Monday, December 23, 2013

Celebrating Santa Lucia

Santa Lucia (pronounced Loo-CEE-uh in Scandinavia...what is it here???) ) is December 13th and to celebrate I teamed up with the magical forces of photograph Ciara Richardson and floral designer Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, the ladies with whom I did the Midsummer shoot. These ladies are pure joy to work with and soak in their beautiful aura. 

The holiday celebrates the darkest time of the year with a light festival (December 13th was traditionally thought to be the longest night of the year). In the Scandinavian countries, a procession of girls carry candles and treats wearing white and a red sash. The lead girl wears a crown of candles. We simplified ours with a beautiful bay leaf crown made by me and Ashley (I describe how to make it below).

Read how to make the crown and some behind the scene photos by click below: 


I looked everywhere for a pre-made crown form online and alas, they were all sold out. You can find some pretty over the top forms like this or this but they're not as available as they are in Scandinavia. SO, I had to create my own. Not so much a problem when you're a DIY blog. First, I tried a styrofoam wreath form like this one and I just stuck the candles directly in it and it worked like a charm. BUT, it was too clunky for the garland wrapped around so I had to come up with an alternative.

What I ended up with was using an embroidery hoop, wire, and floral tape. With the wire, I created a spiral slightly smaller than the bottom of the candle then I wired it A LOT to the embroidery hoop over and over and over. You don't want to have flimsy candle holders. If you really want to be safe, add metal cups into the bottom of the spirals. After I placed all four around the hoop, I secured them with white floral tape (again, A LOT) for extra measure. The candles were very secure in the end.

Then Ashley worked her magic and used bay leaves in small clumps wired to the hoop. So pretty huh?! 
Thank you to Jenny Bradley for being such a beautiful model. You are magic. And Jessica Peterson for your gorgeous studio. And Audrey Ellsworth for helping last minute!

And of course, Ashley and Ciara. I don't know how you do it.

Happy (belated) Santa Lucia! 

5 comments:

Karen said...

this is gorgeous brittany!

Nini Anderson said...

Where is that beautiful dress from??

The House That Lars Built said...

It's from ASOS but it's sold out now :(

see what i sea designs said...

Score! As the oldest girl in a VERY Swedish family, Santa Lucia has always been a part of my Christmas. Now I can make my own crown! It's the little things, right? (: Happy New Year!

shelbygail said...

Wow! What a beautiful post… Pictures so eloquent and subject so dear… I lived in Copenhagen for four years and learned all about this cozy tradition.. One of my favorite holiday treats are the "St. Lucia bøller" that my danish friends would make at Christmas time.. Loved this!