Wedding Flower Inspiration: Strawflower

Looking for a pop of fun color in your wedding floral arrangements? Strawflowers come in sunset hues of pink, fuchsia, red, orange, yellow, white…and sometimes even deep plum. These annuals (native to Australia) have a papery feel and are also known as the paper daisy, or everlasting daisy. They’re drought resistant and so contain less moisture than most flowers to begin with. They’ll last a long time in a vase, but are easy to dry and make for a great addition to a dried flower arrangement. The first two bouquets are actually dried flower bouquets! Because they’re easy to work with they’re also great for incorporating into décor such as garlands, pet collars, hair wreaths, and even for tossing at the ceremony. I hope these punchy blooms brighten your day and perhaps inspire some ideas for your wedding!

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1-2) The Flower Patch  3) The Seasonal Bouquet Project  4) Lily Red Studio, via Style Me Pretty  5) Pinterest  6) Amber Snow Photography, Bird Dog Florals  7) Design Sponge  8) Behance  9) Pinterest  10) Rose Pete and Lola Too  11) Queen Bee Pagosa  12) NH Woods Creations

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Book Review + Giveaway: Decorate with Flowers

Over the past week I have had the glorious pleasure of reviewing the recently released Decorate with Flowers: Creative Arrangements * Styling Inspiration * Container Projects * Design Tips, by Holly Becker (founder of Decor8) and Leslie Shewring. This book is filled to the brim with easy to do projects, ideas, loads of inspiration, and tons of useful tips. Plus it is absolutely beautiful. With photography by Jacqui Small, and styling by the authors it is one you’ll definitely want to add to your library. And lucky for one of you, Chronicle Books, the American publisher for this title, is giving a copy away to one of our readers!

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Holly and Leslie are two very creative ladies, and what I appreciate most about this visually stunning book is their candor and creativity. They admit upfront they aren’t professionally trained floral designers, but they’ve had a lot of hands-on experience and relate how to achieve the looks pictured in their pages in such a way that it is easy for anyone to do.

Before they dive into their main chapters, they go over choosing creative containers and some of their favorite flowers and herbs to use (and on every page throughout the book they identify what goes into every arrangement seen in the photos which is super helpful!). They also provide a basic list of what you should keep around for spur of the moment at-home arrangements. They then give step by step instructions on putting together a tied posy arrangement, medium arrangement with sass, and a big blowsy arrangement. This primes us well for the main chapters.

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Their main chapters are arranged by style and include “natural” (one of my favs), “pastel & neons,” “market,” “happy brights,” “coastal,” “neutral pop,” “girly glam,” and “black & white.” I love that the authors encourage you to work with what you have, what’s in season, and provide valuable tips on how to keep things from looking tacky. i.e. when complementing pastels with neons, “only work with one or maybe two neon accents so things don’t become too busy or childlike and the eye knows where to look.” In other words, they have a natural inclination for style and they make it accessible to readers.

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Everything about this book, right down to the fonts and layout is upbeat, cheerful, and most importantly friendly to read and inspirational. I love the mood board pages that set the tone for each chapter. The book contains more than a dozen step-specific tutorials, and many, many more quick-tip ideas, as well as entertaining ideas in each chapter. I will be referring to this book for years to come. With so many ideas for making rooms in the home and office fresh for spring, I am so excited to put to use some of the things I learned this month – and the great thing is, tons of the projects in this book are perfect for doing DIY wedding decor. Vintage flower bottle chair backs? Yes please!

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A few of my favorite projects from this treasure trove are the quick and simple wreath, apothecary bottle chandelier, Liberty print flower pots, and string-covered jam jars. Ah! But there are so many more beautiful ones. You’re just going to have to take a look for yourself! Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a copy. We’ll be announcing a winner next week. Can’t wait? Order one right here.

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Crochet Wedding Dress Inspiration

Crochet is one of those beautiful arts that are perfect for a bohemian or vintage style wedding dress, especially in summer. Because crochet is most often done with cotton, these gowns are comfortable and breathable. This technique can create many romantic patterns, from fine and intricate, to bold and almost knotted looking. One of the things I love about crochet is the ability to create a wide range of styles from glamour garden chic, to beachy boho. Crochet was also a popular technique in making Irish wedding gowns in the 1800’s and you can still find some stunning vintage examples with flowing ivory layers of cotton crochet lace. If you’re handy with a crochet needle and are looking for a carefree style, you might even consider making your own. You can do so for as little as $20! I hope you enjoy some of my favorites for inspiration below.

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1) Dreamers and Lovers  2-3) Pinterest  4) Free People  5) Jane Hill  6) Lumirelle  7) Edwardian vintage crochet wedding dress, Brittany Esther Photography  8) Kitsch Bitch (pattern)  9) Only Favorites (pattern)  10-11) Daughters of Simone  12-13) Claire Pettibone

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Bohemian Gypsy Bridal Style {Christa Elyce Photography}

A floral crown always catches my eye (definitely on my list of favorite things in life), and with a fresh pop of summery red, pink, and yellow, this one definitely has fun and free-spirited written all over it! Styled with an off the shoulder hi-low dress by Free People, and plenty of pretty bangles this is a look we absolutely love for the nature inspired bride. Great for a relaxed outdoor wedding, this style also allows for comfortable sandals (Sseko sandals would be perfect!), or even bare feet. If you’re the type of bride who can’t imagine wearing heels this is definitely for you! Love this style but imagine yourself in more of a full-length gown? This could be the perfect look for your bridesmaids. Thank you Christa Elyce for sharing this beautiful bohemian look!

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Photography: Christa Elyce / Floral: Something Special in Flowers / Makeup: Jen Marine Makeup Artistry / Dress: Free People

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