Real Brides: Emma

Hallo everyone!

I’m really delighted to feature another of the beautiful brides that I have made accessories for.

Emma commissioned a tiara, having already bought her dress and decided on what jewellery she was going to wear on her wedding day. Over to Emma to talk about how she brought her look together, and about the commission process.


At what stage in the whole wedding planning process did you start thinking about your jewellery and accessories?

I had always really wanted a tiara as a bride. There’s not many other occasions you can justify wearing one really, so I wanted to make the most of it! But I really started thinking more about what I wanted once the dress was decided on.


How did you decide what accessories to wear?

The dress really dictated that. My dress was relatively simple with only one area of detail so my options for accessories were bountiful! My now husband bought me a pearl necklace/choker and matching bracelet for the Christmas before the wedding and my tiara and earrings were chosen to match this.


Emma came round to my studio one afternoon with her mum. She brought the beautiful jewellery that her husband-to-be had given her, and told me about the dress she had chosen and the colour scheme for her wedding.

She knew that she wanted to wear a tiara, and had really liked a headpiece that I had made previously, which she had seen.

We then spent a while picking out the most beautiful selection of rose quartz, Swarovski pearls and crystals, and freshwater pearls in shades of blush, delicate pinks and mauves that matched Emma’s colour scheme.

I made Emma’s tiara over the course of a couple of days, taking great care over the structure of her tiara, its shape and where each of the pearls and crystals were placed, so that the finished piece seemed to have a feeling of effortless grace and delicacy.



Gioia Mia Handmade bridal wedding tiara headpiece Swarovski crystal freshwater pearls

Image courtesy of Andrew Donald Photography


What did you enjoy most about having your tiara designed and made for you?

I loved the whole process! I’m quite artistic, so the afternoon spent picking out beads and pearls and colours was right up my street! Myself and mum were totally buzzing with enthusiasm after we left that day. Then there was the excitement as to what our eclectic choices and discussions on themes would provide as an end result…and the end result did not disappoint! The tiara was exactly what I had hoped for and matched with my dress, my other accessories and the theme of the wedding – it’s beautiful. The best part is that I have a one-off piece that nobody else will have.



Gioia Mia Handmade bridal wedding tiara headpiece Swarovski crystal freshwater pearls

Image courtesy of Andrew Donald Photography


Is there any advice about jewellery and accessories that you would give a bride to be? 

Look around for ideas and take your time to decide what you really want. Don’t leave it until the last minute and you will enjoy the experience more. Although not as expensive as diamonds, my accessories have so much more worth to me than a little diamond could ever mean.

‘I just wanted to say thank you so much for the gorgeous tiara you made for my wedding. It was just perfect – tied in perfectly with my dress and other jewellery. I got so many compliments throughout the day on the tiara – just so delighted with it.’



Thank you so much, Emma, for sharing your thoughts and experiences with my readers. And thank you too for commissioning me. I really loved meeting you and making your tiara for you!

If you would like to have a chat about designing your own pieces, or if you’d like to make an appointment to come and see some of my ready-to-wear collection in my studio, please feel free to drop me a line. I’m always happy to chat!





Andrew Donald Photography



Anne Priscilla Bridal




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