Ceri & Dave’s Vintage Chateau Wedding

Helaina Storey Wedding Design

Vintage china hire french wedding

Vintage Chateau Wedding at Chateau la Durantie

I was delighted to receive the beautiful mood board and brief from Helaina Storey last year, asking if I would like to supply one of her wedding this summer. A vintage chateau wedding in France requiring a vintage tea station and full dinner service sounded fantastic and the colour scheme requested being pastel shades of blue and pink. It sounded perfect and now the official photos are here I can show you just how perfect it looked. I’m sure you will agree that Ceri & Dave looked amazing and it truly was the most beautiful wedding set up by Helaina Storey Wedding Design. As told by the bride; here is Ceri’s wedding feature.

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2018 – Tea parties galore! Spring & summer update

Afternoon tea scones

So many tea parties…

Spring is usually a bit of a warm up to summer…a few tea parties and weddings before the main season kicks off in June, however this year has been a bit different. I’ve had more enquiries for tea parties than I could supply, so I’ve decided to focus Vintage Flair on luxury tea party celebrations and I’ve set up a new business called Harriet’s Table for wedding tables with a boho influence. I found my business was being pulled in two directions so this seemed the logical split.

There has been lots of afternoon tea celebrations for baby showers, wedding anniversaries and Christenings being hosted in village halls and private venues (some beautiful private venues). I visited one venue in Sidcup, South East London twice in one month supplying vintage cake stands and tea sets for afternoon tea anniversary celebrations. One was a 60th wedding anniversary with 90 guests! Impressive to say the least as I don’t think I know 90 people and still in my 30’s (just!).

 

In my world…

On a personal level, my family and business have outgrown our house (too many crates of vintage china!)! We are in the process of  relocating to East Grinstead over the next few weeks. We’ve purchased a project Victorian semi which needs a full renovation! I think we are slightly mad but it will be worth it once it’s finished. As it’s going to be a project I have to move all of my business into a storage unit near Tunbridge Wells, where I will be working from until next year.  I will still be supplying the whole of the South East including Essex and Kent but it will now be easier to also supply Surrey and Hampshire. I’ll keep you all updated on the progress via Instagram!

 

National Afternoon Tea Week

As next week (14th-20th August) is National Afternoon Tea Week, I thought I’d share with you a scone recipe. I was lucky enough to samples these delights at a friends house last week and they were perfect. This is a Jane Hornby recipe and can be found via the BBC Good Food website. Click here  for the link.

Afternoon tea scones

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the summer spending time with family and friends. I’m off to France next week where I’ll be drinking wine and eating lots of lovely food.

 

Ellen x

Girl Gets Wed – The Supplier Edit

Vintage crockery hire

I was delighted when Michelle from Girl Gets Wed asked me to feature in their ‘supplier edit’, an interview style feature on wedding suppliers. This is a collection of hand picked wedding suppliers who complement the vibrant and super stylish blog. Michelle especially loved the bright crockery and gold gilt which made for a really colourful post for the blog.

Click here to read the full interview and if you are busy planning a wedding, click here to discover loads of fantastic wedding suppliers in the supplier directory.

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Modern Vintage White Wedding by Lily Sawyer Photography

Vintage plate hire for weddings

Last summer I was invited by the talented Lily Sawyer to supply a styled shoot in West Ham Park,  London. Lily is a fantastic urban wedding photographer who has such an eye for detail and a wonderfully creative mind. The styled shoot was based on Modern Vintage with white simplicity and a relaxed urban garden setting, while being affordable. Lilly put together the perfect team for this style and the full write up can be seen over on Lilly’s blog Lily Sawyer Blog.

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The rise of double hen parties. Could Meghan be planning a pre-wedding high tea?

Vintage crockery hire London

As the count down to the royal wedding is in full action, here at Vintage Flair we’re wondering if Meghan is planning her second hen – or should we say Bachelorette party! There has been a rise in brides-to-be hosting two hen parties in order to involve all the female wedding guests. 10 years ago hen parties were a night out with friends and family, for a meal and possibly onto a nightclub. Over the years they’ve become more elaborate and have evolved into weekends abroad and spa trips. As hen parties have become more expensive and often just for close friends and family, there has become a need for a second hen party. This is usually closer to the wedding date and suitable for all ages and a wider family audience.

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Pretty Vintage Floral Springtime Wedding

Vintage plate hire Sussex

This incredible maximalist floral shoot featuring my vintage crockery has been featured on the Magpie Wedding blog. Created by the lovely and very talented Lily Sawyer Photography this styled shoot is full of inspiration for creative couples planning a maximum floral wedding. The combination of vintage fine bone china styled in a modern setting works wonderfully.  Styled by the creative Johanna Valeur, the contrast of the pink sequins against the gold gilt vintage china plates works wonderfully. Such a great explosion of colour from every aspect and an abundance of greenery to balance it out. Read more

Sourcing Treasures to Style Your Wedding – Top Tips for Antique Hunting

Buying vintage teacups

If you’re anything like me you love to bag a bargain. There’s nothing better than finding a treasure you love and knowing it’s true worth. As a buyer of fine bone china for my business, Vintage Flair, I’ve been searching the country for best buys for over 9 years. From online purchases to wondering around antique fairs in my wellies, I’ve picked up a few tips and I’m going to share them with you. If you’re having a DIY wedding or just want to purchase a few vintage props, grab a cup of tea and take some notes.

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How to plan a wedding in 2018 – my 5 top tips

How to plan a wedding

Congratulations, its 2018 and you have a wedding to plan!!  – revel in the excitement as it’s your turn to enjoy being engaged.  Show off your sparkly ring (that you look at every 10 seconds), wear your ear-to-ear smile and why not throw a party to celebrate with family and friends. Here are my top 5 tips on how to plan a wedding in 2018.

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Opulent Baroque Wedding Ideas

vintage china hire Surrey

This styled shoot is the fabulous creation of Nicole Stachowiak (House of Elliot Boots) and Emma Hunt (Emma Hunt London), two incredibly talented and creative ladies, well known within the wedding industry. I was delighted when Nicole asked if I would like to supply the shoot with my vintage china items. The colour scheme was marsala and gold which is […]

STAND UP TO CANCER at the Waldorf Hotel – with Louise Pentland

Waldorf Hotel London

As a supplier of tea parties, I receive tonnes of emails regarding charity events and it can be hard to choose which ones to support. However, when I received a call from the Stand Up To Cancer team I knew this would be a great one to help, especially when they mentioned it was in collaboration with Louise Pentland (A Sprinkle of Glitter).

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