For me earth and spring are synonymous, symbolizing rebirth and the anticipation of looking forward . . .You can make quite a statement by adding real ivy and flowers to your gown and headpiece. Here we've woven in real and silk combinations. Below Hana is wearing the Magnolia wreath of silk florals mixed in with sprigs of real ivy. The neckline of her gown is framed in variegated ivy as smaller pieces are dappled all over the tulle skirt.
If you're intrigued with the idea of adding real flowers, leaves or ivy to your gown you can do one of two things: Have a florist do it or get with someone who's handy with a needle. Sewing live foliage onto a gown isn't rocket science. If you (or someone else) can bead, you can sew leaves Just be sure to dry out the leaves/flowers/ivy a couple days before so as not to soil the silk. Also you want to add all the pieces a couple nights before the wedding . . .
Libby's upsweep was done by master hair stylist Kao Vey Saephanh of the JonVey Salon in San Francisco. Three large pieces of ivy placed in a bun complimenting a taffeta sheath (The Flora Gown). The organza train is caught up in the back by an arrangement of roses and dappled all over in rose petals . . .