Textile designer, Anna Whitford, recently contacted me and introduced me to her floral-inspired wedding ring pillows.
I’d never come across them before and had to ask her to educate me, which she very kindly did:
‘Traditionally, a ring pillow is carried down the aisle by a page boy.
The pillows are very popular abroad, especially in the US. However, since I began in 2005, I’ve started to gain a lot of interest from UK brides.
My floral wedding ring pillows are made by hand and because of this, each one is unique.
The elegant flower is made from a high quality soft faux suede and is hand-sculpted on a silk dupion with soft felt underlay petals. At the centre of the flower are two satin ribbons to tie his and her wedding rings.
The bride and groom can choose from four different styles: Daisy, Gerbera, Water lily or Primrose. They can create their own style pillow that will complement their wedding colour theme, customising it with an alternative colour for the pillow base, the main flower and ribbon ties.’
Below are two examples of customised wedding ring pillows, which Anna designed to complement the wedding colour theme of two of her brides – one with a lilac and ivory colour scheme and the other, pink and ivory.
If you’re wondering what prompted Anna to start creating wedding ring pillows, well, she had set up her own company making hand-made interior accessories and then one day she had a request from a bride who asked her to design a wedding ring pillow for her wedding day.
After receiving such a positive response from the bride and her guests, she began designing a whole range, featuring a variety of floral styles that matched the bride’s specifications.
Anna chose the flowers of daisy, gerbera, water lily and primrose for her designs as they are identifiable through the technique of hand sculpting the fabric.
The most popular style continues to be the classic Gerbera in ivory, with its soft rounded petals and symmetrical form.
Below are some examples of the pillows which Anna has created.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this insight into the world of wedding ring pillows.
(Images : Anna Whitford)