We’re so excited to share a DIY from the beautiful new book Paper To Petal (Random House). Design duo and blogger Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell have crafted an entire book’s worth of paper flower tutorials with detailed instructions. For an evergreen reception centrepiece that can be adjusted to any wedding’s colour scheme, follow the steps below to make Twisted-Ribbon Tulips. Inspired by the project? Create paper tulips for a bouquet and boutonniere! Check out the project notes for all the crafting techniques you’ll need to pull off this project.
• 3 1/2″-wide (9cm) paper ribbon in gold and white
• 1 1/2″-wide (4cm) paper ribbon in pink, white, lavender, and red
• Twisted paper ribbon in light pink, lavender, navy, yellow, and burgundy
• 18″ (45.5cm) 18-gauge paper-covered floral wire
• Floral tape in brown
• Dry floral foam
• Decorative rocks
• Deckle edger
Try crafting white tulips with deep green leaves, silver tulips with white leaves, or pale pastels for springtime entertaining.
Cut a 3″ (7.5cm) length of 3 1/2″ (9cm) white paper ribbon. Cut a 2 3/4″ (7cm) length of navy twisted paper ribbon; untwist it completely. Make 5 cuts, 3/4 of the way down to make 6 connected strips. To make the petals: Cut three 4″ (10cm) lengths of 31/2″ (9cm) gold paper ribbon; fold each in half lengthwise. Starting 1 1/2″ (4cm) from the top of each piece on the unfolded side, round off top corner with a deckle edger. Repeat with remaining pieces to create 3 petals. To make leaves: Cut a 12″ (30.5cm) length of pink twisted ribbon; untwist completely and fold in half lengthwise. Starting 1 1/2″ (4cm) from the top of each piece on the unfolded side, round off top corner with a deckle edger.
Secure all layers with floral tape.
1. Roll white paper ribbon lengthwise, scrunching loosely; bend in half. Centre the wire between the fold, twist paper around the wire, creating a small loop, and secure.
2. With navy ribbon, twist 1 strip from the base up toward the top, leaving the last 1/2″ (13mm) untwisted, to create an abstract stamen; repeat with remaining 5 sections. Gather and Wrap (note follows) around center.
3. Scrunch Pleat (note follows) base of each gold petal, attach evenly around centre. Gently round petals by hand.
4. Finish stem. Scrunch Pleat leaves. Attach 1 leaf 3″ (7.5cm) from end of stem, secure, finish remainder of stem with tape. Style Stems (note follows).
Multiple tulips were made from a selection of paper and twisted paper ribbons. We made a smaller bloom using the following measurements: Petals: 2″ (5cm) length of 1 1/2″ (4cm) paper ribbon. Stamen: 2 1/4″ (5.5cm) in length. Leaf: 10″ (25.5cm) in length. To resemble our arrangement, trim wires to different lengths and vary the curve in your stems. Anchor stems in containers filled with dry floral foam and cover with gold decorative rocks.
Gather & Wrap
Use Gather and Wrap to attach continuous, cuff, and large single petals. Start by placing a flower center at the base of one end of a paper strip, supporting both between thumb and index finger. With your other hand, begin gathering the strip of paper against the stem while rotating the flower slowly as you pinch and wrap the paper around the stem until you reach the end of the strip. Hold it firmly together and tightly tape it (to prevent slipping) at the base of the flower centre and down the stem. Continuous petals can be cut into multiple lengths to make attaching them easier.
Begin Scrunch Pleat for single petals by holding one side of the base of a petal or leaf between your thumb and index finger, and the opposite side of the base between your other thumb and index finger. Scrunch the sides toward each other, creating multiple gathers. Press a bit to crease. This technique adds dimension and creates a thinner base and a slightly rounded petal. You can pre-scrunch your petals to condition the paper, and then Scrunch Pleat again as you attach each one to a stem.
Leaving stems stiff and straight will give your flowers or leaves an angular and graphic appearance. Curving the wires will create a more lifelike and organic impression. Use your fingers to gently curve the wires in any direction or bend them around a jar, can, or dowel to create clean uniform curves.
