Archive for the ‘Floral’ Category

Get Inspired: Western Wedding Elegance

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

If you’re a vintage-lovin’ bride-to-be who can’t live without rustic-inspired decor and would rather wear a pair of cowboy boots than heels—you’re gonna love our picks for picture-perfect, elegant-yet-easygoing wedding style with a distinctive Western vibe. Happy planning, lovelies!

Western Chic

1. Oscar de la Renta Swarovski Crystal Branch Necklace: Saks Fifth Avenue Houston Galleria 2. Julie Song Ink Coral Charm Suite: Julie Song Ink 3. Claire Pettibone Maybelle Gown: Claire Pettibone 4. Suzanne Kalan Rose Gold Aqua Ring: Suzzane Kalan 5. Bouquet: Plants N’ Petals 6. Lucchese Averill Boots: Lucchese 7. Castleberry Hill Studio Garden Greenery Stickers: Castleberry Hill Studio 8. Four Tier Vanilla-Rasberry and Chocolate Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections

Wedding WOW Alert: Paper Floral Artistry by Balushka

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

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Photo: BeHUMAN Productions

Peanut butter & jelly. Champagne & dessert. Weddings &…FLOWERS! There are some things that just go together. Beautiful blooms and the celebration of marriage are two of these. But fresh cut flowers are not the only option for romantic wedding decor. Just ask famed Houston-based paper-flower artist Balushka, whose floral flights of fancy have won the hearts of wedding couples across the country—not to mention editors, retailers and stylists, who love Balushka’s paper flower backdrops, installations and jewelry for their exuberance and whimsical femininity. We spoke to the artist about her inspiration and technique, and found out what she’s got in bloom for upcoming Houston weddings. Read on!

Houston Wedding Blog: How did you get the idea to start creating flowers out of paper?

Balushka: I was in fashion school, and my professor asked me to create paper flowers for a photo shoot for a magazine. I had no idea how to make paper flowers, but she said, “Balushka, you seem like you can make anything!” So I took this as inspiration, and created my first four flowers overnight. They loved them so much that they ordered 50 giant paper flowers from me. And that is how Balushka Paper Floral Artistry was born!

HWB: What are the biggest milestones in your floral-artistry career?

Balushka: I decorated all seven windows at the legendary Lord & Taylor store on the 5th Ave in NYC. Usually, they keep the window displays up for only one month…but my installation of over 2,500 flowers was there for three months! Afterwards, they ended up purchasing the flowers and sent them out to Lord & Taylor stores all over country for their window displays.

I’ve also decorated multiple bridal markets in Chicago and New York, and this past fall my biggest dream came true, when I had a chance to decorate New York Fashion Week!

HWB: Take us through the creation of a custom paper-flower display. Where do you start? What materials do you use? How long does it take?

Balushka: The client may show me the space and color scheme of the venue or event. If the client is located in Houston, they can come visit my new studio, see the flowers in person and have a personal consultation with me.

I get an understanding from the client of the feel they wish for: for example, more soft edges or a spiky design? We choose from over 30 styles of flowers from the Balushka collection and then we go into the choice of colors. The client may choose from 67 colors of paper, including custom hand-painted papers. Depending on the size/material and design, each flower may take from an hour to seven hours to create.

HWB: What are your most popular rental installations for wedding ceremonies and receptions?

Balushka: The most popular are my Balushka walls, which are 8-by-8 feet, and are completely filled with over 300 flowers. They come in ivory or white, and the couple may add any color they can imagine! I also recently designed a fresh cherry tree wall with a paper floral accent on it, which has been popular as well.

My “naked” backdrops had their debut in 2016. These 8-by-8-foot walls, with 25 flowers on them, can be rented for $750 including installation fee, and make a beautiful backdrop for a photo booth or cake table.

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Photos: Kim Schaffer

HWB: What are some of the exciting wedding creations you’re working on right now?

Balushka: I am decorating a Houston wedding that will feature an 8-by-8-foot wall of white flowers, along with my 12-foot paper floral arch, and two freehand installations of paper flowers for the cake and photo area. I also have a wedding coming up in Austin that will feature an arbor installation of pink flowers, and a lime-green and white wall for a Galveston wedding in May.

In general, I’m seeing pink, green and black as popular colors for 2016!

