Vintage Chic Wedding Fair

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Dolly ~ The Vintage Ice Cream Van

As fas back as I can remember, the sound and melody of the ice cream van is something I will never forget. It reminds me of being a kid, the the summer in the late afternoon. I’m still partial to a strawberry split even now! There is also of course the iconic 99 with strawberry sauce of course.

This September we are thrilled to be joined by Dolly and her owner Charlotte who will be exhibiting on 22nd September 2013 at The Malmaison Hotel Birmingham.

Here’s a bit of info about Dolly by her owner Charlotte.

I’ve been running my cake business for nearly two years and I was keen to look for a way of adding something special and unique to the company. My friends at Vortex Creates are currently renovating a vintage caravan and I thought it would be a great idea to have something similar that I could hire out for wedding and events.

My family and boyfriend will tell you that I love ice cream more than anything! So it seemed a great idea to be able to offer ice cream as well as, or instead of cake, for weddings. I love cute classic vehicles and it wasn’t long before I spotted Dolly for sale. 

Dolly is a 1974 Bedford ice cream van. What’s really nice about her is that she’s completely original (she’s been loved and well looked after all her life), and luckily her blue exterior and red interior worked perfectly with the 1950s look I wanted to give her. So when she’s working she gets dressed up in lots of red polka dots, cute bunting and shabby chic accessories.

She’s based near Solihull and covers a 30 mile radius included within the all inclusive hire price. Or she can travel slightly further for a small travel cost. Dolly serves locally made luxury ice cream available in 50 flavours. Dolly adds a perfect fun vintage touch to any wedding or celebration. As well as ice cream she can serve cupcakes or even the wedding cake and she’s a great prop for photos. 

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For more information or enquiries, please contact Charlotte


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Say Hello to Buttercream & Dreams

We’re thrilled to introduce you to Buttercream & Dreams which is a new cake exhibitor who’ll be showcasing their beautiful cakes and styling services at our next fair October 21st.

A pre requisite for all our Vintage Chic exhibitors is passion and flair which Buttercream & Dreams has plenty of.

We caught up with Charlotte, founder of Buttercream & Dreams who told us :

‘As a little girl I loved nothing more than helping my mother stir the cake mixture and waiting eagerly by the Rayburn for that yummy piece of heaven. And so a lifelong passion for all things cake began. I have always baked and my afternoon teas have become a firm family favourite.  Although initially only a hobby I spent hours admiring decorated cakes and viewed them as a work of art. My real passion for decorating began when I purchased Peggy Porschens cake books. I was in awe and loved the colours and intricate flowers on her creations.  I spent time practising myself and then undertook a Sugarcraft course to further develop these skills. I loved it immensely and spent hours practicing roses and piping. I love watching and learning new techniques and am member of the Wychavon Sugarcraft Guild. I have so much fun cake baking and seeing a finished piece gives me so much pleasure.


Whilst cakes were my great passion, I spent 8 years working within the creative industry at one of the world’s largest advertising agencies. I was lucky enough to work on some fantastic brands and projects and I drew so much inspiration and motivation from the creative teams that I was lucky enough to work with.  One of my favourite things was organising events and photoshoots where I had the opportunity to work with some fantastic people and have developed a great list of contacts.

When I set up Buttercream and Dreams I wanted to combine my skills and the things I love so cakes and weddings were the perfect combination. I love nothing more than helping people come up with ideas and styling and seeing it all come together for that magical day. My favourite so far was a fantastic 50’s inspired village fete wedding that we organised last year. It was immense amounts of fun and I got so carried away with ideas with tombolas, bunting and wildflower. I even had my husband up late the night before the wedding constructing me a ‘splat the rat’ game! We had a cake baking competition and were overwhelmed with entries from all the guests which made for a fantastic alternative dessert table.

