Kristen's Custom Made Dusky Pink Wool Felt Cloche Hat

Dusky Pink Pearl Cloche Hat for USA Customer

Dusky Pink Pearl Cloche Hat for USA Customer

In late November I was contacted by a new customer, Blair, to create a cloche hat for his girlfriend Kristen whose birthday falls just before Christmas.

Blair and Kristen live in Georgia, USA and whilst on holiday in New York, Kristen lost a cloche hat. The hat was a dusky pink, studded with pearls and trimmed with black ribbon and a black flower. Blair requested that I recreate her beloved hat! I was ridiculously excited by this commission and couldn’t wait to get started. Below is a picture of the original hat Kristen lost:

Kristen's original pink cloche hat that she lost in New York

Kristen’s original pink cloche hat that she lost in New York

Blair sent me a photo of the original hat and after discussing the finer details of the hat I managed to source wool in a very similar (if not the exact same!) shade of pink. I also managed to find oval pearls like the ones on the original hat. By chance, I had a black leather flower that I had been hanging onto in the identical style to the one on the hat she had lost. To finish off the hat I ordered in black grosgrain (petersham) ribbon.

All set to block Kristen's cloche hat; obeche wood block (covered in film to protect it from damage during the blocking process), blocking pins and band, and hat stiffener.

All set to block Kristen’s cloche hat; obeche wood cloche hat block (covered in film to protect it from damage during the blocking process), blocking pins and band, and hat stiffener.

 

As with all my cloche hats, each one is blocked by hand using the traditional method. It was shaped and pinned onto a handmade obeche wood hat block, left to dry (which usually takes 24 to 36 hours for wool hats), and then stiffened using hat stiffener. Brim wire was then added to help hold the shape of the brim for a longer lasting hat.

I am always keen to hand sew my cloche hats as per the traditional way with millinery, and this hat was no different. I only used my sewing machine to sew up the hat lining.

I hand sewed each of the oval pearls to the exterior of the hat. It required a little bit of mathematics to ensure everything was evenly spaced.  This sounds really simple, but when working with domed shapes it requires a little more thought unless you want the pearls to look more concentrated as they get closer to the top of the dome.

Kristen's dusky pink wool felt cloche hat complete with hand sewn oval pearls, black leather flower and grosgrain ribbon

Kristen’s dusky pink wool felt cloche hat complete with hand sewn oval pearls, black leather flower and grosgrain ribbon

Next I added the black grosgrain ribbon and leather flower. I positioned the ends of the ribbon so that they sat underneath the flower so that no seams were visible where the ribbon ends meet.

Finally I added in dusky pink hat lining complete with its own Mairi Brunning Millinery label. It just so happens that the colour scheme of my labels are white with pink text, which complemented the interior of the hat beautifully!

Kristen's dusky pink wool felt cloche hat complete with hand sewn oval pearls, black leather flower and grosgrain ribbon

Kristen’s dusky pink wool felt cloche hat complete with hand sewn oval pearls, black leather flower and grosgrain ribbon

Kristen's dusky pink wool felt cloche hat complete with hand sewn oval pearls, black leather flower and grosgrain ribbon

Kristen’s dusky pink wool felt cloche hat complete with hand sewn oval pearls, black leather flower and grosgrain ribbon

I packed up the hat in a black and white striped hat box, tied on some Douglas tartan ribbon (my Dad’s side of the family are Douglas’) as a nod to the hat being produced in Scotland, and then got it ready for shipping. I was so anxious that it got there safe and spent the next couple of weeks going back to the Royal Mail website to track its journey to Peachtree City, Georgia. It was exciting to see its journey and I was so relieved to hear from Blair when it safely arrived with him. I was even more excited and a tad emotional when I was sent the video of Kristen opening her hat box to discover her handmade cloche hat replacement.

Kristen wearing her dusky pink wool felt cloche hat!

Kristen wearing her dusky pink wool felt cloche hat!

So much love and care goes into each of the items I create it was very special indeed to be asked to create this memorable piece of millinery for Blair and Kristen. Thank you Blair for commissioning me; I loved working with you on this project!

 

Winter Wool Headwrap Head Bands

Winter Wool Headwrap Head Bands

Mairi Brunning Millinery Autumn / Winter wool headwrap head bands have returned in a rainbow of colours and Missoni fabrics.

Winter Wool Headwrap Head Bands. Clockwise from top left: Missoni fabric in red and pink; Emerald Green with crystal brooch; Purple Boucle with dragonfly brooch; Stone grey with green enamel flower brooch.

Winter Wool Headwrap Head Bands. Clockwise from top left: Missoni fabric in red and pink; Emerald Green with crystal brooch; Purple Boucle with dragonfly brooch; Stone grey with green enamel flower brooch

On Tuesday I was joined by Carolyn of Carolyn Henry Photography, MUA/Hair Stylist Jenny Robertson, model &  actress Sarah Meikle, and model & student of Chemical Enginnering Alison Manson for a photoshoot in none other than my beautiful, brick walled basement!

