Whether it’s a homemade vintage type of wedding, a Vegas wedding, a swanky hotel wedding or even a beach wedding, any fashionista will use it as a great excuse to celebrate love and dress accordingly for the occasion. Last year, Daniel and I attended a pretty epic wedding inside the stunning Bath Abbey. It was a magnificent military affair with plenty of swords, uniforms and an abundance of alcohol. The ceremony proceeded a pretty impressive reception at the exquisite Berkeley Castle. Literally, if a child were to dream of a magical setting, this was precisely it.
In the cold Winter weather, outfits can be tricky to pull together. Will your 5 inch heels take the wait for tasty crépes from the cute little van parked up outside the Abbey? (SO WORTH IT FYI). Will your wrap stop you from looking a cold blue outdoors? Most importantly, how’s your hat looking?
Amy Collett Millinery Hat, Burberry Wrap, Karen Millen Dress, Strathberry of Scotland Clutch, Kurt Geiger Shoes
AMY COLLETT MILLINERY
I try to steer clear of the usual places for headwear because unless you’re wearing something that’s more than a few years old, often you’ll find a few people wearing the same hat at the same event. Quality head pieces are very hard to come by, all you have to do is check out the races for girls carrying broken clips/bands/feathers.
Amy Collett Millinery is different. Amy trained in Millinery at The London School of Fashion and even worked for Katherine Elizabeth. In 2014 she opened her beautiful studio and now sells on her website (see here) to people who desire elegant hats for any occasion. Each are handmade and Amy even offers a bespoke service where you can work together to create the perfect design. For the wedding, I wore the stunning ‘Ivy’ hat. It’s simplicity means it’ll work with most outfits. It has a curved base and includes trimmed sinamay curls, beautiful ostrich quills and feathers. There’s even strategically placed curls underneath to ensure the hat tilts perfectly. Amy creates all sorts of amazing hats and her website (see here) is a must see. Prices start at around £100 and are built to last a lifetime. Ivy hat, price: £275.
STRATHBERRY OF SCOTLAND
Strathberry believe a brand should be more than just a label and a name. In true Scottish style, iconic fabrics such as cashmere, wool, tweed, linen and lace are blended together, along with great craftsmanship to create beautiful handbags. On their site (see here), if you can pull yourself away from the amazing new bags, you have to check out the ‘Salmon Skin’ clutches. This is the one I even took to Rome and wore the night I got engaged (read all about the engagement here) .
It’s magnetic closing mechanism ensures you’re not over packing it thus minimising damage. The exterior is made from salmon skin and the interior is a durable calfskin leather. It’s an elegant size (4.5 cm deep and 23 cm wide).
Where are your favourite hats and clutches from?