Wild Willows | Gold leaf bridal headpiece with pearls
If I had to choose a favourite tree, it would have to be a weeping willow tree. Without a shadow of a doubt. Since I was a child, I always thought the willow tree was the most majestic and magical of all the trees. I love the way its long stringy branches blew in the wind, supported by extremely strong roots, despite its slender and delicate branches.
In fact, did you know that the roots of the willow tree are known for their toughness, size and tenacity for life? Almost all willow trees take root from cuttings or where branches falls to the ground. Isn’t that magical? I love to ponder the beauty of that very fact. A simple twig or branch that falls from the tree or a cutting that has been placed in a new environment has the potential to take root and prosper into a grande willow tree that can provide beauty and shelter for so many people and creatures for years to come. Awe-inspiring.
For the longest time I have wanted to create a piece inspired by the beauty of the branches of a willow tree. Sometimes when I design pieces, I like to let my heart guide my fingertips. I don’t often know what the end result will look like but I let the materials I work with inspire me and lead the way.
The gold leaf bridal headpiece I recently created was one of those pieces. Embodying all that inspires me about the willow tree, I handcrafted this piece to feature freshwater pearls and shimmering crystals to symbolise new life and the potential that it brings. I love the gold mesh leaves, the darling flower buds and the contrasting pearls that shimmer in the light.
I think this pretty piece would look amazing wrapped under a bridal chignon, or shaped to the contours of a twisted undo. It can also be made in a longer length and worn as a headband or a bridal halo.