Friday, 17 July 2015

Penton Park Wedding Showcase

Bridal Boot Sale venue and stunning Hampshire wedding venue Penton Park are opening their doors this Sunday 19 July for a unique wedding showcase event, and we think it's most definitely worth a visit!

Penton Park are holding the event alongside Ikonworks Photography, and inviting a whole host of stunning suppliers to the house, to showcase how your big day could look at the house.

Visitors can enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival, followed by canapés while perusing the house, which will be set up as it would be for a wedding, giving a chance to see how your ceremony and reception would look. Suppliers of dresses, wedding cake, hair and makeup, flowers, catering and more will all be on hand to speak to, and answer any questions.

As a really unique treat, all suppliers will also be taking part in a styled photo shoot on the day, starting at 2pm, which is such a unique opportunity to see them in action, creating some beautiful images. The team that will be there on the day came together to create the beautiful images in this post, so you'll definitely be in for a treat!

The event runs from 11am-3pm, and entrance is free. Brides and Grooms can contact Penton Park to book an appointment for a formal tour of the venue, or just turn up on the day to look around at their leisure and speak to the Penton Park team.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Introducing Daydream Bridal

We caught up with Amy from Daydream Bridal to find out more about how she started her bridal accessories business. Daydream Bridal will be joining us at the Bridal Bazaar, this Sunday at East Horton Golf Club. 

I started making jewellery when my now husband and I moved to Poole Quay and were a hop, skip and a jump from a small bead shop. Always keen to learn new crafts, I promptly bought half the shop and scoured the internet for tutorials on creating pretty things! One of the items I bought from the shop was a plain tiara or headband base - that was the start of it all!

After a while perfecting beaded tiaras, I started using vintage brooches and earrings in my designs and then started selling them online. I was surprised by the huge positive reaction I got from my pieces and Daydream Bridal was born. 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Introducing Fiori by Lynne

We're delighted to welcome our floral sponsor for the Bridal Bazaar at East Horton Golf Club on 17th May. Fiori by Lynne will be providing floral displays around the venue, and helping the What Peggy Did Next team create the inspiration station.

We'll let Lynne introduce herself and her business, and hear a little about her inspirations, and top tips for a smooth running wedding day! Over to you Lynne...

My business was set up in 2005, I work full time on Weddings and Events only but of all shapes and sizes for the Hampshire area and a little beyond. Not running a shop along side it leaves me free to focus 100% on my customers. I offer a completely bespoke and exceptionally personal service, I specialise in and absolutely love helping brides find their own individual  floral style and then creating the designs that express them perfectly. I made the London and South East Regional final of The Wedding Industry Awards for 2014 as a result of the scores and feedback from my 2014 brides and after  after being nominated by one of them. 

The last place you visited that has inspired you?

I have just returned from a trip to Seville. It is a beautiful city and a World Heritage site as a result of it’s  stunning artcitecture - a beautiful but amazing mix of styles and influences spanning 1200 years. Everything from roman ruins to Contemporary architecture, the overall look is of a period city but it has a very vibrant young energy which I love. All the effortlessly chic tapas bars serving the most mouthwatering and creative dishes help. If anyone needs any more reason to visit, it’s shopping is fantastic, the Spanish are an exceptionally stylish lot ! There is an infinite amount of inspiration to be found here, I love the effect of the mix of styles and influences, it proves that if done well you can mix styles that perhaps you would not expect to see together to great effect. ( As in Kortney’s black tie - Ralph Lauren wedding at the very rustic and shabby chic Pig) 

What brand do you really admire?

I admire Apple for it’s constant innovation (and beautiful looking computers!)

Tell us about a wedding brand you are really impressed by?

It is hard to choose one as there are lots of good wedding brands around. I have to love Pronovias, look beyond the obvious and take a look at some of the dresses in their cocktail collection, wonderful if you fancy a bit of colour. Phase Eight too have some amazing dresses for anyone that wants something a bit different.

What are your top three words of advice for brides to be?

