THANK YOU for all the work that you put into the wedding design competition. You are amazing and you rock! I’ll be creating a gallery of all your designs and stories on the Threads website later, so look out for it.
I’ve chosen 3 winners and 10 finalists. But thank you to ALL of you. You let your imagination fly and you paid great attention to detail. Your dresses were worthy of any royal bride. I really loved pouring over what you did.
And now for the winners. They include two stories and one design. I wasn’t expecting this, but the stories stood out for me and I couldn’t not pick them both. One includes a reference to Sat-Nav, which was very Nonie and very funny. The other includes as an embroidered inscription about love in Latin on the bodice. That is SUCH A ROMANTIC IDEA. Both are worthy of inclusion in a Threads book. You can read the stories at the end of this post.
They are by Tayla Mundy-Gill, age 15, and Kirsty Johnston, age 14. CONGRATULATIONS TAYLA AND KIRSTY!
The design struck me as gorgeous the moment I saw it (actually it’s two designs, one for a bride, one for a bridesmaid, both equally as good and very good together). The workmanship that went into it is beautiful and I love the romance, the texture and the colours. The fact that the winner also happens to have a rather magnificent first name had nothing to do with it, I promise, but I know she’s wanted to be a designer for a long time, so it’s great to see that she’s on her way.
They’re by Sophia McDonald, age 11. CONGRATULATIONS SOPHIA!
Her designs look like this:
Well done all 3 of you. I’ll be illustrating your prize books for you soon.
Here are the 10 finalists. All their designs (and one story) appealed to me for very different reasons. Congratulations to all of you too. I’ll be sending you a signed card.
Pia Keeley-Johnson (13), Maddie Pope (10), Megan Webster (12), Amber Kirk-Ford (12), Eleanor Henderson & Jasmine Banks (together, age 10 and 11), Eleanor (12), Emily Donohue (13), Laura Hughes (13), Sophie Hickman (15), Julia Iggo (9)
And now, here are the winning stories. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
I am seriously starting to regret choosing those dresses for the bridesmaids. The last thing any bride wants is to be overshadowed on her wedding day.
I’m standing in a bridal boutique, surrounded by a fluffy, frilly sea of white. The shop has a Tardis-like feel to it – it looks like a cupboard, but inside, it’s a treasure chest of silk, satin and lace.
Looking at the long row of dresses stretched across the room is overwhelming. It’s difficult to know where to start; a map would be useful – or a Sat-Nav…
I’ll have to be ruthless if I’m going to find a dress before Christmas, so I immediately begin discarding the weird in favour of the wonderful: meringue skirts; Princess Diana trains; and one particular dress which is made completely from lace – although, perhaps that isn’t appropriate for a church wedding?
And then I spot a flash of pink, lurking behind an over-sized meringue dress, and drag the garment off the rail.
I step into it: a snow-white bodice – carefully embroidered with silver thread – and a little floaty skirt, made up of three layers of silk, each a different shade of cream. Attached to the waist is a floor-length cape in the same ivory tones, although the pattern on the inside is maze of gold, silver, and raspberry swirls.
Somebody’s slipping ivory satin court shoes onto my feet, and clipping a shimmery veil into place; stacking pearl and diamond bracelets up to my elbows and thrusting a bouquet of scarlet roses into my hands – but I barely register any of it. My eyes are fixed on the mirror… my reflection.
“This is the one,” I whisper – without hesitation, and without checking the price tag.
I’d been Googling a lot today. I had just found out that Svetlana was engaged to Zanni, and the internet was covered in pictures of her trying on wedding dresses. I had found out through Mum which one she was actually going to wear, which was made by a private designer, and now I was staring at it on the computer screen. It was unbelievably pretty.
Small bell like sleeves stood out horizontally from the dress, but they looked so delicate they could have been made out of spider’s webs. The main bodice was tight like a corset, which I must admit would have squashed me hard, but it was covered with goassamer like material. Words were embroidered onto the bodice, but I couldn’t make them out very well. I only knew what the inscription said because it told me under the photograph. It read: ‘”Diligo est verus decor” which means love is true beauty in Latin.’ The main skirt was made of layers of silk, in a slightly different colour of cream and white. All the shades were there.
Ivory, Pale Sunrise, Almond, Soft Feather, Barley, Buttermilk, Ribbon, Manicure White, Corn, Pale Caramel.
The photograph had named each of the colours the silk was shaded, and just the names of them made the dress magical. Svetlana of course looked goddessy as usual, with her killer legs and high neck. She had all her hair pulled up in a magnificent but simple bun, which could have maybe used some accessories in my opinion. Her shoes ere Louboutins of course, but were simple to keep the attention on the skirt.
I sadly closed the picture, and thought about my own wedding.
Thanks again, everyone. It was a great competition. And I’ll let you know when the gallery is ready on the Threads site, so my readers can see just how amazing you all are.