Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Oh my lovely bridal bouquet...those perfect pink hydrangeas looked like a wonderful combination of ruffly lingerie and frothy cotton candy clouds. I've always been a fan of simple arrangements...not too much muss or fuss, because really, doesn't nature know best when it comes to flowers? I love bouquets that look like they were just picked in one single delicious clump from the earth. To save money I decided to forgo having a florist arrange my bouquet (plus I have this unwavering conviction that if I don't make something myself I won't be happy with it...it's a bit of a sickness I know, but that's just what comes of being a crafty perfectionist!) Now for those of you who share my sickness, doing your own florals is doable, but it comes with it's own set of challenges. I wouldn't advise it if you are having a large wedding (or maybe just make your own bouquet and let the professionals do the rest), but we only had 25 guests, so we needed 5 centerpieces (I alternated one pink hydrangea with two white per vase and vice versa) and one bridal bouquet. My bridesmaids and flower girl carried soft silvery pussy willow bouquets that I had made months in advance.
Now I foolishly thought that if I planned obsessively in advance that I could avoid any problems, but the wedding gods were having none of it. I had thought I was covering my bases by phoning several times to the florist and confirming what sort of care the flowers would require when I picked them up the day before. The plan was to pick them up around noon (when they were supposed to be in), take them to my parents' timeshare, tie my bouquet, have a BBQ, go to the wedding venue, have a brief rehersal, then set up decor and cut the centerpieces. However, the flowers were delivered late, then the florists wanted to let them sit in hot water for two hours before I could pick them up (which they never told me would need to be done) so there was no time to tie my bouquet before the BBQ. Fast forward to the wedding venue where nothing has been set up like the hotel promised it would be and picture me at 11:30 the night before the wedding making centerpieces and tying my bouquet. Not exactly how I pictured the evening going!! Now at the end of the day, I'd still do it myself because it allowed me total creative control and the ability to alter my design ideas as I went along (sometimes you picture one thing and when you actually get the materials and start working with them you realize something else will look better). But be forewarned, being your own florist is not for the faint at heart!
In addition to the three hydrangea bunches I wired three spokes of white and pink feathers which peeked out from the underside of the bouquet. The only other embellishment was a gorgeous antique cameo I inherited from my great aunt. It was my something old, and perfectly fit with the romantic vintage feel of the event.
All photos by Orange Girl
Saturday, September 26, 2009
From the category of things that make me smile and go all ooey gooey inside....this adorable couple with their adorable bunny! This is an engagement shoot from Orange Girl Photography and it makes me wish that I had a basket full of bunny.
Friday, September 25, 2009
These are probably one of my favorite of my DIY wedding projects. After an early rejected design that somehow felt more like a winter wedding accessory I came up with these delicious feathered pussy willow creations. They perfectly fit the feel and look of my romantic vintage wedding and were the perfect showcase for my pussy willow motif. The above photo is taken by my insanely talented photographer Kirstie Tweed of Orange Girl Photography operating in Banff, Canada. And trust me, if you're looking for a beautiful spot for a destination wedding and haven't decided yet, Kirstie's talent alone should be enough to swing the decision. I'll be featuring more of her wonderful work over the next weeks.
I had a lot of fun making these fuzzy feathered creations, although, I warn you if you're planning on making your own, make them way in advance as they are finicky and not something you want to be doing the day before the big day! Probably the biggest challenge is wrapping the ribbon to properly cover the stems attractively and securely. But it was incredibly satisfying to see the finished result pinned to the dapper lapels of the wedding party. And of course, aside from the pussy willows which my husband and I collected ourselves, my supplies were all procured on Etsy.