My passion for paper flowers began in the run up to my wedding in 2016. I love flowers and I had lots of ideas of how I wanted to incorporate them into our special day. (I had pretty much planned my dream wedding on Pinterest. Hands up who else has?)
As the wedding date got closer I decided I really wanted to hold on to as many memories as I could from the day so I made the decision that I wanted my flowers to last too. I did some research (got back on Pinterest!) and thought I would try making the flowers myself from paper so they would last. My Mum bought me a pack of crepe paper for my birthday in March and it all started from there. I began to experiment, play with shapes, colours and fell in love with the process!
My now husband Jake and myself have a passion for travelling and our home is filled with maps. I have always loved looking at maps, as a child searching through the atlas and looking at the road maps, so much so it was a main feature in my Dad’s speech. (How cute was he, such an amazing surprise moment as he opened up the map, cut out letters spelling ‘love’ covered the table!) The colours from vintage maps being some of our favourites so the colour theme was set!
I set about hand painting the papers I wanted to use for the flowers to match our colour theme and cutting out the petal shapes including those from maps that I wanted to incorporate, practicing the flower shapes we liked and then the mass making began.
We used the flowers throughout the wedding creating them to use in the groomsmen’s buttonholes, my bridal bouquet, the bridesmaid’s and flowergirl’s bouquets, the chair ends and throughout the venue. We had the wonderful help of my brother’s fiancé, who is a florist, to help me arrange my flowers with eucalyptus, peach and white lisianthus and peach hypericum berries.
The venue looked amazing and it was such a lovely feeling to know we had created it ourselves.
After the wedding I gave some of the flowers to our friends and family and they still fill their homes today. They are a constant reminder of our fantastic day with all our friends and family and my bouquet still looks as fresh as the day I walked it down the aisle.
Photo credits: Sam at New Forest Studio
Venue: Itchenor Sailing Club
Dress: Ettia by Maggie Sottero from Proposals in Chichester
Hair and Make Up: Charlotte at Polka Dot Hair and Make Up
Flowers: Petal and Bird