A couple of weeks ago I styled a photo shoot with Steff (of Steff Metal fame) for her Gothic Wedding Planner site. Gothic Wedding Planner helps alternative couples create a day that reflects them. Steff also happens to be a celebrant of unequalled badassity.
Anywho, I like every aspect of an event to be cohesive in style – so I decided to concoct a ring cushion of such steampunk wonderfulness that onlookers would coo with admiration, uttering such comments as ” That’s super rad!”.
The hand embroidered design features clock hands stemming from a cog, with scattered moths and daisies. Industrial yet romantic, and reminiscent of a time gone by.
Warm chocolate and honey tones were my colours of choice, reflecting contemporary steampunk style.
No one seems to agree on the origins of wedding ring pillows. Some say they hark from ancient Egypt, where precious gems were presented on pillows. Some say it comes from the presentation of a coronation crown upon a pillow, leading others to present their most precious gifts, their wedding rings, upon a pillow also.
To be honest I see them as a pretty way of preventing the ring bearer losing the rings!
The first ring pillow I created was my own. With a boisterous three and half year old ring bearer, two rings in a small box seemed to easy to misplace – so I created an oversized ring pillow that suited our J. W Waterhouse influenced wedding.
Sewn from the same pale aqua fabric as my gown, I embroidered it with a motif of two dragonflies embellished with pearls and glass beads.
Two years on from our wedding this pillow sits in my room, a reminder of our day. Which is why I believe it’s all about the details- personalised accessories can make beautiful keepsakes. And you never know, using your one of a kind steampunk ring pillow could become a family tradition!