Posts Tagged ‘protea’

DIY Wednesday: Nature-Inspired Bouquet
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself

By: Brittni Mehlhoff

Flowers are often an intimidating task for brides to tackle, and bouquets are known as being the trickiest of them all. The good news is, it’s actually more doable than you might guess and you don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy blooms to make it look great.  Try this simple technique and you’ll be putting together a beautiful, nature-inspired bouquet in no time.

Materials: bells of ireland • wax flowers • proteas • scissors • ribbon • rubber band or twine

Step One • Start by removing excess leaves from the bottoms of the stems.

Step Two • Next, gather a couple of the larger blooms and criss cross the stems as you hold them in one hand. Then, place the grouping (about 4-6 stems) on a flat surface.

Step Three • Continue adding additional stems on top of what you already have laid out on your flat surface.

Step Four • Once you’ve reached a desired fullness, grab the stems just under the blooms and hold them up. Make adjustments to the flowers to ensure the bouquet is round and full, taller in the center, and shorter around the periphery.

Step Five • Using a rubber band or twine, secure the finished bouquet, and add a decorative ribbon to complete the arrangement.

Photos and Project by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch


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A Fresh + Lovely Real Wedding by Kurt Boomer Photo
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

When I saw Denise and Michael’s album, I was totally taken with the soft colors, the beautiful natural setting, and the fresh photographs by Kurt Boomer.  While planning, the couple simply chose a few of their favorite things and planned the day around them: nature, outdoors, and things that are aged and well loved.  Enjoy this fresh and lovely real wedding of the week set in Pala, California…Denise found inspiration for her florals while at the farmer’s market one afternoon.  A vendor was selling locally-grown proteas at an amazing price; right then and there she ordered them for the bouquets and centerpieces!The organic feel of the wedding invitations by Wedding Paper Divas matched the lush scenery of the incredible outdoor venue, the Secluded Garden Estate.Denise and Michael’s romance is a sweep-you-off-your-feet kind of a story…  They met in Las Vegas.  It only took the duration of a dinner for Denise to know that he was the one!  A week later she moved across the country to be with him.
Michael’s prized 1952 Willys wagon made an appearance; it was the perfect spot for portraits. The couple wanted the reception to feel comfortable and relaxed, like an afternoon at their house with good food, music, drinks, and the people they love the most.

See the full story & album…

Photographs by Kurt Boomer Photo

Venue: Secluded Garden Estate

Invitations by Wedding Paper Divas

Bride’s Hair by Allison Catalano of Grand Creation Salon

Bride’s Makeup by Stephanie Lee of Motives Cosmetics

Bridal Gown by The Limited

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Individually Sourced

Bride’s Fascinator by Fascinate Me LLC

Rentals by Premier Party Rentals

Catering by Temecula Catering

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