Emily’s Wedding

Earlier this year I was asked by the lovely Emily to make some items for her wedding due to take place in July after she [quote] ‘was a massive fan of my work! [unquote] <—how lovely!

Having set a sooner date than she anticipated, Emily bombarded me with lots of questions and asked me if I could make for her various items including: the wedding party’s ties, cake bunting, mini cake people, and a table runner all to tie in with the pretty colour scheme of cream, white and dusky pink with hints of fuchia.

Swapping conversations and pictures of colours, dresses, Emily herself and husband-to-be, amongst other things, I set to work sourcing fabric and other materials to be able to get started on making these items with time to spare before their wedding day.

Lovely dusky pink colour ties – total 7 plus an extra little one for Emily’s 12  year old son.

SONY DSC SONY DSC Added a little later to the order included a matching garter and hand-sewn label (something blue) to sew inside of Emily’s dress.


I used photos Emily emailed me to make sure I had little details such as the dress, hair piece, and eye colour to add to the mini cake people – I actually really enjoyed this as the last time I did some of these cake people was my own wedding (plus it makes a nice break from the sewing!).

SONY DSC SONY DSCA few weeks later and everything was made and ready to post. Emily was really happy, which is always brilliant to hear as weddings as such an important and personal day to someone…

“Just collected the package you sent from the post office! Am totally overwhelmed by how amazing everything is. So proud that you’ve made beautiful bits for my wedding! Thanks so much for your hard work.”

Emily returned from her honeymoon a few week’s ago and was kind enough to send me some snaps of her day.

The lovely bride and groom…

IMG_4050 Cake bunting and mini Emily and Martin…


The handsome men modelling their ties…

IMG_5274I’m so please you had a perfect wedding day Emily and Martin, it was a pleasure being able to make these pieces for such a lovely couple.


Tie-ing the knot.

A good friend of mine, Louise, recently got married to her lovely, now husband, Phil at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire.

In the run up to the wedding, amongst all the other plans and preparations Louise asked if I would make the wedding party men’s ties (including a little one for her 4-year old nephew) and pocket squares, and a little bridesmaid bag for her niece…all in a rich aubergine colour to tie in with her colour scheme.

After sourcing the fabric, doing a tie trial-run (with the craziest floral print 60-style fabric – one for Pete’s birthday!), I got started with the eight men’s ties and pockets squares.

(Above photos by Howard Barnett Photography. Flowers by Horti-Couture.)

With the small bit of fabric I had left over, I made Louise a little clutch bag too.

Oh, and a garter…

(Above photo by Howard Barnett Photography.)

Congratulations Louise and Phil…

(Above photo by Howard Barnett Photography.)

Elephants and Lace.

Whilst I try (but fail) to not worry about the elephant in the room that is the looming wedding fairs, this past week I have been procrastinating with various small projects including lining the inside of a wooly hat for a friend at work to stop it itching her forehead!






I also made a little lace garter for my friend Jane who got married at the weekend in a lovely pink and lemon styled barn wedding.

The latter I think I will make a variety of these to add to the wedding fair items. Since it’s been mentioned, here are a few other wedding-fair related items/issues that I have floating around…

Items to make. What, how, best work this out soon!

Display Props. To be decided and completed; what will look good, not be too expensive, and fit in my too-small-for-this-kind-of-affair car. So far we have an old vintage suitcase, recently purpose-purchased in Manchester, that is determined to retain that vintage shop smell! I have my mum’s old-school very lovely looking Singer machine still to collect, and lots of cheap wooden frames that I have painted white.

Display Set Up. How to display aforementioned unmade items. I have a 6ft space to play with and so far we have bought 3 x 2ft folding tables (these needed to be small car suitable), and some bits of chopped up wood that Pete has yet to make my display board. But it’s a start!

Display Styling. Will my style and things I like be accessible to the wider audience? Pete reckons I need to tone it down as people tend to like more ‘normal’ stuff! I’m not so sure.

Boring stuff still to do. Public liability insurance, PAT testing…enough said about that.

Marketing & Sales. Marketing I can probably just cope with, sales may prove more of a problem being possibly the least pushiest person ever! However, not too worried about this as: a) I like weddings, b) like talking about weddings, c) like to hear about other brides talk about their weddings, and d) am pretty enthusiastic about making anything people would like for their wedding…so I reckon this gives me just about enough experience in this area!

Now to pull them all together and get sorted!