DIY Silk Flower Wreath

DIY silk flower wreath

We recently partnered with Afloral.com – a rad silk flower company that specializes in flowers that looks SO real, like the ones above. Crazy, right?! So today we are sharing how to make silk flower wreaths using all their products! Not only is it easy, but these hanging wreaths would look so great for a ceremony backdrop, or in your home. And best of all, they’ll never wilt! We were inspired by some fall berry tones so here is how we made them…

AFloral DIY


What You’ll Need:
• Silk flowers from Afloral. We picked these choices (from left to right): EvergreenThistleTemari Rose HeadReindeer MossRanunculus in FuschiaPreserved Leather LeafPink AnemonePlum English Rose SprayFernAmaranthusPeony SprayAsparagus Fern Garland
Embroidery Hoops (we bought 3 varying sizes at Michaels in 8″ 10″ and 14″)
• Hot glue gun
• Fishing wire
• Tape
• Scissors

AFloral DIY


Step 1: Plan out the flowers you want to use by grouping them together to form a cohesive look. Play around in this part! Then, start by placing your fern garland around the edge of your hoop and tie to secure in place with fishing wire. Glue gun down any spots that pop up or aren’t staying down.

AFloral DIY


Step 2: Start by taking a focal flower (like the Peony) and taping/gluing down onto the wreath. We laid these down on a side that was a little more bare so the rest of the wreath looked full. You can also later fill in any spots that show the hoop with other filler flowers.

Step 3: Take the smaller filler flowers (like the anemone and ranunculus) and arrange as you like down the hoop. We cascaded down from our focal flower and just did what we liked and thought looked good.

AFloral DIY


Step 4: Finish your wreaths by filling with greens like moss, thistle, ferns or amaranthus.

AFloral Silk Flower Wreath DIY

AFloral Silk Flower Wreath DIY

AFloral Silk Flower Wreath DIY

AFloral Silk Flower Wreath DIY

silk flower wreath


Depending on how you choose to display these, we tied fishing wire to each wreath and hung them on the wall in a staggered position, like above. Pretty and fun, right?!

If you make your own silk flower wreath, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

*This post is sponsored by Afloral.com. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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John Mulaney + Annamarie Tendler’s Catskill Mountain Wedding

John Mulaney wedding

We’re guessing some of you may recognize the adorable bride + groom from today’s gorgeous Catskill mountain wedding, captured oh-so-beautifully by Jesse of Golden Hour Studios. John Mulaney is an SNL writer, stand-up comedian and the star of Mulaney – his own show that is set to premiere on FOX on October 5th! Anna is a makeup artist + the author of the amazing book, The Daily Face. These cuties tied the knot in a celebration that perfectly infused elegant art deco details into the rustic, woodland setting and included some of the most gorge flowers we’ve seen thanks to the super talented Ariel Dearie. Anna shares more about why they chose the beautiful Onteora Mountain House as their venue with us below:

First and foremost, John and I wanted to get married in nature. Though we’d lived in New York City for 10 years the wedding ceremony just seemed like something that should take place within the peaceful surroundings of trees and mountains instead of concrete and skyscrapers. When John and I got out of the car and saw the sprawling vistas and towering trees we knew immediately we’d found our wedding site. Plus, in the event of rain the ceremony would take place in the beautiful, wood pavilion with huge windows, so even indoors the incredible view would not be lost. We knew rain or shine it would be the perfect setting for the 1920’s inspired, woodland-deco bash we’d envisioned.

indigo blue invitation set

John Mulaney wedding

Jenny Packham wedding dress

Jenny Packham wedding dress

We’re having a hard time deciding which we love more: Anna’s insanely beautiful Jenny Packham dress or her stunning garden rose + fern bouquet! We’ll just go ahead and call it a tie.

