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

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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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Bridesmaid

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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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Estelle

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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: 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.

 
Alison

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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Introductions…

Well hallo everybody
 
I’ve finally made it, long after everyone else it seems!
 
So, my lovely company Gioia Mia came into being about 5 years ago now, but I’ve been designing and making things for as long as I can remember…usually the sorts of things which would drive other people to distraction, but I love working on a really small scale.
 
I wanted a name that was different, and one which reflected my Italian upbringing. ‘Gioia Mia’ popped into my head, and refused to go away. Whatever else I thought of, I always came back to it. It can mean two different things in Italian: ‘my jewel’, which is good for a jewellery design company; or ‘my joy’, which is perfect, as it sums up what Gioia Mia means to me.
 
Five years on, I’m busy all the year round designing and making bespoke pieces. I work mostly with brides (I love the excitement of working with a bride!), but I make pieces for gifts as well. My work has travelled all over the world, and my my pieces have been featured in magazines both here and abroad.
 
I’m lucky to work from a beautiful studio not far from where I live. It’s wonderful, inspiring place full of positive energy and creative people, working in a variety of media. It’s not usually this tidy, but this is the space where I work from. It’s set up for an exhibition (the yellow sunflowers were a gift from my amazingly talented web designer):