Daily Archives: March 29, 2011

Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Bouquets and Florals

Welcome to the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show with links for readers to donate to Wish Upon a Wedding and For Japan With Love.

Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.” -www.wishuponawedding.org

When I originally came up with this idea, it was solely to benefit Wish Upon a Wedding. However, given the recent disaster in Japan, I am aware that some viewers might want to donate their funds toward relief efforts. Well, thanks to Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours, the wedding and event blogging world is coming together to support For Japan With Love. “For Japan With Love has a direct link on the website to our fundraising page for ShelterBox. ShelterBox was one of THE first organizations asked by Japan to help and were on hand on the Saturday after the quake. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.” -http://www.utterlyengaged.com/please-help-for-japan-with-love-update/

No matter where you direct your donation, be it Wish Upon a Wedding or For Japan With Love, you will be making a difference in the lives of those facing life’s most difficult of circumstances. If you are unable to donate monetarily, your thoughts and prayers will truly touch the hearts and lives of those affected. I send my thoughts, prayers, and strength to those affected by such life altering circumstances.

While I am a volunteer with Wish Upon a Wedding and a participant with For Japan With Love, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Wish Upon a Wedding or For Japan With Love in any other capacity and is not an official representative of Wish Upon a Wedding or For Japan With Love. In addition, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Etsy or the vendors featured and is not an official representative of Etsy or of each of these vendors. I am simply a fan of these artists/vendors and a volunteer with a passion for what I do and for organizations I have chosen to donate my time and finances to. I have sought permission from each and every vendor featured to use their products and their photos. Please do not use these photos for personal gain or copy the designs presented. These products are the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of each artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both illegal and unethical.

Our first artist in this category is Krissy from Make Believe’N. “Unique and personalized handcrafted fabric wedding flower bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, accessories, and centerpieces. An original wedding is certain with these keepsake flowers. Custom one of a kind creations are a specialty.” “Positive is an understatement! Krissy was amazing and the final products are equally wonderful. I was basically dumped by my original fabric floral vendor and had a complete bridal meltdown. Someone on Offbeat Bride recommended Krissy and I am eternally grateful. She was so quick to respond & amazing with all forms of communication. Texted photos through out the process, from piles of fabrics, to center baubles, to completed individual flowers. She just “got it”. She created rustic chic beauties that I adore. I said I wanted coffee bean bead centers and she made it happen. I said I would love bits of burlap, she worked it in perfectly. I wanted an organic but dressy, vegan, purple, hints of black and champagne, no matchy-matchy, some thing or other and Krissy took my pile of wants and turned them into the most perfect bouquets, boutonnieres, hair accessories, & flower girl wand EVAR (for us). I was %100 comfortable and confident with her understanding of what I wanted and her abilities. She just exudes trustworthiness through emails! I’m sorry if I am gushing but you have to know – She’s a bride’s dream. For Reallies.”

Next, we have Desicra. “I am a lover of all crafts and craft supplies 🙂 I really enjoy creating detailed, slightly vintage and whimsical looking pieces for special events 🙂 I have been crafting all of my life and have a BFA in Industrial Design. Currently I am loving my job as a freelance wedding designer/florist in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina!” “We loved our wedding flowers, and you were so great to work with. you understood exactly what i wanted, and kept me appraised of how things were going. you arranged to ship the flowers overseas in time for our holiday wedding, and you packaged them so carefully! you even made a special little pin for my baby daughter. your flowers were perfect and one of my favourite parts of my wedding. thank you!!!”

Here we have Hair Bows Wonderworld. In addition to amazing hair accessories and headpieces, Hair Bows Wonderworld does some of the most amazing brooch bouquets and feather enhanced bouquets I have ever seen. “Most beautiful creation I’ve ever seen! It’s absolutely stunning. And better than I could have imagined. I can’t wait to show this piece off at my wedding! The seller is a pleasure to buy from and would do so again in a heartbeat. Shipped quickly and packaged with care. TY so much!”

Our next artisan on the show is Ardesign. “Having been part of an award winning team and having the pleasure to design pieces for TV, Movies, Magazines and celebrities including Her Majesty The Queen. I love to create new and interesting pieces for anyone that is willing to give me free reign. Giving an artist the freedom to create what comes from the heart is the best way to receive the most beautiful piece you can imagine!” “When I opened the box with my wedding flowers in it I got tears in my eyes!!!! They are BEAUTIFUL. Ardesign has just made my wedding!”

