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The Crowned Bride – Hair Accessories for The Alternative Bride

16 Jun

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We’ve covered veils, we’ve covered feather headdresses and we’ve covered floral garlands – surely that is everything in the alternative bridal hair accessory wedding world right? Wrong!

Emerging from the US is a festival fashion trend that is just starting to trickle through to the bridal industry in the UK. It is a trend that we are huge fans of and if I was to ever renew my vows, it would be wearing one of these. Festival Brides – meet the bridal crown.

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Now I’m not talking regal crowns here nor am I referring to the more mainstream tiaras we see adorning the heads of traditional brides. No. What I’m talking about are hand made pieces designed with the free spirited girl in mind who wants to wear something bohemian, funky and bold on her wedding day. A crown that is playful, fun, quirky, stylish and captures a unique part of your personality.

Whether you are looking for something subtle to complement your bridal style or you desire a statement piece that is guaranteed to turn heads, we have done our homework and have found you a selection of uber cool fashion forward suppliers who I just know you are going to love.

So sit back on your thrones beautiful brides to be, relax and pour yourself that glass of wine because you are about to get lost in the magical world of the bridal crown.

1. Amaroq

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Amaroq, a US based company, design the most bold and wildly beautiful crowns. Inspired by the lawless spirit of the Lone Wolf, their designs aim to capture the wolf’s ‘wild soul and unshakeable confidence, so that those bold enough to walk their own paths can carry with them the essence of Amaroq.’

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2. Flight of Fancy Designs

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I am in love with Flight of Fancy Designs Crowns. Each piece is a collaboration of hand-made items and carefully curated objects and they are so different from anything I have seen before. They capture that wild free spirited soul that we are always referring to on Festival Brides and, due to their use of crystals, each piece carries a mystical and healing connection to it too.

Their latest collection, pictured above, is inspired by Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon – I mean can you get much cooler than that!?

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3. Jennifer Behr

The incredibly talented Jennifer Behr majored in sculpture and art history and this comes as no surprise when you see her stunning luxurious crowns. Each piece echos that of a certain era and her designs are intricate, delicate and come with so much detail.

I. Love. Them.

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4. Bloom Design Studio

I have been a huge fan of Mother and Daughter team Laura and Kyra, creators of Bloom Design Studio, for a long time and LOVE their collection of lace crowns. What you see is what you get with these very pretty pieces. I think they would be the perfect addition to your bridal look or maybe even for your bridesmaids?

They also do crowns for little ones too! How sweet would your flower girl look with a smaller version of one of these….

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5. Neesie Designs

Fun and playful, these ‘delightfully sassy’ lace crowns tick all the boxes when it comes to festival weddings because of the ‘dress up’ connotations they have. I especially love their tall lace golden crown pictured third from the top.

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6. Adorned Event Design

Adorned Event Design created this gorgeous Wheat Crown for a Native American Prairie Styled Shoot they did in collaboration with photographer Chelsea Mitchell Photography. Although they don’t sell bridal crowns directly, I loved this design so much that I had to feature it. Something like this would look so beautiful on top of the locks of a Festival Bride. I’m sure if you contacted your florist, they may be able to create something very similar for you – its worth a try?

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7. Love Sparkle Pretty

This beautiful earthy bridal crown from Love Sparkle Pretty is created with white berries intertwined among hand shaped natural vigne metallique – a bark covered wire to design this unique piece. Gold berries are then carefully arranged within the crown to finish its look.

This piece is the perfect adornment for the ethereal inspired bride.

We Love.

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8. Feather and Coal

New bridal label Feather and Coal is the brain child of Emily Kent, a professional hair stylist who has used her experience in hair styling to develop a range of fashion forward headpieces. Each piece is designed to be versatile and wearable whether clients are fitting them on their own or with the aid of a professional stylist.

The beautiful crown pictured below was designed based around the classic tiara but with a more modern edge.

We think it is gorgeous.

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9. Dana Smyl

Finally we have something completely different. How about a bridal crown that sweeps across the top of your head like a flower garland but then continues down your back?

