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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: Clay Bouquet Shop + Giveaway

This week's Wedding Wednesday post features the stunning work of Jennifer, who runs the Clay Bouquet Shop on Etsy from her living room in north New Jersey. Jennifer was kind enough to feature some of her creations, sit down to answer a few of my questions and even sponsor a little giveaway! Read on to find out more.

What made you decide to open your etsy stop and when did you first get started?

I got started after my own wedding, when my family, friends, and wedding vendors encouraged me to offer my wedding creations to other brides. I created my bouquets and bouts out of clay, my veil, hairpins and headpiece, our invitations, placecards, save the dates and table numbers, and our table arrangements. It was definitely a handcrafted wedding. : )

I opened my Etsy shop approximately 6 months later, in April 2010.

Is this your full-time profession or just a side gig?
I enjoy creating my wedding accessories on my own time, after my full time job (where I am a business analyst for a health insurance company.)

What are your favorite materials to work with?
Swarovski crystals, pearls, and clay, which I use to create clay flowers for wedding bouquets, bouts, and accessories.

I know it's a tough choice, but what's your favorite piece in your shop right now?
I'd have to say it would be between my bouquets and the Victoria sash and headpiece...which I would have worn for my own wedding had I created it beforehand. :) 

Any big plans for the future?
I am developing new products, such as fascinators and an expanded line of jewelry, to be released later this year. I'll have photos of the bouquets and bouts I am creating for three Autumn brides in a few months. And as soon as my time allows it, I plan to start making embroidered wedding and home accessories.

Where else can we find you and your work?
For brides in the NJ area, some of my hair accessories can be found in Cherished Bridals, a consignment bridal salon in Wayne NJ.

Some of my jewelry selections and beaded hairpins are also in Salon FiG in Newton, NJ.

For Philadelphia brides, a selection of some of my sashes, hair accessories and jewelry sets are available at the Paris Chic Bridal Gowns Boutique.

I also am featured on and

My candy buffet and chair sash rentals and some bridal accessories, as well as additional photos of my bouquets, can be seen on

And I usually post sneak-peek pics from my photoshoots at 

And a random question just for kicks: PB&J or grilled cheese?
In the fall and winter, grilled cheese, but PB&J all year round. : )

Thanks Jennifer!
Don't you just love her work? The thing that I love most about her shop is that a lot of her pieces are incredibly affordable. And while they're perfect for weddings and proms, they're also just as lovely for those of us that just want some everyday bling! 

Jennifer is offering a $25 gift certificate to her shop! To enter, all you have to do is follow An Air of Surprise via Google Friend Connect.

For additional entries, you can blog about the giveaway, list your favorite item in her shopfavorite her shop, follow her on twitter and/or like her on facebook. Each of these things is worth one additional entry, so be sure to indicate which ones you've done in separate comments.

The giveaway will end on August 10th at 1 PM EST and a winner will be selected at random. If the winner does not respond within 3 days, a new winner will be chosen. Please ensure that there is a way for me to contact you.

Best wishes!

{Giveaway Closed}


  1. Oh, it's all so pretty! I'll definitely have to save the info for her shop for when I get married!

    The Bombshell Manifesto

  2. Such pretty stuff! I'm a follower! :)

  3. Etsy rocks!


  4. hi.. lovely blog. following u now! found u on my group on ifb. follow for a follow. so do follow me back at
    much appreciated. xo


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