Real Brides: Eilidh

Hallo everyone

I’m really delighted to welcome beautiful Gioia Mia bride, Eilidh to my blog. She’s written about her wedding style, choosing the dress and deciding on what jewellery and accessories to wear for her big day…lots of invaluable advice on the planning process!

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How would you describe your wedding style?

Relaxed, classic and understated.

And that goes for the general feel of the day, the décor, the ceremony, the outfits and the jewellery!

I was never going to be a bride who spent thousands of pounds on her dress or accessories but I still wanted them to be special and reflect my style  – and though the wedding décor in our venue was minimal we were in an awesome building (St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow) so we were never going to need a huge amount of flowers and decorations as the gilding, panels and stained class in the building was more than enough (though I did love the fairy lights provided by the venue, they were brilliant).

 

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So this classic style, of the building and the overall setting, was key and that was also reflected in what I wore (lots of ivory lace and a little bit of sparkle, but only a little!) and what Andrew wore (kilt and tweed jacket with thistle buttonhole). But our style was definitely classic but not too preened to perfection – certainly understated and relaxed!

We wanted people to feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the whole day, without too many formalities, and I hope we encouraged this just by the way we acted – we were both very relaxed and smiley all day!

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

We got engaged at the end of August 2013 and our wedding date was 9th August 2014 so the wedding planning was confined to just under 1 year which was a relatively short period of time for what ended up being quite a big wedding of about 150 guests.

We only looked at 2 venues and decided St Andrews in the Square was exactly what we were looking for – and we had this booked within a couple of months of the engagement, and over the first few weeks of the engagement I had been browsing through wedding dresses online. I really didn’t know what I was after when I started looking – I know some people know exactly what style of dress they want but I’d never really thought about it in great detail, or so I thought…It quickly became clear during these online searches that I knew exactly what I didn’t want, so that helped immensely to narrow down the dress options!

I knew I didn’t want anything too big, or anything that I couldn’t dance in properly. We had a ceilidh at the wedding and our ‘first dance’ wasn’t a slow, romantic number but a very fast set dance – strip the willow – with all of the bridal party and immediate family members in the set dancing with us, so I knew I wanted a dress I could swing about in, and flat shoes (I’m not a big heels person).

 

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I ended up finding what appeared to be my ideal dress in Debenhams! I was sceptical at first,  it couldn’t be that easy surely…and I expected the lace to maybe not look as nice in person as it did online so I ordered it ‘click and collect’ and went in to try it on myself on a Thursday night after work, assuming it would look awful but it would at least be a start in the wedding dress search to work out what suited me and what didn’t suit me.

Had I known this was going to be my actual wedding dress I probably would have invited my bridesmaids and mum to come with, and maybe smuggled in some champagne! And certainly not gone in on a Thursday night late after work, but I really didn’t expect the dress to be that nice! But of course, it was, and it only needed taken up an inch and nipped in at the waist to be perfect. And it was a serious bargain so allowed for more money to be spent on other lovely wedding things like being able to pay to have more guests on the actual wedding day!

So, once I had chosen this dress I knew I wasn’t going to have a veil (as I loved the back of my dress and I decided I’d probably end up discarding the veil straight after the ceremony anyway so there was no point), but I definitely wanted to have something in my hair as I’d decided hair-up would go best with the style of the dress and a little bit of sparkles or pearls would help to make the hair-style that little bit more special for the day.

 

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The jewellery stage came once I had the dress and also once I had decided on the best hairstyle for the dress – I couldn’t have chosen jewellery earlier than that and I’m glad I didn’t.  For example, the neckline of my dress was quite high and round and a necklace would have looked odd or too much, so I knew I just wanted simple stud earrings, maybe a bracelet and something in my hair.

I had originally thought I might just have a small hair slide or a very plain hair band (with just tiny pearls) but decided to go see Sonia and try some things on.

This was early 2014 – with the wedding coming up in August, so it was a few months before the wedding that I began to think about jewellery and accessories, which was perfect because it gave Sonia time to make something unique especially for me!

