The Wonderous Wedding Fair at Portsmouth Pyramids Southsea

November 11, 2016  •  1 Comment

On Sunday I attended the Wonderous Wedding Fair a fantastic annual themed wedding show run by Vintage Parade and Doily Days.  So a different kind of blog post from me as it is not an actual wedding but still something to give ideas for your big day.

Lots of friendly wedding suppliers were in attendance creating a great buzz for all visitors. (I'll do my best to list all the vendors featured here and will add more as I find them. If you see yourself, message me!)

 I'm not sure it was a coincidence that Southsea had a power cut towards the end of the fair or it was a planned dramatic experience for all because despite the complete darkness the visitors were not put off and continued to view the venders stalls by the light from their phones; not quite gaslight but the wartime spirit certainly came into play!

A glimpse of how the whole day looked in this small selection of photos from the event...

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While I was photographing the cute little figurines on this cake I looked up to see it was a caricature of the cakes makers themselves, Kelly's Cake Away! Lots of creative designs and great to chat with.
The vintage dried flower displays by Lotus Floral Art were very fitting with this themed event.

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Prior to the fashion shows the hall was entertained with the beautiful sight and sounds of Amy Baker.

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A fashion show hosted by Dawn Gracie (seen in the red dress with the white Ostrich feather fan) represented many of the dress designers and vendors at the show including those from Louise Rose Couture and  Kara April (Hoping to add the others too just as soon as I can find them all!).

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ID Makeup and hairToni Todd and Miram King were there to show their make-up, hair and beauty talent, also preparing the models for fashion shows seen above.

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Keeping the interactive show going, Lily Lupin  ran a flower crown making workshop which was busy every time I passed by. So if you saw anyone with a flower crown in Southsea last weekend this is likely to be where they came from!

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Throughout the event the atmosphere was kept going with tunes by professional wedding and party dj Disco Hire Hampshire and regular chilled intermissions by steel drum band Pandemonium.

Throughout the event the atmosphere was kept going with tunes by professional wedding and party dj Disco Hire Hampshire and regular chilled intermissions by steel drum band Pandemonium.Throughout the event the atmosphere was kept going with tunes by professional wedding and party dj Disco Hire Hampshire and regular chilled intermissions by steel drum band Pandemonium.Throughout the event the atmosphere was kept going with tunes by professional wedding and party dj Disco Hire Hampshire and regular chilled intermissions by steel drum band Pandemonium. .

I feel fortunate to have met and chatted with the artist behind Paper Bear Lane who creates wedding book invitations. The art work is fantastic and as I expected she is inspired by the work of Quentin Blake. I hope to catch up with her again as not only was her work amazing but a very friendly humble person too.

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I might have stayed too long around this stall but the clue as to why is in the name; the ladies that run Choc and Truffle had some delicious samples to give out and they run chocolate making workshops too; I might have to see them again!

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Cakes again, of course cakes, they call me, but these were something else. The fine art designs by Jemima Artisan Cakes just blew me away. Being a wedding photographer I get to see a lot of cakes, and usually eat a slice at the end of the day too but  Jemima's cakes make me want to look at them even more than eat them, that was until she gave me a taster; as delicious and special as they look too! 

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Unfortunately I didn't quite make it around all of the vendors at the Wonderous Wedding Fair and just after a quick look at CabbageWhite Flowers before I was taken by the venue hosts BHLive for Portsmouth Pyramids to see their wedding room set up; a large bright space with an outdoor terrace and views looking out across the Solent. Perfect spot for a big celebration, especially with the sunset views over the sea. 

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And here is the reason I didn't make it around to everyone; power cut! With about 40 minutes still to go the event, and the whole of Southsea, was plunged into darkness. But rather than give up people just carried on! With a smattering of light from vendors fairy lights and visitors using the light of their phones the show went on! Goes to prove the allure of the event, with people still wanting to see more despite the sudden darkness!

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All in all a fantastic event. So many friendly welcoming people, entertainers and creative displays, it really was the place to be on Sunday.  A big thank you to Alex and Helen who organise the event through Vintage Parade and Doily Days; thank you both for inviting me to photograph your event and to every vendor, all your hard  creative work looked fantastic and it was great to meet you.
This is just a small selection of the photographs I took on the day. Many more are available and I shall also share a few on my Facebook page Adam De-Ste-Croix - Wedding Photographer. Don't forget to check out everyone tagged here too!

 

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Adam de-Ste-Croix
Sainte Croix Photography

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