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Saturday’s Latest: Binding Ties and the Latest and Greatest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team

Today’s Saturday’s Latest is a feature on an Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team member whose work I have admired and I’ll be honest, coveted, for a good while. Many brides and grooms choose to have a handfasting ceremony as part of their nuptials (Mr. Wondermous and I will). Be they of Celtic ancestry, belong to an earth based religion, or a secular couple looking to incorporate a bit of long-standing tradition in to their wedding ceremony, the integral part of a handfasting ceremony are the cords that you and your love bind your hands with. It’s a moment that I feel requires the same attention to detail as your centerpieces and wedding day look. Finding all of the bits and bobs for your cord as well as the time it takes to weave all of them together can be a bit daunting. Why not have Claire of Binding Ties make you a breathtaking handfasting cord?

“I married the other half in a fantastic tiny ceremony on a remote beach in Scotland a couple of years ago. We didn’t want a church wedding, and didn’t like the rules that were dictated to us if we got married in a certified location like a stately home, so we had a Humanist ceremony, which meant we could pretty much write the rules ourselves. We had a fantastic time picking a location and planning the whole thing, and we included handfasting as part of the day (I fell in love with the idea after seeing the gorgeous moonlit ceremony in Braveheart years ago!). Trouble was, I really struggled to find any cords that were exactly what I wanted – handfasting has been something that’s been viewed as predominantly pagan until the last few decades, so most cords were a little too un-sparkly for my liking. So I decided to make my own, and a little while after that, Binding Ties was born!”

“Handfasting cords are part of an ancient Celtic wedding tradition, and the origin of the phrase ‘tying the knot’. I create high quality, luxury handfasting cords, as individual and as unique as you and your special day. Cords can be created from satin, silk, velvet, ribbon, lace, or elaborate braiding, or made using more ‘natural’, earthy elements such as leather, suede and cotton. I only use the finest elements, no cheap plastic beads or unravelling cords, and the ends of all strands are either treated to prevent fraying, or fixed into decorative caps which allow for further embellishment. You may only use your cords for one day, but I make them so they last a lifetime.”

Claire has recently begun creating garters as gorgeous and unique as her beautiful handfasting cords. She can even coordinate your garter or jewelry with your cord, giving it the same attention to beauty and detail that prior customers have raved about, “SO AMAZING! The detail and depth, I cannot even believe it! The pictures do it no justice at all. Thank you so much for helping with such an important part of our special day.” Watch the slide show for a taste of Claire’s luxe creations!

‘Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 11/24/12’ by ravengrrl

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BBQ seasoning – blackened ca…


BBQ Rub – sweet mesquite bar…


Steak seasoning – classic st…


Wedding bouquet photo charm….


Luxury garter in teal blue a…


Marilyn Monroe Inspired Floo…


silk lace wedding shawl, bea…


silvery lavender silk lace s…


Wrist Corsage, Sweet Pink Fa…


Designer Baroque Pearl Neckl…


Elegant Holly Boutonniere Ho…


Wedding Invitations–Message…


Ivory faux fur jacket shrug …


Guest Book, Wedding Guestboo…


Photo Save the Date


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Saturday’s Latest: Samantha Sultana: Vintage Inspired Millinery and Accessories

If you caught Friday’s post from last week (5/25), I hope you liked the preview of “Samantha Sultana’s” gorgeous garter designs. Just in case you missed it, here it is in all of it’s fabulousness (long-time readers know I can’t resist a cameo):


This week’s Saturday’s Latest focuses on one of the newest members of the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team, “Samantha Sultana“.

Here is a bit about “Samantha Sultana” from her shop bio, “I am an independent designer from Melbourne Australia. My Vintage inspired fashion label “Samantha Sultana” is composed of Haute Couture Hair & Fashion Accessories, as well as high end Sleepwear & Lingerie. “Samantha Sultana” the label, is authentic femininity that was once an every day given, femininity, sensuality & quality which has definitely been lost throughout the ages of consumerism.”

I asked how “Samantha Sultana” came to be, “My label came to be in 1998, when I was spotted wearing my own accessories out on the town on night, by a major dept store buyer. I just lost my job as a Retail Assistant, & wanted to wear something new to my friends party, so I made something…….& viola, I was in business !!!!!! I have had many trials & tribulations in business, the hardest was losing my studio in a flood one year. Twas heart wrenching, to see your life’s work covered in sludge. I have learnt so many valuable lessons & be given, & ceased, many golden opportunities.” You have to admire someone who persists through such a trial as losing one’s entire studio and not only persists, but allows oneself to continue to be open to one’s muse.

Here’s what “Samantha Sultana” clients have to say:
Fergie says: “Samantha Sultana has a unique talent & rockabilly sensibility…..Her attention to acute detail & use of luxurious quirky trims is exquisite. She captures the essence of timeless vintage fashion with such grace. Overall, her individual pieces will unleash every woman’s underlying ‘femme fatale’ “. -Stacey Ferguson (Fergie, The leading lady, of The Black Eyed Peas)

“I received my garter and it is even more beautiful in person. It will be the perfect addition to my wedding accessories. I would buy from this seller again.”

“This was such a beautiful piece – i received it really quickly, and it just took my breath away. Loads of compliments on the night! Very well made, and with such great attention to detail. Love it!”

“Samantha Sultana” has also created pieces for celebrities such as:
*Kelly Osbourne
*Gwen Stefani
*Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas & Courtney Love Cobain- they are my most passionate supporters & such treasures to work with!!!
*Holly Valance
*Nic Cester, lead singer from JET
*Priscilla Presley
*Christina Aguilera
*Katy Perry
*DJ Space Cowboy of Lady Gaga Fame
*The Stray Cats (one of my personal faves)
*Taylor Swift
*Carole King
*Emilie Autumn (LOVE her)

In addition, “Samantha Sultana” has created pieces that have appeared on:
*The Don’t Lie Film Clip- The Black Eyed Peas
*P!NK- Costume pieces for her Fun House Australian tour DVD
*The Teen Choice Awards
*Entertainment Tonight
*Gossip Girl
*LA Fashion Week Runway
*US Weekly
*The Herald Sun
*Bikini or Bust
*Lady Gaga:Poker Face Video Clip
*The Panel
*Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Coverage
*Channel 10 News, featured as “Hot New Pick”.
*Sundance Film Festival, 2011
*Cannes Film Festival, 2011
*Be Our Guest TV, New York 2011
*Tailored Creations by Manuel Ceuvas, for the Country Music Awards in Nashville 11.06.11

I know what you’re thinking…shut up Kristen and show us the goodies! Here ya go folks!

Wanting your own piece of “Samantha Sultana’s” gorgeous work of art? Please, pop by her Etsy shop to see even more goodies or to inquire about a custom piece.