It was the most exhausting and busy week leading up to the show, yet the most fantastic 3 days that seemed to go by in the blink of an eye.
We confirmed our participation to the show three weeks prior, talk about give yourself a challenge! I had to formulate and design the stand. The house was turned into a carpenters and paint shop. Only one small disaster thankfully!
After the handy work was done and the smell of paint still in the air, we were in need of creations to showcase and required a vast amount of chocolate truffles to be made for Brides to be to taste.
With my Chefs whites on into the kitchen I went. I designed and set to make a wedding cake with accompanying centre piece, a cocoa Truffle Tower featuring 80 truffles, Our newest addition to our line of products, our Cocoa Tree.
After placing the 120th sugar leaf on the sculpture it was time to head to the show. It was a slow and very tense drive to the Islington Business & Design Centre. One sudden movement in the van and the sugar centre piece would have gone from a tall elegant structure to a shattered sharps of sugar in an instant. The chief driver, Sam had not driven a manual in years (I don't think he will again after this!)
We were welcomed by the team at SME and Brides Magazine and supported throughout the show.
The Friday evening was a gentle start which gained pace and momentum and gave us a great opportunity to explain our products to Brides-to-be with their friends and family. It was wonderful to learn about each wedding and the 'feel' of their event to help tailor our products to provide.
Saturday had a flood of attendees from 10am. The day few by like a blur; I looked at my watch at 10am. The next time I had a moment to look again it was 5.30pm. On the stand was Sam, David, and myself. We handed our samples of truffles, understood the dates and location of venues before explaining our product range. Being bespoke our wedding favour boxes had plenty of interest as did the Cocoa Tree and Tower. I cannot recall how many asked, "It is ALL made from chocolate! No way!". We did our best to keep up with all the enquiries which satisfied our nervousness at being such a prestigious event.
On Saturday evening was the Exhibitors drinks party. Please click on the link to see the video that some exhibitors made. Shying from the camera, thankfully I was not in it!
Sunday was another busy day with a steady stream of upcoming brides and couples. I was thankful it was not as busy as Saturday which gave us more time to talk in more depth.
Highlights included being visited by Hugh Burnard (Royal wedding photographer to Prince William and Kate Middleton), designer Amanda Wakely, Jade Beer (Brides Editor) and Camilla Newman (Brides Publisher) visiting our stand and paying such wonderful compliments to the team and products.
In all it was a great 3 days at The Brides Show 2015. Cocoa Cream is already booked in to participate in 2016.
See you all on 30th September - 2nd October 2016.
Fresh from Cocoa Cream garden:
Just pick two types of mint from the garden Black peppermint and Moroccan Mint.
Going to make truffles with both, so much will post results later.
The new COCOA CREAM wedding flyer
New Cocoa Cream kitchen ready