The revival of Alice and Wonderland by Tim Burton in his 2010 film has opened up the wedding industry to the myriad of possibilities that can become be a part of an Alice in Wonderland wedding. Across the internet you can find almost every conceivable aspect of Wonderland. Naturally, this appeals to us here because we love the idea of stretching what can be imagined. So, when Callandra Caufield, owner of Cherry Tree Occasions (a wedding planning and décor company), located in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, called about her approaching Alice in Wonderland themed wedding that she was working on, we knew we would have some fun projects ahead.
Originally, the request was for larger-than-life red, crepe paper, roses. The only question we had was how big? I was willing to try a few feet wide – why not?!? Callandra was, understandably, wanting something a little more manageable. We settled on about 12 inches wide and about 3 feet tall with two leaves each. Every one of these details matters when working on wedding décor, because you need to be sure they will fit where you want them!
As we spoke, I realized there was more we could do to bring Alice in Wonderland from the pages of a book into something unique and timeless for Callandra’s wedding couple. We chatted about using an Alice in Wonderland book to create the brides bouquet. A little time passed before we settled on our overall plan. Needless to say, the book did come to life!
We took a copy of Through the Looking-Glass (one piece of the complete Alice story) and removed all the pages.( As an avid reader and lover of all things paper this was one of the hardest things I have ever done!) Each page was then cut into specific sized squares so that we could us those to create our roses. Callandra wanted to have a bouquet for the bride, 4 boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen, and 20 additional roses to use as the famous roses being painted red by the queen’s cards.
One of the things I love about creative wedding planners is that they usually let me run with ideas. I verified with Callandra that the bouquet should be “white” (printed pages without color), that I could color the boutonnieres, and that the 20 additional roses should be “painted red”. The rest was up to me!
I chose a really interesting light blue, coral mesh type ribbon, to use as a detail on the groom’s boutonniere and as the main leaf and wrap on the groomsmen’s boutonnieres. I followed that up with red satin ribbon as a detail on the groomsmen’s boutonnieres and as the leaves and wrap on the groom’s boutonniere. For the bride’s bouquet I arranged each rose on a stem which I then collected into a complete bouquet. I wrapped the stems in a light blue satin ribbon and added a red satin ribbon detail atop the blue. I also made sure that the bouquet was interesting and full from the top as well as from the base. When looking under the bouquet, and up to the rose undersides you find a number of the illustrations from the book grouped together. It’s a really cool effect that the bride really loved. Lastly, I painted the roses red, I painted the roses red (I dared not stop or waste a drop)…yeah, it was a lot of fun!
Callandra was so excited when she received this amazing collection of flowers she took the bouquet directly to the bride to show her. The bride loved it! A big thanks goes out to Callandra for such a fun project. Cannot wait for the next one (which is already underway)!