I’ve been meaning to blog the photos from the Pennies From Heaven event ever since it happened a few weeks ago but it’s been mega busy here and I’ve only just got around to getting all of the pictures together in one place!
I’ve been lucky enough to have attended some truly fantastic vintage events in this area over the last few years (Hednas, Gin Fizz and Twinwood Festival to name but a few) and it felt like it was time to try my hand at event planning and bring a little of that 1940s flavour directly into the heart of Bedford itself. Also, with this year marking the 70th Anniversary of V.E Day, it seemed fitting to do something in May and to make it a real event to remember! Below are Jez Brown Photography‘s official photos from the event.
As the event was to celebrate V.E day (with a donation being made to a relevant charity) I wanted it to create a street party feel and felt the beautiful old arcade in Bedford would make the perfect setting. Luckily I had just met the girls from Seventh Heaven, a gorgeous new champagne bar that has just opened in the arcade and they were keen to get involved by being our base for the night, as well as supplying some truly delicious cake and cocktails to our guests throughout the evening. My friend Chris White got onboard to help with the entertainment side of things (expect to see a lot more joint productions from the 2 of us!) We booked our good chum Harry from Harry and Edna on the Wireless as our DJ, the talented singing and dancing sister duo My Favourite Things, dapper compare Thomas Benjamin and finally rising local burlesque star Finesse Temptress who all performed to a packed out venue.
My pop-up beauty parlour had a very busy afternoon glamming up guests. You can see the pics of that over on my Instagram account. I was really impressed with how much effort all of our guests made, and everyone definitely got into the V.E Day celebration spirit. My own beautiful dress was from Claireabella’s Closet and Claire was on site on the night to keep the ladies in stockings and snoods as well as beautiful dresses, some handmade by her. Local photographer Gareth Millar got some great crowd shots of the night for us, see below.
Rishi of 1940s Vintage Photography also attended the bash with his lovely partner Yvonne, who was one of our best dressed winners. The prizes for the best dressed were kindly donated by shops in the arcade with the cherry on top being the stunning pieces donated from the amazing Harrison and Simmons on Bedford High St, who gave us an engraved ladies compact and gentleman’s money clip for the goody bags! Below are some of the pictures from Rishi. The fantastic car bought along by fantastic local couple Bob & Irene, really made for the most amazing backdrop!
I want to say a big thank you to everyone who was involved; all the acts, the shops, the venue and the helpers, plus all the fab people who attended and made it such a fun night. After the success of this myself and Chris are now planning on bringing more 1940s themed events to Bedford and already have a ‘G.I Jive’ planned for later on in the year. I also have a little tie in with the Bedford Festival Festival planned too. To hear more about future events, join my mailing list here and be the first to know how to get tickets!