I should say Choose suppliers carefully. I would rather say Relax and Enjoy. Both are good pieces of advice and doing the 1st makes the 2nd infinitely easier! 

Introducing Glass Oyster

Bridal Accessory designer Glass Oyster will be joining us at The Bridal Bazaar at East Horton Golf Club this weekend. We can't wait to browse their stall full of exquisite designs ranging from jewellery, headpieces and even capelets. We caught up with Gail to find out more...

Glass Oyster designs beautiful bridal accessories such as headpieces and jewellery. Each design is made from beautiful finds such as re-worked lace trims and appliqués, vintage millinery leaves and flowers. All the designs as intricately hand embroidered using a mix of modern and vintage beads - some of these found in antique and bric a brac shops and markets, harvested from old necklaces and beaded purses. Each piece is a complete one off, never to be repeated. Glass Oyster will be introducing an exciting new range of accessories later this year -  including capelets, cover ups and belts.

The last place you visited/travelled to and found really inspiring?

Polesdon Lacey near Dorking, Surrey. A National Trust property with stunning house and grounds. The house is packed full of beautiful paintings, objects d’art, jewellery and furniture. The grounds are full of places to explore.

The last exciting purchase you made for your business?

I havn't purchased it yet, but I’m on the look out for a vintage haberdashers glass topped cabinet to store and display my work in my studio.

Tell us about a wedding brand you think is really exciting?

For me its got to be Joanne Fleming design. Her dresses are so glamorous and intricately detailed. Another favourite is Rue de Seine. I just love how they combine lots of detailing with flowing, effortless shapes.

Any recommendations of places to eat/drink/stay/do in Hampshire or the South?

If you are looking for a relaxing, country get away, you cant beat The Pig Hotel in Brockenhurst, New Forest. A chic hotel with a kitchen garden, beautiful rooms and absolutely amazing food.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Introducing Mia Photography

We're delighted to be welcoming exquisite photographer Mia to her first Bridal Bazaar this weekend. We caught up with her to find out more about how she started her business, her inspirations, and those all important words of wedded advice for brides to be.

Hello! I'm Mia, a Hampshire based wedding photographer. I've been lucky enough to have been doing this wonderful job for many, many years now - in fact, I started so long ago that I actually used to shoot weddings on film - and not by choice! I know how lucky I am to wake up every day and look forward to the working day ahead and appreciate what a rare and wonderful thing that is.

I love all weddings, particularly colourful and creative ones, and have shot all kinds of styles over the years including vintage, rock n’roll, 50’s and festival…you name it! I’ve also been lucky enough to shoot at all kinds of beautiful and interesting venues over the years, from boutique hotels to beaches, in several treehouses, in lovely old barns and more than once in Nan's back garden. 

Where is the last place you visited/travelled to and found really inspiring?

My husband and I recently got back from a trip to Gambia which was a pretty crazy experience. I found some of the things we saw there quite life changing, and although I took my camera I really wrestled with myself as a photographer whether to capture what I was seeing in front of me or not.

The last exciting purchase you made for your business?

Two lately! I've recently sold both of my cameras and replaced them with Nikon's new D750 which is the most amazing camera I've ever used. I traded in one of my old ones so used that money to buy the new 50mm Sigma Art lens which I'm extremely excited about using at my next wedding as it's such a beautiful lens. 

Another business that really inspires you?

My logo (which I love!) was designed for me by the super talented Sera from She does all of my art work and printing - her style is kitsch and quirky and always so colourful. I love working with her because she's always so quick to reply and professional - she does amazing wedding stationery too, check her out!

What would be your top 3 words of wisdom for brides-to-be?

My top 3 words of wisdom for any bride would be: Unique, Trust, Enjoy.

Unique: It's your day, do it your way! Don't get sucked into doing things for the sake of it or because you think you have to. Don't want to have a first dance? Don't! Don't want to spend money on favors? Don't! You only get to (hopefully) do it once so although it's important to try to keep family members happy, don't feel you have to compromise on everything if you feel strongly on something.

