Photo credits: Mrs. Eggplant unless otherwise specified
I am not a tiara type of girl. In my mind, a tiara was one of those accessories that screamed, “princess!” Early during my planning, I decided that it would be a snowy day in July before I’d wear a tiara at our wedding.
Of course, I ended up wearing a tiara at our wedding. I like to call it a headpiece so it sounds less princess-y. You see, it started with the dress. I fell in love with a gorgeous satin dress with rhinestones lining the bust. Then, I discovered Thomas Knoell, designer of couture accessories, and it was love at first click.
Thomas Knoell creates accessories that are carefully hand crafted in various metals and adorned with Swarovski crystals. I loved so many things about his pieces, but mostly, I loved that the silver had an antique feel and finish. The jewelry was elegant enough to make a statement, yet subdued enough to complement my bridal attire rather than compete with it.
I ordered my headpiece through Jin Wang, a San Francisco bridal atelier that carries Thomas Knoell. When I learned of the price, I did a double take. But, I bit the bullet and cut back on spending in other areas of the wedding (e.g. our programs and invitations). Surprisingly, the price that Jin Wang charged was slightly less than what it would’ve cost to purchase directly from Thomas Knoell. I custom designed my headpiece, choosing antique silver for the metal with accents of light pink crystals.
Although the headpiece looks thick and sturdy, it was feather-light and delicate. The pink crystals were barely noticeable while I was wearing the piece. They just added a touch of interest and a hint of color. I loved that the crystals sparkled like crazy and reflected pretty, colored light.
And now, some pictures of the hairpiece in action:
Here it is, paired up with my gown.
And here’s a closer look. Thomas Knoell can also customize the piece to be longer (if you want it like a headband behind your ears) or shorter (if you want to wrap it around a bun).
Photo credit: Apertura Photography
Although the hairpiece was pricey, I take comfort in knowing that my future sister-in-law loved the piece as much as I did, and she’ll be wearing it next year during her nuptials. I highly recommend Thomas Knoell to other brides that are looking for elegant, yet subtle hair accessories. He also makes beautiful earrings, bracelets, and other jewelry. The hair pins and combs can be a less expensive option to the band style pieces. Check the website out for more.