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Flowers: Inspiration from The Green Vase

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This week we're happy to introduce a new guest blogger, Joanne from The Green Vase, a floral and prop-styling studio that has been featured in the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings many times. So without further ado, here Joanne shares a little bit about their process for making their beautiful paper flowers.

Welcome to a quiet neighborhood in Riverdale, where during the summer months we at The Green Vase have been crafting, cutting, crimping, and generally having so much fun creating beautiful handmade paper flowers.

For those of you who don't know, The Green Vase was originally established by Livia Cetti, a highly skilled floral and still-life stylist, crafter, and event designer. She then teamed up with me, an event designer, to create elegant, beautiful, stylish, fresh-flower weddings and parties.

Brainstorming  about something a little bit different to offer our clients, we wanted to create unusual gift wraps,  bouquets, and all accessories for destination weddings, little keepsakes for after parties, and blooms to give to guest as little treasures.

The paper flowers launched this summer, and we wanted to share a little bit about how these flowers are created.

Our  workroom has been full of  large hibiscus hanging from ceiling, and the craft table is brimming with colorful crepe, tissue, and fabric papers in colors ranging from the rich, bold tones of magenta, reds, and vibrant fuchsia, to soft pastel, sherbetlike shades with hints of coral and watermelon. Since each is hand-dyed, the tones vary, making each flower unique.

Each bloom is individually wired and taped to create hair blossoms, corsages, bridal bouquets, and all kinds of accessories, even crazy arrangements. We have just finished and shipped a full paper wedding for a bride who is getting married in Mexico. Custom projects are our specialty, and nothing is too big or too small. Here are just a few of our many creations.

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Paper flower arrangement in ceramic bowl.

1 Paper flower arrangement in ceramic bowl.

Cake topper package with coordinating silk ribbon (photo by Gemma Comas Photography).

2 Cake topper package with coordinating silk ribbon (photo by Gemma Comas Photography).

Favor bloom for wedding, bridal shower or just to finish off gorgeous gift wrapping (photo by Gemma Comas Photography).

3 Favor bloom for wedding, bridal shower or just to finish off gorgeous gift wrapping (photo by Gemma Comas Photography).

Our huge hibiscus which took over the ceiling in the work shop.

4 Our huge hibiscus which took over the ceiling in the work shop.

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