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Adorn the Bride: Beautiful Tiara

The tiara is one of the most versatile headpieces a bride can wear. Style and materials can range from simple to the more elaborate designs.  This adornment can also be worn with varying hairstyles, whether the bride chooses an updo or let her tresses down.  Here are a few stunning pieces I found at Etsy:

bridal tiara 3Rhinestone princess tiara by Love Like Stylebridal tiaraRhinestone rose and leaf tiara by Myra Kim
bridal tiara 2Pip berries on a brown vine by de Loop
bridal tiara 4Woodland-inspired tiara by Which Goose
bridal tiara 5Crystal & silver tiara by Pale Lip
bridal tiara 6White coral freshwater pearl tiara, inspired by the 19th century French Royalty by Erica Elizabeth Designbridal tiara 7One-of-a-kind bridal headpiece made out of abalone shell by Holly Stalder

bridal tiara 8Bridal tiara with Swarovski crystals by Aya Jewellery

Which of these bridal tiaras caught your eye?

Would you wear one on your wedding?

Adorn the Bride: the Juliet Cap Veil

The Juliet Cap seems to have gotten its name from the 16th century tragic-romance play of William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet. In illustrations and adaptations, we see Juliet wearing this exact style of headpiece. The veil is worn close around the head, like a cap to prevent it from falling.

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This wedding veil style has become a trend back in the 1920s and 1930s. Remember, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby? – “Gatsby” being synonymous to stylish extravagance, audacity, and sophistication. We see visions of women wearing similar headpieces from this era.

Well, the style has never really disappeared. Grace Kelly had worn a Juliet Cap veil when she married Prince Rainer III of Monaco in 1965. Her bridal gown, veil and complete wedding ensemble were designed by Helen Rose [source].

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More recently, supermodel Kate Moss wore a Juliet Cap veil with her 1920s-inspired gown designed by John Galliano.

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I think the Juliet cap veil is so romantic and ladylike.  Today, I see a lot of designers create variations of the Juliet Cap bridal veil – long, floor-length veils as well as short cap veils in this style.  There are also different ways to wear it, and it truly never fails to add that extra glamour to a bride.

It looks classic and elegant worn with an updo.  But the bride who wears it with her hair down would look just as lovely.  It’s the perfect adornment to an authentic vintage- or vintage-inspired wedding dress.  Here are a few inspirations I found from Etsy.

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Would you wear the Juliet Cap veil on your wedding?

Adorn the Bride: Birdcage Veil

Birdcage veils have long been popular in the past eras (40s & 50s?) but we see a lot of brides today wearing this classic style.

Russian tulle birdcage veilRussian tulle birdcage veil by EM Bridal

Birdcage veils are also called French veil or Russian veil – after the materials they’re made from (French netting or Russian netting).  Other names for this type of bridal headpiece are blusher veil, angle veil, Venetian veil, and bandeau veil.

Bircage dotted Swiss Veil Birdcage Veil with Swiss dots by SIBO Designs.

Birdcage veils and bandeau veils can be attached to the hair through a comb, a headband, a clip, or a fascinator.  Here is where the bride can be extra playful and creative.

Whimsical designs have been created using feathers, beads, flowers, crystals, pearls, brooches, hats, ribbons, and other accessories.

Sometimes genuine vintage millinery is used to put together a unique, vintage-inspired headpiece.  Such embellishments add up to the charm of blusher veils.

birdcage veil with feather and flowerA birdcage veil with feathers and flower by Wedded Kiss.

The Birdcage or Blusher Veil

Birdcage or angle veils typically come in three different lengths: 9”, 12”, and 18”.  The veil can be worn in various angles, to match the bride’s hairstyle, dress and overall look.

For instance, the birdcage veil is the full version which can either go from 12” to 18” from the comb to the edge, and can cover the entire bride’s face or just right below the eyes, the tip of the nose, the cheeks, or down to the chin.

bird cage veilA vintage-style birdcage veil with feathers and a hat by Batcakes Couture.

hat with birdcage veilA full blusher veil with ostrich feather by Ella Gajewska Bridal.

blusher veilTulle birdcage veil with bows by The Hattery By PKM.

Headband with Birdcage VeilEnglish veiling topped with taupe Dupioni silk bow by Preston and Olivia.

vintage birdcage veilBlusher veil with pearls by Atelier Dea Retro.

Simple Birdcage veilBirdcage veil with Swarovski crystals by Teri Huang.

Gold birdcage veil Gold birdcage veil by Be Chic Accessories

The Bandeau or Venetian Veil

Bandeau or Venetian veils are quite shorter than the birdcage style.  It could be 4” to 9” in length, and is often attached at both sides of the head with a fascinator, to cover the eyes.

French veilA bandeau style face veil that features scattered flowers and petals by
Woomi Pyo.

bride in birdcage veilA bandeau style veil embellished with organza and pearl flowers by All About Romance.

dotted birdcage veilBandeau birdcage veil made out of Russian veiling and pearls by Tessa Kim.

bandeau style Russian veilBandeau style Russian veiling with rhinestone feather hair comb by Brides Boutik.

bandeau style veilBandeau style veil with Swarovski pearl edge by Fine N Fleurie.

