September 10, 2011 I was married to my partner, friend, and lover of 9 years. It was an interesting road leading up to the big day…we spent a lot of time together dreaming and planning what we wanted to share with our friends and family. We both knew that we wanted to have something along the lines of country rustic but it is a large process to carry out such a vision. It started with my dress. I found a beautiful dress on Ebay actually…from the shop Sarafina Dreams on Etsy. It was a vintage 1940s strapless, sweetheart top, organza and tulle number with the original tags. I love all things vintage and beautiful, so even though this was not the dress of my dreams, it quickly became one of my most favourite things to touch and admire, eventually becoming the only thing I could ever imagine myself wearing. From there, my husband and I decided to put our creativity together and start making all the items for our wedding. It began with the invitations which we hand-crafted and printed ourselves…then the overall theme of our wedding began to fit together. We made table linens and napkins, wildflower seed packet favours, table centerpieces, hanging candle lanterns, and ceremony programs complete with mixed cds of our favourite love songs (nothing cheesy).
The hours of crafting started when I couldn’t find bouquets that were affordable. That is when I decided to make my own (along with all the other wedding necessities). I started by creating a fabric flower template, and before I knew it, I had my bouquet, bouquets for the bridesmaids, and boutonniere/corsage pins for the mothers. The Wedding was perfect…and turned out to be more than we ever expected. When it was all over and done with, I still had the wedding bug and decided to start making bouquets and boutonnieres to share with the rest of the world. It was this urge that eventually led me to Etsy, where I currently spend a lot of my time admiring beautiful things, and selling my own creations.