Inside the Studio: Victoria Fergusson Accessories
Happy Friday wedding lovers! We’ve got another gorgeous sneak peek behind the scenes with another talented wedding supplier to share today. This week we’re stepping inside the pretty studio of Victoria Fergusson Accessories. Based in Wiltshire, Victoria’s stunning bridal accessories are a long-time-love of mine, so I’m as excited as you are to see where these exquisite pieces are crafted! Thank you to the wonderful Lydia Stamps Photography for capturing the loveliness.
Tell us about Victoria Fergusson Accessories
I studied Costume & Make-up for the Performing Arts, at The London College of Fashion, which lead to my work as a freelance make-up and hair artist for brides; there’s nothing like wig dressing for teaching you how to handle hair! Designing and making the accessories grew from a lifelong passion for beads and a love of the history of costume and period wig dressing. I was always drawn to the detail and adornments during my studies. Fortuitously, I got to indulge these interests while planning my own wedding in my final year. I fell in love with all things wedding and found my niche in the process. The two sides of my business really do go hand in hand.
What does the Victoria Fergusson brand represent & what kind of bride do you attract?
Victoria Fergusson accessories really are all about beautiful design and exquisite craftsmanship and quality. Each piece is completely hand made from scratch, to order. Brides who choose my accessories are looking for something unique and appreciate the time and care that’s been invested in each piece.
Your studio is beautiful, why did you choose the space?
It’s flooded with natural light which is essential for all the detailed close up work I do. I can literally bead from dawn to dusk. For the same reason it makes a lovely make-up and hair studio, so brides can choose to have their pre-wedding trial here too if they wish.
Describe the experience brides can expect with you…
During an appointment I love to spend time learning about a brides personal style, the gown they’ve chosen, hairstyles they are considering, veil v no veil, all the details. I encourage brides to try on the designs they are drawn to and also some they may not initially consider. Sometimes brides are put off accessories simply because they don’t think they will stay in their hair. It’s such an advantage with my knowledge of dressing hair that I can use a few pins to illustrate how secure a comb can feel in hair worn loose, or put the hair up and show a bride the alternative ways to adorn it. It’s always so nice to make brides feel confident about wearing accessories they’ve been slightly baffled by before and have no previous experience of wearing. It’s a lovely opportunity for brides to really experiment and learn about all the accessory options available to them.
…and your process for making each piece?
Once a bride settles on the design that is perfect for her, we look at all the fine detail and confirm exactly how the finished piece will look. I have pots of seed beads, strings of pearls and drawers of Swarovski crystals, so brides are invited to choose what they like and tailor the colour scheme and bead combination to coordinate perfectly with their dress. Sometimes other little adjustments might be made; measurements increased or decreased for example. Then it’s left to me to create their dream accessories in time for dress fittings and hair trials.
What advice do you give brides when choosing the perfect piece to match their dress?
Go with your instinct, you will have chosen a gown that you love and by virtue of that fact it will reflect your personality, your accessories should too. Wear something you fall in love with and that makes you excited to wear it. For your appointment have as many pictures of your dress, showing as much detail as possible, available. This will reassure you that what you choose has all the right elements to coordinate perfectly.
And your next challenge?
Expanding the number of boutiques that stock my collections, designing a new collection for 2015 and realising another idea I have up my sleeve… If only there were more hours in the day!
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