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How did you decide what accessories to wear?

A few months before the wedding I came into Sonia’s studio to have a chat and try on some different pieces to work out what I liked and what wasn’t for me.

I originally thought just a simple headband would be perfect for my look – very dainty with tiny pearls – and this was something I’d seen in Sonia’s collection before.  I tried it and it looked lovely but I also decided to try all sorts of other styles just for fun – this was when I realised I liked some aspects of one headband  and some aspects of another – so Sonia said it was no problem and we could just combine the two aspects into one new design for me!

This design ended up being much bigger than I’d originally thought I’d go for, but the stones in the main piece of the headband weren’t too flashy and had a vintage feel to them (Sonia, you’ll be able to explain what is different about the stones in the Helena headband!) so it still felt quite understated, and it went really well with the style of the dress.

 

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I’d also decided that I wanted to get a gift for my two bridesmaids and felt that a dainty bracelet would be ideal – especially something that they could wear again and wasn’t clearly a piece of wedding jewellery.

Sonia and I had a chat and decided to go for a silver chain bracelet with three small freshwater pearls in different colours of white, blues and greys.  Sonia made a bracelet for each of the bridesmaids and one for me too – I handed them over the night before the wedding and we all wore them on the day.

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

For the bracelets, I loved that it was our own design that Sonia and I came up with ourselves and which was really unique, not something you could get in the shops.

The bridesmaids loved the personal touch of the gift and I really liked that we all had something that was of a similar style but with each one that little bit different (my bracelet had a large white pearl in the middle with grey and blue either side, and the bridesmaids’ versions were variations on this with the colours switched round).

For the headband, I loved how we were able to tweak the design and, again, put together something unique that was exactly what I wanted, with no compromises!  It was brilliant to be able to book a time with Sonia and come to the studio, try on all different styles (without feeling pressured for time like you might do in a busy high street shop).  And Sonia was brilliant at reading me and noticing when I wasn’t too keen on a style I was trying on, and offering up different options or ways that we could tweak it – again something you just don’t get when you go into a shop and they have a limited selection of what’s on offer to you.

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

Don’t leave it till the last minute because it takes time for something unique to be designed and handmade especially for you and you want to make sure you get it in time for the big day!

And allow yourself lots of time to try plenty of different styles, even if they’re not what you think you are after – I ended up going for something much bigger and sparklier than I had originally planned but I think it looked awesome and I was so glad I did.  I got so many compliments on the day!

I’d recommend waiting until you’ve decided on your dress and hairstyle as it will have a big impact on things – like I said, I originally assumed that of course I would wear a necklace but the neckline of my dress worked much better without it, and this allowed me to put much more sparkle elsewhere without it becoming too overpowering or busy.

 

Eilidh and Andrew also had a videographer, you can see their rather lovely video here.

 

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Credits

Photography

Huge thanks to Kimberley for making so many of the images from Eidlidh and Andrew’s big day available for my blog. Please do check out her beautiful work.

Kimberley Brand

 

Videography

Worldly Nomads

 

Dress

Debenhams

 

Alterations

Fabricated Alterations

 

Hair Stylist

Sarah Melvin at Gosh! Hair Design

 

Florist

I Heart Flowers

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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Gioia Mia Handmade bridal wedding tiara headpiece Swarovski crystal freshwater pearls

Image courtesy of Andrew Donald Photography

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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.’

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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!

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Credits

Photography

Andrew Donald Photography

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Dress

Anne Priscilla Bridal

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Real brides: Estelle

Hallo everyone!

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

I first met Estelle a while before she got engaged, and got to know her quite well before her fiancé proposed. I was really touched when she asked if I could make her jewellery and accessories for her big day. Over to Estelle to talk about her commission:

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

When I tried on wedding dresses, the ladies in the shop got me to try a few tiaras with dresses with got me thinking about it.

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How did you decide what accessories to wear?

