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Monday, August 25, 2014

A beautiful wedding and a thousand cranes


A year ago I received an email from a client who is now a dear friend. Her daughter was getting married the following August and she needed help. "I just feel you are the one that could bring magic to this wedding. I'm saying my prayers that you will be available. It would simply be bliss if I could count on you," she said. 

Because the bride lives in Australia, the mother and the bride's sister (who lives 2,000 miles away) were in charge of planning the wedding. They searched for venues, researched DJ's and photographers, went to food tastings and cake tastings, and the bride's mom started folding cranes. A thousand of them.

Japanese lore holds that a crane can live for a thousand years. Strong yet graceful, the crane, who mates for life,  is a traditional symbol of love in Japan. The ancient practice of folding a thousand cranes is called Senbazuru and when given as a wedding gift, is a wish for a thousand years of happiness and prosperity for the couple.

From my very first meeting with the mother of the bride, the cranes were going to be an integral part of the wedding. She, along with a lot of help from her family and friends had been folding these magnificent creatures for months. And once the cranes were folded ... all thousand of them, they had to be hung on fishing line. It is a true labor of love ... and one that was well worth it because they were absolutely spectacular.

The wedding took place at two separate venues; both of them outdoors. The ceremony, was in a country club setting overlooking the greens of a beautiful golf course. The reception was at a beautiful museum, steps from the ocean. We used soft peaches and pinks with ivory and white. 

The flowers in the aisle mason jars were removed after the ceremony and re-used in blue mason jars at the reception.

I made paper cones lined with Shakespeare plays to hold the rose petals . The guests threw the petals at the bride and groom as they walked back down the aisle.

 Because of the hot August sun, we put fans an every seat.

The bride walked down a stone staircase and we lined the railings with a single hydrangea. 

We were able to keep them alive in the hot sun by soaking the heads in water first and then putting water bubbles on the stems. The bubbles were not visible from the ground. 

The father of the bride waited for his beautiful daughter at the foot of the stairs ... 

This was one of the sweetest moments of the day.


Aren't they a stunning couple?

(Come back on Wednesday and I will show you the reception at the museum).

Photography: Prizer Photography.


Lynda said...

One of the sweetest weddings I have ever been to! Perfect!

Nancy said...

simply breathtaking! I hope they saved those cranes to hang in their kids' nursery.(I predict they have a girl first :)) the love that went into making them. to be cherished for sure.

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Sherri, this has to be one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen!!! We were just at the SF Japanese Tea Garden and learned about cranes and longevity. The dad gazing at his daughter is so heartwarming. Such amazing flowers and the rows of petals…I AM IN AWE of YOU.

pve design said...

Oh my goodness, so stunning.
1,000 cranes sets an impressive theme and you flew with it in your inimitable style.
Gorgeous couple.


Gorgeous....the cranes...the colors!

StagerLinda said...

The cranes are unbelievable! I love the legend that accompanies them. All of your details are gorgeous. The pastels are so pretty. Oh! Those gorgeous pictures and the story they tell....