Gem embellished clutches

Just arrived! A clutch that well, in our opinion, signifies spring… Sparkly Swarovski crystal embellishments, bright stripes and velvety florals. The perfect plus one to any warm weather soirée! And it comes in three color ways or you can customize the bag to suit you. Find them at our shop http://www.ao3designs.etsy.com

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Personalized bridesmaid clutches

Yes, you can have your {AO3} bridesmaid clutches personalized! What do you want to say to the special women in your life?

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Beaded lace {KNOT} Clutch

A bride contacted me a few weeks ago loving the idea of our {Something Old to Something New} Clutch where we turn an old wedding dress, veil etc. into a clutch the bride can carry on her wedding day. The bride wanted to use a piece of beaded lace from her own wedding dress to intertwine into our {KNOT} Clutch design… And here it is, our {KNOT} Clutch adorned and wedding day ready.

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Something Old, Something New

Another lovely specimen for our Something Old to Something New clutch. Using the design of our {ALEXIS} Clutch, with its practical and timeless envelope style, we created three clutches for our bride and her party.

Our bride chose to utilize her mother’s veil and incorporate that into her own ceremony. Made of tulle and decorated with cotton daisies and a large silk flower, we began the process of extracting these pieces and creating new arrangements and completely new pieces. The large silk flower was disassembled and recreated into three smaller calla lilies. The daisies were split up and dispersed between the three clutches. The tulle was carefully cut into smaller pieces and meticulously wrapped into darling little roses. All then were arranged onto each {ALEXIS} Clutch. The bride chose our rich ivory silk to display these flowers upon. Lined with delicately weaved ivory and gold silk, the interior boasts an intricate design that evokes visions of glorious cathedral architectural lines or perhaps our imaginings of french royalty dress. Finished with ivory satin ribbon, wrapped around and tied into a pretty bow. Success. The outcome is enthralling, we are always so excited to go through this process over and over. So many different materials to transform, so many ideas to choose from in our creation of Something New.

Our {ALEXIS} Clutch is perfect for displaying the details. Once a beautiful veil worn atop a young bride’s crown, now gorgeous reminders of the past and present love are the focal point of this piece, held in the hand of the next generation.

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{AO3} featured in Southern Weddings Magazine!

We were more than ecstatic to receive our complimentary copy of Southern Weddings Magazine yesterday, in which we were featured. A relatively new publication filled with absolutely gorgeous photography and packed page to page with inspiration. We highly recommend  this magazine for brides-to-be, those who feel the big question approaching or anyone that likes to engage with the printed page.  A spectacular magazine through and through, we are so thrilled to take part in their third issue.

Below we have included an image of the front cover, the spread we were featured on and also, a close up of that feature. Enjoy! And don’t forget to seek this magazine out, they have a true eye for beauty!

Many, many thanks to LC, KW and EA for inviting us into your gorgeous magazine. We are honored to be a part of such an exciting and important publication!

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Something bridal, something blue, something beautiful

A wedding is a wonderful occasion to express yourself by way of traditions. It seems sometimes that the days of old traditions are winding down and we are all trying to create our own new traditions. Though this may be true, wedding traditions have the ability to hold fast.

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Our bride chose to answer tradition in elegant style, with our {BAGUETTE} Clutch. Champagne ribbon rose swirl ruched  and embellished further with ivory ruffle and then centered with a luminous panel of storm silk. An absolutely gorgeous combination. I feel it speaks to both old and new, classic and modern. The bridesmaids clutches echo the bride’s first thoughts, though reversed. Storm silk wraps and lives on the front and sides and then is centered with our champagne ribbon rose swirl. Both takes are dramatic and timeless and tie all the women together as they proceed down the aisle, on that beautiful day.

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Bridesmaids Clutches : The Junior Bridesmaid in Navy

We love getting to create something for the smaller statured wedding participants along with their adult counterparts. This small handbag has been created for the junior bridesmaid, echoing the elements of the bridesmaids collection.

With the use of two different prints as well as including the silver sparkle ribbon, we have made a cohesive piece that can stand alone or with the group.

 

Implementing this into your collection is a great way to be practical and still tell your little lady that she is just one of the girls!

{I love the rounded corners and the two tone striped handle!}

 

The matching bridesmaids collection is shown above. A beautiful navy and white modern print collection wrapped up with a lovely silver ribbon.

{details on this collection seen here}

 

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{for inquiries regarding junior bridesmaid clutches or any other item for your bridal party contact Angela at info@ao3designs.com}

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Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine Summer 2012 DESIGNS

Now on news stands! {AO3} Designs is featured in the beautiful summer edition of Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine!   They chose our yellow and white chevron stripe {ALEXIS} Clutch for the feature. Check it out!

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Something Old to Something New, for Two

We’ve been away, or so it seems. So many terrific wedding orders all fall have kept us busy and creating and unfortunately neglecting our blog! We figured this would be a fantastic way to come back, with another look at our Something Old to Something New line. This offering is so fun for us because we never know exactly what will become of it. It is problem-solving time, which is a joy because we love puzzles! And it is collaboration time, because we are taking the past, making a present, and giving it to the future.

A mother sent us a large cut of her wedding dress, asking if we could take the fabric and create two custom clutches, each with similar characteristics yet different, just like her daughters, who would be receiving the finished {ALEXIS} Clutches. We found some gorgeous beadwork  to adorn these clutches. The old and the new. We hope you love them as much as we do!

First Clutch.

 

Second Clutch

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Custom Clutches: Joy

We regularly get requests for custom clutches. We love it. Especially when it comes to making something extra special for a bride for her big day!

For this order, we received a request to make a style of clutch that is not part of our usual line. A challenge, how exciting! The experience definitely broadened our talents as there was a bit of a learning curve. In the end, we were thrilled with the result.

To keep with the overall look of the wedding itself, our client sent us some beautiful antique gold metal beads to finish the look of  this lovely snow white silk clutch.

 

Above: Our own photo of the finished clutches for Joy.

Below: Joy was kind enough to send us a photo from the wedding day! Photo by Caitlin Stiefel Photography. (She does beautiful work in NY and seems to capture the human spirit in her photographs.

 

Our specialty is the Something Old to Something New Clutch, which we will make from your mother’s wedding dress, your grandmother’s veil or even your father’s handkerchief or pocket square. Whatever you’d like, we are here to help make your big day even more personal and special. Please contact us at info@ao3designs.com if you’d like a custom clutch. We’ll make them for any occasion! More ideas here.

 

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