PETAL & BIRD AT WEDSTOCK BY THE LAKE WEDDING FAIR
The 6th May 2018 was a beautifully hot and sunny Sunday of the bank holiday weekend and it also marked the first wedding fair for Petal & Bird showcasing my paper flowers at WedStock by the Lake. For my first fair I think this one is going to be hard to beat for the weather and the location.
Set on Rye Farm in Henfield, which is also the base for The Arabian Tent Company who hosted the wedding fair alongside QQW Weddings After driving down the long gravel road I was greeted with large coloured festival flags blowing in the cooling breeze (and some butterflies in my belly).
I arrived to see other suppliers had also arrived early to set up, the first I spotted was a huge organ (which apparently breathed fire) on the front lawn and the cutest pink tuk tuk from Prosecco Time parked in prime location at the entrance (I will come back to this one later)
SETTING UP TIME…
I was given a space inside the ‘Main Stage’ tent which was a beautiful tent full of bright colours of oranges, pinks and purples, and it was to be the location for the live music to be performed from during the day and my paper flowers. After many trips back and forth to my car I had everything ready to set up at my space. It didn’t take too long to get everything together (happy that I had practiced the set up in the week to know what to put where) just the finishing touches of some flamingo fairy lights and my table was set!
NOW IT WAS TIME FOR A LOOK AROUND…
Now it was time for a look around. Back to the pink tuk tuk (which was en-route to my car to drop off my empty boxes, honest!) Such a great idea, you can hire their range of tuk tuks for your events providing you with ice cold prosecco pumped straight off the back of the vehicle and I can vouch that it was a lovely tipple, thanks gentlemen for my taster, it was delicious (even at 9.30am)
Set up over on the front lawn with the large organ (yet to hear it or see flames) were a vintage dress up shop, a hog roast getting ready and The Vintage Bar Box who were all set to serve drinks to the customers who were soon to arrive from their converted horse box and not forgetting the gorgeous pale blue split screen VW camper van from Deluxe Wedding Cars.
Continuing to walk around the field where the different tent areas were set up, I passed ‘The Gentleman’s Lounge’ tent with lovely food supplied by Gastro Catering (I was treated to some samples of their yummy food throughout the day, I can verify their mini pulled pork buns and their chocolate cigars where indeed yummy!) A pampering area was also set up inside this tent along with a beautiful display of work by Sarah London Photography.
Behind this tent were an array of the fab bell tents by Beautiful Bells decorated with bunting ready for testing out or hiding from the sun.
Onto the ‘Main stage’ tent where I was based I meet Tammy from TLC wedding planners ready to give advice to Bride and Grooms to-be for their big day.
The next tent I found was a beautifully decorated white round oyster tent named ‘The Pussy Parlour’ where the Chota Peg & Lime bar were based serving summer festival beverages. Nestled in between the sofas and the hanging foliage was Sally and her individually hand painted bespoke wedding dresses from Aylin White Designs and over on the opposite side in a sunny spot I met the lovely Anna and her stunning vintage hats and floral accessories from Anna Chocola which would be great to complete any vintage lover’s outfit .
Crossing the lawn I found Hire Your Day setting up a stunning area with hanging lanterns, candles and hay bales then towards the lake (which had a zip wire slide crossing the lake itself, soon to be in constant use from the children that had accompanied their parents) is where Rosemany Jane Designs was based, her beautiful custom made wedding dresses looking amazing set up in the transformed igloo dressing room setting.
PASSING THE PEACOCKS…
Passing the peacocks wandering around the tree house and the people sunning themselves on The Beautiful Days new pallet furniture I wandered towards the last tent, ‘The Vintage Tea Tent’ which the lovely ladies from Colour Pop had beautifully decorated with their bright and fresh style, including an awesome zebra vase that was filled with my paper peonies!
And lets not forget the amazing cakes from Kasserina Cakes, including a stunning new design featuring Flamingos…obviously my favourite. (The chocolate fudge cake sample was delicious, thank you Kass!)
IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN A GREAT SETTING…
It was a beautiful day and in a great setting, I was entertained throughout the day by the great music provided by Desert Rose, The Banquet and Nick Conroy . My favourite of the day was Christelle Music, her voice was just stunning (and so was her cute yellow playsuit.) I could happily listen to her all day.
Chatting to local suppliers and festival goers, it was an enjoyable day and I look forward to seeing this event grow as it has such potential and a fab venue for a wedding…It made me want to plan my wedding all over again!
The next fairs I have on my list so far are;
- Happily Ever After Creative Wedding fair at Brighton Racecourse on Sunday 9th September 2018, 10.30am – 3pm
- The Affordable Wedding Fayre at Barnham Community Hall on the 7th October 2018
BUT THERE IS NO NEED TO WAIT TILL THEN…
But there is no need to wait till then, get in contact and book in a free consultation at my studio in Chichester to see and discuss lasting paper flowers for your special day or occasions.
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