I have a love of all things vintage and pretty and have an ever growing collection of vintage tea cups and cake stands. I just can’t resist them! I take so much inspiration from their delicate patterns and pretty colours and love to use these within my designs. I often find myself making flowers for cakes based on a pretty cake plate or basing an event around a pretty tea cup. Add to that my collection of pretty table cloths, fabrics and prints and I have a never ending supply of ideas. I just don’t have enough time in the day to bake all the cakes I would love to make!

Above all I love helping transform people’s dreams in to a reality. Whether that be a pretty cake or a whole event. I just love it!’

Based in Worcestershire, Buttercream & Dreams not only create beautiful handcrafted vintage cakes but also provide an event organising service to help you style and theme your vintage chic wedding day.

You can meet Charlotte at our fair on 21st October 2012 at The Centennial Centre Birmingham and in the meantime why not stop by her website





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Vintage Chic Flick | Vintage Chic Wedding Fair October 21st 2012

In preparation for our next Vintage Chic Wedding Fair 21st October 2012, we are delighted to bring to you some images from our latest promo shoot which we have called Vintage Chic Flick. The overall aim of the shoot was to provide a little inspiration mixed in with some candid fun – as usual nothing high brow at Vintage Chic Wedding Fair!

Weddings have strong links with movies. Boy meets girl, they fall in love (with obligatory ups and downs along the way) they marry and live happily ever after (ahhhhh!!). A wedding day documents a magical story and so the idea of incorporating movies and cinema into this shoot was born.

The beautiful and vintage Electric Cinema – the oldest working cinema in the UK  set in the heart of Birmingham provided the perfect venue for this shoot.

With a girls night out at the cinema in mind, we collaborated with some of our creative and talented exhibitors to marry together this fun theme which gives you a taste of our fairs. Fun, entertaining and full of ideas with inspiration across all vintage eras. Our models were accompanied by our signature entertainer, the one and only Simon Partridge who loved scoffing popcorn in the name of art!!

Everything included in these images were provided by exhibitors who will be at our October fair and we would like to thank them all very much for their contributions. Big thanks to models Sarah and Laura who stepped in at the last minute – they looked beautiful and were lovely ladies to work with mwah! xx

Studio Seed

Tamsin designed some beautiful cinema inspired stationery. ‘I used a simple pallette of warm greys and black (for that black-and-white film look) and coupled with vintage typography and a subtle hint at romantic on-screen couples…The main invitations opened outwards like curtains at the cinema, and came complete with two admission tickets to the big day. Envelopes were lined with an art deco-inspired print and had vintage labels affixed to the front’

Miss Lolas Bakehouse

I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to the Vintage Chic Wedding Fair photoshoot. As soon as the words ‘Hollywood Vintage Glamour’ were uttered by Susie and Cathy, my imagination went into overdrive! I used a subtle colour palette of neutral tones with highlights of burnished metallics.

A mass of full blown sugar roses and vintage style edible brooches were added to the mix to create a glamourous, yet ultimately romantic 4 tier Wedding cake with matching cakepops.’

Fusion Flowers

Kris from Fusion Flowers designed some stunning floral art. ‘We went with a neutral theme to begin with reflecting that back in the day all film was black and white, this inspired me to use neutral shades including creams, ivory and silvery browns and the use of Norma Jean Roses, Viburnum, Hydrangea, Carnations, Eustoma, Phlox and Physocarpa complemented the Mirrored Candelabra really well and looked striking along with the amazing Cake and Stationary. To compliment this I designed a small Vintage Bridal Posy using Norma Jean Roses, Viburnum and Saponaria complimented with beautiful pearl beads.

Then we moved onto the Electric Cinema. To reflect the Red used within the Venue and the accessories used at the photo shoot I created two bridal designs. To create the vintage bridal bouquets I used stunning Naomi Roses, Sweet William, Alstromeria and Hypericum Berry. Firstly, a beautiful Hand Tied Design and secondly a stunning Shower Bouquet Design.

