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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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!!’

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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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Flossy and Dossy on bridal trends for 2013

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I’m delighted to welcome Wendy from Flossy and Dossy to my blog today. Wendy is a Glasgow based, bridal dress designer-maker, specialising in vintage-style dresses, all tailor made to your requirements.

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Over to Wendy to talk about what brides are asking her for so far this year:

‘Most of the dresses I’ve been asked for are corded lace, tea length with cap or full sleeves. I’ve also had a few enquiries for Audrey Hepburn style dresses with three-quarter length sleeves and some cuff detail (like beading or lace). So all in all, I think that 2013 seems to be the year of the demure bride!’

How fabulous! I really love this style and these materials – they’re so elegant and feminine. And having worked with Wendy on a number of photoshoots now, I know how much care and attention she puts into every single piece that she designs and makes. Do have a look at her website for more of her beautiful work, and be sure to like her Facebook page to hear all her latest news. 

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Gioia Mia loves: Flossy and Dossy

A ‘House For An Art Lover’ shoot part one

A ‘House For An Art Lover’ shoot part two

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Previous Bridal Trends 2013 posts
 

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Photoshoots: Seona Earle Misumi Photography

Hallo everyone!

One of the most exciting aspects of what I do, is the chance to collaborate with other creatives on photoshoots. There’s the opportunity of making new connections within the industry, of working together and gaining some understanding and appreciation of different creative practises and processes, of seeing your work in a different light.

So when Seona, of Seona Earle Misumi Photography, asked if I would be interested in contributing some pieces to a shoot she was organising, I was both delighted and very curious to see the final images. 

Seona emailed me the images a couple of days ago, and I absolutely love them! The styling and the attention to detail are incredibly beautiful. hite

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Huge thanks to Seona for bringing together such a fabulous shoot team, and to the team for all their hard work!

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As always, you’re most welcome to drop me a line to arrange a time to come and have a look at these pieces, or to have a chat about your own pieces – I’d love to hear what you have in mind!

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Seona Earle Misumi Photography

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Lola Mimallone

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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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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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More Gioia Mia Real Brides

Alison’s comb, jewellery and bridesmaid’s jewellery and accessories

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

Roots, Fruits & Flowers on bridal trends for 2013

Hallo everyone!

I’m really delighted to bring you another in my ‘bridal trends’ series of blog posts today. I’ve admired Di’s work for quite a while now. It manages to be a harmonious synthesis of a number of different (and at times contrasting) aspects:  the modern and the historical; the imaginative and the familiar; the creative and the very refined; and the feminine too. 

Over to Di for an informative explanation on what floral trends to expect this year.

 

‘Brides are still looking back to bygone eras for inspiration and with over a century of groundbreaking trends behind us, who can blame them!

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The early 1900s is one of our more popular styles being requested for 2013, bridal bouquets were big and trailing and wildly natural in style. This particular style of bouquet has a lot of movement in it and prances and glides effortlessly in tandem with a flowing dress.

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The hand-tied bouquet will always remain popular with brides, again, natural and loose in style. Flowers with particular meaning and where possible, seasonal local flowers, are our most common request at the moment

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Influence from the 1940s and 1950s is still strong, with pretty posies complementing knee-length dresses and tea dresses perfectly. We are seeing a strong return to what some may consider more traditional ‘older fashioned’ flower types as a nod to what the bride’s mother/grandmother may have had in her own wedding bouquet.

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Overall, 2013 is shaping up to be an interesting year with brides starting to look for something different from the recent trends of the past few years. As always, the bridal flowers are very much dictated by the dress so we eagerly await the next collections. If anyone wishes to get me a front row seat at the Paris shows, I will of course oblige.’

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Thank you so much to Di for taking the time to share some of her fantastic insight on my blog. If you’ve not visited her shop, Roots, Fruits & Flowers on Great Western Road in Glasgow, you should definitely pop round. She always has the most amazing window displays and fantastic selection of flowers, and of course, her knowledge, creativity and passion are more than evident in her beautiful work!

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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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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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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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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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