Here’s a first look at the images we took of the Mairi Brunning Millinery new season wool headwraps, which are now available to purchase in my Etsy store. We have a large selection of colours and fabric types available, including a few genuine Missoni fabrics in their iconic chevron design.

Mairi Brunning Millinery: Etsy shop, Facebook, Website

Carolyn Henry Photography: Website, Facebook

Sarah Meikle: Facebook

Jenny Roberston at Lipstick, Lashes and Locks: Facebook, Website

 

Cathedral Length Tulle Veil Scalloped Lace Trim Lace Crown Tiara and Bespoke Lace Bridal Belt by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Boho Gothic Bridal Photo Shoot Polkemmet Park West Lothian

Boho Gothic Bridal Photo Shoot Polkemmet Park West Lothian

Our latest photo shoot features beautiful, classic styles, but styled with a nod towards bohemian, gothic and vintage wedding trends. Think Cathedral length and Juliette Cap tulle wedding veils all with scalloped lace trims, pearl encrusted lace tiaras, bridal brow bands and halos featuring vintage pearls and crystals, vintage brooches as focal points, vintage crystal encrusted necklaces, and couture hand made lace and silk bridal wedding sash belts.

We were also delighted to have our photoshoot published on the Mrs P & P wedding blog, alongside a spotlight on Mairi Brunning Millinery designs!

Boho Gothic Bridal Photo Shoot Polkemmet Park West Lothian | Cathedral Length Tulle Veil Scalloped Lace Trim Lace Crown Tiara and Bespoke Lace Bridal Belt by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Boho Gothic Bridal Photo Shoot Polkemmet Park West Lothian | Cathedral Length Tulle Veil Scalloped Lace Trim Lace Crown Tiara and Bespoke Lace Bridal Belt by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Shooting once again with the very talented Kirsty Stroma Bain, who specialises in wedding, portrait, newborn and fashion photography, was as always a fantastic experience. Kirsty’s background in Fine Art lended a painterly quality to the images, whilst her eye for detail and composition really brought everything together.

Juliette Cap Tulle Scalloped Lace Veil and Brow Band Bridal Demi Halo and Bespoke Lace Belt by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Juliette Cap Tulle Scalloped Lace Veil and Brow Band Bridal Demi Halo and Bespoke Lace Belt by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Our model was Claire Marie – Glasgow. Claire Marie is a multi talented individual, not just being a beauitful model, but also a singer/song writer too and a burgeoning Make Up Artist. Claire did all her own make up on the day and did a great job of it too. Claire Marie also recently made it to the finals of the Scottish Pin Up Awards!

Juliette Cap Tulle Scalloped Lace Veil and Brow Band Bridal Demi Halo and Bespoke Lace Belt by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Juliette Cap Tulle Scalloped Lace Veil and Brow Band Bridal Demi Halo and Bespoke Lace Belt by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Pearl Crystal and Vintage Brooch Brow Band Bridal Halo by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Pearl Crystal and Vintage Brooch Brow Band Bridal Halo by Mairi Brunning Millinery

I loved the hair on this shoot; loose, tousled curls with just enough definition. We were fortunate to have the lovely Meigan Hepburn from Hunky Dory Hair Design join us for the day to create Claire’s hair style. Meigan’s hair dressing business focuses on providing each individual customer with a truly bespoke service, adjusting to what each client requires.

Cathedral Length Tulle Veil Scalloped Lace Trim Lace Crown Tiara and Bespoke Lace Bridal Belt by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Cathedral Length Tulle Veil Scalloped Lace Trim Lace Crown Tiara and Bespoke Lace Bridal Belt by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Living in West Lothian, I am always keen to use my local area for photo shoots wherever possible, so Polkemmet Park was the perfect backdrop for the style we wished to create.

Cathedral Length Tulle Veil Scalloped Lace Trim Lace Crown Tiara and Bespoke Lace Bridal Belt by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Cathedral Length Tulle Veil Scalloped Lace Trim Lace Crown Tiara and Bespoke Lace Bridal Belt by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Cathedral Length Tulle Veil Scalloped Lace Trim Lace Crown Tiara by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Cathedral Length Tulle Veil Scalloped Lace Trim Lace Crown Tiara by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Bridal headpieces, fascinators, lace tiara, tulle wedding veils, bridal wedding belts and vintage jewellery: all by Mairi Brunning Millinery.

Mairi Brunning Millinery: Website, Facebook Page, Etsy Shop

Photography by Kirsty Stroma Bain

Kirsty Stroma Bain Photgraphy: Website, Facebook Page

Model and Make Up Artist is Claire Marie – Glasgow.

