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  1. feathers collection - bridal accessories - sash, corsage, boutonniere, headband, wedding

    The latest bridal accessories collection for this season is finally ready, after a few weeks in the studio, and the Christmas and New Year preparations and festivities. This mini collection has been inspired by the 1920's deco glamour. Not so much by the bling, but more particularly by the use of feathers and softness in that era. The colours are still light, primarily ivory, but a hint of cream, latte, and gold turn up to tease the eye. I love the cream latte colours provided by a vintage lace found in an antique shop in Wales. They give the collection this little hint of a time gone by.  

    Like its predecessor, this collection has only four items. This time, they are a delicate wrist corsage, a matching groom's (or ladies') buttonhole, a very fun handtied headband, and a classic sash. I am totally open to designing new custom items in same or similar styles. In fact, I have a few ostrich feathers that could do with becoming something gorgeous for a bride, so if you would like something along those lines, don't hesitate to ask! 

    The matching corsage and buttonhole (or boutonniere) are perfect for a bride and groom, or head bridesmaid and groomsman. I also think they look particularly cute as a set for a ladies wedding. The headband, I totally love, and I think looks fabulous with short hair. Think of the lovely Daisy in the Great Gatsby. And the sash - just classic, looks amazing with all sorts of dresses. 

    Well, I have really loved making this collection, and hope you enjoy it too. 

    Happy new start of the year! 

     

  2. Work in progress, bridal headband with feathersThe collection is coming along nicely and I am loving experimenting with feathers and looking at gorgeous 1920's hair dos for inspiration. This time I am making the main flower a kind of camelia or rose in a very pure ivory colour, with a few pears and crystals at the centre. I am also using a bit of gold in the form of a transparent organza, and some vintage lace found in an old antique shop - to add a bit of that vintage effect. 

    But... as it is now coming up to Christmas, I am taking a little pause to spend some quality time with the family, so no more progress on bridal accessories until early in the next year. In the meanwhile, have a very good Christmas an New Year! 

  3. Spring and summer are definitely the biggest wedding seasons, and we can all understand why - warm weather, beautiful flowers and scenery, long days, everyone is already in a good mood. But they are also the busy seasons, the ones demanding the most advanced planning, and sadly, the most expensive ones too. 

    Not many couples seriously consider a winter wedding despite the appeal of easier availability of suppliers and venues and potentially lower cost. We love the romance associated with nature in bloom, brightness and colour, and winter is still associated with grey, cold and wet. It need not be. Winter can have its beautiful romance too: 

    Magical lights 

    Dark afternoons means that you can have wonderful magical light effects for your wedding decorations. Whether it is a clever use of candles and tea lights, Chinese lanterns, fairy lights, use the darkness to your benefit to create your own picture perfection. 

    Log fires and soft rugs 

    It may be quite 80's, but still very romantic. Not necessarily you and your 200 guests. But, after the party, is there a more romantic way of spending your wedding night than a crackling fire, plenty of soft rugs and blankets, and a good bottle of bubbly or wine (or hot chocolate)? 

    The romance of winter dresses

    Yes, you can have dress impact too even in winter! Some gorgeous materials can't possibly be used in warm weather - fur or faux fur, silk velvets for example. And there are so many types of clothing or accessories that can really make your outfit unique - silk-lined capes, capelets, hoods, stoles, muffs. 

    Sunset and evening photos 

    Sunset comes early, and make the most of it with stunning wedding photos, and likewise, there is so much potential for amazing night time photos - this is especially great if you have limited photographer time. 

    Keep beautifully cool

    Unfortunately with the heat of the summer or even spring, a lot of things are melting or sweating away including your make up. A washed out or shiny face at the end of the day or in photos isn't the sexiest, and neither is a groom in full gear soaking with sweat. Keep looking great for longer with cooler weathers. 

    So, it may not be beautiful bright blooms and long warm days, but don't rule winter out completely, it could surprise you with even more romantic moments. And if you've had a winter wedding and it was great (or even not), tell us about it!