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Flower Power!

When it comes to flowers, I have a major love/hate relationship with them. I love love love how beautiful they are and how they have the capability to brighten my mood…..but I hate the fact that I ALWAYS seem to kill them prematurely. That whole green thumb thing….yeah, I did not get it…….surprising since my grandmother used to run her own flower shop.

Flowers are the one part of decor that I absolutely have to have and am constantly buying them during the spring/summer. I can’t help it….I love what they can do to a room! When I finally got my home office set up there was one thing I knew for sure: I wanted pink flowers on an all white desk to make my happy as I worked each day. My original plan was to use my wedding bouquet, however….stupid me had placed them on their side not realizing what I was doing, causing one side to rot and look weird. Bye, bye flowers.

Chillier temperatures outside meant that the end of a beautiful flower adorned desk were coming…..at least for a few months. This also meant an empty gap on my desk, and my OCD self just could not have that.

Spending as much time on Facebook as I do definitely has its benefits. As my flowerless desk conundrum surfaced, I randomly saw a post by my friend Stephanie that instantly provided me a solution. She shared her brand new business venture, The Pretty Paper Petal, and a photo of two roses she made, which you can see below.

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Photo courtesy of The Pretty Paper Petal

Immediately I messaged her about making a pink floral arrangement for my desk. I had no clue what the flowers were made of, but I knew that I had to have some. After some discussion I decided that three pale pink peonies would be absolutely perfect for the vision I had.

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My beautiful peony delivery!

I was so pleased with the final product that I had to ask her some questions I was dying to know about this paper flower talent she had been gifted. Since some of you may have the same questions, I thought I would share our quick interview here!

How did you learn how to make such gorgeous flowers out of paper?

Stephanie: I consider myself a figure it out person. I started this project after being inspired by so many wonderful papercrafters on Instagram. Thinking to myself “Could I really create something as beautiful as them?” So I started watching youtube videos, printing out tutorials and ordering paper and just really dove head in! I would make the same bloom over and over again with different types of paper just trial and error with my technique. Once I felt like I had that particular bloom down I would move on to another type of flower and start again with the learning process.

 

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The artist, Stephanie Morehead, in her shop.

 

How long does it take to make one flower?

Stephanie: Some flowers can be extremely labor intensive, I’ve made flowers that can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours! Each bloom can vary so much, from the amount of petals to cut and different sizes….to shaping the petals or painting the paper, then attaching, finishing the stem and even creating leaves. Thats why each bloom can look so unique and customized, the whole process is just so hands on and wonderfully personal.

What is your favorite flower to make?

Stephanie: There are so many flowers on my “OMG I have to try that list” but my favorite and most rewarding flower has been a ranunculus. They are so small, delicate and have layers upon layers of tiny petals. It takes over 100 hand cut, formed and placed petals per bloom. To me they are incredibly rewarding and realistic. Once I really figured out how to construct them I couldn’t stop smiling and taking pictures of the finished bloom.

What is your favorite thing about making these handcrafted flowers?

Stephanie: I love crafting, the sense of satisfaction that you created something beautiful, unique and special with your hands. It is also incredibly relaxing making each flower, the process of creating each petal is very enjoyable and almost serene!

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The artist at work!

What is the best way for someone to order?

Stephanie: The best way to order, say hi or ask questions is through my etsy page, Custom handmade crepe paper flowers by The Pretty Paper Petal. I am constantly adding new single blooms and arrangements to my store front.

Do you do custom orders?

Stephanie: Absolutely! I consider every order to be a custom order. Variations is color, length, size, leaves, each bloom can be hand crafted to you specifications. For bouquets and arrangements the possibilities can be endless!

 

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The beginning of a beautiful masterpiece.

 

How long does it take for a customer to get an order?

Stephanie: Each project can vary slightly in productions time, factors being size of the order or if custom paper colors need to be order. Generally custom orders can be delivered or shipped within 2-3 weeks, and ready to ship blooms within 1-2 days.

For customers who love flowers, why should they choose these?

Stephanie: To me they are so much more than fake flowers. Each is so unique and special looking, just like a real live flower but without the shelf life. I am excited for the day when I get married holding a hand made paper bouquet of beautiful, colorful lush blooms, and then on my ten year anniversary being able to see that same bouquet still in its full beauty.
But that’s what its all about, creating a forever moment with flowers. A perfectly styled desk arrangement, a valentines bouquet that will not end up in the trash, or a a recreation of your wedding bouquet to relive to magic of one day.

