Thursday, 10 December 2015

Glorious wedding tipis by the BOUTIQUE TENT COMPANY

For unique, extraordinary weddings, who doesn't love a tipi?!  

And now you can celebrate your nuptials whatever the weather in the most glorious tipis by the Boutique Tent Company.

Made in Lapland, their sturdy Scandinavian design enables them to withhold whatever the Great British weather has in store.

In the summer, the Tipis keep their cool, by allowing you to lift the sides and extend the party into the garden. Whilst in the winter, the Nordic inspired Tipis trap in the warmth, keeping you and your guests nice and snug.
The thrilling bit is that the cone shape and smoke hole at the top of the Tipi allow you to have a rustic open fire to add to the ambience of your event. 

The tents each hold up to 70 people for sit down parties, up to 100 for more informal gatherings and can be linked together for larger events. The tipis arrive as a blank canvas for you to decorate yourself or props and furniture can also be hired to fit your style, from retro to bohemian!

Founders, Jack and Tina, will get to know you and chat through all your ideas to make sure you have a magical celebration.

So, Jack and Tina, please talk us through your typical day

There isn't really a typical day for us!

As with any wedding supplier, the summer months are our busiest and most events fall on a weekend. With Saturday being the most popular day for weddings, we would typically start building the Tipis on a Thursday, giving our couples the Friday to jazz up the interior and add any finishing touches. 

A lot of behind the scenes work goes into the build and although we love the great outdoors, it's not much fun if the weather isn't on our side. 

The feeling at the end of a build, when we take a step back to admire the magnificent Tipis in all their glory after starting with just a bunch of wooden poles, makes it all worthwhile. 

During the quieter period after New Year, we take the time to do site visits, as this is a great opportunity for us to meet our couples and for them to ask us lots of questions - we're a family run business, so we take a personal approach and like to get to know our customers. 

What is inspiring you right now?

We are avid readers of blogs such as Boho Weddings, Love My Dress and Rock My Wedding, for inspiration on how to style our Tipis. We were very excited to have our wedding featured on Boho Weddings in October - you can see it here

Pinterest has also been a great hub of inspiration for us and is where we have sourced ideas for our lighting collection and hire items. 

We love seeing the creative ways couples have brought their Tipis to life, from vintage furnishings, to lovingly handmade decorations. The great thing about starting with a blank canvas is that you can truly make it your own, and no two Tipi weddings are the same. 

Describe a Boutique Tent Company Bride!

Our Tipis add the wow factor in any setting and suit many themes, from the bohemian bride celebrating in festival style, to the country chic bride looking for a little rustic charm. 

Whatever her individual style, a Boutique Tent Company bride is fun, laid back - and one thing is for sure, she knows how to throw a great party! 

The Boutique Tent Company is exhibiting at our 2016 London show at the Old Truman Brewery so get your tickets now and start planning your unique wedding party!

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Cutting edge wedding dresses by MUSCAT

Muscat creates the most exquisite, minimalist wedding dresses for modern brides.
The deserved winner of our BridalNEXT! competition to the find the NEXT BIG THING in 2014, Muscat is renowned for it's bold, cutting edge designs and couture finishing.

Most Curious have been following Muscat since they exploded onto the bridal scene and we think their 2016 collection is the best yet. 

Designed to accentuate each bride's natural beauty rather than overwhelm with complexity, every dress is designed and handcrafted in Muscat’s London atelier using the most luxurious fabrics.

Most Curious also highly rates the exciting range of headwear offered by Muscat, featuring a selection of stunning pieces including Riri, the ultimate studded statement, and Loren, a softer but equally striking look - modern bride must-haves!

And did you know that designer and founder, Kevin Muscat, has a most curiously fascinating past?! 

Kevin left his native Malta at 18 to pursue a top flight career in dancing that took him to the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and international tours including Matthew Bourne’s world famous all-male Swan Lake. 

Upon retiring, Kevin moved into fashion, developing his extensive self-taught skills while working for four years under Stevie Stewert, co-founder of internationally acclaimed 80s brand BodyMap, creating costumes for pop icons such as Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears and Cheryl Cole. 
Drawing on his background as a top-flight international dancer, Kevin creates timeless pieces that accentuate the bride’s every movement, emphasising her beauty as the dress dances around her.
This excites the MC team greatly...we are SO going to beg him to give an impromptu twirl at the show! 

Kevin, be warned...

Kevin, please talk us through a typical day in your life

The first thing I do when I get to the atelier is to make a pot of coffee. I have a chat to my team, talk about what we need to get done in that day, see how the orders are coming along, and how the new collection is progressing. I then sit (or stand these days) at my desk, looking at my giant mood board. This gets me into the Muscat zone

There are always emails to answer in the morning, but I prefer to do the creative stuff first. I am usually bursting with ideas at this time of day, so I spend some time sketching or draping on the mannequin. It is not unusual for me to have imagined new dresses in my sleep, so I test whether I can make them work in real life, using fabrics from the collection. I always take pictures as I’m working, to keep a record of anything that I might use later on. 

I have been known to do a little dance every now and again too! 

I like to take care of the more technical aspects after lunch. It’s a good time for me to oversee the cutting of patterns and the production of garments, making sure every dress that comes out of our atelier is absolutely perfect. Later on, we tend to have our fittings and appointments with any clients coming directly to us. This is always very exciting, seeing a dress come to life, seeing how it moves, and enjoying the client’s face lighting up. 

Again, I have been known to do a little dance every now and again too!  

(MC - ok, so now completely planning your dancing segment in the program Kevin!)

Who or what is inspiring you right now? 

I draw inspiration from the city around me. Living and working in an exciting city like London, inspiration comes at me from every direction. People are so interesting to look at. The architecture is fantastic. The parks, the flowers, shop window displays, museums, art…. The sources are infinite. 

My husband often discovers that I’ve stopped listening to him mid-conversation because I have seen something that sparked an idea. I always carry a sketchbook with me, so I quickly pull it out and put the idea down on paper.

With a background as a professional dancer, I am naturally inspired by movement. That could be someone’s walk, or it could be chiffon blowing in a breeze. It is a very romantic way of thinking about dresses. I can see the bride dancing the night away and having fun.

Please describe a Muscat bride

I would describe my brides as confident, happy, elegant but playful.

Muscat is exhibiting at our 2016 London show at the Old Truman Brewery so get your tickets now and prepare to be love-struck!