Mon 18th Apr, 2011
I'm delighted to feature an interview today with the lovely Rebecca Doyle, the face behind Chez Bec, an award-winning designer of unique and elegant wedding jewellery.
As birdcage veils are pretty much a must-have for any vintage-style wedding at the moment, Rebecca tells us a little more about their new collection and what inspires her designs...
Tell me about you, your background and your inspirations
"A former corporate lawyer, I left my legal career far behind me in December 2005 to follow my dream of running my own jewellery business. Originally a contemporary designer jewellery brand, Chez Bec only became fully bridal in 2007. It was only when I got married in August 2006 that I first became obsessed with weddings and quickly realised that there was a huge gap in the market for classic, beautiful pearl bridal jewellery and hair accessories with an affordable price tag. Chez Bec has since gone on to win the Wedding Ideas Awards 2010 and 2011 for Best Bridal Accessories which has exceeded all of my wildest dreams and expectations."
Describe your collection of birdcage veils.
"We’ve just launched our first, very small collection of birdcage veils as part of our Chez Bec Couture range for 2011. It’s a small collection but perfectly formed and each and every veil is lovingly handmade to order by ourselves in our very own studios in Kent. We’ve got four Couture Veils altogether and prices range from £88 up to £120."
What wedding style would suit a birdcage veil?
"A birdcage veil would be fabulous for any vintage-themed wedding. In keeping with the vintage theme, a lot of brides at the moment are choosing short, tea-length dresses and these look particularly gorgeous with a birdcage veil. Over the last couple of years, there has also been a marked move away from traditional full-length veils and traditional tiaras and crowns as seen in the 1980s and 1990s and a move towards less formal bridal headwear."
How can you customise a birdcage veil?
"Any of our headbands, hair combs and hair flowers can have either a visor veil or a birdcage veil added to them and the cost for doing so is between £36 and £38. We use a fine ivory French net veiling as standard but this could be changed to suit a bride’s individual taste and requirements as all of our jewellery and hair accessories are handmade to order by ourselves."
Chez Bec's beautiful studio can be found in Royal Tunbridge Wells where you can browse and try on pieces from their stunning collections of bridal jewellery and wedding hair accessories. You can even bring your dress and other wedding accessories with you to ensure that you get your look absolutely perfect for your big day.
Alternatively you can head over to Chez Bec's online boutique to view their full collection.
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