By Natasha Anderson in The Laurel of Asheville
Whether you’re looking for a unique way to memorialize your own wedding or to provide a luxurious gift for someone else’s, WNC has no shortage of places to find thoughtful items. Here are two companies that offer beautiful pieces to remind couples of their special day for years to come.
The Artful Chair
“I always thought the amount of detail and beauty on a wedding dress should be enjoyed for more than just a day,” says The Artful Chair owner Jenny Ellis. “The Ever After Chair makes a beautiful memory into a wonderful and usable conversation piece.”
Ellis’s idea came about due to her observation that today’s brides don’t typically wear their mother’s wedding gown, preferring instead to buy their own. The Ever After Chair was created as an alternative way for a daughter to enjoy her mother’s dress on her special day. However, Ellis soon began getting requests from brides who wanted a chair made from their own gown right after the wedding. “The customer response has been amazing,” she says. “I’ve even had a bride select her dress with that purpose in mind.”
The design process begins with Ellis drawing the chair’s silhouette from all sides. She then discusses with the client which parts of the dress will be showcased on the back. The front of the chair is made of other fabrics or leather, so that it is what Ellis refers to as “completely sittable” and not just a showpiece.
“The back really is the show stopper,” she says. “I bring fabrics and leathers, crystal nail heads and beautiful trims to the design table to pick from.”