When it came to my beautiful peonies, I made them even more realistic by purchasing a product I found at Michael’s called QuickWater, a product that creates the illusion of water while hardening and holding your flowers at the same time (Be shoppertunistic….if you download the Michael’s app or visit their website, you can access a 40% off coupon so it is a little cheaper). You want to be very careful when mixing the QuickWater so it doesn’t bubble or look unnatural….and you definitely want to find a cute vase to display your arrangement! The vase I found was $1.99 at Michael’s and absolutely perfect! Here is a look at the final product in its new habitat!

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The finished product in its new environment!

I absolutely am obsessed with my flowers from The Pretty Paper Petal and look forward to having Stephanie craft a few more arrangements for me! And now I never have to feel bad about lacking the green thumb gene…..because my flowers will look all day errryyyyddddayyyy!

In addition to her etsy shop, you can find Stephanie online @theprettypaperpetal on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

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Thanks Stephanie for this beautiful addition to my office!

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Dinosaurs, Diamonds, and Dancing, OH MY!

You know what’s crazy? Weddings take months and months…..sometimes years…to plan, and then they are over within a blink of an eye. Seriously. I cannot believe that it has been over a week since our wedding, and even though many of my married friends tried to warn me about how fast the actual day would go, I was convinced they were a bunch of liars (Sorry friends). They were right. I felt like it took forever from the time I woke up to get to the moment where Kyle and I did our First Look….then everything else flew by. Time really is so precious.

Our wedding day was nothing short of perfect, and I am so thankful for our family and friends for helping us celebrate. Since we had a smaller wedding, many of you followed our day online by using the hashtag #kramereverafter….that hashtag was great when it came to catching up on the moments we missed, plus it allowed us to share the day with my grandmother, who was unable to attend physically due to health reasons.

Planning my wedding was an absolute blast. I’ve known so many people who shared their terrible bridezilla-like stories with me and who complained about the crazy amount of stress associated with their big day, but I likely did not experience any of this. There was only one brief time period where I had a little bit of stress, and that was over a small insurance snafu with the museum that we had fixed within days. I’m sad the planning is over, so if you are overwhelmed with planning, let me know…I will gladly help. I actually found it really fun!

I had a lot of questions surface about different elements of the wedding because we did things so differently, so I thought I would share some of the common questions I had with all of you to share a little more about the greatest day of my life. Hopefully some of the tips and resources I share can help you with your big day, too!

What kind of dress did I wear and was it really pink?

Yes, it really was pink…..blush pink to be exact. The dress itself was Vera Wang, and as with anything Vera makes, it was beyond fabulous. I knew from the beginning that I wanted this dress and was so nervous when I went to try it on that it wouldn’t live up to the image I had in my mind. Fortunately, the minute I put it on I started to cry and knew it was “the one”. My advice to anyone wedding dress shopping? Don’t settle for a dress….get one you absolutely are in love with. Also, have someone in alterations insert padded cups so you can go without a bra. Trust me on this one, no bra is a good thing, especially on a day you are running around like mad!

The first time I got to try on my dress!

Where was the wedding held?

The ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception were all held at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. We knew we didn’t want to do anything in a church or anything religious, so we opted for a venue that would be a lot of fun for our guests. To us, we didn’t want our wedding to be just another cookie cutter wedding. We truly wanted it to be a memorable experience that our guests would never forget. If you are local, visit it sometime! It really is a cool place!

Click here to learn more about this neat museum!

What an amazing shot our photographer Stacy captured....first dance photobomb with a dino!

Who designed our invitations?

I am a huge believer in supporting small businesses, so the bulk of our wedding utilized vendors from Etsy. Our invitations were custom made by a vendor called Riverkiss Weddings, and even though they were custom designed they were still exponentially cheaper than other places I looked from the mainstream sites. Plus, they were perfect for our theme. I got a lot of weird looks when I told people that I did so much through Etsy, but the truth is the quality is fabulous, and the vendors are very easy to work with. If you have an issue, the vendors I have dealt with were very quick to remedy the situation. I like that they were different and no one else had ever had these, and I found them incredibly whimsical and beautiful.

