Over the last couple of weeks I’ve started to see the humble paper crane take centre stage at some stunningly beautiful weddings. Reading a little bit more in to it, an ancient Japanese legend promises that the person who folds a thousand paper cranes is granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from an illness.
Although traditionally given as a wedding gift from the father, the couple who make a thousand cranes together can wish for a life time of happiness and prosperity… sounds pretty damn romantic to me.
And it looks pretty good too.
A riot of colour and pattern like the image above makes for a spectacular display.
But keeping it white and pure is equally as striking.
Je Mangeimage via Flickr
Hanging from trees they make a sweet and meaningful alternative to streamers…
…whilst an installation such as this can add drama and spectacle.
Image by Jenny EbertPhotography
And I LOVE the ombre effect of the image above.
Following this video tutorial I had a little go earlier this evening and after around 6 minutes of folding, concentrating, pausing, rewinding and “wait- I don’t understand!”-ing, I was the proud owner of this little guy:
Only another 999 to go then!
I have already run the idea past Paul and to say he’s not keen would be an understatement. But I think I’m going to persevere with some gentle attempts at persuasion. An ombre effect display hanging from ceiling to floor of The Great Barn would make a stunning backdrop to get married in front of. And I love the idea of saying our vows in front of something we would have spent hours of care, patience and dedication making. That’s what a marriage is about after all, is it not?
Anyone else thinking of tackling the Japanese legend?