Thursday, July 03, 2014

wabi sabi wedding

This post is about some of April and Andrew's wedding decor
The couple made gifts for their guests - ceramic salt and pepper bowls by the bride, a wooden tray to hold them by the groom
April used cyanotype to print ferns and wild-flower silhouettes on the boxes that held those gifts.
The bride also made thirty of these dotted pots to hold lavender plants.  The pots were carried by (and gifted to) her friends and the lavender has since been planted in our rock garden at the cottage.
Live plants were used for the centrepieces - above maiden hair fern, below, juniper.
Each plant was carefully planted and arranged with moss or rocks in glass bowls, the whole grounded with a flat porcelain plate made by the bride
April made other blue and white plates for the wedding. The ones in the above photo were used to hold the seating name-tags (little gift boxes full of candy made for the couple by the groom's co-workers, seen at the back of the table).
A denim aesthetic.
She made blue and white birds as gifts for children who attended.


  1. my eyes nearly popped out of my head !!
    everything so beautiful, so thoughtful , so personal.
    & so time consuming !!
    does april sell her pots? where?
    they are wonderful.

  2. So beautiful and meaningful. A very original wedding by two obviously talented people. I'm also curious if April sells her dishes etc anywhere. They are lovely!

  3. What a lovely thing to do. Everything is so very pretty, and of course, one of a kind. It must have taken quite some time to finish everything.

  4. oh those plates and dishes!!! Perfection!

  5. Anonymous6:15 pm

    Such beautiful work from everyone! I love the use of living plants for centrepieces. Their guests and both families would be in no doubt about how special this day was.

  6. Usually weddings are all about the bride and groom. These two obviously wanted their guests to feel special and appreciated. I bet no one e ver forgets that wedding.

  7. All of that is so lovely. The lucky guests

  8. What a beautiful, personal wedding. The handmade items are gorgeous. Congratulations to the happy couple.

  9. What a beautiful way to celebrate a wedding!

  10. It's all so beautiful, and then even more so as you explain that each element was made by hand and that so much of it was made to be gifts for the guests. What a special wedding celebration this was! It bodes well for the marriage of these two generous, thoughtful, loving people. I am in awe of all of you. xo

  11. i love the rich love expressed by the work of your kid's hands. how beautiful that they gifted their guests!

  12. April is studying sculpture this fall at the art institute of Chicago.

    She enjoyed making the ceramics for her wedding so much, she said "If the sculpture thing doesn't work out, I would like to make ceramics for life".

    right now, she isn't selling her ceramics - but she does have an etsy account where she sells her jewelry - april mayde.

    here is a link (although not much is up there right now.)

    Thanks for all your comments. The family agrees that the couple is very generous with their time and talent. They have been together for nearly 8 years, and are an excellent aunt and uncle for two nephews and a niece.

    We wish them all the best.

  13. Oh my they are very talented !!!
    (lucky guests ;-)!!!!!)

  14. Marriage really is a celebration of family and community. What a heartwarming way to begin a life together. Thank you for sharing these images.

  15. I knew from your tablecloths that this was going to be a very beautiful and heartfelt celebration, but I am blown away by the dishes and the generosity held in all of the details. It is so poignant and true.

  16. Yours is an artists family, indeed! All the ceramics are gorgeous. So simple and so rich.

  17. Gorgeous blue theme! Oh how I love the blue spotted pottery and your blue textiles!

  18. Heather Hutchinson2:08 pm

    ~ all so beautiful ~

  19. I think you forgot to mention the stunning quilts and table runners that filled the room with warmth and wonder... ;)


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