Former city newspaper news editor Debbie Carlisle couldn’t find the kind of accessories she wanted for her wedding so set about making her own. Her pièce de résistance was her bejewelled brooch bouquet which won gasps as she walked down the aisle. She continued to make bridal accessories after her wedding and when a friend suggested she opened a shop on Etsy, Debbie did just that. A few weeks later, she received her first commission and when they kept on coming she quit her day job to run her business full time. We’re not surprised her designs are such a hit. Her attention to detail and fabulous vintage style make them visual masterpieces you’ll want to own – and here’s why.
My luxury bespoke vintage jewellery designs are a mix of antique brooches and buttons with crystals, pearls and diamante, which I combine with luxe fabrics to create one-off exclusive keepsake bouquets and headpieces.
I encourage my brides to have their own heirlooms or sentimental pieces worked into their wedding brooch bouquet or accessory to make it a truly personal keepsake treasure as well as a unique work of art.
The bouquet design process begins with a consultation with me, and I then work with each bride to create pieces that perfectly complement their gowns, individual tastes and personal sense of style. Once the design is agreed I start to source vintage jewellery pieces which I hand-wire into an intricate brooch bouquet.
I also make matching jewellery corsages and buttonholes and statement vintage hair accessories including headpieces, hair vines, circlets and combs that range from delicate vintage-inspired pieces to Hollywood startlet inspired one-off designs reminiscent of the red-carpet glamour or days gone by. They are perfect for rustic and vintage loving brides.
The wired wedding headpieces are designed to be worn as hair vines which will twist and turn around the head and nestle into, around and through the hair almost like real trailing florals. They can be worn in so many different ways that the possibilities are almost endless – brides can copy the styling ideas on my website or come up with their own way of wearing the designs to make them unique to them.
My advice for a DIY wedding would be not to take on too much yourself – do the things that you find easy, fun and enjoyable, then delegate the tasks that you find difficult or don’t enjoy. DIY can be a wonderful way to personalise your wedding and also save money – but don’t take on so much that you end up stressed and overwhelmed.
View some of our favourite wedding brooch bouquets and vintage wedding headpieces by Debbie.