Milk glass was manufactured from the 1500’s to the 1900’s in England. It is an opaque glass that comes in colours of white, green, blue, pink, caramel and black. Older glass has a translucency to it when held up to the light whereas newer pieces are more opaque.
Blue milk glass was mainly made in France and is highly priced by collectors today. Characterised by patterns of flowers, molded with bumps (hobnail) or to look like lace, some of the pieces were originally sold containing mustards or preserves to entice the housewife to buy the product.
My favourite site for the history of milk glass, tips on collecting and to view some fine examples are Nancy’s Collectibles . View the beautiful caramel vase and sugar bowl on Nancy’s site – beautiful examples to lust for or find copies of for your new home.
Katherine’s grandmother and great aunt adorned their walking sticks with gold ribbon
Katherine and Jon wed just before sunset in a ceremony they wrote themselves.
Katherine’s brother, sister-in-law and grandmother did surprise readings for Katherine and Jon during the ceremony.
As the sun set, Katherine and Jon were pronounced husband and wife.
Guests gathered in the winery foyer for drinks and canapes while Katherine and Jon said goodbye to their celebrant Jan Oxenbould
Katherine and Jon moved their canapés inside to the winery foyer at the last minute due to the cold weather. The original plan was to serve them in a courtyard where the couple had arranged for Morrocan lanterns to be strung up. Catching a private moment after their ceremony as they were rejoining their guests, Jon caught Katherine around the waist under the trellis. The moment in time led to the couple’s favourite wedding photo.
The couple did away with tradition- there was no first dance, no garter toss and no long speeches! Instead, they planned for a dinner party style reception with their string quartet playing throughout.
Katherine and Jon DIY’ed as much as they could! Makeup, hair, makeup, save the dates, invitations, menus, place cards, flowers and buttonholes. Katherine and Jon created their own stationery myself using matte blush pink and charcoal card from Eckersleys and charcoal grosgrain ribbon (the same ribbon was used on the invitations, save the date cards, cake and bouquets).
During their thank-you speeches,the couple presented their parents with beautiful hand-painted platters to thank them for their support during our engagement and Katherine’s grandmother with a pair of Swarovski crystal mice to thank her. She used to collect Swarovski animals but her collection was stolen years ago during a house break-in – the couple told her that they thought it was time she started collecting again!
The beautiful wedding cake was created by Rebecca Gayle. Katherine’s brother and sister in law gave the couple a Waterford cake knife on the night before the wedding, which they placed on the cake table and used to cut the cake (Katherine’s parents gave them the matching Waterford crystal champagne glasses to drink from on the night!)
Katherine and Jon collected photos of various family member’s weddings and framed them and put them on the table with the cake and guest book, including Katherine’s grandmother’s wedding from the 1940s and her great aunt’s wedding in the 1950s.
The guests enjoyed the delicious food and wine provided by Bimbadgen Estate. With the dinner party format, the atmosphere provoked deep conversations and many new friends were made- including two new relationships!
Katherine and Jon thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding day on Polka Dot Bride!