I met Suzi, the creative genius behind Sweet Izzi all the way back at the 2014 Handmade Awards – she had brought along a beautiful paper bouquet created and painted by hand and I was instantly struck by the artistic detail that ran through the whole design. I was only recently engaged at that point but that bouquet stuck with me, and months later I contacted Suzi again to ask her to make mine.
Sweet Izzi specialise in luxury handcrafted paper flowers: single bloom, bouquets and stunningly delicate flower crowns. Every flower is unique as Suzi changes and evolves her process to fit each make. No mass production here and I think this level of thought and care shows in the detail paid to every petal. Sometimes Suzi works with coloured paper selected to match the tonal values of a specific flower and sometimes she hand paints each petal to add greater depth and detail. In Suzi’s words:
Each flower is constructed petal by petal; using form and colour the hand-cut petals are layered and shaped creating life-like paper flowers
I loved the idea of having a bouquet that I could keep forever and I found Suzi so wonderful (and calming!) to work with. She helped me to select flowers and shades that would work well with my wedding aesthetic (Gerbera Daisies) and made me feel so confident in my choice of bold bright colours… even when I sent her emails freaking out about colour clash (one of my very few bridezilla moments).
When my bouquet arrived I couldn’t believe how stunning it was – it was exactly what I’d hoped for. My mum, and lots of our friends couldn’t believe it was made of paper and it added the perfect eyecatching pop of colour against my ivory dress.
What do you think? PS We’ve just got back some of our wedding photos – aaaaaaaaaah – I’m so so happy that I can start sharing these and coming up with beautiful ways to display them around our home (and obvs blogging about it!). I’m also planning a post all about my wedding’s handmade details once I have all the pics back – exciting!
You can see and buy Suzi’s creations through her Etsy store and she also happens to have an exceptionally beautiful instagram account which you can peruse here. I think she’s a truly amazing artist and I’d really recommend contacting her if you’re interested in creating your own forever bouquet.
My wedding photography was by Abi Ellson photography.