It’s a Wrap – First Comes Love Fair April Highlights

This is quite possibly our second longest blog post ever. But, hey! We make no apologies. Every image to follow is warranted. Every single one. In fact, there was probably 150% more that could have been included.

Our eighth First Comes Love Fair took place at MosArts on Sunday 2nd April and it was spectacular. Every year, we cannot possibly imagine how it could be better than before – and then the exhibitors go and do THIS. And these pics barely scratch the surface of all the swoon-worthy goodness that was on show. That is why you need to leave your lounge rooms, folks! And come out to meet in person all of the creative souls in the Westralian wedding and event industry. They’re pretty great.

From the floatiest of veils to the sweetest of scented blooms to the tallest towers of cheese, the slinkiest of gowns to the golden-est (we swear that’s a word) of vintage caravans for hire – we recommend you take a thorough gander below and then visit the MosArts 2017 Fair page to find the who’s who.

And if something in particular tickled your fancy, and you’re not sure who the responsible party is, do please leave a comment below and we’ll let you know just who to seek out.

We thank the always incredible Amelia Claire Lifa Wall and Sara Hannagan for sharing their images with us and Ben from Little Friends Films for capturing some video footage of the fair. They’re all tops too!

And as for the rest of the pics we mentioned at the top there, guess where you’ll see them all? We recommend you follow @firstcomeslovefair on Instagram.

    

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Oh Yes! It’s Free

There will be a whole host of winning to be had at the First Comes Love Fair on April 2nd. We recommend that you seek out the giveaways and competitions and discounts that many of the generous souls exhibiting will be making available to you (psssst! we’re giving you a little hint below!). You might win. We hope you do. Good luck!

 

ANNI MARIA PHOTOGRAPHY

Head over to see Anni Maria and enter her competition to WIN a FREE engagement / pre wedding photoshoot for one couple.

CALLA LILY COLLECTION

On the day of First Comes Love, Calla Lily Collection is offering $100 DISCOUNT vouchers! In order to receive one you’ll have to visit their stall and to join their mailing list to stay up to date with new collection announcements, dress shopping tips etc and you’ll receive one of the $100 vouchers at the same time.

CAKE DATE

If you visit the Cake Date‘s exhibit you will be in for a delicious treat, as they are giving away FREE SAMPLES of CAKE (until supplies run out!), so get there quick!  And that’s not all – visit Nadia at her stall to enter a competition to WIN a macaron tower (80 macarons included!).

CLAIRE RANDALL CREATIVE

Pop along to see Claire Randall Creative, she will be giving you the chance to WIN FREE hair and makeup for a bride and a Becca Cosmetics Gift Pack PLUS a special offer of $50 makeup trials to any bride who books and pays for their trial on the day of the fair.

COLLEZIONE BRIDAL

Collezione Bridal will be running a competition to WIN $500 towards your dream wedding gown. Awesome!

FIELDS & SKIES PHOTOGRAPHY

Pop along to see Ali at Fields & Skies Photography for a chance to WIN a FREE lovebird shoot for one couple.

FOOTE & FLAME

Daniel at Foote & Flame will be offering 15% DISCOUNT on orders placed at the fair. Sweet!

GREAT KOMBIS

Great Kombis will be hanging out in the Picture Garden offering 10% DISCOUNT on bookings placed at the fair.

GREY RABBIT DESIGN

If you visit the lovely Emily at Grey Rabbit Design, she’s hosting a competition where you could WIN a custom designed invitation suite (printing not included). Wowsers!

M EVENT HIRE

Any order placed with the kind souls at M Event Hire between now and 31st May 2017 will receive a 15% DISCOUNT on their gorgeous HIRE ITEMS. Visit their stall to collect a VOUCHER.

MABLE & CO.

Mable & Co. will be offering  20% DISCOUNT on any bookings made from the fair by the close of April 2017, in addition to running a First Comes Love Fair competition to WIN a $200 voucher towards any Mable & Co package (minimum 2 hour service). Awesome!

MEETING GRACE

Visit Meeting Grace to collect a card entitling you to $500 OFF a custom made gown. Nicey nice.

MISS HIGH T

Miss High T will be offering 15% DISCOUNT if you visit her at the fair, and book any services (high tea, hire or style). Not only that but Tam will also be handing out FREE tea samples at her stall!

