I wouldn’t normally pause to write about the wedding fayres I do. There’s a few, and not that they aren’t all enjoyable (I wouldn’t do them otherwise) but this one was a little different.
A few weeks ago I was an exhibitor at The Rustic Wedding Show hosted at the very picturesque Manor Barn (Cambridgeshire). It was a whole different experience – for exhibitors and those attending alike. The aim was to deliver an experience that felt like it could have been part of an actual wedding. The stalls, where possible, were interactive and engaging. Luckily it was also a gorgeous summers day. The Cambridge Tipi Company has set up on the Lawn by the clear marquee I was based in. It was festooned with Rainbow Ribbon while pink flamingos stood scattered throughout the grass lawn. All supplied by the quirky and unique Fleur De lace.
A gorgeous flower Moongate stood opposite as an alternative alter, created by Feather and Fearns. Continuing the festival vibes, there were a variety of food and drink suppliers in various up-cycled food vans. The bride and grooms to be sat relaxed in brightly coloured deck chairs listening to a vocalist on guitar singing chilled out tunes. I quite fancied joining them with an icy G&T myself.
My daughter came along as an extra pair of helping hands. It was great to have her there to see what it is I do. Of course I made use of her being there and got her to do drinks and ice cream runs, she also got to have a glittered shoulder done thanks to the Cambridge Glitter Bar. She thought it was fantastic and has already vowed to help again next year. As long as we get a space. I can imagine this will be a really popular one to get a space in again.
It was all organised by Katie Slater from Songbird Weddings. A wedding planner and all round superwoman. Always busy, not only did she organise this show, she put together a great networking event the night before, for all the professionals there. I also got to work with her on a styled shoot organised back in February which has since been featured in Festivalbrides.