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Great Gatsby! Supplier Showcase: 1920’s Inspired Bridal Headpieces From Irene & Ozzie

January 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

My philosophy is very simple.  I want each bride to be excited about wearing their Irene and Ozzie piece on their wedding day. 

Today I’m very proud to introduce you to super talented Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma, the exquisite bridal jewellery designer behind the beautiful brand Irene & Ozzie, as she showcases her latest pieces in this stunning Great Gatsy inspired shoot. 

I have a feeling that hits to Emma’s website might be just a little up today!  And over you go

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Tell us a little bit about yourself – the designer behind Irene & Ozzie?

My Name is Emma Gore,  I live in Chester with my husband Karl.  I’ve been a wedding jewellery designer for eight years.  Being a part of someone’s wedding day, however small, is to me a huge privilege. It adds meaning to my work. It’s the thought that ‘this piece is going to be treasured’. It will probably be folded carefully into the tissue paper and put away in the back of the wardrobe for safe keeping. Brought out, every year on an anniversary or maybe just the odd occasion when the bride is feeling nostalgic. What really makes me smile though, is the thought of a little girl trying on a headband I’ve designed, and saying ‘I love this mummy can I wear this on my wedding day?’.

Call me a hopeless romantic, go on its OK; I’ll admit it I am but this is why I design. People often say ‘wow, I just wouldn’t have the patience to do that’. Well, this is what motivates me and why I have the patience to make each piece perfect. Cheesy, yep absolutely, totally true, definitely (ask anyone I know).

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Tell us about Irene & Ozzie and how it all began?  Who are Irene & Ozzie?

Irene and Ozzie was previously called Frill.  I embarked on a full rebrand at the end of last year.  For me, one of my biggest inspirations were my grandparents Irene and Ozzie. They were two people who really lived up to their marriage vows. They were together through thick and thin, raised four children and only separated when death parted them. This is extremely inspirational to me. I hope my marriage is as successful.

They also separately helped spark my imagination and sowed the seeds for my career. My grandma would let me root through her jewellery box full of wondrously sparkly things and I would spend hours dressing up in all her finery. She also showed me how to sew. Having lived through the war, she was fantastic at anything like that.

Granddad would teach me how to make things in his shed. It didn’t really matter that I wasn’t a boy, he didn’t discriminate. Working with his hands was granddad’s passion. He loved his garden and I’m pretty sure he could make anything.

Between the two, they had a lot to do with my chosen career path and I wish they were alive, so I could tell them how much they inspired me. I will have to settle for naming my company after them. Here’s to you Irene and Ozzie.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

What bridal accessories are available to buy at Irene & Ozzie? 

We sell handmade, one of a kind headdresses and jewellery.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from so many different places, old movies, vintage stores, magazines.  Recently though I have to admit I have become mildly addicted to Pinterest. An online moodboard, why didn’t I think of that? I am a very visual person and I think this why it’s worked its way firmly into my life and business.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

What bridal accessory trends have been popular in 2013 and what trends do you see emerging in 2014 and beyond?

I think the 1920’s trend was starting to emerge towards the end of 2013 sparked by the film The Great Gatsby.  This trend will be around for 2014 with big dress designers bringing out their 20’s inspired dresses. I also think lace headbands, hair vines and blush colours are going to be popular in 2014.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

Original, unique designs made by someone who is passionate about each piece.

What is your current favourite piece and why? 

It’s very difficult to choose one but I do love my side headband called Holly in my new Gatsby range.  I love it because it’s a beautiful, sparkly, elegant nod to the 1920’s.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Tell us about your bespoke service?

Our bespoke service allows brides to have a piece made specifically for them.  It can be an amendment to one of my designs, combining aspects of different designs that you like or having something made completely from scratch for you.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Can brides incorporate their sentimental jewellery into a piece? 

Absolutely. It’s actually one of the most rewarding parts of designing.  A bride will send me a piece of jewellery that means something to her and I will use the components in her unique piece.  This can be pretty much anything but I find strings of pearls or brooches are the most common items I am asked to use.  For me it’s very moving to think that the bride is going to be walking down the aisle wearing something that belonged to their loved one.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Tell us about your tattoo covering designs?

