Sunday, 16 December 2012

Bespoke Confetti...

I asked for a Guest to Blog on My Wedding Workshop and... Bingo... The lovely Rosie from Bespoke Confetti wrote the below. 

Rosie was one of the exhibitors at riverstation's, Eco Wedding Fair back in November. Her confetti is beautiful and because it's natural with no dyes it doesn't stain and this will make your venue very happy!!

For the love of confetti..........I guess that’s how we started.

Confetti has always had a place at weddings and other celebratory occasions, if the direct question ‘Confetti?’ is posed, most weddings parties would like it to feature in some way on their day.
Where once upon a time, it was left to the guests to bring along confetti to throw at the bride and groom to ‘bless them with good luck and fortune’ now, quite often, unless it is part of the planning process, it can now be a pretty hit and miss affair as to whether confetti will make an appearance on your special day, and more importantly, something you and your venue find acceptable.

Confetti has been thrown for centuries, long before it was given the name that we know it by today. Some of the first recorded uses relate to the ‘showering’ of Henry VII with wheat by the locals wishing him ‘good luck’ and welcoming his bride.
Wheat continued to be in fashion until the early 1870’s when rice became the ‘shower’ of the day, continuing until the turn of the century, when ‘confetti’ the showering of bonbons at Italian carnivals was adopted by weddings in Britain.
Wedding confetti has taken many guises over the last few years, but one thing had become apparent, that not all forms of confetti are acceptable, being labelled as littering, environmentally harmful and difficult to clear.

Here at Bespoke Confetti, we believe we have grown beautiful biodegradable wedding confetti. Our real petal confetti is by no means unique, but we have tried to produce something that has arrived by a truly environmental journey from the field to you and in no way compromises on quality.
The flowers are grown as a field crop without the use of pesticides or other chemicals. The petals are handpicked, graded and air dried. They retain their natural colours so are a true real petal confetti in its most natural confetti state. It throws beautifully, will showcase your photographs for years to come, but blow away and biodegrade, leaving no footprint for those that follow.

There are many real petal confetti options to choose from, many are freeze dried and imported, and dyed to give optimum colour choices. Be aware that some of the dyed petals are not colourfast and may cause staining that can be difficult to remove.
We cannot compete with the colour range of some of the freeze dried petals on offer, but suggest that if you may like to colour co-ordinate our petal with confetti cones to match your colour choice.

We love our confetti, we love knowing its journey from start to finish, and we are really proud to be able to offer something that we think will make a welcome guest appearance on your very special day, whether it’s used conventional throwing confetti, decoration or other use.

Finally, consider adding a side note on your invitation, requesting ‘real petal confetti’ or that ‘confetti provided’ or in the worst case scenario ‘no confetti allowed’ avoiding any expensive clean up charges.

Please feel free to contact me regarding your confetti dilemmas

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Marcus and Kelly

We have a little treat for you today, a real wedding from photographer Kevin Belson

Kelly and Marcus got married in October and the photos are so beautiful, and the couple were so lovely we begged to share them...

It was a perfect autumn day...

Michele loves Kelly!

The cutest little helpers...

They had such a wide range of portraits... we love them all, the classic and the cool...

The restaurant looks beautiful in this light, when it gets darker earlier you can really appreciate it.


A cake from our very own chefs...

Congratulations to Marcus and Kelly!

Big thanks to Kevin Belson the photographer for sharing.

Monday, 26 November 2012

The Eco Wedding Fair 2012

Our Eco Wedding Fair at the start of this month was so amazing, better than we could have hoped for... if you missed it don't worry... we can tell you all about it.

We also have some wonderful photos taken by the brilliant Jennie Hill...


Our lucky visitors were given amazing goody bags full of treats form our exhibitors as well as luxury beauty brands, we also served champagne and canapes!

There was also a 'wedding theatre' and music...

Here is Charlie form The Natural Wedding Company who has also written about her experience of the day here

See the full list of exhibitors, a run down of why we love them and lots more photographs over at the Eco Wedding Fair Blog.

We had a wonderful day, big thank you to all who came to see us and our wonderful exhibitors.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Wedding Blogs

The weddings we do at riverstation are sometimes featured on some of my favourite wedding blogs. 

Wedding blogs can provide the best wedding inspiration, advise and directories we have in the uk. Many of the blogs own their own style, so if the blog suits your wedding... Guaranteed inspiration...

(era/vintage style wedding blog and prob. one of the UK's most famous wedding blogs)

Angie and James's
Wedding can be viewed here

Photographed by Rosie Parsons

(the name says all. Great wedding blog showcasing lots of real weddings)

Cherry and Andrew's
Wedding can be viewed here

Photographed by Becky Male

(Bristol based blogger with a love for all things GOOD)

Becky and Matt's
Wedding can be viewed here

Photographed by Kerry Bartlett

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Wedding Industry Awards 2013

I am SUPER EXCITED as we have been shortlisted for the 2013 Wedding Industry Awards this year!

