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Hi, I’m Debbie Carlisle - welcome to my blog! Keep coming back for lots of news about me and my bridal accessories and other related goodies that inspire me in my life and work and which I hope will inspire you too!


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Halfpenny London, 10 Woburn Walk, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 0JL


Kate Halfpenny is an award winning celebrity stylist and costume designer, who in 2005 launched her namesake bridal and couture collection Halfpenny London. Often described as an “industry secret”, Kate has designed for and styled celebrities including British Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman, Kate Moss, Erin O’Connor and Emilia Fox. Kate’s dresses are hugely sought-after designs which mix classic bridal with vintage style and contemporary cool. Visit Kate’s Bloomsbury boutique by appointment only.


Visit www.halfpennylondon.com or call 020 3441 8894.



The White Room at 20 Norfolk Row, Sheffield, S1 2PA.


An innovative, elegant and contemporary bridal boutique created from a passion for people, rock and roll vintage loveliness, romance and all things wedding. Stockists of Jenny Packham, Halfpenny London, Cymbeline, Sassi Holford, Stephanie Allin, Suzanne Neville and Claire Pettibone.


Visit www.whiteroombridal.co.uk or call 0114 272 2336.



Cicily Bridal, 6 Bath Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, LE65 2FH.


Cicily Bridal is a beautiful bridal boutique which offers a fabulous selection of gowns from designers including Stephanie Allin, Naomi Neoh, Charlie Brear, Lyn Ashworth, Augusta Jones, Paloma Blanca, Alan Hannah and Two Birds Bridesmaids.


Visit www.cicilybridal.com or call 01530 587336.



Coco & Kate Atelier, The Dovecote, Hatton Shopping Village, Warwickshire, CV34 8XA


Coco and Kate Atelier is a luxurious bridal boutique in a gorgeous setting which stocks a carefully chosen selection of gowns by Maria Senvo, Stephanie Allin, Watters and Wtoo.


Visit www.cocoandkate.co.uk or call 01926 257380.



Lamesley Bridal, 109 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RZ.

 

An upmarket vintage inspired bridal boutique in the heart of Edinburgh which specialises in individually hand-picked dresses from top UK designers Charlie Brear, Ritva Westenius and Stephanie Allin.


Visit www.lamesleybridal.co.uk or call , 01315 566384.



Melle Cloche, 715 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX


A beautiful wedding accessories boutique in Glasgow’s upmarket West End which prides itself on selling everything but the dress! Choose from a wide variety of headpieces - including a selection of my pieces - as well as shoes, veils, garters, handbags, lingerie and jewellery for your big day.

 Visit www.mellecloche.com or call 0141 3392982.

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When people see my brooch bouquets for the first time they’re always intrigued about the process involved in making them.

Even when I explain that every piece of jewellery, button or bead is hand-wired into place to create a unique bouquet it can still be hard to visualise and to be honest I can find it hard to explain how it all comes together.  

When I was approached by a documentary photographer who wanted to chart the making of one of my bouquets from start to finish I thought this could be a lovely way to give people a behind-the-scenes glimpse of  the way I work.

November 3 - 2014

Inside The Studio - Making A Bouquet

Catherine Burgess is a photographer with a real passion for documenting makers at work. She doesn’t pose, direct or style people, just turns up with her camera and starts clicking away. Catherine first came to see me in my Sheffield studio last month and has been busy photographing me at work on a bouquet for a bride who commissioned me to create a gold vintage jewellery bouquet for her wedding later this year.  

Catherine will be with me throughout the process of making this bouquet, so once the piece is complete she will have a series of photographs showing the entire process of creating the piece.

It’s been quite a strange process for me as I’m used to working alone, cocooned in my own little world of sparkling jewellery. Once I start making a bouquet I find it quite hard to stop and get so caught up in what I’m doing I’ll forget to eat or sleep – or not care about doing either because I’m on such a creative roll! Having someone watching my every move when I’m used to working in such a solitary and intense way took some getting used to at first!

It has also been quite a learning process too – because I find my work so absorbing I’m not really that aware of the little things I do as I go along. I work in quite an organic way and tend to find that things just come together almost without me knowing how - it was only through Catherine photographing me that I realised that I work with a mirror in front of me so I can check the bouquet’s shape in it - the equivalent of a second pair of eyes.

You may also notice that at points in the photography a plaster will magically appear on my finger – the plethora of pins, wire cutters and sharp pieces of wire means that cuts do happen fairly regularly!

I’ll be blogging more pictures by Catherine as the process continues so do be sure to pop back!