Lace Bridal Birdcage Veil for Vilamoura Wedding, Portugal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 were married at the beautiful Hilton Hotel in Vilamoura, Portugal.
Photos courtesy of Shonagh’s family and friends and Mairi Brunning Millinery.