Trust: Trust that you've booked a good photographer to capture your day and let them do their thing! Although we love to hear ideas from our clients the best work I've produced is when I've been free to tell the story of your day as it unfolds around me, rather than trying to recreate other photographer's work you may have seen already done on Pinterest. Lets come up with new ideas together!

Enjoy: Just love the day and dance like nobodies watching. They will be...because you're the bride, but try to ignore that fact :)

Introducing Cocoa Feliz

Here at the Bridal Bazaar HQ we'll admit to something of a sweet you can imagine how excited we are to have chocolatier Cocoa Feliz exhibiting with us at East Horton Golf Club. Cocoa Feliz are an independent chocolatier who can create unique individual favors from a range of over 100 organic chocolate truffles! Sound pretty delicious to us! We caught up with the team to find out more about them, and what to expect from their stall at the Bridal Bazaar...

We are continuing to expand our range of organic handmade chocolate truffles to include over 150 different chocolates, so everyone can find their favourite chocolate! This year, at the Bridal Bazaar, we are introducing some new truffles which are perfect for celebrations, including, brandy, whisky and, of course, champagne (come along on Sunday and try a sample before we run out!). These will be available for favors, wedding party gifts, table centrepieces or to complement your catering. Or if you want a really special chocoholic experience, our experienced staff will provide a chocolate counter at your event, to make you and your guests feel really pampered.

We are also increasing the choice of wedding favor boxes, so not only can you can choose the chocolates for your favors, but you can choose the favor boxes which perfectly match your special day.

We started making chocolates as we couldn't find delicious chocolates which matched our dietary requirements, and we think everyone should be able to enjoy fabulous chocolate; if you or your guests have any dietary requirements, just let us know, because we will make your chocolates to order!

When we get a rare moment away from making chocolates, we love dancing, and walking in the New Forest or along the coast. Salsa beach party, anyone?!

Make sure you stop and see Cocoa Feliz on Sunday. Doors open at 11am!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Introducing Dazzle me Decor

If you're looking for some special decor to make your day, then make sure you speak to Dazzle me Decor, who will be joining us at the Bridal Bazaar at East Horton Golf Club this Sunday 17th May. We caught up with the ladies to find out more about them.

Who are we?

Dazzle Me Decor are a Hampshire based Wedding decor and styling company. From vintage weddings to barn weddings you can either hire items from us and decorate yourself or we can create your dream wedding for you at your chosen venue.


2015 has been very exciting for us so far and is set to get even better. Mikaela and Hannah have recently joined Emma and Josie as part of the Dazzle me Decor team and are looking to push the business forward with a desire to Dazzle not just your wedding but how about your birthday, anniversary, christening or any other event you maybe planning.


We are obsessed with all the finishing touches that make a place look pretty.  We love themes, new ideas and all things vintage. We are always busy sourcing items, making things and letting the creativity flow.

Our lastest purchase

Our latest purchase are some huge LOVE letters, we are really excited about these. A real statement piece, a great talking point for guests and they will look fabulous in your wedding photos.  These will be available to hire summer 2015.

Wedding brand

We love using Pinterest its great way of sourcing and creating new ideas.

Introducing Zephyr Dust Jewellery

Zephyr Dust will be joining us at the Bridal Bazaar this Sunday, bringing along their jewellery collection - ideal for finding the perfect pieces for your bridesmaids and the rest of your wedding party. We caught up with owner Gemma to find out a little more.

What exciting events do you have coming up in 2015?

The Bridal Bazaar! This is my first time of venturing into the bridal arena and I'm really excited to show brides-to-be my pretty jewellery so that they can treat their favourite girls without breaking the bank. I recently finished an order for a bride that was personalised for her three bridesmaids and it was so rewarding to see how pleased she was!

What is your current inspiration?

Spring! All of the colours in the flowers and trees that are popping up everywhere are gorgeous and the nature that is starting to poke their heads out after a long winter....

Tell us about a wedding brand you think is really exciting?

Photo booths have been big for a while now at weddings and they're a great way of capturing the fun everyone has had at your big day, and of creating a lasting memory - I recently attended a wedding where CoCo taxi booths had been hired and an actual black cab had been parked up for us to pile into and have our piccies taken! Much fun!

