Well lovely readers, I do hope you’re having a fabulous week. I’ve spent potentially too much time over the last few days talking with a friend of mine who’s getting married this summer. She’s chosen her dress, has just had THE CALL to say it’s arrived at the boutique and is now choosing her accessories. We’ve been sighing happily over veils so this feature couldn’t be more well-timed because today, I’m thrilled to welcome back our friends at luxury bridal accessories boutique Britten with the latest from their beautiful veil collection.
Britten is a very special bridal retailer indeed. All of their pieces are handmade in their studio boutique in the ancient Wiltshire town of Bradford on Avon and you’ll only find their designs on their website and in the super pretty boutique that shares their studio. Britten handcrafts their luxury bridal accessories using the finest materials and delivers everything, in specially commissioned packaging, to your door for free.
However, it’s the designs that are, quite rightly, the stars of the show. Specialising in veils, all kinds of headwear, belts and bridal jewellery, Britten also have a new collection of bridal scents on offer too. But today, we’re focusing on their stunning veils and my goodness, these designs are truly heaven. I’ll hand you over to Britten’s talented designer, Sarah Jane, to tell you more…
“When we decided we’d like some fabulous new imagery to show off some of our new designs, we teamed up with the fabulous Gooch & Gawler to create something rather lovely.”our new veils and, since we launched the collection in April 2015, we’ve sold hundreds and are always adding new designs, inspired by our brides. Since the launch of the first collection, we’ve introduced a silk style tulle which drapes and falls like silk without the hefty price tag. It works beautifully with slim fitting dresses and our single tier silk style Isabella is a firm favourite with our brides as you’ll see on our real bride blog.”
“For our shoot, we paired this beautiful tulle with some French eyelash lace in our Mia and Sara veils. Delicate lace is always popular and our lace collection has grown significantly. We’ve introduced quite a few more two tiered lace edged options and we really love the Lucia veil, a lace edged two tier veil with cut edge blusher.”
“My personal favourite is the Dot veil. It’s a single tier cut edge veil made from polka dot tulle!
We also edge this polka dot tulle in our French eyelash lace for our Amie drop veil.”
Britten’s Ada veil is always incredibly popular and it’s easy to see why – the lace tends to compliment most wedding dresses without detracting from or overpowering any of the details on the gown itself.
“One of our favourite looks is a hair vine, such as Elvie, pinned over the comb of a veil.”
Talk about being spoiled for choice! Britten really have produced a collection of veils and bridal accessories that are just superb and it’s also great to know that they’re all handmade in England too – I love that artisanal connection and for someone who’s always been a little unconvinced about veils, I’m now totally smitten.
If you’re now as smitten as I am and are considering buying a veil from Britten, they recommend that you order their tulle and lace samples to compare with your dress before you place your order. The tulle samples come in traditional (a little more body and volume) and silk style (super soft with no volume at all) and you can find the best match for the tone of your dress.
For more information, do take a look at the Britten website. Here you’ll find a complete guide to veils and if you’re not sure what option is best for you, do get in touch with the team as they’re always happy to help. Don’t forget to ask about veil storage options too so that you’re veil will be well protected both before and after your wedding.
Of course, if you’d like to visit Britten in person, their Bradford on Avon boutique is a must-visit location. Here you can try and buy your accessories and see their workshop in action and the team will be thrilled to help you select your wedding accessories. The boutique also stocks garters from Britten’s sister company The Wedding Garter Co.