Tuesday, 24 January 2017


Nancy Jones had a very creative childhood, which inspired her to follow the Arts all through her education.

She's had a rich and varied working career in Bristol for the last 18 years as a freelance costume maker and model maker and a large part of her portfolio is her animation work. 

Employed in a variety of capacities on films, commercials and exhibitions, making costumes for puppets, props, models and making and dressing sets, in between film work Nancy utilised her sewing skills once more in the employment of making corsets, dresses, fancy dress outfits, curtains, cushions, doing alterations, making props for theatre and the Olympic ceremonies.....

When she moved to the country with her family last year it gave her the opportunity to follow her heart and start her own business.  

Convinced she was a magpie in a former life, Nancy's never far from a market, charity shop, jumble or car boot and her passion for years has been fabulous fabric and fascinating trinkets, dressing up and making and creating.......

As she says "I decided on hats and fantastical headpieces as I felt I could combine some of my passions and skills and offer something really individual and stylish for people who love to dress up too." 

Nancy has created a whole new range to show at the wedding fair and we're really excited to see her beautiful millinery!

Tel: 07855 461863

Monday, 23 January 2017


The beautiful and historic Clifton Pavilion is set in the award-winning botanical gardens of Bristol Zoo, making it one of the most unique wedding venues in Bristol, if not the whole south-west.

With its high vaulted ceiling, art deco features, grand ballroom and stunning chandeliers, it really does offer a breathtaking backdrop for your wedding day.

Our exhibitors love this venue as the rooms are beautifully proportioned, the light is wonderful and it's the perfect venue to show off what they do. 

The Clifton Pavilion has a licence to perform wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships so you can hold your ceremony here as well as celebrate afterwards.

W: Clifton Pavilion
E: Hospitality@bristolzoo.org.uk 



If you're looking for something a little different to serve treats and drinks to your guests  then have a look at Toot Sweet's fully adaptable vintage Citroen H van which can be set up according to your requirements. The van is called Belle and painted a neutral cream to complement any theme, with rich slate grey walls and oak worktops she's full of character, class and fun!  Belle doesn't have an engine so she can be set up anywhere - inside or outside. 

The van is available as a barista coffee van, or as an ice cream/sorbet/boozy sorbet parlour, a cocktail bar or mobile bar and you mix and match our services to suit your event! Having no engine (she's towed on site) Belle is safe to be parked within the grounds of your wedding venue, parked outside your marquee or tipi. If it can be get into your venue then it looks fantastic and a great treat for guests! 

Toot Sweets provide locally hand-made, multi-award winning ice creams and boozy sorbets.  With nearly 100 flavours to choose from there's something for everyone, from Baileys, Honeycombe, Melon & Pimms, Pinksters Gin & Tonic, Eton Mess,  & Belgian Chocolate, and they can even provide diabetic and vegan ice cream, all served in luxury waffle cones or environmentally friendly pots with a spoon.  Guests have unlimited ice creams for a 2 hour service and can help themselves to toppings such as sauces, chocolate flakes, fudge pieces, sprinkles and the like!  

Toots Sweets also have an ice-cream tricycle called Beau so perfect if space or access is an issue. They'll be bringing Beau to the fair so you can meet him!

Decorations, parasol and chalk board as well as a vintage butler's tray is included - the trike is eco-friendly and can set up anywhere without the need to be connected to the electric supply!  Rustic in style and beautifully hand-crafted design which makes the trike stand out from anything else out there.  

Toot Sweets pride themselves on their exceptional service with friendly,  fun and smiley staffing all in vintage attire. They can also supply a cocktail bar, prosecco & Pimms station, hot chocolate, coffee, fully stocked mobile bar, hot waffles n ice cream and any other combination you require from our vintage van Belle too - whatever your sweet tooth desires - The Toot Sweets Van and Trike can adapt to suit!

We love the idea that guests can have a perfectly blended brew and a waffle if you're having a winter wedding or ice cream and sorbets if it's the Summer! 

