The Report: The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival

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Images by Maxi Photography.

Our social darling Lottie went on a little road trip to Bridwell Park for us recently to experience The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival created by Blue Fizz Events.

It was set to be a day full of festival fun, supplier frolics and inspiration galore and we just love the report our girl on the ground came back with! Lottie’s words are perfectly illustrated by Mel from Maxi Photography, we hope you enjoy it…

The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival

Lottie:

While there are many wonderful wedding fairs out there for newly engaged couples, I have never been to one quite like The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival at Bridwell Park. Organised by the fabulous team at Blue Fizz Events, the festival offered an eclectic, inspiring and quite frankly awesome mix of wedding suppliers. It was a brilliant opportunity to meet heaps of talented exhibitors, as well as the chance to explore the magnificent Bridwell.

The family home of Lord Ivar Mountbatten, Bridwell is cushioned in the quaint village of Uffculme in Devon. It’s surrounded by stunning parkland and extensive views of the rolling countryside. It is quite simply put, a beautiful country house wedding venue. Available for exclusive-use, Bridwell has 20 bedrooms onsite so it’s perfect if you want a huge weekend celebration with your family and friends. Both The Orangery and The Chapel were open for viewing over the weekend, and both were just bursting with romance, style and grandeur. The vast outdoor space also lent itself perfectly for a festival full of imagination and inspiration…

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Marquee Wedding Venues

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Image by Imogen Xiana.

Did you spot our guide to planning a marquee wedding on Monday…? Well, if you didn’t then I’d highly recommend grabbing 5 minutes to read the wise words of our planning expert Katrina Otter Weddings. Kat’s covered it all – from finding the site, deciding on design, understanding practicalities, quotes and suppliers through to being nice to you neighbours!

If you have already read the post and decided canvas is for you, then take a little browse through this sample of venues. From marquee suppliers through to venues with marquee-lawns or permanent marquee structures, there’s bound to be a venue that ticks your particular box.

The marquee Collection

# 1

The Pearl Tent Company

The Pearl Tent Company is a Marquee hire company of distinction. Their aim is to provide excellence in both tents and service. Made in the UK from the finest white canvas, this juxtaposition of Eastern style and Western practicality is the essence of Pearl Tents success – making them the choice of the top wedding planners.

These unique wedding marquees are as stunning inside as they are out. The dramatic pyramid top creates a luxurious vaulted ceiling providing the ultimate light and airy wedding venue. From initial contact, to post event clear-up, the team strive to please with their bespoke service. Each and every wedding is treated with the importance it deserves.

# 2

Axnoller

Set in drop dead gorgeous country side in West Dorset, near the World Heritage site of the Jurassic coast, and the beaches at West Bay and Lyme Regis, this is a hidden gem like no other. With 360 degree jaw-dropping views, and no neighbours it is a must for a weekend wedding full of chilling, partying and fun.

Taking over Axnoller means having the most extraordinary estate, with ancient buildings converted to house cool contemporary interiors, as yours. With a small retinue of handpicked staff (only there when you need them) and 2 planners who know just how to throw a fabulous party, you cannot be in better hands. They can recommend traditional marquees or something a little more alternative – the choice is yours!

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Boho Lux at Bridwell Park

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Images by Enchanted Brides.

We have a wonderful styled shoot for you today from a host of talented South West suppliers curated by the Blue Fizz team! But first, we want to bring to your attention the reason behind this celebration of gorgeousness – the totally fabulous BOHO and RETRO WEDDING FESTIVAL at Bridwell Park.

This event is happening this month over Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April and it’s set to be a unique and very stylish weekend celebrating all things fabulously Boho and Retro. Attending this festival means you get a chance to visit Bridwell Park, a beautiful Georgian House which has recently opened to the public following a stunning renovation. There will be private tours of the house available which is set in 120 acres of Devon parkland and home to Lord Ivar Mountbatten.

As if the venue wasn’t enough to entice, there will be goody bags and giveaways galore, a showcase of Wedding Marquees, Tipis, Domes & Yurts (including our fave picks World Inspired Tents and Baya Hire), Boho & Retro inspired music and entertainment, a pop-up hair and beauty boudoir, the Barefoot Catwalk, a Grooms Room, a Glamping Village and various talks and demonstrations!