I always knew I wanted quite subtle, delicate jewellery, but didn’t decide properly until I met with Sonia from Gioia Mia.

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I met Estelle one afternoon to find out about the dress she had chosen, and to hear about any ideas she already had for her jewellery and accessories. She already knew that she didn’t want to wear anything on a traditional tiara band, so decided on a comb.

We had a look through some sample freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals, and Estelle picked out some oval freshwater pearls in white and the most beautiful combination of emerald green, eau de nil, and opaque, milky-white crystals.

I decided to use the coloured Swarovski crystals in her comb, but not her jewellery, thinking that the jewellery should the more understated of the two. So I used the freshwater pearls and the opaque, milky-white crystals for Estelle’s necklace and earring set, in a very subtle, repeating pattern of pearls and crystals. 

Estelle’s comb I kept quite low (so as not to upset the balance of her dress, veil, hairstyle and jewellery) making sure the gently curving shape framed and complemented the shape of her face. I gave it a less formal feel by not making it perfectly symmetrical, but by giving it a balanced asymmetry.

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Estelle also commissioned some clasps for each of her four bridesmaids to wear.  She was unsure how each of them was going to style their hair for her big day, and wasn’t too concerned with them all having the same hairstyle. So after looking at various options, we thought a clasp for each of them would give them the most flexibility, in terms of how each of them could wear it. 

I used some of the same freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals that i had used for Estelle’s comb and jewellery to tie the designs together.

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

Definitely to get it made for you as it is so personal then. Also, to be make sure you go for what you really want. Ladies at a wedding show I attended were trying to talk me into getting big tiaras when that was never what I was after. The comb I ended up getting through Gioia Mia was just so beautiful and perfect for me!

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

The fact that is was so personal to me. Sonia took so much time to meet with me to really discuss what woul d suit me and be to my taste and she also went to see my wedding dress and used some of the detail to match with my jewellery. This was all so touching and made my jewellery unique to me!!

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‘Thank you again so much for making my special jewellery. It is gorgeous and just perfect. I love it!!’

Estelle

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Thank you, Estelle, for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with my readers. And thank you so much for commissioning your jewellery and accessories from me – I really loved working with you and being part of your big day.

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!

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Real brides: Lesley

Hallo everyone!

I’m really delighted to feature another of the beautiful brides that I have made jewellery and accessories for. I met Lesley at a wedding fair late last year, and enjoyed chatting and hearing her ideas from the moment she first stopped by and tried some pieces on.

Over to Lesley to talk a little more about how she decided on what jewellery and accessories to wear on her wedding day:

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

To be honest, my jewellery was one of the last things I thought about! I wanted to be sure of the dress before deciding what would go with it.

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How did you decide what accessories to wear?

The dress decided for me. It was very plain and simple so that was the type of accessories I weas looking for. I didn’t want anything to take away from the elegance of the dress.

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Lesley’s dress was  a beautiful Lyn Ashworth dress. It suited her perfectly, as it was very elegant and understated, and feminine too. 

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Swarovski pearl bridal headband, earrings and bracelet

Image courtesy of John Carrol Photography

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

The advice I would give would be to browse the wedding fairs and try on different styles and designs, even those you don’t think you would consider. I didn’t ever imaging I would pick pearls and was originally looking for something sparkly. I walked past the Gioia Mia stand at a wedding fair and the headband I picked for the day was on display. I couldn’t resist trying it on. Despite trying on loads of sparkly headbands, the pearl one stuck in my mind and nothing came close to being suitable for the dress.

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After trying on her headband at the fair, Lesley made an appointment to pop round and see me in the studio.

We had a lovely chat about the jewellery she was thinking of commissioning to go with her dress and the headband she liked. Because of the neckline on her dress she had already decided against a necklace, but loved the thought of some earrings and a bracelet.

We kept the design of her jewellery extremely understated: just some simple drop earrings and a delicate line of pearls around her wrist, using some of the same kinds of pearls that featured in her headband. 

