A Pretty Obsession

Wedding planning has introduced me to a whole new world of undeniably pretty, nonessential, must-have objects of beauty that I can’t get out of my mind.

While I once thought weddings were all about the dress and the band (and love and family and the marriage and what not), I now find myself poring over handmade paper for place cards, golden wax seals for invitations, silky ribbons for bouquets, and organic table runners to soften the decor for dinner.

Photo by @silkandwillow
Photo by @silkandwillow

I know. I am obsessed.  So let me tell you about the enabler for all of these pretty obsessions: Silk and Willow.

When I first discovered Silk and Willow on Instagram, I was sure I had died and gone to some kind of heaven where you are just handed a phone to scroll through an Instagram feed until for all eternity.

Photo by @silkandwillow
Photo by @silkandwillow

Scrolling through the hand-dyed table runners and silk ribbons feels like being transported into a woodsy fairytale.

If there was a real-life millennial Cinderella, I imagine the songbirds would twirl her hair up into Silk and Willow’s soft shades of white ribbon to get her ready for a dinner party under the stars, where tables would be draped in long and flowy blush linens.

Photo by @silkandwillow
Photo by @silkandwillow

I imagine our woodsy and millennial Cinderella would have this divine Silk and Willow handmade paper waiting for her at her place setting with a handwritten thank you note (probably gold foiled calligraphy), from the dinner party host. The paper is perfectly textured, sturdy but light, and is just the right shade of ivory.

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Photo by @silkandwillow

But Silk and Willow isn’t just pretty things in a fairytale Instagram feed. Based in Hudson Valley, New York, Silk and Willow is born out of an eco-conscious passion for creativity and making. I love learning about makers’ creative process, and the slow, intentional but unpredictable process the founder describes on the website melts my heart.  Read more about it here.

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Photo by @silkandwillow

I echo Silk and Willow’s passion for things that have purpose and beauty and can’t wait to incorporate in some way at my wedding – I have no shortage of ideas.  For more wedding detail inspiration, follow @scoutlovelywed.

So, are you dying right now at how pretty everything is and wondering how you ever possibly lived without handmade ribbon and paper in your life? Welcome to the obsession, it’s lovely here.

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