>>We’re so sorry to have left you without something to read and the fun pictures to go with it for so long! We hope this makes it up to you…maybe a little bit?! Please forgive us! Say you’ll stay and read! It's a cute story about this American bridal designer's adventures in London.<<
Chapter 1: A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE...SORT OF
Our story begins in December, a few days after Christmas…
It was a snowy winter’s night. Or was it day? Either way, it definitely was not snowing for me in Jacksonville, Florida. Sorry, back to the story. Gretchen and I were catching up with each other after Christmas when we got to talking business as we always do. That's when we realized we had the chance to take a trip to London. It wasn't going to be a trip for sightseeing, although that did happen, but it was foremost a business trip. It would be Edith Élan's debut at the White Gallery London bridal market show. We told each other that the deciding factor would be flights. If they were too expensive, we would have to postpone the trip. We searched together and waited for the other’s reaction. (Cue the suspenseful music as the main characters find out their fate.)
Call it a Christmas miracle if you like, but lo and behold: the roundtrip flights were less than $400 per person! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! We checked our passport expirations, slaved over a credit card, and booked our flights. It’s real, it’s really happening… I’m going to London… We’re going to London… EÉ is going international!!!
Chapter 2: BUSY BEES
To pass the time until May, we continued being busy little worker bees. We fulfilled orders for our new stockists, prepared for London, and started work on the 2018 collection. (If you want to read more about what it takes to create a collection, check out our other blog post here, but make sure to come back!) Before we knew it, it was time to pack our bags and hop on our flights.
Chapter 3: WELCOME TO LONDON
Green fields, overcast skies, and The Queen greeted us when we landed on that Friday afternoon. Since we arrived separately, we decided our rendezvous point was our “über fancy hotel.” We met as planned, and next on the list was finding sustenance. Along for the London adventure was our friend and fabulous photographer, Genevieve. We walked our famished selves to a nearby, river-front restaurant. There was nothing quite like the view of the Thames as we filled our bellies with food and drink. After saying goodbye to Genevieve for the day, we spent the late afternoon/evening exploring the streets of Battersea and over the bridge into Chelsea. Our ultimate destination was the Victoria & Albert Museum. We wandered the museum for a bit. (Our timing was a bit off since the Balenciaga exhibit had not opened yet; nonetheless, we enjoyed our museum pit stop.) Afterwards, we wandered some more towards the Kensington hotel for some cocktails at The K Bar. Between the jet lag and the warm-fuzzies from the drinks, we went to sleep quickly that night.
Chapter 4: AND IT BEGINS
Saturday meant it was time to get to work! We spent the morning at the Battersea Evolution pavilion turning our pumpkin into a beautiful carriage. By pumpkin I mean our booth, and yes, that does make us the fairy godmothers! We’d set aside a couple hours to complete our booth, but this took a little bit longer than planned. Someone (ahem, me) forgot the hangers back at the hotel and had to go back for them so that we could start steaming. Real magical powers would've been excellent at this point. Luckily, it was a small setback. We still had enough daylight to head back to the hotel, freshen up, and then make our way to Buckingham Palace to meet up with Genevieve. Our “touristy” evening included more food and wandering... Savile Row, dinner and a pint at a pub, and Carnaby street. Oh, and pictures of course!
Chapter 5: SHOW TIME!
Sunday through Tuesday were the show days. While they were long days, don’t feel bad - we had a great time both during and after the show! On Sunday night, there was a champagne party for vendors and buyers to mingle. (Twist our arms why don’t you!) And then, Monday night the three of us had dinner at Sketch Gallery. But like Time always does, he flew by. The clock had struck four in the evening on Tuesday, and our booth was turning into a pumpkin again. We packed up our booth, and said our “see you later” to the wonderful city that has captivated us forever.
That’s right, London, we’ll be back! There’s still so much we have yet to explore… so don’t miss us too much.
So, there you have it! Our story of how we managed a "last minute" trip to London. That said, is there anything you think we need to see or do next time we get the chance to go? Leave your suggestion in the comments below.
Want more EÉ travel adventures? Check out our 2016 trip to NYC.
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