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SUPPLIER FOCUS: Sensational sea glass jewellery
Today we're extending the warmest welcome to delightful Drift Jewellery, a perfectly formed little design company that hand makes the most beautiful and delicate jewellery using sea glass found on the beaches of Suffolk, Spain and The Isles of Scilly.
When Fiona Petheram told me about her jewellery I was blown away by the romance of the ethereal pieces she makes. The idea that each piece of glass she finds is totally unique and began its journey from something that was once discarded, maybe hundreds of years ago or only last summer. Fascinatingly, the colours seem to reflect the sea - the luminous whites, greens and blues could have been wine, ale or ink bottles, while the rarer purples and pinks could have come from perfume or medicine bottles.
The fact that plastic is so rapidly replacing the use of glass for containers means that all the pieces she makes will become increasingly rare, as the sea glass becomes harder to find.
So having a bespoke piece of sea glass jewellery made to wear on your wedding day, or buying some or Fiona's pieces to give your maids as a thank you, means you'll be investing in a lasting and very precious keep sake.
If you want to find out more about Fiona's work, talk over your own ideas for your wedding jewellery or order some sweet bracelets for your flower girls then go to Drift Jewellery or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adorable bridal hair accessories
Arabel has collaborated with her great friend and fellow Spanish jewellery designer Teresa Andreu Molina to create this precious new collection inspired by the delicacy of nature and the natural shapes in flowers and leaves.
Totally on trend, the sterling silver collection includes everything from full tiaras to delicate little hair clips so there’s heaps of choice for the bride, the maids and even the flower girls!
Arabel and Teresa said “We tried to create pieces that will stand up to the wedding day, giving the bride that extra touch and empowering her in such an important moment in her life, we want her to feel beautiful and in contact with her inner beauty.
It has been so fantastic working together we didn’t want it to end, so watch this space for more collaborations to come!”
Arabel Lebrusan is a recommended Green Union supplier. Based in London, Arabel’s jewellery is a mix of delicate metal latticework, excellence of craftsmanship with ethics at its core. She has a fantastic collection of ethical wedding and engagement rings with & without diamonds, & loves to make bespoke commissions for brides-to-be. She uses Fairtrade and Fairmined 18ct gold, as well as recycled gold & sources Canadian traceable diamonds that are conflict free & ethically mined.
Atelier Tammam pop up sample sale this weekend
This weekend only; An incredible pop up sample sale with London's top eco-chic designers, offering exclusive one-off designs at rock bottom prices...
To round off and bring some warmth to June, Bloomsbury's finest couture designer label, Tammam, is once again transforming its bespoke showroom, for a few days only, to offer ethical fashionistas, Eco style seekers and general bargain hunters a unique opportunity to shop London’s top sustainable labels' rare past season and sample stock with up to 80% off retail prices.
Find exclusive one off’s and sample dresses from past Tammam prêt a porter and couture collections as well as unique pieces from Miksani, Nancy Dee, Outsider, Andrea Paul, Rococo Boutique and more.
What? Designer Fashion Pop-up Sample Sale
When? 29th and 30th June, 11am - 7pm Saturday, 12noon - 6pm Sunday
Where? Atelier Tammam, 5 Hastings Street, WC1H - right in the heart of Bloomsbury, central London and only 3 minutes walk from Kings Cross Station.
Miss it, miss out!! New stock will be added each day.
Ethical British bridal glamour hits Manchester
At last brides in the North of England seeking the best of ethical British bridal design can tap into London's best kept secret without having to board a train.
British bridal label Sabina Motasem Bride, which specialises in luxuriously understated elegant wedding and cocktail dresses, is to showcase their brand new collection in Manchester later this month.
Sabina Ali, head designer says "The new collection oozes the glamour and sophistication of old and new Hollywood with a quirky modern twist, using geometry and simplicity combined with simple shapes, reminiscent of the Art Deco style." She says she found inspiration for the collection from the style and glamour of the Folies Bergeres in 1900s - 1930s Paris, and each dress is named after an inspirational iconic performer from that era.
The full collection will be available to view at the launch of Te Amo Bridal Boutique, at The Wedding HQ, in the heart of Manchester's Northern Quarter on 23 and 24 June, which is also the day when the Olympic torch will be going through the city.
Make a day of it and book a free fitting with Sabina who will be there for the whole weekend. Oh! And there's 15% discount on all purchases made from the Collection on the day.
It's important to book a place, so go to eventbrite for more information.
Images: Ashford Daly
Pippa Middleton look-alike wedding dress
Sabina Ali sent us these lovely photos of one of her brides wearing the gorgeous Alaya crepe satin wedding dress from the Motasem range.
Just goes to show you can be a princess for a day too!
Green and gorgeous hens
Jo Wise, the floral designer at Green & Gorgeous, a wonderful flower business that grows their own seasonal British flowers, has sent in this lovely story of her very first hen party which, she says, went really rather well.
The weather was splendid and the house amazing. A group of fifteen girls rented a Tudor manor house in the Chilterns for the weekend, and the amazing chief bridesmaid seemed to have thought of everything from white toweling slippers to delicious food - and Jo, of course!
"Finally, after months of waiting, there are flowers to pick again and the season has kicked off for me with a Hen Party workshop in South Oxfordshire.
The bride has already ordered buckets of flowers to arrange herself for her wedding in April, so her chief bridesmaid invited me along to host a morning floristry workshop. As we began the bride announced she'd be keeping her eye out for those who would make the floristry dream team on The Big Day....no pressure then ladies!!
Joking aside, it was really relaxed and everyone enjoyed themselves. There was some pretty hot arranging going on too.
During the workshop we created a spring posy, flowers in a tea cup and a corsage. I took along some anemones, tulips, muscari and scented narcissi - all fabulous seasonal spring flowers available now. We had viburnum tinus and varigated pittosporum as foliage. For me the anemones were the main attraction because t's been such a hard winter and we have had a few losses in the garden. So the rows of anemones that have popped up in the poly tunnel with their cheerful little faces bring extra joy with them.
It was a wonderful way to start the season, so thank you ladies, especially the chief bridesmaid who plied me with coffee and cake."
If you opt for this service, you can order buckets of flowers for you to arrange yourself along with friends and family. Jo does the hard bit and creates the wedding party flowers which could include the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids' flowers, buttonholes and corsages, delivering them to you on the day of the wedding (when every one would rather be getting their nails done!).
Fairytale frocks for eco-babes
At last we can offer you these oh! so sweet eco-friendly, simple but very stylish flower girl dresses in 100% organic cotton or 100% silk. These little frocks are made with a self lined bodice and single layer skirt for a fairy tale finish.
As with the wedding gowns, these new flower girl frocks are made in Tammam's atelier in India under fair trade conditions using hand loomed organic cotton and silk fabrics. They come in pale blue, gold and red and are available in age 6 to 12 months, 1 to 2 years and 2-3 years. What's not to like!
The great thing is that you can now buy them in our boutique.
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