The Oxfam Wedding Shoot and EBay Wedding Auction {Post 2 of 2}…

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“I’ve been a long term donor to Oxfam’s successful network of bridal shops, so I am thrilled to be able to donate a dress for this exciting online auction, in collaboration with Love My Dress. There are some truly amazing items that have been donated…”

Sassi Holford


So hopefully by now you will have seen the Oxfam Weddings photoshoot.  And I’m hoping you’re keen to learn a little more about the Oxfam Weddings Auction campaign.

As explained here, the photoshoot I curated was a project designed to raise attention to the fact that Oxfam will be holding their first ever wedding auction at the end of this month, to coincide with the first anniversary of the Royal Wedding.

This post here explains a little more about what the funds raised through the auction will be used for, as well as listing all the items that have been donated so far, and is visually aided by these pretty info-graphics that were created by the talented Alexis Cuddyre, the blogger behind OMG I’m Getting Married!

Love My Dress Wedding Blog, Photography Copyright © 2012, Alexis Cuddyre, OMG I’m Getting Married!


We actually now have well over 100 products donated and some big names are getting involved.  I hear Jenny Packham has dropped Oxfam a line since hearing about the photoshoot.  Watch this space for what will no doubt be an amazing giveaway from one of my favourite wedding dress designers ever.

The auction itself will take place online, here on Ebay, between 29th April and 9th May.

Oxfam have received donations of all kind, size and value – all brand new and/or especially created items.  This is the perfect opportunity for couples to get their hands on items that may normally be out of reach and help raise vital funds to help support Oxfam’s work with people living poverty around the world…


How will the money raised through the auction be used?

Since launching a weddings range Oxfam have raised over £1 million to help change the lives of vulnerable people living in poverty around the world. The online wedding shop, which launched last year, offers a huge range of items needed for the big day including Oxfam Unwrapped wedding lists and favours. Brides can visit one of our 11 bridal boutiques to buy dream designer and vintage dresses all for bargain prices. The online shop also includes a special ethical 100% silver jewellery line, including elegant bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

All monies raised via this special auction will go to Oxfam Unwrapped’s emergency work in poor countries around the world.

I feel grateful that my involvement in this projects has helped me take a stop off this crazy wedding train and consider those who are much, much less fortunate than me.  I am immensely proud of how every single person and company who have donated to this shoot, and the creative team behind the photoshoot, as well as all those who bid at auction, will be helping to make a difference to the lives of these people who are much less privileged than we are.

This project has been a huge one to plan, not just for Oxfam, but for the team involved in the shoot too.  Knowing we are so close now to raising real money to help people who are suffering is such a huge reward at this stage.


How far can £70,000 go?

£70,000 could feed 10,000 families when an emergency hits, with valuable commodities like grain, beans and oil – straightforward ingredients that are not only nutritious but will keep in the most testing conditions. You can read more about this via this case study

£70,000 could restore safe water after an emergency for over seven thousand people.

And £70,000 could provide hygiene kits for five thousand people, with simple life-saving stuff like soap, a bucket and cotton wool, but it’s amazingly effective in saving lives in an emergency. Keeping clean not only does wonders for someone’s dignity, but in crowded refugee camps, these items can help keep deadly diseases like cholera at bay.

All stuff we take for granted.

All stuff that can mean the difference, literally, between life and death for others…


Immediately after the massive earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, Oxfam’s emergency programme swung into action, helping thousands of people like 60-year-old Joseph Dessources and his family.

Two years on from the devastating earthquake that shattered Port-au-Prince, Oxfam continues to help Haiti’s people rebuild…

In 2011, Oxfam reached 532,000 people as we moved our focus from emergency response to reconstruction.Currently in West Africa there are 13 million people are at risk of serious food shortages across the Sahel region. Oxfam aims to reach 1 million of them.

The money raised through the Oxfam Weddings Auction could be used to reach these people….


What’s up for auction? 

Where to even start?! Let’s start with wedding dresses and wedding day attire shall we?

