I love to keep an eye on wedding trends, especially current flower and color favorites, never knowing when the information will come in handy for the marriage certificates I quill. Recently I've been noticing that the ranunculus has become really popular in bridal bouquets.
Photo source: Nature Hills Nursery
Isn't ranunculus a great name? It's one of those words that's just fun to say over and over. (Yes, I'm easily amused.)
Latin for "little frog", it leads me to think of the fairy tale in which the toad turns into a prince after being kissed... and this makes it a fitting name for the flower because the perfectly round and full shape is truly regal.
Brandy of Etsy shop, Blush Envy, creates paper ranunculus that look so much like the real thing, it's hard to believe they aren't fresh flowers.
She sketches, cuts, and shapes the petals by hand from fabulous colored papers, and highlights each one with paint. Finally, the whole piece is coated with a water-based sealer that protects the petals and makes them incredibly sturdy.
Brandy explains that each flower goes through a minimum twenty step glazing process and takes at least a week to make. Once the romantic flowers are created, she constructs beautiful bib necklaces, rings, earrings, and hair clips, often adding elegant pearls and beads as accents.
Blush Envy has only been open since May, but is already receiving a good bit of attention. No surprise there, as the flowers and workmanship are truly gorgeous.
Right now the shop is closed because Brandy is off doing her first show of the holiday season, but I'm sure if you contact her, she will be happy to hear from you. (edited to say, she's back now!)
And if you happen to be in Chicago in early December, Brandy will be traveling there from Florida to exhibit at the One of a Kind Show and Sale at The Merchandise Mart, December 2-5. If you go, just mention to her that you saw this post, and you'll receive 20% off your purchase.
Blush Envy is on Facebook too.