Handmade is a lifestyle choice Amelia Barnes made a long time ago. The organiser of The Creative Boutique Wedding Fair studied as a fine artist, and has tried her hand at many crafts while working as an art teacher. When Amelia got married she really came to appreciate how tricky it can be to find stylish, handmade wedding pieces – and so she went out of her way to track down and source amazing suppliers to find unique wedding ideas which were truly reflective of her.
“I spent months and months searching online for a vintage wedding dress and I just couldn’t find anything that would fit me or my style…. All dresses I looked at in shops were made in China and had a six month leadtime. Being fairly headstrong, I objected to bossy women telling me what I should have for my wedding day!”
While planning her wedding Amelia realised most of what was on offer was part of a package deal, or mass produced for the wedding market. It was the exact opposite of what she was looking for: high quality suppliers with a focus on true craftsmanship.
“I wanted to provide something to brides that couldn’t just be ordered off the internet or bought off the peg.” By launching her own wedding fair, Amelia’s love of all things creative and handmade could help other brides and grooms find amazing suppliers. The Creative Boutique Wedding Fair is especially for unique, stylish, bohemian couples and has become renowned in the UK for its focus on high quality, original suppliers.
Originally launched as ‘Miss Vintage Wedding Affair’ in 2011 in Surbiton, the fair quickly outgrew its venue. Several successful events were held at the Battersea Arts Centre, until in 2017 the Creative Boutique Wedding Fair relocated to County Hall, in Kingston upon Thames.
The new venue for the Creative Boutique Wedding Fair is stunning and luxurious, with more scope for interactive experiences such as demos and Q&A sessions with wedding suppliers.
The Creative Boutique Wedding Fair is your place to find the best in handcrafted wedding pieces with a focus on stylish, contemporary vintage. Regular returning exhibitors include many of the wedding industry’s most talented, award winning and unique suppliers. Some of our favourites are listed below!
For tickets visit https://creativeboutiqueweddingfair.com
£3 in advance | £4 cash on the day
The Creative Boutique Wedding Fair is on Sunday 29 October 2017
at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames
from 11am until 5pm
Amelia has also just set up a Brides Facebook group to help offer support and ideas to brides who are planning their Creative wedding. www.facebook.com/groups/Creativeboutiquebrides
Photographer- Sofia Plana Photography
Venue – County Hall
Styling & Props – Carrie Southall Design
Direction – Amelia at The Creative Boutique Wedding Fair
Light Up Letters – Locke & Busby
Hair & Make-Up – Dyan Copeman
Dresses – Federica Bruno Couture
Macaroons – BakerBaker London
Jewellery & Hair Accessories – Connie & Dolly
Shoes – Love Art Wear Art
Flowers – Muscari Whites
Model – Danielle Yen