It’s your wedding, and your personality should shine through right down to the very last detail. No matter what your personality, you are sure to find unique wedding favors and wedding cake toppers to suit your every whim and fancy.
If you are dreaming of a wedding with the perfect combination of romance and glamour – this is the look. Maddy Hague, creator of The Inspired Bride blog, is the incredibly talented wedding planner and stylist who designed this table using wholesale flowers from FiftyFlowers.com. It’s simple elegance with the perfect touch of glitz.
I love a Bride with a vision. Mostly when her vision just happens to be seriously gorgeous like this lovely lady’s. Her seaside soiree comes to life beautifully through the images by Danielle Gillett Photography, and it’s all so lovely I couldn’t possible pick my favorite feature of the day.
From the Bride… Growing up in Santa Cruz, I always wanted a beach wedding. However, with my dad in a wheelchair, I couldn’t imagine how we would ever be able to get him onto the sand. I fell in love with the idea of having my wedding at the Seascape Beach Resort because of their beautiful bluff nestled into the cliffs with panoramic ocean vistas and their handicap accessibility. I wanted to transform my ceremony space into the shoreline, mixing flowing grasses, agave and succulents with driftwood, old ship floats, shells and bottles. It felt like you were walking along the beach after a storm. I’d also found old doors and tables that looked like they had spent a lifetime by the sea.
Having grown up in a flower shop, it was really hard for me to pick out my wedding flowers. My mind would change from week to week. I swear I drove my poor mom crazy asking her about all of the different flower combination schemes I would hatch. The flowers had to not only be beautiful but really had speak about what my husband and I like. Finally, I found the perfect mixture of elegant and classic flowers with just the right amount of fun and funky textures. Garden roses, lilac, hydrangea and ranunculus mixed with tillansias, scabiousa pods (my husband’s favorite), succulents and bunny tail grass put me in flower heaven!
For the reception, I wanted to create an oasis. Ever since I started planning my wedding there were three things that I needed for my reception. I had to have a capiz shell chandelier, peony linens (my favorite linen by La Tavola) and casual bamboo chairs. I knew that everything else would fall into place as long as I had those things.
It’s one week until Mollie McGuigan’s wedding and she’s finally sorted the floral arrangements…
It’s my final week in the office before I get married on 25 May. It has mostly been spent worrying about all the stuff I still need to sort out and wondering if there is any small hope that Hackney Town Hall will remove the scaffolding that obscures the entire building.
We have a vague colour scheme of white and gold, with a little bit of pink. My bouquet will be made up of avalanche roses, pale pink alstroemeria, pink lisianthus, cream double lisianthus, heather and a little eucalyptus around the edge. My three bridesmaids will carry smaller versions of my bouquet.
To keep the costs down, we bought milk bottle-type vessels from Ikea and Ruth will fill them with flowers such as roses, alstroemeria, heather, peonies, eucalyptus, stocks, lisianthus and silver thistles. These will sit on each table. At the end of the night, we’ll give them all away to guests as we’re off to Cornwall straight after.
So, I now have one week off. Unfortunately we won’t be lying in bed watching Arrested Development re-runs as planned. Instead we’ll be making 40 meters of paper tassels (yep, the bunting is starting to seem more appealing. No, I won’t go back on the ban. No, I won’t say if I do) and making a playlist for the day and delivering decorations to the venue. Also, I need to get my eyelashes spruced up at Blink, a gel manicure at Paul Edmonds (they do Jessica GELeration nails which are the BEST gel nails) and a spray-tan home-visit from Perfect 10 (only £35. Amazing!). We also need to do a walk-through at the Town Hall with my dad and wrap the wedding favours. Oh, and I need to get a belt made for my dress and pick up my headpiece after failing to pick it up last weekend.
Once all that is done, we’re going to spend the weekend at Malmaison London – it’s big enough to fit my family in and it’s near the ceremony venue and my hairdressers (in the end, we went with Jason and Rachel King at Lily Maila in Clerkenwell. They are ACE). So that’s it. I’ll report back after the wedding and be completely honest about how snotty I get during the ceremony and whether I trip up while walking down the aisle. Both very likely.
If you loved the beautiful DIY wedding this morning and Nata’s gorgeous paper flower bouquets, you are in luck as Nata is sharing how she crafted them with us! She was inspired by a template created by Morgan Levine on Martha Stewart (as was I in the flowers I created for this styled shoot). I just love that this basic idea has inspired different brides to create their own version of giant paper flowers – you might remember these equally awesome giant paper flowers from this wedding I shared last year. Thanks so much Nata for sharing how you created your giant pink paper rose + special thanks to Studio Castillero for the photos of the DIY + her wedding!
Materials (to make one giant rose):
• 1 Roll of floral tape
• 6 18-gauge floral stem wire
• 4 sheets of Doublette crepe paper for petals
• 1 sheet of Doublette crepe paper in green for leaves, calyx, stem
• 1 round pencil
• Craft Glue (we used this kind)
• Crepe paper templates
• 3 copies of teardrop template
• 8 copies of the heart-shaped template
• 2 copies of the leaf template
• 1 copy of the calyx template
Step 1: Cut the petals
Cut 5-6 teardrop petals and 15-6 heart-shaped petals from the petal colored crepe paper.
VERY IMPORTANT: Crepe paper is directional so it matters which way you’re cutting the paper. Make sure the grain is vertical when you’re cutting the flower pieces.
Stack 2 pieces of crepe paper on top of each other then place 1 copy of template over the crepe paper and staple. I don’t recommend cutting more than 2 layers of crepe paper at a time since the edges won’t be cut as cleanly.
Repeat until all of your petals are cut
Step 2: Cut the leaves + calyx
Cut 3 leaves and 1 calyx from the green crepe paper.
Step 3: Make the rose stem
ake 3 loose pieces of floral wire and using craft glue, wrap each one with green crepe paper. Take one leaf and 1 crepe paper wrapped floral wire from step 10 and glue together. Repeat 2 more times.
Take 3 pieces of stem wire and wrap in floral tape.
Step 4: Shape the petals
With both hands, pull from the center of the petal outward. This will create a cupping of the paper (which is what gives it the petal-like quality)
Turn petal over and use the round pencil to curl the top of the petal.
Step 5: Create the rose bud – the inner part of the rose
Take one teardrop shaped petal and wrap around the taped floral wire from Step 3. Use more floral tape to secure. Repeat working your way around the floral wire until all of the teardrop shaped petals are use.
Step 6: Make the rose bloom –the outer part of the rose
Take one heart-shaped petal and wrap around the rose bud, secure with floral tape. Repeat until all petals have been used.
Step 7: Make the leaf-stems
Wrap the calyx around the base of the rose bloom and secure with floral tape.
Cover the floral tape area with more crepe paper.
Step 9: Add leaf-stems to rose
Using craft glue, secure each of the 3 leaf-stems to the rose stem. I found it helpful to use binder clips to hold the stems together while the glue was drying.
And there you go! It might take a little time, but a great (and pretty awesome) alternative to real flowers for your bouquet – plus you can keep these forever!