Have you been to Repertoire lately?

For those of you that are regular browsers of Salisbury Life Magazine, will know that they are keen to bring you the best of Salisbury’s shopping boutiques and “Repertoire” certainly falls in to that category.

This is a shop with style teamed with the quirkiness of the old beams in the current 13th Century listed building, located in Fish Row, in Salisbury’s City centre.

“Since opening its first stores over 18 years ago, Repertoire has established itself as a leading independent retailer of major designer labels, based in the South of England. Today, with five stores, stocking a variety of collections from over 50 key designer brands, we cover all styles, from casual jeans by a whole host of designers to formal dressing, suiting for men and occasion wear for women”

Repertoire, Salisbury

Brands stocked in this beautiful boutique are high end which are already established as having great reputations within the world of fashion and include Barbour, Ted Baker, Holland Esquire, Ralphe Lauren, Armani and Jeffery West to name but a few.

Staff are not only warm friendly and helpful, focusing on their great customer service, but also have a wide knowledge of their brands too.

If you are looking for a new jacket, coat, jumper or even a new pair of gorgeous designer jeans, as well as other items of fashion wear for the autumn/winter season, then please go and take a look inside the doors of Repertoire Salisbury.

What do the words vintage and nostalgia mean to you?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like, to live in a different era?

A time when wearing an army uniform was fashionable, as was denim, a neck scarf or a dress with small delicate flowers on.


If I were to ask you what the words vintage and nostalgia mean to you, what would you say?

In the Oxford dictionary, vintage is described as:

  • Vintage wine is of very good quality and has been stored for several years
  • Of a vehicle made between 1919 and 1930 and admired for its style
  • Typical of a period in the past and of high quality;
  • Vintage year, a particularly good and successful year

And nostalgia as:

  • Sentimental longing for or regretful memory of a period of the past, esp. one in an individual's own lifetime; (also) sentimental imagining or evocation of a period of the past.
  • Something which causes nostalgia for the past; freq. as a collective term for things which evoke a former (remembered) era.

To us at “John Rose Photography” the words Vintage Nostalgia  symbolise an amazing and exciting weekend festival, held annually at Stockton Park  just of the A36, in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside (not very far from Salisbury) - home of the Vintage Nostalgia Show (or VNS for short)

So let's set the scene - take a field well actually in this case, let’s take four.  An abundance of canvas tents, marquees, and gazebos in various different shapes, sizes and colours. Camper vans, motor homes, and yurts scattered the landscape mixed in with silver American style bullets towed by all manner of vehicles.

Cars ranging from classic beauties to what can only be described as rust buckets, a variety of refreshment stands and then add to it, 1000's of people many of whom are dressed in their Vintage style refinery.

Stalls selling anything from 1920 ’s style dresses, beautiful frilly petticoats as well as suits, hats and something as simple as a 1970's Star Wars figure in its original packaging.

If you have never visited the show it really is a must for your 2016 calendar but please be warned, you may very possibly feel as if you’ve been asleep, had a weird dream and woken in a different world when you arrive.


For the past two years we at John Rose Photography have had the privilege of capturing some amazing images of the VNS, on behalf of Salisbury Life Magazine. This year however we were there to sponsor the “Best Dressed” competition, awarding a prize of a £150.00 portrait shoot voucher with us and there were two further prizes kindly donated by Ringwood Brewery of a his and hers hamper.

VNS was an event that made us very proud to be at, as we were also a main sponsor along with “Ringwood Brewery” “Besame Cosmetics  ” and other local businesses.

From the moment we arrived on the Friday morning to set up for the show, you could feel the excitement and buzz in the air. It was great to see some familiar faces of those we had met previously as well as many new faces too. It’s a fantastic place to be, with some amazing opportunities for great images to be captured.


With our portable studio set up, we were set to create images that encapsulated the time, the moment and the memories of those that came to see us. We certainly had some laughs and giggles, especially when bride to be Gemma and her hen party arrived in our marquee. The girls certainly had some great poses and many of them were very characteristic to the style used in vintage pin up posters - lots of pouting, cheeky flirtatious looks and smiles too.

If you are looking for a great place to party let your hair down and celebrate a hen night or other celebration, there really is no better place to be.

When asked what we love about VNS, a long list of words spring to mind! But for us, the most important thing is that people walk away having spoken to us, or having had their photograph taken with a smile on their face that would give any Cheshire cat a run for its money.


VNS has to be by far one of our favourite events of the year to photograph for many reasons, one of these is that there are so many wonderful opportunities to capture and something intricate. With every turn of your head there is something new to feature, the atmosphere that you are faced with there is simply outstanding and without fail beyond charismatic which in turn makes for great photography and a great weekend.

Wiltshire Wedding Show

  Throughout 2014, we will be inviting some really great businesses to join us as  “Guest Bloggers” They will be giving help advice and information that we hope you our followers will enjoy reading.

Our guest last month was Lulu Mungur, Director of Damsels in Success Salisbury, who spoke about Unleashing your Inner Superstar.

This month we are really lucky to be joined by Catherine Dunning of Ladies Who Love…Events and organiser of the Wiltshire Wedding Show.


