Wednesday, March 3, 2010
SOUTH LONDON GAY WEDDING FAIR
Henry Conway will host South London's first Gay Wedding Fair this month and will even be performing a marriage ceremony for two lucky couples.
The ceremonies will be conducted by "Queen Sloane" Henry with the help of Southwark's official registers, and will take place at the fair - being held at Dulwich's Beauberry House on Monday March 8th. To enter the competition visit: www.southwarkweekender.co.uk
Sponsored by Laurent Perrier, it promises to be a chic affair, with top designer names and high-end exhibitors, handpicked by wedding experts at Beauberry House - one of Britain's top wedding venues.
This grade II listed Georgian mansion is set in leafy Belair Park, on the edge of exclusive Dulwich Village, and has just been shortlisted as 'Best British Wedding venue' by Wedding TV.
Those attending the event could even get to rub shoulders with other celebrity gay icons from the world of fashion and TV.
Beauberry House has teamed up with the Southwark Weekender to stage the fair - the very first gay wedding fair to be held in south London since the Civil Partnership Act came into force over four years ago.
Despite a flood of weddings of gay and lesbian couples, there are just currently a handful of gay wedding events being held up and down the country.
What 27-year-old Henry Conway will be wearing to the show is anyone's guess. The flamboyant party organiser and fashion journalist is famed for upstaging some of the world's most fashionable icons in some fabulous outfits.
No one will forget the time he upstaged Paris Hilton by arriving at Mahiki nightclub in a horse-drawn carriage, sporting frilly shirt and regency togs. The Mayfair boite is famed as a favourite watering hole of Princes William and Harry and their high-living chums, and where Conway 's parties forged his reputation as a London social powerhouse.
His rise to gay icon - after the furore over his Tory MP father Derek Conway at the beginning of the expenses scandals two years ago - has been rapid and there is little doubt that this man knows how to throw the most lavish bashes.
Conway says: "I am excited to be involved in the very first South London Gay Wedding Fair. Now that we, at last, have equal opportunity for recognising gay partnership in law, we should not ignore the celebration part of what should be the happiest day of our lives. A celebration of love and devotion to another human being is so special, and deserves the most wonderful experience possible. I hope this will help and inspire happy couples planning their big day to create something truly unique and perfect for them."
Beauberry House, with its high ceilings, enchanting chandeliers, grand staircases and stunning fireplaces, coupled with its outdoor terraces and spacious grounds, make it an ideal setting for a romantic and contemporary wedding day.
But the borough is also home to some of the most unique and popular wedding venues, including Tower Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe, the Design Museum, HMS Belfast, Sir Francis Drake's replica pirate ship, The Golden Hinde, as well as the nearby Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Horniman Museum.
In the following pages we have listed all the top exhibitors handpicked to appear at the wedding fair and feature some of the more unique services on offer during the day.
A spa room will be set up in Beauberry House, giving visitors free treatments, including eyebrow threading, Dermalogica skin mapping and chair massages, as well as free beauty tips from a hair stylist and make-up artist.
A limited number of exclusive goody bags will be up for grabs on the day, containing some of the high end products available from the exhibitors.
The South London Gay Wedding Fair is being held on Monday 8th March and is free for anyone to attend. It will feature a Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar. It starts at 12 noon and exhibitors will be showcasing until 8pm, with the bar open until late.