ROSE & BEAU

The folks at Rose & Beau are offering a very generous 15% DISCOUNT on any of their services when booked by 31st May 2107. The generous souls are also OFFERING any couple who book their planning and coordination package by the end of April the opportunity to WIN their design and styling services for FREE.

SYNAPSE EVENT LIGHTING

Visit Synapse Event Lighting at the fair to enter a competition to WIN THE LIGHTING for your wedding (to the value of $1000)! If you aren’t the LUCKY winner, they are also offering a 15% DISCOUNT for lighting bookings received from brides/couples who visit their stall and book by 31st May 2017. Nicey nice.

THE HANDSOME STRANGER

The Handsome Stranger will be offering 20% DISCOUNT if you visit them at the fair, and book their services before the 16th April 2017. Check out your goodie bags too as they are also giving away vouchers for FREE coffee!

THE PUBLICAN GROUP

The Publican Group will be offering not one but TWO GIVEAWAYS! Firstly, book your wedding at either The Aviary or The Guildford Hotel to secure one of the following exclusive offers:

  • Upgrade to French Champagne in your beverage package
  • Complimentary signature cocktail included in your beverage package
  • 10% off styling including florals, with Willow Lane Creative

Secondly, they also have a special offer if you stop by their stall and say ‘hi’ you can enter into a COMPETITION to WIN a Magnum of G.H. Mumm Champagne. (Winner drawn on Friday, 7th April and announced via email)

ZOLOTAS AUSTRALIA BRIDAL

This ones a pretty easy one to follow, Zolotas are OFFERING an opening SPECIAL of 20% OFF their gowns. Sweet!

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Styled Shoot: Ferguson Foundry

Do we ever love it when a crew of creatives get together to combine their goodness, showcase their skills, and work as a team to devise something delicious to help folks see beyond the commonplace?! It is inspirational to be able to peek at what we might see at the weddings and shindigs of our nearest and dearest in the future.

Concepted and styled by Bloom Tribe and Turtle & the Pelican and photographed by Anthea Auld Photographer – this shoot took place at Ferguson Foundry. Samara from Bloom Tribe describes the inspiration behind the shoot;

“The shoot was created and styled by Bloom Tribe to showcase the new wedding venue “Ferguson Foundry” which is located 5km from the Perth CBD adjoining one of Perth’s coolest art galleries.

My inspiration was first and foremost the venue itself. I love layered whites, creams and greys and this worked perfectly with the venues concrete floor and white gallery walls. The Ferguson Foundry is an art gallery so I wanted to introduce some soft colour, textures and creativity to the theme.

The models were chosen to give the whole shoot a more creative and alternative feel. They both have almost all black tattoos so black became the strength to the look, coming through in the horns of the amazing Oz skull, the lighting and table accents. I love natural elements and I know that the venue has been built with the environment in mind. It will be landscaped with natives and have solar power among other things, so I incorporated lots of beautiful teal grey native foliage, the natural timber table tops and used natural textiles such as linen on the tables and the stunning all cotton hand made gowns”.

Find the whole team involved below and you’ll also be able to meet many of the style-slingers in person at the upcoming First Comes Love Fair on April 2nd. They’re nice people. You’ll like them.


The Venue: FERGUSON FOUNDRY

Ferguson Foundry is a brand new wedding venue, purpose built for smaller weddings wanting something a little different, with the option to do their own catering and beverages etc. It’s a cool space with souring ceilings and concrete floors and artwork from local Perth artists that is constantly changing.

Photographer: Anthea Auld Photographer | Videographer: Chapman Films | Hair: Sheree George (Tel: 0402 657 566) |Makeup: CMM Makeup | Styling: Bloom Tribe and Turtle and the Pelican | Prop Hire: Turtle & the Pelican | Flowers: Bloom Tribe | Cake: The Garnished Co | Lighting: Eighty Eight Events | Dress: Zolotas | Table wear: A La Table Rentals | Model: Michelle Loveridge | Artwork: Studio 281 |

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Styled Shoot: Botanical Beauty

We just love it when a group of creatives get together to showcase their talents and BOY; this styled shoot did not disappoint!! Amelia Claire has captured beautiful and elegant imagery showcasing a balance of relaxed vintage and elegant styles.

