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It has literally been forever since I have sewn clothes. I was a little nervous about taking on the flowergirl dress. My fear was more related to not knowing how much time this would take to finish rather than how it would turn out. In total it took me roughly 15 hours to complete, but it really felt like it took one day since I was in the basement for 12 of those hours on Saturday { This was closely recorded by my husband, who was a little disgruntled at not having my company during the Spartans season opener this year. } But everything was going so well and turning out so cute I just couldn’t stop really 🙂 This is where I started- a pattern I planned to modify, an inspiration dress photo and some gorgeous yellow silk fabric….

Flowergirl dress inspiration photo.

Dress pattern to be modified into inspiration dress.

The pattern was easy to follow but not very true to size- It was very big! I used pattern pieces for Dress C-top and Dress A-skirt to get the look of the inspiration dress. I ended up still cutting another 7″ off the skirt length and took in about an 1 1/2″ in the back before putting in the zipper. I did not use a pattern for the sash/bow. This was purely educated guesswork 🙂 Love how it turned out!

Accomplishments from the weekend!

 The ring pillow was completely inspired by some fabulous scrap fabric I had and the big flower in the inspiration dress photo. I couldn’t be happier with the way this pillow turned out. I especially love how the mixture of fabulous silk damask {on the back & edge} and simple cream linen {front} gives the perfect balance of rustic glamour Lindsay is looking for in her wedding details. I can’t wait for my sister to see this in person!

Emplume custom ring pillow.

1-ring bearer pillow

1-flowergirl dress

Yea! now on to the rest  of it 🙂

~Carrie

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Ciao Lovelies! – We know, it has been FOREVER. Can you tell that blogging is not completely our best task?  (we do have a really, really good reason that we have been distracted, but we can’t tell you yet! sorry.) We love to”Emplume”  and we love to talk, but actually finding time to follow through with a blog seems to be our downfall! Luckily we really LOOOOVE to create fabulous bouquets for brides from around the world, and once in a while – that love saves us! {by giving us a perfectly undeniable topic and pictures to blog about!} We recently sent a bouquet for the first time ever to Italy! yes – Italy! How fabulous is that?  We are  so happy to post the photos that this bride sent over! Many, many, many thanks Pucia! (Nicolina) Gratzi!

Beautiful bride, gorgeous local, LOVE the navy shoes and handbag on the MOB!

bye-bye! ~ xo, Emplume

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We can hardly believe it has almost been a month since we have blogged. Bad. Bad. Bad! Neither of us know where the time has gone. Luckily for me (since it’s my turn to blog, and I guess I’m the one holding up the show!)- we received a request from a new inquiry asking for some letters of reference, since she has a large order and was a bit worried about the whole ‘on-line’ ordering process.

Carrie sent out some emails to our past brides – and we are sooo happy to report that we got some fabulous letters back! This really is why we LOVE Emplume so much! Of course we love the bouquets but I think we may love our brides, their mother-in-laws and moms even more! THANK YOU.THANK YOU. THANK YOU! to all of you who so thoughtfully replied to our request – we could not be happier!

I am of course going to post them for all of you to see.. but so as not to overwhelm and to give every gorgeous one of you your day to shine with our complete gratitude and thanks… here’s the first!

Dear Carrie and Shannon:

It was so good to hear from you.   As you know, when my daughter-in-law Stephanie saw your advertisement in Bride’s Magazine and contacted you by telephone.   I was skeptical about handling such an important part of the wedding over the internet without being able to see and/or touch the product.  You will recall we had a bad experience with another company who apparently was trying to do a knock-off of your creations of art.

I can honestly say we were like 5 year old children on Christmas morning opening the packages when they arrived for the wedding.  The packaging was fantastic.  I have my husband’s boutonniere and my corsage packed away neatly in the beautiful boxes they arrived in and have stored them in our wedding memory box.

The bride’s bouquet was stunning.    Stephanie chose a beautiful arrangement to carry and equally beautiful combinations for the maid of honor and bridesmaids.   Your creations were unique to our area and needless to say were a topic of conversation among our guests.  I purchased glass vases for the bouquets and they were displayed at the reception around the cake and Stephanie’s was standing on the sweetheart table.

I have never seen anything like these arrangements. The Swarovski crystals and pearls were a magnificent touch and added just the right amount of sparkle.  The magnetic clasps on them were a fantastic idea so as to not damage the fabric of the dresses/tuxedos.

I would absolutely, positively recommend your creations to anyone who is considering them as an alternative to traditional fresh flowers.  They are unique works of art and certainly deserve the consideration by any bride who wants something unusual and one of a kind for her special day. Hope your business is flourishing and you can rest assured that anyone who has asked where they came from I have quickly provided your information.

Talk care and we wish you much success!

