Friday, January 30, 2015

"Casting On" a New Life Together: Our Yarn-Inspired Wedding

Of course it made sense to have a yarn-themed wedding, especially for a January wedding. Knit and crocheted flowers were especially meaningful because they were all handmade by loved ones: my mother-in law, my mom, my aunt, my bridesmaids, and me.  Wedding planning has a reputation for being highly stressful, so what better way to de-stress than to knit things for the wedding?  Plus, flowers made with wool will last forever.
The pastor even wrote the homily for our wedding based on metaphors for knitting and marriage. This part of the ceremony was a surprise to us on the day of the wedding and it was absolutely beautiful; I wish you all could have heard it.
My mother-in-law, who is an amazing knitter, actually bought a live calla lily to pull apart and construct her own pattern for felted calla lilies. These turned out to look exactly like real calla lilies, but much sturdier and heavier.

Pattern information for everything is at the end of the post!
Photo by Anne Brande, Ludwig Photograpy, Laramie, WY

The bridal bouquet is made with felted calla lilies and crocheted carnations

Photo by Anne Brande

Mason jar centerpieces with crocheted carnations

Wrist corsages with knit roses, pine, pearl beads, and berries for mother of the bride, mother of the groom, and grandmothers

Bridesmaids bouquets with knit flowers, crocheted carnations, pinecones, and wrapped in burlap

The ring bearer's pillow knit with Lamb's Pride Worsted
Felted flower girl baskets for the adorable flower girls
Arrangement of yarn flowers in a watering can, complete with pheasant feathers and pinecones
Yep, even the cake was decorated with knit flowers.
Good thing I took Floral Arrangement 101 in college! I had way too much fun arranging the flowers.
Here we are!
Photo by Anne Brande

Pattern Info:
The carnations used in the centerpieces and bouquets were made using this free pattern from Maggie's Crochet. Nature Spun Sport in Boysenberry was used for the smallest carnations, Nature Spun Worsted in Natural was used for the medium-sized carnations, and Lanaloft Bulky in Cottage White was used for the largest carnations.
The roses were knit using the Scallop Rose pattern from the book Nicky Epstein's Knitted Flowers. Here is the Scallop Rose pattern on Ravelry. These roses were made both in Nature Spun sport (Boysenberry) and Nature Spun Worsted (Natural).
The Ring Bearer's Pillow by Lorna Miser pattern information is on Ravelry. The pillow was made with Lamb's Pride Worsted in Amethyst.
The Felted Flower Girls' Baskets are made from a free Ravelry pattern for Easter baskets by Mary Lue. These were made using Nature Spun Chunky in True Blue Navy and a sparkly novelty yarn.

Coming soon: the exclusive pattern for beautiful felted calla lilies designed by Peggy Jo Wells!


  1. Lovely photos. I am awed by the mink cape you are wearing. Very stunning.

  2. It's great post! Thanks for sharing!