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Bridal Accessory Styling: 10 Do’s and Dont’s

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Details matter and none moreso than on one of the most important days in your life, your wedding day.  It’s vital that your bridal accessories are given careful consideration to ensure that you make your bridal outfit and not break it!  So with this in mind, let’s discover what the Do’s and Dont’s are when styling your bridal accessories…

statement bridal earrings

Photography Natalie Stevenson Photography
Dress Aleena Leena Bridal from Halo & Wren Bridal
My gorgeous ‘Mae’ Statement Earrings should be worn alone, as shown here.  No necklace and no hair accessory at the front of the hair.  However, it would be perfectly fine to style some pins at the back of this gorgeous low pony, but nothing elaborate.

The Do’s…

1. Find ‘the One’

The obvious starting point is that you have found ‘the one’. The wedding dress that you have fallen in love with and can’t wait to walk down the aisle in.  This has to be the basis from which every accessory you choose will have to work with.  Your bridal accessories must complement and enhance your bridal gown.

2. Think Less is More

Ever heard the old adage, ‘less is more’?  This is so applicable when it comes to accessorising on your wedding day.  If in doubt, that probably means you’ve over accessorised.  So in the words of fashion designer Coco Chanel, ‘before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off’.  

It’s a tricky one to quantify because there are so many different options and ways in which to wear your bridal accessories but for example, generally speaking, wearing earrings, a crown and a necklace is likely to be too much, unless it’s all really delicate.  Of course, your choice of accessories will also be very dependant on how embellished your gown is.  If it’s heavily embellished, earrings and a bracelet might well be enough.  However, if you have a simplistic, minimal gown, then you will be able to be more creative and choose significant pieces to accessorise, such as a bridal hair vine with earrings and a bracelet.

3. Consider your hairstyle

This is such an important point.  Having worked with many bridal hairstylists over a number of years, a high proportion of brides purchase hair accessories that are not suitable for the hairstyle that they want.  There are certain styles of headpiece that only work with a particular hairstyle.  It will save time and worry later if you have thought about this upfront. Take pictures with you of the sort of hairstyle you would like to your bridal trial or to the bridal shop you bought your dress from and either of these experts will be able to advise on the best headpieces for the hairstyle you have in mind.  Alternatively, search for an accessories designer who can work closely with you to ensure that a hairpiece is created to suit your chosen hairstyle and dress.

4. Wear A Veil

I mean, unless you’re adamant that you don’t want one which is fine. It’s absolutely a personal choice.  The message here is to assure you that you absolutely can wear a veil and a bridal hair accessory…be it a vine, crown or pins!  I’ve been asked on many occasions if it’s too much or if you should only wear one or the other and the answer is no.  If you try a veil on and fall in love with how ‘bridal’ it makes you feel, then have no fear that you can also adorn your hair with any accessory you choose.  Your hairstylist should know exactly how to style both pieces confidently and if not, why not ask their advice, or mine!

5. Try Everything On

This is so important, particularly if you didn’t find your bridal accessories at the shop you bought your wedding dress from.  So if you missed out on the experts co-ordinating everything for you, then you may decide to embark on an online journey to purchase your bridal accessories.  When searching and considering what you like, you must keep your wedding dress (and possible hair style) front of mind before selecting items to purchase to ensure they are cohesive. In addition and even more important is, if you buy pieces from several places online then it’s vital that these all work together.

The key in this instance is to try everything on together.  This will give you a clear picture as to whether or not the accessories and your wedding dress co-ordinate. 

Of course, the alternative would be to seek a bridal accessories designer who can design and create pieces with carefully chosen components that work with the details of your dress. This will provide perfectly co-ordinated accessories that enhance your overall bridal look.

flower bridal headpiece

Photography Nikkis Moments
My gorgeous Ellene Statement Headpiece should be worn alone, as shown here.  With some detail on the dress, the headpiece works in unison with that and apart from a pair of small stud earrings, is all that is needed to provide a cohesive, polished bridal look.

Adrianna gold bridal necklace

Photography Natalie Stevenson Photography
Dress Anna Kara Bridal from Morgan Davies Bridal
My timeless, elegant Adrianna bridal drop earrings and co-ordinating Angel bridal necklace.  This jewellery set is so delicate that you could absolutely style it with a headpiece too.  Just keep it as delicate as the jewellery and you’ll have a match made in heaven.

Photography Natalie Stevenson Photography
This image shows perfectly that you can wear a beautiful pair of statement earrings, in this case it’s my Chloe statement earrings, together with a hair accessory worn at the back of the head.  Shown here is my best selling Rosie bridal hair vine.

