Today I would like to spotlight on the lovely work of Exceptional Designs, a veritable treasure trove full of beautiful bridal headpieces, jewellery, sashes and stunning wedding stationery.
All of Exceptionals bridal accessories and stationery are designed and made by hand using only the finest components, including Swarovski crystals and pearls, as well as freshwater pearls, exquisite diamantes and all jewellery is made with Sterling silver components.
I speak to Rachel Sokhal about her fabulous Business…
Who are you, and what do you do?
When and why did you start your Company?
“I started my company back in 2007 and it was borne out of a sheer frustration of not being able to find any wedding stationery that really ‘stood out’ for my own wedding.”
“I had left my corporate life in London, had my first child and was chomping at the bit to design…so I thought, why not!”
“Over the years, I created my own ‘embellishments’ from pearls and crystals for some of my stationery designs and thought…I can progress on from this and so embarked on jewellery courses before launching my bridal accessories side of the business last year in 2013.”
What inspires you?
“I am inspired daily by many different things and stay ahead of all the latest trends as well as sticking to the classics everyone knows and loves.”
Do trends influence your work?
“As I said above yes, I think they have to. You have to stay ahead of all the current bridal and fashion trends and then I interpret them into my designs.”
What is your greatest achievement?
“I have a few achievements that I’m proud of, not least giving birth to my two beautiful boys.”
“One that always brings a huge smile to my face is the fact that I worked on the fantastic project team that built the ‘Gherkin’ building in London.”
“I have a huge affection for it and am proud to have been a part of such a controversial build and know that it will be here long after me.”
What do you see as the future of your Company?
“Well I have recently launched my fantastic new website and also secured my third stockist for my bridal accessories.”
“It is both these areas of the business that I would love to continue to grow in the immediate future.”
All items can be purchased online or from selected Exceptional Designs Stockists.
Thank you so much to Rachel for sharing her elegant and stylish designs and aren’t Brides lucky to be able to seamlessly find all their accessories and stationery all in one place.
To Contact Exceptional Designs
Phone: 07957 643679 / 01767 319010