I began designing and making bridal accessories for my own wedding in 2009 and I’m incredibly lucky to still be creating accessories for weddings all over the world more than 10 years on.
I’m inspired by my brides and by the natural world to create thoughtfully designed handcrafted pieces that have an eye on wedding and fashion trends but also retain a timeless classic feel.
I take a considered approach to every piece I design and make, using only the most beautiful, high quality materials to carefully create delicate, comfortable pieces that are not only a joy to wear on your wedding day but are designed to be worn long afterwards and treasured by generations to come.
I work in a light, airy and welcoming workshop and consultation space in Exchange Place Studios, a striking Art Deco building in Sheffield in the north of England. It was originally built for WH Smith in the 1920s and now houses more than 60 studios inhabited by an eclectic mix of artists, jewellers and artisans.
I am proud to open my studio space to customers by appointment so they can see for themselves how and where my designs are made – I love being able to share my creative process with my clients wherever possible and to provide a unique experience for those who choose to wear one of my designs.
As well as being a working studio for me and my small team, my workspace includes a beautiful consultation area where I host one-to-one accessory styling appointments to help brides find their wedding hair accessory in a calm, relaxing and welcoming environment. You can also shop online here on my website and I am very happy to offer advice over email if you need some help and can't get to my studio or one of my stockists.
I also create a very limited number of vintage jewellery wedding bouquets which I make to order by private commission. These bespoke designs are made from carefully sourced vintage jewellery, buttons, crystals, pearls, beads and luxurious fabrics, and are a mix of found treasures and family keepsakes which allow couples to blend their family and heritage together in one re-purposed symbolic piece of spectacular jewellery that can be kept forever as a unique family heirloom.
All of my designs are carefully packaged to ensure your accessory arrives safely and is a real pleasure to receive and to unwrap. I have carefully sourced beautiful eco-friendly branded gift boxes. They are made from recycled card and only the surface white paper covering is new. The whole box is also recyclable – although I recommend keeping your accessory in its gift box to keep in the best possible condition!
I use eco-friendly, biodegradable, recycled or recyclable gift and postal packaging and work hard to keep the studio as free of single-use plastic and other non-recyclable goods as possible.
I use sustainable satin ribbons for my ribbon tie headbands. The feel, quality, and the way the ribbons drape are exactly the same as standard satin ribbons but, incredibly, these beautiful ribbons are made from recycled bottles and they're also packaged in recyclable cardboard rather than plastic reels.
This means that if you order any of my gold ribbon tie hairvines the ribbons will be completely sustainable. Sadly I've been unable to source a sustainable organza - which I use for my silver and rose gold ribbon tie hairvines but I'm going to keep searching for an alternative. If you would prefer a sustainable ivory satin ribbon instead of the organza do get in touch.
I'm still working my way through the satin ribbon stocks I use for my bouquets and other bespoke work, but once they run out I will be replacing them with the sustainable satin too.
Where we use materials frequently we buy them in as much bulk as practically possible to keep our carbon footprint and packaging low and we make our hair accessory designs to order to avoid wasteful stockpiling of products. We take our environmental and social responsibility seriously – it’s a work in progress but one we are determined to improve on every day.
Photos by We Are Da Silva