Eco-Friendly Botanical Ring Pillows From Grandiflora LLC
July 24, 2009
By: eddye

This is something I've never seen before ... botanical flower ring pillows! After looking around the wedding-blog world, I did see that they are not a new creation ... just new to me! None the less, I think they are super-creative and exceptionally eco-friendly.  Karen of Grandiflora sent these photos to us along with a bit of the inspiration behind each one of them.

Top/left: "Green was the chosen palette for this East-meets-West wedding. The bride’s family is originally from Japan, and the groom traces his heritage to Ireland. Spider mums and yoko ono mums were paired with stripy flax leaves, set in a silver lacquered box to function as a ring pillow."

Top/right: "Mums and stephanotis ~ Adorned with white and green blossoms, a coastal white chapel with view to the Pacific was the ceremony location for this wedding."

Grandiflora ~ Bay Area, San Francisco, Oakland Floral Design

Above: Row 2/left ~ Inspired by the outdoor garden ceremony in early autumn, this ring pillow highlights a mélange of textural materials and celebrates the gradual change in colors of foliage.

Above: Row 2/right ~ Lady slipper orchid.  The bride comes from a family of orchid lovers; her affinity had burgeoned at an early age because her father is an orchid hobbyist and grower. The use of a singular blossom in the ring pillow epitomizes the simple grace embodied in an orchid.

Below/left ~ Kiwi vine. This ring pillow was inspired by the natural setting of the ceremony location, a sunken amphitheater facing a majestic redwood grove. Foliage and twig are emphasized in the design.

Below/right ~ This ring pillow was designed for a 20's inspired wedding that took place at a beloved historic building designed by Julia Morgan, best known for her design of the Hearst Castle. Peacock feathers were one of the key design elements and used throughout the wedding.

Grandiflora ~ Bay Area, San Francisco, Oakland Floral Design

A little bit more from Karen at Grandiflora ...

Botanical ring pillows are designed for the ring bearer to carry down the aisle with the rings attached, and serve as a unique detail element of the wedding ceremony. The idea of making a ring pillow out of flowers is not new ~ the green yoko ono mum ring pillow and the moss ring pillow are both well-published designs. We have embraced the concept by customizing each botanical ring pillow we make. The design of the ring pillow follows a process of blending the botanical elements left over from the wedding floral designs instead of ordering extra materials for its creation. The rest is a truly organic design process, inspired by the mood and feel of the location and the textures and palette of the flowers. I am a “less is more” girl, and most of our brides share the same sentiment, so the designs are clean and minimal yet dramatic.

Our design team loves making these because the creative process is spontaneous and impressionistic. An added bonus is that we are giving new life to botanical materials that would otherwise head to the green recycle bin. All of our ring pillows are the result of impromptu composition. We are fortunate that our brides have a true sense of adventure, and wanted us to have fun with the design and surprise them.

Just one more super to make your wedding details truly unique!

Thanks so much, Karen, for sharing! You can see more of Grandifloral's beautiful and innovate ideas on their website.

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OH ... and we just announced the winners from last Friday's giveaway from The Wedding Main St.! You can check it out {here}! Thanks to all who entered!!