Its Jewellery and Accessories week on the blog … and today I’m introducing the super talented Melissa Morgan Designs. I came across Melissa on twitter and immediately loved the vintage feel to her designs. I especially love the gold and coloured elements to her designs which would be fabulous for brides who aren’t in to the traditional silver and diamond look of tiaras.
Here is my favourite design below …

I’ll let Melissa explain a little bit more about her and her work ….

‘Melissa Morgan Designs is an exciting bridal and special occasion accessory company. I specialise in handmade headbands with a vintage feel, with beautiful co-ordinating jewellery available too.

I studied for four years at the Norwich University of the Arts and after graduating it wasn’t long before learning the skill of jewellery design was on the cards! Since then I have completed numerous jewellery, beading and silver smithing courses.

This remained just a hobby for a few years until I came to the exciting task of planning my own wedding. I knew I didn’t want the traditional tiara but I could not find anything in the bridal shops that caught my eye. Online I found an abundance of side styled headbands that captured the vintage elegance I was after. Unfortunately, I was going to have to do quite a bit of saving to get one of those beauties so we decided on one last trawl around the bridal shops.. It was in one of these that I found a dress embellishment that I knew would look perfect in my hair. I went home, got some supplies together and in a week I had the unique band I had dreamed of!

Then there was no stopping me! I went on to make my own jewellery and that of my bridesmaids. So many people gave us such lovely complements that it wasn’t long after returning from honeymoon that I began experimenting with more headbands and combs. This time I used vintage pins and brooches. Friends and family began to show interest and before I knew it I was getting orders! Over time I’ve managed to build up a small collection of both headwear and jewellery and so Melissa Morgan Designs was born!

My designs are best suited to brides and bridesmaids, however lots of them would look equally stunning for proms, balls, days at the races or even attending a wedding as a guest. More recently I’ve added some colourful lines and these are getting great feedback!

The current collection consists of two main elements ‘Vintage’ and ‘Vintage Inspired’. The Vintage pieces are made from unique vintage finds, making sensational one of a kind headwear that you know nobody else will have. Vintage Inspired takes modern pieces with a vintage feel and can be reproduced or customised for individual clients. To complete the range I have a selection of earrings, bracelets and necklaces, many of which co-ordinate with the headpieces.

In addition to this I offer a complete bespoke service, this covers all elements of my work from headbands to earrings. It’s probably the most exciting part of my work, finding out about individual weddings, clients’ styles and what makes them tick. I am able to source suitable items and even let clients pick the elements that will make their final piece. There is no end to what can be done when you start to combine brooches, beads and crystals so it really is possible to have some headwear as unique as you are!'”

I also have to show this gorgeous lime floral headband from Melissa as I think it would go really well with our Cerise & Lime Damask range of stationery, shown with the headband below …

You can contact Melissa using …

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-Morgan-Designs/129059777156606

Website: www.melissamorgandesigns.co.uk

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