A Pretty Bridal Bouquet Inspired by “Dusty Jewel Tones”
May 20th, 2015
About a month ago I was contacted by a bride to create a bouquet inspired by a muted, pretty palette of rich colors. I loved the combination and was excited to take on another bridal client, which led me to finish the bouquet (plus a few bonus boutonnieres) within a few weeks. It was nice to be working on flowers again, and I followed my whim and inspiration to do things a little bit differently this time. Each flower and leaf is much more highly embellished than work I have done in the past, and I created more types of flowers (many of them found in my book, Fabric Blooms) to arrange into the bouquet.
One thing unique about the felt flower bouquets I originally designed and have been creating for nearly 8 years now is that they are arranged with thick-gauge wire very tightly before I give them to the client. This allows the bride to “fluff” the bouquet out before her wedding day and expand the volume of the bouquet significantly. So for now, it looks kind of small, but the bride can customize the fullness by gently pulling the stems apart. These hand-embroidered fabric flower bouquets are created to last for generations with proper care and storage, and the resilient structure of the bouquet itself is a huge part of that.
It was definitely a freeing and exciting exercise in creating something beautiful not just for the client, but something that I was proud to have designed. Something I was truly able to have fun with. I look forward to seeing photos from the bride (especially with her beautiful coral-colored shoes!) next month. Congratulations to her and her future husband, and thanks to them for the opportunity to have a little fun.