The first Wedding Fair held in St Bartholomew’s Church showed encouraging signs for the Spring showcase of wedding clothes and services, to make a return visit next year. Organised by Ann Cossins of Crewkerne, the Wedding Fair attracted 15 exhibitors to its unique venue in the 15th Century parish church. Magnificent stained glass windows and Tudor style chapels with ornate carvings, provided a wonderful setting forthe displays of bridal gowns, gentleman’s formal attire, wedding cakes, floral designs, printed stationery, hairdressers and beauticians, photographers and a sweet cart.
Outside of the church, a vintage carriage from Stars Carriages, welcomed future brides and grooms. Visitors were able to browse through the specialist wedding displays, enjoy refreshments provided by Haselbury Mill and listen to a medley of Wedding songs, performed by professional singer Victoria Starr. Ann Cossins was inspired by the uniqueness of the venue to hold the evening wedding fair at the parish church in Crewkerne. She received great encouragement from friends and family. Her daughters Karina and Samantha who are partners in 1 White Dress, a specialist design service that offers wedding dresses and accessories, customised to a brides personal requirements, were happy to be exhibiting at the event.
Other exhibitors were: The Silver Cake, Harvey Anderson Hair, Steve & Sharon Tucker Print Design, Photography by Jim Johnson, Aoife Gray Photography, Eleanor Florence Gowns, Frederick L Mabb Gentleman’s Formal Hire, Candy Bees Sweet Carts, Twigs And Twines Floral Designs, Bellissimo Boutique and Lisa’s hair. The wedding fair raised around £400, which will be donated in equal shares to St Bartholomew’s Church and the Mothers Union Overseas Fund. Organiser Ann Cossins said: “Everyone enjoyed it. We will maybe run it again next year but need to think about the advertising. A big thank you to all those who supported the event and helped us to raise about £400 for charity.”