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Tailored, personal and memorable marriage ceremonies in Central Otago and Wellington. My commitment is to work with you to ensure that you have the wedding ceremony that reflects who you are and what is important to you on your special day.

I love to work with couples to create a personal experience.  I love spending whatever time is needed to get the details right for you:  whether it be helping you write the perfect ceremony, putting an antique cloth and a posy of flowers on the table to sign the register or giving you advice on locations and other people to assist you.

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An antique lace veil ..... something very special

Catherine Fyfe

 Elisabeth's veil

Elisabeth's veil

For those who know me, you will agree I'm a bit obsessed with fabric .... of any kind!  And so it is that I've recently become fascinated with lace.  So much so, that I'm actually learning to make it!  A very intricate and fascinating journey and more on that on another day.

Recently, I called into visit a friend and she showed me a wedding photo of her mother-in-law, recently shifted to New Zealand from London, knowing that I would love to see it.  Yes, I loved the photo but I was particularly fixated on the veil.  This veil!  We're used to seeing this stunning type of veil on a royal bride.  But, for many of us, we'll actually find that some of our family had treasures like this, passed down through the generations.

 Elisabeth and Michael

Elisabeth and Michael

It turned out that my friend now has the veil as well as the photo and she has kindly lent it to me to take to my lacemaking group to check, with the experts, on the type of lace.  There is agreement that it is Irish in the Carrickmacross style, first introduced to Ireland in about 1820.  In this lace, fine muslin is laid over "net", the design outlined and filling stitches also used to create the gorgeous style.  

We have family photos of my own grandmother, the youngest of a large family.  Unfortunately we don't have her stunning veil:  it may have been on loan or belonged to one of her many elder sisters.  I'd have loved to have had it and worn it.

 Rita and Ernest, Christchurch

Rita and Ernest, Christchurch

 

So, now my friend is going to talk to Elisabeth about the history of her family veil.  We think such a stunning piece of family heritage deserves a recorded history.  My experts have also told me how to clean it (very carefully and using very specific techniques!) and store it.  It deserves to be kept as a treasure.  Thank you Ellie and Elisabeth for entrusting it to me for a wee while.  Can't wait to hear the rest of the story of this treasure.