The Most Unusual Wedding Fair, 2017.

Halloween has been and gone, and November is well and truly here. My month has started fantastically, beginning with being part of The Most Unusual Wedding Fair yesterday at Godwick Great Barn, in Norfolk. 

The barn is no ordinary wedding venue. It is a 450 year old Grade II listed barn, with contemporary facilities (important bits like posh loos and a fully-stocked bar!) and is licensed for wedding ceremonies. You can hold your whole wedding day there. The barn is a relatively 'blank canvas' that can be dressed and styled to suit your tastes, for the wedding of your dreams. They specialise in unusual, quirky, boho, country and whimsical weddings, set amidst glorious Norfolk farmland – and the fair itself celebrates all things wonderfully different!

This is one of the best wedding fairs I have attended. It is incredibly cool, in a completely unpretentious way, and every single one of the suppliers there was of the best quality, all with truly inspiring wares and services on offer. Everyone showcasing their wedding businesses was so incredibly interesting and original – not a sniff of anything remotely corporate or bland. There was a fantastic buzz, and all-round good feeling amongst the wedding suppliers and guests visiting throughout the day - many of which told me how much they were enjoying being immersed in TMUWF world.

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The whole venue was decorated and styled by Penny of The Little Lending Company and the ladies of Swaffam Florist. The look for this year's fair was 'Nocturn' – a fantastically relaxed, luxe look with a slightly moody edge, and an authentic, timeless grounding. The palette was inky navy, iridescent blue and tonal whites with pops of pewter and tarnished silver. An etherial, other worldly theme, with inspirations taken directly from the night sky and soft moonlight before the dawn. The kind of theme I like! The ladies did a fantastic job of transforming the venue with candles, midnight fabric, swathes of silverly, feathery foliage and an absolutely stunning moon-shaped floral wreath, for the loveliest outside-ceremony setup. 

Many of the exhibitors fully embraced the Nocturn mood and dressed their displays to coordinate. Lou Lou Loves themed her beautiful props and hand-written signage in dark blue, copper and gold. Agnes Black bought along an incredibly beautiful selection of albums and examples of her photography, which embodied the edgy, elegant, dark look of the event.

I had fun chatting to Debbie of Dust with Cocoa whilst I sampled her delicious 'posh brownies'. She bakes the loveliest wedding cakes, meringues and dessert trays and I thoroughly recommend her for your Norfolk wedding (even if she did try to convince me to get a set of glittery eyebrows at Love Moi Makeup’s Glitter Bar...)! I fell in love with all the pretty petals on Norfolk Petal Confetti's table - so much more customisable than regular papery confetti!

There was an excellent turnout of visitors to the fair and I met so many fab couples ready to plan their big day. Everybody I spoke to was incredibly complimentary about my illustrations (for which I am always grateful), and many were keen to talk about how I could be involved in creating something for their big day – whether it be a custom Table Plan or an illustrated Fingerprint Tree.

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I had an absolutely fantastic day (did you guess!), and very much hope to be part of The Most Unusual Wedding Fair again next year. It's an event not to miss, so put it in your diary, and I'll hope to see you there in November 2018!

Hannah x

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