Bride Puts Her Dad's Ashes In Her Wedding Day Nails
By Dave Basner
August 14, 2020
Wedding days are momentous events and while it is an overall joyous occasion, it can also be difficult for some brides and grooms with loved ones who aren't at the ceremony because they've passed away. Many deal with it by bringing photos of their late relatives or even wearing something that belonged to them so that in a way, they are present.
Charlotte Watson lost her dad to cancer four months before her nuptials and found a special way to include him in her big day - the 26-year-old used his ashes in her nails. Charlotte's cousin, Kirsty Meakin, a nail artist and YouTuber, gave her a one-of-a-kind manicure that featured the ashes encased in her nails. To get the nails just right, Kirsty and Charlotte went through the ashes to find pieces that would work. When they selected both dust-like pieces and small bits of bone fragments, Kirsty created a French ombre manicure.
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The full tutorial is up on my YouTube channel (link in bio) These nails were made with love. I created these wedding nails for my cousin Charlotte. Her father (my uncle Mick) sadly passed away at the end of April this year. He was an absolute legend, patient, kind and loved by so many. It was so sad that he couldn't be there to walk his daughter down the aisle on her big day. This got me thinking..... I wanted Charlotte to have her Father with her is some way or another . I came up with the idea to use Micks ashes in her nails. This way he would be there holding her hand as she walks down the aisle. This was an emotional day for us both and we are so please with how they turned out. I'm going to remove the nails for Charlotte after they have grown out for around 4 weeks so they will be preserved and kept in a keep sake box as a beautiful memory of the day. What better way to have used a tiny amount of ashes to bring such happiness. Rest in peace uncle Mick we love you dearly Thanks for the support beautiful people Kirsty Meakin
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These nails were made with love, for my beautiful cousin @charlotte_barber_watson I encapsulated her fathers ashes inside her wedding nails.I call these nails "memory nails" Now her father will hold her hand every step of the way on her wedding day. I hope I did you proud uncle Mick. 💒💐💍👰🏼🤵🏼 It's gonna be an emotional one. We will save the nails in a keep sake box once iv safely removed them. Untill then enjoy #wedding #weddingnails #ashestoashes #nails #nailsofinstagram #nailart #mightymick #frenchnails #babyboomernails #swarovskinails @nailpromagazine @nailsmagazine @scratchmagazine #showscratch #naionails #cancersucks #doingitformick Crystals from @bluestreakcrystals dont forget to use discount code KIRSTY5 xx
Kirsty filmed the whole process and posted it on her YouTube page where the comments are all very positive. Charlotte described how people felt about her nails saying, "The reaction we got was incredible, not just from my family and friends but from thousands of people who watched the video and shared it."
Following the wedding, Kirsty removed the nails and glued them to a photo frame so Charlotte could keep them, and the ashes on them, forever. Charlotte plans to have jewelry made from he rest of her fathers ashes.
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