I have a confession: I don’t like ring pillows. It's not the aesthetics because I’ve seen really nice ones over the years, but the fact that they are pretty much discarded after the wedding. I asked around why we use these satin pillows, and apparently they've played a role in wedding ceremonies dating back to the time of the Romans and Egyptians. Wedding rings were so valuable that the cushion presentation was a measure of their precious nature.
As a wedding photographer I’m always looking for new ways to take ring photos. Rings on a bible, rings pinned up again the bride’s heals, and (of course) rings on the ring pillow are a little pedestrian, so trying to find alternatives, I decided to check Etsy.com for inspiration.
I stumbled across a wonderful boutique called Cherie Coquette. The owner, Cathy Pugh, crafts mugs, ornaments and ring dishes, as well as a beautiful set of customizable lovebird ornaments. Instead of the traditional pillow, how beautiful would it be to attach the rings to the lovebirds? Unlike beautiful but generic satin ring pillows, these could become a family heirloom.
I borrowed my husband's ring and took a few detail shots of our rings with the lovebirds and calla lily. I wish I had thought of this for our wedding! What do you think? Please feel free to leave a comment below.