Exhibitor Showcase…You’ll Like It…A Lot!
Our wedding show wouldn’t be complete without a bit of magic. Lots of it is provided by the truly talented team of exhibitors we have waiting to meet you. But a whole heap of it is courtesy of Damon Conlan, magician. He wowed our audience at our show in January and so we just had to have him back for more!
Tell us a bit about your company, who you are, what you do etc… “Damon Conlan is a close-up magician from the West Midlands. He combines sleight-of-hand and humour to delight, mystify and astound. Keep your guests amused with trickery while the wedding photos are being taken, have them entertained in-between courses with whimsical wonders, or have Damon act as the perfect ice-breaker as he mixes and mingles, helping guests to interact while bedazzling them with his prestidigitation.
Damon’s magic is tailored to meet your needs; it offers a fantastic flexibility as a unique, personalised form of entertainment and is sure to make your special day wonderfully unforgettable.
Why vintage? What do you love about it and why should everyone else? ”Uniqueness is everything, and I think that’s one of the thing’s vintage offers you.
What advice would you give to brides-to-be when sourcing their entertainment? ”People often have a clichéd view of what magic is, and great magicians are few and far between, so it’s desirable to see what a magician can do first-hand, which is why attending the Designer Vintage Bridal Show is such a good idea.
There are many wedding shows across the UK, so what helped you decide on exhibiting at the Designer Vintage Bridal Show? ”As a previous exhibitor, I had only good experiences from the first Designer Vintage Bridal Show I exhibited at so I just had to make a return visit.
The finishing touches to your wedding day are (in my opinion…Ed!) the most fun to source and buy. There are so many wonderful designers out there with amazing talents and truly beautiful finished pieces, it must also be the most difficult part of organising your wedding. Just how do you pick your favourite?”
We caught up with Eclectic-Mix to find out why they love making jewellery so much…
Tell us a bit about you. “Eclectic-Mix is a new label designing occasion wear jewellery and accessories. Designs are stylishly elegant and influenced by the romance and craftsmanship of years gone by.
Taking inspiration mainly from the brands name Eclectic-Mix designs with ideas, styles and tastes taken from a diverse range of sources and is the company’s core value when creating new collections. You will therefore see some new influences and ways of occasion wear jewellery being created and from a wide array of materials.
Rebecca Scott the designer and creator behind the brand worked designing for various luxury brands including Garrards, Boodles and Links of London. Through her love and interest for collecting antique buttons and buckles Eclectic-Mix was born and has developed specialising in beautiful occasion wear jewellery and accessories.
Why vintage? What do you love about it and why should everyone else? “What I adore about Vintage is the quality craftsmanship and materials used. The attention to detail and the romance captured through these designs. I am very fond of jewellery from the early 1900’s which greatly captured sentiment and sophisticated glamour and it is this I take inspiration from and incorporate into my designs.
What is going to be big for 2014 and jewellery? “I’m quite excited for 2014; I think embellishment will be very a very strong key look and one I am personally very fond of! You will therefore see a lot of lace and intricate detailing coming through with more softer and sheerer designs. Think Claire Pettibone elegance and femininity; I feel her designs have really encouraged this key look for 2104. Also floral elements will be strong look and our 2014 collection ‘Ashton’ will have lots of both these elements.
What advice would you give to brides-to-be when sourcing jewellery and accessories? “While the wedding dress basically is the focal point of most brides wedding day, bridal accessories shouldn’t be overlooked. They can really enhance and create a more individual look. I therefore would suggest bringing images and sample swatches to any wedding shows and consultations you attend. Even tell us the style and theme of your wedding. Our current collection Tresse is so versatile and depending on the look you want to achieve, we can advise how best to achieve it. We also offer a bespoke service which makes us able to tailor our designs and create you something really unique!
If you were a bride-to-be, who would you really want to see at our show? “I adore Jannie Baltzer headdresses, she inspired is by French early 1900s and Hollywood glamour and she captures it beautifully within her designs. One of my favourites from her 2014 collection is the ‘Linda’ headdress, it’s just absolutely stunning! I’m also looking forward to meeting great fellow suppliers including Debbie Carlisle, Rachel Simpson, twobirds and many more.
Are there any projects or new collections you will be launching at the show? If so, care to give us a sneak peek or a taster? “Yes we are! We will be looking to launch a couple of limited edition pieces to our Tresse Collection. We will also be showcasing a selection of our antique button pins, dating between 1837 through to the 1930’s. Visitors will also be getting an exclusive sneak peek at the Ashton collection but for now you will have to wait and see.
There are many wedding shows across the UK, so what helped you decide on exhibiting at the Designer Vintage Bridal Show? ”I wanted Eclectic-Mix’s first exhibit to be smaller, more niche and to match the brands identity. It just the perfect venue and environment to launch new designs and where we can take time to talk to visitors. Many shows can be overwhelming and less intimate, offering many of the same products. This show is exciting because there are so many great independent and unique suppliers with whom I’m also really looking forward to meeting.
Exhibitor Showcase…Jordanna Marston Photographer
We’ve got a wealth of talent at the Designer Vintage Bridal Show this year and as usual, the photography category is full to the brim with some of the very best and experienced photographers the wedding industry has to offer. Meet Jordanna Marston…
“My name is Jordanna and I am creative wedding photographer. I live in Northamptonshire but I travel all over the UK and abroad shooting gorgeous weddings. I love my job and I love a good wedding!
Why vintage? What do you love about it and why should everyone else? “Its timeless appeal – so classic but fuses so well with modern touches too. The fact that all us girls have an era that suit our body shapes, the make up, the music, the dancefloor shapes…oh all of it. I love!
In photography, what is going to be big next season? Is there something that brides are asking more for when sorting their wedding day needs? “Wedding photographers mixing it up by not just relying on their digital workhorses but also dabbling with film too to add a creative, romantic touch to your final collection of images. There’s just something magical about film – don’t you think?
What advice would you give to brides-to-be when sourcing a wedding photographer? “Find a photographer whose work you love and who you like as a person, after all you will be spending a lot of time with them on your most special day. As a sideline – if you are looking for someone who is laid back but professional and who is ridiculously smiley so much so your guests think is a friend…then I’m your match!
If you were a bride-to-be, who would you really want to see at our show?
Belle and Bunty and Candy Anthony dress designers and Emmy Shoes.
Are there any projects or new collections you will be launching at the show? If so, care to give us a sneak peek or a taster? “I will be coming along with my new sample albums which are just gorgeous. Get those photos off your USBs and in albums folks then they will be seen and enjoyed forever!
There are many wedding shows across the UK, so what helped you decide on exhibiting at the Designer Vintage Bridal Show? “Spectacular location, fab organiser in Bran, lots of lovely Midlands based brides and the chance to stand alongside some fabulous designers from the Midlands and beyond. It’s going to be brill!”