Florist, Emily Lauren describes the scene “Located in the Perth’s North, the large private property was full of lush green trees and shades of pinky peach florals glistening in the afternoon’s golden light. Elements involved; gorgeous Westralian Marri dining tables, soft water colour circular menus, matte black crockery and a stunning mix of a frosted iced and naked cake. Soft yet bold textures and colours featured throughout our brides makeup, hair and delicate full lace gown.”

This shoot was truly elegant in every way!

Photography: Amelia Claire Photography | Hair: Gamine Dynasty | Makeup: Megan Crosby MUA | Styling and Hire: Turtle and the Pelican | Bow Tie: Gentlemen Scholar | Flowers: Emily Lauren Flowers | Stationery: Wedding and Colour | Cake: Petit Poh Sweets & Treats | Grooms Ring: Michael Hill 

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Uber Cool Coupling – Wedding Styled Shoot at the New Ambrose Estate

Perth couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a wedding venue. Be it rustic winery and hillside spaces to lavish halls; ocean, river or bushland backdrops – the possibilities are endless. However, it’s always exciting when a new venue opens offering the opportunity for a truly unique wedding day.

To celebrate the opening of Ambrose Estate at Wembley Golf Course, Anthea Auld Photographer set about organising a contemporary bridal shoot to showcase the new venue and its surroundings.

After teeing up (pardon the pun!!) some of Anthea’s fave and super talented Perth wedding vendors an epic afternoon of shooting began.  And if you think these two uber cool cats look so much in love, well you’re right. The shoot features real life couple Mischa and Jez. They were so completely at ease with each other, their love palpable during the shoot. Simply a photographers dream!

Our bride Mischa arrived in an ultra chic white Jaguar provided by Belle Limousines, Mischa was a natural, oozing quiet confidence and sass in a Karen Willis Holmes fitted sequin gown paired with delicate long sleeved lace jacket.

Mischa’s hair and makeup by complemented the casual and contemporary nature of her gown and surroundings. A whimsical and yet modern bouquet featuring black roses was a perfect juxtaposition against this delicate and stunning gown.

Our groom Jez looked sharp and cut a dashing figure in his suit provided and fitted by Brittons Formalwear.

The grounds of Ambrose Estate offered endless picture perfect locations with natural bushland, rolling green fairways, city views, lakes and picturesque fountains. The new Ambrose Estate function room features a covered timber balcony which cantilevers overlooking the golf course and forms a dramatic architectural feature. This deck was illuminated by lighting guru eighty eight events’ metallic pendant drop lighting and cascading festoons. An intimate moment of our couple was captured as the cuddled on the timber ledge whilst the sun set behind.

Styling and floristry extraordinaire, Touched By Angels, created magic with table scapes featuring metallic candlesticks paired with Ecuadorian roses in mauve’s, pinks and vanilla. Cool and casual furniture such as bamboo chairs and lounge settings were provided by M Events.

The Cake and I created a stunning two tier wedding cake laden with fresh figs and dripping with rich caramel sauce.

Wedding Video by Chapman Films: https://vimeo.com/179704803

Venue: Ambrose Estate, The Boulevard, Wembley Downs, Western Australia, Australia

Hair: Casey’s Curls | Lighting: Eighty Eight Event LightingFurniture Hire: M Event Hire | Makeup Artistry: Addicted to GlamourFlowers and Styling: Touched By Angels | Photography: Anthea Auld PhotographerCelebrant: KM Celebrations | Wedding Gown   (worn in the evening) Through The White Door Wedding Gown ( worn during the day) Zanzis Couture Wedding Stationary: Invitings Made EasySuit: Brittons FormalwearWedding Car: Belle LimousinesWedding Cake: The Cake & IWedding Video: Chapman Films |

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Then Comes Marriage: Tanya & Jay

Tanya and Jay met at a bar in Perth. She said “I was with a girlfriend for a girls’ night out. I wasn’t having the greatest night; I walked past Jay and he asked me “Do you want a hug?”. Normally this would be super creepy but he just had a sweet vibe about him. His band had played earlier that night and when he asked me if I’d seen any of the bands I replied “pfft never even heard of them! Did you?” and then he kindly told me that he had played! Oops!”. Little did she know that one day they would be wed.