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

 I enjoyed meeting Sonia and hearing her ideas of what would suit the style of the dress I had picked. Having pieces made specifically for me made them even more special, made sure they were unique and made me feel extra special on the day.

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Swarovski pearl bridal headband

Image courtesy of John Carrol Photography

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What did you enjoy most about your big day? 

 Everything! I didn’t stop smiling from start to finish.

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What are you enjoying most about married life? 

I think the thing I’m enjoying most about married life is being able to call Campbell my husband after fifteen years of being together. It’s still feeling a bit strange though!

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Thank you so much Lesley, for taking the time to share your  thoughts and experiences with everyone. I really loved meeting you and hearing all your ideas, and it was amazing to be part of your big day!

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Credits

Photography

Thank you to John Carrol for his beautiful images of  Lesley and Campbell on their wedding day.

You can see John’s website here.

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Real brides: Stacy

Hallo everyone! 

I’m really delighted to bring you another post in the ‘Real Brides’ series that I’ve been running. These interviews feature some of the beautiful brides, maids and flower girls for whom I’ve made pieces, and provide an insight into the design process and how I work.

Over to Stacy to talk about how she decided on what jewellery and accessories to wear on her big day:hite

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

I think it was about half way through the planning process before I started thinking about my jewellery. Once I had my dress I really started to put some thought into it.

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How did you decide what accessories to wear?

Again my dress helped me decide what jewellery I wanted. I knew I wanted something simple but elegant just like my dress.ite

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Stacy made an appointment and came round to see me in my studio one evening. She told me she was thinking of commissioning a necklace, a pair of earrings and a set of hairpins. 

We had a look through some sample Swarovski crystals and gemstones, and she picked a very delicate – and at the same time unusual – selection of colours that complemented her skin tone perfectly. 

She then described the neckline of her dress to me, and I suggested a short necklace, sitting just above her collar bone, that would also subtly emphasise her long neck.

We finished off her look with very understated earrings and hairpins in one of the Swarovski crystal colours she had picked out, so as not to detract too much attention from her necklace.

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

The thing I enjoyed most about having my jewellery and accessories designed for me was that I knew they would be original and the thought of having something made just for me helped make the big day a little bit more special.

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

Most people are willing to spend a little bit more on wedding jewellery than any other type so I would advise that if you are going to spend that little bit more to do so by getting a piece of jewellery designed for you.

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Thank you so much, Stacy, for taking the time share your thoughts and insights with other brides to be. I really loved working with you and making your pieces for you!

If you’re thinking about what jewellery and accessories to wear for your own big day, you’re most welcome to drop me a line to arrange a time to come and have a chat. I’d love to hear what you have in mind.

 

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Credits

Photography

Thank you to Stephanie Gibson for allowing me to use her images of Stacy on her wedding day.

You can see Stephanie’s website here.

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Real brides: Jen

Hallo everyone!

I hope you’re all keeping well, and enjoying your wedding planning – for those of you that are tying the knot.

I’m really delighted to bring you another in the series of interviews featuring brides who have commissioned jewellery and accessories for their wedding day from me.

Jen commissioned a comb and a pair of earrings. Over to Jen to talk about how she decided what jewellery and accessories to wear, and about the commission process:

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

When I tried on dresses. There was jewellery in the shop and it seemed like they made me try on every tiara, necklace and veil!

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How did you decide what accessories to wear?

I already knew I wanted to wear a pearl bracelet of my mum’s I’ve always loved. I think deep down I also know I wanted a tiara, I didn’t give it much thought – when else do you get a chance to wear one? I decided I didn’t want a veil as soon as I tried one on in the bridal shop. I love them on other people but I just though it looked ridiculous on me! They kept putting one on me and I kept taking it off.*white

How did you hear about Gioia Mia?

A friend had her wedding jewellery made by Gioia Mia and was in love with the process and the jewellery.

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Shona is Jen’s friend. You can read about her commission, and see pictures from her beautiful wedding, here.

