The TOTALLY WOW Wedding Fair 2017

A Totally WOW Weekend Wedding Fair Extravaganza . . .

On the 27th and 28th May 2017 I joined 40+ unique wedding suppliers at the Creative Brides Totally WOW Wedding Fair at the fabulous Kent venue The Nightyard.

The venue itself was spectacular, beautiful buildings with so much versatility for couples to either step straight into a dream of a vintage / boho / festival chic wedding or to use the space as a blank canvas. There was a real buzz from brides to be who had booked the venue and were excitedly discussing their plans for how they are using the space. It was packed with friendly, laid back suppliers with nothing but excellent quality products and services on display and no pushy sales pitch.


If you missed it I would highly recommend checking out the awesome selection of suppliers you missed here and be sure to add the 7th and 8th October to your diary for the next Totally WOW Wedding Fair at Chafford Park.

Some Totally WOW Suppliers

I had a great time meeting brides to be and their families and hearing about their exciting wedding plans. I also met lot’s of great suppliers, too many to list but among my favourites were :

The Vintage Bobbin Bridal

Offering the most beautiful hand stitched bridal accessories, with a touch of vintage and a hint of fairy tale – the most exquisite pieces expertly crafted and as beautiful on the back as they are on the front.

The Vintage Bobbin Bridal
A match made in heaven The Vintage Bobbin Bridal and With Love and Lace . . .

Fox and Braces 

Offering a complete DJ and entertainment package, Fox and Braces are a one stop shop for your vintage themed DJ, live music, photography and more.


Mr and Mrs Ebbage

The creative dream team offering beautiful hair and make-up by the lovely Jess and amazing photography by Matt – how perfect to have a talented husband and wife duo with you on your big day to capture you at your very best.



Amazing prop hire and event styling – their stand was full of vintage beauties and was pretty much just my dream living room!


Epic Love Story

Beautiful colourful and creative alternative wedding photography by the super friendly and lovely Emma.



And then there was me . . .

If you would like to arrange a free design consultation or to view my current collection please contact me. 

A huge thank you to Clair of Creative Brides as well as Nancy and Charlotte of the Nightyard for making the day a huge success. Also to Mr Love and Lace and The Little Love and Lace for helping me get my collection together. And especially to my bestest, Hannah for being my marketing and life guru and being right there by my side. 




Looking forward . . .

to the biggest trends coming in Spring Summer 2018.

Full of inspiration from images of last weeks’ Premiere Vision (the fashion industry’s global trend forecasting event) I am glancing into my crystal ball and putting together some of the most inspirational material from around the web for you to enjoy on your wedding planning journey.

Natural Beauty

Crystals, minerals and raw metallics are likely to feature strongly in 2018 weddings; with the current trends for shimmering gowns (sequins and sparkles galore) and gold leaf on cakes and stationary going from strength to strength into the next year.


Image Credits : Crystal Heart by Olive Deer / Crystal Cake / Tutu’s Bleu / Sequins

Image Sources : Teal Tablescape / Leaves / Enzoani Handbag / Tutu’s

All things Bold and Beautiful


Image Credits : Top three images Collezioni / Paintings (last image) by Matthew Withey

Rich natural earthy tones, highlighted with metallics and iridescence will be a key component for spring summer 2018. For wedding palettes, I foresee a move away from the neutral greys and nude tones and a return to more bold colour combinations.



Image Credits : Back Tattoo / Bride Tattoo / Place Cards / Gold Feathers / Gold Beading


Metallics are a key trend – luxurious lace with lurex thread highlights or metallic cloths shimmering gently beneath layers of tulle whilst the most bold brides will sparkle in an all over sequin gowns. cropped-with_love_and_lace_bespoke_couture_bridalwear_jo_withey_designer_kent_wedding_dress_logo3.png

If you are a 2018 bride looking for a beautiful bespoke dress for yourself or your ‘maids please get in touch to arrange a free no obligation consultation.