Claire Marie – Glasgow: Website,  Facebook Page

Hair by Meigan Hepburn at Hunky Dory Hair Design

Meigan Hepburn @ Hunky Dory Hair Design: Website, Facebook Page

Mrs P & P Plans and Presents Wedding Blog article: here

For  more information on Polkemmet Country Park:  http://www.westlothian.gov.uk/article/2059/Polkemmet-Country-Park

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire

Last May (2015), I received a lovely Facebook message from Colene requesting one of my Fascinator Making Hen Parties for her friend Claire. Over a year in the planning later, on Friday Carolyn and I headed off to Crieff to guide Claire, Colene and 22 of their family and friends through making their very own – and very fabulous – fascinators!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Some of the materials the girls were able to choose from for creating their very own fascinators

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Some of the materials the girls were able to choose from for creating their very own fascinators

The girls were staying at Combruith in Dalingross, Crieff. Crieff is situated in Perthshire, which is one of the most beautiful parts of the country with truly stunning wildlife and nature, whilst the actual building Combruith is a large turreted hostel (a very nice hostel at that!) in the center of the conservation village of Comrie. It’s owned and run by Comrie Croft, which is an outdoors destination and definitely worth a day trip or camping holiday if you’re in the area.

DSCF5304Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Some of the materials the girls were able to choose from for creating their very own fascinatorsweb

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Some of the materials the girls were able to choose from for creating their very own fascinators

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | whilst creating their fascinators, the girls drank champagne cocktails and had plenty of yummy to food too!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | whilst creating their fascinators, the girls drank champagne cocktails and had plenty of yummy to food too!

With the Fascinator Making Hen Party starting at 7.30pm, Carolyn and I arrived half an hour early to lay out all the materials. Colene and the girls were in full swing setting up a space for everyone to work at whilst dining on a beautiful spread and yummy champagne cocktails!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | there were lots of pretty items to choose from, including vintage brooches

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | there were lots of pretty items to choose from, including vintage brooches

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | there were lots of pretty items to choose from, including vintage brooches and silk flowers

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | there were lots of pretty items to choose from, including vintage brooches and silk flowers

A flurry of feathers, flowers, fascinator bases, birdcage veils, vintage brooches, buttons and many other items in a rainbow of colours were all available for the girls to choose from when creating their fascinators.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Mairi introducing herself and Carolyn to the hen party and giving a few pointers on how to get started creating their fascinators.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Mairi introducing herself and Carolyn to the hen party and giving a few pointers on how to get started creating their fascinators.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Mairi introducing herself and Carolyn to the hen party and giving a few pointers on how to get started creating their fascinators.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Mairi introducing herself and Carolyn to the hen party and giving a few pointers on how to get started creating their fascinators.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Mairi introducing herself and Carolyn to the hen party and giving a few pointers on how to get started creating their fascinators.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Mairi introducing herself and Carolyn to the hen party and giving a few pointers on how to get started creating their fascinators.

The theme of the hen party was 24 Dresses, based around a Romcom theme. They even created their own #24dresses for sharing images on Instagram! I thought this was a very clever idea; I’ll be uploading a couple of pictures to my Instagram account using the #24dresses hashtag too!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | The girls created the hashtag #24dresses for any of the group uploading images to Instagram - what a great idea!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | The girls created the hashtag #24dresses for any of the group uploading images to Instagram – what a great idea!

Claire’s hens proved to be a very creative bunch! They all created really beautiful fascinators. We always bring a prize for the fascinator we think was either the best, or for the person who perhaps didn’t have much confidence in their sewing skills but ended up creating something fabulous and wearable.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Emily's fascinator was one of our favourites - love the shape!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Emily’s fascinator was one of our favourites – love the shape!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | The dangle from the drop on the brooch really made this fascinator something special.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | The dangle from the drop on the brooch really made this fascinator something special.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | I'm a big fan of anything pink, so this colour combo really appealed to me. Plus it matched her dress for attending the races the next day perfectly!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | I’m a big fan of anything pink, so this colour combo really appealed to me. Plus it matched her dress for attending the races the next day perfectly!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | A very striking and unusual piece, this fascinator will go with her mustard dress as well as other outfits beautifully.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | A very striking and unusual piece, this fascinator will go with her mustard dress as well as other outfits beautifully.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | A pretty purple flower, a birdcage veil and a couple of pretty brooches made for a lovely fascinator.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | A pretty purple flower, a birdcage veil and a couple of pretty brooches made for a lovely fascinator.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Looking great, ladies!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Looking great, ladies!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | A selection of blue hues rather than just one solid shade will tone in very effectively with any blue dress.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | A selection of blue hues rather than just one solid shade will tone in very effectively with any blue dress.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | The ladies working away on their fabulous fascinators.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | The ladies working away on their fabulous fascinators.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Mairi helping out with a fiddly sewing task.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Mairi helping out with a fiddly sewing task.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | The beautiful bride Claire working on her fascinator

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | The beautiful bride Claire working on her fascinator

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | The beautiful bride Claire working on her fascinator

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | The beautiful bride Claire working on her fascinator

