Best of British – Luxury Handcrafted Bridal Accessories From Britten

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Hello again you lovely lot – have you had a moment to read our previous two features for today? There’s been quite a response to this bride’s dress on our Instagram feed, and we launched a new competition this afternoon, to win £1,600 worth of wedding photography.

This afternoon however, we’re all about beautiful bridal accessories. We’ve been joined by the fabulous Sarah Jane, designer and founder of luxury brand Britten, to tell us more and we’ll also be showcasing some stunning designs from their current collection. Let me hand you over to Sarah Jane so that we can treat ourselves to a little accessories indulgence…..

Hello Love My Dress readers! A very Happy New Year and huge congratulations to all of you recently engaged.  My company, Britten, sells finely crafted luxury bridal accessories sold all over the world, through our online-boutique. All pieces are entirely handmade by our fabulous team in our beautiful studio boutique which is located in the ancient town of Bradford on Avon.

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Clarence veil
Dress by Jessica Charleston

For your accessories to be entirely English-made and still be affordable is only possible by reaching out to brides direct. You’ll only find our pieces online and in the boutique that shares our studio. Britten uses the finest materials, specially commissioned packaging and delivers to your door in 2-4 working days. A modern focus on your experience means the packaging is beautiful and the customer service fabulous and friendly; see our reviews. We treat every bride as if she was our only bride.

We have been busy working on lots of new designs and decided we would like some fabulous new imagery to show off some of our new pieces so we teamed up again with the fabulous Gooch & Gawler to create something rather lovely. Hair and makeup was by Jen Dodson and the dresses were very kindly loaned by Jessica Charleston, Charlie Brear, Otaduy and Morgan Davies Bridal. Shoes for our shoot came from the fabulous Emmy and our beautiful models were Oksana and Hannah.

As ever our wedding veils are extremely popular so we have expanded this collection by adding three pure silk veils. Nothing quite compares to the feel of a pure silk veil and they look fabulous with slim fitting dresses. We have also added an all over lace veil and a few veils with a scattering of crystals. Our ‘barely there’ veils are so popular we have added a silk style version, pure silk version and a lace edged option.

These veils are great if you just want a hint of a veil or would like to pin a delicate accessory over the veil comb (see our new multipieces below). There are many different edging options with motifs, silk flowers, soutache braid and horsehair to name but a few. My personal favourite is our new Layla veil, this is a two tier silk style veil with extra long blusher, it looks fabulous in photos!

If you are interested in buying a veil from us we recommend you buy our tulle, lace or edging samples to compare to your dress before purchasing.

To make your wedding veil extra special and personal to you we can hand embroider two initials and your wedding date to any of our veils.

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Beautiful personalised embroidery

For more information we have a complete guide to veils and are always happy to help and we have many different veil storage options available to help keep your veil safe before and after the wedding!

We have also expanded our headpieces, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and belts.

Our headpieces in particular with a new selection of pieces called ‘multipieces’. These are 2-3 pieces bought in one product that join together in different ways. ‘Adjust your look for ceremony and reception easily and save money compared to buying separately.’ There are 5 designs in different combinations. For example you could buy a piece made up of a centrepiece and extra long vine and either wear them separately at different points during the day or hook the vine over the teeth of the comb of the centrepiece to create a statement piece.

We have so many brides who struggle to find a hair accessory and veil that work together, so these pieces have been specifically designed to work with our single tier veils and we love the effect! Some of the pieces are also multifunctional- all the extra long vines can also be worn as belts and the medium vines can also be turned into bracelets. We’re super excited about their versatility and can’t wait to see our real brides wearing them. We will be expanding this collection so by all means get in touch with your ideas – we love hearing from brides.

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From top down, Myra, Jaime + Flora
Backless wedding dress by Charlie Brear

A totally new collection for us is ‘cover ups and capes’. We have spent months working on the patterns and sourcing the finest materials to create the most beautiful designs. Like all our pieces they are hand cut, hand sewn and hand finished in our boutique in Bradford on Avon. Our faux fur shrug Marta is made from the softest fur we have ever felt and lined with sure silk! Just what you need in this freezing weather! We love pearl buttons and have created a selection of lace cover ups using this pretty fastening up the back as well as a long sleeved beauty with a pure silk sash tie.

Some of our favourite cover ups have to be the Jolie and Edwina, both were a real labour of love and will add a very glamorous finishing touch to a simple gown. The Imogen cape is a fabulous alternative to a veil for a real statement look and the wraps are super versatile- wear them over your dress or over a garter for your ‘getting ready’ shots. The garters shown are from our sister company, The Wedding Garter Co.

One of our favourite new collections is our shoe clips. Turn a boring shoe into something special and you can wear them again and again! We love the Ethel, a super sparkly deco clip and the Dora, a grosgrain bow for a fun twist!

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Dora (top) + Ethel 

Lots and lots and lots of our lovely real brides have sent us pictures which we have added to our blog so please feel free to have a browse. Finally, we are also thrilled to have been nominated in the 2018 UK Wedding Awards! Please see our instagram and facebook accounts too!

Thanks Sarah Jane! For more information about Britten and to view their latest collections, just take a look at their website.


Tamryn x

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Tamryn Settle

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Self-confessed wedding addict Tamryn spends her days in her Berkshire studio writing about all things beautiful and romantic with her black Labrador for company.

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