DIY_Bridal_Bouquet_English_GardenWhen Lauren and I started to plan the style and look of her wedding, it was Downton Abby that popped up as an inspiration. We knew that we wanted an English garden look for her lush bridal and bridesmaid bouquet as well as the centerpieces. Of course peonies are perfect for this look, but as they are not in season in August our immediate choice was to use the gorgeous crepe paper peony that I designed earlier this year. I love mixing paper flowers with fresh flowers for any occasion and this wedding was the perfect occasion to showcase this look. Though I once owned a flower shop when I lived in Idaho, I knew my plate was full in decorating the event and called on my talented flower designer friend Kyla Beutler. I met her when I owned my shop many years ago and we have since become like sisters. She came from Idaho to Portland for the wedding weekend and together along with my little team, we put together a jaw dropping event. Of course it helped that the bride and the wedding party were oh-so-lovely too. This was the first time I had teamed with Kyla using paper flowers and fresh and we hope to do it again. As she designed for this wedding she shared some pointers and tips and with that and my flower shop memories, I created this tutorial for you on how to make your own DIY wedding bouquet using the fresh blooms and paper flower combo. I made the DIY reproduction of Kyla’s bridal bouquet design for under $50 and you can too.  Stay tuned for a full tutorial on how to do the DIY centerpieces to match. ~ Lia  // Photos: Image above and the close-up below is the DIY bouquet in the tutorial. Photo of bride and bridesmaid are Lauren and her sister and showcase Kyla’s designs.

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