Don’t…

6. Follow Trends

Trend-focused pieces tend to date, whereas classic pieces will stand the test of time. Carefully consider the look you are going for before opting for trend-driven accessories. This will come into it’s own when you look back on your wedding photos 5 or 10 years down the line.

7. Forget about Comfort

I can’t stress this enough.  It’s not often something you think about when selecting accessories but it definitely should be!  As with your gown, you will be wearing your accessories all day (or you should be!).  Heavy, bulky pieces will have you discarding them half way through the day, just like you do a pair of shoes when they start to hurt after several hours of wearing them.  And what a shame to have to do that on one of the most special and important days of your life.  In addition, with particular regards to bridal hair accessories, these pieces will not be malable and so therefore cannot be moulded around your hairstyle. Additionally, if it’s a heavy headband, your pressure points behind the ears will be adversely affected, just like they are when you’ve worn your sunglasses all day.  In this instance, if you do want statement pieces that will be heavy, then consider having an accessories designer that will make you a bridal hair accessory that will be statement but lightweight too.You do not want to invest in pieces that you cannot wear for the duration of the day.

8. Grow your Hair

Of course you can, it’s a personal choice.  I know many girls feel pressured to have hair extensions on their wedding day but please don’t assume that you must grow your hair long to wear hair accessories. They look equally beautiful in short hair, you simply need the embellishment set on the appropriate hair accessory.

Brides with short hair still have a plethora of accessories to choose from. For example, a full circlet headpiece or beautiful vines can easily be worn, with ribbons at the ends to keep secure.

Be you, be yourself and let your personality shine through.  All your accessories should allow you to do this.

9. Leave it too Late

Start looking early for your accessories as soon as you have your bridal gown. Once you have found ‘the one’, this will in turn dictate to a certain extent, your hairstyle too so you can go full steam ahead in choosing your finishing touches.  It will enable you to have browsed a variety of bridal accessories and potentially come to a decision on your co-ordinated accessories.  This will be of great help, particularly if you purchase any bridal hair accessory prior to your bridal hair trial.  This will then give you the opportunity to see how your hair piece will look with your chosen style. 

10. Give up if you still feel confused…

If after all this advice you are still left utterly confused with all the choice and are unsure how to create that cohesive bridal look, then get in touch for a consultation.  This will save wasting anymore time and ensure that you totally nail your bridal look.  I can help you choose what works for you, your dress and your hairstyle either by an in person consultation or a virtual one.  It will also allow you to purchase all your accessories under expert guidance, all in one go.  Everything from a bridal belt to jewellery and your bridal hair accessories.  This will ensure you ooze confidence, are comfortable with whatever you’re wearing, can make purchases without any worry and know that you are going to look the most beautiful and ultimate version of you on your wedding day.  ,

boho bridal backdrop necklace

A perfect marriage of co-ordinating beautiful Klara statement earrings with the stunning ‘Klara’ backdrop necklace.  A totally one of a kind set for the ultimate in unique, bespoke bridal accessories.

So email me at rachel@rachelsokhalbridal.com to arrange your free, no obligation consultation and take away all the stress, worry and months of shopping around for your perfect bridal accessories.

I can’t wait to hear from you.

Rachel xx

20 Bridal Hair Updos for Modern Brides

Bridal Hair Updos

20 Bridal Hair Updos for Modern Brides

When it comes to wedding hair, an updo is a classic hairstyle option. From sleek and elegant chignons to tousled wavy boho braids, I’ve bought you 20 of the best bridal hair updos for all the wedding hair up inspiration you need.

Updos highlight your face, as well as your gown’s neckline and back detail.  From high to low, perfectly coiled to messy and everything in between, your options are endless.

Updo hairstyles are practical as well as elegant and wearing your hair up on your wedding day, allows every spectacular detail of your wedding dress and bridal accessories to be seen.

Scroll on to see some truly beautiful inspiration for your bridal hair on your wedding day…

 

bridal hair braided updo

Here’s a stunning example of a textured bridal hair updo, with braids, from my incredibly talented friend and ambassador Danica Zurawel Hair.  Enhanced here with beautiful Swarovski hair pins from my new collection.

textured low bun

There’s nothing I don’t love about this updo!  Messy and low, it provides a gorgeous canvas for the pretty floral ‘Louise’ hair vine to complement.  Hair styled by the insanely talented hairstylist Emma Kim Hairdressing.