Luxe Bridal

With a backdrop as fabulous as the Electric Cinema we decided to choose some of our more elegant dresses from a number of eras but all possessing the necessary chic elements. A lurex silver thread 1960s fitted dress was first up along with a wonderful classic 1950s cream satin dress with delicate fern pattern.

One of our favourite dresses, a 1970s, lace tiered number, was used next to add a bit of girly romance to the proceedings. Model Sarah changed into one of our newer arrivals in the Luxe Bridal studio, a stunning 1930s silk and lace dress with collar and matching belt. We teamed this with a delicate 1930s seed beaded clutch.

For the finale we chose an early 1980s, 20s style drop waist dress, as a nod to the Art Deco cinema and a reflection of the fashion for drop waists currently sneaking back into the limelight. The dress by Scott McClintock and originally from Liberty’s features a lace layered upper with a floaty chiffon skirt. Sarah wore another stunning early 1980s column dress with lovely subtle scalloped neckline and shoulders and intricate beading across the bodice of the dress. The style and elegance of the dress reminiscent of the early 60s and very Audry Hepburn.

Le Keux Events (The Vintage Salon)

Le Keux events complimented the gowns with some stylishly simple vintage hair and make up. Classic curls and a low beehive along with strong brows, eyeliner and lips to finish off the look.

Vintage Chic Flick featuring……

Luxe Bridal

Le Keux Events

Miss Lolas Bakehouse

Fusion Flowers

Studio Seed

Simon Partridge

Images courtesy of Susie Styler Photography

We’re really excited about our next fair as we’ve got a most fabulous line up of innovative and creative vintage inspired wedding suppliers. As always entertainment from Simon Partridge and some FREE craft and floral art demos.

Tickets for our fair are now available to purchase online at . £4.50 online or 4 for £15.00 for a limited period only . £5.00 each on the door.

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Vintage Chic Wedding Fair 22nd April {part two}

As promised, here’s a bit more info about our exhibitors at our fair last week at the Centennial Centre Birmingham. The list of exhibitors was our biggest yet and they all pulled out the stops to showcase their stunning work. So here goes…..

Photography and Videography

One of the most important suppliers for your day are photographers who are there to capture the essence, emotions and details of your big day. These memories will last a life time so it’s important to find the right one. Liezl Croft, Steve Gerrard, Daffodil Waves, Maria Lynne and Chris Barber were our tog exhibitors who each have their own defined style. All have a number of years experience under their belt and are clearly passionate about what they do. They all come highly recommended.

Something a little different at this fair…..Fishee Designs‘ photo booth was a massive hit – brilliant entertainment and memories created.

For video there was Mark from The Big Day productions who creates super 8 footage of your wedding day and we’ll be featuring Mark in a separate blog post in the next few days.

Floral Art

In Bloom, Fusion Flowers and Passion for Flowers bought along some stunning floral creations. Their work is utterly stunning, stylish and very vintage.

Fusion Flowers also did a few demonstrations for Brides on the day which were very well received. In Bloom bought along a huge vintage birdcage and Passion for Flowers created a stunning stand with a nod to their popular signature style.


Finding the dress can be a minefield however Luxe Bridal, Glory Days Vintage, Stella Liliana and Lovely and Vintage were on hand with an impressive array of beautiful vintage dresses and accessories from across all eras.


Beaubuttons is really making a name in the wedding industry with her individual and bespoke button bouquets. Cute as a button don’t you agree!

Victoria Delany a highly trained jeweller with a new quarter based studio bought some amazing designs along. Was tempted to get my credit card out there and then!! She will happily discuss a designing a bespoke piece for you.

Connie and Dolly’s and Bella Roxs’ stand were equally stunning with some beautiful pieces which can also include individual pieces to make them 100% individual to you.

Gil Fox is a highly experienced Milliner and again her designs really stand out from the crowd. Very reasonable prices too.

Cakes and Sweets

Yummmmmm cakes nom nom nom!

