Summer is well underway here in the UK and weddings are in the air…my interview this week is with a fabulous bridal company that are definitely worth looking up if you have a wedding coming up later in the year or are planning your nuptials beyond! I’ve been chatting to Amy of Crystal Bridal Accessories…Hi Amy! Please introduce us to yourself and your company:
I’m the MD for Crystal Bridal Accessories, a mum of three girls aged 10 and 5 year old twins and I love shoes!
What made you start up your business?
I was working as an e-learning tutor on a local schools project and discovered I was having twins…I decided that I wanted to take a career break but as I am such a workaholic…I thought perhaps I would need a ‘hobby’ whilst on my break. I love jewellery and I adore shoes – the bridal industry is full of sparkle and glamour and all things beautiful…so this all combined to create Crystal Bridal Accessories. The aim was to create a one-stop shop for the best bridal accessories on the market so that brides can easily find everything they need to accessorize their bridal look!
When choosing stock for your shop & website, do you have a set criteria or do you go with what grabs you at the time or a bit of both?
A bit of both really! I won’t put anything on my website which I wouldn’t wear myself…I really do believe in choosing only the best, most beautiful things and putting them all in one place together. Some of the criteria is based on current bridal dress trends and quality of the items – everything has to be manufactured to a high quality otherwise I won’t even consider it.
You have your own exquisite jewellery range too – where do you get your inspiration from?
The inspiration for my Signature Collection comes quite simply from a mixture of gaps I’ve seen in the jewellery market over the years combined with vintage design! The backdrop necklace was my very first idea for my own piece because I noticed that there simply wasn’t anything so glamorous for brides as a back piece…all the other pieces in the collection are designed to mix and match so that brides can choose one piece – such as the Ava Studs – or add the Ava Necklace and Ava Belt depending on how much glamour they want to create!
What’s the most unusual item of jewellery you’ve designed or have you had any strange design requests?
The most unusual accessory I’ve designed is the Ava bridal belt…it is completely unique as it’s made entirely of crystals and a refreshing change to the other types of bridal sashes you can buy which are all set on ribbon or satin. The brooch with tassels and navette crystals gives it a distinct vintage edge which is all the trend nowadays!
To date, what has been your most popular item ordered from your website/ shop?
This would have to be our rose crystal trailing flower bridal brooch!
What’s your most favourite item in your collection?
My favourite item is our own Grace Forehead band – I love the simplicity of it but it is still such a glamorous fashion statement!
You do a shoe dyeing service for the blushing brides & for other special occasions, so what has been the most popular colour in recent seasons?
Cadbury Purple and Fuchsia are always the most popular colours – but we have seen a trend for more peach / blush nude shades as well recently.
Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing?
I love my High Street brands…Zara, Mango, Aldo and Warehouse…but most of my shopping is done online…of course!
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites?
Asos…of course, Zara, Mango… and as I’m a mum, I love the French site Vertbaudet for their pretty kidswear!
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
Hmmm…very practical…but I’ve got my eye on a Knomo laptop trolley for my trips away
OMG…shoes all the way! I’m not really a boots person…a pair of peep toe heels transform your look instantly!
Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook etc so that readers can find out more about you.
Our website www.crystalbridalaccessories.co.uk
Join us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CrystalBridalAccessoriesLtdSheffield
Follow us on twitter @wedding_queen
It’s been a real pleasure to chat to you Amy and your accessories are certainly exquisite…thank you for joining us.
Photos published with kind permission of Crystal Bridal Accessories.