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Get to Know! Cori Middlebrooks of Love Veils & Accessories

Love Veils and Accessories "Dallas"

Love Veils & Accessories “Dallas” – This is a Russian net side pouf with silk organza flower center. Flower has a Swarovski rhinestone, crystal and freshwater pearl center that is softly surrounding by ostrich feathers. Cori says it is a really fabulous piece to wear the whole evening or switch into for the reception to change your look! Photo provided by Cori Middlebrooks

Love Veils & Accessories "Savannah"

This is “Savannah” by Love Veils & Accessories. It is a tissue linen flower with Swarovski crystal center. Cori says this piece is so much fun to customize. She says you can add a tulle or net pouf behind it, and the flower can be made of almost any fabric – silk organza, point d’esprit (Swiss dot). She says it would even look great on a sash too! Photo provided by Cori Middlebrooks

Cori Middlebrooks is the founder of Love Veils & Accessories and is host to several trunk shows each year at Little White Dress Bridal Shop in Denver, CO. Cori has fitted hundreds of Colorado brides with the most perfect accessories to complete their wedding day looks – anything from helping fashion-forward brides find the perfect veil, headpiece, Russian blusher, flower, headback and/or sash.

We interviewed Cori so we could share her fabulous vibe with all our brides – enjoy!

Where do you get inspiration for designing your veils?

When designing a new collection, I pull inspiration from lots of things and places – trends in bridal and ready to wear, past decades and especially brides that I’ve worked with throughout the season. If I am working with brides, and we continue to design a custom piece, I know it is “missing” from my collection, so I’ll add it the next season!

What does the fabric on a veil say about the bride who chooses it?

The fabric a bride chooses can show a lot about her personality and what kind of feel she is going for on her wedding day. French net definitely gives off a vintage vibe, point d’ esprit (or Swiss dot) can feel very feminine and romantic, feathers are fun and flirty … there are so many options!

Why do you use the word “love” in your business name?

I thought a lot about the name I would use for the line. I wanted something classic, sweet and not necessarily my name. Once “love” popped into my head, I knew it was the right choice. It’s what weddings are all about anyways, right?!

I heard that you recently said, “I do” – what veil did you choose and why? 

Yes, my husband Jon and I got married in Austin last November 4th. I wore the pout blusher in tulle with a flower underneath it off to the side. Oh that was a tough choice. I went back and forth between that and a slip cut up until RIGHT before. I loved the look of the flower underneath the tulle – very soft and romantic. Then after the ceremony, I flipped the blusher around to the back for photos. THEN I switched into a French net pouf with a vintage brooch that I had wanted to use forever. I might have changed again towards the end of the reception, but that would have been excessive! Indecisive is my middle name! One of my favorite things though was this vintage turquoise French net that I used in my bridesmaids headpieces. They all had a slightly different flower in their pieces, and they looked amazing!

Cori Middlebrooks wedding photo 1

Designer Cori Middlebrooks shows off the headpiece (a pout blusher in tulle with a flower underneath it) she wore for her own wedding in late 2011. Photo provided by Cori Middlebrooks

Why is choosing the right veil so important for a bride?

There are many different veil shapes and endless options of lengths and trims, so I understand that it can be overwhelming. Each shape will accentuate different features in a dress, so choosing a shape that compliments the shape of your dress, whether it be the narrowness of the cut or the shape of the train is really important. We want to show off the dress in the best way possible with the accessories. In my opinion though, accessorizing is the most fun part! You truly get to make your dress and your entire look your own by the accessories you choose.

Who is your dream celebrity to “veil”?

Wouldn’t everyone love to accessorize Jennifer Aniston? She usually keeps her accessories and hair simple and classic and has great taste in my book. I think Anne Hathaway definitely has fun with fashion and has her own sense of style, so she would be fun to work with, and of course … Jessica Biel, a Colorado native. She takes fashion risks and seems to always be trying different looks. I can’t wait to see which dress designer she chooses, so that would be a dream job!

What are some of the hot “veil” and “accessory” trends you’re seeing now?

The headband, worn all different ways, is certainly everywhere right now. Sashes seem to be a trend that is here to stay. I love all of the textured pieces right now – sashes, flowers, and headpieces, all with lots of texture created by using different fabrics in the same piece.

What can brides expect to see in your 2013 collection? When?

There are A LOT of new pieces in the 2013 collection! For starters, I have “officially” added sashes to the collection, so there will be 12 new sashes. There are also lots of new flowers, headbands and some fascinators, so many more options to make a bride’s decisions even harder! The new collection will debut at the International Bridal Week in New York on October 13-15, 2013. Little White Dress Bridal shop will be the first shop to get the collection, and we’ll have a trunk show at LWD right after Market on October 27th-28th.

You’ve been hosting a lot of trunk shows at Little White Dress Bridal Shop. What can a bride expect when she books a consultation with you?

I love working with brides at Little White Dress – they are always such a pleasure! At accessory appointments I usually like to start out by getting a feel for what the brides wants, and then we take a look at her wedding dress (or photos if she can’t bring it in). Then once I get a feel for her vision and see the dress details, we take the plunge and start trying on! If it’s a veil, we’ll start by looking at different shapes so she can see how they complement the dress. Then we’ll look at different lengths and trim options. All of my veils are custom, and I can certainly customize pieces from the Love Collection as well, which is always fun to do at trunk shows!

A Note from LWD:  We are currently taking appointments for our next Love Veils & Accessories Trunk Show on September 15-16, 2012. As Cori mentioned, she’ll be back at LWD again on October 27-28, 2012 to exclusively launch her 2013 bridal accessory collection to Colorado brides!

Cori Middlebrooks bridal photo

Love Veils & Accessories designer, Cori Middlebrooks, and her new husband, Jon, on their wedding day. Photo provided by Cori Middlebrooks

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  1. Donna Saenz says:

    WOW Cori… great to read this article about you!!! You are the best and we love you so much!!! Kim LOVED her veil that you made for her wedding so much that she wanted it to be used for her new daughter that is coming into the world on Oct 7th, 2012. She is making the flower into a baby head bow on a headband and the veil for a tutu. Couldn’t let that great creativity go to waste. She looked beautiful in her bridal headpiece and is passing that down to her daughter at birth.
    Thanks for all your gifts. You are a special lady!!
    Good luck with your business. You truly deserve it!!!
    Much love….

  2. cate says:

    That is such a beautiful story, Donna. Thanks for sharing it. Please send us pics of Kim’s new baby in the new head bow :-). We’d love to see it and share it with Cori.

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