Sunday, 25 January 2015

Say hello to the Most Curious Paola De Paola Photography!

We are delighted to introduce you to Paola De Paola, "a photographer, artist and friend all wrapped into one lovely parcel!" according to one of her happy brides. We couldn't agree more. And a massive YAY from us as Paola De Paola Photography will be exhibiting at our London Most Curious show on 7 and 8 March 2015 at The Old Truman Brewery!



Featured on multiple popular wedding blogs (see Paola's Voodoo and Pagan witch inspired shoot on Rock 'n' Roll Bride's blog here) you can see why she is the chosen photographer for so many creativity loving couples.  



Paola has always been a passionate artist. She is a multilingual wedding and same sex wedding photographer. After her degree in Fine Art, she worked as a professional photographer for music magazines and record companies. 

She subsequently moved on to work for Getty Images as a high end celebrities digital retoucher, where she was able to build a very deep understanding of the photographic industry. Fifteen years experience with Getty UK has proved invaluable and out of that Paola De Paola Weddings was born. 



Paola’s creativity, professionalism, friendly and caring nature will help you to relax and enjoy the most magical (and nerve-racking) day of your life.



And the Most Curious thing about Paola De Paola? 

Well it must be her name of course! Ooh that and the fact that she has 5 (yes 5!) gorgeous children AND the most beautiful book of portraits illustrating motherhood (Madonne) in the British Library. Go girl power!

So make sure you come and chat to Paola about your wedding plans at our show - get your tickets here now!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Most Curious London loves...Little Bear Cakery!


We love the raw directional look that wedding cakes and favours have taken in the last few years, with designers scrapping the traditional notion of pretty and going a little bit wild and getting back to nature. Leading this field and fast becoming East London's alternative cake decorator is Clare Margary of Little Bear Cakery.



Clare is the creator of the most curious and beautiful bespoke wedding cakes, dessert tables and quirky favours. A chef trained in Professional Cookery and Patisserie & Confectionary, Clare has worked in many areas of the catering industry, from hotels and restaurants to corporate fine-dining. 

In 2014 Clare was selected from thousands of applicants to make the final shortlist of Triumph's "Women in Making" competition. The competition was aimed at a celebration of female creativity and enterprise with a judging panel of elite designers and female entrepreneurs.


All Little Bear Cakery's wedding cakes are designed on a bespoke basis taking into account the venue, colour scheme, flowers, dress - basically anything and everything you want to ensure that your cake is completely unique to you and your special day. So you can be as tradish or alternative as you like - with Clare to guide you on the hottest trends and the most 'you' design. 

In addition Clare is also planning her own wedding this year and so understands the process that her couples go through. She knows how daunting it can be when you start to plan a wedding but says wedding fairs such as Most Curious give you that essential hands on interaction with suppliers, allowing you to easily ask any relevant questions face-to-face. She likes to arrange a personal consultation with each client to talk through every aspect of their wedding and having established good connections in the wedding industry Clare is also able to recommend other suppliers or avenues to explore.


New for 2015, Little Bear Cakery are delighted to be teaming up with the very talented Westwood Design to offer fully styled dessert tables with a difference. They wanted to steer away from the stereotypical 'pretty' vintage styling that has been used tirelessly in recent years and offer an alternative approach. Incorporating influences from still life painting, nature and a bygone industrial age, they will provide an edible installation to add the WOW-factor to your wedding or event. Check out the wonderful styled shoot they did which was featured on Love My Dress, we love how moody and atmospheric it is.

And what is the Most Curious thing about Little Bear Cakery?
Aha! Clare is a lover of the 3 Fs...feather, flora and fauna. She incorporates these elements into her quirky and beautiful designs and loves experimenting with different materials and textures as well as drawing inspiration from fashion, wedding and lifestyle trends. 
Taste is extremely important to Clare and so only the finest responsibly sourced ingredients are used in Little Bear Cakery products. She uses free-range eggs, Callebaut Belgian chocolate, real vailla seed scraped fresh from the pod as well as luxury preserves and curds. 

With her pastry chef background, she loves experimenting with different flavour combinations and has compiled a menu of 15 choices for her wedding cakes - ranging from Classic Victoria to Perfumed Pistachio and Rose. Clare's attention to detail also earned her a gold star in the Great Taste Award in 2013. You can check out their mouth-watering menu here ...yuuuuuummmm!
Make sure you grab your tickets to see more of Little Bear Cakery's alternative and quirky cake design at our London show in the Old Truman Brewery on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Magical flowers by the flower bird

'Quirky, beautiful flowers...with soul'.