Once you've tried Toot Sweets delicious flavours at the Fair they'll be on your 'must have' list for your wedding day!

T: 0796 7709018
E: enquiries@thetootsweetsvan.co.uk


Sunday, 22 January 2017


Founded to establish a traditional tailors and outfitters in Bristol "sympathetic to the requirement of the modern gentleman", Brown in Town offers a personal tailoring service with impeccable cut and finish.

Owned by our favourite Bristol gent, the consistently stylish, David Minns, Brown in Town stocks an extensive range of some of the world's finest cloths and materials from heritage brands such as Harrisons of Edinburgh, Fox Flannels, Porter & Harding and Harris Tweed, to name a few.

David is also very happy to offer sartorial advice and can offer shirts, ties, pocket squares, handkerchiefs and even umbrellas to complement your bespoke suit.  His attention to the smaller details is second to none and he now stocks glorious Cheaney shoes and, if it's raining on your wedding day 'Galoshes' to keep them immaculate!

So whether you have your own style, which you'd like translated into the perfect bespoke suit or need a little bit of extra help, you'll get everything you need from Brown in Town to be the smartest man in the room on your wedding day!

Email: david@brownintown.co.uk 
mob:  07864 087288


I often hear brides say they want a wedding cake but they'd really like it to be chocolate.  If that's you, then let me introduce you to Chocolate Delores.

Chocolate Delores designs and creates sumptuous, handmade chocolate cakes for any occasion, especially weddings, and uses only the best organic, fair trade ingredients!

The brains behind this wonderful brand is Lizzie Melling, who started baking cakes at the tender age of 10 and went on to work for one of Britain's leading organic cake makers for 12 years.  During that time Lizzie trained in couverture and learnt the art of the chocolatier.

Lizzie is a true artist and her cakes reflect this.  Each is individually made and a perfect work of art.  Her work really is true craftsmanship and will be a talking point of your day.  Every time I see her work I discover a new favourite from white chocolate cherubs to seashells and incredible chocolate spires, her imagination knows no bounds and her ability to turn it into a chocolate reality is awesome!

But don't worry - they don't just look good - as a big fan of Chocolate Delores' cakes I can assure you they taste divine.  One piece is never enough! 

The main ingredient is a deliciously dark chocolate and each cake is soaked overnight in Port before being layered with Madagascan vanilla buttercream and homemade plum jam. After that, using white, dark or milk chocolate, master chocolatier Lizzie gets to work designing.

Even as I write this, my mouth is watering as I know just how truly delicious Lizzie's cakes are.

So if you want a stunning fantasy cake as a centrepiece for your day AND your guests to be blown away by how delicious it is, you need to come and meet Lizzie.  You won't be disappointed!

W: http://chocolatedelorescakesbristol.co.uk
E:  hello@chocolatedelorescakesbristol.co.uk
T:  07970 794443  


Saturday, 21 January 2017


It's fair to say we love Heartfelt Vintage Bridal & Weddings!  Based in Alma Vale Road in the heart of Clifton, if you haven't yet visited this vintage lifestyle boutique then you're in for a treat!

Established in 2014 by husband and wife team Will and Kate, the business was bourne out of their desire to create a little haven of calm and creativity amidst the chaos of the modern world.

With a background in the performing arts, running festivals and producing artists all over Europe, it's no surprise that Heartfelt Vintage has evolved to become a multi-faceted business offering a number of different services under one roof.

Part vintage boutique, part tea room, part party venue, they are unique within Bristol and the only place in the city where you can enjoy a cup of loose leaf tea and a freshly baked scone at the same time as choosing from their beautiful selection of vintage wedding dresses!  There's no hard sell here - Heartfelt like to think of themselves as the antidote to modern life. 

Bristol's only supplier of authentic vintage wedding dresses, they have a stunning range of unique dresses from the 1900's to the 1970's, all lovingly restored.  And don't worry about vintage dresses being too small - they have a fantastic alteration service who can either make a dress fit or can build a replica from scratch if you fall in love with a particular gown. 

