Oxfam launches its first ever online weddings auction

Happy Sunday everyone – I just wanted to share this message from Annabel of Love My Dress. If you’re still buying wedding items and you want a great deal on some amazing, high-end products and to help a wonderful charity, please do read on! The auction begins today! I’ve also included some beautiful images from the recent photoshoot Annabel arranged to support the auction. 

To celebrate the anniversary of the Royal Wedding, Oxfam is preparing to launch a fantastic online weddings auction, offering future brides and grooms the chance to bid on exclusive items for a fraction of the normal retail price.

Images  © 2012Eliza Claire + Annamarie Stepney

Oxfam’s online wedding auction, supported by leading bridal blog Love My Dress, will run from Sunday 29th April to Wednesday 9th May on eBay. The auction will feature up to 100 one-off gifts with a total  value of £70,000, including a John Nassari photography and celebrity hair-styling package worth £15,000, wedding gowns by designers such as Claire Pettibone, Charlotte Balbier, Sassi Holford and Tammam, a fabulous eco-chic Sawday’s honeymoon to the Lake District and much, much more.

Annabel Beeforth, ambassador for Oxfam Weddings and owner of Love My Dress – a UK Wedding & Lifestyle Blog, has helped the charity to pull together prizes from the best wedding suppliers in the UK. Annabel says “Oxfam has always held a place close to my heart and therefore it is a total privilege to have been able to line up donations from some of best in the wedding industry, which will raise vital funds for their very important work.”

The exclusive auction also includes a private consultation with Ian Stuart and a pick of any of his Killer Queen dresses, flowers from florists such as By Appointment Only, Hayford & Rhodes and Philippa Craddock, free venue hire at Senate House and a luxury marquee worth £5000. This is the perfect opportunity for couples to get their hands on items that may normally be out of reach and help raise vital funds to help support Oxfam’s work with people living poverty around the world.

Sassi Holford, bridal designer says: “I’ve been a long term donor to Oxfam’s successful network of bridal shops, so I am thrilled to be able to donate a dress for this exciting online auction. There are some truly amazing items that have been donated and everyone has the opportunity to bid on any (or all!) of them!”

Since launching a weddings range Oxfam have raised over £1 million to help change the lives of vulnerable people living in poverty around the world. The online wedding shop, which launched last year, offers a huge range of items needed for the big day including Oxfam Unwrapped wedding lists and favours. Brides can visit one of our 11 bridal boutiques to buy dream designer and vintage dresses all for bargain prices. The online shop also includes a special ethical 100% silver jewellery line, including elegant bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

Lucy Tammam, ethical bridal designer adds: “I was delighted to design this exclusive dress for Oxfam. We have incorporated many traditional crafts done by our fair-trade producers in India to create this spectacular gown in various peace silks, organic and sustainable fabrics. We are sure the bride who wins this will be overjoyed.”

For more information on the fabulous items available and details of the auction go to: http://www.ebay.co.uk/oxfam


Shoot credits

Photography Copyright © 2012Eliza Claire + Annamarie Stepney
Beauty & Fashion Retouching by Chanelle Segerius-Bruce  at Retouch Me
Film Production – Mintyslippers
Stylist – Tiffany Grant Riley
Photoshoot Curator – Moi, supported by my Intern, Franky
Venue – Drapers Hall, London
Models – First Model Management
Male Model – Jack Rooney
Hair Stylist – Severin Hubert, Hepburn Collection
Makeup Artist – Lucy Baker
Make-up (for 70’s look) Frontcover Cosmetics, via PR agency Gloss Communications
Nails – Gemma Timms

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