HWB: What do you LOVE most about working on weddings, and working with wedding couples?

Balushka: I love to see the enthusiasm in couples when they are creating that one very special day for themselves and the people they care for the most. I am so grateful to be able to offer my pieces of art for wedding celebrations, since the art is symbolic and timeless—like true love.

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Photos: Dara Dyer Photography

You can email Balushka or call 832.596.5953 for more information, or to schedule your consultation!

Navy, Gold, Green & Pink Wedding

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Katie and Patrick met at a mutual friend’s “The Office”-watching party while attending Oklahoma State University. A few study dates later, the pair became friends and remained close for three years through Katie’s graduation. It wasn’t until Patrick asked Katie to ring in the New Year with him in 2011 that the college buds became something more. Katie and Patrick dated long-distance for two years before Patrick proposed in a charming Kansas City bakery on a wintry December day: “It was an unforgettable moment in our lives and a very cherished memory for us both,” says the bride, who couldn’t believe her eyes when Patrick got down on one knee. On their wedding day, Katie walked down the aisle in a gorgeous Lazaro gown from Weddings by Debbie, while 200 family members and friends looked on. Lavish floral arrangements in ivory, light blue, and pale pink—inspired by the paintings of the bride’s late grandmother—and soft candlelight created an ethereal ambiance throughout the reception space. “It was an amazing, fun and romantic evening for all attending,” says Katie. “I could not have hoped for more perfect day!”

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Photos: A Lifetime of Memories Photography ~ Wedding Gown: Weddings by Debbie ~ Mother-of-the-Bride Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions

Styled Bridal Couture Shoot: Smoke, Mirrors and Magic at The Astorian

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Luxe meets industrial chic in this fabulous shoot featuring gorgeous designer wedding dresses by Rivini, Oscar de la Renta, Hayley Paige and more. The shoot was held at The Astorian and showcased a variety of breathtaking bridal gowns, jewelry and accessories. See credits below on where to find these stunning pieces right here in Houston!

All Over Lace Bridal Gown with Middle Slit High Lace Neck Line Gown with Flowing Skirt Wedding Ceremony Flower Wall and Metallic Gold Detailed Bridal Gown Beaded Bodice and Flowing Skirt Bridal Separates Beaded Bodice and Flowing Skirt Bridal Separates Metallic Gold Detailed Multi-Layer Wedding Cake and Tropical Flower Bouquet All-Over Lace Bridal Gown with Deep V Neckline Brown Embroidered Cocktail Dress and Black Feathered Cocktail Dress Off-White Silk Pantsuit and Black Capris with High Neckline White Blouse Romantic Candlelit Tablescapes with Rose Centerpieces and Rose Flower Balls Beaded Cap Sleeved Bridal Gown

Location: The Astorian ~ Photography: Larry Fagala ~ Stylist: Summer Salah ~ Flowers & Decor: AJ’s Urban Petals ~ Makeup: Aubrie Layne ~ Hair: Tonya Riner ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Gowns Designed by: Alon Livne, Hayley Paige, Rivini and Naeem Khan ~ Gowns Sold At: Now & Forever Bridal and Mia Bridal Couture ~ Accessories: Baccarat, Trumpet & Horn, Sloan/Hall, Kendra Scott, Oscar de la Renta, Tom Ford, Dior and LuLu Frost, Jimmy Choo, Giuseppe Zanotti, all from Neiman Marcus.

Peach, Green & Gray Rustic Wedding

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Amy and Elliot met at a July 4th barbecue, instantly hit it off and the rest was history. The pair traveled to a private beach in Mexico to celebrate their one-year anniversary. Little did she know that he had planned the sweetest proposal on the last day of their romantic getaway. Needless to say, Amy said “yes”, and started planning their Spring wedding. Amy and Elliot envisioned an upscale-rustic wedding with personal touches. Lanterns, beautiful flowers by Blooms Design Studio, tea lights, and a seating chart (built by Amy’s brother and bridesmaid) were just a few of the simple details that brought their vision of an elegant, yet rustic wedding come to life. Check out all of the sweet deets from their wedding below. Congrats and well wishes to the newlyweds!

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Photos: Nicole Chatham Photography ~ Venue: Pine Lake Ranch ~ Flowers: Blooms Design Studio ~ Wedding Dress: Houston Bridal Gallery