Ariella and Erik

My sisters'  best friend just married her Swedish sweetheart in one of my favorite wedding ceremonies ever.  My amazing sister officiated the ceremony and she and the couple together wove a tapestry of spirituality, symbolism and precious tales of their life together up to that point.

The reception was also just beautiful--they managed to create an intimate hacienda in the middle of a gorgeous little farm on the outskirts of Boulder.  Complete with a Mariachi band, towers of 7 day prayer candles, loteria cards, bowls overflowing with lilies and bright red flowers and  a Dia de Los Muertos chocolate wedding cake(!)...Oh and did I mention delicious Mexican food (gluten free of course which is perfectly Boulder!)

As we all know, I'm completely fascinated with Mexican and Spanish religious (and not so religious) symbolism (as is Ariella it seems) so I particularly enjoyed the aesthetics of her celebration and I REALLY have a thing for hearts.  Not fluffy pink hearts of course but hearts with daggers and hearts with wings and flaming hearts.  I've done many collections based on both of these themes so when I arrived at the wedding and saw the hand painted fans left for the guests to cool themselves with (the photo of the fan below was taken in my studio), and the bolero that the bride had made and embroidered with a flaming heart I knew what her wedding present had to be.

What do you think??  Next time I post I'll cover the process of making the necklace...stay tuned!