The Vintage Bride Designer Sale, Sunday 25th March 2012, One Marylebone, London…

Afternoon gorgeous people – brides, vintage bridal fashion lovers, this one's for you.  Sabina Motasem the designer behind her own brand name of vintage inspired wedding and cocktail dresses got in touch with me recently to see if I would share details of an upcoming vintage wedding fair she is organising for Sunday 25th March.  My ears instantly pricked up once she mentioned the venue of said fair, the insanely beautiful One Marylebone in London.

The Vintage Bride Designer Sale is set to be a luxurious and unique one day event, bringing together a range of really cool UK wedding suppliers with an expertise in the vintage field.  Organiser Sabina shares more about the event, then talks us through some of the suppliers who will be exhibiting on the day…

"The Vintage Bride Designer Sale will provide brides with everything they need to complete their wedding day under one beautiful roof! 

Brides will be able to visit the ‘Boutique’ and choose from exclusive, original and vintage inspired wedding dresses from Sabina Motasem Bride, The Bridal Path and Gently Worn Vintage, to vintage inspired shoes from Rachel Simpson and Freya Rose, luxurious underwear from Fred & Ginger, vintage and contemporary bridal hair accessories, veils and jewellery from Kelly Spence and stunning vintage hair trials and make up from Elle au Naturel.

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Kelly Spence / Sabina Motasem


About the venue, One Marylebone…

One Marylebone is the epitome of timeless elegance; combining modern opulence with grandeur and decadence.  The ultimate, charming and inspiring, intimate yet elaborate setting for your dream wedding.  Licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships in both the East Gallery, which is flooded with natural daylight from floor to ceiling windows and adorned with Baccarat crystal chandeliers, and the Soane Hall, which exudes glamour and romance, you are able to host your entire day at One Marylebone

 Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Five Star Wedding Directory

One marylebone

One Marylebone has been beautifully restored to the original Sir John Soane design, the Grade I listed deconsecrated church boasts three impressive versatile spaces, and landscaped courtyard, just moments from Regents Park. The shimmering crystal chandeliers and glistening gilt mirrors only enhance this magnificent venue, which promises to be romantic, magical and memorable.

Our dedicated wedding coordinators will work with and for you, to create a breathtaking event. From simplistic sophistication to outrageous opulence, we will ensure you have an unforgettable celebration.


About The Exhibitors…

The amazing Fred & Ginger will be on exhibition.  Designer Victoria has been working in the fashion industry for many years and enjoyed great acknowledgment as senior designer for the international fashion house, Jenny Packham, London.

Bringing her flair and expertise to Fred & Ginger, Victoria produces a unique brand that reflects the elegance and sophistication of a bygone age, to a market that appreciates luxury with an elegant and contemporary design edge. Fred & Ginger is stocked amongst some of the world’s most prestigious stores including Selfridges, Fenwick, Coco de Mer, Apartment C and Bordello in the UK and in boutiques in Australia , North America and the Middle East. The complete collection is designed in London and manufactured in the UK to the highest standards and quality.

Image Source Fred & Ginger (from the 'Lights, Camera, Action' Collection)
Photography Copyright (C) 2009, Shane Woodward

Fred & Ginger - Intimate Apparel for Men & Women...

A stunning design by Milliner Edwina Ibbotson below. Edwina does not have a website but you can read more about her and obtain her contact details via this Interview I ran with her in 2010.

Edwina Ibbotson offers couture millinery made to order, a wonderfully feminine collection of headpieces, hats and veils including ; beaded headdresses, soft tulle and floral designs, romantic feather headdresses and beautifully designed hats, with a hint of vintage glamour for the bride, mother of the bride and wedding guests.  By Appointment Monday-Saturday 10 am -6.30 pm

"I will be on the day of the sale be giving 15% of any orders made and between 10% and 50 % off samples bought on the Day. Also I can put cards in the goody bags for Hen Parties, Where if they are approx 10-12 people  the bride goes free, this is a whole day where I can have between 8 and 12 ladies coming and making something to wear on their head. ( they usually make a piece rather than a hat, but beautifully made which I may  have charged anything up to around £600-£700  if I was making it)…"

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Joanne Aldridge for Milliner Edwina Ibbotson


Work by Photographer Kat Hill below.  Kat Hill offers stylish, contemporary wedding and pre-wedding photography in London and beyond.She combines a relaxed, unobtrusive approach with an eye for detail to make sure your photographs reflect the spirit of your day.

Take advantage of the Vintage Bride Designer Sale show offer of 15% off wedding photography packages!

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Kat Hill


The master scribe himself, Paul Antonio at work. Paul's clients include Jo Malone, Tiffany & Co, Asprey, Ralph Lauren and Smythson’s of Bond Street. Personal clients range from numerous Royal Houses to fashionistas and supermodels…"Image by Naomi Kenton from the evening spent at Matthew Williamson's during the launch of his latest bridal wear collection – an event covered exclusively by Love My Dress.

