Grace Kelly. Princess Catherine. Elizabeth Taylor. The world’s most iconic brides all seem to have one thing in common—a statement veil or head piece.
In recent years, bridal head wear has shifted to become more “must-have” than the icing on the cake or an afterthought—think Kourtney Kardashian’s epic Dolce & Gabbana veil or Miranda Kerr’s freshwater pearl headpiece.
It’s something Canberra designer Tania Maras understands all too well.
Since opening her business Tania Maras Bridal 14 years ago, the in-demand designer has built a steady stream of clientele from all around the world, thanks to her intricate veils, headpieces and bridal jewellery. (Her designs have become so popular, some brides come to her before even picking their wedding dress.)
“A bride’s look is more than just the wedding dress and it’s through her accessories that she can express her individualism, values and what it is that captures her unique style,” Tania explains.
“Veils and headpieces are profound in capturing a bride’s overall look and I think that’s becoming more evident, even with some of the celebrity weddings we’ve seen recently.”
This year Tania expanded her business, going from a behind-the-scenes studio to a luxe boutique where brides can come in and meet her one-on-one, discuss designs and try on veils and accessories with (or without) their wedding dress in a warm, intimate setting.
“Our offering to come in and try on designs is unique in Canberra, and we aren’t familiar with others across Australia who are doing this,” Tania says.
“The experience many brides have when looking for a veil or bridal headpiece is generally limited to a small rack of veils or stand in the corner of a bridal shop. What we offer our brides is very unique in that not only is our collection beautifully detailed and original, but we are also able to completely customise our work to suit our brides. It’s a fun and personalised experience where we dream together, uncover what it is that she’s looking for and together we create a look that feels timeless, curated and beautiful.
“As we keep our design and production in-house in our Fyshwick studio, we have full control over our work from concept to design, construction through to dispatch and delivery. This means we can bring our brides into the design process, as well as offer expedited production times for our last-minute brides.”
Tania says she also receives many requests to recreate or redesign precious heirlooms, passed down from generations.
“Not only are a bride’s accessories a way to make a statement about her and her wedding day, they can also become an heirloom for her to pass down,” she says.
“We work with many brides who design their dream veil, tiara or bridal headpiece with us with the intention of one day passing it down to her daughter or daughter-in-law.”
Self-taught through a combination of obsession and experimentation, Tania initially began sewing as a hobby.
“It felt like food for the soul,” she says.
“I’ve always appreciated the impact the right accessories can do to elevate your bridal look, express your personality and lift your mood.”
She describes her evolving style as feminine, timeless, botanic-inspired and a “modern take on old world charm.”
“I’m drawn to ornate details and love to pair them with modern and classic silhouettes to create a timeless look,” she says.
And even after 14 years in the industry, Tania insists there’s still no better feeling than watching a bride try on her veil or headpiece for the first time.
“It caps off the final look in a way that simply trying on the dress doesn’t always give,” she says.
“It’s the silhouette it creates and sometimes the first time a woman feels like she’s truly about to be a bride. It gives me goosebumps every time… I feel so lucky and honoured to be a part of such a momentous occasion in people’s lives.”
What: Tania Maras Bridal
Where: 1/10 Maryborough St, Fyshwick
When: By appointment (online booking available)
Feature image: Grace & Mitch Photo & Film