Monday, June 18, 2012

Flowers for Men

The men in this wedding fared pretty well too! 

Each of the guys wore a hand made paper boutineer. It consisted of a book page rolled flower with a leaf back and a very small tree branch stem.  You would think that the smaller the simpler but not so!  Laura did all the flowers for the guys and they turned out great.  They were a bit challenging with the way they had to be rolled and rerolled and hot glued.  I am surprised Laura's fingertips are still in tact!

The groom's flower was definitely my favorite.
The best part about this picture was me holding this up and Kathy telling me to stop moving my arm around so she could get a good picture!  She is quite the amazing photographer!

Look closely and see the hot glue :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Bride's Bouquet

I found the page out of the Knot with the picture of the paper bouquet that Briee loved.  I don't have a picture of that particular creation but I did find the web site of the lady who made it.  She is an amazing and talented artist and I didn't see anything that she has made that I didn't like!

Her name is Eloise Corr Danch and you can check out her web site here.

Since that feature in the bridal magazine The Knot, paper flowers and bouquets have been popping up everywhere!  A search on Etsy for paper flowers produced 76,311 results.  There is everything from book pages to tissue paper to scrapbook paper and sheet music. 

For Briee's flowers we used several different papers. 

     Double sided scrapbook paper
     Book pages
     Sheet music

We stuck with primarily white  flowers and added green in the leaves and blue and green in the smaller filler flowers and trailing curls.  

I love this picture of her bouquet!

We also incorporated tulle and some small beads and beaded flowers from her mother's and her grandmother's wedding veils.  It was the most lovely personal touch to add. 

We used a standard plastic and foam bouquet base. It was a good size and lightweight too. 

All of the paper was found at Hobby Lobby, Joanns and Michaels.  Oh, and some vintage books and music  from our favorite thrift stores!  The flowers were cut using Laura's Cricut.  We experimented until we found the shape and size that worked best and  then cut all of each flower we needed at once.  We tried to make notes about which flowers were what sizes and how many  but our notes were either illegible or misplaced :)

I did also make some of the origami  flowers that you can find directions for online.  That is the only origami I will ever be able to do and I had to read the directions for each and every flower! Have I ever mentioned I am not so good with reading AND following directions?

When we had plenty of variety of flowers, (I think we used about 5 different ones)  we just started sticking them in the base and moving them around until they looked good. I wish I would have kept track of how long this all took us.  I know there were at least two days of me holding the bouquet and Laura moving and squishing flowers until they were going the direction she liked!  We covered the handle and the back very last and tried to stick the little curls in right where we wanted them when it was all done.

This was most definitely a team effort.  She would tell you that I made the bouquet but don't be fooled!  She cut, I assembled and together we came up with one of the most beautiful paper creations I have ever made.    Then we did it all over again for the bridesmaids.

Tomorrow's post, boutineers. I will give the guys a turn.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wedding Wrap Up - Paper Style

May 18th, 2012 has come and gone and while the wonderful memories of the day are still fresh in my mind, here are a few pictures of what we have been up to for the past year and a half.  
All photography by Kathryn Dokter.  Special thanks to her for taking all these pictures and capturing every detail just as I had hoped!

Everything that could be made out of paper was!  
The bride fell in love with a paper flower bouquet and they rest, as they say, is history. 

More details and sources to come as the week goes on. 
 (It may take me a week to remember it all :)

 Congratulations again Briee and Ryan!
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