We have so much respect for these cake makers and designers who included Lolas Bakehouse, The Red Cake Company, Pattacake Bakery and Cotton and crumbs. They have bags of creativity and patience to do what they do. A very hard choice to be made if you’re looking for a wedding cake as they are all so amazing! Respect to them all.

Emilys Best sweet shop was yet again extremely popular . The second time this authentic vintage sweet shop has exhibited with us now. (The very best of luck to Ruth and her Husband for the imminent birth of their first baby)


Stationery sets the scene for a wedding theme and is the first impression your guests will have of your day. Huge thanks to Garden Studio Crafts (they have exhibited with us from day one : )), Perched Bird and Studio Seed. Again similar to photographers, these designers have their own definitive style but all stunning none the less.

Hair and Make Up

Local pin up Queen Lynsey Le Keux and Sarah Russell have serious talent in making Brides look the very best on their big day. Fabulous hair and make up : )


It was wonderful to meet Claire from Double You at last. She has some brilliant contacts within the wedding industry and is dedicated to making planning your wedding less stressful. Let her do the hard work while you enjoy the build up.


We are so fortunate to have Simon Partridge as our signature entertainer. He’s been with us from the very start and he effortlessly brings our fair to life. If you came to the fair I bet you you’re still humming away!!! Heaven…… I’m in Heaven…..

Thanks also to My Dance Birmingham What a great concept! With all eyes on the Bride and Groom for their first dance, you want to make a good impression and wow your crowd! Let the professionals teach you or have fun learning some burlesque for your hen night….

Alan Feeny bought along his usual air of distinction. He’s a man of many talents as a celebrant, toastmaster and speech writer. A lovely guy too : )

Styling and China Hire

Inspirational ideas for your vintage wedding bought to you by the following wonderful exhibitors. Darby and Joan, Penny Lane, Vintage Twee, Cotton and Roses, Meeni,  TheWedding of my Dreams and Whimsical Wishes. It’s the little things that bring a wedding together and these girls certainly know how to style a wedding. So many different beautiful ideas embracing every vintage era.

Classic Cars

Thanks to Darwin Classic cars for bringing their vintage Daimler. It’s a stunning venicle and a perfect way to arrive in style at a wedding or special occassion.

My Craftea Day

Hannah from My Craftea Day delivered some brilliant craft demos which were highly popular. She’s a crafty one lol!!!!  Such a fab concept for DIY Brides and for Hen Do parties. (Actually kids would love this too!!! I know ours would!)


Thanks to I am Staggered which is a brilliant concept for Grooms. They were on hand to help with speech writing , honey moon planning and more. Their blog is well worth a visit!!

Here’s a few images from the day – there’s alot more on our Facebook Page so check out of page and please like if you’re stopping by.

On to planning our Autumn fair now plus plans in the near future to bring Vintage Chic down under! xx

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Congratulations on your engagement!

Christmas and New year always sees lots of couples getting engaged. However you were proposed to, congratulations on your engagement! Such an exciting time for you both. Sooooooooo many plans to start making!!

Fortunately these days there are great resources to be found to assist you in putting together your magical day. The internet and wedding blogs being perhaps the most used ;- )

Planning a wedding can be a mammouth task and even those deciding on a long engagement will find them getting slightly stressed at times.  There’s a venue, ceremony, frocks, crocks, underwear, overwear, cars, cakes, invites, rings, wedding list, accessories, presents, honeymoon, hen do, photographer, videographer……….and more!

One of the ways you can pass over some of this stress is to recruit a wedding planner. Professional, knowledgeable, friendly and creative, they can help you plan your day and even be there on the day to ensure it runs like clockwork. The amount of time and effort you will save may be VERY worthwhile! Louise from Veils and Vows has exhibited with us before and would be pleased to guide you in the right direction .

If you’re planning yourself then a wedding planner book may be of help. has some lovely wedding planning books to buy online.