This STUNNING golden crown does just that! Designed by Dana Smyl Event Florist, this has to be my favourite crown of all the ones we have featured today. It is just so beautiful and I love the shaping it creates down the brides back.

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For image credits and links on all the suppliers we have featured today, please click on the images.

So……..has this blog convinced you to maybe ditch the veil in favour for a crown? I know I’m sold!

Happy Tuesday Lovely People.

Big Bridal Crown Love

Laura xxx

To Veil Or To Feather? That is the Question.

28 May

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If you are the type of bride most at home sunning yourself at a festival, dancing in a field with your best buds or chilling out in bohemian surroundings in a hammock or peacock chair, suddenly propelling a bridal style onto your natural vibe may leave you a little uneasy. How does your free spirited look translate into an acceptable wedding mode that still leaves you feeling like you?

When it comes to head gear, the next move for a betrothed festival bride often becomes the debate of veil versus feather headdress. Do you go down the more traditional route and wear a veil or do you spice things up, stay true to your festival routes, and adorn your head with a stunning feather headdress.

If a feathered number is your go-to good-time statement accessory at a festival or party, then why not on your wedding day? Feathers and Brides make such a gorgeous combo and this style most certainly ticks the free spirited boho boxes. But will a feather headdress be a little too much for your Aunt Margery to cope with? Or is there a part of you that actually quite likes the idea of a traditional veil. It is what we have always associated with a Bride after all……

If you love the significant and sweet feel of a veil but worry it will feel a little alien on top of your boho locks then worry no more! Veils of the 21st Century have come along way and there are now plenty of stunning ethereal styles available that will complement your boho vibe perfectly.

Here are some inspirational images to open your mind…..

To Veil….

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We’ve always thought that there’s something intrinsically eye moistening about a veil. If you want that extra gasp as you emerge from your Tipi towards your ceremony guests and beau, a veil is the way to go. Even the most hardened wedding sceptics go all quiet and tingly once they see that veil go on. There’s an element of demure and innocence to a veil that goes hand in hand with the sun-loving, field dancing maiden aesthetic you feel so connected with.

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Plus it’s essentially adding an extra drapey layer to your gown, what is not boho about that??

And don’t panic that it’s got to be a bright white taffeta number…there are so many amazing ideas out there now for veils that are alternative in style and packed with personality. Check out these pom pom, succulent, tassel and glitter veils from AM Faulkner Millinery. LOVE.

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Or how about a macrame or lace veil or even hung from a 70’s wide brimmed hat?

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You can also drape a beautiful chain headdress under or over a veil or incorporate flowers and plants into it.

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Maybe just be a hint of a veil at the back perhaps?

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Heck you can even wear it a little like a bandanna, what’s more festival than that?!

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The 20’s style of wearing a juliet capped veil can have a rather ‘heritage/ethnic’ bohemian feel too that is super alluring.

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And could you do THIS without a veil??

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SOLD!

To Feather…

I’m thinking we’re preaching to the choir here when it comes to virtues of a feathered headdress but if you’re not completely convinced you can rock it on your wedding day, please read on…

Feather Headdresses have come a long way since the stand native american style trend that was peppered through 2010-2014, although, c’mon – it still looks killer!

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Styling for 2015 and beyond has become a little more subtle but none the less beautiful and a wonderful way to tip your hat to mother nature’s own prettiest pieces of art for a free spirited bride on her big day.

The bands and feathers themselves can have a softer feel by using beautiful blush colours.

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Or with some metallic bling…..

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 …..and graphic paper cut craft thrown in?

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How’s about feather’s hanging down, dream catcher style?

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You could even entwine them into your ‘do’ for the ultimate feathered cool factor without them interfering too much with the rest of your bridal look. 

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And this total babe brings something new to the feather game with this utterly cute downy addition to that headband. Move aside mister, we wanna marry her!!

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So to conclude, the jury’s definitely still out on the veil versus feathers debate. Both elements can be that finishing touch that brings it altogether or makes the statement you’ve been searching for. And if all else fails – why not a little of both…..

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We’ll leave you to decide!

Becky x

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