Lisa Benjamin makes handmade paper flowersHi! I’m Lisa Benjamin, owner and creator of HandmadeFlowers.co.uk.

On the 20th September 2014 I married Tom, the love of my life and my best friend in the world. We wanted our wedding day to reflect US, so we worked hard to create an event full of personal touches that really said “Tom and Lisa”, not “this is the same wedding everyone has had”.

Tom is an avid cricketer and captain of his local club, so we held our wedding reception in a marquee right on the pitch at Temple Grafton Cricket Club. Instead of a cake, we had cheese. Instead of fancy canapés, we had pies and sausages. Our wedding night was spent in a tent (OK, it was a pretty fancy one!). Croquet on the lawn, hand-drawn chalk board signs, metres and metres of homemade bunting, and instead of fresh flowers that would wither and die, we had handmade paper flowers – handmade by me!

Handmade paper flowers for any theme or colour scheme

Tom and I are both British, but we met in 2007 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, got engaged in 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa, and Tom now runs his own travel company (Go Cotswolds – quick plug!), so our wedding day had many nods to our love of travel! One of these little touches were the handmade paper flowers I crafted from old maps, atlases and the pages of travel magazines we’d picked up from various travel expos.

On our wedding day, I received SO many compliments on these handmade paper flowers, and so many told me I should start a business selling them, so… well… here is HandmadeFlowers.co.uk!

Handmade crochet flowers too

As well as handmade paper flowers that can be turned into bouquets, posies, table decorations and more, as a keen knitter and crocheter, I also hand-made crocheted buttonholes for the bridal party. For my own wedding I was given more than a little help from my mum and mother-in-law when time was running out (16 buttonholes to crochet and sew up in 24 hours, eek!), but these these can be made in any yarn or colour you like, to match or contrast your colour scheme.