Paul Antonio Scribe produces the most sumptuous wedding invitations, maps & save the dates using delicate flourishes and subtle line illustrations with beautifully hand calligraphed envelopes and place cards.  Handwritten calligraphy for envelope and invitation addressing, place cards, menus and table plans are handled by an experienced team of calligraphers with an extensive range of scripts that is second to none. Paul Antonio and his team can even construct a calligraphic script specific to your event.

Paul Antonio stationery is constructed from their own hand written calligraphy creating something that is truly unique and specific for each couple. The design is centred around your tastes in  colour, script and illustrative elements.

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Naomi Kenton


Design by Sabina Motasem is all about luxuriously understated, simple, elegant and affordable wedding and cocktail dresses. The slinky Art Deco inspired styles uses geometry and simplicity combined with simple shapes in an understated luxurious fashion, oozing Hollywood-style glamour, there’s a dress to suit any bride.

Sabina Motasem dresses have optional details like as different necklines and designer details and can be transformed into a chic style after the big day. Sabina will have sample dresses priced from £50 – £250 in the sale, as well as a 20% discount on all new collection dresses. A mighty bargain if ever there was one!

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Mario Guarino


Rachel Simpson shoes is an exquisite collection of vintage inspired bridal and special occasion shoes. A variety of heels and elegant silhouettes combined with beautiful vintage detailing create a unique yet timeless collection. Our ethos is simple – sumptuous materials, elegant syling, vintage inspiration…

Love My Dress UK Wedding Blog – All Photography Copyright (c) 2011, Emma Case


Beautiful headpiece design by Kelly Spence below.  Kelly’s designs can often be seen gracing the pages of the top British bridal magazines. Kelly has designed pieces for celebrities and the aristocracy and is renowned for her attention to detail. She is the designer of choice for discerning brides wanting the same level of couture design service for their hair accessories and veil as they receive for their dress.

Kelly's exquisite collection of bridal accessories includes contemporary, genuine vintage and vintage inspired hair accessories, brooches & jewellery as well as an extensive selection of gorgeous veils in diaphanous silk or synthetic tulle. Each piece is made to order.

Her latest collection includes a range of delicate boleros, shrugs and capelets in fine French lace, beaded tulle and luxurious silk & cashmere and, by popular demand, some delicate freshwater pearl & crystal back necklaces.

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Kelly Spence


Elle au Naturel will be exhibiting on the day too…

"With over fifteen years of experience in the wedding industry, we specialise in beautiful hair and make-up for brides who are looking for a natural but stunning look for their wedding day.  Enjoy a relaxed and professional service in the comfort of your own home or venue, provided by highly trained hair and make-up artists from the television and film industries.

From the initial consultation, where we discuss styles and colours to create that perfect look, to the big day, we’re there to help make your day extra special…"

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Polly Alexandre


Kate Tailyour, is a label with an environmental and ethical conscience, expect a relaxed, luxurious collection, with simple, chic fabrics, incorporating silk, georgette, jersey and on trend prints and weaves.

Signature pieces include wearable separates, with attention to detail on layering and fabric combination. Perfect for wedding guests or honeymoon outfits.

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Jem Mitchell


Wildabout are renowned for creating beautiful wedding flowers, and are well known for their vintage influences, from glamorous  vintage candelabras to pretty jam jars and vintage bottle arrangements. We show our brides different and unique ways they can have their wedding flowers, allowing them the confidence to use different styles and colours instead of the more traditional white wedding.

Each vintage wedding is unique to the bride and a wonderful opportunity to showcase their individual personalities through their wedding flowers…

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Wildabout


Other exhibitors include:-

  Urban Retreat
With magical emporiums in Harvey Nichols and Harrods, Urban Retreat are widely acknowledged as the experts in all things beauty.  With the launch of Urban Retreat at Home we can bring our exceptional level of service, talented therapists and over 10 years of experience in the industry straight to you, wherever you are.  We specialise in bringing a soothing spa experience to your home, event, party, office or hotel.  With a wide range of services available and an outstanding level of customer service at the heart of everything we do, Urban Retreat at Home are the perfect people to make sure you look at your glamorous best on your big day.

  Chi yu Wellness Centre
Chi yu wellness centre offers a range of acclaimed complementary therapies and beauty treatments in Marylebone, London, and for one special day you can sample some of these wonderful treatments. You can try our revitalising chair massage or rejuvenating reflexology, bling up your nails with the new OPI Gelcolor manicures and pedicures (no-chip for up to 14 days!), and threading. Special offer at the show: Free taster chair massage for the first 20 people to sign-up to our newsletter, free competition to win a fabulous facial (worth £80, requires newsletter sign-up), 20% off Gelcolor manicures and pedicures, plus great bridal and hen party deals and up to 20% off amazing gift ideas from our wellbeing products boutique.

