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Perfect Wedding Magazine

Posted on 21/02/2013

Last year I had the absolute pleasure of working with bride to be Jemma Carpenter. It was such a delight to see her beautiful and fun filled wedding featured in Perfect Wedding Magazine. You see the entire feature in issue 78, which is out now!

Original wedding photography by the extremely talented Annamarie Stepney

Jemma & Harry tied the knot at South Farm, at Ryston in Hertfordshire

Jemma’s Mother Heather is the florist responsible for all the beautiful arrangements Heather Carpenter Floral Design

Jemma’s fifties style wedding dress came from The Wedding Shop in Wimbledon

Jewellery by PassionateAboutVintage

Article courtesy of Perfect Wedding magazine

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Jewellery Glossary: Girandole

Posted on 08/02/2013

“Girandole” is a fabulous word which refers to a specific style of earring which we now commonly call a chandelier.  The term originates from Europe. A Girandole, from the French or the Italian Girandola, is an ornate candlestick with 3 or more branches, typically used in the later half of the 17th century.

In the 19th century elaborate gilded mirrors called Girandoles were also made in this popular style, with candelabra arms as part of the design. This English Chippendale example dates to c.1762-1765, it doubles as a girandole or sconce, with three arms to support candles.

A pair of stunning French Girandole Earrings, c.1760. Made with Opal and white paste stones set in Silver.

A lovely pair of Spanish Girandole Earring, c.1750-1850. This example is Silver with a gilt back set with pieces of mirrored glass. Traditional 19th century Spanish jewellery was inspired by these earlier 17th and 18th century styles.

Another lovely example of French Girandole Earrings, c.1750-1800, but made of rock crystal set in Silver.

This amazing Girandole Pendant can also be worn as a brooch, c.1760-80. It is set with white paste and imitation Opal stones created by setting Pink foil behind milky Blue glass stones.

This opulent style has remained popular, these fabulous Vintage Schoffel Earrings c.1950 are a perfect example.

These stunning period examples are all from the © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 

Photograph by Samantha Jones Photography


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The Candlelight Club

Posted on 05/02/2013

After hearing about it quite some time ago, I finally made it to The Candlelight Club for my birthday. It’s a magical place, imagine a ballroom filled with flappers and dandies, sipping Champagne from saucers. Everywhere you look there are pearls, feathers and swaying fringes. Men and women both dressed to kill, its fantastic!

This special 1920′s inspired event is held at a secret location in London once a month. Each party has a different theme, but its always centered around the 1920′s. The cocktail menu also changes monthly in keeping with the current theme and the location is only revealed a couple of days before the event.

So what to wear? I wanted to be as authentic as possible so I went on the hunt for a pair of  T-bar shoes and a drop waisted dress, with as much beading as possible!  I wore my hair up and pinned a rhinestone necklace into it at the front like a bandeau to finish my look.

To complete my outfit I added a long string of faux pearls, rhinestone pendant earrings and several geometric Art Deco paste  bracelets, all vintage of course!  If you’re off to an twenties themed wedding or event visit our Art Deco department for authentic period jewellery to complete your look. I really had the most fabulous time and hope to go back soon!

“The Candlelight Club really is the closest you’ll find to an authentic Jazz Age experience in central London. Its unique ambience, fuelled by hundreds of candles, is truly a scene to behold.” —Time Out

Photographs courtesy of michael s marks

To see more photos of previous Candlelight Club events visit:

For more information visit: The Candlelight Club 

For help sourcing your outfit visit The Candlelight Club Directory

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