Heartfelt love creating something from nothing.  With their creative backgrounds they love helping you plan your wedding and turn the most mundane space into something magical.  Some of their most memorable wedding locations last year included a front garden, a cinema and a woodland cemetery!

Offering different wedding planning services 'The Creator', 'The Searcher', the Co-ordinator' and 'The Fixer', they can cover every aspect of your wedding from just sorting out a problem to helping you organise the whole thing from start to finish.

You can also hire their beautiful venue for a vintage hen party with scrumptious food and a variety of activities.

You can either simply hire the tearoom for your own private party, book one of their ready-made party packages or ask them to put together a bespoke party for you.  Or they can bring the Heartfelt Vintage Bridal mage to a venue of your choice.

From vintage makeovers to photo shoots and fascinator making, to afternoon tea with live music, they'll ensure there's always a warm welcome, enough tea to sink a battleship and lots and lots of cake!

We're thrilled to be welcoming Kate and her team back to the Vintage Wedding Fair and we can't wait to see their gorgeous stand.

Photoshoot credits:
Creative Direction & Styling | Kate Ashwell at Heartfelt Vintage
Photography | Leelou Wedding Photography
HMUA | Lou Mack Makeup & Hair
Flowers | Emerald & Jade Flowers
Flower Crown | Deni Maxa at Heartfelt Flowers
Cream 1950s Lace Dress | Heartfelt Vintage
Green Upycled Wedding Dress | Linda Thomas Eco Design
Assistant Stylist | Lizzie Williams
Location | North Street, Bristol

W: http://www.heartfeltvintage.co.uk
T:  0117 904 2898
E:  heartfeltvintageltd@gmail.com

Friday, 20 January 2017


We're very excited to welcome Eily O'Connell to this year's wedding fair.  Eily creates treasures of wearable art that have a mysterious and other worldly presence.
If you're looking for a unique piece of jewellery to celebrate your love, Eily's work is perfect for you. Not only that, but our ecological impact is very important to Eily and she sources sustainable material wherever possible including recycled metals and fair-trade gems.  Even all her boxing and marketing materials are recycled.

All Eily's work is crafted sourcing the finest materials in her studio, where visitors are welcome by appointment, and she loves to make you commissioned pieces, whatever your budget.  All her prices reflect this very small-scale local production made from cradle to cradle by the hands of the designer maker.

Eily's starting point is foraging around the beaches, forests and other areas of natural interest to find materials that she can combine and cast into gold and silver to make beautifully detailed jewellery with gemstone and enamel accents. 
Growing up in the countryside of the fishing village of Killybegs on the North West coast of Ireland, sea themes are evident throughout her work. 
There are constant references to human manipulation of nature as Eily is concerned with our ecological impact and so tries to highlight important issues through pieces and collections. 
Eily's work ranges from very clean, simple lines thru incredibly intricate, delicate shapes to glorious statement pieces, but her passion for nature is reflected in every piece.
Eily loves every aspect of her work but she particularly loves crafting something bespoke in her unique style, just for you.  With an avid eye for the unusual and textured, Eily has created some extraordinary pieces for her bona fide clients, from designing engagement and wedding bands, reviving and re-melting heirlooms to simply casing a small silver pendant from an acorn found in a special garden!

No project is too big or too small and Eily loves the challenge of engaging your senses through a bespoke piece of jewellery which will be made to last with the finest materials, creating our very own heirloom piece.
Personal meetings can be made near her Bristol studio but get in touch if you live further afield as Eily travels a lot and may be able to meet up with you to discuss the evolution of your idea to concept.  Alternatively this process can easily be done via email.  Many of her special commissions have been made remotely for people around the globe whom she has never met! 

Take a look at Eily's portfolio page to give you a flavour of the wide range of her creativity and imagination.

Whether you want a totally unique modern piece or something recycled from a heritage piece of jewellery all Eily's pieces are made with great love and care for the environment.

W: http://www.eilyoconnell.com/cms/