Meet Betty Timbo, Creative Director of award winning Bespoke Vintage Castle.
Betty works with her younger sister Jazzmine and together they create vintage heirloom bridal accessories as well as alternative brooch bouquets with a modern twist.
Betty’s work has been featured everywhere from Conde Nast Brides and Wedding Ideas to OK Magazine. We spoke to the lady herself to get her take on the British wedding industry and the world of bridal adornments.
Hi Betty. What is the inspiration behind Bespoke Vintage Castle?
We offer an eclectic range of bridal hats and headpieces, brooch bouquets, parasols and fans. All our accessories and bouquets are based on the latest trends from the catwalk shows we attend but we always add a special vintage element to each of our pieces.
I am obsessed with interiors and my home is my castle; with the business being vintage inspired and all items made to order, the name Bespoke Vintage Castle was born.
Your collection is absolutely beautiful. So, how did you get started?
I started my company one year after I had my son Jonathan, I was working in the City council at the time and after my maternity leave I looked into his adorable brown eyes and I felt that being away from him was just not an option.
I decided that I did not want to go back to the corporate world; instead I wanted to do something where I could be totally creative and enjoy every single day whilst at the same time not miss a single precious moment with my son. So, the business started from my home.
I began really humbly with no experience and was in the back bedroom to start. In just three years we are an award winning company, we have studio workshops now based in Yorkshire and Nottingham. Honestly, you can start from nothing and if you are determined and with faith anything is possible.
That’s amazing. Congratulations. And what are you most enjoying about the world of weddings?
I adore how fast paced and busy the wedding industry is. Every year is different, every season brings new trends – there is always something exciting and a fresh happening. I relish seeing the eyes of new brides light up as they are exposed to the possibilities of all the wonderful pretties they can include in their special day.
When I got married there were hardly any wedding blogs to refer to. Wedding fairs had just started to become popular and the internet had nothing exciting in the realm of inspiration. We actually had to make a lot for my wedding because it just did not exist or was difficult to source. There was no such thing really as brooch bouquets and that is what I wanted.
Now brides have unlimited options and we are glad to be a part of the movement, offering something to treasure and hand down as heirlooms. I am glad we are trendsetters of a new generation of wedding businesses in that respect.
You’re certainly a trailblazer. Any advice for those that want to follow in your footsteps?
Be bold! Don’t worry about what will go wrong. Think of what will go right. Mistakes will happen but learn from them. And always make friends with like minded creatives.
Having a community of creatives around you is so important. Is that what attracted you to Love & Lilah?
My attraction to Love and Lilah was trust. I genuinely trust Love and Lilah as a brand. I love companies that have an ethos and heartbeat to serve small business owners and to help the wedding community with their work.
When we were asked to join Love & Lilah as sellers, we knew we were on board with the next big thing. We admire the gorgeous site and are proud to bring our brides to it.
We’re so glad you accepted our invitation. Is supporting British business important to you?
Oh my word, absolutely! I believe, hand on heart, that if you want something made properly, shop in England. How many times have we been on the internet and bought something from abroad, maybe cheaper but felt the heavy consequences of that?
We have such talented creatives in the UK industry. We should keep money in the economy and order items that host phenomenal quality.
We couldn’t agree more. Any final advice for our brides and grooms that are planning their wedding?
I always say to our Brides, never forget why you are getting married. It’s the best advice and each of them thank me for the reminder.
As the wedding approaches brides are often caught up in the bustle of saving money, organising cake tastings and venue visits along with Hen do’s etc.There is so much pressure involved that Brides often forget to take time to remember why they fell in love to begin with; blinded by wedding plans and forgetting all the wonderful things they hold dear to their heart about their fiancé.
I always say: “having beautiful things is nice but do not lose sight of what is important, remember the wedding is one day but the romance lasts a lifetime”.
Thanks, Betty. You’re a star. Best of luck with your 2017 collection
To view the bridal accessory collection from Bespoke Vintage Castle, please visit their Love & Lilah storefront.