Saturday, November 19, 2011

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My Boutique Wedding: 5 Questions for Carissa Zarzosa

How did you start creating Bridal Bouquets?

Both Brooch Bouquets and Origami Paper FlowerBouquets are alternative to live flowers. They are created from re-loved, re-cycled or re-used products.  When my husband and I got engaged I turned into a DIY Bride. I instantly fell in love with the concept of carrying a brooch bouquet down the aisle. I loved the idea of carrying something where friends and family could contribute pieces that I could carry with me. We incorporated Origami Paper Flowers into the decorations. I have been creating wedding flowers ever since. 


What do you love most about working with Brides?

I love working with Brides and helping them make their big day that much more special. I love being there to help them create their perfect bridal bouquet for their big day. Being able to create something that embodies their personality and that can be put on display or passed down to future generations.

Why Green?

I want to do my part and help reduce the impact of using new materials when sustainable materials can be used instead. I love the idea of helping brides come up with alternatives to live flowers that are often used for a day and tossed away. I not only use post consumed products when possible but I also encourage them to re-love, re-use and re-cycle whenever possible.

Do you only design flowers for weddings?

Wedding flowers are the main focus of my business, however I also create flowers for any occasion including anniversary bouquets (especially for the one year paper anniversary), just because bouquets, get well bouquets, special events etc. I also make bridal jewelry, wedding party jewelry, hair accents, gifts and more.   

What is your role in Locally Grown Weddings?

I love the idea of being able to give the Bride and Groom something they can treasure, something they can take away from the day along with their pictures. We share the same passion for weddings and for the environment. We each have our own creative individual talents and we come together to see to it that the weddings that we help create are unforgettable.

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Photography by Carissa Zarzosa

Friday, September 9, 2011

Brooch Bouquets

Beautiful, Stunning, Gorgeous, Fabulous... there are not enough words to explain how Amazing Brooch Bouquets are even if you are holding one in your hands. I have had the pleaseure of working in collaboration with several Brides over the past year to create their Custom Brooch Bouquets as well as a few Bridesmaids Bouquets and Boutonnieres.

I have stockpiled and inventory of Brooches for my Brides to Shop through however I strongly encourage any Bride to try to incorporate pieces that are very meaningful to them or their family. If your family has heirloom treasures they would like to add to your Bouquet for example Great Grandma's favorite Brooch and that Old Pocket Watch Grandpa doesn't wind any longer, your Mothers Pearls or your Fathers Boy Scout Pin. You can even include treasures from when you were a little girl or the first ring your fiance gave you out of the bubble gum machine.I even recommend going on a Treasure Hunt.

Take your time and go on a "Treasure Hunt" to find pieces you want to incorporate into your bouquet. Check out the local Thrift Stores, Estate Sales, Flea Markets. Take your Bridesmaids with you and they can purchase a piece for you to include in your bouquet.

Your Bouquet will become an heirloom that can be treasured for generations to come. You can pass it down to the next person who gets married or save it for your little girl and pass it down when they get married.

Your Bouquet will be entirely customized just for you. I can use all pieces from my inventory OR you can contribute some or all of the pieces that you want to make up your beautiful bouquet. I can also do matching Bridesmaids Bouquets, Flower Girl bouquets and Boutonniere's as well.

The bouquet pictured is my bridal bouquet (and is just an example) it is primarily made up of brooches dating back to the 60's and 70's but also included is a scarf pin that was my Grandmas, I used a few brooches I was given from friends, I used a silver barrette shaped like a butterfly from my mother and a ring my father gave me when I was a little girl.

Please contact me if you have any questions or if you would like to place a custom order. The price will vary depending on the size of the bouquet and the order as well as the specifics for the order.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Origami Bouquets

According to the source Wikipedia: : Origami (from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper"; kami changes to gami due to redaku) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form.

With that said all of my Origami Bridal Bouquets are created with beautiful Origami Paper Flowers that I have handcrafted out of either Recycled Material such as Books, Japanese Origami Paper, Solid Color or Pattern Paper. I do my best to only purchase post consumed, recycled, Eco-Friendly paper when able.

All of my Bouquets can be customized from the Paper, to the SIZE to COLOR to "Flaire". Paper can be: a Solid Color or Pattern Paper. I can even create your Bouquet from the pages of your favorite book. 

"Flaire" - Is that extra something. The pzazz. We can add pearl pins or beads to the center of the flowers which gives them more of a finished look. We can add some sparkles to the edges of the flowers or even some rhinestones. Peacock Feathers or even Mini Brooches mixed in with the Paper Flowers. There are endless options. 

The price of the Bouquet varies depending on the Number of Flowers or Size of the Bouquet, the Paper and Material used including any additional "flair".

These beautiful bouquets wont "wilt" if they are taken care of. They will last more than a week unlike real flowers. This is something that can be cherished for time to come. They are very light so they are easy to ship and light enough for a little Flower Girl.

To see additional samples / pictures please check out My Boutique Wedding - as well as Good CarMa Crafts - or .

Please feel free to contact me if there is something special you are looking for.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bridal Collection

I have been a "crafter" for many years and have always enjoyed helping Brides make their BIG day special. In the past I have helped friends create everything from invitations to jewelry to centerpieces and everything in between. I have been crafting away and listing my items for sale on my Etsy Shop called Good CarMa Crafts (CarMa as in Carissa and in my Mama).

My primary focus now is to expand my Bridal collection and design Custom Origami Bridal Bouquets and Brooch Bouquets as well as wedding "flaire". Over the past 6 months I have had the pleasure of creating both Custom Oragami Bridal Bouquets and Brooch Bouquets for a number of Brides. I also do the accessories for the Bridal Parties including: Mini Bridesmaids Bouquets, Flower Girl Bouquets, Wrist Corsages, Boutonnieres and don't forget the- Groom, Groomsmen, Officiant, FOB - Father of the Bride, MOB - Mother of the Bride, MOG - Mother of the Groom, FOG - Father of the Groom etc. 

I would also like to expand into wedding "flare" including Bridal Jewelry, Ring Pillows, centerpieces, Place Markers etc. So please keep checking in and see whats new on both My Boutique Wedding @ and Good CarMa Crafts @

I LoVe Custom Orders!!!! So please ask away!!!!