When you’ve had a chance to think about some themes or colours then you may like to visit a wedding fair to meet some potential suppliers. Often they give discounts if you book on the day (a top tip!) Our next fair is on the 22nd April 2012 at 11.30am at The centennial Centre in Birmingham. We’ll shortly be releasing tickets and we’re planning a giveaway on facebook so be sure to check out our page!

Here you’ll find 50 vintage inspired wedding suppliers to get you more than started!

So, what is ‘Vintage Chic?’  For a few years now vintage weddings have become more popular. That’s not to say they are now run of the mill. Oh no siree far from it! Vintage covers any era from say 1920’s – 1970’s. You may want to incorporate an era as part of your wedding in a subtle way for instance a vintage inspired lace wedding dress complete with a birdcage veil instead of a long flowing one. Your cake may have some lace icing piped on it. You may go for using vintage china and cake stands on your wedding breakfast tables instead of white plain china and decorate your venue with bunting. So if vintage is your thing then save the date and come and see us.

So Happy New Year to you and all the very best with your wedding plans. |If you need any help at all then do get in touch! ♥


A Big Thank You

So yesterday we had our 4th fair back at The Custard Factory in Birmingham. Planning wedding fairs, as anyone who has ever done them before (Alan Feeney!) will tell you, takes alot of time and energy. There’s months of planning, hurdles to tackle and problems to solve – it’s never a smooth journey!!

What makes it all worth while is seeing an empty room transformed into glorious vintage prettiness and that’s all thanks to our wonderful exhibitors. Thank you so much for all your passion and creativity – it’s such a pleasure working with you. Just as fulfilling is greeting and receiving lots and lots of Brides and their guests. It sure was a busy day and there was so much buzz and energy. No wonder we feel so tired today!

We would like to especially mention and thank an exhibitor and dear friend Theresa Furey  who was on hand to take lots of pictures of the day. Keith Bloomfield was also there taking video for us. Can’t wait to see them – thank you both for your support and creative input!

Thanks also to the wonderful Simon Partridge who treated Brides to be with a fabulous CD for the goody bags and Theresa also provided Brides with the most gorgeous handmade vintage fabric birds – so so cute!

We’ve already had e mails from Brides who attended the day thanking us for being able to find so much inspiration for their big day so again we would like to pass this thanks on to all who exhibited with us yesterday.

In less than 2 weeks time on 13th November we’ll be at  super stunning Stancliffe Hall Matlock for our last event of 2011. ♥



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Let There Be Cake

There was a time gone by when at a wedding, all you would want and expect would be a 3 tier fruit cake, white icing (rock hard!) with a cake topper of a Bride and Groom. A cheesy photo of the couple cutting the cake – job done.

These days however things have evolved- thankfully!

Along with the wedding cake in all different shapes sizes and tastes ( beautifully decorated to marry with the theme of the day) there are also cupcakes, cookies and (our fave) cake pops!

Wedding cake makers these days are extremely creative and flexible and will work hard to provide you with creations that look so beautiful you won’t want to eat them! I remember asking one cake exhibitor how long it took to make one of the roses on the cake as they were so gorgeous. An hour……. and there were over 300 roses on the cake!!! I had no idea previously how hard cake suppliers work but I do now and have massive respect for them.

Cakes are also becoming more and more of a feature at hen dos with vintage style tea parties becoming ever more popular.

So what makes a wedding cake ‘vintage inspired’? That depends on a couple’s theme however there’s a few elements that are key to linking your cakes in with your vintage day. Lace, roses, beautiful bows, bunting and art deco swags all feature in modern day vintage inspired cakes.

At The Custard Factory you can come and see the work of Cotton and Crumbs and The Red Cake Company.

We also have Vintage Glamour Days providing tea and cake!

At Stancliffe Hall we have Yummy Little Cakes

At our fairs you will be able to see our exhibitors wonderful masterpieces in the flesh as photos just don’t give them the credit they deserve. We are in awe of their talent, patience and creativity. Come see for yourself!