When I look at brides in real weddings, sometimes it’s those unique little touches they add that really bring their bridal style to life. Whether it’s a bracelet, a simple hair accessory or a killer pair of shoes. If you’re at the stage of having the dress firmly in the ‘tick’ checklist box then you may be starting to think (and pin!) about your overall look and the finishing touches to your bridal style.
In which case, you’ll definitely be interested in the beautiful 2015 collection from designer Debbie Carlisle. What I love about this collection, is that Debbie has obviously really connected with brides as she offers two distinct styles within the collection whether you are a vintage-loving lady or a relaxed boho bride, there is something for everyone and many versatile ways of wearing each one to suit your style.
The ‘Limelight’ pieces are for those looking for glitz and glamour with their vintage inspired Old Hollywood and Art Deco styles but with an updated modern feel, perfect for adding a touch of sparkle. “All of the Limelight headpieces work well with my existing birdcage veil designs, and I’ve also added a new ‘mask veil’ made from the same soft fine French netting which pins at either side of the head and is a great way to wear a veil with a headpiece which can be easily removed later in the day without having to take off your headband or comb.”
‘Enchanted’ is inspired by the natural world, think woodland, florals and delicate vines, so if you’re after something a little less statement with a relaxed pretty feel there is plenty of choice. Each design is also available in both silver and a particular favourite of mine, a warm antique gold. “Most of the Enchanted designs are wired together with gold or silver plated wire and use intricately carved mother of pearl flowers which gives the pieces a more relaxed and bohemian feel. The silver versions use clear faceted Czech crystals mixed with tiny pale ivory freshwater pearls, while the gold versions use beautiful antique gold faceted Czech crystals which are partly glazed to create a delicate and warm golden shimmer.”
Debbie is also very conscious of offering brides the chance to personalise their style with the way they can wear her pieces. The wired designs are incredibly versatile, whether worn curving around your head like ivy, with an elegant up-do or along with a veil, there are endless ways to wear them and you can see lots of examples on her website here, perfect inspiration!
Hair accessories and birdcage veils: Debbie Carlisle www.debbiecarlisle.com / Photography: India Hobson www.indiahobsonweddings.co.uk / Hair: Alison Jenner www.alisonjennerhair.com / Make-up: Alex Jones www.makeupbyalex.co.uk / Flowers: Swallows and Damsons www.swallowsanddamsons.com / Venue: 156 Arundel Street, Sheffield www.156.st /Dresses and long veils: www.whiteroombridal.co.uk – gowns are Iris by Halfpenny London and Viola by Claire Pettibone.
It’s been a while since I had the chance to have a look at pretty things and with the rain pouring [and pouring and pouring] down outside what better way to cheer myself up than searching for those pretty little finishing touches that fill my heart with joy! From elegant heels to delicate garters, sparkling earrings to cute hair accessories sometimes you just need that special something to complete the look.
I’ve basically chosen my top 10 wedding accessories that I believe are just oh so simply pretty. Nothing too outrageously statement, nothing too fashion forward, rather hopefully something that will work alongside many dresses and styles to just add that finishing touch for all those brides searching for that little added extra for their wedding.
ONE Blue/Grey ‘Talle’ Garter by The Wedding Garter Co / TWO Vintage Floral Chandelier Earrings from Liberty In Love / THREE Leila Gold by Emmy London / FOUR Juliet Comb by Debbie Carlisle / FIVE ‘I Do’ Canvas Pouch by Alphabet Bags
The garter is having a resurgence, so if you don’t have one to borrow why not treat yourself to a beautifully feminine one from the recently launched The Wedding Garter Company, this one could also just about be your something blue? Add instant glamour with these beautiful chandelier earrings which work with well with all styles of dresses. The beautiful gold detailed Leila shoe is one I see brides choosing time and time again, classy and comfortable – what more do you want in a shoe? For those who want to add interest to a half-up do but don’t want to go too ‘princess’ then this beautiful Juliet Comb is sophisticated and just the right amount of sparkle. Believe me, you will need somewhere to put your bits and pieces on the day – tissues, lipstick, mints can all be slipped into this super cute peachy ‘I Do’ pouch.
ONE Blush Vintage Rose Belt by Emmy London / TWO Vintage Rose Chandelier Earrings from Liberty in Love / THREE Coco Statement Headband by Britten Weddings / FOUR Retro Betty Bow Veil by Couturemango on Etsy / FIVE Chantilly Lace Shoes by Harriet Wilde
Girls in white dresses with pink satin sashes – yes Maria was right these are a few of my favourite things – this pretty sash is a quick and removable way to add interest to a simple gown. If you fancy flirting with a colour but don’t want to go for a blush dress, and a hint of pink with these beautiful vintage style earrings. Now this ‘Coco’ headband is definitely a style statement. Keep hair in a loose up-do for effortless chic or it would also suit a perfectly coiffed set vintage style. Not going to lie, I’m in love with this Betty veil! It’s creamy tone, the bow and the cute length make this perfect for a city bride. Finally, I know you all like a pair of knockout heels, and these my friends are they. The detail of these ‘Chantilly’ lace shoes with ribbon ties are sexy and sophisticated, I can imagine you’ll want to keep these on into the small hours.
Would love to know what accessories you are teaming with your bridal look. To veil or not to veil? Knockout chandelier earrings perhaps just for the evening? Skyscraping heels to twirl in or a simple flower in your hair? There are just so many options out there it’s almost impossible to choose but hopefully this helps inspire for those on the accessories hunt!
I’m a sucker for glamour and this recently launched company, Hope & Grace specialise in oh-so-pretty and glamorous bridal accessories. The boutique was founded when sisters Nina and Clair were searching for items for their own weddings but struggled to find fashion forward, wearable and beautifully made products, so Hope & Grace was borne!
Hope & Grace sell a collection of headwear and shrugs which are all crafted with beautiful materials and they aim to bring something a little more unusual to the world of bridal accessories. They have collaborated with and sourced from some wonderful designers including Kate Middleton’s favourite Milliner, Vivien Sherrif and Australia’s Peter Lang.
My personal favourite has to be the oversized flower headdress (top image) – Fleur, which is such a wonderfully feminine statement piece.
I love this shrug above, which is really intricate and great to see something so modern and pretty! I have to also mention the dreamy photography by talented wedding and portrait photographer David Jenkins so romantic and they really help the products come to life.
For more information and to purchase the items do visit // www.hopeandgrace.co.uk
You may have seen by now, the ‘Ahead Of The Rest’ shoot that we did for the latest Dashing Magazine
where we styled cute and quirky headbands for you to rock [if not, head to www.dashingmag.com
and flip to page 28]
Well, a few of those beautiful accessories were thanks to Jannie Baltzer
, so I thought it would be rude not
to introduce you to her wonderful full 2012 collection!
Whether it’s a romantic, modern, glamorous or chic look you want to have on your wedding day, there really is something for everyone here. I particularly love the gold accents, huge flowers and the french veils. Really beautiful and so unique.
Jannie, who is based in Copenhagen is a sucker for weddings, and loves getting to know her brides through her designs. Having graduated in Fashion and Design, she is inspired by the past eras such as the French Bohemianism of the early 1900s, Art Deco and 1920s Hollywood. She uses incredibly luxurious materials such as french lace, silk and really soft chiffon and handcrafted bead work too. Having worked with these stunning products, I can honestly say they really are exquisite quality, and when they arrive all packaged and pretty it’s hard not to fall in love with their unique beauty!
For more information or to buy online visit: www.janniebaltzer.com
and the great news is that Jannie happily delivers worldwide. Prices start from around £170.