Anna wore a bespoke beauty for her vintage winter wedding; long sleeved fine lace with scalloped cuffs and collar with a full satin skirt.

Beautiful Anna

Anna approached me just ten weeks before her big day, a bewildered bride in a slight state of Pinterest panic. She had collected some beautiful ideas so I was really excited to work with her to create her dream dress but she was feeling overwhelmed and slightly stressed about her dress. I knew that deep down in her heart of hearts she knew what she wanted so we worked together to

Her dress started life as a full layered tulle skirt with a fitted knee length satin bodice with illusion mesh sleeves with embroidered motifs :

Anna’s Original Design

However, this design just wasn’t to come to fruition – Anna had some doubts about the sheer sleeves and the fullness of the skirt and I was really pleased that she felt able to raise her concerns after the design had been confirmed and work had commenced. With just four weeks until the big day it was a bold move to make a complete change of design but I am so glad that she did this rather than settle for a dress that she wasn’t completely in love with.

The Revised Design Pack

The pressure was on with just one month to start over but Anna was the most calm and laid back bride and I felt wonderful knowing that she had complete trust in me. Anna had seen a lovely photograph of a dress with a full satin skirt so we selected a beautiful soft satin and an absolutely stunning fine lace to create a long sleeved bodice.

I really enjoyed getting to know Anna, she is such a beautiful person inside and out. She even text me on her wedding day with the most lovely photographs and message :

“Everyone loves the dress. A passer by stopped and said that my dress made me look like a fairy princess!! I have felt so wonderful in the dress all day so thank you again, I just can’t believe how beautiful it looks. What a perfect day. Xxx”

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Photography By Nina Jarman


Maids of Chelsee


I was thrilled when Chelsee asked me to make the dresses for her five bridesmaids for her beautiful beach wedding in Ibiza.

Chelsee is a friend and ex-colleague from the fashion industry. Being a sales manager for one of the UK high streets leading suppliers – she knew exactly what she was looking for. She provided me with detailed sketches drawn by of the designers she works with and we worked together to develop her design and select fabrics.

She chose a beautiful dusky rose wrap over maxi dress style with frill detail to the neckline. I had a wonderful time making these beautiful dresses, although I have to admit, after carefully cutting and hemming the twentieth frill I was starting to wane – I’m just not cut out for mass production!


Frilling Times


I also made matching pocket chiefs for their groomsmen, each embroidered with their initials.


Bespoke Embroidered Pocket Chiefs

The wedding looks absolutely stunning – the most wonderful day for the most wonderful couple.

Chelsee, Dave and their wonderful bridesmaids are lovely and such beautiful people inside and out, it was a joy to work with them all.



Photography : Barney Walters

Congratulations Chelsee and Dave!

Purple Haze

Grooms Purple Velvet Frock Coat by With Love and Lace . . .

This stylish and unique groom, Drew, will admit that he is never one to be upstaged; he was eager to ensure that his lovely bride shared the limelight on their big day so he chose to dress to impress wearing a bespoke purple velvet jacket.

Made to measure in a high quality purple velvet with grey satin lining, the lapels feature hand painted lace motifs. I really enjoyed researching menswear and working with Drew to develop mood boards and designs and particularly enjoyed the challenge of creating mens tailoring, something I hadn’t done much of since studying tailoring as part of my MA at London College of Fashion.

Drew looked fantastic, a real dapper English eccentric; although it has to be said that if he truly wanted to upstage his bride he failed miserably – the beautiful Alyson totally blew him out of the water (which is as it should be!) looking a million dollars in her bespoke Judy Mott bridal gown.

Their entire wedding party looked amazing, their Rowhill Grange Wedding had a wonderful English country garden feel to it and everything about it was planned and coordinated to perfection.


I wish the super stylish Drew and Alyson every happiness for their future together, congratulations!

Photography by Ross Hurley