Marnie was planning her New Year's Eve wedding and was looking for someone to create party hats and head pieces for the lady guests to wear at their reception/New Year's Eve celebration. The hats would be passed out moments before the clock struck twelve.
Within the first few minutes of my conversation with Marnie, I knew this was going be a really fun project. She told me all about the celebration and the many details and surprises they had planned for the guests. She described her color palette - a bold and exciting combination of aqua blues, oranges, and reds with glittery gold accents.
After our phone call, I was feeling quite inspired and I whipped up a few samples.
I sent Marnie several images of these pieces and she decided on the the styles, quantities, colors, etc, and officially placed her order of 140 pieces.
There were three styles total, but each style had several color variations.
There were fringed headbands with scalloped "2012" medallions.
There were giant crepe paper bloom hair clips made in Marnie's bold palette.
And there were tiny paper hats. Many tiny paper hats.
All of the hat bases were made of a wonderful blue-green glittery paper and they were topped off with feathers, medallions, tulle flowers and rhinestones. They were festive and fun!
I made a little stop-motion movie of the whole making process. You can see weeks of work compressed into a two minute movie.
The issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is currently on the stands.
Cover photograph by Kirsten Shultz/Martha Stewart Weddings, Real Weddings Special Issue. Copyright © 2012.
Story photographs by Belathee Photography/Martha Stewart Weddings, Real Weddings Special Issue. Copyright © 2012.
You'll see many details of Marnie and Jamie's wedding featured inside this issue including a couple of pictures of the guests sporting the hats I created.
Usually, 140 of anything handmade is a lot. It was such a great project - from planning stages to delivery on the final product- it never felt like work for one single moment.
Thank you Shira for sending Marnie my way! And thank you Marnie for being such an awesome bride to work with! It was a complete pleasure and honor to be a part of the wedding and the magazine too!
To view more wedding details, please visit this post on The Bride's Guide! You can also read more on these follow-up posts here and here.