Photography by Nikkis Moments.

bridal hair updo
textured hair up do

Two stunning examples of textured hair updos, are the beauties above styled by my friend and uber amazing hairstylist, Sarah Henning Hair.

bridal hair updo

Now comes some of the most beautiful updos from the queen of hairstyling herself, Belles Beauty! Her work floors me everytime and I’m always happy to adorn my accessories into her styling.  This beautiful hair vine is new and available at Rachel Sokhal Bridal.

bridal hair updos

Beautiful ‘Sacha’ bridal hair pins enhancing the gorgeousness from Leah at Belles Beauty.

bridal hair pins

This is one of my favourite bridal updos ever! Complemented perfectly by the ‘Madeline’ bridal hair pins.

floral hair pin

Hair up by Kim Sandford Hairdressing, finished off beautifully with the ‘Caterina’ bridal  hair pin.

Photography Bond Photography

leaf hair comb

Beautiful bridal hair up from Charlotte Jay, complemented by this stunning bridal hair leaf comb, ‘Honor’.  Such a captivating and versatile piece to complete that finishing touch.

Photography Nikkis Moments

floral hair pins

Love, love, love this updo from Kate Atalay Hairstyling and perfected with the gorgeous ‘Sacha’ bridal hair pins.

Photography FJS Photography

Delicate and pretty little ‘Jasmine’ bridal hair pins enhance this gorgeous hair styling by the amazing Danica Zurawel.

bridal hair updo

Styled hair up do by Emma Kim Hairdressing.

bridal hair updo
floral headband

Beautiful braided updo from the uber talented Charlotte Jay, with this gorgeous floral headpiece, ‘Magdalena’. 

Photography Nikkis Moments 

Another gorgeous bridal hair up do, styled by Kate Atalay and fully complemented by these beautiful ‘Adeline’ rose gold leaf hair pins.

Photography Emily Little Photography

bridal hair vine gold

One of my absolute favourite bridal hair updos to date is this beauty from my wonderful friend and talented hairstylist, Kim Sandford. One of my favourite bridal hair vines too, the delicate and oh so pretty, Valentina, just wrapped around the hair and finished this look to perfection.

Photography Nikkis Moments

Accessorising Bridal Hair Updos

Bridal hair updos can feel both feminine and romantic, and be accessorised with versatility, suiting a delicate bridal crown just as much as a wedding hair vine or bridal hair pins or even just a pair of beautiful statement bridal earrings.

My collections feature some of the most beautiful bridal hair accessories, as you’ve seen in some of the examples above, that pair perfectly with bridal hair updos. But of course, all my designs are handcrafted in-house and can be fully customised in order to take your dream bridal hair accessories to a beautiful reality.

If you’d like to get in touch to chat about your bridal look, please send me an email rachel@rachelsokhalbridal.com.  I’d love to work personally with you to create stunning and unique, heirloom bridal accessories for your wedding day.

Let me know in the comments if there’s a particular look you would love to see.

Rachel xx

15 Half Up Half Down Bridal Hair Styles

Half Up Half Down Bridal Styles

Arguably one of the most requested bridal hairstyles, the half up, half down is a firm favourite with brides across the globe.  Trends for ponytails and updo’s are around too but a half up, half down look manages to look polished and effortless all at the same time, making it the perfect choice for your wedding day.

A half up do provides the best foundation for perfect positioning of your bridal hair accessory and of course your veil, if you are wearing one.  This popular style allows you to wear a plethora of bridal accessories such as a wedding tiara/crown, bridal hair pins, a hair comb or a bridal hair vine, it really is so versatile.  It doesn’t matter what length your hair either, anyone can achieve it whether you have long flowing locks or a short bob.    

Without further ado, let’s take a look through 15 beautiful examples of half up, half down bridal hairstyles.  Everything from twisted to braided half up, plus lots more.  

TWISTED HALF UP DO’S

Here’s a twisted half updo, which shows of the beautiful tones in the hair and is perfectly accessorised with the ‘Beatrice’ floral hair vine to co-ordinate with the gorgeous large bloom.
Hair Charlotte Jay Make Up Artist
Photography Nikkis Moments Photo and Film

 

BRAIDED UPDOS

Beautiful loose curls, finished off with a whimsical braid, styled by Barbarella Bridal Hair, gives the ultimate nod to the boho bride.  Perfected by the addition of the pretty Clara headpiece

Photography by Natalie Stevenson Photography

Braided half up half down
Braided half up do

Stunning braided half up do, styled by the talented Bespoke Bridal Hair by Nicola, accessorised for maximum impact with bespoke Swarovski diamante pins.  Email rachel@rachelsokhalbridal.com for more details.

floral bridal hair comb

Just how beautiful is this braided half up do styled by Sarah Henning Hair, finished off with the gorgeous Eden bridal hair comb that co-ordinates so delightfully with this romantic lace bridal gown.