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

I loved that it was one of the least stressful parts of organising my wedding. I didn’t have to run around trying on loads of different pieces and struggle to choose, my tiara just sort of grew on my head! I had a meeting with Sonia and she asked me about what I like and showed me different things, and went from there. Later I had another meeting with her to see how it was going and if I was happy with it, which I was.

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Jen popped up to my studio and she told me about the ideas she already had. She tried on different samples I had, and decided she preferred a comb rather than a headband.

She picked out the most beautiful selection of  Swarovski crystals and pearls, in muted champagne tones, which looked just beautiful against the colour of her hair. 

For Jen’s design, I took inspiration from her dress: the overall shape of her comb echoing the sweet heart neckline of her dress, and the simple, elegant lines of her piece echoing the lines in the pleating on the bodice. 

When Jen came back to see me, she also ordered a pair of sterling silver and Swarovski crystal earrings, in one of the crystal colours she had picked for her comb. 

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Image courtesy of Alasdair Stephen

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

There’s a lot of jewellery and accessory options, so don’t feel like you have to have a particular thing to look like a bride. Pick things you love.

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You can see the pieces I made for Jen on my website in the ‘Real Brides’ section, as well as lots of other images of beautiful Gioia Mia brides and their commissions on their wedding day.

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And of course, you’re most welcome to drop me a line to arrange a time to come and have a chat about your own pieces. I’d love to hear what you have in mind!

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Credits

Photography

Thank you to Alastair Stephen for his beautiful image of Jen.

You can see his website here.

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Makeup

Jen’s makeup artist was Karen Bowen.

You can see her website here.

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Real Brides: Alison

Hallo everyone

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and new year break! 

I’m really delighted to bring you another my the series of interviews featuring brides who have commissioned jewellery and accessories for their wedding day from me.

Alison commissioned a comb and some earrings from me for herself, and matching earrings, necklaces combs and a headband for her four bridesmaids. Over to Alison to tell you about her Gioia Mia designs: 

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

A few months before my wedding. 

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How did you decide what accessories to wear?

I found an interesting picture in a magazine of a tiara and wanted one designed to look similar, then earrings, necklace and bridesmaids all fell into place.

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Alison popped round to the studio one afternoon and we had a good chat about the ideas she had.  

She told me she was after a headpiece and some earrings to match a necklace that she was going to wear. She wanted both of these to be very subtle and delicate. 

We got chatting about materials and she picked out some very pretty white glass flowers, Swarovski rhinestones and pearls in white, which all went with the necklace she had brought along.

We discussed the possibility making her headpiece either as a headband or comb, and after trying on both, she decided she would prefer a comb.

 
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Image courtesy of Cameron Erroch

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For Alison’s bridesmaids, I made matching combs, necklaces, earrings and a headband for her chief bridesmaid, all in the ‘Rococo’ style. 

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Image courtesy of Cameron Erroch

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

Keep it simple, pretty and let your personality shine through.

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

Having unique items that were designed from stones, gems etc that I had picked out.
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Alison and her bridesmaids

Image courtesy of Cameron Erroch

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You can see the pieces I made for Alison and for her bridesmaids on my website in the ‘Real Brides’ section, as well as lots of other images of beautiful Gioia Mia brides and their commissions on their wedding day.

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Credits

Photography

I am really grateful to Cameron Erroch for allowing me to use his images of Alison’s wedding. 

You can see his website here

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Hair

Alison had her hair styled by Miller Hair, in East Kilbride. 

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Makeup

Alison’s makeup artist was Louise Dyet.

You can see her website here

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More Gioia Mia Real Brides

Charlotte’s earrings

Lianne’s earrings

Lynne’s tiara, jewellery and bridesmaid’s jewellery

Shona’s headband, jewellery and flower girl’s headbands

Lee-Anne’s headband

Rachel’s comb, bridesmaid’s jewellery and accessories

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Real Brides: Charlotte

Hallo everyone!

