Friday, 20 January 2017

Floral French Fancies - stylish botanicals by FROG FLOWERS


Originally from France; with his bespoke flower shop nestled in Manchester's eclectic Northern uarter; David Jayet-Laraffe - founder of FROG FLOWERS, is much more than a simple florist. An artist first and foremost, this dandy gentleman has a fashion forward and experimental approach to his work. With experience sculpting flora for a range of visual contexts; from centrepieces for high end events and designer stores, to styling lush and overflowing backdrops for fashion stories; David and his team will bring a little bit of avant-garde magic to your special day.


We are very excited to welcome David as a Sponsor for this year's London show, and look forward to showing off his floral talents to all you blushing brides and galant grooms-to-be in March. If wedding flowers to you are far more than a nice little afterthought, we highly recommend paying Frog Flower's stand a curious visit. Chameleon-like in his personal approach to his clients, with a genuine passion and excitement for making floral dreams a reality, David's playful perfectionism will enhance the atmosphere of your wedding with a synesthetic array of scent and colour. We caught up with David to quiz him on his predictions for this year's trends and to talk flowers.




Why did you decide to set up your own business?

I started my floristry career working for an international florist in Manchester and London. This gave me the skills and exposure I needed to go solo, and it wasn’t long before I knew exactly which direction to take. So, Frog was born - a floral artist studio, mixing my love for flowers, fashion and art.

From simple statement pieces to flourishing floral displays, you can guarantee we will deliver unique pieces of work with a big red creative cherry on top.



What's been the coolest/best moment of your career so far?

Having the business itself makes me very proud, so getting my current studio all those years ago, and turning it into what is now our current work studio is my best moment. Doing the wedding ceremony flowers for my clients on a private beach in Portugal, cutting the palm leaves straight from the trees on that same morning… that was pretty cool (the sun and sea helped!)

Who or what inspires you?

I get inspiration from most forms of art, photography and fashion. I love to be creative. I’m a bit of a free spirit and originally wanted to be a fashion designer - which I get from my Mum who used to get changed five times a day!

At Frog, we love collaborating with other creative minds on various projects: from art installations and photoshoots to whole new concepts. From unexpected happy accidents, to work with artists who have complementary skills to ours, we do thrive on a good collaboration. I also work as an art director, bringing everyone's skills, experience and perspective together to create stunning and inspiring visuals.




What words would you use to describe the trends for 2017?

Foliage and green plants are still a very big trend, yet much bolder this year. Think large architectural plants, odd shaped cacti or oversized tropical leaves contrasting with a pink background for instance.


For a more feminine look, think ice cream pastels - peach, coral, blush, mint, lemon… Use gorgeous and fragranced flowers such as roses, peonies, hydrangeas; complementing the look with creative coloured neon light installations for a real sophisticated statement.






















Come visit Frog Flowers, and our menagerie of independent brands at our London show in March at the Old Truman Brewery. If you havn't yet purchased your tickets, you can get them HERE.

We look forward to meeting you there!

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Friday, 13 January 2017

We welcome to the stage, MUSCAT BRIDAL...


Created by former ballet dancer and self taught womenswear designer, Kevin Muscat (who toured internationally with Matthew Bourne's all-male production, we'll have you know!); MUSCAT bridal wear is both dreamlike and contemporary. With perfect awareness of 3D form, movement and the wearer's experience of the garment, Kevin Muscat's designs are beautifully minimal and elegantly considered. Combining separates, dresses and more, the Muscat bride is always at the centre of the design process, her individuality and ability to customise are key.



The play between architectural structures and softer more flowing shapes really defines this timeless brand. If the idea of an off-the-rack-cake-dress-from-'Ever-After-Princess-Bridal', complete with rhinestones and a mound of net sends waves of nausea through your being, your perfect match might just be Muscat. Think classic, composed pieces without unnecessary fuss and you will be right in the Muscat mindset.


Lined in silk satin with couture finishing and freedom of movement, Muscat gowns and separates provide their brides with a delicious feeling of comfort. Garments are perfectly fitted and designed to be wearable. Goodbye bulky corsets and bundled boobs; in these couture lovelies you will feel relaxed and soothed by silks. With utilitarian details, such as pockets, there is an element of informality, which is perfect if you are more at home in jeans and a Breton than ballgowns of epic proportions.



We are excited to host Kevin and his beautiful array of visionary pieces once more at our London show in March - we can't wait to see his 2017 pieces in person! He kindly sat down for a chat with us to discuss his busy bridal career thus far and give us a sneaky peek into his creative mind...

1) Why did you decide to set up your own business?

I have run my own business for the last 6 years. I like the flexibility that such a set up provides. My first venture was in ready to wear, but I soon found that I am very suited to creating modern wedding dresses. It started off when my sister was getting married and she wanted something simple but special. Above all, she wanted to look modern. That is how Muscat Bridal started. 


2) What's been the coolest/best moment of your career so far?

I have been lucky to work with many celebrities before I set up my own company. But equally rewarding is working directly with brides and seeing their dreams come true. I love it when I can see that a bride has tried a dress on and it feels like the one. Winning Bridal Next in 2014 was pretty cool too.


3) Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by the people around me. I want to design dresses that make women feel gorgeous and special, so my first point of reference is women. The inspiration for design details and mood for the dresses is different any time, and could be as varied as flowers to architecture. A recurrent theme is movement. As a retired professional dancer, I am inspired by how the dresses move, and how they look in action from every angle. After all, a girl's gotta dance and have fun on the big day.


4) What words would you use to describe the trends for 2017?

The word trends scares me! It implies something that is very current now but will look outdated in a few years. At Muscat the 'trend' will always be to the minimal and exquisite quality. One can never have enough of that.



We still have TICKETS on sale for the London show in March at the Old Truman Brewery, where you can come meet Kevin and a host of other exciting contemporary, independent wedding brands. We can't wait to meet you!

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Friday, 6 January 2017

I want can-did! The raw emotion of ED GODDEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Elegantly composed, and perfectly timed, Ed Godden Photography is the perfect antidote to stiff, staged and traditional renderings. With a self confessed hate of the highly awkward and unnecessarily extensive 'group shots', Ed strives to seamlessly capture deliciously real moments in a way that is both candid and stylish, naturally, without stunting the flow of the celebration. His architectural eye elevates the everyday; arranging intimate instants with the flair of a master painter; and relishing the idiosyncrasies that make your big day yours. With both honesty, humour and a touch of whimsy, if you're looking for a playful wedding photographer with a childlike yet poised working style, look no further!

We love Ed's enthusiasm and down to earth approach. Only taking on 30 weddings per year, this lovely lad is all about a personal service, amicably delivered. He strives to give his full attention to each couple from enquiry to delivery of final images. Inspired and refreshed anew with every wedding he shoots, Ed Godden adores his job, and it is evident in his fresh and fun images.


We are very excited to welcome Ed to our 2017 London fair at Old Truman Brewery; and in preparation for March, we caught up with him to quiz him on his photographic journey thus far!


Why did you decide to set up your own business?

I loved the thought of my hobby and passion becoming my job too! Photographing couples in love, and meeting such amazing people every week, makes me very happy. If I can take a whole heap of cool images along the way and make my living… even better!



What's been the coolest/best moment of your career so far?

Ooh, good question! I’ve been quite fortunate in my career, and had quite a lot of high points. I’d say making the cover of Rock n Roll Bride magazine was pretty damn cool!

Here's the fabulous Rock n Roll Bride herself, Kat Williams, at Ed's stand at our 2016 London show (psst, Kat will be exhibiting at our 2017 London Show too!). You can see two of Ed's weddings that were featured on Rock n Roll Bride, here and here.


Who or what inspires you?

As cheesy as it sounds, creative and passionate people inspire me. I love meeting people that really care about what they do, what they love. If that includes loving organising their wedding day, then I’m more than happy to be a part of their awesome day.



What words would you use to describe the trends for 2017?

Pass. The weddings I shoot change from week to week… thats what I love about this job: the variation. If I was to suggest something now, it will probably have been and gone by the time this appears anywhere!


Be sure to pay Ed a visit at his stand in March, he's a very friendly guy. And if you haven't already, you can get your tickets HERE - quick, quick though, they're selling like hotcakes! See you soon almost newly weds. Happy New Year! xx

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Wild In Love with HALFPENNY LONDON Wedding Dresses




Tucked away in historic Bloomsbury, London hides Central Saint Martin's graduate, Kate Halfpenny's exquisitely styled bridal boutique - HALFPENNY LONDON. Lace, tulle, satin and silk billow from the minimal floating rails; all delicately beaded, ruffled, expertly cut. Atop an original fireplace; which is scattered with eclectic objects d'art; sit's a neon light. An owl mask adorns the wall, with the odd antique doll or bell jar containing a perfectly embroidered accessory. At once, this perfectly formed shop appears haunted by the willowy ghosts of fashion past, but is somehow staunchly contemporary. With beautiful and unusual paradoxes in design, Halfpenny gowns are pared down despite their vintage inspirations. There are no meringues in sight. Welcome to the future of wedding dress design.







2017 sees Kate Halfpenny launch her new collection, Wild Love, "a carefully curated collection of timeless classics... dresses and bridal separates with Kate's signature style, beading and embroidery". Taking inspiration from "a wild English rose garden in the intricate detail of the flowers, and the layers of delicate fragrant petals that evoke memories of summer; the contradiction lies in the graphic shapes of oblongs and circles for the expertly tailored pieces". 

We are very excited to be showcasing Halfpenny's new pieces at our London 2017 show, which Kate and her team is kindly sponsoring. I am sure you will agree, their expert blend of the old and the new is uniquely timeless.





We caught up with Kate and her team in the run up to March's fair, to talk Emilia Fox, lace curtain daydreams and more!

Why did you decide to set up your own business?

I've always been freelance, so it was a natural progression to launch my brand. It's been the most exciting journey! It was after actress Emilia Fox wore one of my silk floral dresses on her wedding day, that Halfpenny London was born. Inundated with requests, and following a subsequent Vogue interview, I founded my eponymous wedding dress brand.