Where do you go to relax and unwind?

My Other Half knows a gorgeous lake on the Surrey/Sussex border that we often go to for a stroll's so peaceful and tranquil and I find the water so calming.... I also love a good massage at the spa!

Gemma is looking forward to meeting lots of brides to be at the Bridal Bazaar, 17th May at East Horton Golf Club. Make sure you stop by to say hi! Doors open 11am-2pm!

Monday, 11 May 2015

Introducing Ava Louise Bridal Wear

We recently caught up with Imogen Taylor, the lady behind Southampton's newest bridal boutique, Ava Louise Bridal Wear, and quizzed her on why she started her business, where her inspiration comes from and her tips for brides-to-be. Over to you Imogen...

Following my own wedding nearly two years ago, I have always wanted to run my own bridal shop and offer customers an experience to remember. To me it is about the journey from the marriage proposal to that magical day when you walk down the aisle. The dress is such a huge part of this whole wonderful experience and from the first appointment to the day you pick up your beautiful wedding dress I want there to be nothing but happy and lasting memories for my brides.

Where is the last place you visited or travelled to and found really inspiring? 
When travelling a few years ago, I came across many amazing places, one of which was Fiji. I found their country so intriguing and staying there made me realise a simpler way of life! A place where I shared great memories with friends and where internet was unheard of! See my pic below! :)

What was the last exciting purchase you made for your business?
The 2016 San Patrick collection! Lots of new styles coming to the shop this August/September which we are very excited about!

Tell us about another business that really inspires you?
My whole family have run and owned their own business', they have built their companies from the ground up and I intend on following in their footsteps. There are no greater role models to me than my family members.

What would be your top 3 words of wisdom for brides-to-be?
Enjoy the experience, relax don't stress, and go with your heart.

Ava Louise Bridal Wear will be hosting our sample sale at East Horton on the 17th May, with designers including San Patrick, MiaMia Bridal, Jenny Packham, Pronovias, Ugo Zaldi, Cymbeline and bridesmaids dresses by Linzi Jay.

Photographer Jenny Owens is joining us at the Bridal Bazaar

We're delighted to have photographer Jenny Owens joining us at the Bridal Bazaar at East Horton Golf Club on 17th May.

We caught up with her to find out what is in store for her in 2015, her inspirations and her top advice for brides to be!

Do you have anything exciting or interesting coming up for you in 2015?

I'm really looking forward to shooting my couple's weddings this year, but if you've had a look through my site, you'll know that I love to shoot outdoor weddings so I am particularly excited to be shooting in the fields and woods of the New Forest, private barns near Salisbury, Highcliffe castle and the beach, and generally stopping off at various locations in the Hampshire Countryside to get those all important, romantic couple photos!

What other business really inspires you?

Vinnies Vintage Vehicles - What can I say - Vinnie, Karen, and little Ozzie (their dog!) really do pride themselves on delivering a very personalised service and their business have grown from strength to strength on that basis.  Their vintage vehicles all have names and have their own distinct personality too!

Where is the most beautiful place you visited?

Probably Fiji, for the beaches, relaxed vibe, very friendly and welcoming people, and I have very fond memories of sailing on a proper old fashioned sailing boat.

What would be your top 3 words of wisdom for brides-to-be?

Relax, don't stress.

Make sure you stop by to see Jenny at the Bridal Bazaar this Sunday 17 May at East Horton Golf Club. Doors open 11-2! See you there!!

Pretty Post Box are back at The Bridal Bazaar

We're delighted to be welcoming Pretty Post Box back to the Bridal Bazaar, which is taking place on Sunday 17 May, at East Horton Golf Club.

As well as their stunning range of post boxes, available in a variety of pretty colours, and the perfect place to store those well wishing cards, Pretty Postbox are extending their offering for 2015.

How about some stunning light up 'LOVE' signs or other pretty items to hire for your big day. Make sure you stop by to their stall to see them up close, and to chat to the team about their new packages that will allow bride and grooms to create the perfect pretty guest table. 

