A little time ago I was commissioned by a lovely lady called Ann to design and make a hat for her to wear to a very special wedding, which took place this Saturday.

The great bonus of a couture commission is talking to your client at the initial consultation so you can create a design that fulfils their dreams. Ann & I enjoyed some stimulating & amusing discussions and very soon settled on the design to complete her beautiful lace ensemble. Here you see Ann wearing the finished headpiece, a layered sinamay saucer embellished with tail feathers from Pendragon – the renown peacock who lives at Hopetoun House, Edinburgh – finished with Guterman sequins, and crin ruffles.

Imagine my delight when the first image I received from Ann was that of a typical Northumberland country scene, a delightful family vignette! I can’t wait to see the rest of the images, in the meantime here’s the lovely picture of Ann, her son & two grandsons, Ann looks so incredibly stylish and proud!

I’m so pleased the weather held fine, too.

Thank you so much for the wonderful commission, Ann.