In the beautiful surroundings of The Italian Villa
in Compton Acres. Bellissimo joined with the team at The Villa to create a Wedding and Lifestyle Show which took place on Sunday 31st October 2010. This was our biggest show to date and it was a huge success with over 400 visitors coming along. We are pleased to announce that The Villa have already asked us to repeat this success next year with another show on Sunday 30 October.
All images featured in this blog were taken by the very talented Ina Halsor and are subject to copyright – please do not reproduce without the express permission of Ina – you can make contact with her via the link to her website above
Busy brides after the shot for a photocall
Show in full throttle – guests were able to take in the beauty of the Italian Gardens from the back of the Medici Suite in the Villa
Just one of the lovely stands on offer for guests to look at – exhibitors really did go to town with their stands at this show
Lovely stand featuring cakes by Lisa Notley
A wonderful day which brought together suppliers from the wedding world and suppliers who can help the newly weds find everything they need to start up their new home.
Tony Marsh from Absolute Fun Casino chatting to one of our guests
Well Groomed of Lower Parkstone provided the suits for the male models to model during the fashion show and this was their stand
Habitat at their stand – featuring some lovely contemporary furniture and home items
Two fashion shows took place throughout the day with stunning bridal gowns on display. Dresses provided by Natalie at Exquisite Brida
l in Lymington and Michelle at Bliss Brida
l in Christchurch. The lovely boys from Southcoast Butlers
were kitted out in suits from Well Groomed
Faye and Jake modelling their stunning outfits
Klynton in black dinner suit from Well Groomed and Lisa wearing gown from Bliss Bridal
Anita modelling one of the beautiful gowns from Exquisite Bridal of Lymington
Rob from South Coast Butlers
Before each show guests were treated to a performance from Ed Hailwood
a wonderful singer for all your event needs and alongside this a treat from Alexandra and Andrey from Dancezone
who can teach you all the moves for your perfect first dance – always such a pleasure to watch and great to have Ed back at one of our shows – such a joy to hear Ed singing and always enjoyed by the visitors to our shows so thank you Ed for taking part and thanks also to Alexandra and Andrey for your stunning exhibition performance
Ed Hailwood singing to the crowds with catwalk arrangements courtesy of Crystal Adonis
Alongside the bridal dresses we had a catwalk show with some stunning shoes,bags and other accessories from Sugar Plum Fairy Autumn/Winter collection.
Lisa modelling for Sugar Plum Fairy
Sasha modelling for Sugar Plum Fairy – Autumn/winter collection
Food was provided on the day by the wonderful Beales Gourmet Catering
who are the in house caterers for all the functions at the wonderful venue and also run a very successful outside catering service to a number of local wedding and function venues including Lulworth Castle, The Lighthouse Poole and Highcliffe Castle. Food was served to all the visitors outside with the wonderful back drop of The Italian Villa gardens.
Some guests enjoying food from the Winter Food Court in the Italian Gardens
The stunning images that you can see throughout this blog were captured by the talented Ina Halsor.
Ina is a contemporary photographer who manages to capture stunning moments effortlessly in a cool contemporary way throughout all of her work.Thank you Ina for coming along and taking these beautiful images.
One of our models – Sasha preparing for the catwalk in a stunning gown from Bliss Bridal – busy girls backstage
Sasha is wearing crystal jewellery from Crystal Adonis
Lisa looking amazing after the show for some shots with the bridal cars
Our bridal models
Throughout the day a competition was running that visitors could enter to Win a Wedding at The Villa with other elements being provided by some of the lovely exhibitors of the day. A fantastic prize worth over £5,000 the prize was drawn at the afternoon fashion show and won by this lucky young lady who was presented with her scroll with details of her prize plus a bottle of bubbly to celebrate further.
Looking lovely Lisa!
One of our models – Natalie – looking stunning and showing her lovely hairstyle by Off the Square Hairdressing of Wimborne
Anita – wonderful model – and looking great in this gown
Emma-Jane – in one of the bridal cars looking amazing as ever