Monday, January 24, 2011

Of Bridal Shows and Wedding Models...

wedding jewelry fashions from laurastaley.etsy.comI was recently picked to design the bridal jewelry for the fashion show at The Ultimate Bridal Fantasy Show, held at the convention center in the Renaissance Resort at the World Golf Village. A daunting task, for sure, when I was informed there were nine (9!) models, and no opportunity to see the dresses beforehand to get an idea of the designs I needed to create! Well, as most things do, everything turned out just right.
Here are a few photos of the pieces made for the show, as well as the beautiful models. Photography of the models by Stephie Joy Photography.

pearl wedding necklace with crystals at

First item up for consideration is a piece I started for a bride married last September. When her design needs changed, I liked where this one was going, so I soldiered on. Freshwater pearls and rhinestones accent faceted Swarovski Crystal flowers and pendants, and are held together by an Argentium Silver swirled wirework frame. I balled the ends of the frame with my torch for a more delicate presentation. Meant to sit at the collarbone, the chain is adjustable to fit different shapes and sizes.
pearl and rhinestone hair comb wedding accessory

Next up is a bridal comb that could be a matching piece to the one above, or separate. It's a small comb, but it makes a statement. Rhinestones and crystals and swirls of silver will add a glimmer to your updo, or serve as an anchor for a birdcage veil.

scarlett o'hara reproduction in pearls and crystal wedding jewelry at

My next creation is a reproduction of a reproduction. I've created and produced a reproduction of Scarlett O'Hara's necklace from the Bar-B-Que in Gone With the Wind, and it's available for purchase in my shop. I love the design, so I decided to render it with the same findings, but in pearls, rhinestones, and crystal. Success! The result is as delicate as the original piece, but suitable for a bridal set.

beaded bead wedding jewelry and accessories

Fourth in line is a simple strand of not-so-simple elements. These netted beaded beads are a design from a tutorial by In these beads, I used Moonstone, with a pretty blue flash, teardrop seed beads, czech glass, and silver-lined seed beads. Paired with mother-of-pearl coins and alternated with crystal, this simple necklace is elegant, intricate and graceful. Matching earrings complete the set.

This is Part 1 of my amazing January Bridal journey. Part 2, coming soon! Probably tomorrow...


Hot Rocks said...

Congratulations!! You have made some amazing pieces...simply stunning! Way to go!!

Designs by Dawn Marie said...

Wow Laura, as you newest follower, I'm over the moon with your bridal designs. Especially since you didn't know what the dresses were going to look like!

Your work is exceptional and I can't wait to see more!
Have a terrific day!

sandy petals said...

Those are incredible! What a great honor.