Thursday 8 December 2016

Made with love: Jewellery designer Chupi Sweetman-Pell tells us about her handcrafted wedding

Jewellery designer Chupi Sweetman-Pell tells us about her handcrafted wedding

Published 19/07/2015 | 02:30

Chupi and Brian on their wedding day
Chupi and Brian on their wedding day
Chupi didn't know what type of dress she wanted, but she wanted to feel me.
Chupi's mum and sister-in-law made all the flowers
Chupi and Brian had a humanist wedding attended by all the people they love
Chupi and Brian
Chupi and Brian
Chupi and Brian
Chupi and Brian
Chupi and Brian
Chupi and Brian

I know it's strange but I have never believed in marriage, I never saw the point.

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Brian told me a couple of weeks after we first met that he would marry me, I nearly broke his heart by telling him we would never last! Fourteen years later, I am very happy to be proved utterly wrong. From the moment Brian proposed with the most beautiful rough diamond ring in France four years ago, it has been a wonderful journey.

Our venue, Mount Druid in Mullingar, was a blank canvas which enabled us to have a five-day wedding, a culmination of all of the talents and skills of a brilliant group of people - from my brother who shot our wedding video, to our lighting engineer friend who lit the wedding with over 300 candles and bespoke "C&B" lights, to my mum and sister-in-law who made all of the flowers. I made 500m of bunting, 300 gold card birds, 200 flags and various other crazy projects.

My favourite moment was at our humanist ceremony, sitting in the chapel beside Brian surrounded by all the people we love most in the world. I made our wedding rings. Whilst out walking our little pups with Brian we found a fallen Hawthorn tree, it had the most beautiful twigs. I stole a branch and made Brian's ring from a piece of the bark in 14k yellow gold and mine from a tiny twig in 18k yellow gold set with tiny moissanite diamonds.

I tried on so many dresses in the lead-up, I had no idea what I wanted, but I wanted to feel like me. I eventually found my dress in the Suite on Drury Street in a sample sale. It was bias cut, two very thin layers of silk and felt so beautiful on. I love making things, so I also made my hair band, flower hair piece, veil - and jewellery of course!

* Photographs by Shantanu Starick. For jewellery, see chupi.ie. If you would like your wedding featured here, email weddings@independent.ie

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