I recently had the pleasure of working with another craftsperson, Natalia Saddi, to create a lovely custom wedding album. It was such a treat to collaborate with her! Rather than telling you about it, here is what she had to say in her own words:
First of all, a big THANK YOU to you Wendy! I feel so honored to write a little blurb for her blog as we are so pleased with the result of our album, and it was such a pleasure to work with someone so invested in their craft.
I am a crafts person myself, working by day as a fashion designer for a French brand in Paris, and fostering my passion for needle crafts by night! I’ve been crazy about embroidery for quite some time now and nothing says “precious” to me as something hand embroidered.
When we got engaged and started to plan our wedding fête, we really wanted to do something casual, intimate, and handmade. So we are getting married in our friends’ garden and having the party at their home. We are not having a band, but making a playlist on the iPod; I’m making my dress out of my old curtains; we’re skipping favors; a friend is baking our own carrot “wedding” cake; we are sending out DIY invites; you get the idea! However, there were two areas of our wedding festivities that we really didn’t want to skimp on: the photography and the rings, which will live on far after the day.
Our photo album was especially important to us since we hope that it will outlive us. I know my grandparents and great grandparents from their wedding photos, and I hope that our photo album will be the same kind of family heirloom. Since we wanted something timeless, I embroidered linen fabric in it’s natural color with our names and the date of the wedding. On the back I embroidered two little trees since we are getting married in the garden under the trees.
I found Windy Weather Bindery while browsing Etsy, which led me to the company website. I saw that the Bindery did custom projects and historical restoration, and I remember thinking, this is my girl! I mailed the fabric panels to the USA with a little description of what we were looking for and left the project in the hands of the master. The result is absolutely beautiful, and I cannot believe that this time next year we will be looking though the photos in our wedding album!