Wedding jewellery ~ by Sarah Drew

You may remember a little while ago I went to the fab MAKE wedding fair. This was organised by the ever-so fabulous Sarah Drew, who is a talented jeweller based at the Market House in St Austell (the location of the wedding fair).

Sarah makes gorgeous wedding pieces, and has some great article ideas up her sleeve for pasties & petticoats. She’s kicking off today with a post full of pretty ~ showing off some beautiful work of our uber talented Cornish designers in line with 2012 trends.

{ Gorgeous trends for 2012 }

It’s so nice now that you can wear what you like for your wedding: there are so many different looks now and not just one, restrictive style that’s expected for brides to be trussed up in!

Having said that, there are definitely themes going on with dresses and accessories that can capture your imagination and help you plan a cool, individual day.

Vintage looks are still going strong, but I’d say they’re a bit more pared down and stylish: maybe the effect of the simple 50s inspired looks: Grace Kelly style dresses with natty little hats, like this one here by Kit’s Boutique in Falmouth:

{Ross Talling}

…or sleeker 60’s looks with clean lines and bold shapes to wear with beehives, pointy shoes and attitude eye liner:

{Lucy Gregory}

Other 20th century decades have been plundered for their best looks too: Anna D’Souza has “noticed a growing trend for dresses inspired by other decades such as 20s, 30s, 40s and 70s, with long flowing silhouettes and layering of fabrics”.  I’d say this soft, structured lace dress by Anna owes something to the 30s (my most favourite decade) with those gorgeous wide tulle straps and a haughty ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ look:

{Jess Augarde}

It also shows off another big trend which Anna has picked up on ~ lace.  It’s everywhere, from full dresses, different colour underlays, apliqued onto bodices and whole backs of dresses. My lace headdresses are my most popular at the moment with or without birdcage veils and sometimes embellished with diamante or marcasite brooches:


The slightly earlier, slinky deco look is still popular for dresses and accessories: Lily Allen and Kate Moss chose this era last year and that’s affected fashions this year: my sister was a gorgeous deco bride last October wearing a headdress that went forward on her bob and had detail on both sides (and LOTS of chains and embellishment!)

{kath occleston}

I think the 70s look is going to really take off: it’s great for laid-back outdoors weddings with live music and games for a proper festival vibe: soft dresses, natural hair and make-up, long chains and beads, butterflies, feathers, twigs and flat sandals (or wellies!) make up a fun, relaxed outfit.

{Linda Ellis}

Annalise Harvey cites tiered skirts and Edwardian looks as a direction following on brill tv drama dress-fest, ‘Downton Abbey’.  She also reckons 70’s looks will be a trend with “looser, floatier shapes. I’m also seeing a number of requests for colours in dresses, am working on a kind of chartreuse green colour one at the moment”. Cool!


It does seem now that real brides are leading the trends with lots of DIY weddings and mash-ups of styles and themes creating days that actually reflect the couple’s taste and lifestyle: people are more confident now to sort things out themselves in a way they like and choose things to wear or have on the day which don’t necessarily fit into a strict, traditional  theme, or even really go together: who cares?!

With money being tight for a lot of people, the DIY trend has affected not only the look of lots of weddings, but also the ethos: people are saying don’t bother with presents, the flowers are coming out of relative’s gardens, the bride gets bright coloured shoes she really likes so she can wear them again, the groom gets a proper, nice suit. Similarly with jewellery, people are getting their bridesmaids jewellery they’ll really like so they can wear it on the day and have it as a present for after;

There’s some lovely unique designer pieces which brides can wear and then keep for ever after, like this gorgeous locket from Hannah Lamb which would look with with a soft, flowing 70’s dress, or soft Edwardian look:

or these lovely earrings by Victoria Walker which have a delicate 30s feel to them, or could look really modern with a sleek, column dress:

{Paul Mounsey}

My big freshwater pearls as earrings are going well for brides after the sophisticated Audrey Hepburn look; or go for the chunky pearl necklace with marcasite ( but probably not both!)

To give a grecian dress a bit of 40s film-star oomph, this chunky stone necklace by Georgia Stoneman would be ace.

{Adam Gibbard}

Finally, strong cuffs and bracelets are a good way to accessorise lower down your body if you’ve got big earrings on or something in your hair: I think the message is, wear what you like, just don’t wear everything!


Thank you Sarah! What a load of gorgeousness we have going on in Cornwall. And this is exactly what pasties & petticoats is all about – giving our fab Cornish vendors, designers and makers somewhere to showcase their work, making it easy for couples planning their wedding in Cornwall to find all the loveliness!  To see more of Sarah’s work, check out her website.

And while we’re on the subject of supporting brilliant Cornish businesses, may I be so bold as to take this opportunity to ask you to seriously consider Sarah’s “crowfunder” bid

Sarah has been given an amazing opportunity to show her sustainable, recycled jewellery pieces at Scoop at the Saatchi Gallery in July.  She says “the collection is sorted, I can sleep on my sister’s sofa, I’m used to doing loads of effective marketing on a shoe-string and my faithful old car can get me to London: I just need a hand with paying for the space”.

So, the idea is that through crowdfunder, you can invest (no matter how large or small an mount) to help to get her little Cornish company on the map in London, exhibited alongside Saatchi artwork and designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Givenchy.  In return, you get a reward, for example 25% off anything on Sarah’s site, a place at one of her workshops or a lucky dip prize!

If you have a few quid to spare, please help get Sarah to London! Every little helps.  I’ve done it… go on, dig deep and support a fab Cornish business!

If you want to know more, check out Sarah’s bid on the crowdfunder website.



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