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Admiring and fitting the finished product!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Admiring and fitting the finished product!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Well done girls! Looking great in shades of pink and blue!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Well done girls! Looking great in shades of pink and blue!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Our prize winner, Rebecca! Carolyn and I loved the long pheasant feathers incorporated into this fascinator, as well as the pretty selection of colours.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | Our prize winner, Rebecca! Carolyn and I loved the long pheasant feathers incorporated into this fascinator, as well as the pretty selection of colours.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | We handed out bags with tissue for the girls to take their finished fascinators home in. We included some touchable bubbles in heart shaped containers and love hearts in each of the bags.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | We handed out bags with tissue for the girls to take their finished fascinators home in. We included some touchable bubbles in heart shaped containers and love hearts in each of the bags.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | We handed out bags with tissue for the girls to take their finished fascinators home in. We included some touchable bubbles in heart shaped containers and love hearts in each of the bags.

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | We handed out bags with tissue for the girls to take their finished fascinators home in. We included some touchable bubbles in heart shaped containers and love hearts in each of the bags.

The very next day, Claire and her hens headed to the races, which they all wore their fascinators to! What a fab idea, and don’t they all look marvelous! Thank you so much for asking us to come along to Claire’s hen party. We had so much fun and hope that you did too!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | The girls all ready to go to the races in their beautiful fascinators. Well done everyone you did really well and we enjoyed it very much - thank you for having us!

Fascinator Making Hen Party Crieff Combruith Perth Perthshire | The girls all ready to go to the races in their beautiful fascinators. Well done everyone you did really well and we enjoyed it very much – thank you for having us!

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Photo of the hen party all ready for the races with thanks to Colene
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Recent Custom Made Loop Quill Fascinators

Recent Custom Made Loop Quill Fascinators: The Michele Fascinator

One of our most popular designs for mothers of the bride and groom and wedding guests this year has been the Michele Fascinator. This design is easily customised using our bespoke commission service. Customers can choose from a variety of elements including (but not limited to):

Colour of sinamay (hat fabric)

Arrow or stripped ostrich quills (hand curled or straight)

Swarovski crystals or pearls in your choice of colour

Satin covered headband in ivory, black, blonde, brunette and a huge variety of other shades

Stripped teardrop coque feathers

Hair vine sections

Contrasting or self coloured trim

Here are four examples of Michele fascinators I have made this year.

Recent Custom Made Loop Quill Fascinators

Recent Custom Made Loop Quill Fascinators

Agnes chose to commission a raspberry (pink / red) Michele fascinator with blush nude toned arrow quills and a cluster of Swarovski crystals in Silk. Additional crystals were added along the line of the arrow quills. For some contrast, gold v shaped sections we added to the center of the quills, just underneath where the cluster of crystals sits. We opted for a gold tone, thin metal hair band, so that it could be easily concealed with a little clever hair styling.

Recent Custom Made Loop Quill Fascinators | Agnes opted for a fascinator base and loops in a raspberry shade, arrow quills in a blush nude shade, Swarovski crystals in Silk and a gold metal hairband.

Recent Custom Made Loop Quill Fascinators | Agnes opted for a fascinator base and loops in a raspberry shade, arrow quills in a blush nude shade, Swarovski crystals in Silk and a gold metal hairband.

Audrey opted for two shades of green; the main body of the fascinator base is in Aqua, whilst the contrasting edging trim is in Jade. Thin loops of sinamay in both Aqua and Jade were added to the centre of the fascinator. Hand curled stripped ostrich quills and  teardop coq feathers in aqua sit in between the loops of sinamay. Sand Opal Swarovski crystals are clustered above where the quills and feathers meet, and run sparingly along the lengths of the curled ostrich quills. A blonde satin hairband worked well on this fascinator as it matched Audrey’s hair colour.

Recent Custom Made Loop Quill Fascinators | Aqua Michele fascinator with Jade trim. Curled stripped ostrich quills and teardrop feathers in Aqua. Crystals in Sand Opal. Blonde hairband.

Recent Custom Made Loop Quill Fascinators | Aqua Michele fascinator with Jade trim. Curled stripped ostrich quills and teardrop feathers in Aqua. Crystals in Sand Opal. Blonde hairband.

When Karen came to meet me to discuss her fascinator commission, I happened to already have in stock the perfect colour match of sinamay to her dress! This pretty shade of blush nude was used for the fascinator base, trim, arrow quills and loops. Swarovski crystals in Silk add a beautiful twinkle to a central cluster and along the lengths of the quills. For some contrast against this mainly blush nude fascinator, v shaped sections of gold were added to the center of the arrow quills. A blonde satin covered hairband finished off this fascinator.

Recent Custom Made Loop Quill Fascinators | Blush nude Michele fascinator with loops, arrow quills, gold section and Silk Swarovski crystals.

Recent Custom Made Loop Quill Fascinators | Blush nude Michele fascinator with loops, arrow quills, gold section and Silk Swarovski crystals.

