I was delighted to be asked to design the wedding invitation for my middle son. He and his fiancé are an unconventional couple and neither religious. They had chosen as their wedding venue the beautiful Red Drawing Room in Brighton’s Royal Pavilion – helped by the fact that I work at this Regency palace, so was able to provide a wealth of information about the practicalities of holding a wedding here.
I took as the basis for my design a section of the amazing decor from the palace – a brilliant red and gold design featuring a dragon. This mythical creature is perfect for this couple – both being involved in LARPing (live action role play) and enjoying magical and mysterious films, games, and books. It’s also not a rose or dove or such conventional wedding motif which wouldn’t be right.
I created a heart shape in which to contain the dragon, and then chose a black background. This may see unusual for a wedding where pastel shades are more common. But as I said, Dratz and Ric are not a conventional couple! I knew their wedding outfits (from Dracula Clothing) were elaborate frock coat designs in black with accents in burgundy for one, and tan for the other. The three ‘best men’ were also suitably attired, with two of their coats featuring a bold red and gold brocade. Black it would be.
What was really lovely was that Dratz & Ric chose as wedding favours for their guests a special blend of tea (both, like myself, being great fans of the hot beverage) from Bluebird Tea & Co., Brighton. Having the motif and the text font, used this to label their tea packets.
As a surprise for Ric Dratz had created (by Lulalupin) a beautiful floral display in the shape of a dragon for the top table.
And what did I wear for yesterday’s wedding? I had in my fabric stash a length of black and red striped fabric. Perfect. I made the dress taking the pattern from a dress with a cross bodice design, that I’d made before. Underneath is a 1950s black net petticoat to give it structure. The military style jacket I already had, but cropped it shorter. I used pieces of the striped fabric to add to my black fascinator for a coordinated look. And the final touch, the beaded red bag, again I already owned. While I took my red umbrella, it wasn’t required as the weather, although cold, was clear. It was such a magical day, enjoyed by everyone. I’m so looking forward to seeing the official photographs (by Shotgun Weddings) in due course!