What has been the coolest/best moment of your career so far?

I have so many exciting and cool moments, as I work in the best industry, but a couple are opening my store in Bloomsbury - I still pinch myself that it's real - and dressing Kate Moss for her birthday in 4 bespoke gowns that I designed for her. She rocked it and still wears them to events now!

Who or what inspires you?

I'm inspired by everything around me, from architecture to fabrics. The other day I was lying in the bath at my house in Whitstable, and sat staring at the old lace curtains that I've darned so many times. That has inspired a dress for the new 2018 collection.



What words would you use to describe the trends for 2017?

Beautiful handcrafted pieces made in London, unique dresses with the signature low back details, incredible fabrics and embellishment that Halfpenny is known for - that's all you need to know!




Don't forget to purchase your TICKETS for the London 2017 A Most Curious Wedding Fair, and come marvel at the magic of Halfpenny's delectable anthology of pretty pieces for yourself.

Happy holidays!


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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Your first Christmas with PAPIER STATIONERY

If you are anything like us stationery fanatics here at Most Curious, your bog-standard pack of 20 cards from your local card store just will not suffice in sprinkling your yuletide wishes to your loved ones far and near this festive season. As a style savvy couple you certainly do not want to wish your Auntie Mabel a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with anything but the most exquisite of paper products right? That's where our wonderful sponsors, PAPIER come in. 

As well as helping us produce our London 2017 show at The Old Truman Brewery, the very fabulous Christmas elves over at Papier have been hard at work creating a gorgeous range of festive cards for all you loved up pairs keen for a cooler Christmas aesthetic. You can choose from single cards or sets, plus 10p from the sale of every Christmas card goes to the charity Breast Cancer Haven so you're doing good too.



Founded in August 2015 by Taymoor Atighetchi, this relatively new company have gone from strength to strength, and we can certainly see why. Papier provides you with a range of beautifully designed stationery, with the option to personalise and send greetings cards straight to your well loved recipients. 

In addition to the playfully adorable cards on offer, Papier can personalise your stationery, invitations, notebooks and more. No more dodgy Thank You cards for your post Christmas appreciation. Instead, thank your friends and family alike on your choice of gorgeously minimal, personalised notecards, whether this is your first special holiday together or your fiftieth.



And they would make the perfect gift for a loved one too! Get them writing the old fashioned way with a personalised stationery set, or ignite their creative spark and encourage them to put pen to paper with a personalised notebook, ideal for plans big or small.

Working with leading artists, illustrators, designers and brands; and printed on sustainably produced high quality paper here in the UK; Papier offers a highly curated collection of design-led, customisable products. Based in Soho, London, Papier is backed by the likes of Nicholas Wheeler the founder of heritage menswear brand, Charles Tyrwhitt.


Visit their website at www.papier.com to order your perfect paper products in time for Christmas, and be sure to get your TICKETS for this March's A Most Curious Wedding Fair in London and pay them a visit.

See you there, and enjoy a whimsical Christmas together!


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Friday, 9 December 2016

The joie de vivre of MATILDA DELVES WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY




Here at Most Curious we steadfastly believe in providing future newlyweds with a selection box of stylishly contemporary, independent companies to make each couple's personal dream day come true. For 2017 we are lucky enough to have MATILDA DELVES join us as Photography Sponsor of our London Show, and look forward to showcasing her joyful documentary approach to wedding photography.

Hailing from Kent, Matilda has always had a special relationship to photography. "We moved a lot as a family" she says. "When we were growing up, my sister and I would often get all the photographs out of the albums, to play with them, and to remind ourselves of all the places we had been. It is one of the powers of photography.  Photographs trigger memories: they are memories."

 If the thought of posing for formal wedding portraits strikes fear into your very being, and makes you want to lose your wedding breakfast, then we highly recommend you pay a visit to Matilda's stand. With a familial appreciation for genuine human memories, Matilda's effervescent celebration of life is evident in her warm and cinematic approach to capturing both the epic and the small moments of your special day. Her loving lens treats an ice cream covered page boy's face with the same sense of importance as the best man's speech. She has a talent for perfectly capturing the beauty of natural moments.

We caught up with Matilda recently and asked her a few questions.


Why did you decide to set up your own business?

The freedom of it. I absolutely love the variety, no two days are the same, one day you can be photographing a 80 year old bee keeper and the next being involved and witness to one of the most beautiful love filled days of a couples lives.


What's been the coolest/best moment of your career so far? 

As I'm sitting here typing this interview up, my bags are packed and waiting for the last wedding of the year which will be in Qatar. That pretty exciting, but the coolest and best best moment, or moments are the everyday gratitude that I'm making a living as a busy working photographer. 

Who or what inspires you?

My family.



What words would you use to describe the trends for 2017?

Hmmm! Not sure that I know that much about trends. Spend most of my time, trying not to follow a trend in the photographs I take. If you are following a trend, it dates an image so I try and steer well away!





Make sure you get your TICKETS to our London 2017 Show now and come say hello to Matilda and all the other wonderful exhibitors we have brought together for you!

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