This year 'Brides The Show' exhibited for it's third time, hosted by Condé Nast Brides Magazine, in partnership with Goldsmiths and Hayes&Jarvis, 'Brides The Show' is a 3 day event for absolutely everything wedding related. The sky was clear so our 'something blue' was covered before we even got to the venue; heading in we were greeted by DJ company 'Wedding Smashers' blasting out a great selection of songs, an incredible taxidermy unicorn from Aynhoe Park as well as beautiful flower arrangements to welcome you in.
Walking round was a complete feast for the eyes, everything from mouth-wateringly decedent cakes to irresistible place settings to awe-inspiring floral displays, inspired is only the tip of the iceberg when it came to viewing all these stunning creations under one roof.
Then it came to the dresses; oh the dresses. Seeing them displayed on rails is one thing however nothing quite shows them off like seeing them in action. We took our seats for 'The Secret Garden' catwalk show.
A stunning set welcomed us, flowers and plants covering every possible inch, trees towering over us; it was just like we had stepped out of Central London and into a little slice of floral paradise. The music begins and two little flower girls emerge from the foliage, walking down the catwalk in their pretty 'Little Bevan' dresses, then the wedding dresses commenced, opening the show was designer Suzanne Neville.
A series of beautifully crafted dresses cascaded down the runway one after another with designs from Charlotte Simpson, Stephanie Allin, Charlie Brear, Amanda Wakeley and a gorgeous finale dress to close the show from Ian Stuart Bride.
On top of the catwalk to enjoy there was Bobbi Brown make up masterclasses, tasters, samples, photo booths, bespoke jewelry to make ...certainly not limited in activities to get that wedding inspiration kick started into overdrive.
Words and Images: Scott W Mason