Kingston Wedding Expert Interview Series: Happily ever Headwear

I got to have an interview with the very talented local headwear designer of Happily ever Headwear. Not only does Mallory Bishop Brown create one of a kind pieces for brides she also offers consultations to brides to help them make an heirloom  that they can cherish for years to come.

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  • Have you always been a creative person?

    I like to think I’m lucky enough to be blessed with an eye for the visual. After a childhood that was steeped in creativity I did an undergrad degree in Visual Arts. There I focused primarily on more traditional mediums; painting, drawing, and sculpture. I have always kept myself busy with small side projects, whether it’s refinishing furniture, sewing Halloween costumes, or painting exterior signage for the pub I used to work at.

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  • How did Happily Ever Headwear start?

    In the fall of 2014 I was struggling to find something that matched my vision that was also affordable for my own wedding. So it was off to Michaels and Fabricland where after I sat down in my soon-to-be-husband’s man cave (read: soon-to-be studio) popped on the Princess Bride and got to work on what would eventually become Eleanor, HEH’s first piece. After the wedding, I started to hear from friends and some strangers even, who were wishing that there was something like Eleanor available and I thought to myself “Hmmmm, we might be onto something here.” And it rapidly snowballed from there. The wire pieces were inspired in creating a piece for one of my best friends who was married last summer. She really loved my fabric work but wanted something more understated and in wire. I ended up creating three different pieces for my finicky friend before we got it right. It wound up being a blessing because the extra pieces became the basis for the Bee’s Knees line. We launched to the public in June of 2015, and have received incredible support and admiration from brides to industry professionals alike.

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  • What is the creative process like when you are working on a custom design for a bride?

    My custom pieces can be as diverse as the women who wear them. Custom consultations usually take place later in the wedding planning process so that by the time I sit down with a bride, the dress, venue, and general feel for the day are already in place. From there we can work together to create something that is going to be unique for her. A large part of my vision for Happily Ever Headwear has been that I never want it to be static or set in stone. All of my pieces are made to order which has allowed for the process of customization to be built right in. There’s a lot of versatility in the pieces; they’re lightweight and flexible, are easy to wear, and can be molded to suit your style on the big day.

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  • What are some things brides should take into consideration when picking out head wear for their big day?

    The “Mom Factor” is huge. Does Mom have her heart set on a veil or a hitherto-unknown cherished family heirloom? We can build pieces that will play nicely with just about anything but we need to know that at the outset. Some pieces can be paired with a veil and others can stand alone or be slipped on after the ceremony. Mom has been thinking about your wedding day long before you have, so it’s nice when we can align her vision with yours.

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  • What is your favorite part about designing your beautiful pieces?

    Working with so many different brides is my favourite part. It is so amazing to be able to introduce women to their creative side (if they haven’t met it already!) and help them make their vision a reality. I have also enjoyed making corresponding pieces for the bridal parties and the moms. It’s like making a bride her own unique line that can be loved and shared; and I think the gift of a custom piece is really appreciated.

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To see more of Mallory’s creations go to Happily Ever Headwears Website here

To like Happily Ever Headwear on Facebook click here

To follow Happily Ever Headwear on Instagram go here

Shop Happily Ever Headwear on Etsy here

Hair and makeup for these pictures were provided for by and shot on location at The Village Spa & Hair Boutique Hair Stylist: Heidi Harris and Makeup Artist: Deb Hamilton

 

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