Jenny Packham wedding dress

whimsical white bouquet

mixed bridesmaid dresses

Anna shares, I scoured Etsy, BHLDN, and every wedding site you can think of to find the exact details and touches. I even made my, and my bridesmaids, flower crowns by hand.

mixed bridesmaid dresses

Catskill mountains wedding

garland arbor

french bulldog

John Mulaney wedding

John Mulaney wedding

What a gorgeous place to say I Do…

John Mulaney wedding

John Mulaney wedding

John Mulaney wedding

John Mulaney wedding

french bulldog

John Mulaney wedding

John Mulaney wedding

John Mulaney wedding

jenny packham dress

john mulaney

catskill mountain wedding

catskill mountain wedding

catskill mountain wedding

flag escort cards

glass dome floral centerpieces

glass dome floral centerpieces

Ariel designed the cool garden terrarium centerpieces, which worked perfectly within the walls of the venue’s beautiful wood pavilion.

glass dome floral centerpieces

catskill mountain wedding

catskill mountain wedding

catskill mountain wedding

catskill mountain wedding

catskill mountain wedding

catskill mountain wedding

catskill mountain wedding

John Mulaney wedding

John Mulaney wedding

A few closing words from the bride, In the end, it was the most perfectly clear, not too hot, zero humidity day we east coasters only dream of in the summer. Everyone danced all night long thanks to our amazing DJ. John and I had the wedding of our dreams surrounded by all the people we love most. It was truly the best day of our lives.

John + Anna, big congrats + best wishes from GWS!

photography: Golden Hour Studios // venue: Onteora Mountain House Boiceville, New York // florals: Ariel Dearie Flowers // invitations: LadyFingers Letterpress // reception flower crown: Anna Mulaney (Bride) // makeup: Anna Mulaney (Bride) // hair: Max Gierl From Mizu Hair Salon // catering: Blue Mountain Bistro // dj: Constantine Ptohos Aka DJ Kahn // groom’s attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke // bridesmaids’ dresses: Ivy And Aster // ceremony headpiece: Untamed Petals From Gabriella New York BFromridal Salon // shoes: Badgley Mischka // wedding dress: Jenny Packham
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Ethereal Burgundy Winter Wedding Inspiration

winter burgundy inspiration

We know that lots of you are probably finalizing the details of your winter wedding, so we thought this gorgeous shoot, sent over by a talented group of New Zealand based wedding artists, would be a fun feature for this afternoon. Burgundy is such a perfect hue for winter weddings + celebrations, and this team (led by photographer, Courtney Horwood + the stylists at The Heirloom) definitely incorporated it in all the right ways!

L’Orangerie, a local NZ wedding venue, was the perfect location for this ethereal editorial with its bare trees + beautiful purple stained glass details. And we’re loving the stunning dresses from A La Robe; so, so romantic + perfect for a wintertime wedding! Don’t you agree?

winter burgundy bride

winter burgundy bouquet

braided hair

braided hair

Such a pretty, richly-hued bouquet by Honeysuckle Rose!

winter burgundy

winter burgundy

winter burgundy

And we’re totally crushing on this venue, big time!

winter burgundy tablescape

winter burgundy tablescape

winter burgundy tablescape

winter burgundy tablescape

winter burgundy tablescape

The play on dark + light tones gave the tablescape tons of visual interest! And we’re really digging the glossy, black flatware the team sourced. So unique…

winter burgundy tablescape

winter burgundy tablescape

winter burgundy tablescape

winter burgundy tablescape

winter ladder decor

winter wreath

winter wreath

winter crown

cap veil

We think this bridal cap veil would be so perfect for cold-weather weddings!

winter cap veil bride

winter burgundy cake

burgundy florals

winter burgundy cake

Did any of these pretty winter design concepts inspire you or spark some fun ideas for your upcoming wedding? We’d love to hear! Thanks to the talented team of creatives below for sharing their beautiful work with us today!

photographer: Courtney Horwood // planning + design: The Heirloom // venue: L’Orangerie Tauranga, New Zealand // florals: Honeysuckle Rose // wedding dresses: A La Robe // make-up: A Blooming Beauty // cake: Nonas Homemade Cakes // hair: Tracey Harris // model: Paige Jordain

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