Entry is free via ticket and you can pre-register at Eventbrite: BoHo and Retro Wedding Festival.

#BohoRetroWedFest

So back to the shoot! With all things boho in mind, the team wanted to showcase this relaxed style with a little touch of luxury. Bridwell Park, with its stunning surroundings and unique chapel, was the perfect backdrop! Plus the colour palette in this inspiration is perfection – I’m currently crushing on plaster pink in a massive way so my heart has been truly stolen.

Notes from Blue Fizz

Blue Fizz:

Our seating and tables were supplied by Emma at The Great Event who sourced some fantastic chairs from an Indian cinema alongside rustic wooden trestle tables. I fell in love with them and they worked brilliantly with the palette of plaster pink, navy and browns and the perfect contrast to the Lux look that we combined around them.

I dressed the table with Bridwell’s own crockery and satin napkins and oversized ties in hues of duck egg and green with the addition of feathers. The chair backs and table were decked out in volumes of greenery by our florist Emma at Brompton Buds who combined the plaster pink colour with the most beautiful roses and trailing vines.

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A True Romance at Hillersdon House

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Images by Frances Carlisle Photography.

Hillersdon House is a truly stunning venue, overlooking rolling hills, woodland and has its own chapel by the lake. Having just opened its doors to wedding bookings, the truly talented Devon based wedding planners Blue Fizz Events put together an amazing wedding inspiration shoot that celebrates all the contemporary romance and elegance this home has to offer.

“The elegance and attention to detail are evident in every aspect of this beautiful venue…” comment Tracy and Bridget, the geniuses at Blue Fizz, “…and we wanted to reflect that alongside stunning suppliers to narrate a current trend that is an eternal favourite with many couples. It’s where you will feel at home for your special occasion.”

The lady behind the lens is the ever wonderful Frances Carlisle who has used the natural light to capture the feel of this venue inside and out bringing it all to life with her expert eye.

Over to Frances for the delicious details…

Notes from the Photographer

Frances:

This shoot was a true romance set in the inspiring and unique house and grounds of Hillersdon House. As a lived-in country house, we wanted to show that this is a beautiful, contemporary and well-cared for home – a far cry from a venue set up for en-masse wedding hire.

Delicate shades of soft pinks and ivory embellished with glimmers of gold steal the show but we also wanted natural wood to make an appearance to reflect the acres of woodland surrounding Hillersdon.

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A Coombe Trenchard English Garden Party

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Images by McKenzie Brown.

Coombe Trenchard, cradled within Dartmoor’s epic landscapes, is a tranquil venue with Art Nouveau charm and stunning features. There’s a stream, sweeping lawns, an Italian terrace where marquees can be sighted with views from the Italian columns across to Brent Tor and now, a newly refurbished snug.

We love this venue and we also love the ladies at Blue Fizz Events who were the masterminds behind the styling for this piece. Whilst we’re in the midst of Christmas, fairylights and mulled wine why not take a refreshing step into Spring with this garden inspired styled shoot captured by McKenzie Brown.

Notes from Blue Fizz

Tracy:

The focus of this shoot is on the beautifully refurbished coach house at Coome Trenchard which offers a bar area, dance floor and snug area complete with sofas, easy chairs and an entrance area with fire pits on either side. This venue is versatile and breathtaking and our theme too inspiration from its gardens which are open to the public during the week. I wanted a focus on the flora and green-on-green that an English country garden brings with a nod to the modern for our forward thinking couples!

I imagined an informal yet decadent banquet on the lawn with rustic furniture, delicate vintage crockery and vintage champagne saucers all supplied by Combe Trenchard, complete with edible floating flowers from The Flower Mill in the champagne! I created handmade napkins from a vintage fabric and used blades of greenery as the napkin rings alongside some of our Blue Fizz Events hire items, our abundance of flowers and greenery were supplied by The Flower Mill who brought together the show stopping displays, head piece and a riot of fresh colours throughout.

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