Sandra’s commission was a little different. I created a brand new fascinator base design, which mimicked a bow type shape. As with all of these fascinators, I wired all around the edge of the base, which allowed me to curve it into a really pleasing shape. This design is entirely in an aqua / turquoise shade, with loops and stripped teardrop coq feathers adding height and dimension. Sandra’s dress featured crystals in aqua and white. I sourced the corresponding shades of Swarovski bicone crystals (Pacific Opal and Chalk White) and made hair vine sections that spring out from the fascinator base alongside the teardrop feathers. A black satin hairband was the best match to Sandra’s hair colour.

Recent Custom Made Loop Quill Fascinators |Aqua turquoise Michele fascinator with loops, stripped teardrop coq feathers, custom made base, hair vine sections with bicone crystals in Pacific Opal and Chalk White and a black satin hairband.

Recent Custom Made Loop Quill Fascinators |Aqua turquoise Michele fascinator with loops, stripped teardrop coq feathers, custom made base, hair vine sections with bicone crystals in Pacific Opal and Chalk White and a black satin hairband.

I loved working on each of these designs equally, but what I really enjoyed most of all was seeing how each customer could truly customise their design to ensure each creation was unique. A bespoke fascinator commission is never run of the mill and the options for customisation are endless!

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Lace Bridal Demi Halo Bridal Wedding Headpiece by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Demi Halo Lace Bridal Head Piece Boho Wedding

Demi Halo Lace Bridal Head Piece Boho Wedding

DSCF5271Demi Halo Lace Bridal Head Piece Boho Wedding vintage couture bespoke hand made by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Demi Halo Lace Bridal Head Piece Boho Wedding vintage couture bespoke hand made by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Our new Demi Halo design is now available handmade bespoke to order in your choice of style, size and combination of lace and hair vine detailing!

Vine Detailing: Demi Halo Lace Bridal Head Piece Boho Wedding vintage couture bespoke hand made by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Vine Detailing: Demi Halo Lace Bridal Head Piece Boho Wedding vintage couture bespoke hand made by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Perfect for boho or vintage brides, or those just wanting a touch of something a little different to add to their bridal look. This is such a pretty head piece design!

Pretty layered guipure lace: Demi Halo Lace Bridal Head Piece Boho Wedding vintage couture bespoke hand made by Mairi Brunning MillineryDSCF5276

Pretty layered guipure lace: Demi Halo Lace Bridal Head Piece Boho Wedding vintage couture bespoke hand made by Mairi Brunning Millinery

For our sample design, I chose to layer different types of guipure lace in ivory, creating a slight crescent shape that would frame the back of the head. Last Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Meikle at the filming of The Bride – Video Blog with Duncan Holmes Photography. As part of the filming, we featured the demi halo, which Sarah kindly modeled for me. Doesn’t it look so very pretty on Sarah! As a side note, Sarah isn’t just a talented actress, she also works as a Disney Princess at parties – what an amazing job!

The lovely actress Sarah Meikle modelling the demi halo along with our super soft couture tulle wedding veil: Lace Bridal Demi Halo Bridal Wedding Headpiece by Mairi Brunning Millinery

The lovely actress Sarah Meikle modelling the demi halo along with our super soft couture tulle wedding veil: Lace Bridal Demi Halo Bridal Wedding Headpiece by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Hair vine sections sweep around the side of the head. For the hair vines, I incorporated real, semi-precious Mother of Pearl beads alongside Swarovski crystal round and bicone beads in both clear and Aurora Borealis, and vintage silver lined square crystal beads. A flurry of oval shaped pearl beads run throughout the entire piece, adding both continuity and contrast simultaneously.

A beautiful selection of real semi-precious Mother of Pearl beads, Swarovski crystal rounds, bicones and flat back crystals, oval pearl beads and vintage silver lined square beads have been working into the hair vine sections: Demi Halo Lace Bridal Head Piece Boho Wedding vintage couture bespoke hand made by Mairi Brunning Millinery

A beautiful selection of real semi-precious Mother of Pearl beads, Swarovski crystal rounds, bicones and flat back crystals, oval pearl beads and vintage silver lined square beads have been worked into the hair vine sections: Demi Halo Lace Bridal Head Piece Boho Wedding vintage couture bespoke hand made by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Dotted througout the lace a tiny flat backed clear Swarovski crystals, that add just enough light reflection, but not so much that it is over powering or ‘blingy’.

Demi Halo Lace Bridal Head Piece Boho Wedding vintage couture bespoke hand made by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Demi Halo Lace Bridal Head Piece Boho Wedding vintage couture bespoke hand made by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Although I chose to go for lace as the main focus on our sample demi halo piece, the beauty of ordering bespoke from Mairi Brunning Millinery is that I can adapt the design to your preferences. This style would look just as great with the hair vine sections being the main focus with either just a little, or even no lace at all. I would also love to see this design made up with a variety of different styles (and shades!) of lace, bead choice and dimensions. It could even be made as a full halo headpiece, with the vine work or thinner lace coming all the way around to the front of the head, perhaps sitting just above the hair line. I am feeling very inspired by this design and hope to make one or two more samples or commissions using this sample halo as the basis for many more beautiful head pieces!

