Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wrist Corsages for Weddings

With so many "special guests" at a wedding, it is a very thoughtful gesture to honour them with their own flowers. Clay flower corsages are a perfect gift for the special people in your lives not only on the day of your wedding, but as a keepsake of this special day.

Here are an assortment of wedding corsages, complete with a pearl wristlet (just to make it a bit fancier!). Even the most delicate blossoms like gardenias, peonies, roses and poppies can be transformed into beautiful, everlasting wedding corsages!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Yellow Roses = Friendship

I just love summer roses...and here is a bouquet of a dozen clay flower roses. Yellow roses are the colour of friendship, so they make a thoughtful gift or gesture to give to a friend or loved one.

Sadly, this particular bouquet was given to close family friends with deepest sympathy and remembrance, which we hope will give comfort to the family - much more practical than real flowers, especially in this situation. They may choose to keep the bouquet together or to give each member of the family a blossom to keep.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

More Wedding Photos - Amy & Rob

There are so many ways for the bride to personalize her wedding day! By having a colour story that repeats throughtout all of the thoughtful wedding items, all of the pieces co-ordinate for a more sophisticated look. The wedding colours that Amy chose included: cherry red, baby blue and white - perhaps not the typical summer wedding colours, but that is what made her day even more special!

These colours not only worked well together, they were very complementary to all skin tones of the bridal party, as well as the existing decor pieces at the wedding venue The country landscape was lovely and although the day started and ended with rain, Amy and Rob's wedding was bright and sunny...and bountiful with natural greenery (and a nice summer breeze for the comfort of the guests).

Here are some photos of the table centerpieces - votive lanterns surrounded by a ribbon-wrapped grapevine wreath and a cluster of clay flowers. Amy added some blue ribbon and a whimsical tag to the lantern which marked the tables for guests to find their seats. At the end of the evening, one lucky guest from each table was able to take the centerpiece home - what a thoughtful keepsake of the wedding!

For the cake, which looked elegant and delicious smothered in buttercream icing, Amy requested a large scale red poppy to fit the 6" round top layer. I added a few stephanotis, ribbon and greenery. The cake flower gets set into the cake just before the wedding reception and should be wiped dry from any icing that touches the flower - no mess, no fuss - and an everlasting flower to keep!

Real Wedding Photos - Amy & Rob

The bridesmaid bouquets were a thoughtful gift from Amy - she was so excited to give the everlasting clay flowers to her special attendants. She shared with me that each of them had a favourite flower and I incorporated these special flowers into each of their flower bouquets. The attendants wore dark cherry red coloured dresses, so the white bouquets would be an elegant contrast - the colours looked great together! For the bouquets, I mixed with several shades of white roses were feature flowers that included: white lilies, white gerbera daisies, white tulips, white poppies, white victorian roses. The attendants love their special flowers and will have them for years to come. One commented to me at the wedding yesterday that the clay flowers looked so real that she had to flick a bug off of her bouquet several times!

Real Wedding Photos

I have had the pleasure of working with Amy since meeting her last fall at a bridal show. She has become a real fan of clay flowers and it was a pleasure to design the wedding invitations and clay flowers for her wedding to Rob. The wedding was yesterday and I was delighted to drop by to see the ceremony. It was a lovely afternoon wedding in the country - the wedding party looked gorgeous and there was a lot of love and happiness for this special day! Thank you for allowing me to share in your wedding day.
Congratulations Amy and Rob - may your long life together be full of good health and everlasting happiness!

Clay flowers look so realistic, in person and in photos! I was happy to deliver Amy's entire order of wedding flowers nine days before the less (very important) component of a wedding not to worry about for the bride and groom! I was going on vacation and would not be back until moments before the ceremony, so delivering the flowers in advance worked well for everyone - there is no fresh florist that can do that!

Amy's wedding flowers included: Red Poppies, Red Peonies, Red Roses and Stephanotis. She specifically did not want any greenery in her bouquet, so there were challenges for me to keep the design as life-like as possible. One solution is that I mixed the clay to have several shades of red to give it a more realistic look. Amy was thrilled with how it turned out! Robert's boutonniere was designed using a sentimental flower for him - cherry blossoms! So delicate in real life, there is no way fresh blossoms could have been used (let alone found here, this time of year).

I will post some more of the clay flower details so you can see how everlasting flowers made of clay can work into your special event or home decor.