Friday, June 17, 2011

My Etsy Shop is Live!

I just posted some origami wedding items up for sale on my etsy shop. If you are interested, take a look.


Friday, January 14, 2011

On the Internets..

Our roses have been on the internets.


A lovely fellow bride named Jennifer from my days featured us on her blog here:

That same bride, also known as Mrs. Crabcake, wrote about us on here:

We were also on this blog about incorporating origami in weddings:

And, we were featured on this awesome blog, by Cristina from Italy:

Now it's time for me to share some of my photos!

The very first photo I shared on the internet to see what people thought of our origami wedding ideas:

Origami Rose Ball Topiaries

Here are most of our "origami rose ball topiary" centerpieces in "storage" before our wedding (actually, on top of the tv armoire):


Here is one of the "origami rose ball topiary" centerpiece at one of the tables during the wedding reception:


And another:


Here are the bouquets next to our wedding cake (mine is red, the girls' are cream):


You can also see the origami rose cake topper and the origami roses we put on the cake here:


A bridesmaid holding her origami rose bouquet:


Our rings and a single origami rose (we had a single origami rose at each place setting; they also served as mementos for our guests):


The origami rose boutonniere on the groom's tux (all the guys had one):


A closeup of my origami rose wedding bouquet during my bridal portraits:


Me and my origami rose bouquet during my bridal portrait shoot with Dave Anderl Photography (I love that I was able to use my real bouquet even though the photo shoot was weeks before our wedding day!):


A favorite shot of me from the bridal portrait shoot with my origami rose wedding bouquet:


If you have stumbled upon this blog and would like more information about the origami roses we made for our wedding, please contact me. I can be reached at

Friday, September 17, 2010

My Origami Rose Ball instructions.

Here's a tutorial of my Origami Rose Balls:

The link will take to you my photostream on flickr, and each photo in that set has step-by-step instructions. You can follow these basic directions to make other things like I made, such as origami rose ball topiaries, or origami rose bouquets. I might eventually make some real tutorials for those, but these rose balls are pretty basic and if you make these then it's a couple of extra steps to make the other items. Thanks for looking!!


Easy peasy!

Friday, January 30, 2009


Thanks for checking out my wedding blog. I'll be posting tutorials about our origami roses eventually!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Ashley Brown ("mrs. origami")

PS: Our origami roses were featured on!

Monday, January 26, 2009

November 15, 2008

Daniel and I are now officially The Browns! Every detail of our wedding was worth it, and everyone we see now who came to the wedding tells us how much fun they had. I must say I am so relieved it is all over. It sure was fun planning, though! We have no regrets whatsoever!

All photos are copyright Dave Anderl Photography 2008, unless otherwise noted. There are many many more photographs, these are just a few of the highlights. The reception was so much fun, people didn't want to leave.

This is the center of our "guest book" quilt.

The Manor House, where the festivies all took place.

Daniel's boutinierre-all of the guys had one of these.

Our golden "B" seal on our programs! I did each and every one of these by hand, before putting them on each program with double sided tape.

My twin brother (the marine!) holding our program open. We made all of our programs, save the date postcards, invitations, menu cards, and every other stationary you can think of. It was soo much easier, cheaper, and personal than ordering the same thing everybody else does from invitation companies.

One of Daniel's coin cufflinks! I made these for him and all of the groomsmen, they were a big hit!

Georgia and Paige getting ready-Daniel's honor attendants/groomswomen and my bridesmaids. :) They are his sisters.

A closeup of one of our origami rose topiary centerpieces!

A shot of our "guest book" quilt, I picked out all the fabrics and helped design it, while Daniel's second cousin Mary Clare made it for us. She was so honored to make this for us. Every square ended up being filled with love and kind words from our friends and family.

I made these little packets of tissues and placed them on some chairs at the ceremony. They read "For your tears of joy." Each seat in the first rows had them.

Our rings with an origami rose.

My memory mantle-pictures of grandparents and parents on their wedding day or another significant time.

Me deciding if I'm ready to go-that expression means yes.

Coming down the stairs..

Hiding at the top of the stairs..

My dad walking me down the aisle. The lighting in the room was exactly like this.

Giving me away.

Our first kiss as a married couple.

Us sneaking up the stairs after the ceremony-photo taken by a guest.

Getting ready for the reception!

Look at my little nephew clapping!

Our cake-designed by me! Made by Cakes by Graham in Richmond, VA.

Part of the Jaws groomscake! I made it! (this is a figurine, though)

Cutting the cake-see Jaws? :D This picture was taken by a guest.

More of us cutting the cake, photo taken by a guest.

Tossing the bouquet (This was a bouquet I made specifically for tossing, of course I'm keeping mine!)

photo taken by a guest

Tossing the garter (again, a "toss" garter). Look at the guys reaching for it! & my brother's face is classic!

Dancing with Krystal-the coolest little girl I know! -photo taken by a guest (detail of my dress)

Lindsey caught the bouquet, Jerrod is Daniel's brother, he and Lindsey are engaged now! (he didn't catch the garter, though, another brother did, haha!)

Dancing-see my nails?

& a kiss.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Last minute things

Stuff we have left to do:

-groom's cake-I am picking it up thursday a.m. & adding the details to it that night
-playlist-spoke with the DJ and decided to put the must have songs on the ipod and he can go back and forth with his stuff & the ipod stuff
-print those parent photographs and frame them
-give everybody our timeline/schedule
-print the ceremony script & readings into a booklet form for Nate & the people doing readings
-print a sign for the quilt guest book
-put thank you cards/messages in the out of town bags

thursday is the bridemaids luncheon, and daniel & the guys are going to lake anna that night. friday night is the rehearsal & then the rehearsal dinner at the blackfinn. & then a girls' night at kristen's!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Doubt thou the stars are fire
Doubt that the sun doth move
Doubt truth to be a liar
But never doubt I love.