Here is the second of our vendor interviews, introducing the talent of Susannah Blatchford Photography & Jessica Gunn, fashion artist from Caterbury. Make sure you visit the Christchurch Wedding Fair on Sun, 17th April to see them at work!

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SUSANNAH BLATCHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

1) Can you tell us a little bit about your business and what you bring to the wedding scene?

As a wedding photographer, I see wedding photography as a creative collaboration between myself and my clients. When I photograph a couple on their most special day, it is an act of observation, understanding their vision, and using the  skills and experience I have gained year after year to capture the essence of a couple and their families. I work hard to create images that a couple can look back on year after year, evoking the memories made on their wedding day.

2) What are you most looking forward to at the Christchurch Wedding Fair in April?

There’s been a real upsurge in creativity with weddings in the last few years, so I always look forward to meeting couples and hearing about their concepts for their big day. Being among so many other talented and creative vendors is also inspiring. The Fair is a great way to collaborate with both vendors and couples and the atmosphere makes for a relaxed and fun day out for couples.

3) What sets this Wedding Fair apart from other wedding showcase events you’ve attended?

The beauty of the NZ Wedding Fair is in its laid-back atmosphere. Although much effort has gone in to making it a superbly styled and seamless showcase of the best hand-picked vendors, couples never feel they are being ‘pushed’. There is a great sense of camaraderie between vendors and a huge variety between the different zones. The NZ Wedding Fair prides itself on being able to provide inspiration to every couple with contemporary designs and ideas.

4) How do you personally hope to inspire Christchurch brides-to-be for their up-coming weddings?

By meeting and listening to a couple describe their dream wedding, I am able to help suggest ideas, or show them images that can help bring an idea into a tangible concept. The benefit of working closely with other vendors is that it can help simplify the process and streamline the dream wedding for a couple. By building relationships with florists, makeup artists, stylists and videographers, I can offer expertise and give solid recommendations.

5) Can you reveal a little about what we can expect to see from you at the Christchurch Wedding Fair?

I will be situated in the carnival zone in the Tipi this year, so you can expect to be see vibrant colour, trending designs and themes, and inspired images that capture the essence of love and laughter.

6) Finally, what is your new favourite wedding trend to enter the 2016 season? 

There are some fantastic concepts being brought to the table this year, I’m always impressed at the creativity pouring out of Christchurch! Some of the stand-out trends I have seen this season include the use of colour and tailored suits for guys. Instead of traditional navy or black suits, I have loved seeing guys embrace the day and include less conventional aspects to their preparations. Mobile barbers in retro caravans have been a highlight, helping the men bring their own style to the big day.

JESSICA GUNN

1) Can you tell us a little bit about your business and what you bring to the wedding scene? 

Jessica Gunn – Canterbury fashion artist showing recent work and demonstrating ink & wash method as I draw brides-to-be wearing their gowns, offering a fine art investment package. I haven’t found anyone else doing this; it’s something really unique and personal.   

2) What are you most looking forward to at the Christchurch Wedding Fair in April 

I’m excited to be part of the creativity buzz – entering the enclosed hedged garden at Cossars greeted with hanging drifts of aromatic foliage, eucalyptus along with floral sweetness, baked wedding cakes, desserts, dark chocolate and crème brulee, Kiwi Tipi and wood smoke, decorated tables and gorgeous lace dresses. It’s a textural sensation! I love drawing in this environment. All my senses are engaged. 

3) What sets this Wedding Fair apart from other wedding showcase events you’ve attended?

All of the above – it’s alive with feeling, colour, texture, lighting, aromatics and it’s ok to touch/feel, taste and smell everything. It is about sensation.

4) How do you personally hope to inspire Christchurch brides-to-be for their up-coming weddings?

I love to show people how I work in real time. Drawing is a practice I do every day and I especially love the challenge of drawing the delicate and sophisticated form of a bride in her gown.

5) Can you reveal a little about what we can expect to see from you at the Christchurch Wedding Fair?

I’ll be drawing live during the New Zealand Weddings event. Being artistic is about being human. When I draw; my heart guides my hand.

6) Finally, what is your new favourite wedding trend to enter the 2016 season? 

Need I say? Original personal drawings of the bride of course!