Looking for wedding hair accessories? Look no further. We’ve been speaking to Louise Graham of LHG Designs who has the most gorgeous range of hair accessories and jewellery for your big day.
Your Wedding Expert Interviews
What I love about this column is how passionate people are about their work. So from all uber-chic mature brides with ultra-busy lives, we love hearing from you!
If you’ve got your coffee at the ready, let’s read about a fabulous designer who specialises in wedding hair accessories – just for you…
Who and What Is LHG Designs, And Where We Can Find You?
Hi, I’m Louise Graham, the owner and designer behind the multi-award winning LHG Designs, a bridal hair accessories and jewellery company. I’m based in Paisley (just outside Glasgow) on the West of Scotland, and been in business very successfully for 4 years now.
So Why Did You Decide To Work In The Wedding Industry?
I guess like many wedding businesses it was sparked by my own wedding. I’m a university-trained designer and teacher, so not only do I go through the design process for my clients, I get to share and explain the creative techniques and skills with my students too. It’s a great combination.
What’s The Most Challenging Wedding You’ve Had, And How Did You Cope?
I’ve definitely had a few challenging consultations where bridesmaids have been in slight disagreement with the bride’s choice for them. In these instances emotion can often take over, and I find that it’s really helpful to offer the bride suggestions for hair accessories that I know will work with the dresses. Offering individuality for a bride and her bridesmaids where the same design can be made into combs, headbands or hairpins (allowing for flexibility with different hair styles), is often a great way for compromise.
What Can You Offer That’s Different or Unique in Wedding Hair Accessories?
My main collection is handmade and exclusive to my brand. I also offer a bespoke service completely free of charge, where brides can create their own jewellery or hair accessories. I really enjoy working with original vintage components and creating one-off designs. My brides love this concept too, especially when it means they can use a family heirloom for instance, and turn it into an original piece of work.
What Advice Can You Give A Bride Who’s Not Sure What She Needs?
The dress is the main influence, so during our consultation I’ll chat with the bride to find out what her dress is like, and how she plans to style her hair. By studying the detail on a neckline, for example, I’ll advise on which hair accessories or jewellery will compliment it. Just like when you’re trying on different dresses before you decide on ‘the one’, I recommend trying on a range of wedding hair accessories too. A bride will know which style feels comfortable and right for her. I offer free consultations in person and by email, so would love to offer this service to your readers.
Many Of Us Get Married In The 40+ Age Group. Have You Dealt With Brides Of All Ages?
Yes! Only recently I worked with the most funky 59 year old bride and her bridesmaid. As the bride was wearing a simple empire line dress she wanted a statement headpiece. We worked together to create the floral design that had an amazing rhinestone vine veil. With the bride’s short hair, the design was quite striking.
Photographs by Audrey Russell Photography
What Happens In An Emergency – Will Someone Else Take Over?
I’m incredibly lucky to be able to work from home, and if there was an emergency my family are wonderful at holding the fort. When it comes to actually making the accessories then the sole responsibility lies with me, the designer. I always work with a long lead time, so designs are constructed months in advance of the actual date they’re needed. I also try and hold stock of each item so there’s never a problem.
What Are Your Contact Details If Someone Wants To Get In Touch?
Scottish Independent Accessories Retailer of the Year 2012
Our New Website www.lhgdesigns.co.uk or call me on 07748628797
Facebook and Twitter @LHGdesigns
If you’ve been keeping up with the FPW interview column, you’ll know that I’ve been asking some relevant questions to wedding professionals on your behalf. So far we’ve covered flowers, cakes, planning, favours and dress hire and I want to keep adding to the list. I’d dearly love to cover all areas of Scotland from top to bottom, side to side, and all of the lovely bits that escape in between.
Let our FPW readers know about your own wedding specialism, or if you know of someone who’s services and/or products you love, use the contact form to get in touch. Have a great day!