Our bridal customers can choose to order our halo design bespoke in their choice of size, bead and lace selection, and balance of hair vine and lace detailing: Demi Halo Lace Bridal Head Piece Boho Wedding vintage couture bespoke hand made by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Our bridal customers can choose to order our halo design bespoke in their choice of size, bead and lace selection, and balance of hair vine and lace detailing: Demi Halo Lace Bridal Head Piece Boho Wedding vintage couture bespoke hand made by Mairi Brunning Millinery

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Sarah Meikle – Actress and Disney Princess

 

Custom Made Birdcage Veil Net Fascinator Headpiece for Aberdeen Bride by Mairi Brunning Millinery with lace pearl and crystal detail

Lace Bridal Birdcage Veil for Vilamoura Hilton Wedding

Lace Bridal Birdcage Veil for Vilamoura Wedding, Portugal

Shonagh's Lace Bridal Birdcage Veil for Vilamoura Hilton Wedding Portugal by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Shonagh’s Lace Bridal Birdcage Veil for Vilamoura Hilton Wedding Portugal by Mairi Brunning Millinery

I have felt particularly honoured this year to have made several wedding veils and bridal headpieces for friends. Everyone’s tastes are personal, and when it comes to weddings this is even more true; I would love to make headpieces for everyone I know, but I am realistic that there is so much choice out there! So, when Shonagh, a lovely friend from my days living in Aberdeen, approached me last year I felt very privileged to come up with a design for a very pretty birdcage veil with lace detailing especially for her.

 

Inspired by a sample bridal fascinator I had previously made, featuring a handmade flower fascinator with birdcage veil, we knew from the beginning of the design process that a birdcage veil was an absolute must. We also wanted to complement the beautiful beading on Shonagh’s dress, by adding pearls and crystals to her headpiece that would match.

Custom Made Birdcage Veil Net Fascinator Headpiece for Aberdeen Bride by Mairi Brunning Millinery with lace pearl and crystal detail

Custom Made Birdcage Veil Net Fascinator Headpiece for Aberdeen Bride by Mairi Brunning Millinery with lace pearl and crystal detail

Couture ivory lace was incorporated into the headpiece, layering the flowers and leaves to create a more interesting and flattering shape.

Couture ivory lace was incorporated into the headpiece, layering the flowers and leaves to create a more interesting and flattering shape.

Shonagh and I looked at several design options before opting to go for lace as the focal point on her bridal fascinator. The lace featured on Shonagh’s headpiece is of a couture standard, with very pretty Aurora Borealis bicone beads to the centres of the larger flowers.

The larger lace flowers featured Aurora Borealis bicone crystals beads to their centers.

The larger lace flowers featured Aurora Borealis bicone crystals beads to their centers.

To make the most of the lace, and really make it into a statement, I layered the lace. By overlapping the flowers and leaves, we ended up with a far more visually interesting design, with lovely texture, rather than simply having flat lace.

I created hair vine sections using Swarovski pearls in cream and Swarovski crystal rounds in Aurora Borealis and Clear. These were interspersed between the lace layers to add detail and frame the headpiece.

I created hair vine sections using Swarovski pearls in cream and Swarovski crystal rounds in Aurora Borealis and Clear. These were interspersed between the lace layers to add detail and frame the headpiece.

To add more detail, I created hair vine sections loaded with cream Swarovksi pearls and Swarovski crystal round beads in clear and Aurora Borealis. I interspersed these so that they peeked out from between the floral lace layers and framed the headpiece. Additional flat backed pearls were added directly to the outermost lace leaves for continuity.

The beautiful layering in Shonagh's lace and birdcage veil headpiece!

The beautiful layering in Shonagh’s lace and birdcage veil headpiece!

To finish the look, we opted for a birdcage veil using ivory Merry Widow (also called Russian) veiling. This style of veiling has a larger ‘diamond’ pattern and is more structured, which looked perfect against the lace and also framed Shonagh’s face and bridal up do beautifully!

Shonagh and Martin's wedding was a huge success at the Hilton in Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal

Shonagh and Martin’s wedding was a huge success at the Hilton in Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal

Shonagh's Merry Widow (or Russian) wedding birdcage veil beautifully frames her face and bridal up do.

Shonagh’s Merry Widow (or Russian) wedding birdcage veil beautifully frames her face and bridal up do.

Shonagh and Martin were married at the beautiful Hilton Hotel in Vilamoura, Portugal.

The beautiful bride!

The beautiful bride!

Lace Bridal Birdcage Veil for Vilamoura Hilton Wedding, Algarve, Portugal, by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Lace Bridal Birdcage Veil for Vilamoura Hilton Wedding, Algarve, Portugal, by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Headpiece and Veil by Mairi Brunning Millinery. Facebook page: here

Photos courtesy of Shonagh’s family and friends and Mairi Brunning Millinery.

