Friday, 4 April 2014

The Wedding Bouquet

It's me again!!! Blogging two days in a row, almost unheard of!!
I have a lovely little treat to share with you this evening and I am so super excited about it! 
A project that has brought me a huge amount of joy to make. Not only because its full of crafty goodness, but because it turned out simply perfect! 

This project started off a few months ago when Dennis' best friend Bianca asked us if we would do the honour of making her bridal bouquet for her Springtime wedding. Bianca wanted something extra special for her big day and something handmade and heartfelt definitely seemed to tick all boxes.

Dennis and I put our heads together to brainstorm ideas.  We wanted to create something elegant, sophisticated and above all, gorgeous. 
We looked at traditional wedding bouquets, made of real flowers. 
We considered using  felt, fabric or already made silk flowers, but of course settled upon the craft we know best.....crochet!

Bianca had given us an idea of her wedding dress colours, so we tried our best to incorporate these into her bouquet. 
Soft vintage pinks and traditional cream were the foundation to this project. With the colours at hand Dennis and I got going in working to gather to make our ideas become  a reality.

With a variety of colour appropriate embroidery floss, Dennis and I got to work making some cute crocheted flowers



We added some pure woollen flowers to the mix and we were on track to wedding bouquet bliss!


We bought a selection of pins that would be used to secure our crocheted flowers when the time came to form the bouquet.



We bought a selection of polystyrene shapes that we had decided to use as the foundation of the bouquet.


With our basics in place, we got to work creating crafty havoc!!


We crocheted flowers by the dozen!




Adding pearled pins to the smaller flowers added a nice touch.



We covered cardboard with crocheted chains and ribbon making a smooth seam to the construction of the bouquet.


A round of crochet picot trimming not only covered the join between the cardboard base and the polystyrene body, but also added a beautiful and delicate contrast to the ribbon.


We also covered the polystyrene body with crocheted chains. This was a fast but effective way of covering the polystyrene. We chose to cover the polystyrene just in case any of it could be spotted through the arrangement of flowers. 


Now to the fun part.....
Adding the flowers!
We pinned each flower to the polystyrene to check the arrangement before properly securing them.



With the flowers added, we had a rather splendid looking arrangement. The base was looking all neat and pretty...


and the join from the base to the arrangement was clean and flawless.


Now onto the finishing touches.
We weaved some ribbon, which was rather fiddly but had pleasing results.


We attached it to the stick that was to be the handle of the bouquet. We then wound the stick with ribbon and secured it with fabric glue to create a rather elegant baton.


Finally we added the baton to the arrangement and our creation was finished!





I don't mean to blow my own trumpet, but I'm so pleased with it and know that Bianca will love it!!
It is detailed and pristine in it's assembly.



It's pretty and frilly. Above all it's personal! We added a little silver anchor as a symbol of Bianca's future husband who is a marine.




Of course we had to have a little photo shoot to celebrate out creation, before we pass it onto Bianca so she can celebrate her special day!


 

I hope that it's everything that Bianca was hoping for. A memento of the love that Dennis and I put into making it, but also a lasting memory of the love that her marriage will be built opon. 
I'm feeling a little soppy!!!
OOOOOOH I love a good wedding!!


78 comments:

  1. Ооо, нет слов! Очень красиво!

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  2. Wow that is absolutely amazing! And such a lovely keepsake! X

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  3. What a beauty you've made!Pure poetry....you made my day with this beautiful project of yours!Thank you <3

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  4. It is SO beautiful and your work is amazingly neat. I am sure Bianca will treasure it forever. xxx

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  5. It looks perfect. I'm sure she will love it.

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  6. Paula Holsinger4 April 2014 21:58

    Just beautiful!

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  7. Paula Holsinger4 April 2014 21:58

    Just beautiful!

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  8. Such a beautiful idea, it is amazing, well done you guys, I love it :) xxx

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  9. Wow, Matt, that is a beautiful bouquet. The flowers are exquisite, and you and Dennis did a great job. I'm sure the bride will be thrilled. :) you two should be proud of yourselves!

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  10. That is total perfection! You and Dennis are so very talented and so wonderful make this for a friend. If you are ever totally broke, you could sell these and make a fortune

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  11. This is just brilliant! What a lovely and personal idea (especially love the personal marine charm at the end). I love your blog and you seem like such a kind and fun person (as well as crafty!!). Thanks for sharing. :0)

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  12. Omg that is amazing, I love it. It's so clever and the colours are the same as I had for my wedding! Amanda x

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  13. Es precioso y muy original .
    Besos Rosa .
    http://lavidaenrosayblanco.blogspot.com.es/

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  14. Wow, how utterly gorgeous, you are both sooooo clever xx clare

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  15. LOVE LOVE LOVE ♥♥♥
    es absolutamente fantástico, enamorada estoy de este precioso ramo de novia.
    Gracias por el paso a paso, por compartirlo con todo el mundo.
    Aquí tienes una fan incondicional.

    Oli

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  16. It's amazing she is going to love it. I bet this is one bouquet that wont be thrown to the bridesmaids. :)

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  17. WOWSERS! Fabulous! Bianca will LOVE it. You clever boys, you! X

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  18. Gorgeous! What an amazing job you guys did!