  A private consultation with dress designer Ian Stuart designer (very rare, he only sees around 3 clients a year you know!) and any dress from his Killer Queen collection worth £5,000

…you read that right! And as if that isn’t wonderful enough, we’ve got more… 

  Charlotte Balbier wedding dress package – The bride can visit Charlotte’s showroom in Manchester and pick litearlly any dress from the full suite of Charlotte Balbier collections, have a private consultation with Charlotte herself, so that she can help guide the bride  into the ‘one’. The day will be packed with treats, over 50 Charlotte Balbier gowns to try from, make up trial from one of the UK’s leading celebrity make up artists, and a luxury filled goody bag and some free Charlotte Balbier accessories to match her gown. Cupcakes and tea will be served through the day followed by a vintage style afternoon tea to finish of the day in style!  All worth over £3,500
  Sassi Holford Anya dress, Size 12, worth £1,760
  Tory dress by Minna, worth £220
  Sally Lacock wedding dress, valued at £1000
  House of Tammam – a couture fairtrade dress made just for the auction and worth £5,000
  Claire Pettibone’s ‘Sparrow’ wedding dress, via Blackburn Bridal Couture.  Value £3,800
♥  Suzannah Baby Love dress, worth £650
Joanne Flemming design Cecile dress, worth £1230…


  Sabina Motasem Cecaelia dress (available in sizes 10, 12, 14), worth £400
  Sabina Motasem – Alaya dress with puddle train, size 12 (it is a Sample dress), worth £400
  Sabina Motasem – Alaya dress without puddle train, size 14, worth £400
  Three short straight dresses from twobirds Classic Collection in a choice of 12 colours, worth £645
  Any bridesmaids dress from the ButtonBelle range up to £300, via Luellas Boudoir
  A bespoke bridesmaid dress that will be designed and then named after the bride, champagne afternoon tea with her bridesmaids at our studio (max 6 because of space!), make up trial and some professional photos from the day as a momento, plus goodie bags. Via Maids to Measure, and worth £800
  A My Tuxedo ‘Dress a Groom’ package: Look sharp in a 2-piece Morning suit, Dress Shirt, Waistcoat and Cravat/Tie, with this exclusive package.
  1960s Brown vintage suit, with shirt, slim tie,  braces and straw hat. There is also a vintage silk scarf which can be worn with the suit.  Via Tweedmans and worth £175
  A Doris Desigms Petticoat – 21″ skirt in purple, pink or fuchsia, worth £63
  A Size 8 knee length tea dress with fluted sleeves in hand printed silk with contrast black silk waist sash, via Belle and Bunty, at £295
  Any Dress from the Original Vintage Collection or Decades Collection via The Vintage Wedding Dress Company, value £1500

….. you can add Jenny Packham to this list above! 😉

All manner of items have been donated too.  Take a look…







Click below to expand this feature and view the full list of donated items for yourself.

There is still time to donate products and services to this auction, and if you are a supplier who is interested in doing so, please contact Kate Kellaway Moore at Oxfam via email in the first instance…