Yep, Most Curious agrees this pretty much sums up the work of Sarah Williams, aka the flower bird and we are delighted that she is exhibiting at our London show on 7 and 8 March 2015.



Based in South London, Sarah has a passion for wedding floristry and, although she can source any blooms for brides, she prefers using fresh, seasonal flowers in her work, to produce natural and contemporary displays. Using seasonal flowers is a top tip for getting the best price for them too!

Her instinctive style is to follow nature, using lots of texture and foliage. She always likes to include some hidden detail, enticing people to look a little further with her flowers and take pleasure in discovering something they may not have spotted at first glance.




In terms of trends, she tries not to follow them! For Sarah, an important aspect of her role is to match her flowers to her client and work out what will suit them, regardless of fashion. Every bride is different, and her flowers should reflect that as much as every other aspect of her wedding. Nothing gives Sarah more pleasure than the smile on a bride's face when she first sees her bouquet and she knows she has got it right!

One of those happy brides was Fashion Designer Joelle Reeves, whose wedding was featured on Love My Dress and was one of Annabel's favourites, with photographs that really have that WOW factor.  Check it out here and you will see what she means!


Sarah's love of flowers is evident and she is constantly looking for new and inspirational ideas she can incorporate into her work, and so in September 2014 she attended the McQueens 4 week vocational floristry course. The course was amazing and she came away feeling even more passionate, brimming with new ideas and enthusiasm.  

And what is the Most Curious thing about the flower bird?

Sarah always takes her clients for a flying visit around New Covent Garden Flower market, so she knows exactly what they have in mind. 

We think this is a really lovely idea and sensible too. Many couples may not know what they want until they see it and the flower market is the best place to be inspired.

So, come and meet Sarah, see her beautiful creations and chat through your wedding flower ideas. 

You can grab your tickets now for both London and Norwich by clicking here


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Monday, 5 January 2015

Most Curious introduces Katya Katya Shehurina



BOOM!! We are seeing in 2015 with a huge bang in our build up to our London Most Curious show on 7 and 8 March 2015 at the Old Truman Brewery.

This year has seen an unprecedented number of unique bridal wear designers apply and we are delighted to introduce you to one of our exhibitors - London-based modern vintage style bridal label, KATYA KATYA SHEHURINA.

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Often inspired by the 1920s, the KATYA KATYA SHEHURINA brand primarily focuses on bridal and evening wear.

Her collections can be characterised as exclusively feminine and uniquely designed with most garments being hand made. Her creations can be distinctively recognised by several key attributes, such as having a special vintage and delicate feel, but at the same time remaining highly versatile and practical.

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The dress featured above is one of several 'blue additions' to the existing ‘Feather’ bridal collection and are all inspired by nature, particularly crisp blue skies and lake foam. Beautiful!

And what is the Most Curious thing about KATYA KATYA SHEHURINA?

Most of the dresses are 2in1, which means they come with detached slip that can be created in a variety of colours. So brides can get married in ivory and then change into a colourful slip for the party later. We LOVE this idea!

So come and see the dresses in action on our catwalk - click here to buy tickets to our London and Norwich shows!


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Introducing Most Curious Norwich's exhibitors....

A Most Curious Wedding Fair are pleased to start unveiling a selection of our esteemed exhibitors coming to our Norwich Most Curious fair at St Andrews Hall, on Sunday 8th February 2015! 

For this post we’ve chosen three of our exhibitors to highlight, to give you a flavour of what to expect. 

Sharing a passion for and indeed, delivering passion these gorgeous three were all hand picked by us because we think they perfectly embody the Most Curious spirit: we’re celebrating self expression, having a grand old time, and a commitment two people make to each other. So if you want your wedding to be captured uniquely, professionally and beautifully, then these are the folks that will help you do it - on film, in footage, and in icing…


Thompson Granger Fine Art Cinematographers

Thompson Granger are a made up of Norfolk duo Gary Thompson and Brendan Granger, and they are ardent believers that if you’re choosing to record your wedding on film, that “you deserve a story that focuses more on the people, the moments and the emotions”. 