  Restoration Cake
Charlotte White at Restoration Cake takes great pride in creating cakes that taste as good as they look. Restoration Cake will be selling their delicious cupcakes in The Haven at a special show price. Guests will be able to buy a cupcake to go with their champagne, take a box of cupcakes home for later, and talk to Charlotte about her bespoke Wedding Cake design service. These cakes really are fit for a King so make sure you try at least one!

  Kate Tailyour
A label with an environmental and ethical conscience, expect a relaxed, luxurious collection, with simple, chic fabrics, incorporating silk, georgette, jersey and on trend prints and weaves. Signature pieces include wearable separates, with attention to detail on layering and fabric combination. Perfect for wedding guests or honeymoon outfits.

  Freya Rose
Multi Award Winning shoe designer Freya Rose will be attending the first ever The Vintage Bride Designer Sale. They will be offering 40 – 70% off on the day, There will also be a voucher for 20% discount on full price shoes in the goody bag.

  Boutique weddings

Surrey-based wedding designers at Boutique wedding create bespoke, sophisticated and elegant weddings and civil partnerships in London and South East England.

  Serene Sounds
sarah colligan (soprano) and rebecca watts (harp)    Sounds Serene Voice and Harp Duo was formed in 1999 and has given regular concerts and recitals across the U.K. The duo have also broadcast on Classic FM. Sounds Serene has been a popular choice for Weddings, Birthday parties and fundraising events.
Sounds Serene have arranged and adapted much of their music to suit this beautiful, but unusual combination. They will be will be performing for about 15 mins each hour (on the hour)

  Stylist and the City
Anne Look has previously contributed to and worked with International Life Magazine, Playboy France, The British Hairdressing Awards, The Fashion Business Club, Every Model Magazine, Matthew Curtis Hair Design, Glam Media, and has styled collections for countless emerging, graduate and established designers.

  Gently Worn Vintage
Carole    Gently Worn Vintage has grown from a long love affair with the elegance and glamour of earlier decades. Each piece is individually sourced from around the world, chosen for their beauty and timelessness. One off pieces of true workmanship, you will not be following the fashion pack in these items but creating your own truly individual style. Specialists in couture and handmade individual pieces of true quality; beautiful fabrics, detailing and embellishments are a signature of the gently Worn Vintage collection.

  Bespoke Lighting
Bespoke are one of the World's premier event design, production and management companies. We create spectacular, award winning events with astonishing attention to detail.

  Everinessence – The Lash Makeover does exactly what it say ' makes over' your lashes.  Adding volume ,and length with the use of weightless individual premium silk lash extensions applied directly to your natural lashes.. As our UK manufactured adhesive is water-proof you can still enjoy a dip or two in the pool!  Why not try out on the day our hugely popular super fast set of lashes 'TLM lashed in a flash'  which last up to 3 weeks. Applied by our highly skilled lash tech's in just 20 minutes.
Special event offer:
Purchase TLM gift certificate on the day  for just £55 ( natural set) saving £20 /
£75 ( Glam set) saving £25 and receive bonus offer too.

♥  The Bridal Path
Tucked away on the Herts/Essex borders, Bridal Path Sawbridgeworth is a stockist of beautiful dresses by Jenny Packham, Stewart Parvin, Amanda Wakeley, Sassi Holford, Motasem, Tobi Hannah and Belle & Bunty, with shoes by Rachel Simpson and Filippa Scott and accessories by Jenny Packham, Rosie Willett and Joyce Jackson.   The Bridal Path has size 10 & 12 sample dresses from Jenny Packham, Amanda Wakeley, Stewart Parvin and Sharon Bowen to clear from £50 – £1500 – original prices from £995-£4200! We also offer a full alterations and cleaning service if required. In addition we are offering selected brand new shoes by Filippa Scott at £45 plus jewellery by Filippa and veils by Joyce Jackson. We hope that you find a bargain with us and if you don’t find ‘The One’, please give us a call to view the rest of our collection.

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Relax at ‘The Haven’ with a glass champagne and an irresistible cupcake with hand-painted brooches and cameos from Restoration Cake, whilst listening to the mellow harpist and soprano from Sounds Serene.  And why not visit ‘The Boudoir’, a place the whole bridal party can enjoy. Find outfits for the
honeymoon or for your special occasion with Kate Tailyour daywear.

Choose from beautiful fascinators by Edwina Ibbotson. Admire and be drawn in by the master calligrapher Paul Antonio, demonstrating incredible ancient skills with pens, ink and paper. On hand offering advice on how to best style your outfit is Anne Look from Stylist and the City. Receive invaluable photography guidance from Kat Hill and help with wedding planning from Boutique Wedding…

And finally why not treat yourself to some fabulous lash extensions from Everinessence or an
indulgent mini-spa treatment from Chi yu Wellness CentreThe first 200 visitors will be treated to goody bags filled with fabulous treats from the likes of AVEDA and Benefit Cosmetics. Entrance is complimentary. Guests must register attendance on eventbrite.

For further information,  visit Vintage Bride Designer Sale website.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.