Bright Young Things ~ Kelly Spence Bridal Accessoriess 2012 Collection…


** Kelly Spence is offering all Love My Dress readers 10% off any order placed before 31st May by quoting LMDBYT2012 when ordering **


Good morning my friends. This post comes to you courtesy of vintage inspired wedding accessories designer Kelly Spence and photographer Kat Hill.

Having been aware of Kelly's talent for a little while now, it was really only very recently that I fell in love with her designs – having seen these images that I commissioned Photographer Naomi Kenton to take at Designer Vintage Bride Designer Sale last month – exquisite stuff.

I adore that the images you see on this page today took inspiration from 'The Bright Young Things' of the 1920s, the infamous socialites and aristocrats renowned for their lavish country house parties and fondness for dressing up.  I f you haven't seen the film by the way, you should, it's funny and fascinating. 

Designer Kelly told me more…

"This period saw the transition of Art Nouveau with its organic, nature-inspired design elements into the structured, glitzy shapes of the Art Deco and so my collection draws subtly on both of these styles, particularly in relation to the glamorous women of this fashionable set…"

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Kat Hill

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"The original Bright Young Things inspired literary works by the likes of Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford and were often photographed by the great Cecil Beaton (one of the 'bright young people' set himself)…"

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"It was these Cecil Beaton portraits, such as the famous ones of the Wyndham sisters and Wallis Simpson, that inspired me and it was these images that photographer Kat Hill and I pored over when styling the photoshoot. We shot the images in the historic library and other wood panelled rooms of the wonderfully atmospheric Hanbury Manor in Ware, Herts."

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"The collection itself comprises hairpins, combs and asymmetrical hairbands either adorned with art nouveau style trailing fronds, delicate flowers and buds in freshwater pearl and mother of pearl or jewelled with deco inspired geometric clusters of sparkling Swarovski diamantes.

The signature piece of the collection is the Fern Band which curves dramatically over the side of the head in the form of a stylised leaf made of small freshwater pearls and a light sprinkling of water droplet-like crystals…"

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What a stunning collection of headpieces, particularly for those brides who prefer to make a design statement on their wedding day.

Each piece Kelly Spence is custom made and can be found at a small selection of hand-picked bridal salons or via the Kelly Spence website  (online boutique coming soon).  Prices range from £130 – £480 and Love My Dress readers can receive 10% off any order placed before 31st May by quoting LMDBYT2012 when ordering.

To make an enquiry about any of the features you see on this page, please visit the Kelly Spence website.  Kelly can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

I'd love to know if any of my readers fancy investing in one of these beautiful designs, or if you happen to already own one!

You can see more 1920s inspiration here by the way.

Much love,



Creative Team Credits

Photography – Kat Hill
Hair Accessories, Jewellery & Veils – Kelly Spence
Lace & Ostrich shrugs and crystal illusion cape – Kelly Spence
Hair & Make-up – Sian Duke
Dresses – Sabina Motasem & Louise Selby
Shoes – Emmy & Paradox
Venue – Hanbury Manor


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Annabel is the founder of Love My Dress. She has a passion for photography, walking, yoga, nature, and loves to support talented artists and creative businesses. In 2013, she became a published author. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters Eska and Leanora and menagerie of furry hounds. Annabel supports Philip in the running of the family flower farm at at Moonwind Flowers. She is also co-founder of What About Weddings.