The National Wedding Show 2015 at London’s Olympia

It’s really important for me to stay in touch with the latest ‘goings on’ in the world of weddings, I have a genuine passion for the industry and am keen to keep up with the latest trends. I want to be able to chat with my brides about their visions and actually know what is happening out there! So when I was offered a chance to go to the National Wedding Show 2015 at London’s Olympia, I was on the train before I could say bouquet!

I went to the show with three main agendas. Firstly I wanted to see what the 2015 wedding scene was being inspired by, I was keen to see the catwalk show and see what colours and styles will be popular this season. As a photographer, and as one who likes to keep up with the changing trends, I can use the colours and textures as inspiration for my photoshoots. I can also use what I see as a way to network with suppliers and form relationships with other small businesses who are offering products that we want to help show off and in turn hopefully recommend to our clients.

So directly off of this, I also wanted to go so that I could introduce myself to a few of the companies displaying their products and swap contact details, I met three fantastic businesses this year that I will come back to and tell you all about in a moment…

Lastly, I also wanted to see which photographers were displaying there and look to see what they were offering. I use these opportunities to help me identify what we, as Candy Floss & Bow Ties do differently and to see how our inclusions and prices compare. My business is ever-evolving and I like to try and stay one step ahead where I can! I met some lovely photographers and saw a couple of things I really liked, but most importantly came away feeling validated by our work and service, and the fantastic team that we have started to build.

The National Wedding Show 2015

The National Wedding Show 2015

The National Wedding Show 2015

Let me tell you about those 3 companies I met…!

First up was Crystal Heirlooms. Fran runs a beautiful business offering exquisite one-of-a-kind vintage tiaras and headpieces for brides, bridesmaids and all kinds of other special occasions. Their truly bespoke service ensures that the perfect accessory is sourced and made for you, using colour matching to hair and material to really make your headpiece stand out from the rest. Some of their work was featured in the main catwalk show, which was really exciting to see! Based fairly local to me, over in Oxted, you can contact them to make an appointment, or have a look at their website to see more.

I became familiar with their work as our very own Nick’s step-mum used their services for her own son’s wedding last year. Being the amazingly talented seamstress that she is, she has done a little adhoc work for them since and I was keen to check out their work and offerings. I am hoping to do a styled photoshoot with the ladies soon and see if we can try and show off some of those gorgeous pieces. Their brand is very inline with our own and I think we can do some creative photography together.

The National Wedding Show 2015

The National Wedding Show 2015

The National Wedding Show 2015

The National Wedding Show 2015

The National Wedding Show 2015

Next up, I got chatting with the girls at HuckleBuck Cakes, based in Pinner but they travel all over. My eye was drawn to their eye-catching stand and a vivid purple wedding cake which was certainly different to other offerings I had seen. Their candy striped branding immediately hooked me in as I am a big fan of that here at Candy Floss & Bow Ties!

One of my favorite products of theirs was the little ‘dessert in a jar’ that they offered. A GREAT idea for a rustic English wedding with a unique twist on pud. Jars can be personalised and served after the meal as a sweet treat that will also make a great talking point with your guests.

Check out their Twitter & Instagram feeds, or head over to their website for more info.

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Marryokes is a concept that I hadn’t seen before and it immediately called to my fun side, being a huge fan of weddings AND karaoke, this was made for me!

It’s quite hard to describe exactly what they do so I urge you to hop over to their website and have a look for yourself, not only did I spend far too long at their stand watching their demo video, I then spent far too long watching clips on their website over the weekend! I even turned to Mr B and said I’d be quite up for getting married again JUST so I could have these guys come and make a music video for me! It looks like such a fun idea and if you have a special song, or just want to do something different to commemorate your day, then you should really check them out.

I can see this concept working really well alongside our photography services, they warm your guests up giving us some fantastic photo opportunities and we can be on hand to capture the stills whilst the filming is taking place.. win win!

As with all of these lovely people, if you do end up contacting them, do let them know we sent you and say hello from the team at CFBT!

Wedding Photographer Sussex

The catwalk show was a great opportunity to see some of the latest designs and trends from some of the biggest names in the industry including Candy Anthony, Berketex Bridal, Debenhams, Ted Baker @ Moss Bross, Alfred Angelo and Qiana Bridal.

There was lots of lace, lots of pastels and a surprising number of knee length 50s inspired dresses, which I personally love. I have a real thing for navy blue on grooms at the moment and think the combination of the blue with the vintage knee length dresses, will make a superb choice for an English summer wedding.

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

‘Vintage’ is still dominating the trends and the show’s twist on the traditional floral bouquets with the models holding church candles and metal birdcages really caught my attention.

As mentioned above, pastels are clearly big for this season, which ties in with the vintage bridal look and pretty pink bridesmaid dresses with lace overlays complement the look perfectly. I also loved the appearance of pastel green, especially when accented with navy blue, bringing in the aforementioned look for the groom. Perfect for the mother of the bride or groom too.

As reflected in most high street windows at the moment, Coral continues to be a hot look and I loved the coral peep toe shoes by Debenhams.

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

The showstopper for me was the Disney Fairytale range from Alfred Angelo. Certainly not for everyone but capturing the imagination of wannabe Disney Princesses across the land, this gorgeous range of gowns created an audible gasp around the auditorium and with the ongoing ‘Frozen’ phenomenon, anyone wishing to channel their inner Elsa, need look no further!

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

Wedding Photographer Sussex

All in all it was a super productive day, giving me lots of inspiration for this year’s weddings.

If you have any questions about anything featured here, do drop me a line: lucy@candyflossandbowties.com and I’ll be more than happy to try and help!