I had such a wonderful time planning and styling this neon bright hen party for Chosen Wedding Fair’s founder Kiki Sunshine, last summer. The venue, Bristols own industrial chic Paintworks, was a great location for a day that was part craft party, part makeover, and part photo shoot.

Makeup artist Grace Kingsley was set up and ready to receive our hens with a palette of pinks and blush tones. Love a bright lip! Stephanie Saunders, talented florist and friend, was next up with fun and informative crown and corsage workshop. They chose from buckets and buckets of blooms and created their own individual designs. The finished pieces were worn throughout the day and everyone had a fun new skill to take home with them.


We knew we needed to find a backdrop for the event, but unfortunately only found out after that there are companies such as can be found at www.neonfilter.com that would have been able to provide a custom neon light for us to use! This was such a shame as it would have kept in with the neon theme perfectly, but we knew there would be other options out there. We also knew we’d need something bright to stand out amongst the wood and brick, which was why summery neons were just the trick. Things By Laura provided the gorgeous paper flowers and pinwheels used to dress the walls and the light-up letters (a bit of a show-stopper, no?) were from Lighthaus Events.

Of course the day wouldn’t have been complete without refreshments and boy did Emma at Bake My Cake deliver. Those Bride To Be biscuits and that arrow cake topper? Perfection! The stationery you can see dressing the table was by Retro Press and really helped bring the fun and humour to the sweet table.

One of my favourite things about this hen do is that it can easily be recreated at home or in a smaller venue with professionals coming in or with friends and family pooling their talents. Spending time with the people you love and being created – what’s not to enjoy!

This shoot was first shared on Bespoke Bride – you can read more about it and see the full gallery here.

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