Fresh, young accessories for the bride


Over-the-top, blinged out bridal accessories usually aren’t the best choice for fresh-aired weddings by the beach or in the mountains–it’s sort of like wearing an evening gown to a picnic. For a lot of destination wedding spots, the loveliest finishing touches are simple, earthy pieces. Leah Alexandra makes pretty and delicate jewels that are special enough to wear while walking down the aisle but are also versatile enough to pair with your favorite  worn-out jeans.

With a wide variety of styles and colors (they range from the palest blushes and pearls to rich emerald and amethyst jewel tones) you’ll be sure to find something perfectly suited to your dress and setting. Maybe a pair of aquamarine chalcedony drop earrings to accent a halter frock for a ceremony on the coast of Maine. Or several tanzanite-beaded bangles, a lovely way to accessorize a floor-length eyelet gown in a California vineyard. It’s easy to see why celebs like Jessica Alba and Reese Witherspoon have layered on Leah’s creations.

All of the designer’s pieces are handmade in Vancouver, using pearls and gemstones that have been sourced from around the world. And since everything is priced  under  $265 (the majority of items are priced way, way under) you can invest in a keepsake that you’ll wear for years without breaking the bank. –Sarah Leingang 



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