 

 

Birdcage Veil Headpiece for 1950s Inspired Danby Castle Wedding

Birdcage Veil Headpiece for 1950s Inspired Danby Castle Wedding

 

Images by Stott and Atkinson. For full list of suppliers please see below.

When Sarah approached me to request a bespoke lace headpiece and birdcage veil I felt so very privileged! Sarah and I first met back in 2008 when we were both studying Fashion Wear and Pattern Cutting at college in Edinburgh. We’ve kept in touch since then, enjoying catch ups whenever life allows to discuss all things craft and fashion. And just to make everything that little more exciting Sarah and Alex’s wedding has just been featured on Love My Dress blog! You can see the Love My Dress’ full write up here.

Mairi Brunning Millinery and Sarah & Alex's Wedding featured on Love My Dress Blog

Sarah & Alex’s Wedding featured on Love My Dress Blog

It was so much fun meeting with Sarah to hear all about her and Alex’s ideas for their big day. Think tea parties, a relaxed feel, 1950’s inspiration and quirky yet very pretty detailing all set against the backdrop of the breath taking Yorkshire moors.

Sarah and Alex's 1950's inspired wedding was against the breath taking backdrop of the Yorkshire moors.

Sarah and Alex’s 1950’s inspired wedding was set against the breath taking backdrop of the Yorkshire moors. Stott and Atkinson Photographers perfectly captured the mood of the day.

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Because Sarah had some excess lace from her beautiful Lou Lou Bridal wedding dress, it made perfect sense to incorporate this into her bespoke headpiece.  After having a lovely meeting (and catch up!) over a few cups of tea and biscuits, we decided on a selection of very pretty beads, sequins and Swarovski pearls in shades of gold and ivory, which I would then bead by hand onto a section of Sarah’s lace.

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Sarah also opted for a birdcage veil in ivory. I created this as a detachable veil, meaning that Sarah could wear the veil and headpiece separately, should she wish to remove the veil later in the day.

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Sarah’s birdcage veil was made extra special with the addition of ivory pearls scattered across it. This echoed the subtle polka dot detailing which features in the lace on her dress.

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Photography: Stott and Atkinson Photography

Birdcage Veil and Headpiece by Mairi Brunning Millinery

Ceremony: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Saltburn by the Sea

Venue and Catering: Danby Castle, North Yorkshire Moors

Wedding Dress by Lou Lou Bridal at Love Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Mint polka-dot tea dresses by Eucalyptus Clothing via Weekend Doll

Flower girls: Dresses from BHS

Florist: Audrey Foster (recommended by wedding venue)

Cake: The Sitting Room

Transport: VW beetle via All Cool Camperhire + vintage bus from Coastal and Country Coaches

Entertainment: Tessa Smith and the Applejacks

Rings: Handmade by bride and groom via Donna Barry

Stationery and Decor: Illustrations by the groom’s mum and created by the bride and groom

Favours: Homemade local bramble honey

Hair and Make-up Artists: Becky and Jade from The Amber Rooms at The Spa Hotel

 

 

 

Hair Jewellery and Budget Fascinators

Hair Jewellery and Budget Fascinators

Hair Jewellery and Budget Fascinators

Hair Jewellery and Budget Fascinators - Mairi Brunning Millinery's online shop has been updated to include couture pieces, sale items and well made budget fascinators. Hair Jewellery and Budget Fascinators - Mairi Brunning Millinery's online shop has been updated to include couture pieces, sale items and well made budget fascinators. www.etsy.com/uk/shop/mairibrunning

Hair Jewellery and Budget Fascinators – Mairi Brunning Millinery’s online shop has been updated to include couture pieces, sale items and well made budget fascinators. Hair Jewellery and Budget Fascinators – Mairi Brunning Millinery’s online shop has been updated to include couture pieces, sale items and well made budget fascinators. www.etsy.com/uk/shop/mairibrunning

Mairi Brunning Millinery’s online shop has just been updated with more hair jewellery and budget fascinators!

A few more sale items have been added as well as some beautiful items of hair jewellery, such as hair combs and headbands. We have also introduced our range of ‘Budget Fascinators’, which are standard designs made in a selection of colours. These are well made pieces of head wear suitable for wedding guests, race goers and mothers of the bride and groom, but in more simplified designs allowing Mairi to make these in a more efficient way and therefore passing savings on to you!

