I recently went to a wedding of a good friend of mine. We had lived together in a flat in Sydney, Australia together with 3 other girls about 10 years ago now. Doesn’t time fly! It was a two bed flat just back from Bondi Beach. Five Irish girls having the time of our lives. We spent Christmas 2004 together. (A total of 37 people at a restaurant at the beach on Christmas day, complete chaos and carnage) good times. We met our partners at various stages of our travels and we were there for each other when it was tough.
I didn’t know what to get Rachael and Peter for a wedding present. My husband suggested I make them jewellery. It seemed obvious as that’s what I do. But I hadn’t really thought of jewellery as a wedding present. Up until now I have (rather traditionally) thought that the only jewellery involved in a wedding is bought before the day to match the Bride and Grooms outfits and as gifts for Groomsmen and Bridesmaids.
I thought about it for a while and figured if I could think of a way to make matching jewellery but not making it naff that would be a great personal gift.
I have been really into customising tools recently so I thought I could use the same texture but a different design for his and hers.
I made Peter personalised cufflinks with R&P stamped.
And I made Rachael a pair of earrings and a necklace using the same hammer and a design that I really love.
I thought it important that they both come from the same sheet of metal. Maybe that’s me being sentimental. But I like the idea of jewellery that was once one piece of metal becoming separate pieces for people who want jewellery to link them. I did something similar a few years ago for a friend. She wanted to give her sister a ring for her 18th birthday. She wanted the same ring for herself. I made them out of the same sheet of metal so that no matter how far apart they are they still have the rings that were once one piece together.
The wedding was held at Castle Leslie in Co. Monaghan. What a venue!
Lord Leslie is a cousin of Sir Winston Churchill and Churchills Christening gown is actually on display in the castle. A wonderful member of staff took the time to show me the paintings and connections and then pointed me in the direction of the gown. I had been taking photos all over the place so it was fairly obvious I was interested. I LOVE history and seeing pieces of history and being in those rooms is an amazing experience.
I had an amazing day at the wedding and I was really pleased that I had taken the time to make a personal gift for the bride and groom.
They had a beautiful day and we rocked the dance floor. What a day. Weddings are a great reminder to us all of the love in the world. And my only chance to dance the night away these days 😉.
If you are interested in buying that special couple something they will treasure this set is available here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/244526256/silver-earrings-necklace-and-cufflinks
Or I can customise something just for you.
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