Using Floral Tape
Holding a stem with one hand, place a petal, leaf, or shape at the back of the stem, holding both between your thumb and index finger. Place the tape on the front of the stem and begin wrapping it around the stem, continuing to hold the petal in place and catching the base in the tape while spinning the stem, (not moving the tape around the stem). Wrap the tape around the base of the flower a few times. Continue wrapping down onto the wire at a slight diagonal, making sure to continually and gently pull the tape as you progress. Tape beyond the centre, petal, or leaf and down onto the stem to secure. Helpful Hints: With some practice, floral tape is simple to use. Firmly but gently stretching the tape as you wrap is crucial to release the adhesive that makes it stick to itself. With one hand, hold and slowly twist the stem while applying pressure to the tape. The opposite hand stretches the tape as you work. Overlap the tape as you wrap, adding pressure with your fingers to prevent unraveling. Make a few fingernail scores at the end of each length of tape to help it adhere. When building a flower, keep a small pile of pre-cut 3″–4″ (7.5cm–10cm) strips of tape at the ready.
Place approximately 1/2″ (13mm) of the base of a petal against a center or stem. While squeezing the pleat at the petal’s base to the center or stem, tape around the base a few times, gently pulling the floral tape as you work, continuing down beyond the petal onto the stem. Overlap each petal slightly if you are attaching them as a layer around a center. When attaching multiple petals at one time, make sure the tape comes into contact with each petal base as well as the base of the flower and the stem. Leave 1/4″–1/2″ (6mm–13mm) of space on the stem between the petal layers for a more lifelike and natural flower.
From the book: Paper to Petal
We loved her wedding photos and now it’s the wedding video! Kelly Clarkson’s wedding video (shot by Weiss Eubanks Films) includes footage from the couple’s simple covered-bridge ceremony with Brandon’s children as the only guests. The scenery is stunning, and we just love to see a couple so happy together. Watch below!
So maybe your groom gets on your nerves here and there because he does something absent-minded like forgets to remind the groomsmen about their tuxes or gets a terrible haircut right before the wedding, but it could be so so so much worse.
The venue the wedding was supposed to be!
Take the case of groom-to-be, Neil McArdle, who upon realising he had forgotten to submit some important wedding forms in Liverpool, England for his wedding, came up with the not-so-genius plan to call in a bomb threat and cover up his mistake. Apparently he hoped that the bomb threat would cancel the wedding and buy him more time, but obviously it just landed him in handcuffs.
The forgetful groom has been sentenced to a year in jail by the Liverpool Crown Court.
The bride and guests of course found out that he had dropped the ball. Not to mention that the entire venue had to be evacuated, including the other couples who had reserved the space to get married there that day. According to the Daily Mail, Neil and his fiancé are still in a relationship — although we’re not so sure he’s ready for marriage after that stunt.
For better or for worse Kim and Kanye are one of the most talked about celebrity couples, and all eyes will be on their upcoming wedding now that they’re engaged. Because the couple is notorious for drama and being totally over-the-top, there are a million questions running through our heads about how this wedding is going to play out. Here, the top 12 questions we can’t wait to find the answer to.
1. Will the wedding be televised in a two-part, four-hour special?
2. Where will they get married?
3. In the invitation wording will Kanye be referred to as “Yeezus?”
4. Who will walk Kim down the aisle now that Bruce Jenner and Kris Kardashian have split?
5. Will baby North be the flower girl?
6. How does Kris Humphries feel about Kim and Kanye’s engagement?
7. How much will the wedding cost?
8. Does this mean we’ll see more of Kanye on Keeping Up With the Kardashians?
9. Will they document every part of the wedding on social media?
10. Will she cry during the ceremony?
11. Will Kanye interrupt or get into a Twitter feud with the officiant?
12. Will Kim change her last name this time?
Leave it to Kanye West to go big when it comes to a proposal. The rapper rented out AT&T Park in San Francisco for Kim’s friends and family to witness the proposal on a jumbotron while serenaded by a full orchestra on Kim’s 33rd birthday. It’s no surprise that the ring is HUGE, 15-carats to be exact according to E! (that’s one less carat than her previous engagement ring to Kris Humphries, but who’s counting?) and designed by Lorraine Schwartz. Instagram video of the proposal and a ring photo below!