Last year we won the Nationals!! You can read all about here.

I just wanted to to say THANK YOU to all brides and grooms for voting and also plug the awards. They are a brilliant addition to the Wedding Industry because the companies are being voted by YOU then judged by an amazing list of Wedding Industry Experts, so they only have the very best Companies getting through. 

Lot's of my recommended suppliers have also been shortlisted (woo hoo, I only work with the greats :)) and if I was a UK bride I wouldn't look any further for a wedding directory. 

So click over to The Wedding Industry Awards and check it out!

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Love Luxe Launch


In the month of August came a very special spectacular day in the wedding world, right here on our dorstep at Goldeny Hall in Clifton, Bristol.

Rosie Parsons is always one of my very favored wedding photographer's and many couples agree too. I see lots of photographer's in my work and after my first meeting with her 7 years ago I've never considered taking her off my 'Very Recommended list' 

Rosie has a new Blog called 'Love Luxe' and I had the privalige of attending the launch. It's a Blog that explores insporation for all types of event's not just Wedding's and includes Children's parties, birthday parties, baby showers.. Just all great parties!!

As I am NO photographer I thought I would document the day by Instagram.

This picture above is me and my phone!

Above is an incredible yummy colour pop table creation from the very talented Pocketful of Dreams girls. They write a blog that has such great advise and I do ADVISE you click over and read it... Then click back, of course =) 

Stylist: Michelle and Vicki – Pocketful of Dreams
Illustrated Paper Goods: Erin Hung – BerinMade
Floral Design: David French – Frog Flowers
Cake and Edible Items: Cakes by Beth

Kirsten 'The little wedding helper' is a very talented Bristol based Wedding venue stylist that has a very good eye.  We've been graced by her presence at riverstation a few times and she even had her company launch with us. You can read all about it over at 'Penelope Event's' blog. 
I would say Vintage is her style and beautiful things is what she creates.
She also is the gal behind Bristol's Wedding tweet ups! 
The cake above was made by another Bristol based lady. The very talented 'Anna Tyler' She went to college with one of the old riverstation chef's and he put me in touch with her 3 years ago and again, someone I would never take off my recommended supplier lists.

Stylist: Kirsten – Little Wedding Helper
Glassware and Cutlery supplied by Couvert Hire
Leah Spicer – Golden Apple
Emma Norton Wedding Flowers
Anna Tyler Cakes

A table like this above would be perfect at an Eco Wedding! It takes me away down a rabbit hole! I love it...

Stylist: Jessie – Jessie Thomson Events
In The Treehouse
Bramble & Wild
Tableware & Crockery:
Lavender & Linen
Cake Pops:
The Cheltenham Cakery

Apart from the most incredible cake made out of chocolate you have ever seen this table really does take in its surroundings. No doubt modelled on Goldeny Hall and it's grotto it was the most creative I have seen.. Love it ladies xxx

Stylist: Sue – Auntie’s Vintage China
Flowers: The Wilde Bunch
Cake: Chocolate Delores

I felt like a prop at this table. My dress  fitted very well with the colour palate and I couldn't get enough. Cool, young, bright, bang on trend. If you are looking for great inspiration for a modern wedding... Look no further.. Crazy love the zig zags..

Stylist: Andri Benson of Always Andri Wedding Design and Jodie Vigor of Boutique Blooms
Co-design & Styling: Andri Benson of Always Andri Wedding Design
Floral design, Co-design & Styling: Jodie Vigor of Boutique Blooms
Stationery: Erin Hung of Berin Made
Macaroons: Reshmi Bennett of Anges de Sucre
Balloons: Liz of Simply Elegant
Glassware & chairs: Option Hire

My daughters 3rd B'day sorted...

Stylist: Belle & Boo
Stationery and paper products: Belle & Boo
Afternoon Tea: Fosters Event Catering
Flowers: Rachel at The Rose Shed
Birthday cakes: Eat Sleep Cake

Afternoon Tea: Fosters Event Catering

Woodland wonderland was my favourite (I think)

Stylist: furniture and Props Ginny of Virginia’s Vintage Hire
Flowers: by Emma Lappin
Stationery: by Leah Spicer Golden Apple Designs 
Tableware: from Salt Online

Pictures above are 'The Grotto' 
The best surprise

And I leave you on - Hanging love letters

Stylist: Michelle and Vicki – Pocketful of Dreams

So Go Check out - LOVE LUXE BLOG