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.

The Creative Boutique Wedding Fair, County Hall in Kingston 2018. Images by Sofia Plana (20)

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!

The Creative Boutique Wedding Fair, County Hall in Kingston 2018. Images by Sofia Plana (21)

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.


Do you know, I don’t think there’s anything more romantic than ballet: its grace and enchantment are second to none. Ballet as wedding inspiration is drifting onto the wedding scene for 2016 in a big way and I fell in love with this shoot as soon as I saw the first images. You will too, I know! The photography is exquisite. The dresses and setting are dreamy and oh, that bouquet! The styling and special touches are out of this world.

Ballet bride photoshoot Amanda Karen Photography (19)

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Ballet bride photoshoot Amanda Karen Photography (17)

Words and images: Amanda Karen Photography

I love the beauty of ballet; it’s graceful and reminds me of how a bride looks on her wedding day, so serene and almost magical.  This love of ballet and the rich autumnal tones around me were the inspiration for this styled shoot, as the combination made me think of the Nutcracker ballet.