30Flower fascinator with birdcage veil by Tattered Petals.

bridal birdcage veilDouble layer bandeau veil with silk Habotai flower and ostrich feather by Three Sunbeams.

How to Wear a Birdcage Veil:

The birdcage veil can be styled in many different ways.  You can wear the veil with an updo, or let your hair down.

classic French veilIvory French veil by The Little White Dress.

petite birdcage veilPetite Birdcage veil by Powder Blue Bijoux.

With so many ways to wear the birdcage veil, it would look endearing with any type of wedding gown.

Whether you are wearing a bohemian wedding dress or a vintage-inspired wedding gown (no matter which era it’s from), you should be able to find the perfect way to wear it, as you can see from these inspirations:

floral facinator birdcage veilA birdcage veil and a hair comb accented with a vintage millinery flower by emsdesertrose.

ivory birdcage veilA full face ivory birdcage veil by Nicola Wellard.

Chenille Dot veilingChenille Dot veiling by Glamorous Bijoux.

bird cage veilSilk flowers in lovely mint shade with an attached ivory birdcage veil by Serephine.

facinator birdcage veilA bandeau veil that features large silk blooms by Myra Kim.

All the pretty veils featured on this post are from various Etsy shops.  If you see anything you like, just click on link and you’ll be directed to the shop.

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Would you wear this veil on your wedding and which style would it be?

Lookbook Love: Enchanted Atelier’s Fall Winter 2013 Collection

I just love looking at lookbooks, and true artists would do everything in their power to make sure that they can showcase their creations in the most beautiful way possible.

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Liv Hart is the designer and creative director of Enchanted Atelier, and she has created such exquisite pieces for her Fall / Winter 2013 collection ~ veils, sash, and hair ornaments for the blushing bride.

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Beautiful Brides in Cowboy Boots

Loving the trend of brides wearing boots ~ all kinds of them!

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On this post, I compiled snapshots of beautiful brides wearing cowboy boots of all sorts, heights, and colors ~ from the classic cowboy boots of the old west to lace-up combat boots.

We see a lot of brides braving the outdoors in boots underneath their delicate wedding gowns, looking exquisite and charming as brides should be.

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You don’t even need to be a real cowgirl to pull off the look!  Cowboy boots are wonderful for weddings outdoors – in the countryside, the farm, the barn, the woodlands.

Walking doesn’t need to be difficult, and you could be ready for any kind of weather. Plus, a bride in boots would look amazing in wedding photos!

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The bohemian bride would love the lace-up boots!  I think a pair of lace-up boots and a vintage wedding dress with antique lace go perfectly romantic together!

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And it doesn’t have to be just the bride.  If she wants, her bridesmaids can all be in boots too!

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Boots definitely add that element of fun and whimsicality in a wedding.  If you were a bride, would you wear boots on your wedding?

Adorn the Bride: Vintage Headpieces

If you love vintage as I do, perhaps you might be planning to have a vintage-themed wedding. Would you wear a vintage dress and accessories?  On this post, I’ve selected a few bridal headpieces from Etsy’s vintage collection.

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A vintage bride would surely fall in love with these authentic vintage headpieces like this tiara  from the 1950s era by Which Goose.

vintage bridal headbandsAbove photo shows a vintage headband in gold tone with faceted Lucite teardrop-shaped panels and sparkling round rhinestones in-between by Vintage Vogue Treasure, and a delicately feminine hair band made out of vintage ribbon in off-white color by Vintage Atmosphere ;

vintage bridal head pieces 5This antique, rhinestone-encrusted tiara dates back from the 1900s to the 1920s.  Isn’t it stunning?  Find it at  The Ritzi Rose.  Next to it is a hair comb made out of pearls, rhinestones, vintage crochet, and old jewelry pieces.  What a darling piece!  It is available at Hanging by a Thread.

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From the Art deco era, how lovely are these hair combs!  An ornate brushed silver comb with molded satin glass flowers & a crystal comb with a beautifully shaped butterfly silver setting encrusted with rhinestones by Amore Treasure.

Which of these vintage hair accessories caught your eye?

Beautiful Brides in Cardigans

Planning to get married during the cool months of Autumn, or the frosty winter season?  Then, don’t forget to wear something to keep you warm.  A cardigan?  Why not!  I absolutely love the idea.  Why shiver, when you can feel cozy and warm wearing a cardigan, especially for weddings outdoors!

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Do you feel like sweaters are only suited with casual outfits, and would not be fitting on formal occasions? Well, many brides have donned cardigans on their wedding day.  It is becoming a trend especially in parts where the weather can be quite chilly or unpredictable. Take a look at these beautiful inspirations of brides wearing cardigans over their gowns.

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For the fall bride or the winter bride, a cashmere cardigan is surely more posh.  However, a less expensive version made out of cotton or wool could still look classy, if it has been finely knitted and handmade with care.

