The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, Ewe 2, Part Two

So here, at last, is Part Two of my journey to the wonderland that is The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza. Part one almost overloaded my brain with wedding wonders. And what tickled my slightly wacky fancy in Part Two? Read on to find out.

The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza.
At the end of The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza Part One, I teased you with the promise of chickens, chocolate and conjurers. And, as I always keep my promises, here they are all rolled up into the insanely creative cake artist that is The Conjurer’s Kitchen. Can you believe that the chicken in the pic is a cake? As for the “til Death do us part” chocolate gifts, what can I say – genius!

Unusual cakes.
From a world of chicken shaped cakes to butterflies, floral crowns and sparkle. If pretty detailed hair pieces set your “I want one” thermostat to boil then maybe Crown and Glory’s offering should come with a health warning; her butterfly hair clasps are exquisite.

Floral crowns for a wedding.
Any ‘The Only Ways is Essex’ fans out there? Yes, then have I got a snippet of gossip for you. Keep your eyes open because one of the characters will soon be wearing a pair of hand-painted Slick Kicks trainers. Jonboy painstakingly paints each pair with images of celebs, super stars and super heroes. He’s now turned his attention towards wedding shoes. I have just one word to say about this idea – cool!

Hand painted shoes.
The quirky 50’s style Dresses by Julia put a smile on my face. I just fell in love with her use of unusual fabrics. Julia also makes men’s ties to match her dresses. I was seriously tempted to splash out on a ‘Finding Nemo’ ensemble. Maybe, with Julia’s help, I’ve worked out what to get the man who has everything Excuse my derriere in the first shot, no amount of photoshop would remove it!

Does my bum look big in this?Vintage style material.

♪ A stuffed macabre blackbird, a skull and bones teapot,♩

Tea party experiences not easily forgot, ♬

♩Brown paper packages and skeleton tags,

I want to stuff everything into my bag! ♫

Oops, bit of a ‘Sound of Music’ moment there. Hm, I think Julie Andrews would probably have a heart attack if she saw the mesmerising, eccentric exhibit by The Frankie Lynn Emporium. Whimsical, dark fantasy at its best!

Macabre tea party.
The Sugar Muffins pop up cocktail bar had me wishing I had the time to bop to Rock ‘n’ Roll and throw back a few of their ‘secret recipe’ cocktails. The next time they throw a hen night experience I want an invite!

50's cocktail bar for a party.
Ink Love were displaying wedding invitations that ranged from classic to kitsch. Cassie’s talents include the ability to transform a couple into perfect cartoon replicas, the venue can also get a cartoon makeover with a flick of her virtual paint brush.

Wedding invitations.
Plenty of feet were tapping to It’s A Wind Up, Vintage 78 Dj’s which has to be one of the most unusual and unique DJ’s I have ever seen. Their vintage gramophones date back to the 1920s with records spanning the last 8 decades. The sound quality is remarkable – no unwelcome hisses scratches or pops. Amplified using more 21st century tech’, everyone will be able to hear the music – whatever is played.

Old fashioned record player.
With contemporary designs, vibrant colours and unusual use of structure, the floral pieces from S Cooper Floral Designs were more works of art than mere floral displays.

Unusual flowers.
Structured wedding bouquet.
Caroline’s Cake Company had an exhibit offering taste bud tantalising samples of chocolate and velvet cake. I may have tried more than my fair share, all in the name of accurate blogging you understand. Just so you know, they were scrummylitious.

Cakes at a wedding fair.
After over indulging in Carolin’s samples I was seriously considering donning one of Rawhide Corsets. Once again, in conjunction with The Couture Company, their exhibit didn’t disappoint. From frothy concoctions of flowers and lace to stunning burlesque style corsets. Quite possible the last word in wedding couture.

Unusual wedding dresses.Corset.
The gals at Le Keaux offered an oasis of vintage chic. With an event salon, car hire and pin ups, they just oozed classic Hollywood glamour.

Vintage beauty bar.
Cards, seating plans and illustrated invites covered every inch of Veronica Dearly’s exhibit. Veronica posses the ability to take quite simple designs and create wonderfully, fun paper products.

Cards and table plan.
When she could distract me from drooling over her products, Jo from Innstyches told me about her flower bouquets. She expertly combines reclaimed material and brooches to make bespoke pieces of flower fabulousness. She recently made a bouquet from a bride’s mum’s wedding dress, brilliant for your ‘something old’.

Material wedding bouquets.
Before reluctantly stepping back through the looking glass into a world of three hour drives and service station sandwiches, I indulged in a spot of dressing up.

Chrissie King, milliner extraordinaire and owner of Hat Therapy, happily aided me in my foray into her display. Superb intricate designs jostled for attention, there were even a few experimental crochet pieces (see pic below left).

Custom made hats.
I couldn’t resist having my photo taken in one of her fab head pieces.

Me in a hat.
And, I’m sorry to say, that is the end of my journey to the land of The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza. A humongous thank you to the organisers who, as usual, rocked!

Put my name on the list because, like Arnie, I’ll be back!

Here’s Part One if you missed it x

Caricature of Michelle Lyndon-Dykes

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