The Legend of the Paper Crane

The Legend of the Paper Crane


the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information etc. passed from to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice.

I like wedding traditions; wearing a veil, the father walking the bride down the aisle and I love a good wedding speech. I also like that people are creating their own traditions to pass down onto the next generation.

When I started reading more into the legend behind the crane I knew Love Paper Crane was the perfect name for my business.  I’ve always loved origami and visually I love 1000 paper crane hanging together it looks very impressive.

As the legend is told, folding 1000 paper cranes and stringing them together (called a senbazuru), you will be granted one wish by a mystical crane. The art of folding 1000 paper cranes requires the same skills as is needed to make a marriage work; time (folding 1000 paper cranes can take over 100 hours) patience (because, sometimes patience is required when dealing with your man) and happiness. Paper Crane

In China the crane is a symbol of longevity and immortality. In Japan the crane is said to live for 1000 years, the crane is loyal as it mates for life, has a lot of strength and it flies high for miles without tiring. The Japanese Americans in Hawaii fold 1001 paper cranes, an extra crane for good luck. Paper cranes are also folded and given as gifts for hope and to show support for loved ones suffering from illness.

Paper Crane

So what do you do with your cranes after an event? I plan to place them all together in a photo frame. They make me smile and remind me every day how happy and incredibly lucky I am. I also add paper cranes to my Christmas tree, you could spray them gold or sprinkle with glitter.

1000cranes_framed Paper Crane

Image 1 – Glamour and Grace  |  Image 2 – Anna Kim Photography  |  Image 3 –  Emily VanHoff

Image 4 – Etsy

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SECC Wedding Show - October 2014

SECC Wedding Show – October 2014

Love Paper Crane has been a work in progress for a number of years and I was excited to finally launch at the SECC Wedding Show in Glasgow.  It became a family affair with my aunts and cousins there to help set up and to talk to the lovely newly engaged couples over the weekend.

Being a perfectionist normally I feel quite nervous and overwhelmed by such big events and don’t get me wrong there were lots of stressful moments on the lead up to the event but on the day I was excited and felt more confident having my cousin Fiona by my side to help. I remember the feeling of getting engaged myself, it was one of the happiest moments of my life and it was great to meet the new brides-to-be and see them getting and excited or emotional about their big day.

Thank you to paper company G.F. Smith for visiting my stand and it was lovely to meet the editor of The Scottish Wedding Directory.

Over the next few months I’ll be developing some new wedding invitations for the range along with some bespoke wedding invitations. My lovely cousin Fiona (who helped at the weekend) is getting married in Spain next Summer, I will be designing a unique destination table plan, menu, order of service and other little details. See her wedding invitations here.

Love Jo

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