I hope you all had wonderful holidays! This christmas was especially great with my family. Not that something special happened, rather it was just everyone coming together. On christmas eve we celebrated with my family, I also went home at the first day of christmas (my husband picked up his grandma and son, that meant travelling the whole day) and at the second day of christmas we went to his family.
The people I love all together, the scent of the christmas trees and candles (yes, for my parents there have to be real candles on the tree), the dinner taking long into the night with all the talking and (yes, also my family) discussion ranging from weird cute things over to music up to politics (we are a very outspoken and idealistic family).
You may remember that I wrote in a former blog post, that we married this year in october. One part of our christmas presents were wedding pictures. I carefully chose which one for whom (just as a side note: Since we have been together, gift giving is my duty for all of our families and friends… thankfully I enjoy this!). Looking at the pictures I remembered that I promised to show my wedding jewelry.
I thought this would be the perfect topic for a blog post shortly after christmas. Emotional for me, hopefully inspirational for you 🙂
Our wedding was not too formal and also no white dress for me. As beautiful as wedding dresses can be, it would not have been me or rather us. We went for grey and red because this looked good on both of us (the judgement was always on the other one). It was also fitting for the time of the year, an autumn wedding (we had this also shown in the flowers we chose).
In germany you can chose between civil register office (I hope I chose the right english term) and church or just the civil register office. Since we are both not religious we “just” had a civil register office but with a really special place for the ceremony: The summer hall at the “Bach Archive” (a museum for Johann Sebastian Bach who worked as cantor for the St. Thomas choir in Leipzig). It is a beautiful baroque hall and we also had some baroque live music for the cermony. We are after all living in Leipzig!
Originally I wanted to create our wedding rings. That was until his grandmother asked him whether we wanted her wedding rings (his grandfather died a long time ago). He was unsure when he asked me because he knew how much that meant to me. But for him this was even more special and the idea to wear his grandparents wedding rings, especially since he loves his grandmother so much, so we rened and fitted her wedding rings.
So now I had my whole energy left to create my own wedding jewelry. This was always my plan, to wear something special, something unique that would be “me”. So here we go… I used a lot of art beads, you can also find czech glass beads and drops, tiny garnet nuggets, petrified wood, recycled african glass beads, and bronze beads. I used bronze chain, copper wire and oxidized brass fish bone chain as well as waxed linen to bring everything together.
I am curious how many of the artisans creating the art beads you may recognize! Only the ceramic bead was made by me. You can find a lot of Kimberly Rogers (numinosity beads) in the necklace, the earring pair was made by Julie Wong Sontag (ugliebeads), I used a lot of different smaller red beads, also from Julie, but as well from Sue Reynolds, Michelle Bryant, Shirley Giles, and also some more that I sadly don’t remember.
I hope your christmas was also special and I wish you a happy new year!