Say hello to Samantha and Amanda at East Horton Golf Club on 17th May, doors open at 11!

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Bridal Bazaar & Boot Sale Next Weekend!


Join us at East Horton Golf Club next Sunday, 17th May, 11am-2pm. As always, we have an action-packed line-up for our visiting brides and grooms-to-be...

~ Newly-weds selling on pre-loved wedding wares
~ Hand-picked wedding suppliers, including:
~ Designer wedding dress sample sale
~ Live workshops including floristry and décor ideas
~ Inspiration Station with top 2015 wedding & floristry trends
~ Afternoon tea and lunches available in the Greenside Barn

Thursday, 26 March 2015

A day in wedding season by videographer Irene Piera

Continuing with our 'wedding season snapshots' series, we caught up with videographer Irene Piera to find out what a typical day in wedding season looks like for her...

The morning of the wedding is all about prep so I usually head over to film the bridal party while my partner in crime focuses on the boys. This is one of my favourite parts of the day, as I can always feel so much happiness and emotion in one room. I get to meet close family and friends and share such an intimate part of the day with them - it's through these moments that I truly get to know my couples and their relationship which helps shape my films into unique stories.
Once prep is over it's all go! Getting to the ceremony, introducing myself to the vicar or registrar and finding a good position to capture the entrance as well as the vows. The entrance is such a beautiful moment to watch back on video. I'm sure any married couples would agree that there's nothing quite like that moment when you see your other half at the other end of the aisle for the first time. I get goosebumps at every ceremony without fail! Once the ceremony is over it's time for confetti and filming of the guests congratulating and greeting the newlyweds.

Natalie & Martin:

Each reception is completely different but there's always mingling to be done so when the drinks and nibbles start flowing I love becoming a fly on the wall to capture so many different conversations and laughs. This is also the perfect time to film the table arrangements and all the lovely details as well as assessing where I can position myself to film those all important speeches. The guests are then seated and by this point I'm ready to film the bride and groom's entrance as they receive a roaring welcome from their loved ones. I then give my camera a rest and have something to eat before it's time to check sound levels in preparation for the speeches.  

Megan & Tom:

Shortly after, champagne glasses are filled and the speeches are announced. When there's two of us, we film from completely different angles to capture the speech and as many guest reactions as possible. It's amazing how quickly these go so we know how important it is for our couples to remember what was said as they are always such a meaningful part of the day.
After the speeches I usually whisk the couple away for a short time to capture some relaxed shots around the venue. I'm a hopeless romantinc so I love capturing these moments as they have the opportunity to take five minutes to chat and be excited together. Once finished, I quickly get everything ready to film the cutting of the cake and the first dance. These two parts always go in a flash and it's straight to the dancing, fun and partying. The perfect way to end an epic day!
Fiona & Rory:

 Make sure you visit Irene's stand at the Bridal Bazaar, Winchester Guildhall, 29 March, 11am-2pm!

Bridal Bazaar & Boot Sale This Sunday!

We can't wait to welcome you to our next event, join us 11am - 2pm for newly-weds selling pre-loved items in the Bridal Boot Sale, plus hand-picked suppliers, live music and fab workshops at the Bridal Bazaar - the wedding marketplace.

From photography to prop hire, wedding cakes and canapés - whatever stage of your wedding planning journey, there will be something that you just have to see at the Bridal Bazaar & Boot Sale at Winchester Guildhall!

For those first through the door we have welcome bubbles courtesy of Billecart-Salmon Rosé Champagne. There's live music via Live Lounge Band, Acoustic Together, plus you can learn DIY ideas and get inspired for your big day in the What Peggy Did Next Inspiration Station.

Of course, our organisers WPDN will also be presenting their hen party kits - fun-filled boxes packed full of stationery, bunting, badges, pom-poms, straws, drink stirrers and confetti in three unique designs.

Smallpiece Catering are back hosting our tea room and they'll be sharing their divine wedding cakes - don't miss head chef Ann in action with a canapés workshop.