Their unique and sensitive approach to wedding videography is something special. In each film you can feel how dedicated the pair are to recording your wedding, your commitment to each other, and as a result the short films they produce are works of art in their own right. 
They’ve shot weddings all over the world, but particularly enjoy filming Norfolk, as there’s “something about the relaxed and chilled out atmosphere here”. 

I’ve been given a difficult task in writing to describe the type of films they shoot, as each film is as different as the couple they work with. But what I can say is that with EVERY film, each wedding is treated preciously, and you absolutely get the feeling of how extraordinary a day it is. Nonetheless each film has it’s own flavour, and it’s own texture, while remaining stylish, moving and masterfully crafted. They really have to be seen to be believed - check out the video below…
    

Thompson Granger Cinematography
Thompson Granger Cinematography
Thompson Granger Cinematography



Liz Bishop Photography

Liz’s photographs speak the language of utter joy. Not only is her work a celebration of the importance of marriage, but they tell the story of a really really cracking day out. 

Liz started her business in 2011, after first beginning her photography career doing events and lifestyle shoots. Now she is absolutely committed to capturing weddings “with a creative twist”, and describes herself as “being fascinated by the most curious in all of us”. The first wedding she ever shot was a big barn wedding, and it was this that opened Liz’s mind to weddings that defied convention, and included everybody in the proceedings. 

She LOVES what she does, and you really can tell - her work is at once an artwork and a narrative. The romance of the day is photographed without compromising the individuality of the couple, which lend her photographs the most exquisite sense of being alive. 

Her style is airy and natural, and her artistic voice is honest (and beautiful for it). Liz was excited to be nominated for the National Wedding Industry Awards, and is a Regional Finalist in her category  So if you’re looking for a professional, creative photographer that works to exactly what you want, then Liz Bishop is your gal.


Liz Bishop Photography 
Liz Bishop Photography
Liz Bishop Photography


Poppy’s Cake Toppers

The lovely Poppy Iddon created her business in March this year, and is putting her design background to excellent use offering bespoke cake toppers and wedding stationary. She’s always been interested in model making, and chose to do her illustration degree in Lincoln after seeing model making encouraged as part of the course. After graduation, she began thinking about how she could turn her passion for storytelling in 3D into a business, and here she is today! 


Poppy's Cake Toppers
Poppy's Cake Toppers
Her style is contemporary and delicate, and definitely a conversation starter. The toppers themselves can be anything from the Bride and Groom to bicycles, lions and trees, although Poppy is able to work to commission - there is a page on her website that has a list of figures and prices, but Poppy is happy to work with your idea if you want something truly unique! Recently, for example, Poppy worked on a topper for “a country couple”, who asked if they could be immortalised as Foxes atop their wedding cake, and the result is absolutely fantastic (and adorable)!


Poppy's Cake Toppers
Poppy’s Cake Toppers offer the opportunity to individualise an integral part of your wedding, in a way that can be preserved long after the cake is cut and enjoyed! Not only this, but Poppy herself got engaged on Glastonbury hill last June (congratulations from all of us here at AMCWF!), so she is at once her business AND her audience!

Doesn't everyone want to know what they’d look like in icing, no? 





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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES OF OUR SPRING SUMMER PROMO SHOOT

We love our Spring 2014 fairs promo shoot, I know you may have seen them quite a few times now (sorry!) but the Norwich fair is in JUST TWO DAYS, so don't worry they will soon be submitted to the archives :) It's one we are super proud of though and big thanks to Joanna Millington for going with the vision on this one. And Jo Flowers for the amazing floral creations as well.








We also had the lovely May Chung, a Norwich based up and coming photographer on the set too and we wanted to share the BTS shots she captured. Thanks to you too May!


So, borrowed from a piece stylist and founder of the fair Becky Hoh-Hale wrote for Love My Dress, here's how we put together a shoot that would blaize a trail for all you style savvy brides and grooms. We can't wait to meet more of you on Saturday! 

To create a shoot that encapsulated the Most Curious ethos, was ahead of the bridal curve, inspirational and still accessible to REAL brides was not without its challenges.

Weddings have come a little bit full circle, rather than choosing your theme or look for the wedding and hurriedly, slavishly, trying to find a dress that fits in with it, Brides are thinking, how do I actually want to look? What do I feel is beautiful? And once again returning to that being the focal point. 


