One year of building 4 vases, 68 roses, 16 thistles, 42 personalised minifigure guests, 1 table plan, 13 large letters and 8 boxes of Lego, the mega Lego Wedding build was complete!
I will keep this post short and to the point, as the images speak to themselves. The Lego Rose & Thistle Vases were setup per table, with their personalised favours. I also added some last minute Lego letters for the top table spelling out our new name – Mr & Mrs Johnson. Wooden letter boxes full of Lego bricks were also provided for our guests…. even if it did mean I ended up with a variety of Lego cocks by the end of the evening!
Our Lego Wedding Cake finished everything off nicely, courtesy of Cake & Lace from Newbury. The three layered cake had two personalised and edible Lego version of myself and my wife. Each layer had sections peeled back revealing a Lego brick interior. It was perfect and tasted great to!
Time to finally close this chapter and plan my next Lego build.
An English Rose for a wedding between an English groom and a Scottish bride… this was always going to go down well with her side of the border! Over a six month period on and off and whilst moving to Japan part way through, I built four different variations of my Lego Rose. The end result was an elegant Lego rose which was also somewhat and “wedding guest proof”.
It all started with this simple design, using a similar approach to the Lego Tulip. A little too small for my table centerpiece though… let’s make it bigger! I simply built upon the initial version by adding extra petals to give a three layered petal design with an interior centre twist. The second iterations increased size worked, but felt overly ‘blocky’ (yes I know I was building with Lego). The new stem looked great though.
Lego Rose v3
How to make Lego look less ‘blocky’? I think my third iteration answers this question, with a slimmed down version with rounded petals. I achieved this by layering up basic slate bricks and combing them with trapezium slate bricks to add extra curves. Adding some small sloped tile bricks increased the effect. These four petal cores were attached to an improved central block with a twisting centre. Using the small tiles in the centre, I also found these really elegant curved bricks which I overlapped to pull the design together. This design was a significant improvement on its predecessor!
Final Lego Rose Design (v4)
Elegance is all well and good, yet when it can’t stand up by itself it is beyond useless for a wedding! The final Lego Rose was a minor tweak on its predecessor, with the aim to add strength.
I found some old plastic tubes which I think were part of a Lego submarine I got in Torquay as a child and inserted one within the stem of the rose. This added the much needed rigidity to the stem. I managed to find a suitable set of similar plastic tubes from Joshin across the road from my apartment in Kobe, Japan. To get the rose head to connect to the stem I had to tweak the inside of the rose base a little for the tube to sit inside. A little elegance was lost in the base of the flower, but this was quickly resolved with a larger green cylinder.
Other updates to the design included minor tweaks to the petals for simplicity and strength. There were a few drop tests involved and was surprisingly sturdy!
Happy with the design it was time to replicate and build 68 of my Lego Roses and design 4 vases! You can read about this in my next blog post. Let me know your thoughts and comments on my final Lego Rose design.
After distracting my wife to be with a shiny engagement ring, it was time to order a ton of Lego and start the design phase of my year long Lego Wedding project!
Once I got over the new brick excitement, I knocked together a small simple Lego flower with 7 petals clipped onto a Lego technic steering wheel. Simple yet dull.
I then got more creative and developed two new intricate and effective techniques. The yellow Tulip (open and closed versions) took 4 core petals which were attached to a central core with outward facing studs. I liked this lots. I then tried another technique by layering various slate bricks upon each other to build a larger red flower (not a clue if this resembles any real world flower). This technique allowed me to create petals of any shape. These quick mock ups would form the basis of the next two flowers I would design…
Flicking through images of Gerberas flowers on Pintrest, I concluded it would be good candidate for my layered petal technique. My initial version used a two tiered petal design clipped onto a octagon shaped Lego brick. I then added another technic steering wheel to it’s centre to complete the flower (left pic). Whilst this worked well, it wasn’t round or full enough. I therefore tweaked the petal design and added extras to create the full Gerberas look (right pic). This design also leveraged a Lego pipe which was secured to a technique wheel and octagon. Only issue was it was a little heavy, yet still quite a realistic copy of a real life Gerberas.
Designing a Lego Rose was always going to be a flower I would want to attempt for the Lego Wedding! My Lego Rose was built using the same technique as the Tulip, with a central core of outward facing studs attaching 4 core petals. The picture below is the second version of my Lego Rose. I take this design further in my next blog post focused on perfecting Lego Rose design…