Monday, 22 October 2012

Wedding hat and more

In June I featured an article about my milliner - Rae Oakley but because the article was pre-wedding I couldn't show you my gorgeous hat, so here it is today.

The sinamay and each individual organza petal was dyed and blended to correspond with the pinks and silver grey of my outfit. Stamens and crystals completed the look.

Rae studied art and design at Cumbria College - focusing on jewellery, textiles, large sculptured pieces, metalwork and weaving before gaining her qualification in design crafts.  After gaining her work experience with Jane Smith for one year, she owned her own studio shop, 'Rae Oakley Hats, for nine years in Kingston upon Thames.  She now works from her delightful cottage home in Chiddingfold.

One of the materials she uses, sinamay (made from banana leaf), starts off as a white roll - Rae does the colour matching, stiffening and dyeing by hand. The fabric is steamed and wired to shape, then machine- and hand-stitched - each headpiece being unique.

She made hats for the Mayoress of London for her year in office and has been featured in several media publications.

Rae supplies ladies fashion shops in Cobham, Petworth and Ascot and has many private clients.

Her home and place of work is enchanting and Rae treats her clients to individual bespoke designs. This is the second hat she has designed for me and I have been delighted with both.

Here are some more of her designs:

 If you would like to see more of her work her website is:

To finish here are a few more wedding pics courtesy of our official photographer Andrew Dobell

Flowers by Sawreyrose

Cake by

Hope you have enjoyed this blog post and until the next time x