When Philly florist Anna Coy first started her company, To Hold & To Have, last year, she was mostly making bridal bouquets out of fabrics, crystals and other embellishments—but one day at a bridal show, a couple asked if she could make flowers out of the pages of a book. “They wanted the paper roses to be the standout for their ‘love story’-themed wedding,” she says, “and we were all so happy with the outcome, I knew there was something special there.”
Now, Coy loves creating custom bouquets out of paper roses made from anything of significance to the couple—books, sheet music, recipes, love letters—and is happy to help scour used bookstores and flea markets for just the right finds.
It’s a time-consuming process—she cuts each petal out of the pages using an X-Acto blade, shapes it to give it a natural look, then attaches them individually from the center out—so you’ll want to give her four to eight weeks to work on your bouquet. When it’s finished, you’ll receive a complimentary stand for displaying your work of art on the table at your reception—and in your home for years to come.
Paper bouquets starting at $250; Holdandhave.com.