You'll love the Exquisite Bridal Couture trunk show, showcasing Claire Pettibone's Romantique collection! Be sure to stop by their Facebook page for a daily sneak peek at the stunning dresses available in their sample sale too. 'Whistles at the ready ladies...!'

Peruse the stalls and pick up pre-loved bargains from our newly-weds, plus beautiful bespoke favours and gifts by Pretty Details. Also on offer is bridal jewellery and accessories by Victoria Fergusson, kid's occasionwear and bridesmaid's dresses by Eliza Mabel and fabulous prop hire from Little Old Goose.

We'll have décor ideas-a-plenty like light up letters from Doris Loves and via Belles and Whistles, along with their tutorial on stunning origami flowers. Crazily talented wedding photographer Angela Ward-Brown will be on-hand with her wondrous portraits and packages, whilst videographer Irene Piera will be presenting her dreamy filmmaking skills.

Award-winning Lydia Stamps Photography will share her exceptional approach to your big day and Laura Smith Flowers will be sharing a little DIY magic - learn how to make a flower crown, wreath and more!

Queen Bees will be ready to chat, offering sweet treats to shower upon your wedding guests, with Winchester's very own The Green Man showing how fabulous their wedding venue could look for your nuptials.

Enjoy all the fun of the fair with Classic Fete and the Crepe and Waffle Stop, while we can't wait to see Tom's Bespoke Bartending Co spring in to action (can we order our mojito now...?). Last but by no means least, Stella and Dot provide a little glamour to proceedings with their accessories collection.

All that and just £2 entry, kids go free!

Winchester Guildhall
The Broadway
SO23 9GH

Monday, 23 March 2015

Introducing Queen Bees

Here at Bridal Bazaar HQ we love a sweet treat, so we're delighted to introduce Queen Bees, who will be exhibiting at Winchester Guildhall on 29 March.

Here at Queen Bees we love to make all things yummy! From old school sweets to home baked cakes to our most popular item French Macarons. We can help you with something as simple as a gift to a loved one, crockery hire, sweet table creation, guest favours to providing a high tea for your wedding. We are known for our distinctive style and ability to make bespoke edible wedding items. We love a challenge by making new and exciting items, a day at Queen Bees is never boring!

Queen Bees started out as a hobby between two friends. Our children were all at school and we loved baking. We set about creating a high tea for our girlfriends, invited them round without any idea of what they were attending and ran the idea of creating this venture to them. It must be noted that at this point we didn’t have a name, it was after chatting to our friends that the name Queen Bees evolved! Queen Bees has changed over time due to one Bee emigrating to Australia but that doesn’t stop us talking together through new products, how to do things etc. And soon there will be a branch of Queen Bees in Perth!
So what do we offer to our customers? We are friendly, tailor all our products to your specific needs and try to make your day special in whatever way we can with any of the products or services we offer.

Currently we are being asked to provide lots of macaron favours, macaron towers, sweet favours and sweet tables. They seem to be popular for 2015 and 2016 looking at our diary. These are all made to order, colour and theme co-ordinated to each client’s requirements.

Introducing Little Old Goose

We can't wait to welcome Little Old Goose to the Bridal Bazaar at Winchester Guildhall. Lucy is the brains behind this wedding and event prop hire company, which has some of the most beautiful items to make your day look perfectly beautiful. We caught up with Lucy to find our more.

“At Little Old Goose you can find props, decorations and other fripperies for your special day. We have an extensive and ever expanding list of items available to hire at affordable prices. We understand that people want to have the great event without the big price tag. Here at Little Old Goose, we aim to keep costs down for you without compromising on quality.

"After planning my own Wedding last year, I didn’t want to part with all the lovely bits and pieces that I had taken so long to source and collect. I also really missed the amazing buzz planning a Wedding brings, so I created Little Old Goose!

We have some interesting and unique items including typewriters, bunting, chalkboards, baskets and tableware. As well as providing the props and decorations, we can also write the chalkboards and decorate your reception for you!

To see more, come and speak to Lucy at Winchester Guildhall, this Sunday 29 March, 11-2, and find our how she can help you plan your big day!