Describing the proposal, Tanya said, “we had been together nearly 6 years and talked very loosely about marriage but I definitely wasn’t expecting it at all! It was 12.12.12 (he swears he didn’t even realise the date!), I was running late home from work because there was some freak December storm. When I walked in the house the first thing I noticed was how clean it was, he had tidied everything! There was some sweet soul music playing in the kitchen and a pillow pet holding a sign that said “meet Jay in the home theatre”. We had recently bought his niece a pillow pet and I had joked that they were so soft and cuddly that I wanted one myself! I walked to the home theatre and there he was kneeling down on one knee. The whole room was filled with tea candles, and there was a big heart of candles in the middle of the room with a table at the centre with a white tablecloth & a bottle of Moet on top! I don’t remember what he said, I just remember saying “jay! Jay! Jay! Jay! Jay!” and then eventually “yes!”. Then we skyped my parents who were overseas and he was so nervous/excited he dropped the bottle of Moet on the floor so we ended up drinking flat Zibbibo instead!

Their rustic ceremony took place in the Sunken Gardens of UWA followed by a reception at Moore & Moore in Freo. “We both decided very early on that we didn’t want a traditional wedding. We wanted something fun, something personal, and something that meant something to us rather than just having the same wedding we’ve all been to before. I’m not the girl that ever pictured her wedding in her head or dreamt about it for years, but from the minute Jay proposed, I knew I wanted the ceremony to be in a pretty garden somewhere with lots of light and colours. The reception had a really nice vintage and cool feel, the food was 100% vegetarian and about 80% vegan which was very important to us. We both took our time planning everything because we wanted to enjoy the process and not get too stressed out over it. We had an incredible bridal party that just made our day so entertaining and our speeches during the reception were pretty impressive. My grandma had our guests in stitches, but my bridesmaid Lisa took it to another level by rapping her speech, it was so brilliant!”

Their day was filled with laughs, tears, heartfelt vows, gangsta moves. We thank these cool cats for sharing their trendy and very romantic day with us and their photographer Ali from Fields & Skies for capturing all the fun of the day!

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| Photography: Fields & Skies | Gown: Rachel Gilbert , hair by the bridesmaids and makeup by Donna Maria Makeup & Beauty | Bridesmaids: Forever New |Grooms/Groomsman Suit: Roger David |Celebrant: James McHale| Flowers: Poppy & Willow | Cake & Catering: Pearfect Pantry, Dolce & Salato, Raw Kitchen | Invitations: Chi Borrello | Styling: Tie the Knot | Venue: Sunken Gardens, UWA, Moore & Moore, Fremantle |Transport: Lavish Limousines|

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You guys ROCK!!!

I would love to say a hearty thank you to everyone who came out to play at First Comes Love Fair on the weekend. The seventh First Comes Love Fair took place at MosArts on Sunday and it was spectacular. As many of you know this was my inaugural fair, and I was absolutely blown away by the talent and creativeness of everyone involved. Each and every one had poured time, effort and LOVE into their displays and WOW they were totally AWESOME!  That is why you need to leave your lounge rooms, folks! And come out to meet in person all of the creative souls in the Westralian wedding and event industries. They’re pretty great.

Every nook and cranny of MosArts was chock full of inspiration (and that’s A LOT of nooks and crannies!!) – I recommend you take a thorough gander below and then visit the MosArts 2016 Fair page to find the who’s who.

And if something in particular tickled your fancy, and you’re not sure who the responsible party is, do please leave a comment below and I’ll let you know just who to seek out.

I thank Peggy Saas and Liz Jorquera for sharing their images with us. They’re pretty awesome too!

Last but by no means least, I thank my little team of FCL worker bees. I owe you foot rubs and pints of gin.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. You guys ROCK!

Clare xxx

 

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You gotta be in it to win it!

There will be a whole host of winning to be had at the First Comes Love fair on October 2nd. We recommend that you seek out the giveaways and competitions and discounts that many of the generous souls exhibiting will be making available to you (psssst! we’re giving you a little hint below!). You might win. We hope you do. Good luck!

