We've gone a bit crazy at Creature Clothes this week and are giving away lots of hand made vintage silk bunting.
So... in keeping with the Bunting Bonanza, I thought I'd share where the idea originally came from... my wedding.
Nick and I got married in Menorca in 2007. As usual we didn't really like all of the classic wedding stuff already available, so we decided to make it up as we went along... and made pretty much everything ourselves. We also wanted our 3 dogs to be involved, so I had canine bridesmaids and dog handlers instead of the more traditional set up!
I designed the wedding invitations based on a little winged heart we had bought in Mexico the previous year, and that became the theme for our wedding: I painted it onto glasses to make tea light holders, hung decorations from trees, made place mats from reused cardboard covered in silk - which is where the idea for the bunting came from - the silk triangles left from making the place mats were the perfect size for bunting flags, so we decided to make 500m of silk bunting to decorate the reception, using up all the odds and ends of fabric that my mother Caroline and I had collected over the years.
It was a fantastic experience, full of creativity and crazyness. There was one low point, when my mums dog Goose ate the base of the wedding cake we had just made... but that was countered by learning how to properly ice a wedding cake under the expert tutorage of my friend Tara.
My sister Becky too charge of the flowers at the reception, bringing over a wheely bag full of beautiful english roses. We bought little bouganvilla plants for the centre of each table and she planted little water glasses in with the soil at the base of the plant so we could counter the heat of a Menorcan summer and add roses, olive and rosemary to the bouganvilla. We did a similar thing in the church, collecting coca cola bottles, tying ribbon around the necks and hanging them from the pew ends with roses and olive branches in them.
It was a total creativity fest, a selection of the things we made are shown in the photos below.
It was a great experience to prepare for and I have been asked to help with lots of weddings as a result, but spending such a special day surrounded by the friends and family that we love so much.
|Our Order of Service, based on an old greeting card design of mine|
|Our Winged Heart theme was everywhere...|
|...Literally! We lined the route to the wedding with these little winged hearts.|
|Roses and Olive Twigs in coca cola bottles filled with water, tied on to the pew ends|
|Vodka, my darling dog, and chief bridesmaid|
|We tied twines of silk roses to the roof rack of our car to transform it into our wedding car!|
|We put bamboo stakes in the ground to tie bunting around the garden, and hung these awesome glittery kitschy red hearts at the top. One of the few things we actually bought!|
|You just can't beat these straws... a whole galvenised bucket full!|
|One of my favourite photos from the day - Stolli asleep under my feet at the table.|
|Naturally the dogs all had specially made bespoke beds with the winged heart on, made by Creature Clothes - and use them they did!|
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