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Wedding WOW Alert: Paper Floral Artistry by Balushka

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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!

Bright and Beautiful Wedding by Adam Nyholt

It was December 2013 when Ben took Matti on a surprise horse-drawn carriage ride to look at Christmas lights. “We stopped under one of the brightest trees to take a picture and as soon as we started smiling, he turned to me and got down on one knee! I don’t think he even asked me to marry him because he was so nervous. I shook my head ‘yes’ anyway. Our entire family and friends were waiting for us to celebrate!” says Matti.  Their fall, jewel-tone wedding was one for the books. Check out the gorgeous photos by Adam Nyholt and see for yourself…and MEET Adam for yourself at the incredible I Do! Wedding Soiree @ The Four Seasons Hotel on Oct., 18, 2-5 p.m (tickets here)! Congrats, Matti and Ben. We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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Photography: Adam Nyholt Photographer ~ Venue: Escondido Golf Club ~ Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza ~ Decor & Rentals: Events in Bloom

Outdoor Spring Wedding by Civic Photos

It’s true, everything is bigger in Texas- especially weddings. Just ask Houston bride Bella and her hubby about their 1,400-guest reception. The couple had a true Texas spring wedding with blooming orchids, an outdoor reception, and a 16-layer cake! Guests enjoyed the perfect weather and some good ‘ol Southern food: roasted beef, pico, beans and freshly squeezed Lemonade (mmm). Oh and did we mention how stunning Bella looked in her full-sleeve, chic lace bridal gown from Parvani Vida? Thanks Civic Photos for capturing all of the sweet deets from Bella and Irvin’s wedding, we’re in love! Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!

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Photos: Civic Photos ~ Bridal Gown: Parvani Vida Bridal & Formal ~ Makeup & Hair: Thalio Beckham

Blush, Ivory & Silver Wedding at Omni Houston Hotel

“It was Christmas Eve 2013. Tristan said he had a gift ornament for me hanging on the tree. On the front it read, “Our first Christmas together,” and on the back was a bride and groom. I turned around and he was on one knee asking to spend the rest of our Christmases together,” says Autumn. So sweet, right? A year later, Autumn wed Tristan in a lace Pronovias gown from Parvani Vida Bridal & Formal and celebrated with 165 of their nearest and dearest at the Omni Houston Hotel. Favorite moment? “Dancing with all of our family and friends,” Autumn says. Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!

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Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema ~ Rehearsal Dinner: Brennan’s of Houston ~ Reception: Omni Houston Hotel ~ Wedding Gown: Pronovias from Parvani Vida Bridal & Formal ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Invitations: Bering’s ~ Decor & Rentals: Darryl & Co.

Blush, White & Silver Wedding at Waterpoint Premier Lakeside Venue

Newly graduated from college and just starting their careers, Kellie says figuring out how to budget and plan her dream wedding to Jacob was no small challenge, but one she embraced fully. The couple’s church ceremony and fresh, fun, family-focused celebration at picturesque Waterpoint on Lake Conroe reflected their backgrounds, with table numbers corresponding to ages of their childhoods (table 5, for instance, displayed photos of Kellie and Jacob at age 5). The bride’s accessories included a bracelet made by Jacob’s grandmother and a pair of white flats decorated by her aunt with bits of lace from her Oleg Cassini bridal gown. The venue’s lovely lakefront vista made decor needs minimal (HEB Blooms supplied softly tousled flowers in shades of pink, blush and cream), and a candy buffet made the festivities just that much sweeter.

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Photos: Photography by Niki ~ Venue: Waterpoint Premier Lakeside Venue ~ Flowers: HEB Blooms ~ Cake: Dream Cakes