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  19. Wow, that is beautiful! I wish I'd known about crochet when I got married *sigh*
    ;) xx

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  20. You and Dennis have created something beautiful to be treasured by the bride. I'm sure this is one bouquet that will be kept forever. Love the little marine charm, gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
    Anne xx

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  21. not only is this creation a really great idea and done beautifully, it is quite amazing to me that it is actually men who did it, i love that fact, for years i have been trying to teach my sons and my grandsons as well as my daughters and granddaughters, that nothing is just a woman or man thing, it is a thing for whoever enjoys doing it

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  22. My goodness. That is beautiful! Well done you two!

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  23. Simply divine! Well done to both of you! *Applause*

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  24. oh good glorious goddy god. that is genius, matt.

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  25. OMG - this almost made me cry :) It's so pretty. She will be so happy that people who she loves took this much time and care into making something so perfect. What a special gift!

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  26. this is absolutely beautiful and happymaking. love love love.

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  27. Fabulous work, well done guys its stunning.
    TracySC
    Somerset

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  28. ...so much LOVE !!!! great!

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  29. Oh my, you guys just TOTALLY rock. Well done!!
    Esther.

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  30. With a bouquet like this even I would get married��

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  31. Absolutely gorgeous! I'm sure Bianca will love it and treasure it because it has been made by yourselves especially for her. You are both so talented!

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  32. A. MAY. ZING!!!!!!! A super combination of colours and pearls that will be an everlasting keepsake too! I am sure there will soon be a magazine wanting to do an article on this too. Excellent work both!
    B x

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  33. A stunning, memorable, heartfelt bouquet! I have never seen a more exquisite crocheted bouquet, it is simply and utterly perfect! Chrissie x

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  34. Wow! Gorgeous! Bianca will be the star of the day with this beautiful (and everlasting) bouquet!

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  35. That's beautiful and a brilliant idea. Mine was made from dried Statice because I wanted to be able to keep it as a keepsake; I wish I had thought to crochet one. Well done! xx

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  36. Absolute perfection!! What a lovely thing to do for a friend, I'm sure she will be over the moon when she sees it! Unique, individual and made with love, what more could anyone want?!
    Maria x

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  37. Wow, gorgeous! Perfect in every way!

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  38. Absolutely divine ....well done
    Your friend must be so thrilled :)
    Karen x

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  39. This is sooooooooo amazing!!! I am so I'm pressed with how really classy this looks......all the right touches in all the right places!!!

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  40. Fantastic, beautiful, smart... and made with lots of love. What else should a bride want for her wedding bouquet?
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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  41. That's amazing! i so SO wish i'd thought of that for my wedding! as much as i loved my silk bouquet i am completely smitten with this one!!! Well done boys!

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  42. Awesome! I croshayed one for my daughter's wedding last year. I also croshayed ALL of the bridesmaid's bouquets. BAM! :) http://maizehutton.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-crocheted-flower-wedding-bouquet.html
    http://maizehutton.blogspot.com/2013/08/my-daughters-diy-wedding-part-one-girls.html

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  43. Stunning! Were it my wedding I'd want colour XS, however technically fan-dabbie-dozie!

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  44. That is absolutely stunning!! I want one, and I'm not even getting married yet! :P

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  45. Matt, isso é magnífico!
    Lindo!!

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  46. that is such a caring, kind thing to do they will treasure that for a long time with all the hard work you have put into it

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  47. Matt!!! It's beautiful! I can't imagine a better or more pretty one. Your touch of the anchor is so thoughtful. Love the prep of the baton too! Just wonderful.

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  48. Wow!!!! Beautiful, personal and one of a kind! This goes on my todolist!

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  49. wonderful! Bianca is so lucky to have the two of you as her friends!
    Emma

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  50. When I first started to read this post I couldn't envisage how a crochet bouquet could/would look and imagined it being a little cumbersome. But Oh My Goodness it is ABSOLUTELY stunningly beautiful and so inspiring. I read your blog all the time and love it but have never passed any comments before, but just had to on this one. I'm blown away with the beauty of this bouquet and should I ever marry again, I WANT ONE !! Lol xx

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  51. Words can't describe the beauty of this bouquet it is just perfect - you are two amazing and loving friends x

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  52. Absolutely gorgeous!AriadnefromGreece!

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  53. Hi Matt,
    I've stumbled across your blog and what a lovely visit I had.
    Truly amazing creation and the colours are superb.
    Cheers, Anita.

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  54. What a lovely gorgeous idea! It's AMAZING!

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  55. This is absolutely beautiful. I think I am going to play around with this idea for my wedding in September. Just need to figure out how the cone and the smaller ball was used.

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  56. This is absolutely beautiful. I think I am going to play around with this idea for my wedding in September. Just need to figure out how the cone and the smaller ball was used.

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  57. This is absolutely beautiful. I think I may play around with this idea for my wedding in September. Just need to figure out how the cone and smaller ball was used.

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  58. Awsome idea that is really looks so beautiful if you have more ideas related to these type of wedding bouquets than please share it.

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  59. Holy smokes this amazing! I am so glad that I discovered your blog on bloglovin ^_^

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  60. This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen!! Too bad they take so long to make or you could make them to sell!!!

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  61. Amazing and absolutely beautiful! Out of curiosity, how long did it take the two of you from start to finish?

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  62. Hello Matt, as I'm going to marry my faincé on the 28th of May I want to make a bouquet like this one for myself. But I have one question to you: how did you fix the baton to the hemisphere?

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  63. Really really gorgeous, and oddly, it makes a hell of a lot more sense than a traditional wedding bouquet. It's something that your friend can keep forever in more or less pristine condition, while a normal bouquet just withers or dries out.

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  64. This is so beautiful. Absolutely amazing!!

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