Photography Ami Louisa Photography

And here’s some more dreamy inspiration for you, featuring bridal half up half down hair…

This gorgeous hair features my Sacha bridal hair pins and bespoke bridal hair comb.

Hair by the talented Kim Sandford Hairdressing

Hair by The Grey Room

Photography by FJS Photography

bridal flower hair pins

Beautiful pins by me and hair styled by Kim Sandford Hairdressing

bridal half up half down hair

Beautiful hair styled by the amazing Emma Kim Hairdressing and accessorised with my Adeline bridal hair pins.

Photography Nikkis Moments Photo and Film

bridal half up half down hair

Bespoke bridal hair comb by me.

Photography Natalie Stevenson Photography

bridal hair half up half down

Beautiful hair styled by Kim Sandford Hairdressing and the ethereal bridal hair accessory Clara.

Photography Bond Photography

bridal hair half up half down

Gorgeous inspiration here from the talented Charlotte Jay, enhanced by my Honor bridal hair vine and captured beautifully by Nikkis Moments Photo & Film.

Finishing with this stunning half up do, styled gorgeously by Kim Sandford Hairdressing and captured perfectly by Nikkis Moments Photo & Film. Accessorised with my beautiful Clara headpiece and co-ordinating pins.

ACCESSORISING HALF UP, HALF DOWN BRIDAL HAIR STYLES

Half up, half down wedding hairstyles feel both feminine and romantic, and can be accessorised with versatility, suiting a delicate bridal crown just as much as a wedding hairvine or bridal hair pins or even just a pair of beautiful statement bridal earrings.

My collections feature some of the most perfect wedding accessories, as you’ve seen in some of the examples above, that pair perfectly with half up, half down hairstyles. And of course, all my designs are handcrafted in-house and can be fully customised in order to take your dream bridal accessories to a beautiful reality.

If you’d like to get in touch to chat about your bridal look, please send me an email rachel@rachelsokhalbridal.com.  I’d love to work personally with you to create a beautiful heirloom bridal headpiece for your wedding day.

Let me know in the comments if there’s a particular look you would love to see.

 

5 Things to Consider When Buying your Bridal Accessories

5 things to Consider When Buying your bridal accessories

Before you even start to think about what bridal accessories you may want to wear on your wedding day, there are certain things that need to be thought about before you purchase anything. Sure, your bridal gown is the main and biggest purchase but the right bridal accessories should not be underestimated and will totally elevate your look and add a personal touch. So, before you buy anything, read my ‘5 things to consider when buying your bridal accessories’:

  1. Dress First!!

    Please, please make sure you have fallen in love with and purchased your bridal gown! Now, whilst this may seem obvious to most, there are still those that see a hair accessory that they love and go ahead and purchase it before anything else! You cannot possibly make an informed decision on any of your accessories before you know, for example, what the neckline of your gown is. Is it backless or does it have an illusion back? Does it have long sleeves or no sleeves? Will I need to wear my hair up or down? For your bridal look to be cohesive and co-ordinated, your gown should be your first purchase. Only then can every other detail be considered.

Illusion back wedding dress

Beautiful bridal gown from a selection at George James Bridal, Bedford
‘Ethereal Beauty’ bridal hair comb from my collection
Photography by Lee Rushby Photography

The romantic ‘Beverly’ gown from Claire Pettibone

A dramatic low back on this exquisite couture gown from dress designer Kate Edmondson
One of a kind, bespoke ‘Klara’ backdrop bridal necklace from my ‘Bel Fiore’ collection
Photography by Natalie Stevenson Photography

2. Hair Trial

If you are confident you know how you are going to be wearing your
hair on your wedding day, then you may wish to purchase bridal hair accessories
to take to your trial with you.  However, like in a lot of cases when purchasing your bridal gown, you may end up with something slightly different to what you were initially considering.  Please don’t forget that your wedding dress will likely dictate how you will style your hair.  A hair trial first is ideally the way to go as you can be totally confident what you select will be the perfect choice.  Bear in mind that your other bridal
accessories, bridal earrings, bracelet or even shoe adornments will need to be
considered with what bridal hair accessories you choose in order to beautifully co-ordinate.

