Mad Hattie

Hats, Vintage and Jazz


To complete our trio of weddings, we had a blessing and party at The Sun Hotel, Warkworth on the evening of Saturday 16th May.  
06.05.15 - 07.05.15 On Wednesday morning we left the mountain village of Mestia to travel to Batumi, grateful that any danger from Svenati bandits mentioned in our guidebook was finished around 2003 (mental note to always buy an up-to-date guide book!) Imagine a day which starts with a morning spent in the Swiss Alps, travels through the Netherlands in the afternoon, and ends in Madiera in the evening, and you will have a fair picture of our journey.
02.05.15 - 05.05.15 Brian and I were married in the Konka wedding house in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, on Saturday 2nd May, and I am now Mrs Arthur. Irakli was our best man, and his colleague Mia was my bridesmaid.  Also in attendance were Ian, who gifted Brian a traditional Georgian sword, and his wife Tiko.
27.04.15-01.04.15 We have travelled all the way to Tbilisi, Georgia for our wedding.  A few years ago, when Brian reconnected with his birth mother after over 50 years, he found out that he was a quarter Georgian.  After WW1, his grandfather fought with other British troops alongside the White Russians, against the Bolsheviks.  He met and married Olga Gritshook in 1919, firstly in Georgia, then during the journey home, and a third time back in Hartlepool.  During a drunken moment, we…


  • Earlier in the year I had the great pleasure to witness Norma working in her studio as part of the Crossing Borders festival. She had on display some amazing creations varying from the traditional wide-brimmed wedding hat to party fascinators, all of which Norma can tailor to meet her clients’ specific needs. Each hat has a wonderful quality and you can see the attention to detail with which each has been created. On meeting Norma you are immediately aware of her passion and eye for style, and her sense of fun. She provides a professional and very personable service in the surroundings of her purpose made studio. I must find an occasion to go to with one of her hats!

    Lisa Wakeford

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