Go with a pastel color for that sweet, dreamy feel, or choose a bold hue if a vivacious, whimsical theme is more your thing. I think if you choose the right cardigan to pair with your wedding dress, you would look elegant and every bit as lovely regardless of your personal style.

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It doesn’t even have to be just the bride!

Would you wear a cardigan over your wedding dress? Would you let your bridesmaids wear sweaters too?

Handmade Artist: Hannah of Icing 101

I love featuring handmade sellers who are passionate about their crafts, and this is one of the reasons why I created Wedding Handmade.  Today, I am excited to introduce you to our first featured Handmade Artist on this  blog.  Hannah Irlbeck is the talented artist behind Icing 101.

Handmade Artist Hannah

Based in Wisconsin, USA, Hannah designs and creates different kinds of bridal accessories such as headpieces, shoe clips, veils, sash, boutonnieres, luxe garters, masks, and other adornments.  She’s a happy stay-at-home mom because she gets to personally take care of her 4-year old son, as she  fills her shop with all sorts of prettiness.  And so, without further ado, let’s get to know more about Hannah.

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Could you tell us a bit of the story on how the business started?

It actually started with a fun little project on making fabric flowers. I went through a flower craze and then I started getting interesting ideas about what to do with all these flowers, so I decided to see if I could sell them and things just developed from there!

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Why the shop name?

A lot of my interesting ideas come to me while I lay awake at night, that’s when the name came to me…. the “icing” part is easy to understand, think of yourself as a cake and the icing is the finishing touch of course.Every girl needs a little icing, especially on special occasions.

The “101” is a reference to school…. I love the idea of studying beauty and the names of my first items were inspired by classical paintings ( like “study in grey and white” which were white and grey bobby pins) my shop combines these ideas.

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What are your inspirations?

I’m inspired by things I love…..nature, old movies, all things vintage, anything really can trigger a new design or idea.

Do you personally create the items in your shop?

Yes, I do! This a is one woman shop right now so I personally work with my brides, make the orders, answer all the e-mails, run the shop, do the packing/shipping, and anything else that might come up.

leaf bridal crownLeaf crown bridal halo {buy here} {first seen here}

What takes the longest time and the most difficult to create?

Right now I think the most complex item in my shop is the yellow Leaf Crown, I actually gathered real leaves to use as patterns. I made every single leaf on it by hand…..dying the different fabrics, painting the leaves with speckles to get a more realistic effect and then wiring each one and making it into the crown—super intense!

May we have a peek at the process?

Of course! This is a recent custom order I created with a bride. She needed a special flower sash to compliment her vintage gown, I love that she wanted to go bold with color. I hand dyed/painted these silk fabrics for her, then cut the fabric into petals and assembled the flowers.

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I sewed a pretty combination of pearls and crystals for the flower centers and made a mix of feathers and vintage style velvet leaves to finish it off.

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My normal designs usually start off with an idea sketch, then I start dragging out my fabrics and materials…..when I am creating it usually looks like a tornado has gone through my workspace.

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What do you love most about what you do?

I love having the flexibility of being my own boss, designing my own “collections” is pretty amazing, working with brides—I am very grateful to be doing something I love.

Is there anything you dislike about running your own shop?

There are always going to be problems when you run your own business– when things are busy finding time to get everything done can make me frazzled OR if things are really slow it can feel like I might never make another sale again. The uncertainty of things can cause extra stress!

Hannah from Icing 101

Businesswise, what was the biggest challenge you’ve encountered so far and how did you get over that?

I learn and work by a process of trial and error, there have been many different challenges (some of which I haven’t overcome yet). I guess I’d say it just takes time to figure it out, it would be great to go back in time and tell myself 4 years ago how to run my business…it would have made the transition much smoother, but since that’s impossible I just muddled through!

Over the past couple years my skills have really improved in my design ability and the way I run my business, there is always room for improvement though! Whatever challenge in business or life you just have to pick yourself up and keep trying.

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What are your personal favorites from your shop?

I have a lot of favorites because I only make things that I like! My top “favorite” list is always revolving as I make new designs. The really special, time consuming, dramatic designs do hold a special place in my heart.

Icing 101 bridal headpieceGatsby halo bridal headpiece crown {buy here}

It is such an amazing feeling to take a sketch or idea and actually construct something with your own hands that is just what you hoped it would be.

Icing 101 shoe clip and sashWing feather shoe clips {buy here} ; Luxe layered rhinestone and pearl bridal sash {buy here}

What are the most popular items right now?

Right now my cake arrow is really popular, a lot of my shoe clips, the “Lovely” rhinestone and pearl sash, and my leaf crown.

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What tip would you give for couples who are about to tie-the-knot?

Don’t wait until the last minute with any of the planning/wardrobe details, I find that the brides who are planning ahead are much less stressed, receive fewer disappointments, hassle, and added expense. Plus I sleep better if I’m not worrying if your order is going to arrive on time!

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Did you like the interview?  You’re welcome to leave a comment for Hannah, and if you enjoyed looking at all these pretty things, visit Icing 101at Etsy, or like the shop on Facebook to stay updated.

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Thank You So Much, Hannah!