Things I Love: Keys

One of my favorite stories when I was younger was The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. After I read that story, I imagined one day I’d find a garden of my own simply by walking through some thick brush or by finding an old, mysterious-looking key that would unlock a secret door. Ever since then I’ve always thought that there was just something magical about old skeleton keys…what do they open? To whom did they belong? It’s exactly that mystery and magic that make them one of my absolute favorite details.


{key bouquet and styling by Dandelion and Grey; photos by Olive Juice Photography via Style Me Pretty}

This week’s Plum and Bronze Glamour Inspired Creations Contest shoot featured keys.

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{stationery by Paper Bloom, styling by Fleur:ology, image by Diana Marie Photography}

Each of Jessica Claire’s save the dates had a unique antique key attached.

{invitations created by Kari Dyas, image by Jessica Claire}

Absolutely love love love this whole invitation suite:

{key save the dates design and photo by photo by kate gabriel, letterpress printing by Stu­dio on Fire; via Oh So Beautiful Paper}

{key invites photos by kate gabriel via Oh So Beautiful Paper}

The same bride’s wedding decor included key elements too:

{key escort card photo by Eric Lundgren via 100 Layer Cake}

Some other keys for escort cards:

{key escort card photo by Gabriel Harber Photography via The Inspired Bride}

{key escort cards photos by Julie Harmsen via The Wedding Chicks}

Keys as a guest book? Love it. The couple had guests pick a key, attach a note with their marital advice to it, and tie it to a tree.

{key guest book photos by Larissa Cleveland via Style Me Pretty}

And finally, two of my favorites together: ribbons and keys. Fantastic!

{hanging keys from Nonpareil via 100 Layer Cake}

How else can you incorporate keys? Or, did anyone use keys for their wedding? How did you end up collecting so many keys?