VKH Adores: The Letter K

K is for…..

Kale

Not just for healthy living, kale is a lush addition to any wedding décor.  Whether in a bouquet, in a centerpiece, or anchoring either end of a festoon in the rafters, kale provides a fresh, natural, and elegant option in your decorating creativity.

Kale and White Rose Bouquet

(Photo courtesy of Flutter Glass Photography)

Kale, Green Chrisanthemum, and Berzillia Berries

(Photo courtesy of Modern Vintage Market.)

Keepsake Bouquets

For such a comparatively small part of a large tradition, the bouquet remains one of the priciest items for a wedding (up to $1000!)  There are so many flowers, prices, and opinions to sift through in order to find the best option that also reflects who you are.  The reality of a bouquet post-wedding is that it will either be kept in a fridge in between that last slice of wedding cake and a half-empty bottle of ketchup, destroyed by some renegade bridesmaid in the dash to obtain it at the reception, or by the end of the day it looks as tired as you feel.   Your wedding is an investment, and your bouquet does not have to be a beautiful-but-disposable item.  The possibilities are endless to create a bouquet that is creative, low cost, memorable, green, and totally you.  In an age of do-it-yourself chic, repurposed trends, and online how-to videos, creating your own is a great opportunity to involve help from friends, kids, and relatives, and it gives you something to do when planning for your wedding becomes overwhelming.   VKH would like to offer more than beautiful, affordable, and non-disposable options.

Paper Flower Bouquet – Paper flowers are becoming trendier and trendier.  Whether you purchase locally, or use donated or found paper, a paper flower bouquet can be just as stunning as living bouquets.  You can find acid-free, recycled, and handmade papers from online sellers like papermart.com, joann.com, and paper-source.com.

 (Photo courtesy of LivePlayLove: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LivePlayLove?ref=seller_info)

(Photo courtesy of KaprayShapray.blogspot.com)

Brooch Bouquet – Resale and antique stores carry selections of brooches and vintage jewelry items; garage sales and church bazaars are additional sources for inexpensive baubles and bangles.  This is a great opportunity to make use of the “something old, something new…” poem by checking-in with grandmothers, aunts, and mom to see if they have jewelry items to contribute.

(Photo courtesy of Parchmentbydami.com)

Fabric Flower Bouquet – Buy ready-made, or create your own.  Like knitting and scrap-booking, this is a fun afternoon activity while watching tv or relaxing with friends.  Materials could be purchased from fabric or craft stores, or repurposed found fabric items (ribbons, past bridesmaid dresses or clothing.)

(Photo courtesy of StudioDIY.com)

Kelp Designs

California-based Kelp Designs is an environmentally-friendly stationery company, specializing in green eco-friendly, note cards, invitations, with bold colors, classic patterns all on 100% recycled paper and envelopes with soy and vegetable-based inks (Kelpdesigns.com).  Their products can be found all over the U.S., and in Chicago you can stop by Greer Chicago (GreerChicago.com) at 1657 N Wells St.  Simple and elegant, and perfect for invitations or gift thank you’s!

(Photo courtesy of Kelpdesigns.com)

Koo, Steve

Based in Chicago, photographer Steve Koo seeks to provide fun, personal, and stunning visual memories on your special day.  Check out his website to read about his awards, and view his fantastic portfolio.  http://stevekoophotography.com/about/

(Photo courtesy of Steve Koo.)

Kumquats

Adding edibles to bouquets and décor is a beautiful way to inexpensively bring color, texture, and a fresh feel to weddings.  Often forgotten, the kumquat is one of nature’s citrus gems.  Its bright sweet and sour orange flavor is matched by its vibrant and festive color, perfect for Spring or Summer weddings.

 (Photo courtesy of Weddingchicks.com)

(Photo courtesy of Southern Accents Magazine.)

And if these little cuties are too yummy to ONLY look at, incorporate them into your reception fare!

Gingerbread Layer Cake with Candied Kumquats

(Photo courtesy of BonAppetite.com)

Kumquat Fennel Cornmeal Cake, Honey Mascarpone Icing & Almond Fennel Seed Brittle

(Photo courtesy of Tablefare.com)

We hope you’ve enjoyed this installment of VKH Adores.  We would also like to remind you that Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day, celebrating 42 years of eco-consciousness and keeping the world a greener place.  VKH supports the Earth Day movement, and we encourage you to be more than beautiful by joining in the effort locally or globally!

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