I recently was made aware of Etsy artist deliciousness' amasing custom illustrated portraits, perfect for invitations or Save-the-date cards. You and your groom can choose your favorite mythical creature, send a picture of yourselves and recieve this bright, cartoony and sweet portrait of you riding the beast :-) For a medieval wedding a dragon/unicorn or the likes would do perfectly. Especially if you are having a more modern version of the theme wedding. One where you would like medieval to play a minor role in the details.
A Danish bride and groom ordered this picture from the shop, a sealion/dragon creature:
Monday, 30 January 2012
Saturday, 28 January 2012
|Jose Villa via Stylemepretty|
|Strawberry pie by inn at the crossroad|
|Piebaker: Konzil von Konstanz, 1465-1475|
Monday, 23 January 2012
Ale was a very common beverage and probably drunk with most meals. Often it was brewed on barley. The difference between ale and beer, is that beer contains hops. If you want to read more the book Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England by Judith Bennett.
The aristocracy drank ale but also imported wine from the Rhine area in Germany and from the south like Italy. Both read and white wine was known.
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
I made a seating chart so that the guests wont have to search all the tables to find their name card. As each of the 6 tables will be represented by an animal I drew 6 scrollshaped papers with the animals above. As if the guests have to find their way to a fortress, forest or mountain I sketched a map behind the scrolls with land and sea, mermaids and rivers:
Most of the maps were very colorful, so it's a little sad that I couldn't find more of those, but you will have to go hunting yourself if you want the inspiration. The last map also gave me some good ideas, I like the mountains and the little cities.
I have a little fettish with medieval maps and you can use these to inspire DIY projects, like invitaitons, road directions and seating charts. Enjoy :-)
|Seamonster detail from map by Jacob Ziegler, 1532|
|1300's Matthew Paris|
|1492, same year as Columbus discovered America. It's part of a world map by Martin Behaim. I love this one, with the heraldic flags and little details like the ship to the left.|
|1491, Nicolaus Cusanus - Northern Germany and Denmark|
Thursday, 12 January 2012
This happy couple was wed a sunny day in an English garden with medieval merriment and joyious celebration. I really wanted to feature them because of the warmth their photos radiated. The photographer who captured these moments is Steven Noake Photography.
Congratulations - from the Medieval Bride
A bagpiper provided the music, and instead of a guestbook small notes with drawings and well-wishes was hung in a tree. I also really love their glasses.Then there's the bride's dress in a wonderful royal blue color. She wears simple jewelry of pearls and two small clusters of flowers as a part of the hairdo. I think I want a bouquet like that when I get married. A bit of wilderness fits the theme perfectly.
Congratulations - from the Medieval Bride
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
To start of the year, I thought I would show you a dress from the beginning of Medieval Times. This bright and sweet dress from ArmStreet is a style used in the Viking Age and the start of the Middles Ages.
Besides the dress I kind of like the hair too :) The bonds that decorate the hem is beautiful and I'll say that a bride would glow in that warm yellow, although it does come in other colors too.
Happy new year - the Medieval Bride
Sunday, 8 January 2012
Medieval history have but a few women known for their role in war. Otherwise a good woman should be virtuous, obidient, a good mother and wife. But sometimes women aren't princesses to be rescued and sometimes we'd like to go and kick some ass Jeanne-d'Arc-style.
Let's face it, women in armor are sexy and sometimes a bride would like to really stand out, and as you can see modern fashion has a facination of it's own with warrior women:
|From the movie Jeanne d'arc, with Milla Jovovich|
|Your Majesty - From Flare magazine|
|Abbey Lee Kershaw appears in Numero 126 editorial, lensed by Sebastian Kim, styling by Charles Varenne. Fashions from Prada, Alexis Bittar, Alexander McQueen and others.|
It might take more than just an untraditional bride to choose such a look for her wedding day, but you have to admit, it looks cool. :-)