A few months ago I was honoured to have been asked by Antonia from Blossom and Belle Bridal, to help her organise her annual bridal tea party.

My role within this event was to help organise the wedding suppliers who were going to be involved. Antonia had already hand picked her affectionately named ‘bespoke bridal collective’ so I just needed to be their point of call for booking into the event and arranging their trade spaces.

I wanted to make the event as interactive as possible because there are a lot of wedding fairs out there nowadays and its nice to be a bit different. I therefore asked all the traders if they were able to do something more than just showcasing their stock.

This isn’t always possible due to the nature of certain businesses but we had a great take up and we managed to host a personalised lipbalm making workshop by Savon Claire, a flower accessory making workshop by The Flower Studio and two informative talks; one about what a celebrant is by Louisa Starr and one about picking the right colour to suit you by House of Colour – so important when basing colour as part of your wedding theme.

As soon as I advertised these on the event page, there was a huge demand and each workshop was booked up within the hour, which was extremely encouraging.

I helped Antonita set up the event space the night before, which was taking place in the gorgeous Tithe Barn in Poppleton just outside York but of course it all comes so much more together when the suppliers bring their beautiful pieces into the space.

Joanna Keely also decorated the barn with her amazing floristry skills and outside the barn, the run up to the entrance was just as impressive with guests were being treated to a complimentary glass of fizz by Bubbles and Barley with their very cute little piaggio van.

This year the tea party section was run by the talented Baba Ganoush and having sampled some of the produce myself, I can confirm guests were definitely spoilt!

All this alongside tranquil music, complimentary massages, cake tasting and make up demonstrations made for a truly perfect day.

This year Antonia generously decided the bridal tea party was going to be a charity event with all profit going to both the MS society York Branch and York against Cancer in a shared split and I was proud to be part of an occasion, which ended up raising £1,300 in total.

All photos taken of the event were by the wonderful Olivia Brabbs who also blogged about the event and you can see a wider selection here.

With special thanks to Lianne from Loveli who designed such beautiful stationery and event material prior to the day, which was so enticing, people couldn’t fail to want to attend!