Welcome

Welcome back, so glad you could make it!  If you don’t know why I’m saying welcome back the first part of this article was published yesterday and you can view it here.

Woolacombe Bay Hotel
Woolacombe Bay Hotel

After lunch at a Wedding Fair

We left off talking about the busy part of the day.  So now for the second half of the day!  This is generally slower than the first half, when you get a chance to get to know the suppliers around you.  You may be getting sick of me saying this but generally this also another great bit about doing a wedding fair, or at least a good wedding fair.  At a good event you’ll often be surrounded by some of the most friendly, creative and passionate people around.  Nice events also generally have other suppliers there who are very supportive and helpful to each other.  Sunday was no exception.

Some of the Suppliers

On my right side were jewellers Cooper Couture.  They were very polished, display looked great and sets up and takes down quickly.  A fact I’m insanely jealous of as mine takes ages!

Cooper Couture
Cooper Couture

Very friendly people to who definitely knew what they’re doing at wedding fairs and on social media to.  They gave me some great tips, thank you Matt!  They sell rings manufactured by other companies but also create their own and can design from scratch.  On my left was David and Freya, musicians who took it in turns with another singer to perform in the room my stand was in.  It was a real privilege to be positioned near them as their sound was the perfect accompaniment to a great day.

David and Freya, musicians
David and Freya, musicians

They both sing so there is real variety in their sound which suited our coastal setting perfectly.  I’m not up enough my music reading to know how to describe them in a way that does them justice.  A little bit folky, also reminded me of the relaxed Hawaiian vibe of Jack Johnson and one song I think I could pick out was Walk the Line.  They’re new to wedding fairs but not new to weddings.  David has even gone on tour in Ireland.  I guess the best recommendation I can give is that I bought 1 cd for myself and another for a friend who is always keen to hear new (to him) good music.

Shim Sham and Best Day Ever
Shim Sham and Best Day Ever

After I spoke to the stand opposite which were exquisite accessory makers called Shim Sham.  Very jealous of their drift wood in their display.  By them was Best Day Ever who hires vintage props.  There were some lovely pieces on the stand, if I lived closer I would be asking to visit them to photograph my stationery around some of their items.

I also had time to meet a couple who run a mosaic work shop.  The idea being they help people make their own mosaics.  You should see the silk preserved in resin.  That looked stunning.  After the fair was over Jules from Hey Jules a jewellery designer said hello.  We’d followed each other on twitter but we were at the opposite ends of the room, it was great to make her acquaintance.  I was also lucky enough to have wedding photographer Marie Man help me take down part of my stand.  I didn’t see her work but if they were invited by the organisers of this event it’s going to be good.  That can be said for all the suppliers there, quality I think is key to everything Blue Fizz Events does.  I think I have to mention the Matt Stockman photography, he had the coolest transport to any wedding fair I’ve seen.  See this link to the photo booth photos he put on facebook.

Matt Stackman Photography transport
Matt Stackman Photography transport

Which brings me back to where I started.  Blue Fizz Events is holding another (yes they’re industrious and talented) wedding fair Thursday evening at Deer Park near Honiton, from 6 to 8.30.  I’ve not done an evening fair before so I’ll be interested to see what they’re like.  This one is their spring vintage fair.  With Art Deco being so popular at the moment and fitting in with vintage I’m crossing my fingers for a good night, find out more here.  You can see more of my Art Deco stationery here on my main website.

Links to the awesome suppliers and wedding professionals mentioned!

There were many others there.  I didn’t talk to the Vintage dress hire people, none of the cake makers I’d seen from a distance and somewhere there was a classical string group.

Vintage dress hire
Vintage dress hire

I like many of the suppliers and I bet many of the visitors did take the chance to explore Woolacombe. Think I should of had an icecream to, that would of been nice but stuck with the remains of my packed lunch. Did have some very nice cookies though which I’d bought for the tin they come in and is now used on my stand! There’s photos from around Woolacombe below or please feel to take a look at my bespoke stationery.

Woolacombe
Woolacombe
How do you like your thirds, extra grass?
How do you like your thirds, extra grass?
or extra sky
or extra sky

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A plinth with a view, Woolacombe bay
A plinth with a view, Woolacombe bay
Rock pools at Woolacombe
Rock pools at Woolacombe

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Path to the beach at Woolacombe
Path to the beach at Woolacombe
Woolacombe Tourist information
Woolacombe Tourist information

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Shiny!
Shiny!
Woolacombe rocks
Woolacombe rocks
Woolacombe Bay
Woolacombe Bay

I did take the chance to take a few photos near the river that had looked so amazing in the morning. The light wasn’t as great but I’m glad I took the time to stop.

River Bray near the A road
River Bray near the A road

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Last shot of the day
Last shot of the day

I did almost forget – I got a chance to photograph one of my sample table plans after packing up!

Catania carnival design table plan
Catania carnival design table plan