On a sunny day in May of 2010, The White Dress was graced with an unexpected visit from Designer Renee Pawele. After only a few minutes of chatting with this warm, patient and utterly talented woman, we knew she was the perfect match for the shop.
The White Dress is so fortunate to have our very own ‘in house’ accessory and veil Designer, Renee Pawele. Even more exciting is the fact that she is an Orange County local. You will find her at the shop most weekends, styling our brides with the perfect veil, headpiece and jewelry. Every piece she designs is custom made-to-order and she welcomes brides to offer their input in the Designs of their bridal accessories.
Designer Renee Pawele
Below, Renee Pawele answers a few of her brides’ questions:
How did you get started designing accessories?
My career began designing wedding gowns after my own wedding. I was already experimenting with sewing jewelry filigree on gowns. Ironically enough, I hired someone to make custom jewelry for my event and she moved away with my money, lol! Quick lesson to make my jewels and voila! I was a designer. Nordstrom was my first account as I began to build my collection.
Can you describe your favorite look you’ve styled?
I have to say, I am a fan of the Bret Michaels bandana on the head look…translated into exquisite french lace and jewels…LOVE!
Emma & Josh Photography; Dress: Modern Trousseau; Accessories & Styling: Renee Pawele; Hair: Kyle Dahl; Makeup: MollyMakeup
What is the single most important accessory for your wedding day?
Your smile! Don’t be a bridezilla!!!
What is the newest trend for accessories?
Different looks throughout the wedding. Veil on, veil off.. Change headpieces, Change the sash.. add feathers or a fascinator…
What is one of the more unique looks you’ve created?
I created a fabulous vintage broach bouquet for a photo shoot. A gorgeous bride put it on her head and decided it would be the perfect fascinator!
What should a bride budget for her accessories?
Why buy a fabulous dress and not take the same care in choosing wow accessories? Splurge on one fantastic accessory item if budget is an issue, and ask for advice from the consultants! They know the best pieces and the best deals!
How can a bride incorporate a Mother or Grandmother’s veil/accessory without it looking dated?
I love reworking vintage pieces. Mom’s headpiece can be removed from the frame to reuse the tulle or lace..Broaches or lace can be incorporated into the headpiece design. I have attached a bride’s heirloom broach into the center of her feather flower. This is a great time to visit a trunk show when the designer is at the salon!
How should your bridal accessories differ from your every day accessories?
I tell brides, if you don’t like to wear your hair up, DON’T. Like hair, your wedding accessories should incorporate elements of what you wear every day. If you love big earrings, wear them on your wedding day. If you love necklaces…rock them! Don’t be afraid to wear a little bigger or more sparkly then your every day look. It is after all, your wedding day and you are the star. Be a more special version of yourself! And a side note: Don’t skip the veil, that is want makes you the bride!
Photo: PhotograpWendy; Model: Raina Hein; Styling: Renee Pawele; Assitant Stylist: Leah Sheets; Hair & Makeup Artistry: hairbysarahmarie.com
How much is too much?
When you look in the mirror and don’t feel like the most beautiful version of YOURSELF!
Call The White Dress at 949-723-0121 to arrange your personal styling appointment with Designer Renee Pawele.