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Back in July my postman arrived with the best little box of goodies I think he’s ever brought me. I was in the midst of planning a photoshoot, and had nervously contacted a handful of my favourite wedding creatives to see if they’d like to get involved. Every single yes meant an indrawn breath and a silent squeal of excitement. But when Clare Lloyd said she’d send me some of her work I was thrilled.

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Clare’s pieces are exquisitely crafted. They’re breathtakingly beautiful – I can’t even begin to imagine how much time and hard work goes into creating each accessory. Each one must surely take weeks to create – and they’re flawless, simply perfect in every way.

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Just holding one of Clare Lloyd’s bridal hair adornments is a treat. (Holding them against my blue hair and pretending to wear them was one of my favourite five minutes, ever! I didn’t dare wear them!) Unpacking that box from the postman had me completely lost for words – and I want you to share the experience!


Imagine if you could buy all of your wedding accessories, your stationery – even your wedding cake in one beautifully appointed boutique. I love this concept – independent wedding designers all under one roof, and an exciting space for your hen party workshop as well!

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Tori Harris and Vicky Mallinson from established wedding brands Tori Harris Makeup & Hair and Victoria Millesime Accessories have just launched The Boutique – Bridal Cooperative in Fulham, London. Tori has written this feature to introduce you to The Boutique – if you visit, I’d love to hear just how wonderful it was!

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I should wear flowers in my hair more often – in fact I think the last time was 3 years ago because I still have a photo of me and my buttercup! Perhaps it should be my first resolution for 2017: more hair flowers! Who’s with me?! You will be when you see today’s super pretty shoot, which I love for its colours and the fact it features a few rather lovely friends of the blog who I’ve come to know well over the last year… this is wonderful!

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Gypsy Rose Vintage make gorgeous floral hair accessories – and more! – for weddings, special occasions and daily wear for the self-employed (I made that bit up) – they’re awesome, affordable and you can find them here:


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Teaming up with local wedding suppliers makes this shoot really special – the images are by our friends at Boho Lane Photography and I’m happy to say we’re sharing a photo-film by Paul Kyte Photography on our Facebook page this morning too – do take a peek, it’s fab (and fascinating to see what goes on behind the scenes at a photoshoot like this).


Will you wear a flower crown? Or are you looking for more subtle floral accessories to suit a subtle colour palette? Girls – if soft white and ivory shades tinged with gold are your style then I have something super pretty to show you today!

Words & images: Yelena Smirnova

Add a heavenly finishing touch to your wedding dress with Yelena Smirnova`s exclusive floral headpieces from her new Gilded collection. The collection was inspired by the natural beauty of summer flowers with reference to the opulence and glamour of the Belle Époque era.

Delicate roses and daisies and beautifully stylized pearl lilies of the valley combining with intricate beadwork lace motifs evoke an unforgettable romantic spirit while gold plating detail accents create a luxurious feel with a splash of elegance. For brides who are looking to tailor their accessories to their gown, most headpieces can be recreated in specific colours and silver accents.

All headpieces are by Yelena Smirnova
Photography: Natalia Ilina
Hair: Kasia Fortuna
Make up: Birute Thomas


Definitely vintage, oh-so-sparkly and with a wonderfully bold style throughout, the brand new Maharaja collection by Tantrums and Tiaras stopped me in my tracks this week. (Railway pun not intended!) I love to see how accessories can be worn – it’s all very well seeing something lovely in a display counter at a wedding show or in a bridal shop… but this shoot shows how amazing hair jewels can look, and how to wear them. And it makes me all tingly because it’s just so goddamn beautiful.

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Caitlyn £120 half-forehead bridal headpiece

‘Maharaja’ is a collection of East meets West headpieces designed to give style and glamour to any bridal look. The new range features big jewels, delicate mehndi inspired details and pretty metallic tones reminiscent of the British Indian Empire. The unique design of each handmade piece will set any bride apart.

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Caitlyn £120

Designer and founder of Tantrums and Tiaras, Kelly Scully said “I have really enjoyed creating the new ‘Maharaja’ collection which adds the finishing touch of designer class to any bridal outfit.


Hello everyone! Did you see Deborah and Darren’s elegant art gallery wedding last week? I loved the bride’s style – her Anoushka G vintage lace dress was beautifully accessorised with a pearl bracelet and clutch. Deborah chose classic and simple jewellery to complement a statement dress, as so many UK brides are doing this year – and if you haven’t bought your bridal jewellery yet, then I have the perfect solution for you today!


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Lovely Tracey at Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery creates and specialises in beautiful handcrafted bridal jewellery. Only the finest materials are used – Sterling silver, Swarovski crystals and pearls resulting in finished pieces that will look fabulous on your big day and that you can treasure forever. Bridal Designs also stocks a stunning range of high quality ready to wear wedding jewellery.

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Tracey has been telling me all about her business – one of those wonderful little craft businesses where you can work with the designer herself to create something really special. She told me, ‘The most important thing to me is the fantastic service we give brides to be – this is one of the biggest days of their lives and everything needs to be right.