A few weeks ago I fell head over heels in love with My Fayre Favourite: real vintage accessories given new life by designer Charlotte, and sold worldwide in her Etsy shop. I’m sooo thrilled to be able to show you her beautiful one-off designs as part of a gorgeous and inspiring vintage shoot at Sprivers Mansion in Kent.
Images are by the very lovely Penny Young Photography. Penny’s featured many times on the English Wedding Blog and her images are always inspiring. Find out more about her here:
The shoot features the work of a brilliant group of wedding suppliers from the Kent area, and every little detail is carefully placed and fits the style of the Georgian inspired country manor like a velvet glove.
I adore the flowers, the feathers, the eggs and the hare… and I suspect you will too. The colours are natural and rich, perfect for a country house wedding at any time of year. The overall feeling is of elegance and classic English country house style… and I love it to bits!! I’ll let Penny and Charlotte tell you more. There’s a full supplier list for Kent brides and grooms at the end of the feature.
“I wanted to create a style of shoot which was very much in keeping with the Georgian Manor House that Sprivers is. The theme was based around a luxurious country estate style and the venue was dressed with lots of natural elements including wood, fruits, glassware and feathers to achieve a sumptuous feel, complimented with lots of candles and a few key antique pieces. The overall aim was to recreate the simple elegance of the house with luxurious touches. I styled the shoot with the help of Lara Haynes from Darling and Wild who created all of the beautiful floral elements. I felt that the elegance of Charlotte’s pieces really added to the richness and splendour that we were trying to create with the shoot.”
My Fayre Favourite – Charlotte Brown
“It all started with a necklace for a friend. She wanted something unique so I made a necklace that I knew no one else would have, and it spiralled from there. I now design and make bridal accessories. I find ‘vintage’ fascinating and I use a mixture of vintage and new materials to create my accessories.
Part of the process and fun is finding the treasures I use in my accessories. My passion is being genuine. A lot of mass produced jewellery is made to have a vintage feel but what I love is being true to the original article while giving it a new lease of life. I also ensure each piece I create is unique, so my brides know they will be the only woman to wear their piece – something special and as unique as them!
I started my Etsy shop three years ago, and it has grown from there. I now sell worldwide through Etsy and my own website, which provides another platform for my work. I also sell through wedding fairs which are a great way of meeting brides and for them to try on my creations. I don’t just cater for brides; I even sell cufflinks, bow ties and pocket squares for the grooms – all hand made by myself.
I have developed a new range this year, something a little different to my vintage pieces. This consists of a variety of accessories which include a mixture of gold flowers, pearls and twine. I have even ventured into belts. This range is perfect for a rustic or woodland themed wedding, and complements the increasingly popular Boho style.
The shoot was created, styled and made wonderful by this lovely group of wedding suppliers:
Photography – Penny Young
Venue – Sprivers Mansion in Horsmonden
Videography – Anneka Ireland Videography
Flowers and Styling – Darling and Wild
Models – Sophie Reynolds and Joanna and Andrew Crown
Hairdresser – Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair
Bridal Accessories – My Fayre Favourite
Stationery – A Four Letter Word
Chairs and tableware – Kent Event Hire
Cake – Ice Cool Cake School
Cake Forks and Slice – The Silver Birdcage
A Four Letter WordAnneka IrelandChurchgate PorterDarling and WildIce Cool Cake SchoolIsabella GraceKent Event HireMy Fayre FavouritePenny Young PhotographySimply Beautiful Wedding HairSprivers MansionThe Silver Birdcage