Saturday, 1 August 2015

Wedding Belles

I have noticed in the past few months a real upsurge in the number of my hatchlings that get to attend weddings. I suppose it's that time of the year. Whether they are nestling on a guest's outfit, hitching a ride on a delicate veil or have centre stage on the bride's dress, they are certainly getting more invites than me this Summer.

It all started with a small collection of delicate ivory and gold butterflies; these particular ones also had a layer of applied lace and dinky, micro sequins too. The end result was very classy and they were destined to flutter on a lace veil.

Earlier this year I was delighted to receive a commission, via my Etsy shop, for a complete set of Lepidoptera. These were for a bride who adored moths. Her dress was classic 1950s, with a fabulous, layered underskirt in burgundy. My brief was to create a sash for the dress, to match the bridal flowers, and a collection of smaller moths to hover in the underskirt and hairdo.
I based the design on a Rothschild Silk Moth, very appropriate as the various sizes of moth were all made in differing shades of 100% silk taffeta and satin.
The hair moths.
The sash.
Another fun commission was for a group of Liberty Belle Gem butterflies, in jewel colours, that are to be worn as an alternative to flower buttonholes.
I think this is a great idea as it also provides a keepsake for the wedding guests too.
I have also created bespoke hatchlings for wedding outfits, I loved making the moths in the picture below.

The lady had put together a gorgeous lace dress and incredible shoes and wanted a little something to perch on her hat. I love these colours, they somehow remind me of Marie Antoinette.
Other smaller items make perfect bridesmaid gifts, like the little pastel brooch or a scented butterfly heart.
Whatever you ideas, drop me a line, I like a challenge and as you can see my hatchlings just love a wedding.