Magpie Wedding is the place for creative inspiration for strong, stylish couples who want a wedding that reflects them. Magpie Wedding is a blog, show and directory, as well as the home to BOND Bride magazine.
We launched on Valentine’s Day 2010 in Harrogate as The Vintage Wedding Fair; back then we were the first wedding fair of its kind, providing inspiration and wedding attire for hundreds of brides over the last 8 years. With over 400 vintage wedding gowns at every event dating from the 1920s to 1970s, it quickly became a “must go to” day out for every vintage loving bride with her family and friends. Alongside finding the perfect dress, the event showcased the best British creative and artisan exhibitors including amazing florists, photographers, jewellery, stylists, entertainers and hair/makeup.
In 2017, we re-branded to Magpie Wedding, embracing other designs and styles but still with the ethos that every couple should get the day that they want.
Winner of The Best Vintage Wedding Fair award at the National Vintage Awards, 2013 as well as receiving regular press in publications and blogs such as Love My Dress and Rock n Roll Bride as well as national publications such as Prima, Take a Break and Wedding Ideas magazine. Magpie Wedding is run by Kate Beavis.
Kate is a vintage expert; writer and speaker and blogs here. She writes regularly for The Huffington Post, Metro and magazines such as The Lady, Wedding Ideas, Take A Break and Real Homes.
She also runs The Indie Practice, helping creative, indie businesses get noticed through marketing, PR, social media, content creation and email marketing. The two businesses work together through running a wedding membership group to support with all digital marketing.
Meet The Team
Stephanie is owner and creative designer of Stephanie Moran Couture, a bespoke bridal boutique in North Yorkshire. She offers a creative wedding dress shopping experience for the chic, sophisticated and modern bride. Alongside Kate, Stephanie writes for the blog and is our Magpie Wedding fair manager.
The most important thing to Stephanie in the wedding industry is…
“Making brides feel confident and empowered on their wedding day – helping them be the perfect version of themselves. Everyone is different and unique. Always ‘Be the Perfect You’.
Kate Edmondson is the lady boss and designer behind the brand Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture. Kate’s background in bridal design started over 20 years ago, having studied at The London College of Fashion and later graduating at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design in 1997. Due to lack of opportunity in the bridal industry to work as a designer/pattern cutter, Kate decided to start her own label which she has developed over the years for modern brides looking for something unique. Her signature is classic elegance with a vintage vibe!! Kate is very hands on and creates and designs all her own pieces. Kate works on a bespoke basis with all her brides from her west London bridal studio in Acton.
The most important thing to Kate in the wedding industry is…
“I love meeting brides and listening to all their ideas they have for their wedding dresses, and having the ability to translate their ideas into beautiful gowns and accessories. I am proud of the fact all our pieces are handmade in the UK by myself and team of creative seamstresses.”
Helen is the boutique owner of Rock the Frock Cheshire. Rock the Frock Cheshire is a modern and design led boutique stocking high quality dresses and co-ordinates which are ethically made. Designers are exclusive and some pieces are not available in anywhere else in the UK. Designers stocked are Leanne Marshall, Otaduy, Lucy Can’t Dance and Studio Levana.
Prior to opening a bridal boutique Helen owned her own Cosmetic Brand which was focused on brides – from this Helen fell in love with the wedding industry and sparked the idea of owning a bridal boutique.
When Helen is not in the boutique she enjoys hanging out with her husband and dog Clive, going to yoga or making up new vegetarian recipes.
The most important thing to Helen about being in the wedding industry is…
“Having a bridal boutique has been a dream come true, finding brides their wedding dress is the best feeling in the world. I love the bridal industry because there is so much creativity and innovation – whether this is with bridal fashion, flowers, cake, stationery, event styling or photography/ videography. What’s even more special is that all of this is because 2 people are in love and we are there to help them celebrate this in the coolest way possible.”
Stacey is the Owner, Stylist and Creative Director at To be Revealed Styling. She is a colour addict and loves all things bold and floral. Stacey creates bold, elegantly edgy statement styling for weddings, interiors and brands who really want to show off who they are. Moody, colourful style that is dramatic and full of life.
Trained originally as a dancer and having spent years working across Theatre, Film and TV combined with working as a senior visual merchandiser for top high street fashion brands – Stacey utilises all her knowledge to create style that is atmospheric and dramatic. When she isn’t styling you can find her watching wrestling(absolute guilty pleasure) and enjoying a pizza and wine night.
The most important thing to Stacey in the wedding industry is…
“I love chatting to couples and understanding what makes them who they are. Storytelling is the best. It’s the theatrical in me but the wedding industry allows people to tell their own stories and i love being able to help people create that.”
Gemma is a self-confessed addict of weddings and loves to spend hours gathering styling inspo and talking about everything related to a relaxed, free spirited wedding. She loves nothing more than a beautifully styled wedding full of personal touches and her business The White Emporium was born to help move couples away from text book weddings, towards something more creative and truly reflective of their personalities.
After spending 8 years as a fashion designer living in heels and cute dresses Gemma moved into the wedding industry following her own big day. You will now mostly find her with a messy plait, wearing jeans and trainers, climbing ladders whilst styling weddings. If not busy working she loves to unwind spinning round a pole, or spending time with her beautiful family on long country walks, ideally with a pub lunch pit stop.
The most important thing to Gemma in the wedding industry is…
“Giving couples the tools and confidence to really express their personalities and to inject fun into their big day.”
The most important thing to Katy in the wedding industry is…
“As a makeup artist who thrives off good vibes, wedding makeup is my perfect job. Not only do I get to empower my brides to feel like the most beautiful version of themselves- I get to create, laugh with you, cry a bit when you get dressed and call it work. I’m extremely lucky.”