Six years ago (in 2013) I got married at the beautiful Brasteds (www.brasteds.co.uk) in Framingham Pigot, Norfolk. It took two years of meticulous planning to bring everything together. Back then props weren’t really a thing so finding the right items to enhance our day wasn’t easy.
I was on the lookout for a table plan worthy of the venue, when one of my closest friends sent me a Google image of barn style doors, decorated with flowers. Each pane of glass represented a different table, ready for guests’ names to be written. The doors were definitely ‘wow’…but I wanted wow in a different way – a more elegant, unique and ‘me’ way.
I scoured the internet for what seemed like weeks, looking for something similar (yet different). Eventually I came across an unusual shop selling upcycled pieces of old furniture from around the globe. I met with the owner who happened to be planning a trip to some French reclamation sites and auctions. We discussed my vision and off she went.
A few months later she sent pictures of the various items she had acquired. The moment I saw one particular piece I just knew I had to have it – an original set of windows, with all the metal work still intact, from a recently demolished chateau. The shop owner had visited the site specifically with me in mind.
We considered painting them but, in the end, decided they looked better left in their original state – with the story and history from years of layered paint. Another of my wonderful friends, who also designed and created the artwork for our stationery, then added the calligraphy names of our guests…et voila!
Our venue coordinator commented how everyone who walked past the windows, the day before our wedding, instantly fell in love with them. Then friends and family kept telling me I needed to do something with my passion, and it wasn’t long before ideas of starting Endless Story bloomed.
This piece will probably never be rented out, as I have far too much emotional attachment to it. It currently stands against a wall in our spare bedroom, as a romantic reminder of our day. Visiting guests love it!