Welcome to the second instalment of The Little Wedding Helper’s regular feature, Stylist’s Corner! Kirsten is an expert in vintage-inspired styling and each feature, she’ll be taking us through some of her favourite styling items and showing us creative ways to use them. This week’s theme – beautiful buttons!
Images in this post © Frances Taylor Wedding Photography
My Grandma was an amazing seamstress and would often make my clothes. I remember her old-fashioned Singer sewing machine, the chest of drawers full of zips and trimmings, and the jars of buttons. Because in those days you didn’t just send clothes off to the charity shop, you salvaged what you could – the epitome of the make do and mend mentality that we’re trying so hard to recapture.
So how can buttons be used in your styling to add that gorgeous hand-crafted finish?
A trail of buttons on the back of your dress, worn in your hair, or even as adornments on your shoes are all simple ways of incorporating these little gems into your wedding outfit. A button bouquet or corsage (or boutonniere!) would be a keepsake that would last much longer than flowers.
I love the delicate button bunting this couple wrapped around the exposed beams of their venue, it’s almost as if a very chic spider was in charge of their styling. And button curtains would make brilliant backdrops for a dessert table or even a photobooth.
Your stationery can be transformed by incorporating buttons into the designs, or sewing buttons to the invitations, table numbers, or place settings.
And something that used to drive my family wild? Chewing the buttons on the cuffs of my shirts. But now, when I’m older and wiser, instead of biting those buttons I’ve found edible ones. Anna Tyler created these amazing button biscuits for a styled shoot we worked on, but chocolate or candy buttons could be used on top of cupcakes or even as decorations on the wedding cake itself. And the best bit? Nobody can tell you off for nibbling them!
And in honour of my Grandma, I had to include this beautiful jar of buttons. The different shades of white, the variety of shapes and styles, is romantic and whimsical, and in my eyes? Absolutely perfect.
Suppliers for illustrative pictures:
Styling – The Little Wedding Helper
Cakes – Anna Tyler Cakes
Photography – Francis Taylor Wedding Photography
Stationery – Lizzie May Designs
Flowers – Emma Norton
Venue – Cox & Baloney