My Wedding: Brenda Briand
In the second of an ongoing series, we speak with creative women about their wedding day. This time, it’s the very recently wed Brenda Briand (nee Harvey), creator of the gorgeous accessories range Benah. Her wedding was a beautifully laid back, flower filled occasion, and we’re very proud to share her insights with you.
My husband Ben designed these, taking inspiration from a zine we had lying around the house. He took both images as part of two separate collaborations we had done together so they seemed fitting. Circles seemed to become the symbol of our wedding — a circle of life, the rings, a community circle. It was a reoccurring motif. In the ceremony we had everyone seated around us in a circle and at the reception there were huge circular flower sculptures hanging above the long tables.
Flowers were the main focus point of our wedding. We were very lucky to have the amazing Dr. Lisa Cooper involved, creating and overseeing the whole look of the day, specifically the flowers. We didn’t really have a colour palette or theme. We just decided to go with the very best flowers on the day. So, it took a wild feel with lots and lots and lots of roses and ferns, which was perfect. At the end of the night we had a wrapping station. That meant everyone could take a bunch home with them. The next day it was so lovely to see all the photos people had taken at home – little memories of our love finding their way into our guest’s homes.
My engagement ring is very old and Ben picked it all by himself, I had no idea. It is set with diamonds and a ruby. Our wedding bands were custom made by Jessica McCormack and each has a ruby secret stone on the inside band. I have two sisters and we have all received diamonds on our wedding day from our Mum and Dad. This is also an estate piece. Platinum and white gold with diamonds and four pink diamonds in the center. I love them all!
To read the first installation of this series, with Tiffany Jeans of Curio Noir, click here.