"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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The Glamour of the Globes!

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The Glamour of the Globes!

Whilst most of us Brits were sleeping, one of the biggest awards ceremonys of the year was taking place over in California. I am of course talking about the wonder that is Golden Globe Awards.

Of course, applause must go to the fantastic talent who won the awards themselves, but it's always seeing the amazing red carpet gowns that's my favourite bit. This year certainly did not disappoint! From Emma Stone in ethereal Valentino and Blake Lively wearing velvet and Swarovskis, to Natalie Portman's chartreuse homage to Jacqueline Kennedy, I just can't get enough of it. Ahhh the dresses... swoon!

It goes without saying that I just had to choose a dress to draw! It was Thandie Newton's dress for this year's Globes that first most caught my eye. She wore a striking, white, off-the-shoulder design by Monse which had long sleeves and beautiful copper-coloured sequins coming up from the hem. It reminded me of flames and I thought she looked absolutely, flawless wearing it. Opinions are divided over whether or not it looked like a cigarette, but I have to say I disagree. I loved it!

And did you see those (Harry Winston) diamonds that dangled across her collarbone and down her back? Wow! I thought it was the perfect combination of elegance and modern design. 

To request your own Custom Dress Illustration, get in touch or browse other examples here.


Before I go, I must give a 'hats off' to Claire Foy too. She gave thanks to our very own leading lady, Queen Elizabeth, upon winning 'Best Performance by an Actress' for her role in The Crown. Good work!

Hannah x

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