Sophia goes Backstage! at the Wedding Fair…


The bells rang on Sunday 1 November for Marine Theatre Wedding Fair with everything the vintage inspired bride and groom could possibly want. We ate cake and listened to Fleur Gardner-Wray’s elegant harp, then boogied to Mr Jean!

Licenced for the ceremony is the Lyme Regis Alexandra Hotel up the top of the hillThey will soon be opening their 18th century chapel to make any wedding day even more special.

For anyone planning a vintage style wedding reception, all of the top local suppliers stood shoulder to shoulder. With flowers from Busy Bee in Honiton, a showcase table decorated by Beautifully Seated, then Mille Fleurs of Dalwood, Honiton supplying china and tableware, ice cream from the delicious Furzeleize Down Dairy in Axminster, dresses from Days of Grace in Budleigh Salterton, vintage sewing patterns from Sew-La-Di-Da, and natural skin-care and make-up without any nasties from Julia Masters, an Arbonne Independent Consultant.

Diane Jones of DJ Bouquets displayed an inspired collection of vintage jewelled bouquets and very tempting accessories.


They say that if you want to get ahead, get a hat. Fiona Nayler had a table full of large summer floppy hats, Russian fur hats, and steam-punk friendly parasols; she is Unique Designs from Bridport, and creates both new and stylish sassy ‘upcycled’ millinery.

Plus with locally based, Paula Elsworth, ready to provide expert advice about slimming and a medically based individual plan with the Cambridge Weight Plan, and Cranberries Health Spa in Kilmington, we were thoroughly covered from pre-wedding hen ideas to the wedding day.

No wedding would be complete without the photographer, and Devon based Matthew Tomkinson will organise and design your personal digital album, whilst Catherine Carter of Dorset offers bespoke photography. We loved Matt Stockman‘s photo booth with vintage props for guests to get instant fun photos…

Of course don’t forget the Marine Theatre with its dramatic location and quirky interior is the ideal setting for your reception or for that matter, any celebration!


Thanks Sophia! and thanks to all of our Wedding Fair exhibitors, our beautiful volunteers and our many supporters who made the day run smoothly, and so enjoyable.