I find that more and more women are looking for a pretty, unique way to cover up tattoos for their wedding day. Makeup can smudge and come off and doesn’t always look natural.   I work with the bride to produce a piece that will cover the tattoo and match the dress perfectly. My most common piece is an armband to cover the upper arm tattoo. 

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or find out more?

Visit my website at www.ireneandozzie.co.uk or find me on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter.  I can’t wait to hear from you.  

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

The photographer in this shoot is Holly Edwards.  She is extremely talented and would be a great choice for your wedding day. 

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Very Bonnie In Scotland! A Real Wedding At Loch Lomond – Alina & Michael

December 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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A Wedding at Ross Priory by Mick Cookson Photography

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What better way to see the New Year in that with a proper Scottish celebration?  Hogmany, here we come…

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As a , trust me, I see a lot of gorgeous wedding dresses on a daily basis.  Consequently, I adore my job.  The downside?  It’s sometimes difficult not to have “dress regret” and wish that I had chosen a particular new style or other for my own wedding, but generally I stay true to my own taste whilst admiring other girl’s choices.  However, today’s Real Wedding sent to me by Mick Cookson Photography and real bride Alina made that particularly difficult for me, as I am simply in love with Alina’s wedding dress.  Hook, line and sinker. 

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For a girl who didn’t want a wedding gown at all, she has absolutely nailed it!  And, come to mention it,  the rest of her beautiful wedding to Michael at Ross Priory near Loch Lomond…

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Alina says:  We got engaged on New Years Eve (2011) at my parents’ house. I was in the shower after a long day at work getting ready to have a nice meal with my family. I was feeling full of cold so felt a bit sorry for myself. Michael was in the bathroom too, keeping me company. We were chatting about our day when he said he had a surprise for me. When I leaned out of the shower curtain he was down on one knee. As I wear glasses I thought he was joking and told him to bugger off. I quickly realised he wasn’t joking and jumped out of the shower into his arms whilst giving out a yelp. I ran downstairs to my parents in a towel and shower cap where they were waiting for us with Champagne at the ready. They knew weeks in advance it was coming. Michael knows I’m not a huge romantic and I would have hated a big gesture so the proposal was simply perfect for me as it was completely hilarious and very us.

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We got married on 20th April 2012 at a little church in Scotland called Kilmarnock Church near Loch Lomond. The reception was held at a place called Ross Priory on the banks of Loch Lomond.  Michael always wanted to get married in Scotland due to the beautiful scenery up there. We also liked the idea of a small wedding and making a trip out of the whole thing. Michael’s mum went for lunch at Ross Priory and showed some us some photographs of the place, I instantly asked if they do weddings there…the rest is history!

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Our theme for the day was England meets Ukraine (I’m originally from the Ukraine and moved to England as a child for my father’s job) Our cake toppers were a Queen’s guard and a girl in traditional Ukrainian outfit and our invitations and order of service also had a logo of the Ukrainian and English flags. We also served vodka at the tables as well as wine and Champagne

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Originally I didn’t want to wear a white/ivory dress as I’m not a girly girl and all I wanted to do was elope to Las Vegas but with gentle persuasion from my Mum I decided to get my dress made. I had trouble finding what I wanted as I don’t like frills, flowers, diamantes or anything too girly. So when I saw a pic of my dress I knew it was the one.  It was ivory and a sweet heart shape cut that was fitted to my hips and then slightly went out at the bottom with a small train. I then had a lace top that went over the top of it. The dress turned out to be perfect and had a great vintage look to it. I forgot about Vegas instantly. I also had a second dress for the evening which was exactly the same but only went down to my knee so I could dance the night away!

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I carried a bouquet of dark purple double headed lizianthus with purple hydrangea, ocean song rose and purple freesias. 

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My three bridesmaids wore lovely grey greek style dresses from Phase Eight with purple pashminas and the guys wore suits by Moss Hire.

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The Church service was my favourite part of the day as it was quite emotional and our vows really rang true to me and Michael and to what we have been planning for a long time. 

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We chose three tier lemon sponge cake, round with purple ribbons and few ivory roses. 

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In the evening we had a DJ and we sent him a playlist which was mainly 80’s music as Michael and I love it very much!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Marbella, Spain. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t stress as you’ll miss out on the really great things that are happening around you. Both me and Michael were very calm and the whole day was absolutely magical and we can remember every detail. 

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Congratulations Alina & Michael

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Newlywed?  Get in touch to see your Real Wedding featured on the wedding blog.