Hair Jewellery and Budget Fascinators Cadbury Purple Looped Sinamay Fascinator https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/450973822/loop-fascinator-in-cadbury-purple-with?ref=shop_home_active_31

Hair Jewellery and Budget Fascinators Cadbury Purple Looped Sinamay Fascinator https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/450973822/loop-fascinator-in-cadbury-purple-with?ref=shop_home_active_31

Hair Jewellery and Budget Fascinators Lilac Looped Sinamay Fascinator https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/464457913/loop-fascinator-in-liliac-light-purple?ref=shop_home_active_30

Hair Jewellery and Budget Fascinators Lilac Looped Sinamay Fascinator https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/464457913/loop-fascinator-in-liliac-light-purple?ref=shop_home_active_30

Looped Sinamay Fascinator in Aqua / Turquoise / Jade https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/464458543/loop-fascinator-in-aqua-jade-turquoise?ref=shop_home_active_2

Looped Sinamay Fascinator in Aqua / Turquoise / Jade https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/464458543/loop-fascinator-in-aqua-jade-turquoise?ref=shop_home_active_29

Ivory, Beig and Natural Feather Fascinator with 1920's waterfall vintage brooch https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/464624205/ivory-cream-biege-natural-feather?ref=shop_home_active_15

Ivory, Beige and Natural Feather Fascinator with 1920’s waterfall vintage brooch https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/464624205/ivory-cream-biege-natural-feather?ref=shop_home_active_15

 

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https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/464643541/poppy-red-fascinator-with-red-sinamay?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Bridal Headpiece Monaco Wedding

Bridal Head Piece Monaco Wedding

Angela’s Bridal Head Piece Monaco Wedding

A beautiful location, a couture bridal headpiece, a wedding infused with a twist of vintage glamour that Grace Kelly would have loved!

These stunning images are by Helen Russell www.helenrussellphotography.co.uk

Bridal Head Piece Monaco Wedding

Bridal Head Piece Monaco Wedding

When Angela first contacted me last November to order a bespoke headpiece for her June 2016 wedding in Monaco, I was so excited! Her champagne lace dress with a nod to 1920’s Art Deco glamour combined with the location for her wedding was just up my street. Having spent many a Summer holiday in the South of France myself, including time spent in Monaco, it conjured up all sorts of inspiration.

A landscape picture from Angela's wedding photos; how amazing is this view for a backdrop for your wedding?!

A landscape picture from Angela’s wedding photos; how amazing is this view for a backdrop for your wedding?!

The basis of Angela’s head piece was designed around the idea of a tulle headband. We selected two soft tulles, one in ivory and one in more of a champagne shade. By double layering these, we managed to achieve an excellent match to her dress colour.

Angela's couture tulle and lace head band complimented her 1920's Art Deco style dress beautifully, picking up the beading on the band to the waist line of her dress.

Angela’s couture tulle and lace head band complimented her 1920’s Art Deco style dress beautifully, picking up the beading on the band to the waist line of her dress.

The tulle head band was hand stitched using invisible, couture techniques and finished off neatly with satin binding and poppers to the back.

Angela's tulle head band featured a lace section to the front, hand beaded using couture techniques in Angela's choice of Swarovski pearls and crystals.

Angela’s tulle head band featured a lace section to the front, hand beaded using couture techniques in Angela’s choice of Swarovski pearls and crystals.

Angela opted for a beaded lace piece to the front of the tulle band, which picked up the beading work to the waist line of her dress. I hand beaded a selection of Swarovski pearls, claw set crystals and smaller intricate jewels on to the lace to compliment the detail on Angela’s dress.

Angela's look was infused with vintage glamour, in keeping with the stunning location and history of Monaco - Grace Kelly would be proud!

Angela’s look was infused with vintage glamour, in keeping with the stunning location and history of Monaco – Grace Kelly would be proud!

I backed the lace with wire, loops and poppers so that it could be removed from the tulle head band and worn separately. This allowed Angela to be able to wear the lace as a separate headpiece by pinning it into her hair using the loops, should she wish to take of the tulle head band later in the day.

Angela's couture tulle head band featured poppers to fasten it at the back of the head and loops to the inside of the band to further secure to the hair.

Angela’s couture tulle head band featured poppers to fasten it at the back of the head and loops to the inside of the band to further secure to the hair.

The hand beaded lace section on the Angela's couture tulle head band was attached using poppers so that it could be removed and worn separately.

The hand beaded lace section on the Angela’s couture tulle head band was attached using poppers so that it could be removed and worn separately.

Huge congratulations to Angela and her husband Paul! Thank you so much for commissioning me – it was so much fun working with you to create such a beautiful piece for such a truly elegant and beautiful bride.

Angela and Paul's Monaco wedding

Angela and Paul’s Monaco wedding

A beautiful look for a beautiful bride; 1920's Art Deco style tulle and lace couture head band.

A beautiful look for a beautiful bride; 1920’s Art Deco style tulle and lace couture head band.

Congratulations to the fabulous couple, Angela and Paul!

Congratulations to the fabulous couple, Angela and Paul!

Head Piece by Mairi Brunning Millinery, for facebook page click here 

Dress by Maggie Sottero at Brides of Scotland

Suit by Jim Forbes Tailoring

Wedding Planner – Sabine at Avalon Events

Videographer – Simply Lovely Photo and Film

Photography – Helen Russell Photography

Wedding location – Chateau de La Chevre D’or