Sincerely,

Brenda L. Eyler

Extremely Satisfied  Emplume Customer

THANKS BRENDA (and Stephanie)  It truly was our pleasure!  xo ~ emplume


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So – we were contacted back in the fall of 2009 by a bride who was requesting a bouquet that she could take with her on the plane for a destination wedding on a beach, and then have a month later for a reception party in Miami.  Well  – an EVERLASTING Emplume bouquet was the obvious answer and we were more than happy to help!

The challenge with this particular bride was that they were having the ceremony on the beach and were going to be wearing white Bermuda shorts and no shoes – so the bouquet would have to be sort of beachy….

but the reception was going to be an all out formal affair complete with a beautiful swanky wedding gown covered in crystals, and the theme was “one night at the disco”!

So – you ask – as did we… how do you marry the beach with a disco party, and make it fabulous for both???!!

Trish had this to say about her Emplume experience…

“Thanks again for a job well-done, and done painlessly for me!  I know this was a little challenging due to having 2 very different venues w/ very different looks and outfits…..BUT YOU DID IT!!!  DISCO-FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!”

Thank you Trish! It was our pleasure and we wish you all the best!

xo ~ Emplume

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Isn’t it so interesting to find out what people are inspired by? When we start out with a new bride, we ask for colors, themes, photos of the dress, decor, invitation, etc so that WE can be inspired to create the perfect feathered beauty for them and their wedding. It isn’t often that a bride comes to us with HER inspiration  before we even ask… but such was the case with Melanie. Her very first email to us included photos of her dress, shoes, linens,  and venue but MOST exciting – her INSPIRATION photo.

Melanie's Inspiration

Many of you will recognize this as a scene from the Twilight movie. We had to laugh because her explanation was “It sounds a little ridiculous, but I got inspired by Twilight (yes, the movie- and I’m not 15 years old!)”.  This is proof that you never know where the inspiration will come from!

So from this photo – the following was selected and designed…..

Donovan Pavilion, the venue

This is a fabulous venue in Vail, Colorado – The Donovan Pavilion. Perfect for the moody, snowy wedding event of the season!

Charcoal shimmer linens...perfect!

Teal shimmer napkins

centerpiece...!

Can you picture how fabulous this will all be in that venue?

So – now on to the attire (and of course, shoes!)

Bride's gown #1

Bride's gown #2 - but shorter, mini length...

But the true scene stealer… be still my heart! ——

The MOST FABULOUS ankle booties ever!

Could you just die for those Dior sparkle booties!? And – she is going to wear them with sparkle tights!  Carrie and I are determined to fly to Vail just to have a peek at how fabulous this will all be!

Now for the bouquets… from every gorgeous inspiration photo comes an equally gorgeous Emplume creation! (If we do say so ourselves…!)

Bridal bouquet

Groom's bout

Melanie's maids

Maid details

Melanie Bouts

So there it is… The “Twilight Collection”. Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration with us, Melanie! We are SO looking forward to seeing pictures of the actual event. Best Wishes to you! xo ~emplume

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Our most fabulous friend Renee was asked to write a guest blog spot at Craft for Health. We thought it was such a great read that it deserved to be posted anywhere and everywhere! Our favorite part was the paragraph…

“Each one of us has a unique creative point of view, a gift that should never be ignored.  If you haven’t found your voice quite yet, my advice is set out on your creative expedition and keep searching until you find something you love to do, make, mold, design, cook, plant, paint, sew, knit or build – you never know when something beautiful will unfold.”


We felt that this statement was close to our hearts because this was the mantra that prodded us to start Emplume! We were sure that we loved it and if you can turn something that gives you so much joy and satisfaction into your job as well, how lucky are you? We ask ourselves every day that same question!  That said – thanks to all of our brides, fans and friends who love and appreciate Emplume as much as we do!

Best! xo ~ Shannon

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Shannon and Ed were married 11 years ago today! What a gorgeous day it was and a fabulous wedding I will never forget. Classic black and white formal dinner, Vera Wang silk satin gown, white candles everywhere and dancing to a live big band. At the time, Shannon and I worked together as seamstresses so all day we would gab and gab about all the details and plans and magazines. She was ( and still is ) so detail oriented that she ( and Ed too ) would stay up nights glueing pearls on tulle for the almond favors and tiny black velvet ribbons around all the candles. All the planning and perusing and dreaming that went into Shannon and Ed’s wedding day left a lasting love of all things wedding forever. So I guess you could say today is an important day for Emplume too,  since some of the seeds that became Emplume were planted on that day!

But most importantly the day was all about joining together 2 wonderful people who are meant for eachother more than any other couple I know.

Hope you have a wonderful celebration- cheers!

Black and white photography credit to Linda Wan Photography of Ann Arbor, MI.

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