Hollys Handmade HAIRVINES
Hi and welcome! My name is Holly of - "Hollys Handmade HAIRVINES" and here is a little bit about myself, my business and how it all started. I am based near Pontypridd in South Wales and have had the pleasure of creating Bespoke Pieces for many special occasions from Weddings, Christenings to Formal Balls and Evening Wear.
I started designing Bespoke Hair Jewellery in early 2013 after booking my own Wedding with just 5 months to the actual Wedding date. After the immediate excitement (and panic!) of choosing my Wedding dress and all the other Wedding bits and bobs, my thoughts turned to what I was going to do 'with' or 'wear' in my hair. My modest Wedding budget had almost gone and what I thought would be a straight-forward task turned into the most difficult choice I had to make about the whole day. I initially turned to Wedding dress and accessory shops for ideas, but when I found those were out of my price range I turned to the internet. I desperately trawled page after page of various Tiaras, Side Tiaras, Fascinators, hair combs, hairbands, hair slides, you name it - if it came up on a web search, I investigated it! But nothing I saw was 'right', unless I wanted to pay big bucks, the items I looked at just weren't what I dreamt of to go with my perfect dress. I quickly realised that if anything had the 'W' word in front of it, it could easily be doubled in price.
THEN IT HIT ME! I could make my own handmade item, I could chose the materials to exactly match my colour scheme and I could also tie in my Bridesmaid's pieces to match. I have always been a little bit crafty and from a young age I would knit and crochet, draw and design and this idea had just ignited a fresh spark, so off to my local arts and craft shop I went....
And I did it! After a few trial items I created my very own Ivory Rice Pearl Bead and Crystal Hair vine with coordinating 'ribbon tails'. I also created my young Bridesmaid her very own hair barrette/ slide and matching little necklace and bracelet set, all in coordinating colours and for a fraction of a shop bought set, (that's if I could have actually found the items in my 'Sage Green' and Ivory colour scheme in the first place!).
And so that was the start of "Hollys Handmade HAIRVINES", once my wedding day was over I refused to give up my little tool box of carefully chosen Pearls, Beads and Crystals and started creating other bits and pieces trying out new ideas for Tiaras, Hair Vines, Hair Cascades and Hair combs - even being asked for custom made pieces for friends and family attending their own special occasions. I have now built up a group of trusted suppliers for my Crystals, Pearls and Beads who can source for any colour scheme I require, which is a big bonus to any stressed Bride (I never realised just how many shades of 'Ivory' there were until I started trying to match different materials and items for my Wedding).
And above all, I love creating something for someone that no one else will have - the delight I felt on my Wedding Day knowing that my Hair vine was exclusively mine and no one would have the same in their Wedding pictures was amazing.
If one of my Bespoke Creations can create that feeling for another Bride on her big day and be able to make the items affordable to every budget, then I will be a very 'Happy-Holly' indeed xx