P.A.R.T.Y. To Celebrate Ellie Sanderson best Bridal Retailer award


What a night we had last Tuesday, a few select suppliers, lots of industry experts, some gorgeous past brides, some brides- to- be and some local businesses were invited to a Party at ELLIE SANDERSON, Oxford. Well we did have two very good reasons! ELLIE SANDERSON was announced by The British Bridal Buyer to be the UK’s Best Bridal Retailer and it was a double celebration as Oxford store also turned one year old!
Our guests arrived at 6pm and by 7pm we were spilling onto the street, the place was jumping and read like a Wedding Who’s Who.
We had SASSI HOLFORD and her gorgeous husband Martin, and Alan and Marguerite Hannah. We had Tantrums and Tiaras along with Tania, owner of  Magpie Vintage in the all things Sparkly Corner. We had the wonderful Tamryn Kirby, Julie Tooby, Sarah Ducker, Ruby Weddings to take care of all things planning related.
We had Max of Big Bang Max providing us with this wonderful and ethically sourced British Sausage and Mash in great little boxes, and of course , his very own special entertainment! We had Sam from What a Fab Party who made some gorgeous nibbles and kept the alcohol flowing all night long (we all blame her!)
We also had some terrific and glamorous make up chicks, Kaz Fernando and Joyce from Brides and Beauty.
Topped off with Tara owner of award winning Chocolate Blush who supplied me with my very own box of hand made Cinnamon truffles mmmmmmmmmm Then there was Hester owner of Sweet Tier Cakes, she made our most gorgeous first Birthday cake which was scoffed in seconds – a true talent. Her wedding cakes are to die for.
I also want to thank Gary and Matthew from FABULOUS FLOWERS, they are an amazing and talented double act who serve brides the county over and keep our amazing shop decked out with the most stylish flowers I have ever seen – true, true talent and thankyou for your inspiration. 
Last but not least was David Bostock – THE BRIDAL PHOTOGRAPHER, THE HUSBAND AND ALL ROUND GOOD EGG!! He was there to keep me calm and make sure I drank champagne then water then champagne then water and of course his assistant Lindy Cummings took all the amazing photos!
The whole point of the night was to celebrate Oxford being one year old and of course to celebrate winning the amazing accolade of the UK’s Best Bridal Retailer -it was so much fun being surrounded by such amazing wedding world talent.
The unsung and massively supporting heroes are as always forgotten but I want to say thanks To Roy Fabry, my HSBC bank manager and great guy.He has now left me 🙁 to travel the world instead, however I welcome the lovely Neil in his place, as did most of the girls!!. Then there is Jane the ever patient bookkeeper who came to party to make sure I had collected all receipts for the monies spent – love her.
I also want to mention my wonderful team of girls, Nicola, manager of Oxford, Laura, Manager of Beaconsfield, Miss Bea, Eira, Diane, Julia, Georgina, Sam, Emma – you are all truly truly appreciated and your passion and support for me is unbending – thank you.
As for Gill and Beverly – without these wonderful ladies who alter our gowns I would be deeply sad. They are amazing and would work until midnight and beyond if needed- and often do- I love you both.
Last but not least a big thanks to my big brother John and my mummy. I don’t often get too personal on my business blog but them being with me on the night meant the world. Its been a tough week for all three of us as it was also the anniversary of my dad’s passing – we know he was with us in spirit.
So to the photos, brides, brides to be, designers, suppliers and staff – thanks for a brill few years and here’s to the next few!!
Ellie x

The Rocking Oxford team  L to R Diane, Nicola, Ellie and Georgina 
The Great and the Good – Beverly and Gill -x 

Diane and her gorgeous Hubby Gersh x

Ellie’s brother John, Roy and Neil – HSBC men – awe we love you ROY!

Kathy and her mum, ( bride last month) and Vanessa bride to be with Shirley.! Oh and  Ellie in the middle .
Ellie welcomes Martin – check out my Jimmy Choos – love em 

Is that Sassi Holford in the shop!! it is you know

Sam in charge of the party – what a fab party.co.uk


L to R Bride and Beauty  -Joyce, Tamryn Kirby, Julie Tooby – what a team  

Ellie and the number girls, 

its RUBY RUBY RUBY RUBY aaahhaaahahahaaaaa – yes its RUBY WEDDINGS – WHAT A GIRL 

Ellie and her friend Tom 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY OXFORD, Cake by Hester Gardner

Is that Marguerite  Hannah – head girl and designer at Alan Hannah 

Ellie and her gorgeous girl friend  Angeline 

OMG the inside of the SASSI HOLFORDS handbag – the worlds best wedding dress designer x

Mrs Langton, Proud MOB or Kathy, now married !


MWAH – David Bostock – Ellie and the wonderful Nicola 

L to R Nicola, Hester Gardner and Georgina 

Alan Hannah – Ellie – Marguerite 

Martin and Tania – Director of Magpie Vintage Jewellery 

SASSI HOLFORD and The Handbag Therapist. What an accurate lady she was- available for hen parties too !

Ellie and her best friend x 

just listen to me ok !

Is that the look of adoration ? better be !

Ellie laughing at her own jokes (Not good)

Miss Nicola Sparkle and her birthday cake – by Hester Gardner 

Stunning make up artist Kaz Fernando – 

our gorgeous Fiona x


George and Diane pondering which dress to try on.

Max – Big Bang Max – supplied the fabulous Sausage and mash for the party !

Me and my bank managers – ROY – ELLIE – NEIL – it takes two to manage me 🙂

I recognise that brides Bottom – I should do, I have measured it a few times !

Daff and the gorgeous Make up girls x

Me and my big brother and my mummy 

Thanks for coming all, same place, same time next year??


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