Wiltshire Wedding Show

 Planning your wedding?  Then plan  with fun and ease at a local Wedding  Show!

 Wow! How can it be March already? Yet another year is racing on  by and before we know it, wedding season will soon be in full  swing.  We know not all Brides and Grooms will tie the knot  during our warmer Spring, Summer and Autumn months and  when winter weddings, especially Christmas ones can be such magical and cosy occasions, complete with log fire, fairy lights, mulled wine and mince pie trimmings, why would they!  However, it would appear the majority of UK couples still prefer to celebrate their big day between now and late September… so wedding suppliers everywhere are gearing up for a busy old time ahead.

There are hundreds of newly-engaged and excited couples all over the country just starting to plan their big day, and of course there are those who are well on their wedding planning journeys but still keen to gather new ideas and inspiration – can you ever have enough?


But … when it comes down to the nitty gritty and suppliers need to be secured, where do you start?  Organising a wedding is no mean feat; there is SO much to arrange (that’s unless you’re eloping for a secret celebration, just the two of you)! There’s the venue, dresses, groomswear, rings, cakes, flowers, stationery,     transport and of course the photography all to arrange … and how about the hair, make-up, entertainment, catering, venue decoration and everything else that comes with staging such an important special event.  It can be equally as overwhelming as it is exciting … and where do you find the suppliers who will help you make the right decisions and work within your budget?  With glossy wedding magazines in abundance and the internet overflowing with wedding blogs and dedicated wedding directories, you might think it’s easy, but sometimes having too much choice can make deciding on your suppliers somewhat of a headache.  How do you know which ones to approach and how do you know you’re going to like their stuff and more importantly … like them!

Since John Rose Photography is exhibiting at the forthcoming Wiltshire Wedding Show we organise (taking place on Sunday 16th March from 11am to 4pm at City Hall, Salisbury), we thought it would be a timely opportunity to share with you our favourite reasons why local Brides and Grooms-to-be, should pay us a visit, so here we go :

1)  It’s the county’s premier Wedding event! You’re engaged! You’re excited! Whatever style of wedding you’re planning, whether it be classic, country, vintage, modern, quirky or traditional, naturally you’ll want to gather as much inspiration and as many ideas, and info on local wedding suppliers as possible.  A visit to the Wiltshire Wedding Show, will give Brides & Grooms the opportunity to meet 60 quality wedding suppliers from Salisbury and right across the region, offering products and services to appeal to everyone.

 2) We promise a feast for your senses! You’ll be able to see, touch, smell, listen to and even taste a variety of fantastic products and services on offer (you can’t do that by merely flicking through a wedding mag or browsing the net)! 

 3) We have the most amazing exhibitors … and you’ll be able to plan your WHOLE wedding under one roof!  You’ll be able to meet and discuss your ideas and requirements with some of the most creative and passionate wedding suppliers in the industry in the good old-fashioned way … face to face!  We have pretty much every area covered, so technically you could plan your whole wedding at the Wiltshire Wedding Show – how brilliant is that! Job done!

4) Everyone loves a bargain! Many of the exhibitors choose to run exclusive offers at the event, so with the average cost of a wedding nowadays costing £20K+, budget-conscious Brides and Grooms can snap up special show savings which may not otherwise be available.

WiltsWed-7557 5) There’s music and modelling (no mayhem)! Brides and Grooms can enjoy live entertainment throughout the day and admire the most stunning Bridal Gowns, Groomswear and Millinery in our professional catwalk shows.

 6) Get a helping hand with your wedding shopping! Come for your chance to win a share of £200 worth of John Lewis Gift Vouchers to spend in store.

 7) It’s a fun way to plan your day! Weddings are meant to be fun – it is a celebration after all! We feel that planning your wedding should be fun too and a visit to the Wiltshire Wedding Show is fun from the moment you arrive.  We’ll greet you with a refreshing glass of complimentary chilled bubbly (our toast to your engagement), then you can freely browse the many exhibits and meet our exhibitors (they're a really friendly fun bunch)!  Stop for a hair/make-up consultation, enjoy the sounds of Live Sax, nibble on some cake, dip the chocolate fountain or help yourself to some of the complimentary foodie treats we'll be sharing around, let our magician show you some tricks, try things on, sit back and enjoy the catwalk shows, admire the cars and treat yourself to something tasty from our yummy show Hogroast.

There’s plenty to keep you busy, so no need to rush off.  Come along and enjoy a great day out – we and John Rose Photography will see you there.

Catherine Dunning - Ladies Who Love........Events

Information : To find out more about the Wiltshire Wedding Show and to see who’s exhibiting, visit www.wiltshireweddingshow.co.uk.  Admission is £5pp or half price with a show voucher.  Accompanied under 16s – FREE.


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Taylor Family Portrait Shoot

Recent visitors to the John Rose Photography studio were the "Taylor Family" for their fun family portrait shoot. What a great time we all had with lots of laughter and giggling not just from the children but dad too. The nerves went very quickly once John started making them laugh which made posing very easy and the time just raced by.

A week or so after the portrait shoot, we invited the family back to view their images to be told "all of the images were wonderful, making it very difficult to choose which of them to choose and where they would be put"