Our invitations!

Our invitations!

What were the wedding colors?

Since my dress was blush, I chose blush pink for the flowers and tablecloths at the reception hall. My bridesmaids all wore mint green, so the pink looked awesome with the mint. I also accented with a gray and white chevron. The guys rocked bow ties with the exception of my dad and grandpa; they wore the same ensemble as our groomsmen but sported regular bow ties in the wedding colors instead of a bow tie to show their distinction.

What a beautiful bunch!

Where did my girls get their dresses? 

David’s Bridal. I wanted each of my bridesmaids to get whatever dress they wanted and figured this would be the best store with the most options. My bridal party was made up of ladies from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Youngstown, and Michigan, so all of the locations really helped us with our geographical needs.

Were your placecards expensive?

No! Again, I had these made through an Etsy designer named IvoryIsleDesigns. Each card was customized with the name of the guest, their table (which was a dinosaur name) and a small picture of their meal choice. Each placecard cost about $1.10. I highly recommend you be creative and spend some time looking for options for paper products. You don’t have to spend a ton, and if you have time, you can always make them, too. Here’s a look at my friend Heather and her fiancé Alex’s cards:

Sparkle Sparkle everywhere!

What kind of eyelashes did I have on?

One of my favorites….these were the Miami mink falsies from Lilly Lashes. These lashes are amazing and worth every penny! The mink lashes are a higher quality, but the other lashes are just as great!

My main squeeze Marenda who handled all of my makeup needs!

What were our favors?

We didn’t do actual favors…I’m not the biggest fan of knick knacks or things that don’t have a great purpose. Instead we decided to bring some local culture to our guests and rented the Swenson’s food truck. Swenson’s is a classic in Akron….if you have never tried it’s deliciousness, please make time to do so! It showed up the last hour of the reception, so as people hopped on the shuttle back to the hotel they could have a snack…and satisfy their greasy drunken needs. I am obsessed with galley boys and potato teasers, so I ended my night eating both in my dress. It was perfect! I think our guests liked it, too!


Where were our photos taken?

The weather ended up being a really big jerk, but it worked to our benefit. Instead of taking pictures outside at the Cultural Gardens as planned, we went to Metropolitan on the 9. Our best man’s aunt and uncle own the hotel, so they hooked us up with some unique and fun photo spots. This is honestly the best hotel in the area…Kyle and I both had our bachelor/bachelorette parties here and loved the accommodations. Our photographer posted some sneak peeks on my Facebook page, and I am obsessed with how the pictures turned out. Sometimes rain isn’t a bad thing….in this case it really helped us have even better better photos than I had imagined.

This was taken in the main lobby!

Where did Kyle find his socks?

Kyle decided to get the bridal party (including my dad and grandpa) unique socks that matched the wedding colors. They looked awesome! We found the socks from a site called Sockbroker. If you love socks, check it out!

Stylin Feet!

Did you do programs?

Yes! This was the question I got more than any and was sparked after a friend posted one side of our program on Instagram. I purchased a digital download that a woman customized for me on etsy and had them printed for our guests. The programs had some fun random facts, and I was so pleased with the final product! Here’s a look!

Did you really do your center pieces for under $5 a table?

Yes! Let’s get real. No one cares about center pieces. No one remembers them. I wanted simple center pieces that didn’t break the bank. Since our table cloths were pink and the napkins were mint, I wanted to tie in the chevron and dinosaur theme. My mom made awesome chevron squares for the center of the table with fabric we found at Walmart, then we spray painted vases we found at The Dollar Tree and frames. Each vase held a realistic rose we purchased from Hobby Lobby when the silks were half off, and we printed the table name pictures at CVS for $0.17 each. I loved the final look….it was still “us”, but it was classic, simple, and didn’t clutter the heck out of the table.

I honestly would not change a single thing about our big day and felt like our wedding was a perfect representation of who we are as people and as a couple. My hope is that everyone can say that about their big day. Have fun with wedding planning….become friends with Pinterest….and don’t do anything you feel you “should” do. Your wedding day is all about you. As Janis Joplin once said, “Don’t compromise yourself; you’re all you’ve got.” I find this quote to be true about everything in life….right down to your big day.

Kyle and I are so thankful for all of the love and support, not just on our wedding day, but since we have been together. You guys are the best!

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