11.18.2010

.Rustic Elegance Part 2.

I think today is a fabulous day to show you more of my DIY wedding crafts. Last time we took a look (-say that line fast) at the centerpieces and table numbers. Today we will focus on the flower bouquets. I had a great time making these artificial flowers come to life to create a rustic elegance with real twigs, ribbon, and berries! 


For the bridesmaid bouquets, I used light green Hydrangeas which matched the green in the groomsmen vests and ties just perfectly! I added white Hydrangeas with the green ones in the maid of honor's bouquet to make her stand out from the rest--it was subtle but pretty. 

Silk flowers and ribbon from Michaels.

Once my flowers were arranged and the bouquet secured with wire, I then cut the stems short--about 4 inches in length. I used the stems from the artificial flowers as my guide for adding the twigs. I cut the twigs all the same length--6 inches to cover the stems--using pruning shears and laid them side to side on a table. Once the twigs were perfectly lined up in a row very tightly packed next to each other, I took my hot glue gun and made 4 long horizontal lines of glue across the entire row of twigs. This held the twigs together and made it easy to wrap around the stems of the flowers. When the twigs were wrapped around the stems, I secured them using wire. When the wire was in place the only thing missing was the pretty ribbon to cover it! I wrapped the ribbon around-and-around-and-around until I was satisfied and used two pins to hold it all together. The end result looked great and I was one happy bride :)


Bridal Bouquet.


I used the same technique to make my bouquet. I used off white, almost light tan, Hydrangeas because I chose to have an ivory dress. Adam was wearing a brown tux with an ivory vest and tie. I included the green berries in my bouquet and in Adam's boutonniere which I will share with you in a later post.



I LOVE this shot.


Here is a picture of all the ladies. Adam and I were blessed to have our family members share our day with us.

Left to Right: Sister-in-law Naomi, Sister-in-law Maria, Me, Cousin Jessica, Sister-in-law Kim


Be on the look out for Part 3 coming soon! Thank you to John Rozier for capturing these beautiful images.

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