“The spring came suddenly, bursting upon the world as a child bursts into a room, with a laugh and a shout and hands full of flowers.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Well, spring hasn’t exactly burst upon the world here in NYC, it is 35 and windy today, but there are a few flowers beginning to poke their heads out in the park which gives me hope. Since today is the official first day of spring I thought it was the perfect occasion to post a few photos of the new centerpieces I’ve been working on for Zipper 8 Lighting. My most recent post was about the centerpieces Elizabeth and I did for the Sing for Hope Gala last October, and since then we’ve been really excited to design new centerpieces, with summer weddings in mind.
This first new design features two full roses and a rose bud, all of varying sizes and colors. Each petal is cut out of heavy weight paper and then hand painted individually with watercolors. The colors could obviously be designed to custom match someone’s color scheme, and there could be a bit of flexibility in rose sizing but only a bit because each rose is built around some sort of hollow shape allowing us to light them up from inside.
Our second design features three larger flowers constructed from hand dyed coffee filters. Again there would be some flexibility when it came to color scheme and flower size, especially if someone was more interested in a different number of smaller or larger flowers. I think a line of big poofs down the center of a long table would be pretty spectacular. Or you could even hang them above the table for extra drama.
The next planned photo shoot will involve mixing and matching different types of flowers, and showing them in place on a table as they would look for an actual event. I think we are going to try a long runner as well, with the various different flowers intermixed down the length of the table.
I’m super exited to see these on an actual table with votive candles and everything. It will also be interesting to see the different amounts of light each flower gives off. Hopefully I will have some of those photos to show you very soon!
Happy first day of Spring everyone, Allison
Update: These are lit up by battery powered LED lights, so not only do you not need a power source, but the lights stay completely cool to the touch so there is no risk of fire (just don’t put them too close to any real candles!)