Last weekend I had the very lovely experience of exhibiting Pasties & Petticoats at the fabulous Decidedly Different Vintage Wedding Fair at Exeter Castle, hosted by the brilliant Blue Fizz.
There were almost 1,000 people through the door over the course of the weekend – so needless to say, by the end of the first day my voice had almost given up! It was so lovely to meet brides and grooms with their friends, bridesmaids, parents and children. Over 100 people entered my fabulous competition (which is still running – enter here), posting their ‘postcard’ entry into the beautiful traditional post box I had on loan from The Cornish Postbox Company.
On the Sunday morning I spent a couple of hours having a wander around the three rooms packed with exhibitors, and met one fantastic business after another. Stunning cakes, beautiful dresses, gorgeous handmade stationery, beautiful handcrafted jewellery… the workmanship was astounding, the stands all so eye catching – quite frankly it made me want to get married again!
Over the course of the weekend, there was a roaming catwalk. Models roamed the property, beautifully made up by The Event Studios and wearing gowns from Days of Grace, The Ivory Secret and County Couture and jewellery from Kye Tew Jewellery, The Lucky Sixpence, Polka Dot, Vintage Button Bridal Design and Hey Jules.
Delicious food and refreshments were on offer, with delicious pizzas from Two Birds Kitchen, coffee from Camper Coffee Co and The Landy Girls, plus a pop-up vintage tea party by Posh Nosh and a paella bar from Buen Apetito!
And of course, no wedding fair would be complete without a spot of entertainment. I was lucky enough to have my stand right next to The Swing Kings, so spent much of time dancing, foot tapping and singing!
Here are The Retro Rhythm Rascals doing their thing…
While planning my trip I’d had a quick peek at the Exeter Castle website, but hadn’t realised it was so full of character and history. It was built around 1068 following Exeter’s rebellion against William the Conqueror! Throughout the years the building has seen much change both in terms of structure and use. Around 1607 it became the Devon County Court, and in 1680 the three Devon witches – the last people in England to be executed for witchcraft – were tried here. In the 1770s the building was replaced with a new county courthouse. In recent years, the building has been used as Exeter’s Crown and County Courthouse, finally being sold in 2007 to a private owner. The new use is allowing the public to be more involved in the historic building, with events like weddings and concerts taking place here. Work continues to renovate the buildings while still reflecting the history of the site.
The full, fabulous exhibitor list:
Stationery & design
Bridalwear and accessories
Bridal accessories and jewellery
Pop up catering and refreshments
Music and entertainment
Wedding planning and styling
Pop up photobooth
Pop up hair and beauty boudoir
Make up and beauty
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