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  – Images © 2012 Mick Cookson Photography

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It’s Just A Little Blush! A Styled Bridal Shoot From Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

October 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

Anais Lace Headpiece £150

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Today’s absolutely stunning styled bridal shoot comes to us courtesy of the lovely Nicola at Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe, a fabulous Brides Up North Featured Supplier who is keen (and rightly so!) to share her stunning new blush collection with you.  I’m excited to announce an exclusive Brides Up North discount with Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe coming soon in the New Year, but for now, with images from my lovely friend Katy Lunsford Photography, lets enjoy one last moment in the sun, with Nicola’s exquisite, keep-sake bridal designs.

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The softest chiffon florals, intricate yet delicate beadwork and romantic sheer edging whisper the arrival of Blush, the third collection from vintage inspired bridal accessories designer, Silver Sixpence in her Shoe.

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Each beautifully hand-crafted accessory nods to the elegance of decades past and yet is the definition of modern bridal adornment, as much inspired by designer Nicola Wellard’s recent travels in Europe and beyond as they are by the romance of a bygone era.

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Delphine Headpiece £85 worn with Full Birdcage Veil £45 / Florrie Headband £65

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Katy Lunsford Photography shot on location in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. The golden sun-dappled images perfectly demonstrate Katy’s instinct for capturing a bride’s beauty in natural light whilst showcasing the most delicate and breath-taking of details in the Silver Sixpence collection.

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Nicola says:  My new veil and headpiece collection layers whimsical chiffon and tulles, creating a soft-focus finish to my brides’ look. Added to the antique cream and ivory of my previous collections are blush, antique rose and hints of sepia and gold.

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Chloe Chiffon Headpiece £125

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Juliette Flower Headpiece £75 (veil not included)

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Versatility is a notable aspect of this season’s collection. Alongside the collection’s new finer birdcage veils are a number of pieces designed to work as a headpiece, wrist corsage or waist sash, perfect for the modern bride who wishes to refresh her look throughout the day.

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Additionally, several of the collections’ headpieces can be worn with a variety of different hairstyles and with or without a veil, providing a solution to a common concern for brides who purchase their accessories before finalising their overall big day look.

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Celine Headpiece £150 / Chloe Chiffon Headpiece £125

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Sophie Headpiece £125

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Ana Lace Flower Headpiece £125

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Finishing touches include a ladylike range of vintage inspired garters and a selection of essential lucky horseshoes.

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Persephone Headpiece & Veil £150 / Flower Birdcage Veil £65 with Celine Headpiece £150

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Dana Headband £65

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Birdcage Veil with Jewel Trim £65

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Monique Garter £35

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Every piece in the Blush collection can be modified to create a piece truly unique to a bride’s vision of their wedding day. I also offer an entirely bespoke service, incorporating family heirlooms of jewellery or vintage lace to uniquely honour the people or the places closest to a bride’s heart.

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Florrie Headband £65

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Fleur Headpiece £150 with Bethany Veil £45 / Florrie Headband £65

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Blush will be available from all Silver Sixpence stockists this autumn:

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North-West – The White Closet, www.thewhitecloset.co.uk

West Midlands – Cicily Bridal, www.cicilybridal.com

East Midlands – Lola Bridal, www.lolabridal.co.uk

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Or online at www.vintagestyler.co.uk

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Please visit the Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe website for more information. 

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  – Images © 2012 Katy Lunsford Photography

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Friday Fabulous: This Just In From HT Headwear!

July 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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To finish off the week with some Friday fabulousity, I bring you some breaking news from the lovely HT Headwear, one of my most gorgeous Featured Suppliers.

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Currently available to buy online (visit the HT Headwear website by clicking here) HT Headwear will soon be available in a bridal boutique near you! Hurrah!

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HT Headwear has announced plans to launch its first wholesale collection at the British Bridal Exhibition Harrogate (a trade show for wedding industry buyers) in September 2012. What that means for you lovely brides to be is that you will soon be able to source the perfect HT Headwear piece to complete your wedding day look, all within the comfort of a trusted bridal boutique.  Ohhh yeah. 

