Rebecca Anne Designs is and always has been centred around creating something that is so much more than a veil, something that is deeply personal, exquisitely crafted and becomes an heirloom holding the most treasured memories in its very fabric. That’s why I have teamed up with award-winning poet Jen Feroze for an exclusive collaboration that takes bespoke to the next level, and we are so excited to introduce you to…Poetry in Motion. What could be more romantic than a poem crafted uniquely for you and your love?
First, Jen will get to know your love story and create a completely one-of-a-kind poem for you, which I’ll then embroider onto your veil with your choice of font and bespoke detailing. As we have taken to saying, the results are nothing short of poetic. I’ve been chatting to Jen about how we brought the poetry veil from inspiration to fruition, and today we’re letting you in on its origins and why we are so obsessed.
The Poetry Veil: Inspiration
When Jen approached me with the idea for a poetry veil embroidery collaboration, I felt as though she had solved a problem I didn't even know I had. So often my brides know they’d love a script veil, but find it hard to put their finger on the perfect meaningful quote or verse for their wedding day. While I’m always on hand to advise on selecting favourite sayings, poems or lines from your vows, it’s ultimately a very personal choice. Enter: the absolute word wizard that is Jen! Here’s what she said about the inspiration for the collection:
Jen: There was a healthy amount of fan-girling involved! I’d seen and fallen in love with Rebecca’s work online. I love the way she interweaves the personal with the artistic and thought we might be a good fit for each other.
After a lot of excited Instagram messages and WhatsApp plotting, the idea for the Poetry Veil was born. We both agreed we wanted to create a design statement that you can treasure for generations to come, that is personal, artful and emotional in the truest sense of the words.
Poetry & Bridal: A Match Made in Heaven
Poetry doesn’t have to be cliche or old fashioned, but to me it is one of the highest forms of classic romance. One of my favourite things about this collaboration is the beautiful blend of traditionally romantic and contemporarily stylish, which is a combination I try to embody within Rebecca Anne Designs every day. A veil is a very traditional wedding accessory, but it doesn’t have to be conventional. We are here for the rebellious brides bringing their style into the 21st century and showing up as modern, couture-conscious icons on their wedding days.
Jen: I love poetry and bridal together because I think it’s the sort of romance that appeals to old souls and rebellious trailblazers alike. This is the chance to have your love story complete with all its quirks and eccentricities immortalised in a poem that you’ve designed. There’s nothing cliché about this love poem, because it’s been written based on you and your life together. Being able to literally carry these words with you into your marriage as you walk down the aisle is something nothing short of magical if you ask me.
As part of the collaboration I was lucky enough to have Jen write a poem about me and my soon-to-be-husband Jeremy, which we would use on the veil samples. It was a great way for us to test the process and gather some visuals for the collection photoshoot, but I had no idea how much the poem would blow me away and tug on every single one of my heart strings. There are actually two versions of the poem, one which you can see on the sample veils and one we will read at our own wedding this year. Jen captured ‘us’ so perfectly that we just had to use the poem to tell our love story to our favourite people at our ceremony. Who knows, it may even make an appearance on my own veil…
As a poetry enthusiast and extremely talented author, it was only right to ask Jen an impossible question…her favourite poem! Here’s what she said:
Jen: Argh that’s such a difficult question, because the answer changes depending on my
mood and all sorts of other factors. Recently I’ve read and loved collections by Sean
Hewitt, Jo Bratten, Kathryn Bevis, Liz Berry and Ella Frears. When it comes to
individual love poems, I do have one that I’ll come back to again and again, and that’s
The Orange by Wendy Cope. I love its realness, and the way that it feels very simple, but
is really finely crafted. It never fails to make me smile.
You can find ‘The Orange’ at the end of this blog if you want to see what has Jen perpetually swooning.
In case it wasn’t obvious yet we are SO excited for you to see this collaboration, and we can’t wait to start crafting your beautifully bespoke poetry veils. We are now live and ready to create, so click here if you’d like to enquire. The entire ethos of Rebecca Anne Designs is to tell your love story through the art of embroidery, and there is no better way to do this than through a poem written just for you. The outcome is beyond what you can even imagine. While talking to Jen about why she would choose a poetry veil as a bride, she said this;
Jen: I feel like a veil like this is what an heirloom should be – something that’s so threaded
with meaning and so exquisitely made that it becomes a treasure. It’s a way to take your
bridal look from ‘stylish’ to ‘storyteller’. What a beautiful way to start a new chapter of
At lunchtime I bought a huge orange—
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—
They got quarters and I had a half.
And that orange, it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park.
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.
The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all the jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I’m glad I exist.
— Wendy Cope
To find out more about our collaboration and what it could bring to your bridal stlying, head to Poetry in Motion.