These stunning Waterford Crystal images were put on my desk, and I just had to share them. They are so vibrant and beautiful, they radiate wedding charm!
I recently read that in 1137 Eleanor of Aquitaine gave her fiancé, Louis VII, a rock crystal vase as a wedding present. Perhaps this gesture accounts for the reason that crystal is considered such a timeless gift for weddings and anniversaries alike? Used in the creation of champagne flutes, wine glasses, decanters, bowls, candle holders, vases and other such finery, crystal has always been associated with elegance and quality. Due to its adamantine nature crystal is durable, so you can hand it on to your offspring in due course, and it will be appreciated then just as much as it is now.
But just because crystal is so enduring does not mean it has to be conservative. Waterford Crystal recently released its Fleurology Collection, which it described as a union of crystal, floral artistry and fashion. With the variety of shapes, sizes and shades available, there seems to be one for each individual taste. From their colourful pieces, to their classic cut ones, the beauty and versatility of crystal is clear. Here are a few examples to inspire you!
These primary coloured vases are examples of a bold and bright look. You could work this into your colour scheme, using them as table centre-pieces.
These clear vases are beautifully understated and sophisticated, acting as a canvas to show off the blooms they hold.
Or, you could mix and match all different shapes, styles and sizes for an eclectic feast for the eyes.
My personal favourite is this clear bowl vase, which could be filled with water and decorated with immersed aquatic plants or floating flora! Doesn't that sound beautiful?
Looking at these images I can't help but think about what a great wedding gift they would make, or how amazing they would look as decoration! Perhaps you have been handed down some crystal of your own; an exquisite old vase, or a vintage decanter? Perhaps you'd like to decorate with crystal yourself, or add it to your gift registry?
Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook if you're thinking about crystal for your wedding!