So I put down the hipster mags, woke up one morning and thought ‘all I need are beautiful girls in beautiful dresses with beautiful, inspiring photography.’ So I scrapped the storyboards and gave Joanna Millington a call - my original partner in crime on the Most Curious shoots - and thankfully she was said yes and the world seemed to be on the right axis once again!

















Having said that, when it came to making sure the cool factor shone through, the special factor couples have come to rely on Most Curious for, I have one word and that word is HAIM. For me, HAIM encapsulate the intelligent, creative, independent, hip style that intelligent, creative, hip woman identify with - aesthetically a mix of 90s grunge, 70s Fleetwood Mac references, long California sun highlighted hair, willowy long legs and leather jackets.  We knew this look it would strike a chord with our brides.

Brides who were worried they might need to give up their everyday cool for their big day - well fear not, we are here to represent! It’s not that we are saying stick a leather jacket on when you are saying your vows, it’s what the leather jacket represents. But also we if you DO want to wear it while you say your vows, we are saying gosh darn go for it! Yes, there’s a few contradictions going on we do realise, but that’s the open nature of Most Curious - mix it up and make it cool, what ever you feel cool is of course.
So in some ways, the dresses are quite modest and timeless and don’t scream and shout, it is more a feeling of simplicity and beauty, open to interpretation.












 The longer gowns were supplied by Parisian designer Delphine Manivet and the short dress is bohemian but cute number from Topshop! There wasn’t a crazy set design, with elaborate table settings and decor, it was very stripped back but we did chose to have statement flowers as I think that remains to be a big trend for 2014.
Joanna Millington and I discussed the idea that jewellery should feature as heavily as the flowers - flowers were so huge last year, we also wanted to give other accessories some limelight this time around. We love the current resurgence of 90s styles that are coming back, so gem stones alongside more contemporary geometric shapes came from design-led brand Eclectic Eccentricity to give a feeling of less obviously bridal jewellery.
These brought in gold accents, mirrored in the bronze boots by another classically cool French fashion brand Sezane.



Hair was by Sophie Morter at Flint Salon, who ensured we got the all important long, soft locked look we needed as well as some beautiful loose braids for the up dos. Bella Simonsen was the make up artist keeping the feel pared back and beautiful before adding a dark lip and heavy brows and eyes for that 90s grunge feel.







Obviously floral crowns have dominated the wedding scene over the past year or two so we wanted to scale them back to a simple circlet and then go a bit ‘most curious’ nuts with one and just have it uber huge, and to take away the big blousey florals and strip it back to branches and a little blossom to give it that harder edge, both offsetting and complimenting the jackets. Jo Flowers, an amazing Norwich based florist who has been featured in Harpers Bazaar, supplied the pieces, including over sized bouquets, another trend we are seeing and some cute magnolia blossom branches, and chrysthanimums with floppy foliage to use in more softly styled shots. For those we also used a beautiful white goose feather cape by Rogue Pony.








To emphasise the importance of the party that couples are feeling, we added a little sparkle and a touch of deco inspiration with amazing handmade hanging star clusters by UK-based Argentinian designer-maker La bicicleta de Anakleta. We also wanted to bring in even more glitter with an alternative bridal look, that challenged traditional ideas of the dress, something that seemed more red carpet and evening party but still ultra cool, a new, ballsier take on the art deco gatsby glamour that saturated the wedding world last year too. T
he amazing sequin mermaid tail skirt and cream velvet top is by previous bridalNEXT! contestant Lizzie O Boutique, paired with a glittery cuff from DC Bouquets.
















It is one of the simplest but most beautiful shoots we have ever done and it might just be my favourite because of that.  Bring on the Saturday, we can’t wait to meet you!


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Photography - Joanna Millington, assisted by May Chung PhotographyDresses - Delphine ManivetShoes - Sezane ParisFlowers - Jo FlowersMake Up - Bella SimonsenHair: Sophie Morter of Flint Salon NorwichJewellery - Eclectic EccentricityStars: Betina Bianculli of La BicicletaSilver Skirt and cream top - Lizzie O BoutiqueSilver arm cuffs - DC BouquetsFeathered Cape - Rogue PonyStyling - Becky Hoh-Hale of A Most Curious Wedding FairLeather jackets - Stylist's own
Models; Ria Foster-Orr, Chiara Mottrioni, Ingrid Borcova