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BELINDA ASHLEE MAKEUP ARTIST

On the day of First Comes Love, Belinda Ashlee Makeup Artist is offering COMPLIMENTARY and obligation-free MINI TRIALS. For FREE! We think that is pretty amazing.  As a bonus, any bride who books a BRIDAL TRIAL on the day of the fair, will also be entitled to a 10% DISCOUNT on makeup for your big day. Be quick – limited sessions are available!

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CAKES BY DARK CHERRY

If you visit the Cakes by Dark Cherry‘s exhibit you will be in for a delicious treat, as they are giving away FREE SAMPLES of CAKE (until supplies run out!), so get there quick!  And that’s not all – anyone who takes a pic of Cakes by Dark Cherry‘s stall and shares it on Instagram with the hashtag #thisdarkcherry, and then books in for a no-obligation tasting and design consultation after the fair, will receive a 10% DISCOUNT off their wedding cake for their big day!

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CHAPMAN FILMS

Pop along to see Chapman Films, they will be giving away FREE BAGS OF POPCORN to anyone who visits them at the fair. Yum! They are also offering a $600 DISCOUNT on either of their video packages. Secured bookings must be made before October 31st 2016.

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ELICIA RUDD HAIR & MAKEUP

Pop along to see Elicia Rudd Hair & Makeup, she will be doing not one BUT two LIVE DEMO’S, and a GIFT for brides who book her services for their wedding on the day of the fair.

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FOLK GATHERING

The folks at Folk Gathering are offering a very generous 15% DISCOUNT on any of their services hen booked within 2 weeks of the fair. The generous souls are also GIVING AWAY four of their signature hand poured caramel-vanilla scented beer bottle candles as SPOT PRIZES.  Keep an eye out on the @firstcomeslovefair Instagram account for details of how to win one.

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LAMONT’S BISHOPS HOUSE

Visit the events team from Lamont’s Bishops House at their stall, they are taking names at the fair to be entered into a DRAW for a $100 voucher. Sweet!

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MABLE & CO.

Mable & Co. will be offering 15% DISCOUNT if you visit them at the fair, and book Mabel before the 31st October 2016. Awesome!

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MARIELLE STUDIO

Marielle Studio are offering any couple who book complete styling & floral design for their wedding (and their booking is secured within 4 weeks of the fair) , to go in the running to win their bridal bouquet for FREE!

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MEADOWS OF LONGTON

Any order placed with the kindly souls at Meadows of Longton between now and December 2016 will receive a 10% DISCOUNT on their gorgeous HIRE ITEMS. You may be lucky enough to find a voucher in your canvas tote as there are limited supplies.

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SYNAPSE EVENT LIGHTING

Visit Synapse Event Lighting at the fair to enter a competition to WIN THE LIGHTING for your wedding! If you aren’t the LUCKY winner, they are also offering a 15% DISCOUNT for lighting bookings received from brides/couples who visit their stall. Nicey nice.

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THE GIFTING COLLECTIVE

Gifting is exactly what The Gifting Collective does! Visit them at the fair and you might WIN a GIFT BOX valued $85 – either a bridesmaid proposal or a thankyou selection of goodies. Plus, there will be SPOT PRIZES of their GORGEOUS SOY CANDLES (pictured above). Keep an eye out on the @firstcomeslovefair Instagram account for details of how to win one.

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THE LITTLE STYLE CO.

Visit The Little Style Co. at the fair and take a picture of their stall. Share this image on Facebook and Instagram (Plus like @littlestyleco), and you will go into a competition to have your bridal bouquet and groom buttonholes FREE including delivery. Easy!

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TURTLE & THE PELICAN

Turtle & the Pelican will be  offering a FREE DRINKS STATION PACKAGE to clients that visit them at the fair and book any of their Ceremony Packages.  It includes a Table, 2 Dispensers, 40 Milk Bottles, 40 Champagne Glasses, Beverage But on Stand, Chalkboard & Delivery, Placement, Collection & Washing Up. VALUED AT $380!! Bookings must be made by Sunday 9th Oct 16. Their standard T&C’s apply, must be in the same location as the ceremony, and drinks / ice aren’t included.

