Since Mr. Pineapple and I are not using real flowers for our centerpieces I was a bit torn about using them for the bouquets, boutonnières and corsages. I love love love flowers. How could I dare not have real flowers in my wedding?
Well, this is how:
Oh my goodness! Those flowers are not real! They are made out of clay by an artist in California named Diane Phillips of DK Designs Hawaii.
I stumbled upon her etsy store while browsing around a few blogs last week. I immediately sent her an email and asked if she would be able to create the flowers for our wedding. I didn't even give it a second thought. Since my centerpieces will be made out of paper, why not bouquets of clay?!
Here are the kickers 1: they cost the same as what I had budgeted for real flowers and 2: they will last forever.
So far, Diane has been an absolute joy to work with. She provided me with a quote and asked about some of my favorite flowers. I sent her the following inspiration images and color palette:
Although I have some idea of what I would like - vintage, a little rustic, muted - I want to leave as much up to Diane as possible.
She will be creating my bouquet, 5 bridesmaid's bouquets, groom's bout, 5 groomsman's bouts, 3 mom corsages and 3 dad bouts. Whew... she has her work cut out for her. In a few weeks she will have some sample flowers ready for me. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with!
They will probably be a bit heavy to carry and I know some of my more traditional guests will think this is crazy, but I am stoked.
What do you think? Anyone else not using real flowers in their bouquet?