The Big Day…

   A wedding photography package with John Nassari, which includes a hair styling service from celebrity hair stylist Errol Douglass {free bridal hair consultation and a six month hair plan including cut, colour and conditioning treatments that would get a bride’s hair in perfect condition for her wedding day}. Combined value a huge £15,000
Engagement shoot including a pre-shoot make up session with Ciara Hatton,  a 2-hour photoshoot in and around London,  styling from Mel Tabner, DVD of images + 1 print (more could be ordered) Kat Hill Photography    £350    1
  All day photography cover + added extras with Fiona Kelly Photography, valued at £1,475
  A 6 hour photography package with Kat Forysth Photography. Value £1200
  Phillip White ‘Save the Date’ wedding film, valued at £700
  A full ‘edited package’ wedding video via Shoot it Yourself, value £750
  Pick of the season’ wedding bouquet thanks to Green & gorgeous, value £90
  4 x pick your own flower buckets, via Bloomin’ Green flowers, worth £200
  Bouquet worth £100, delivered anywhere in UK, via By Appointment Only Design
  Bouquet worth £120, via Hayford & Rhodes
  £150 worth of best-selling greetings cards from the Pearl Lowe Collection, sold in Selfridges and other stores, via Pearl’s stationery designer, Sugalily
  20 wedding Cake Pops via Pop Bakery, value £50
  Up to 60 Save the Date tea bags and bespoke wedding invitations, via Vintage Love Stationery, worth £198
  £350 worth of free wedding stationary from Mandalay Wedding Invitations 
  The use of a structure that holds around 120 guests with a value of around £5,000 via The Stunning Tents Company
  Free reception venue and reception hire at Senate House
  Save the date cards – a bespoke design just for you, via Kate Gale Stationery and worth £160
  Octavia Plum Stationary – bespoke design + personalisation, via Octavia Plum
  2 x Gift Sweet Trees from Sweet Creations worth £50
  Treasure chest of signs, stationery and button holes via The Vintage Drawer
  Bespoke cake by Cake Maison, with up to 4 tiers and to feed 120 guests! Worth £750
  Marry a Millionaire Lingerie set via Gilda & Pearl, value £100
  Style and design service + 10 hours planning time, thanks to Helen Carter Weddings – worth £850
  5 litres of delphinium and wildflower petals- in organza bags plus a litre of rose buds for the table, via Shropshire confetti petals worth £73
  50 x Customised Postcard Maps from Cute Maps, worth £200
  Sarah Haywood Luxury Wedding Planner – full details to be confirmed. Watch this space.
  Tiered wedding cake + matching cupcakes from Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, worth £600
  Cheese ‘Cake’ via the House of Cheese, worth £325
  A pop-up wedding styling and design consultation including a leather-bound planner. From Quintessentially Weddings and valued at £450
  Philippa Craddock  is offering a bouquet up to the value of £150, two hand tied bridesmaids’ bouquets and up to five buttonholes, to the combined value of £384
  Amanda Austin Flowers consultation & bouquet, worth more than £100
  Hire of beautiful vintage cups and saucers for your vintage wedding reception, via The Utterly Sexy Cafe         
  Half day personal stylist experience for mother of the bride, thanks to Thread Styling
  Vintage pink table, via Vintage Style Hire
  100 medium size cookies for wedding favours by Maki’s Cakes, including postage within the UK, value £350
  100 Bea’s of Bloomsbury cupcakes worth £250 



 ♥  1940s inspired coronet created from vintage jewellery dating from the 1940s-60s sourced predominantly from Oxfam shops, by Cherished Vintage
♥  Silk face veil and our freshwater pearl & Swarovski crystal Lucinda comb thanks to Kelly Spence, value £350
  18 Carat Gold wedding ring valued at £595.00 from Chocolate Couture
  Various Flo & Percy headpieces valued over £200
  Various Chez Bec headpieces, valued over £300
  Various Jo Barnes Vintage headpieces valued at over £400
  Headdress from Glass Oyster worth £165
  Vintage comb donated by Connie & Dolly and valued at £60
  Headdress from Hermoine Harbutt valued at £450
  3 ear-rings gifts for bridesmaids thanks to  Hermoine Harbutt, value £120
  Various veils and headpieces from Vivien Sheriff
  Sakuru shoes in any size thanks to Harriet Wilde, value £450
  Aruna Seth Butterfly shoes, value over £600
  Any hair accessory up to £200 thanks to Emmy
  Emmy Martha Shoes, valued at £405 – any size
♥   Ginger Ostrich Feather Fan & Evie Purse set via Britten Wedding Accessories valued at £646
  Rose Blush Garter – silk, satin and English lace thanks to Saumarez Lingerie 
  Any single pair of Rachel Simpson shoes, valued at £165
  Various headpieces from HT Headwear, valued over £300
Bespoke earrings, necklace and braclet for a Bride worth £500, by Susie Warner

Hair & Beauty…   

♥  Spa day for 2, including lunch and dinner – and a treatment from TItanic Spa, worth £350
  One-to-one make-up tutorial + 3 boujois gift sets, from Lina Cameron & Bourjois, value £300
  Make-up Lesson with celeb make-up artist, Maggie Hunt, worth £300
  Champagne Spa Day at The Sanctuary in Covent Garden, worth £120


