Why choose Bespoke Bridal Accessories?

Bespoke Bridal Accessories

Why choose bespoke bridal accessories for your wedding day?  I’m here to help you understand why bespoke bridal accessories can really elevate your overall bridal look in so many ways.

It’s the one day that you want to be utterly magical, the most special day of your life so far. Surrounded by all those that you love and whose eyes will be on you. With the spotlight on you, you want to be sure that you are the most beautiful and radiant version of yourself. A time to truly showcase your beauty, personality and uniqueness.  Leave your guests mesmerised as you make your way down the aisle.  Choosing to adorn the right accessories can really be key to capturing all the above and more.  

It’s important to consider your accessories as carefully as you did your bridal gown.  Just think about how much time and thought went into selecting what style of dress you wanted, everything from fit to style, possibly even what designers you loved and where you could try their gowns. In order to elevate your gown and therefore your overall bridal look, your accessories should be sought after with the same level of consideration to truly exude perfection.

So, now you’ve found the gown, let’s hear the 4 reasons why you should choose bespoke bridal accessories on your wedding day…

1. Personal

You want your personality and your style to enthral your loved ones on your wedding day.  You want to radiate everything that is good about you.  You can really embody these traits by carefully selecting bespoke bridal accessories.  Choosing accessories that you love allows your personality to shine through.  Selecting elements that co-ordinate beautifully with your gown will really help to personalise and elevate your bridal look, particularly if your wedding dress allows for a bridal belt.  Bespoke bridal accessories showcase your own style and can effortlessly portray this to everyone.

A significant and heartfelt choice for having bespoke bridal accessories could be to incorporate something of sentimental value.  Many brides-to-be come to me with their mother’s jewellery or grandmother’s pearls and ask for them to be used within the design of an accessory that I’m creating for them.  This is such a privilege and of course means there is nothing more personal to have and wear on your wedding day.  If you want to have a special person near to you who is no longer with us, this is an incredibly touching and personal way to do this.

I also have requests to design and create headpieces or jewellery that mirrors the shape/colour/design of an engagement ring, a piece of jewellery that has been inherited and even a grandmother’s tiara.  Nothing is impossible and having the possibility to own something so personal, which is not only beautiful but functional too, is a truly treasured extravagance.

2. Comfort

This is an element of bespoke bridal accessories that should not be underestimated.  Just as you need to feel comfortable in your dress all day, the same must be said for your accessories.  Everything from your shoe choice to your headpiece, it’s incredibly important that you don’t realise you’re wearing them.  You don’t want to be removing them half way through your wedding day because they are uncomfortable.  You should be able to wear your accessories for the entire day and in some cases, beyond!

Let’s talk headpieces first. Most handmade bridal hair accessories have been made entirely from scratch with wire.  This means that they are completely lightweight, not bulky and can be gently moulded into your hairstyle with ease.  This is not normally the case with a mass produced, manufactured piece which has the total opposite effect.  With particular reference to my own headbands, I can guarantee that you will not know you are wearing it because all my bands are handmade.  They will not dig into your pressure points behind the ears and therefore you will not suffer from a headache or want to remove it halfway through the day.

Is there anything worse than uncomfortable shoes?!  I always find it so sad when you see ladies at a prestigious event, impeccably dressed, only for them to have tossed their shoes to one side because they can’t dance/walk in them any longer.  Your wedding day shouldn’t be the day that you have to do that!  And you don’t have to, but let me explain why…

Footwear should be beautiful but moreover comfortable.  My bridal shoe accessory service ticks both these boxes.  Firstly, ensure your comfort, by purchasing your own beautiful nude heels or a pair of shoes, to the colour and heel of your choice.  Once you’ve chosen your dream pair of shoes, you can allow me to adorn them with beautiful accessories that will also co-ordinate with your wedding dress and other bridal accessories perfectly. There are two choices of design: one is an embellishment which is permanently fixed to your shoe and can be placed on the heel, front or any strap; the second is a clip which would attach to the front of your shoe and of course may be removed.  You may wear these shoes time and again, long after your wedding day, enabling you to relive those special memories every time you put them on.

3. Unique

Yes, yes, yes!  Bespoke bridal accessories will ALWAYS be unique to you.  This is absolutely one way to ensure that no bride will have gone before you wearing the same.  No two bespoke bridal accessories that are made by hand will ever be identical.  There will always be a slight variation between two pieces.  

When you purchase your bridal gown, it may be that others who have visited the same boutique have indeed fallen in love with the same wedding dress as you.  This is where you can make that bridal gown utterly unique by adding bespoke bridal accessories that by their very nature, are limited edition pieces.  

If you adore a particular headpiece, a pair of earrings or one of my shoe accessory designs, you can ask for it to be tweaked slightly, choose pearls instead where diamantes have been used or request for your accessory to be made in gold instead of silver. The possibility for your uniqueness, your individuality and your personality to ooze from the inside out, is by choosing bespoke bridal accessories. 

4. Alterations

Let’s be honest, weddings can be an expensive time.  The products/services you choose in some cases will only be relevant or last for the day itself.  When you’ve invested so much, how wonderful would it be if you could keep some of what you paid for? 

Well with bespoke bridal accessories, you can!  How sentimental would it be if you could wear them again?  How wonderful if you could relive the memories of one of the most special days of your life every day?  With my ‘alterations’ service you can absolutely have these feelings. For example, if you’ve had any type of headpiece made, or even a backdrop necklace, it will likely be that you wouldn’t wear this after your wedding day.  Why not have me deconstruct the piece and re-create it into a beautiful necklace, a pair of earrings or bracelet?  You can wear these time after time, along with a heartfelt smile too, knowing that you wore all the elements on your wedding day.  A new piece of jewellery that can be treasured forever and passed down through the generations as an heirloom.

So, if you needed any more reasons as to why you should choose bespoke bridal accessories, then why not get in touch with me. 

I’m intensely passionate about working intimately with my brides to design and create exquisite bridal accessories that work in harmony with the rest of your bridal look, ensuring you look and feel the absolute ultimate version of you on your wedding day.

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.  


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



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.


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
‘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