The Designer Vintage Bridal show first appeared on the wedding events calendar back in February this year and it was a huge success. I was desperate to be a part of the event and so flattered when I was invited to exhibit. So a couple of weeks ago my husband and I packed up the car with stands, tablecloths, photo albums, petticoats and many beautiful dresses and set our sights on Birmingham. Edgbaston Cricket Ground isn't really the first place you'd think of when you say the word 'vintage', but its blank canvas was the perfect place to fill with wedding loveliness. The perfect sized room for the perfectly chosen exhibitors.
I had an amazing time welcoming brides to my stand and helping them into a huge range of Lizzie Jayne dresses. I love the look on a brides face when they just *know* it's the perfect dress for their big day.
During the catwalk shows the room emptied it was a great time to wonder around the venue and look at some of the amazing displays that some of the other exhibitors had put on. Right next door to me was Tobi Hannah, who brought along a beautiful and very bright range of 'occasion dresses' (perfect bridesmaid dresses).
One of the most popular stands of the day which was especially adored by the bridal bloggers, was that of Ava Event Styling. This is just a tiny taster, the flower table creation that they brought along was simply incredible.
My personal favourite was the Wedding Yurts. Simply stunning. They literally pitched a yurt in the middle of the exhibition hall, complete with dining table, champagne cocktail bar and a fully made up king size bed. It was amazing, so cosy and felt a million miles away. If I was going to plan my wedding again, a yurt would most certainly be involved!
To top it all off, there was also a catwalk showing some of the best of the vintage inspired wedding gowns. I was so lucky to have the lovely Anna model a couple of my dresses, she looked incredible.
It was an amazing weekend and i'm already looking forward to the next one. For more information on the exhibitors and to keep an eye out for when the event returns, check out the DVB show website here: www.designervintagebridal.co.uk
All photographs copyright Ricky Banks www.rickybanks.co.uk