When West Elm asked me to collaborate with them and design a boutonniere DIY for their blog, Front & Main, using their paper flowers, I went overboard and also created a bouquet DIY. Their paper flowers just got me too excited to do just one project. This bouquet uses paper flowers, real flowers, and air plants. Once the real flowers dry up, weeks after a wedding, the paper flowers can be pulled out and kept as a sentimental keepsake.

Do you guys know about airplants? They are quirky little plants that live on the air and simply need to be soaked every other week to stay alive. They add just the right amount of quirky-ness to a bouquet.

What you’ll need:

5-7 Paper Flowers (mine are from West Elm)

Light pink carnations

Sweet Pea

Airplants

Ranunculus

Your favorite greens

Floral Tape

Wired ribbon

Floral Wire

Floral scissors

These are the flowers I used. Get creative and find flowers that you love in a palette that makes you happy. I made the bouquet using the basic spiral technique. Basically, you’re going to place each stem on an angle, creating a circular shape. It take a few tries to feel comfortable and not like a huge failure. I’ve put together and taken apart many bouquets before because they just weren’t working. Be patient, you can do it.

 

Hey there you funny little air plant.

Steps for a DIY paper flower / real flower / airplant bouquet:

1. Prep the airplants by threading a 12″ length section of floral wire through the bottom and securing with floral tape. You are basically giving them a “stem”.

2. Prep your real and paper flowers by removing all of the foliage.

3. Start with three main flowers. Hold them in your left hand, crossing the stems.

4. Add other stems of flowers around the three main ones. Each stem should cross the others in the same direction. Eventually, all the stems will be making a circular pattern.

5. Fill out the bouquet with paper flowers and airplants until it’s the size you prefer. Wrap floral tape around the stems to secure them.

6. Trim the stems.

7. Add an oversized bow. Oversized is the best size when it comes to bows.

Photos by brklyn view photography

 

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  7. super lovely! i love it!

     
 

Let me tell you about Darby Smart. They package popular DIY projects that you’ve seen around the web with all the materials you need and ship it to your house for a super low price. So, pretty much the most genius idea ever since the invention of salted caramel ice cream. They asked me to collaborate and create a DIY kit to make a version of these frosted heart glasses.

You don’t need to scour the craft store for an hour looking for etching cream only to find the giant bottle for a million dollars (that stuff is expensive!). No need to buy a pack of 8 glasses at Target when you only need 4. And the foam brush? They’ve got you covered on that too.

And the best news? I’ve got a super special link for my readers to purchase the kit at Darby Smart for $5 off. Take those five bones you saved and go grab yourself an iced coffee and a snack to enjoy while making these rad heart glasses.

When you are finished crafting, can you instagram a photo and tag me in it so I can see your awesome work? My instagram handle is @Medgemont.

 

 

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Nina and Jordan are a resilient, funny, and loving couple who I just adore. Three months before their wedding, they changed their venue to Bryant Park Grill because their original location was damaged in Hurricane Sandy and just wasn’t getting fixed up fast enough. They are two smart cookies! Bryant Park Grill was WAY better for them! It perfectly matched their classic, modern style. Plus – it’s surrounded by the most beautiful scenery. Divine Light Photography blew me out of the water with how amazing these photographs are.

I designed their florals and escort cards. The ridiculous pink peonies that are available for May weddings are well worth the threat of rain (which it did, all day) and the chance of it being slightly chilly at night (yep, cocktail hour was a bit frigid). I tossed in some peach garden roses, white tulips, and bright green fern to create, what I think, is one of my favorite bouquets yet.

Ivy! Pink peonies! Bryant Park! Come on, everyone’s doing it!

 

 

We kept the chuppah simple with pops of pink, cherry blossom branches, and a loverly lace drape that Nina and Jordan can pass down to their children to use in their weddings.

Nina loved the escort cards that I did for this shoot, so we recreated them here using holographic silver confetti (of course) and crisp white cards with black type.

I topped off their cake with a few peonies and sprigs of fern.

The team that made it happen:

Flowers and Decor: Michelle Edgemont

Photographer: Divine Light Photography

Venue: Bryant Park Grill

 

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  1. wow. so so so pretty. love the chuppah!

     
  2. Just lovely! Can’t hardly wait to see what kind of work you do now that you’re in it full time!