Video updated 24 October
Think what you will about Kimye, but Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring – with a 15-carat flawless centre stone designed by Lorraine Schwartz — is stunning. Just because you can’t drop several million on a ring doesn’t mean you can’t get a similar look. Proof below…
Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co. – Tiffany Legacy Engagement Ring
Hearts On Fire
Hearts On Fire – Transcend Dream Engagement Ring
Bill Hicks – Princess Bezel Diamond Cluster Ring
Cerrone — 18ct White Gold Emerald & Shield Cut Diamond Ring
The photos are out! Kelly Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock in Tennessee over the weekend and everything about their style was romantic and organic. (A far cry from some who had speculated her wedding would either be over-the-top or a totally low-key elopement). Kelly tweeted several photos from the wedding day including one of her amazing long-sleeved lace wedding dress by Temperley London. Other noteworthy pieces from her day? A sparkly headband to go with her low, loose romantic hairstyle and a bright countryside-inspired bouquet filled with sunflowers, purple veronica and dusty miller. See the photos:
Image: Archetype Studio Inc
Image: Archetype Studio Inc
Image: Archetype Studio Inc
The wedding was held at Blackberry Farms in Walland, Tennessee with The Smoky Mountains as a backdrop. This has to be one of the most beautiful locations we’ve ever seen, and perfect for a laid-back rustic, chic wedding.
The type of proposals that catch our eye are the totally unexpected kind. Enter the geekiest proposal ideas ever. Crafting these types of proposals takes more than a dinner reservation and red roses, so we rounded up all the ingredients you need for the best, most-geeked-out proposal ever.
Step 1: Plan Your Outfit
What’s your favourite cosplay? This is the time to get into character and it’s going to be your best performance yet.
Step 2: Pick Out The Perfect Ring
The best geeked out engagement rings are the ones that subtly tie in your obsessions. Take for example this DNA double helix ring. It’s a science nerd’s dream ring. You know, because nothing says love like the human genome.
Step 3: Prep the Presentation
Now that you have the ring, it’s time to choose an equally amazing box to present it in like this Dr. Who inspired Tardis ring box!
Step 4: Take Advantage Of Your Awesome Nerdy Job If You Can (Hint: Zoom In)
Back in 2008 when Google launched Google Street View, Google alerted their employees to pose for a photo in front of the company headquarters. The result? A proposal immortalized in Google Maps. Once Google Street View launched, that guy in the centre of the photo with the proposal sign asked his girlfriend for directions — and we’re sure you know the rest.
Step 5: Put A Few Words On Paper
You’re not just going to get down on one knee and silently shove the ring box in her face. So before the nerves kick in, write down what you want to say and maybe even rehearse with a friend. One of our favourite geeky proposal lines? “I choose you, Pikachu!”.
Step 6: Prepare For The Engagement Party
What about surprising everyone at your engagement party by dressing up in your theme? How adorable is this couple in their Mario Kart theme!
Sure you could just place your table number on a stand in the centre. Or you could find a quirky twist.
Here’s a few simple but totally gorgeous ideas to steal now!
Photography: Lace Hanky Photography
This real couple made their table numbers from recycled wood. Pastel numbers added a pop of colour and tied in to the vintage-style centrepieces.
Photography: Image Singuliere
This crafty real bride used watercolour canvas paper and roman numeral stamps to create these rose table numbers.
Photography: Justin Mary
White string art on stained pieces of wood served as unique table numbers.
Sealed With A Kiss
Photography: Mel & Co.
For the table numbers, this real bride used vintage-style frames with mirrors set inside. She stamped on the numbers with a berry shade of lipstick.
Photography: Artisan Events Amanda Sudimack
The number of vintage buttons that appeared on each table’s card corresponded with the table number.
Photography: Kris Drake Photography
Table numbers were written on red-framed chalkboards for a rustic, homespun feel.
Photography: Modern Wedding Photography
Stacked vintage books marked with numbers fit the antique vibe the couple were after.
Are you giving your table numbers a quirky twist?
Yep, you read that right. Singer and media mogul Pharrell Williams wore a red tartan tux to his Miami yacht wedding this past weekend. It gets better though — his model wife Helen Lasichanh coordinated in a navy and green tartan wedding gown accessorised with a tiara! We’ve seen plaid invitations and even a plaid bridal bouquet, but a plaid tux and wedding dress combo is definitely a first for us.
Although technically the two officially married in a secret ceremony in August, this was their big reception for family and friends. The wedding reportedly started on the Never Say Never yacht and then the party wrapped up at the Kampong National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coconut Grove, Florida. And if you’re Pharrell Williams then the following details were an obvious choice: Usher and Busta Rhymes performed and celebrity photographer Terry Richardson captured it all on camera.