Wedding Hair loose bun

Gorgeous loose wedding hair up by the talented Emma Kim
Photography by Nikki’s Moments Photography & Film
Delicate ‘Louise’ rose gold hair vine from my custom made collection

Bridal flower hair pins

Scattered ‘Madeline’ large floral hair pins in amongst this beautiful romantic hair up by the uber talented Leah at Belles Beauty based in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire at the stunning Hunton Park, Hertfordshire
Photography by Natalie Stevenson Photography

Ever popular half up half down style which has been styled with an on trend braid by the fabulous 
Claire from Barbarella Bridal Hair in Stotfold, Hertfordshire is beautifully adorned here with my
bestselling
‘Clara’ bridal headpiece.
Photography by Natalie Stevenson Photography

3. Jewellery

You should keep in mind what you wear on a day-to-day basis.  Don’t try to reinvent the wheel, and make your every day accessories relevant to your wedding day look.  For example, if you don’t usually wear statement earrings then there’s no reason to wear them on your wedding day.  Generally speaking, less is more.  You want to look elegant and demure on your wedding day and so it really isn’t always necessary to have a tiara, veil, necklace, earrings and bracelet. Carefully select the right number of accessories and don’t go overboard.  Try them all on together before the big day and don’t be afraid to scale back. The wedding images are a permanent keepsake of your very special day and with this in mind, you want to make sure that your choices aren’t too trendy or your photos will look dated really quickly. Opt for luxurious classics instead and your bridal style will remain timeless and sophisticated in years to come.

Sparkly bridal earrings

Classically beautiful and timeless ‘Danielle’ bridal drop earrings, the perfect accompaniment to this romantic Justin Alexander bridal gown, which has co-ordinating diamante straps.
Photography by Nikki’s Moments Photography & Film

Gold bridal necklace

Feminine and delicate, this 14k gold filled ‘Angel’ bridal drop necklace is perfect for the neckline on this gorgeous bridal gown from a selection at Morgan Davies Bridal , Hitchin
Photography Natalie Stevenson Photography

'Lisa' 14k gold floral bridal earrings

A high necked couture bridal gown by James Clarke is perfectly complemented by these medium sized ‘Sasha’ hydrangea floral hair pins scattered throughout this gorgeous styled hair updo by Belles Beauty, with the perfect finishing touch of these delicate co-ordinating ‘Lisa’ gold bridal drop earrings.

4. Comfort is Key

Let’s focus now on footwear, although it is important that ALL of your bridal accessories are comfortable since you will be wearing them all day.  This is
why most of my brides come to me as not only do they want something unique,
they can also guarantee that they will not even realise they’re wearing them
throughout the day.

Ask yourself, where are you marrying your beau? Are you having an outdoor wedding? Destination Wedding? Stately Home? Do think carefully about this when you’re choosing your wedding shoe.  Clearly heels are not the way to go if you’re getting married on a beach!  And if you don’t normally wear heels, then consider beautifully adorned flats for your wedding day. 

One of the biggest trends of recent years is instead of buying ivory wedding shoes, buy a beautiful nude heel or a pair of shoes to the colour of your choice so that they may be worn many times after your wedding day.  This way, you’ll be able to relive those special memories every time you put them on. My recently launched bridal shoe accessory service is perfect for this as you can purchase your very own pair of shoes and allow me to adorn them with beautiful accessories that will also co-ordinate with your wedding dress and other bridal accessories perfectly.  Get in touch for more details.

Gold Bridal Shoes

Bespoke bridal shoe accessories, these ‘Klara’ adornments are a ‘one of a kind’ and will not be repeated, they are the perfect accessory for any heeled shoe, high or low.
Photography by Natalie Stevenson Photography

Blush Rose Gold Wedding Heels

Choose your own beautiful but most importantly comfortable wedding shoes and then accessorise them to reflect your individual style. I adore that you can then wear your wedding shoes again and again, making them the most unique and stylish investment.
Photography by Natalie Stevenson Photography

Rose Gold Wedding Shoes

The attraction of custom made bridal accessories is that you will always be
beautifully co-ordinated. Gorgeous rose gold hairpin ‘Leah’ (coming soon), sitting perfectly
alongside the complementing shoe accessory.

5.  The Most Authentic and Beautiful Version of You

Above all else, don’t stray too far from your normal style! Although it’s the most special day in your life, the idea is to look and feel like the best, most beautiful version of your regular self. 

If you require any advice on selecting the right bridal accessories for you, please do contact me or comment below, I truly would love to be able to help you.

Rachel xx