Wednesday, May 26, 2010

handmade wedding

linen and lace blouse
Fourteen years ago, on hilltop meadow there was a wedding made by hand and heart. The young couple wanted to express their love in a ceremony and celebration that represented their values and passions, so they crafted it themselves. I've shared a bit about our wedding and the dress here, and thoughts on marriage and the groom's top here. Our love continues to deepen, and gratitude for my amazing partner grows each day. In honor of our anniversary, I'd love to share the blouse I wore up to the meadow, right before the ceremony. The top photo is the front, but it can be worn either way. My mother made it out of 5 different linen napkins/ handkerchief pieces. There is some asymmetry due to their slightly different sizes, but I love that.
linen and lace blouse
She used a ribbon woven through the lace to connect the sleeves to the body. Clever isn't she?
linen and lace details
We photographed it in front of the "wedding bush" that blooms for each of our anniversaries (someone remind me of its true name, please). It's displayed on another wall in our bedroom... across from The Dress. Sentimental... yeah, that's me.
linen and lace blouse in our bedroom Pin It

23 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary to you both. It makes me smile to think how very similar and handmade our special days were.
    xxoo
    m

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  2. I've always called that bush "bridal wreath" which would be wonderfully appropriate, but I wonder if that's not something else. it is definitely a member of the Spirea family.

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  3. Beautiful and Happy Anniversary!!

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  4. Lovely idea and congratulations! :-)

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  5. What a beautiful piece of clothing, with so much love put into it!

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  6. spirea- we also call it bride's wreath. lovely blouse.

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  7. Simply beautiful.
    Happy day to you and your husband.

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  8. So lovely and what a fabulous way to display the memory. Happy day to you both.

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  9. Do you still wear the blouse? It's so pretty. Happy Anniversary!

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  10. Beautiful. Happy Anniversary.
    Just wanted to say I featured your blog on mine today.
    http://www.lifeologia.com/link-love/

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  11. Oh Happy Anniversary... !!!

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  12. Happy Anniversary! Mine's today too...just a mere 3 years and only 1 child here though.
    Beautiful shirt!

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  13. Happy Anniversary Maya. I love this top. It's so similar in style to the piece of my great grandmothers. What a beautiful wedding day with so much by hand. x

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  14. What a beautiful remembrance of a special day... Happy Anniversary!

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  15. Maya,
    That is beautiful and how wonderful that you held such ideals even at such a young age...
    My husband and I are celebrating our 18th this weekend.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

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  16. Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. Sunshine:)...I feel so honored to have been a part of that magical day...LOve you both more than words!

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  17. Happy Anniversary; what a lovely
    way to portray your special day!
    I received a Trendy Tree award; I'd like to pass it to you!~

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  18. I'm touched to discover that May 26th is a special, beautiful day for both of us, Maya. Thanks for sharing part of it with us this year. An amazing, lovely gift from your mom.... :o)

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  19. Happy anniversary!
    Is this same bush?:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/juliealvarez/3953865853/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/juliealvarez/3953865947/in/photostream/

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  20. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! :)

    Please, pretty please share a photo of your wedding day!

    desi

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  21. Bridal-wreath, or Vanhoutt spirea. (Spiraea prunifolia)

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  22. Happy Anniversary! Mine is in couple of weeks. I also made my own dress and pretty much all of my decorations and party favors. I am proud of my wedding. And happy to be just about 8 years married to a wonderful, wonderful man.

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