Here we have Accents and Petals by Grail Casilen. “My passion is to create with recycled wood and paper, making Accents and Petals all about flowers, bouquets, and accessories created with these materials.” “Beautiful flowers, arrived ahead of schedule! So excited to use these on the tables at my wedding this spring! Thank you!”

Noaki Jewelry brings back the glamor of the Great Gatsby era not only through jewelry, but through amazingly beautiful brooch bouquets. :It began because I was trying to figure out what to do with pieces of my grandmother’s old jewelry that I’d held onto for decades — scraps of the forgotten excess of the Art Deco era that were too lovely to discard but too old- fashioned to wear. Eventually the pieces I created led to my little shop.” “I just received my bouquet and it is breathtaking. I can’t wait to walk down the aisle with it in September. The service was great and it was packaged perfectly to make it from California to Ohio in one piece. I would definitely recommend Noaki’s site to everyone.”

Enchanted Bouquets says, “Everlasting paper rose flower bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages for the bride and her wedding party! Our absolute, greatest endeavor is to make your special day a little more unique and magical by creating you and your wedding party one of a kind/custom bouquets and boutonnieres that suit your wedding ceremony, and more importantly YOU!” “Amber was wonderful to work with, Full of great ideas and really took everything i was picturing and turned it in to a BEAUTIFUL bouquet! I can’t wait to show it off on our big day! I definitely recommend Enchanted Bouquets for every bride!”

Here we have The Panache Bride by Juliana. “I always love figuring out new and exciting things to do with weddings and flowers so that each bride can be unique. I came up with my custom Swarovski crystal bouquet handles when we were asked to design the flowers for “the wedding of the year” in our city. Everyone couldn’t stop talking about the crystal handle. It couldn’t have been more beautiful. She was beautiful, the flowers were beautiful, the day was perfect.” “ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!! The meticulous work by this seller is perfection. If you want to add a unique feature to your bridal bouquet THIS IS IT!!! Thank you so very much!!!”

Really Bad Kitty is a mother and daughter design team from North Texas. “Getting married? Let us know your colors and we will create a bridal bouquet for you! And don’t forget about the rest of the wedding party. We also make bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, ring bearer pillows and flower girl bouquets! (And much, much more!)” “I received the bouquets and stems today, I absolutely LOVE them, pictures don’t even do them justice! It was so nice to work with you on these bouquets, I will be HIGHLY recommending you to others. I am sure people will be asking us where I got them from and I’ll be sure to let them know! Thank you so much for all of your help!”

Michele from Amore Bride says, “MOST popular question I’m asked? “Are your flowers real or silk?” This is SUCH a compliment to me!! All of my designs, bouquets and florals are “Silk”, NOT Real or Fresh!! BUT I do have years of experience as a Floral Designer in BOTH Fresh and Silk Florals, keeping my silk floral arranging style very “FRESH” looking!!” “ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it…I’m already getting compliments on it and I haven’t even used it for the wedding yet…I only showed it to co-workers and family so far. I can’t wait until the wedding.”

New Hampshire Woods Creations: “We specialize in birch & moss items for your nature, eco friendly weddings. We have a variety of birch bark vases with custom engraving available. Many Flower girl baskets and ring bearer pillows. Now taking orders for spring and summer weddings. Custom orders welcome…We try our best to run an eco-friendly business…All our Birch bark is harvested from dead logs, we never take bark off of live trees. We never use chemicals or insecticides on our products.”
“The baskets & ring bearer pillow are AMAZING 🙂 i want to keep the baskets for myself! Your dedication and creativity really show through! Thanks again.”

Finally, we have Fruits of the Forest. “I am constantly in awe and wonder of the magical mountains and forests around me. I try to instill appreciation for Mother Nature and her natural forms in my designs. I try to use found, recycled and repurposed materials as often as possible to lessen the environmental impact of my designs. All natural found materials are meticulously cleaned and preserved when appropriate.” “We just received the boutonnieres and they are gorgeous! Thank you SO MUCH for all your work! These are going to make our wedding even more special!”