Here is an early sketch of my ideas for the bouquet, which was already in a tear-drop shape. My intention here was to use our recently-acquired leather pieces, and some bits of junkyard scraps, like spark plugs, to add interest.
First, I made some paper models of the calla lily shape, which is basically a heart with the bumps smoothed out a bit. After playing around with the shapes, we started cutting them from leather. Then, we curled each flower tightly and tied it with fabric ribbon to try to avoid marking, and soaked them for several days, so that they would 'learn' their new shape.
And here I am, holding it, at our ceremony.
Some of my criteria were:
Does she live overseas?
Does she live locally?
Does she have a lot of other commitments, such as children?
Is she single?
Do we spend a lot of time together, either IRL or virtually?
Can I be honest with her, and will she support my decisions, even if she disagrees with them?
Will she be honest with me, even if it might be hurtful?
Will she fit in with the other girls I have chosen?
Is she someone who will help me stay calm and positive?
Amazingly, I still had over a dozen names on my list. I eventually wore it down to six lovely ladies, and my young niece.
I can tell you right now, there's something about weddings that really helps you figure out who your friends are. It's also important to remember what is best for your friends, so that you can stay friends with them - one of the original bridesmaids had some big changes in her life, and has been off walking around Europe, which is amazing! The best thing about this change in the line-up is that it allowed me to fix another friendship that had been in limbo based on a misunderstanding, so we actually got two wins out of what might have appeared to be a disaster at first.
The final line-up of ladies is as follows:
Below, we have some of the sketches for the bouquet designs.
Lexi - Airship Pirate Captain
Aimee - Camo-entomologist
Nicola - Tea Sommelière
Dale - Cryptozoologist
Katherine - Canine Beautician
Katherine borrowed a tool belt from her brother, and filled it with other grooming tools (and people's phones, and the room key...) to complete the look.