You may have noticed one’s blogging has been a little spotty of late…
There is good reason for this – and all shall now be revealed. For the past five months, I have been immersed and some might say obsessed with bringing a fantasy to life. It all started with a jarring experience when myself as a newly betrothed bride-to-be, I visited a clutch of wedding fairs, and without meaning to be critical at all (almost every one taught me something or afforded a new vendor to explore), was left rapidly seen-it-all jaded and wanting. Wanting something extraordinary. Something that I could relate to as a fashion loving bride who struggled with the idea of metamorphosing into some sort of meringued and unrecognisable version of myself. It would certainly need to be something that left me feeling like I had forged personal relationships with brands, vendors and talent. I wanted to feel like I was planning not just another average wedding. That there was care, originality and, most importantly, seasoned and incredible skill collaborating with and creating the day of my dreams.
And lo, The Quintessentially Weddings Atelier was born. Offering something different in both its ethos and its content, we set about with the express intention of bringing together a highly skilled collective of design talent and modern artisans. Almost a hybrid of London Fashion Week meets going behind the scenes of the great luxury houses and their studios – a living museum of weddings, if you will, that firmly set a precedent for a meeting of the fashion, luxury and wedding worlds. With a fun, informal and most of all inspiring atmosphere to boot, ours was a vision of recreating the old guard salon shows such as those Chanel hosted at Rue Cambon, and a bespoke experience that made the inaccessible, well, accessible. Taking their share of the limelight alongside heavyweights from Browns Bride and their stable of dazzling designers to Tiffany & Co. and Temperley Bridal, relative newcomers Roland Mouret, Oscar de la Renta, florist and ex-fashion designer Juliet Graves of Thoughtful Flowers to name but a few have come together to make this celebration of skill, beauty and weddings something I think was precisely what I was looking for in a wedding show.
So, I hope you can forgive my silence. And moreover, that you will join me both if you can snaffle some of the very last tickets to the invitation-only weekend, or by following all of the action on Twitter using @QBride, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest using hashtag #weddingsatelier and of course – the blog – for updates and live reports.