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HT Headwear Bridal Accessories by Elizabeth Lois Photography

Wholesale collection (image by Elizabeth Lois)

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Featuring an exclusive selection of HT Headwear’s best-selling hand-­blocked headpieces, floral combs,
clips and headbands made with detachable birdcage veils in luxurious silks and chiffon, the wholesale collection will be made available to selected bridal boutiques in the UK and worldwide.

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Helena of HT Headwear uses the finest fabrics, feathers and embellishments sourced from British suppliers ensuring every piece is made with the highest standard of craftsmanship. Further extending the bespoke service offered at HT Headwear, the wholesale collections will be available in a choice of finishes and trims to suit the individual bride.

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HT Headwear Bridal Accessories by Drew Tommons Photography

Sale (image by Drew Tommons)

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And there’s more! If by any chance you are down London way  this weekend – you know, stopping by a little event called the Olympics – (and YES, I’ve made Helena promise to head North next time!) then HT Headwear invite you to join them for their Summer Sale and the opportunity for ridiculous savings on vintage dresses, shoes, headwear and vintage jewellery! Elizabeth Avey, HT Headwear and Harriet Wilde Shoes will be at Bickerton House, Meeting Room 25-27, Bickerton Road, London N19 5RW  on Sunday 29th July 2012 from 11am-4pm.  For us tourists, the nearest tube station is Archway on the Northern Line.

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With savings as much as 70% off some jewellery and headwear pieces it’s an event not to be missed should you be in the Smoke anyway!

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And miles better than watching the beach volleyball in the rain.

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HT Headwear Bridal Accessories by Drew Tommons Photography

Sale (image by Drew Tommons)

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Have a great Friday night everyone!  Sink a few cocktails for me!

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  – Images © 2012 as credited

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Saturday Surprise! Wedding Blog Exclusive – ONE WEEK ONLY – 20% Off At Rosie Willett Designs

June 9th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to Saturday everyone, and do I have a treat for you… for one week only…

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Alice modelled, £186, www.rosiewillettdesigns.co.uk

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Rosie Willett Designs has an exciting special offer, exclusively for Brides Up North readers. From Saturday 9th June to midnight on Saturday 16th June, they are offering 20% discount across their entire range of wedding tiaras and jewellery. To take advantage of this generous discount, just enter code NORTH20 at checkout. The offer will not be repeated this year.

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Rosie says: Each and every piece from Rosie Willett Designs is individually handmade, so we can offer customised options on all of our designs. For example, we can change fabrics to complement the bride’s dress, we can add coloured crystal and pearl and we can change the size of our flowers. We have created some truly beautiful designs for our brides!

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Innocence is our newest collection of pretty bridal headpieces and hair combs. The collection includes soft curled feathers, dainty hand stitched flowers and playful bows made in the finest silk satin and French lace. Delicate clusters of Swarovski crystal AB and ivory pearl add subtle sparkle and lustre.

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Beth modelled, £130, www.rosiewillettdesigns.co.uk   Lily modelled, £119, www.rosiewillettdesigns.co.uk

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Megan modelled, £150, www.rosiewillettdesigns.co.uk

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Olivia modelled, £194, www.rosiewillettdesigns.co.uk

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We have some beautiful designs in our Tutu collection, which are inspired by the ballet. Layers of luxurious silk satin and French lace are combined with the ethereal qualities of silk organza and tulle to create stunning floral headpieces. Swarovski crystal adds sparkle, mixed with diamante and pearl for vintage style.

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Anna modelled, £163, www.rosiewillettdesigns.co.uk

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Carmen modelled, £224, www.rosiewillettdesigns.co.uk   Darcy modelled, £181, www.rosiewillettdesigns.co.uk

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Margot modelled, £178, www.rosiewillettdesigns.co.uk

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Sylvia modelled, £135, www.rosiewillettdesigns.co.uk

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Our Roses and Lace collection continues to be very popular, including statement fashion pieces and delicate blooms. The collection is romantic, with a strong vintage influence and a wide range of beautiful fabrics, such as French lace, polka dot tulle and birdcage veiling.

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Arabella modelled, £270, www.rosiewillettdesigns.co.uk

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Florence modelled, £319, www.rosiewillettdesigns.co.uk

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Georgina with birdcage veil modelled, £220, www.rosiewillettdesigns.co.uk

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We have many more designs available on our website, so come over for a browse and take advantage of the discount, which applies to all bridal headpieces. Happy shopping!

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  – Images © 2012 Rosie Willett Designs

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