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Wedding WOW Alert: Paper Floral Artistry by Balushka

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

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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!

Navy, Gold, Green & Pink Wedding

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Katie and Patrick met at a mutual friend’s “The Office”-watching party while attending Oklahoma State University. A few study dates later, the pair became friends and remained close for three years through Katie’s graduation. It wasn’t until Patrick asked Katie to ring in the New Year with him in 2011 that the college buds became something more. Katie and Patrick dated long-distance for two years before Patrick proposed in a charming Kansas City bakery on a wintry December day: “It was an unforgettable moment in our lives and a very cherished memory for us both,” says the bride, who couldn’t believe her eyes when Patrick got down on one knee. On their wedding day, Katie walked down the aisle in a gorgeous Lazaro gown from Weddings by Debbie, while 200 family members and friends looked on. Lavish floral arrangements in ivory, light blue, and pale pink—inspired by the paintings of the bride’s late grandmother—and soft candlelight created an ethereal ambiance throughout the reception space. “It was an amazing, fun and romantic evening for all attending,” says Katie. “I could not have hoped for more perfect day!”

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Photos: A Lifetime of Memories Photography ~ Wedding Gown: Weddings by Debbie ~ Mother-of-the-Bride Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions

Blush, White & Gold Wedding by D. Jones Photography

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Incorporating Persian culture in the wedding ceremony was very important to Houston bride Ametis. “Plants N’ Petals took my ideas and created a fairytale that came to life. My vision was to create a romantic feel with a neutral color palette of white, gold and blush throughout the ceremony and reception. It was more beautiful than I could have imagined,” she says. Favorite moments? “Chris and I wanted to be surrounded by our family and close friends to celebrate our special day. We loved being able to spend time with those who traveled from long distances for such a joyous occasion,” she adds. Thanks D. Jones Photography for the lovely pics that have us swooning over every detail. We promise you will, too. Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!

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Photos: D. Jones Photography ~ Rehearsal Dinner: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa ~ Reception: St. Regis Houston ~ Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal from Weddings by Debbie ~ Flowers & Decor: Plants N’ Petals ~ Invitations & Stationery: Bering’s ~ Photo Booth, Lighting & Entertainment: LG Entertainment

Blush, Ivory & Gold Wedding

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Kristen and Clayton were first introduced through mutual friends while attending a concert in Downtown Houston. He was determined to meet Kristen again, but the next day Clayton had plans to visit Austin for the weekend. “During the drive, he was contemplating whether or not to turn around and go back to Houston so that he could meet me. Clayton made it to Highway 71 and decided to call our mutual friend, who promised him the chance to see me again if he turned around. Clayton did exactly that. He asked me out on a date and we have been inseparable since,” says Kristen. Two and a half years later Clayton got down on one knee and asked Kristen to marry him in front of the Waterwall. The pair planned a simple, yet elegant springtime affair with the help of Plants N’ Petals and EB Inc Event Rentals & Design for 250 of their nearest and dearest. “Although it rained on our wedding day, I couldn’t believe how perfect it was! There was never a dull moment on the dance floor,” adds Kristen. Congrats to the newlyweds, we wish you the best!

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Photos: Serendipity Photography ~ Reception: Houston Oaks Country Club ~ Florist: Plants N’ Petals ~ Decor & Rentals: Plants N’ Petals & EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design ~ Baker: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Jewelry: Nazar’s Fine Jewelry

Navy, Ivory, Gold & Coral Wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston by Steve Lee Photography

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Casey and Bill’s love story started while they were both in high school living as expats in Trinidad. They decided to part ways after being accepted to different colleges but later re-kindled their relationship during their last semester of college. A few years later, back in the U.S., Bill planned a sweet trip to Galveston with Casey for her birthday. “Bill planned to propose in Galveston, but after holding on to the ring for a two hours waiting for me to arrive at his house, he decided he couldn’t wait much longer,” Casey recounts. “We were sitting at his kitchen table where I was finishing up a work call. As soon as I hung up I jumped up and apologized for our delay and told him I was ready to go. He stood up to deliver the proposal speech he had prepared, but couldn’t get a word out. He dropped down on one knee and went straight to the question. I have never been more surprised in my life!” Casey says. The lovebirds planned their picture-perfect summer wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston where Casey wed Bill in a gorgeous Anne Barge gown from Ivory Bridal Atelier. The couple’s favorite moment? “We danced to Soca music with several guests who were expats in Trinidad with us. We got to relive the culture we grew up in and show our American friends and family,” says Casey. We’ll let the beautiful photos by Steve Lee do the rest of the talking for us. Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!

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Photos: Steve Lee Photography ~ Reception: Four Seasons Hotel Houston ~ Wedding Dress: Anne Barge from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Baker: Who Made The Cake! ~ Decor & Rentals: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design ~ Invitations: Katie & Co. ~ Videographer: Sculpting with Time Productions ~ Registry: Bering’s ~ Consultant: Two Be Wed