An Interview with Michelle from The White Bouquet
If you're familiar with old wedding traditions, you'll know that women used to rip into the bride's dress and her flowers in an attempt to steal some of her good luck. To escape from them, the bride would toss her bouquet and run away! Today this tradition is a bit more relaxed. Bouquets are tossed to single women with the belief that whoever catches it will be the next to marry (although even that can get messy at times)!
A lot of care goes into picking out a bouquet; a bride must find the right flowers to celebrate such a special day. But we have here one kind of bouquet that you definitely won't want to throw to your hungry crowd of bridesmaids! Today we spoke with Michelle from The White Bouquet. Michelle has been studying fine arts for eight years, and specializes in making origami roses for her brides. Check out our interview to hear more about her gorgeous work!
How did you get started on wedding bouquets/decorations?
I started making origami flowers when I was 8 years old. I remember it was very popular in school and all the kids were doing it during recess. Like any kid I wanted to follow my peers and I taught myself how after I got an origami kit. It was a bit frustrating at first but after a lot of trial and error I finally mastered it without help. (I was a very determined 8 year old)
As I got older I continued to make them for school fundraisers and gifts to friends and family. It was a fun hobby to do. I remember during my collage days I didn't have much money to spend on birthday gifts so I would make a little personalized bouquet for my friends. A friend of mine thought it was such a cute alternative to fresh flowers and recommended I should sell them on Etsy. I didn't know what Etsy was at the time and was intrigued. I thought I'd give it a go for fun and maybe earn a little extra spending money but I didn't think it would lead to anything wedding related.
When did you start designing for weddings?
Soon after I opened my Etsy shop, I found that a lot of people started messaging me to create origami bouquets for their weddings. I was a bit taken aback by the amount of enthusiasm shown to use my origami roses. It never really occurred to me that people would want to use them for their weddings. After receiving quite a few requests I started to look into designing a wedding bouquet line. At the time I did not see anyone that was creating bouquets using the type of rose style I was making so I jumped at the opportunity to create something unique and different from everyone else.
What are your favorite materials?
I love rhinestones! I'm like a kid in the candy store whenever I get to play around with crystals and rhinestones. From trims, to buttons, to appliques, I always love adding something that would make a bouquet sparkle.
What is the craziest project you've been asked to design?
The craziest project I was asked to do was to design a Steampunk style wedding bouquet. A bride saw that I carried a wide range of colors she needed to match her wedding and asked if it was possible to create a Steampunk bouquet. Being a fan of Steampunk I didn't hesitate to say yes. It was actually an idea that I had been playing around with in the back of my mind. The bride I was working with was super nice and allowed a lot of creative freedom. I tried sourcing a lot of industrial looking parts to incorporate into the bouquet and shopped around at a lot of trim and bead stores. It felt a bit like a treasure hunt. It was a fun project to do and in the end the bride was ecstatic when she received her bouquet in the mail.
What do you love most about your work?
I love working with my hands and getting to create something beautiful. I also love collaborating with brides from all over the world and getting to design something special for them. Itís a great feeling when you get to be a part of someoneís most important day and helped make their dream wedding a reality.
What do you recommend to a bride looking for wedding bouquets?
I would recommend looking for something that somehow connects with you personally. Everyone is unique and different in their own way. Don't follow trends and styles to much or let it dictate how you want your wedding to be. The most important thing is finding a bouquet that you and you alone will love.