THE Wedding Fair, Trinity Park, 2017

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THE Wedding Fair, Trinity Park, 2017

It’s been a very busy summer and therefore, a while since I wrote a blog! Yesterday, I took my illustrations along to THE Wedding Fayre at Trinity Park in Ipswich to show them to all the bride and groom-to-bes who were visiting the show. I am really enjoying exhibiting my work at local wedding venues, and I particularly enjoyed this fayre. This time I roped in my ever so obliging, always helpful mum into taking me to and from the show, and into helping me set up and pack everything away again at the end. She’s a good egg!

Getting set! Unpacking and getting ready to start the show.

Getting set! Unpacking and getting ready to start the show.

The event centre where THE Wedding Fayre was situated, is an absolutely fantastic venue in itself, and far quirkier than I was expecting. I could completely imagine it, decked out with fairy lights and flowers, ready for a truly beautiful wedding. There were approximately seventy wedding suppliers showcasing their wares and services, with every aspect of weddings covered – from Lacey’s stunning dresses to Amanda’s Ark’s dog chaperone wedding service. There was a really nice atmosphere amongst all of us, and the lovely show organisers Sharon and her team, were extremely welcoming and happy to have me there to be part of it.

My brand new leaflets.

My brand new leaflets.

Wedding Portraits, a Table Plan and a Fingerprint Tree.

Wedding Portraits, a Table Plan and a Fingerprint Tree.

After a short while my stand was set up, with my portfolio books laid out and my easel to one side of my table - ready to meet all the newly engaged couples. 

I had a really enjoyable day, chatting to ever so many excited bride and groom-to-bes at different stages of wedding planning - some had just got engaged and hadn’t even set a date, whilst others just needed to sort a few things for their wedding in a matter of months.

Explaining how it works when you choose to commission me.

Explaining how it works when you choose to commission me.

More fun Wedding Portraits, a Family Portrait and a Dress Illustration.

More fun Wedding Portraits, a Family Portrait and a Dress Illustration.

Scrummy sweets on Neats Sweet's trolley.

Scrummy sweets on Neats Sweet's trolley.

I was lucky enough to get the chance to chat to lots of other exhibitors, and truly lucked in with being positioned right next to the lovely ladies at Neats Sweets…they keep me well stocked with pick ’n’ mix thoughout the day!

Thanks so much to all who came to visit my table and gave me such kind comments about my illustrations. I was truly flattered at how well my illustrations were received, and touched by how genuinely excited some of you sounded about involving me in your wedding plans. I look forward to working with you soon!

Hannah x

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"Truly Vintage" Wedding Fair, 2017

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"Truly Vintage" Wedding Fair, 2017

This Sunday, I had the pleasure of exhibiting at Glemham Hall's "Truly Vintage" Wedding Fair, amidst their pretty gardens and a host of brilliant, wedding suppliers. I am keen to begin showcasing my work at more select, local wedding venues – this was a great place to start!

The striking, Renaissance-style Glemham Hall - built in 1560 by Sir Henry Glemham.

The striking, Renaissance-style Glemham Hall - built in 1560 by Sir Henry Glemham.

As usual my always helpful, other half, Tom packed everything up to take with me to the show. He's got optimising the space in our miniature car, down to a fine art. He is the best man for the job! After a very short drive I arrived at Little Glemham, set up my table and put up my easel. Ta dah!

Ready to go – armed with portfolio books and pots of pink pencils!

Ready to go – armed with portfolio books and pots of pink pencils!

There was a lovely buzz amongst all the exhibitors there and set in a pretty marquee (which was approached through a fairy-light lit Yew archway...swoon!), it was a very beautiful-looking fair. 

Pretty lights under this fantastic Yew Tree archway on the approach to the marquee.

Pretty lights under this fantastic Yew Tree archway on the approach to the marquee.

I had a fantastic day chatting to lots of lovely bride and groom-to-bes and hearing about their wedding plans, in their varying stages of completion. I met so many other talented people in the wedding industry that help make it as wonderful and diverse as it is. My favourite new find was Polly Pickle, by the lovely Gemma, a fellow-wedding stationery supplier. If you're after hand-crafted stationery with a focus on typography, head her way!

Two Table Plans I have created for my customers - cocktail and allotment themed!

Two Table Plans I have created for my customers - cocktail and allotment themed!

I had a fabulous day (despite the incredible heat in the marquee, on one of the hottest days of the year), talking all day and getting excited with the couple's I met about how my drawings could be incorporated into their special day. I am sure I will be exhibiting at Glemham Hall's "Truly Vintage" show again next year!

Blue skies and pretty cottage-style planting in the grounds of Glemham Hall! 

Blue skies and pretty cottage-style planting in the grounds of Glemham Hall! 

Thank you to everyone who came to visit my table and gave me such kind comments about my illustrations. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone I spoke to and I hope I can work with you in the future, to help bring your wedding dreams to life. 

Hannah x

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The NTAs and Holly Willoughby.

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The NTAs and Holly Willoughby.

Did you watch the National Television Awards last night? I did!

I am a self confessed telly addict, and it's great to see credit given where credit is due for some of the excellent programs on our television screens today. I also love seeing how all the seemingly 'ordinarily-dressed' daytime TV presenters and soap characters, scrub up for a stroll down the red carpet. They all look amazing!

I am not ashamed to say that I regularly have ITV's This Morning playing in the background (in a teeny, tiny popup window on my computer screen) whilst I create my illustrations. Believe it or not, I have always worked like this ever since I was a school girl. I was a rather studious child (some say 'geeky'), and diligently sat down to do my homework every night after school – always with the tv playing quietly in the room. I must admit, I never select particularly heavy-going programs, but I do find that light-hearted background chatter focuses me, and I can really channel my thoughts into what I am doing. I also have a long-standing girl crush of one of the show's presenters – Holly Willoughby. I think she is great and always looks immaculate and so beautifully dressed. Often I can be caught swooning over her 'daily look' on her Instagram account – @hollywilloughby. I have for quite some time, been meaning to create some illustrations inspired by her studio style.

With the aforementioned in mind, when I tuned in to watch the NTAs last night, I looked forward to seeing what Holly was wearing to the ceremony. Her chosen gown (a curve-hugging, pink dress by bespoke tailor, Samuel Dougal), did not disappoint. I think she looked incredibly elegant and I love the old-Hollywood glamour she channeled, with her pin-curled hair and stripped back accessories. Flawless! 

Please take a look at my interpretation of her dress and style below and let me know what you think of it.


To request your own bespoke Fashion Illustration, get in touch or browse examples of other dresses I have drawn here.

P.S. Congratulations This Morning, for winning the award for best 'Live Magazine Show'!

Hannah x

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