presenting us with her handmade collection of recycled sterling silver designs, and to Lizzy Kershaw and her unique and handcrafted collection of organic and sculptural pieces. If  body art is more your thing then be sure to check out Anisha Gulabkhan and her stunning Mehndi creations or get yourself booked in with Liz at Betty Lou for vintage makeover.

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I’m a real sucker for stationery, particularly anything letterpressed so thumbs up to Theo and Tom at SORT and their modern day designs coupled with characteristics and quality from a bygone era.  Thumbs up also to Lisa at Lisa Loves Design who designs quirky, bespoke stationery for her most awesome couples, based on their own love story and to Scarlett Rebecca who uses traditional print-making techniques to produce her delightful illustrations. Looking for something truly quirky? Message Eggs wrap hand written notes from loved ones up inside tiny little egg-shaped keepsakes for you to enjoy long after your wedding day has passed.

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It would have been rude not to exhibit my own brand of wholesome, feel-good wedding photography, alongside three other ladies who’s work I truly champion. Victoria JK Lamburn’s pastel and dreamy fine art style is a joy to look at as are Lex Fleming’s quirky and creative images of some real  rock ‘n’ roll couples! Liz Wan’s work is right up there when it comes to nailing those no holds barred genuine moments. If you want to go one step further, Dora at Konfetti wedding films can capture your day in cinematic style and present you with a memorable film that tells the whole story.

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Wedding transport and a dusting of real period glamour was provided by  Simon at Vintage Wedding Car and Antony at Mint Weddings, a beautiful 1930’s Rolls Royce and 1950’s Citroen Traction respectively.

We love having entertainment at all of our wedding fairs so I’ll round off this post with a list of our very talented performers. Lulu Vesper, our vintage vocalist with a super silky jazz voice, The Twin Swing,  bubbly twins, Emily & Jessica who sing and dance an impeccable Charleston, Coastline Harmony, the most delightful group of ladies and a-cappella choir to rival the best choirs out there, Amber at Live Love Hoop whose takes the joy of hoola-hooping to a whole new level of expertise and last but certainly not least, Jorge’s Hot Club and their own amazing brand of Gypsy Swing.

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Thank you to everyone who has taken the time and put in a huge effort to exhibit with us this spring and if you are interested in exhibiting with  us at any of our upcoming fairs do get in touch here: sue@bellesevents.co.uk

Full list of Spring exhibitors here & here.

Doily Days Magazine for sale here.