I'd first heard about the Ewe Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza through other wedding suppliers on Instagram.
As soon as I saw what it involved...I knew I wanted a piece of the action.
As mundane as my life can be sometimes..I still like to believe I can live in a world of sequins and rainbows, so I knew this would be the place for me.
Not confident enough to enquire about a stand, I purchased 2 tickets like normal customers.
Initially I was going it alone, but purchased 2 tickets just in case. I was gonna travel from Surrey for the weekend and have a 'stepping out of my comfort zone' photography weekend...but after a discussion with Mr Cuff (my ever so willing second shooter, come model/boyfriend), we decided to make it a weekend away for 2....and I'm so pleased we did.
So Saturday morning arrived. Adorned with a new pair of funky Primark boots and the most incredible sequined jacket, I purchased from Ebay especially for the event, and after instructing Mr Cuff on his outfit for the day, we set off.
From the moment I walked through the arch way of The Bond on Fazeley Street, Birmingham....I knew I was gonna love it.
A cobbled court yard led you through to the exhibition halls, and on to the outside space where other stands were set up.
Myself and Mr Cuff walked round following the ever so cute 'Flock this Way' floor signs, and meandered from room to room, then out to the court yard area, into yet another exhibition room, and then back out again.
It flowed beautifully. There where a large number of exhibitors, approx 70 I believe, and so much to look at. There was no way you could take it all in just in one walk round.
Mr Cuff being the ever patient person he is, followed me round, admiring the extremely eclectic mix of trades and suppliers.
But knowing one trip round may well be enough for him.
So being the nice girlfriend I am, led him to the awesome Gemma & Andy and their Boho Bar, perched him on a bar stall and let him warm the cockles with a few tasty red wines, whilst I went to mingle, network, admire and gaze in ore. I knew he would be in safe hands.
Colourful, Sparkly, Shiny, Bright, Alternative, Individual, Unique.... Just a few of the many happy words I could use to describe the fair.
Such an array of suppliers, and what a bloody awesome bunch of people they were.
Everyone was smiley and polite, informative and friendly, and very obviously loving their time there too.
Having never experience Ewe before...I wasn't too sure what to expect. I knew it would be alternative, and I knew it would be different. But nothing prepared me for just how bloody brilliant it was!
I was nervous walking into the event in my slightly out there, in your face sequin jacket...thinking I would be out of place...but ha...definatley not! I was right where I should of been.
Brass bands, Fashion Shows, A Bubble man, Men dressed as sheep, just a few of the totally awesome things that were going on.
I wanted to try and introduce myself to as many suppliers as possible, in an unobtrusive manor. Knowing I would be photographing the event, I wanted people to be comfortable.
There were a handful of people I was desperate to meet.
Following people on Instagram is strange. You admire their work, follow their lives, and before you know it, they become your inspiration and your muse.
So when confronted with them..I suddenly realised that I was actually in reality and not in an Instagram post, and these people are real.
Calming the little 12 year old fan girl creeping out of me, I pulled myself together and dived right in.
I was back to being me, and back to being a photographer and blogger.
I stood and chatted to a whole variety of suppliers, most of whom I think will now be owning a sequin jacket, as it seemed to be a talking point to break the ice..ha!
Everyone was so passionate about their products and services, it was so great to see.
I made a very conscious effort to ensure I looked at everyone's stalls, but always found myself dragged to the other photographers....
I love exploring other photographers work, and seeing their take on the world and other people's lives. Despite there being millions of photographers on the planet we can all be so different.
However one common trate we all seem to hold....is we all love what we do, but all think we could do better, and don't take compliments very well...ha!
Even just chatting to the selected few photographers at the event, they were grateful for the compliments I was giving them, but also said they thought others were far better than themselves. I'm right there with them on that feeling. I never believe I'm good enough. But this strives us to be bigger and better and continue to learn and adapt.