Meet jewellery designer and new bride Tara Fava, whose ultra-chic closet is almost as enviable as her extensive jewellery collection. Besides having fantastic personal style, Tara is one of the most well-liked and in-demand members of the luxury wedding industry in Toronto, Canada. Read on to find out more details about her personal brand and wedding style, and to see every outfit she wore for the events leading up to her big day, and be sure to read the April WedLuxe Trend Report to see more from this feature!
Tell us a little bit about yourself — Where do you live? What do you do for a living? What are some of your hobbies and interests?
I live in the City of Vaughan, but my heart has always been in Toronto, which is where I enjoy shopping, dining and fun! Eight years ago, I started Tara Fava Jewellery with a focus on custom statement accessories for the exquisite bride.
How would you describe your personal style?
My style is modern classic. I really love fashion and trends, but I tend to be attracted to very classic looks and clean lines. I don’t wear much colour — black, white and nude or blush seem to be my go-to colours. I prefer to wear colour in accessories like jewellery or purses than in my clothing. My signature statement pieces are capes and handpieces (both of which I wore at my wedding), and I have been wearing both for years.
In terms of deciding what to wear for your wedding, where did you find your style inspiration?
I have always been an admirer of the 1960’s and Old Hollywood glamour so I wanted to infuse some of my favourite looks from the past with modern touches.
Where did you shop for the pieces you wore to your wedding and the events leading up to it?
What advice do you have for brides choosing their wedding day jewellery?
Your wedding day jewellery needs to be an extension of your personality. You have picked the perfect wedding dress and you need to complete the look with something that will make you sparkle as you walk down the aisle. Don’t overlook any detail or opportunity to add accessories. The advice I always give brides is that we need to select pieces that make you feel like yourself, but also make heads turn on your special day. I take my time with each bride to show them many different looks and the pieces that complement their style and desired look for the most important walk of their lives.
Did you wear a specific fragrance on your wedding day?
What beauty staples were in your wedding day makeup bag?
Luckily, I had Jackie Gideon there to tend to my makeup needs. I did touch up my lips with my favourite Givenchy cream lipstick in 102 Beige Plume and I had small purse-sized bottles of Tom Ford Vetiver and Prada Infusion D’Iris that I sprayed throughout the night.
We would love to know about the process of creating your custom gown with Ines Di Santo — can you share with our readers a bit about the design of your gown and the process of creating it?
Finding a dress was very easy for me, as I have known Ines Di Santo for years and knew that when the time came, she would be the designer I would wear for my wedding. She suggested that I try on the ‘Madrid’ dress from the 2015 Fall/Winter collection, and with a couple of changes to make it my own, it was the perfect dress! Adding the cape in the evening and my jewellery to complement the dress made it feel modern and chic and very much like me. I believe it is very important for brides to feel like a very glamorous version of themselves for their wedding day.
What are your favourite jewellery pieces?
I choose my jewellery based on my mood for the day. Lately, I can’t leave home without my gold crystal pavé handpiece, which works well with just about any out t. I am also absolutely in love with a gold link choker which is very much on trend right now. Of course, I love my diamond engagement ring and wedding band, which I designed.
What trends do you see coming in your line of work?
We have a lot of new things coming up with head pieces, chokers, handpieces, shoulder pieces, and side earrings. One thought that has been oating around in my head recently is, “What is old, always becomes new again,” meaning that trends and designs of the past are to be recreated and modernized.
Engagement Party: Our Engagement Party took place on a Friday evening in August at a golf course, so I decided to go glamorous! I wore a long black BCBG dress that I altered to make my own. I designed two shoulder pieces in jet black and black diamond with an antique gold base to give the dress some added detail. I paired the shoulder pieces with a pair of one-of-a- kind earrings that matched the embellished shoulder pieces perfectly. I wore black Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandals and a black Bottega Veneta Clutch.
Bachelorette Party: I was ready for a girl’s night on the town wearing a white one- shouldered Misha Collection dress that I paired with a white knee-length vest from Forever 21. I accessorized with Tom Ford heels, a pearl and crystal shoulder piece, a gold and pearl handpiece and my favourite “TARA” 14-kt gold and diamond cuff, all of which I designed. I finished the look with Marc Jacobs lipstick in Je t’aime and a red Alexander McQueen clutch.
Bridal Shower: I greeted guests wearing a lace A.L.C. skirt from Intermix and a white tank top from Zara. The biggest statement of the out t was the one-of-a-kind gold and pearl ligree collar and body jewellery, which I paired with a matching cuff, pavé gold and crystal stud earrings and a gold handpiece. My shoes were nude Brian Atwood sandals.
2nd Bridal Shower: I wore a blush bell- sleeved Zara dress with a Zara sleeveless vest on top. I accessorized with a gold collar necklace featuring pink and Aurora Borealis crystals and ower details with a matching bracelet. I also carried a Bottega Veneta clutch.
Rehearsal Dinner: I wore a vintage 1980’s black dress that I took from my mom’s closet years ago and had altered. The dress had a beautiful drape back that I loved. I paired it with a gold choker necklace and layered that with a gold mini chain that had the letters T F M (for Tara Fava Maida) and a gold pavé lariat necklace. My bracelets included my TARA cuff and a gold handpiece. I wore my black Stuart Weitzman sandals and a mini black Givenchy purse.
Photography • Krista Fox Photography, Planning and Set Design • Malvina Chevolleau of Fabulous Occasions, Florals • Daniela Miceli-Perri of D&D Floral Designs Inc, Furniture • Divine Furniture Rental, Trays, Tables & Cowhide • Tara’s Own, China • Versace, Marchesa - Tara’s Own, Location • Estates of Sunnybrook, McLean House, Makeup • Arabella Trasca, Hair • Justin Ming of Puzzle Creations