I’m very excited to bring you another my series of interviews with brides for whom I have designed and made jewellery and accessories.

Charlotte got in touch with me after winning a voucher as part of a fabulous competition run by Kelly, of the Boho Wedding Blog. Over to Charlotte for her tips and advice on choosing your jewellery and accessories for your wedding day:

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

I would probably say I started thinking about jewellery from a year beforehand. It was nothing I worried about, just something I would casually think about every now and again.


How did you decide what accessories to wear?

I always knew I wanted to wear my pearl necklace. The necklace was given to me as my 18th present from my nana, so it had a personal meaning behind it. With my hair accessories and earrings, I just wanted something as unique as I could find.

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Image courtesy of Duncan Payne

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

Be flexible and take the advice that Sonia shares with you. Sonia will want to make something perfect for you, but it is good to remember she knows what will work logistically too. Also find photos of items you like, this will particularly help those who are communicating via email. Photos will help Sonia get a fuller picture of what you would like. 

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Charlotte had, in fact, sent me a picture of a pair of earrings that she liked in her very first email to me. We chatted some more by email, and I narrowed down what she had liked about them. I took this as the starting point for her own design. 


The teardrop shapes we decided on were perfect, as they were reminiscent of vintage and antique earring shapes. They were also very elegant in their design and light to wear. I suggested decorating them with very small Swarovski pearls to tie the design in with Charlotte’s dress and necklace, and added some very small clear Swarovski crystals to catch the light as she moved.

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Image courtesy of Duncan Payne

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

I loved knowing on my wedding day that no one else will ever be wearing the same earrings. During the designing time, it was great bringing together the exact style you would like.


What did you enjoy most about your big day?

It was just a beautiful day full of celebration with people that mean the most to me and my husband, James. I loved those short moments within a busy day, where as a newly married couple, you get time for you.

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What are you enjoying most about married life?

It is just amazing knowing you will be with the one you love for the rest of your like. And within day to day living, it is just great knowing you always have that support and hug when you need it. 

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Thank you to Charlotte for sharing her thoughts and tips! And please feel free to drop me a line if you’d like to make an appointment to come and see some of my ready-to-wear collection in my studio, or have a chat about designing your own pieces.

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Credits

Photography

Many thanks to Duncan Payne for allowing me to use his images on my blog

You can visit his website here

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Boho Wedding Blog

You can read more about Charlotte’s wonderful wedding on Kelly’s wedding blog

The Boho Wedding Blog

 

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More Gioia Mia Real Brides

You can read more interviews with real brides here:

Lianne’s earrings

Lynne’s tiara, jewellery and bridesmaid’s jewellery

Shona’s headband, jewellery and flower girl’s headbands

Lee-Anne’s headband

Rachel’s comb, bridesmaid’s jewellery and accessories

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Real bridesmaids: Lianne

Hallo everyone!

I’m really delighted to bring you another post in my series of interviews featuring some of the beautiful ladies for whom I have made jewellery.

 
Lianne was the maid of honour at her friend Calli’s wedding. She commissioned three pairs of 9 carat gold and Swarovski pearl earrings for herself and the two bridesmaids to wear.
 
 
At what stage in the whole wedding planning process did you start thinking about your jewellery?
 
It actually ended up being quite last minute. I was Maid of Honour for one of my best friends in December and we hadn’t given much though to jewellery until very late on. When the bride had decided she was giving us pearl necklaces as gifts she asked if we could source our own earrings but we only had a few weeks to do so.
 

 

 

How did you hear about Gioia Mia?

 
Through networking in the wonderful world of twitter – Sonia so kindly offered to help at short notice when I put out a shout out for help online. She sent through some pictures of her previous designs which the bride and other bridesmaids loved and we decided on something similar from there.
 
 
Kirstie Abbey Photography

 

 
How did you decide what jewellery to wear?
 
