Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Amanda's Love Story Necklace

This is Amanda's finished Love Story Necklace, for her to wear on her wedding day. Amanda was one of the two winners from my Love Story Necklace Contest, where I asked brides to be to tell me their love story in order to win a custom wedding necklace.

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wedding necklaceAmanda's beautiful love story filled with pain and strength, twists and turns, and the photo below inspired the design for this Love Story Necklace.

The sweetest moment of a relationship captured.
honesty. playfulness. trust. fun. strength.

I designed Amanda's necklace while reflecting on this moment. I think that a partnership, a marriage is about making life a little easier for each other. I know, I know.....relationships and marriage are not easy, far from it. But I do believe that because of these moments they become worth the work. Having someone there to pick you up when you fall, to make you laugh when you hate the world, to hold your hand when you're getting blood taken is............ kind of nice.

Life is risky. We take risks every day. My generation is skeptical of marriage. We've seen a lot of failed marriages and many of us are unsure if it is worth the risk. I think it is though. I know that love is amazing, falling in love is pretty damn fun, and loving someone with all of your heart and feeling that love in return feels incredible. When we take risks every day of our lives, why wouldn't we take a risk on one of the most amazing feelings we get to experience in this world? Why not take a risk on love?

One of my favourite inspirational life coaches and blogger Stacy Curnow posted this quote by poet Mary Oliver on her blog the other day and I think it is perfect:

To live in this world, you must be able to do three things:
to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones
knowing your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.

-Mary Oliver


  1. beautiful piece, beautiful post, beautiful patsy

  2. Gorgeous! It looks great!

  3. Thank-you! I think it will look really great on the lovely Amanda.

  4. Such a powerful piece, especially knowing there is so much emotion behind it. I'm with you on taking risks in love as well as in life.

  5. Good work Patsy! How lucky for Amanda!

    Amanda, I want to see a picture of you in your dress and necklace on your wedding day!


  6. Each love story as unique as it is powerful and moving and beautiful! I love this idea, and the work you create, Patsy!

  7. Oh, that's gorgeous! And for me, I think the story behind it is just as important to its beauty as the design itself!