Over to you Richard ...
Half up half down is such a popular hair style, when 'then' Cheryl Cole married Ashley in 2006 this was her style and it was as influential as the 'Rachel' cut in the 90's which changed wedding hairstyles from very set-up do's that still remains popular now.
There are many versions of the half up half down hairstyle to suit every bride; lots of height with subtle and tight curls to a brushed out wave. The beauty of this style is that it keeps hair out of your face but you can still have a few tendrils to soften the look and works well with your existing parting. I'd suggest back combing your hair as this works well to secure your tiara, veil or any other accessory that you're going to wear.
I really recommend starting a Pinterest board before you have your hair trial as there are so many types of waves and curls and I find that if a bride shows me a few pictures it's easier for me to read what look they might be going for which then saves time on the trial.
My Top Tips ...
1. I would always get hair curled a little tighter that you might like as hair usually drops and it's easier to relax out than to re-curl and let's face it, you want your hair to last as much as the day as it can.
2. If your hair is a little on the thinner side then a half set of clip-in extensions can really add to the look, increasing volume and length if wanted.
3. If you want height or volume in your hair then it's better to wash your hair the day before as clean hair won't hold those curls as well.
4. When your hair is being curled resist the urge to run your fingers through it until it is totally cooled as it lasts a lot longer.
Must Have Product ...
From handmade classical tiaras to bohemian inspired hair vines, our bridal accessories are stocked in carefully selected bridal boutiques across the world.
See our accessories collections in some of the most beautiful boutiques who are all known for excellent customer service and offer a relaxed and comfortable environment using our easy-to-use online stockist directory
Each month our designer picks one of her favourite pieces to feature on the website. This month it's the pretty handmade Evangeline Wedding Tiara, AR569. An unusual laurel style shape wedding tiara with classic pearls and crystal hand wired onto a band.
"We've been seeing an increase in orders for pieces on headbands and the Evangeline Tiara is my current favourite. I love the non peaked design and the mix of pearl and diamante which looks great against both silver and soft gold wire depending on your style."
Combine this tiara with a full length veil in the back of the hair for a really elegant bridal look."
We're very pleased to welcome Victoria Elaine Bridal, a brand new stockist in Maidstone, Kent who will be stocking a small selection of handmade hair accessories from our collection.
The boutique is B E A U T I F U L and Victoria herself is such a dream to work with.
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"We chose to stock Arianna Tiara’s at Victoria Elaine Bridal as the variety of headpieces offered our brides an alternative to the standard tiara or comb. Their exquisite combination of stones stands out and would compliment any one of our samples in store beautifully and complete our customers bridal to perfection."
- Victoria, Victoria Elaine Bridal
When the lovely Amy at Lace & Favour shared a 'real bride' photo on social media last week we were very pleased to find out it was Jayne who wore our handmade bridal accessories to compliment her Anna Campbell wedding dress.
Jayne and Dave tied the knot in Barrow and then later celebrated at the Enginuity Museum in Shropshire. Jayne looked G O R G E O U S on her vintage style wedding day ... She chose to compliment her gown with our art deco pearl & crystal brow band, crystal chandelier earrings with our 5 strand pearl & crystal bracelet.
All Involved ...
Original Blog Feature: Indie Love
Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell
Bridal Accessories: Arianna Tiaras via Lace & Favour in Crowborough
Florals: Blooms of Bridgnorth
Hair: Stephanie V
Flower Girl Dresses: Wonder Emporium
Flower Girl Wings: Wicked Fairy Wings
Bride’s Handpainted shoes + Jacket: Elizabeth Rose
Starry night wedding has been one of the most whimsical, ethereal, utterly swoony wedding themes. It is incredibly romantic to hold your wedding under the twinkling light of the stars and soft glow of the moon, whether the light is from the night sky or artificially created.
For more starry night wedding theme inspiration check out our board on Pinterest
Arianna is now stocked by the lovely Head To Toe Jewels in Australia. Based in Queensland, Rhonda and her team are now offering our handmade wedding accessories both online and at various expos throughout the year.
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Each month our designer picks one of her favourite pieces to feature on the website. This month it's the delicate Captivated Back Jewellery.
"Our delicate back jewellery is the perfect addition to any dress for the party season. I love the simple Captivated style with it's elegant drapes and a hint of sparkle from the diamante at the top of the dropper. If you don't have a very low backed dress but love the effect, we also have the Captivated Jewellery Set with a necklace with a long dramatic back dropper"
Each month our designer picks one of her favourite pieces to feature on the website. This month it's the delicate Pearl Hedgerow wedding veil comb.
"Versatile veil combs are a popular choice for many of our brides. Lightweight and with 2 long prongs rather than a standard hair comb, they easily slot into the hair at the top of a veil without being bulky or uncomfortable. If you don't want to wear your veil after the ceremony, simply remove it and the veil comb slots back into the hair finishing the hairstyle. Our Pearl Hedgerow Veil Comb offers pretty pearl detailing with a hint of sparkle from the diamante leaves"
Each month our designer picks one of her favourite pieces to feature on the website. This month it's the stunning metre long Entwined Hair Vine, perfect for weaving through soft bridal updos.
"Autumn is finally here and the Entwined Hair Vine with its soft gold wiring and delicate sparkling leaves is perfect for Autumn weddings. Wear this metre long vine woven into the hair, creating a look which imitates leaves spiraling as they fall from the trees"