My little sister recently got engaged and as the dutiful big sister, I’ve taken it upon myself to give her all ideas. You’re welcome! She’s already chosen a lovely gown and I think a unique veil would be the perfect accessory. This is coming from somebody who does not usually like veils! The wedding ensemble these days has become a bit more relaxed in some ways so the veil really brings it back home for me. Some of these veil ideas touch on retro or antique influences, but with a shorter length, a fun color, or an additional accessory, they take on a more modern vibe.
by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built
Name: Emily Clark
Location: Indianapolis IN
What do you do? I am a couture headpiece designer with classic millinery training. My brand Emilliner offers unique bridal accessories — fascinators, hats, veils and garters.
What is your aesthetic? Fresh, whimsical, elegant. I love texture, delicate details and fine materials. A lightness and ease are also important. I want my designs
to be accessible.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Light and filled with lovely things, my studio has hints of vintage inspiration (check out my hat box collection) along with new creations.
Favorite part of your studio? My studio is part of my home. Its bright and cozy (yellow is my favorite color), sometimes messy and just the perfect environment to create. I have the shortest commute and my little dog Halle hangs with me all day. As a designer I love to remain intimately connected to my craft. My favorite part of the business is the creating. I hand make each Emilliner piece from my studio.
Where do you go for inspiration? I love vintage fashion photographs to put me in the creative mood. I really like going on Pinterest for some good visuals. The materials that I use are also so inspiring, especially natural ones like feathers. Each one has its own texture, movement and shape.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My best tools are the simple ones — thimble, thread, needle and scissors. I have scores of them all over the studio. I am also partial to one of my vintage fedora hat blocks. Its well worn with cracks and tons of pin marks, clearly well loved by many generations of milliners.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I’m always dreaming of a better/sleeker organizational system, but I really do thrive on my chaotic mess. My room is often an explosion of color, bits and bobs, glitz and flowers.
Anything else we should know? I just had a lovely fall photo shoot with my new bridal collection! Coming soon! Also, my latest obsession is using Instagram (My husband Nathan helpedme take all these photos with my new iPhone- yay technology!)
Check out some sneak peeks from the new collection below!
[images from Emilliner]
Your veil can completely transform your complete look. A shorter blusher can give a whimsical, retro look, while a longer fingertip length veil may lean towards the romantic traditional. You may know how long you want your veil to be on your wedding day, but have you thought about the style of veil? Here’s a quick guide to some of the more popular veil and headpiece styles today. – Tram @Phi-Style.com
1. Fascinators – Not really a veil at all, these hairpieces usually consist of feathers, blooms, and netting. Especially popular among British women, a fascinator is a great alternative to wearing a veil. Many brides are opting to do a veil for the ceremony, and switching to a fascinator for the reception.
2. Blusher Veils – These veils can range from a below-the-chin length, as pictured above, to a shorter length that covers some or all the face, like the birdcage veil. Since these veils have a vintage feel, they look best with a dress that has a modern-vintage or retro style.
3. Bubble Veils – As you would expect, bubble veils have more volume toward the top, with the veil curving inward at the bottom. These veils are definitely statement-making pieces and are not for the shy! Pair with a fashion-forward couture dress.
4. Mantilla Veils – These traditional veils are worn slightly foward, with the edge curving around the bride’s face and shoulder. The look is very vintage and very romantic. These veils look best with a simple, minimal gown, so as to not compete with the veil.
4. Cascade Veils – Also known as waterfall veils, these veils are typically one layer of fabric cut so that it’s shorter in the front and longer in the back. Since these veils can be cut to a range of lengths and sheerness, this versatile veil can complement most dresses.
5. Drop Veils – These veils are typically very sheer and flat. They are draped over the face before the wedding ceremony, and lifted by the groom after the vows are read. Like the cascade veil, this versatile veil can be cut to any length to accomodate any dress style.
[images from Sara Gabriel]
We’ve always loved and adored Twigs & Honey, but the new 2011 collection is absolutely breathtaking. Very pretty, very feminine, but always with the surprise element of drama. Here are a few of my favorites from the collection. LOVE. - Tram @Phi-Style.com
[images from Elizabeth Messina]
I’ve been having such trouble finding all the modern accessories and goodies when I want them, so I’ve decided to start a new column featuring my top 10 favs for weddings…this week I’m starting with veils and hairpieces that are sheer perfection for modern brides.
If you’ve got a topic relating to weddings you’d like covered, let me know in the comments!