The whole wedding was a very classy affair so we wanted something very classical and simple that would compliment the stunning venue at St Palladius and Drumtochty Castle and not draw too much attention away from our beautiful vintage fur stoles. We knew that they had to be gold and decided that a drop earring would suit best as we were having our hair up.




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


 
That we could customise it exactly to our requirements, the length of the drop, colour of gold, to the size and shape of the pearl. It made it so easy to match our existing jewellery and the bride was delighted with how they all went together. Sonia was wonderful in all her assistance especially as we were quite far away and all correspondence was done by email. We were thrilled with the final products!




Kirstie Abbey Photography


Is there any advice about jewellery and accessories that you would give a bride to be?
 
Be organised, we left it very last minute and counted ourselves extremely lucky that Gioia Mia could fit us in at such short notice! Also, don’t be afraid to ask…if you can’t find it already there’s no harm in asking if it can be done, make the most of having a designer on hand to create something special just for you!
 



If you would like to arrange an appointment to have a chat about your own designs and ideas please do drop me a line! You can email me here.Appointments can be arranged for afternoons and evenings, weekdays or weekends. I work from a light and airy studio space in Miller Street, in the centre of Glasgow.

Credits
 
I am really grateful to Kirstie of Kirstie Abbey Photography
for allowing me to use her beautiful images of Lianne, Calli and the bridesmaids on my blog
 
 
 
Lianne runs her own, very successful, stationery company
 
 

Real Brides: Rachel


Hallo everyone


I’m really excited to introduce the first in a series of interviews featuring some of the beautiful brides who have commissioned pieces from me over the years.


The first bride to be featured on my blog is Rachel. I made a comb for Rachel’s wedding, and earrings and hair accessories for her two bridesmaids.



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

I started looking at jewellery and accessories once I bought my wonderful wedding dress.


How did you decide what jewellery and accessories to wear?

My Jenny Packham wedding dress was beautifully designed with lots of beading and crystals which meant that the jewellery and hair accessories needed to be understated. What attracted me to Gioia Mia was that the jewellery was handmade and designed to my personal taste with one to one consultation briefings throughout the process.


Unfortunately Rachel wasn’t able to come to my studio in person, as she lived too far away. So we worked entirely by email.

She sent me some really great close-up pictures of the detail of her dress. She also emailed me pictures of her hair trial and described some of the ideas that she had had for her comb.

She posted me a sample of the different beads that were embroidered onto her absolutely beautiful Jenny Packham dress. I was able to match these up with a range of Swarovski crystals and rhinestones that I had samples of, and make a feature of these in her comb.

I studied the detail in her dress very closely, and came up with an Art Deco influenced sunburst design, which complemented her delicate features and worked with the hairstyle that she had chosen.


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

For me what I enjoyed most was being able to have my wedding hair slide made with the beads and crystals from my wedding dress. After showing Sonia the design of the wedding dress she was able to create a delicate understated hair slide which complemented my dress perfectly. Sonia knew exactly what I liked and was able to create this perfectly.





With regards to the bridesmaids, I sent a sample of the bridesmaid’s dresses colour and Sonia was able to create beautiful bespoke hair slides which were both designed for their individual hairstyles (short and long-haired bridesmaids) which complemented them perfectly. I also had earrings made for both bridesmaids that went perfectly with the hair slides and dresses.


The bridesmaid’s earrings were dainty clusters of the different colours of Swarovski crystals that I also used in their hair accessories.

For one of the bridesmaids I made a hairpin based on a very simplified version of the sunburst idea I had used for Rachel’s comb. For the other bridesmaid I made a comb based on the clusters in the earrings.



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

My advice to a bride to be would be to take your time in deciding your jewellery and accessories. I would highly recommend Gioia Mia to design your jewellery and accessories for your wedding day. Sonia provides a efficient, professional and bespoke service.

Thank you Gioia Mia for your help in making our day so special.



Photography


I am really grateful to Jane Jordan for allowing me to use her beautiful images of Rachel’s wedding on my blog.

You can see her website here