We exhibited at The Unconventional Wedding Festival for couples looking for unique, eclectic, creative, quirky and alternative wedding inspiration.
The wedding festival was held in the stunning and picturesque grounds of Stanford Hall Estate a Grade 1 listed House nestled on the banks of the River Avon in the heart of the Midlands beautiful countryside.
Stanford Hall Wedding Venue is truly a glorious place, with 700 acres of ancient parkland, birds singing, towering green mature trees and a long driveway, a wonderful wedding venue for either a decadent, formal traditional occasion or a free spirited, festival tipi or outdoor celebration or blessing.
At the Unconventional Wedding Festival at Stanford Hall Estate, there were many different types of unique and wonderful outdoor wedding structures from fabulous tipis, alternative wedding marquees and bell tents with different themed and styled zones for alternative and creative wedding inspiration.
The festival tipi zone that the festival zone suppliers worked together to create on the Friday on arrival, looked really impressive, all the suppliers including ourselves worked really hard to try to make it a success, including the talented wedding stylists, the fabulous floral design, the amazing body & face painters, the show-stopping neon sign creator, the creative cake designer, the fantastic cheese cake cart, the lovely light-up love letters, the hand-made stationary company, the awesome outside drinks bar, the cool food van, the super Photo Booth, slumber party tents, the alternative hand painted jackets, the fun crazy golf and of course the amazing tipi itself, all of which made our zone welcoming and a stunning, stylish, relaxing and friendly place for couples to visit.
We set up our own mini consultation and seating area, a comfy vintage chesterfield chair, a bright yellow retro chair, a copper based table, a copper backdrop with lots of colourful ribbons and kiko frames, a Bowie frame, neon signs, our wild black mannequin lamp, lots of colourful rugs on the floor with happy retro cushions for people to sit and relax and look through our new luxury wedding albums, all brought along in our happy hire van for the weekend.
There were lots of different zones from festival vibe zone, bohemian spirit, fantasy, sci-fi, urban chic, vintage, Arabian nights, fairytale, VIP, a style inspiration & emporium, a pop up hotel & a tropical chill out zone.
Colourful, unique and alternative food & drinks vans, horse boxes & buses, fantastic ideas for eclectic, quirky and creative weddings, or outdoor and tipi weddings were setup around the estate grounds and enjoyed by visitors in the sunshine. Even though the show was low on footfall the grounds of the Hall were beautiful to walk around and the sun was shining, happy days :)
Most of the zones had awesome photo-booths too, from caravan photo booths, to horse box photo booths to amazing vintage camper van photo booths. Nearly all the zones had at least one wedding photographer exhibiting in each zone, so there were lots of photography companies to choose from giving couples who were looking for a photographer a fantastic variety of different styles of photography and approaches :) Good times :)
It was a year in the planning with ourselves and the Unconventional Wedding group and other suppliers, with both of us attending five networking and planning meetings towards the event, to meet other suppliers, to hear about the plans for the event, an introduction to the venue, a meeting about the Friday styled shoot and a venue visit to see the layout of the show and areas for photography for the Friday styled shoot. It all seemed very exciting and so positive :)
Sadly after waiting 5 hours for the models/organiser on the Friday for the styled shoot to commence the organiser only sent models to the other zones and only included the other photographers during the styled shoots however at least good use was made from our lovely bedroom that we paid to stay in at the stables at the Hall for other suppliers to get the models ready in without asking us as it was covered in pretty silver stars, happy glitter and the bed was messy.
Positive lessons we learnt is that attending events that are perceived as alternative, unconventional, quirky or eclectic doesn’t necessarily come hand in hand with equality, inclusivity, politeness and respectfulness.
Lots of the more traditional wedding venues/ conventional wedding shows that gave us a chance when we first started out which we are so super grateful to, embraced us and everyone who attended and everyones differences and creative input and treated everyone in a welcoming and equal manner. Positive vibes and peace n love to everyone :)
We pride ourselves on being a company who tries its best to have integrity, who always strives for equality and inclusivity.
We have lots of wonderful photographs of The Unconventional Wedding Festival and we hope you enjoy these and all the suppliers and venue are welcome to use these using our friendly t&c’s.
Please feel free to share our slide show too, we would really love that, happy times :)
Lots of love and credit goes to the beautiful venues amazing grounds, everyones hard work and investment, all the professional, talented, equality and inclusivity ethos suppliers and the glorious sunny weather too.
If you are a couple still in search of an equality ethos, documentary & alternative wedding photographer with an edgy and creative style and a relaxed, friendly and unobtrusive approach, then we would love to hear from you.
Ed Brown Photography loves to shoot all types of wedding celebrations from festival weddings, to tipi weddings, blessings, destination weddings, outdoor wedding celebrations and beautiful and glamorous hall weddings.
Happy viewing, happy equality and inclusivity, positive vibes & peace n love :)
Please find all of our happy zone wedding suppliers here and some of the other suppliers that are pictured in the images too:
Festival Zone Wedding Suppliers
www.peaktipis.co.uk- the amazing tipi
www.nicoleandcharlotteevents.com- wedding & event planning
www.tchin-tchin.co.uk- vintage mobile bar
www.oliveowl.co.uk- alternative floral designer
www.pro-aktiv.co.uk- decor & props
www.letsrocktheboat.co.uk- face/body painting & glitter artists
@doves_delights- rustic cheese carts & decor & props
www.eliteledletters.co.uk- light up letters
www.keslowema.co.uk- Natural petal confetti
One Potato Two- Food
www.shoodleshoes.co.uk- Bespoke handprinted shoes and jackets
www.frillevents.com-The caravan Photo Booth
Unique Slumber Parties-Crèche
Please let us know if we have missed any suppliers out that featured in our festival zone and we will happily add you, happy times, peace n love x