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WEDDING + COLOUR

This ones a pretty easy one to follow, visit Wedding + Colour and take a photo of your favourite invite. Post and tag on Instagram #weddingandcolour, to go in the DRAW to WIN 30% OFF your choice of invite package bespoke or collection, for you or for a friend. Sweet!

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Exhibitor Testimonial by Rebecca Const from Fox & Rabbit

We recently asked the gorgeous Rebecca Const from Fox & Rabbit to write a little piece about First Comes Love Fair, and how it helped her business when she was just starting out. What she has written has left us with such a warm fuzzy feeling and grinning from ear to ear. It is so wonderful to hear how First Comes Love helped changed the game for her business and create such long lasting friendships. If you are considering exhibiting at First Comes Love Fair (or just want to have a warm fuzzy feeling) then please read on…….

“Soon after launching my business in 2010, First Comes Love made it’s debut. The fair was bought to my attention by my wonderful and terribly talented friend Emma of Milla Makeup. I believe her email said something along the lines of “this fair looks lovely and would suit your business – you need to do this”. And boy was she right! I had never heard of anything like it before. A bridal fair that was boutique, selective, completely up my stylistic alley – and not a satin chair sash in sight.

I can say with confidence that First Comes Love changed the game for my business. In an online world chock-full of limitless wedding options, First Comes Love really thrust us centre stage in the Perth wedding scene. We matched up with so many lovely couples who ‘got me’ and who got the Fox and Rabbit style. Clients who were willing to trust our creative process and listen to our experienced advise.

Not only does the fair rub off on vendors like ourselves; but watching loved up duos drenched in relief, realising that the talented, out-of-the-box, creative services they had been desperately searching for were available to them in one place and IN PERTH is pretty special.

It wasn’t the kind of wedding fair or market stall experience we ever walked away from feeling disheartened, disappointed, upset or like our time, efforts and financial expenses were wasted.

One of the highlights that cannot go unmentioned as a result of pursuing First Comes Love is meeting other likeminded vendors. How refreshing! I’ve made life long friends within the wedding industry. People such as Jessica of The Butcher, The Baker, The Stylist and Creator, Angela of Angela Higgins Photography, Leah and Angela of Studio Bomba, Jappalin of Flower Talk, Mae of Maevana, Kristy of Flights of Fancy by Kristy, Michael and Erin of Micktric Events… the list goes on! These incredibly humble, talented, creative and hardworking bunch – I met them ALL through FCL and have gone on to collaborate with, refer to and build honest friendships with each of them. Some I met as long as 6 years ago and still work with today. I will forever be grateful for this.

Due to the changes in our clientele – wedding fairs don’t have as strong of an impact for our company anymore, however FCL will also hold a special place in my heart as I believe it was one of the major catalyst events that bought about the rapid growth we experienced in our early years. This may not happen for everyone’s business – but it is our story – and I’m personally so thankful to First Comes Love and to the original founders – Leah and Angela – for fostering such a beautiful, unique community of wedding vendors in our small city. The more we glean together, learn from each other, and champion one another; the stronger our mark becomes in the wonderful world of weddings and parties – and the better off our business are for it.”

We thank Rebecca Const from Fox & Rabbit for her beautiful story and feel truly blessed to have been such a big part of her journey xx

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Photography by: Angela Higgins

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Raw Beauty & Simple Elegance

Oh me, oh my……if only I was getting married again, just look at these stunning images by Bronnie Joel.

Bronnie says, “I’m completely in love with the elegant and simple pieces from Lola Varma. The fabrics are so fluid and luxurious to feel and wear and the way they fall and move are just so beautiful and feminine. I hoped to show this with these images. 

I decided to keep it simple. Beautiful Rosie with no makeup, hair or props just focusing on the garments, cool poses and minimal backgrounds.

I think this approach complements the pieces and really shows them individually and together. 

I was trying to take a more raw and natural approach to fashion and bridal photography. The pieces are not your conventional or traditional bridal wear, they are for a modern bride seeking a more uncomplicated and timeless elegance.”

Wowsers, pure elegance and raw beauty all rolled into one, Rosie in all her barefaced gorgeousness and those simply stunning gowns by Lola Varma. We thank Bronnie Joel for sharing these glorious images with us.

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| Photography: Bronnie Joel Photography | Dresses: Lola Varma |

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