  A decadent hen party afternoon tea at Fetcham Park, with Idyllic Days crockery and Cakes by Krishanthi cakes, worth £1500
♥  Lovedub weddings transport (campervans) hire
  A week’s self-catering for two people at Ann’s Hill in Cumbria with the following extras: Champagne and chocolates on arrival, Breakfast basket for 2 delivered each morning, 1 afternoon tea for 2 with home-made cake during their stay, 1 restaurant-standard chef meal for 2 delivered to their cottage one evening, 2 x spa treatments at Ann’s Hill – various massages, facial, manicure, pedicure (to be booked with the owner before arrival).  All via Sawday’s and worth £850
  A vintage tea party hen do with amazing vintage make over by Flamingo Amy, make up by Milk and Honey and pics to keep of the event by awesome wedding photographer Joanna Millington. The tea party will includes sandwiches and cute cakes from Cupcakes by Jess and some bubbly!    All via A Most Curious Party
  Vintage Photoshoot Hen Party via Charleston Dance, worth £100
♥  Posh & Swanky Cupcake Hen Party Class, via Posh & Swanky Cupcakes
  Hen Party Dance Experience, via Seen On Screen Fitness
  2 x Champagne experience tickets from The London Eye, worth £70
  Dance tuition & Champagne reception at Karen Hardy Studios, worth £85


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‘Thank you’ doesn’t really cover it.  But I’d like to extend thanks anyway to every single donator above. You are all truly amazing and your kindness and generosity is going to make a BIG difference to this great cause.

You will be able to bid for any of the items listed above at auction between 29th April and 9th May.  More donated products and services are being added to ALL the time and as new suppliers donate any new products, I will also add details to the lists above.

Will you be bidding?

I’d also welcome any comments on this post in general. It’s been a huge amount of hard-work this project and it’s wonderful to guage a response from readers via their feedback 🙂

Any press enquiries should be directed to Claire Wilkinson at Oxfam Press Office +44 (0)1865 473648 | +44 (0)7825 196769 or via email on [email protected].

And if you missed it earlier, take a look at our beautiful behind-the-scenes film from the photoshoot 

Love My Dress Wedding Blog, Photography Copyright © 2012, Mintyslippers

Signing off with a huge sigh of relief that I finally got to blog all our hard work 🙂

BIG big charity love all,



Creative Team Credits {see full photoshoot here}

Photography Copyright © 2012, Eliza Claire + Annamarie Stepney
Beauty & Fashion Retouching by Chanelle Segerius-Bruce  at Retouch Me
Film Production – Mintyslippers
Stylist – Tiffany Grant Riley
Photoshoot Curator – Moi, supported by my Intern, Franky
Venue – Drapers Hall, London
Models – First Model Management
Male Model – Jack Rooney
Hair Stylist – Severin Hubert, Hepburn Collection
Makeup Artist – Lucy Baker
Make-up (for 70’s look) Frontcover Cosmetics, via PR agency Gloss Communications
Nails – Gemma Timms


Annabel View all Annabel's articles

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.

11 thoughts on “The Oxfam Wedding Shoot and EBay Wedding Auction {Post 2 of 2}…

  1. Hi Annabel,
    what a gorgeous, gorgeous shoot! Every detail is exquisite! Many congratulations on organising such a fantastic event – I hope it raises heaps and heaps of money for such a worthy cause!

  2. Wow Annabel, what an inspiring post, fab pics, and a great great cause. You have done an amazing job and everyone involved should be very proud! I have already emailed Kate to offer a donation as we would really love to get involved too! xxx

  3. I have witnesses people from Haiti who rowed in small boats to Bahamas to collect items most of us would throw out. These included used rags, old clothes and used frying oil. The scene was desperate watching people wait for their allotted time to row ashore and collect items which, without a second thought, we would throw out. They then rowed back to Haiti – if they were lucky!
    I’m so happy to be part of this auction if it means helping people like those.

  4. Oh my oh my!!!!! I want to be in the uk even more now!!!!! What a fantastic thing you are doing!! Will some of the amazing items be able to be posted to Australia E.g shoes, veils. Headpieces?…….I Would really love to bid and help support oxfam….and get myself a amazing item!!!
    I really really want the ‘cheese cake’ but don’t think it would make the trip lol

  5. Oh my god wow. JUST WOW. At the shoot, and the auction, oh my!!! What a fab project to be part of. I’m going to bid on about five or six things including a veil and the engagement shoot, so exciting!! Well done you!

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