Bouquet Preservation

For so long, our brides were asking us what to do with their bouquets after their weddings--and really we didn't have a very great answer... most of the time just, dry it? I kept my bouquet after our wedding and let it dry just by laying it flat on a piece of waxpaper (well, my grandmother kept it for me). I think there are companies that freeze dry your bouquet, but I've also heard that's pretty expensive too (I don't think that any of our brides have had that done??)

I'm not exactly sure how we came up with the idea, but I think a lot of it was to do with our Assistant Designer, Alex! She and I were brainstorming and mentioned doing a pressed flower workshop, but ended with, let's press bouquets! Alex had a flower press, and she so graciously let me take it over (lol Alex, I owe you a new flower press!!)

The result was a pretty interesting piece of memorabilia! Our brides went crazy for this offer, and we have had so many brides from other states who want to preserve their bouquets with us too! We have plans to preserve a bouquet from Michigan, and one from Oregon! 

So far, we have probably pressed around 5-6 bouquets, and almost all of our brides this year have selected the preservation option, which we are pretty pumped about. We have noticed some pretty interesting things throughout the drying process--mainly just how different flowers need different love and care--hyacinths are not a favorite to dry... the petals just fall off so easily. Still working on that one... Ranunculus are so great to dry! Everything changes color a lot too, but that kind of adds to the nostalgia I think! 

After the flowers are dried out, we assemble the leaves and blooms as close as we can to how the bouquet looked, and finish it off with the bridal bouquet ribbon--we just kind of lay that down in a similar shape to how it was on the bouquet. Most of the time, we can't use every single piece of dried flowers and greenery because it would just be too much in the frame and it wouldn't close, so we save the extra dried pieces in a little bag just in case our client wants to use it for something special! (Same with the ribbon too!)

After Loftur and I got married, my grandmother saved my bouquet for my by laying it down on a piece of wax paper--the effect was pretty cool! I did take out one rose as a keepsake. For our first Christmas after we got married, I got a frame and put a bunch of our wedding stuff in it, including that rose, his boutonniere, invitations, some photos, my bracelet, earrings, and some other stuff I can't really remember... That was my big idea haha. I think it turned out okay! Anyway--here are some pictures of our bouquet preservation!

Annie's preserved bouquet

Annie's preserved bouquet

Annie's bouquet on the day of her wedding

Annie's bouquet on the day of her wedding

Kylie's bouquet packed and ready to go!

Kylie's bouquet packed and ready to go!

Kylie's preserved bouquet

Kylie's preserved bouquet

Hosting Nicole Clarey Photography

Last weekend we hosted Nicole Clarey Photography in our studio, Zurie, for a photography workshop! Evergreen Flower Co. designed a centerpiece, a bridal bouquet, and a ceremony backdrop for Nicole and her attendees to photograph. Our styling and production was curated by Leda of Events Held Dear! If you want to see some more behind the scenes photos, you can check out the hashtag #getitgirlworkshop on Instagram. 

This workshop was taught by Nicole Clarey to local photographers, most of them who are film photographers. She kept the class size down to 8 attendees so she could really get more personal and work one-on-one. Nicole dove into her own trade secrets and shared so much valuable knowledge--I was glad to be around in the background to hear her inspiring words! 

We did so much prep work to make this a really unique experience. We started with Nicole's Cali-inspired mood board, which included a peachy-pink wall. We used her favorite colors to inspire us! Leda took the art direction deeper and found the coolest plates, chairs, flatware, and glassware to tie everything together. Nicole wanted to make sure each attendee had plenty to shoot, so Leda came up with mini styling stations and worked with Taylor of Inkwell & Co. to come up with a beautiful invitation suite and a blue tile seating chart.

Taylor's beautiful invitation suite

Taylor's beautiful invitation suite

Nicole hired Angela of Bequest Gifting Studio to create custom gifts for the attendees! They included Rifle Paper Co. notebooks, "Get It Girl" mugs, adorable pen, and an air plant.

Bequest Gifting Studio - Custom Gifting for the Get It Girl attendees!

Bequest Gifting Studio - Custom Gifting for the Get It Girl attendees!

Peeling off the painters tape...

Peeling off the painters tape...

We really put so much effort and energy into this workshop, and it started with painting this wall pink! Yes, we painted this wall pink JUST for the workshop and we painted it back to white haha

Nicole also insisted on ordering cactus cookies from Jana Lee's Bakeshop! She was very, very excited ;)

Megan is always the one who can see the bigger picture of our installations ;) I love that Megan and Johni always really consider this sort of thing! It helps me also take a step back and be much more intentional too.

Nicole starting off with her tips on shooting tablescapes

Nicole starting off with her tips on shooting tablescapes

Leda styling a few invitation boards for the attendees

Leda styling a few invitation boards for the attendees

Finishing touches on the table

Finishing touches on the table

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If you know me at all, you know I have a $20 wedding band that I wear... so trying on a $10,000 Trumpet and Horn ring was a bit intense! 

 

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I got to sneak a few photos on my camera too ;) (wanna-be film photographer over here...!) 

 

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Lori Baskin Photography was one of our attendees and she has a great blog post HERE about her experience at the workshop and where you can see some more of her beautiful images!!! Lori did such an amazing job picking up a film camera for the first time since high school--in fact, she killed it!

Caroline Koehler Photography experimented with double exposure during the shoot, and I was SO pumped to see this image!!!

Overall, we had SUCH a blast! It was amazing having so many talented and eager friends here in our studio, Zurie Co-working! Nicole did such a great job!!!

CREDITS:
Workshop Leader: Nicole Clarey Photography
Stylist: Events Held Dear
Flowers: Evergreen Flower Co.
Dress: B Loved Bridal
Ribbon: The Lesser Bear
Stationary: Inkwell & Co.
Rings: Trumpet and Horn
Hair + Makeup: Blushed by Victoria
Custom Gifting: Bequest Gifting Studio

Sisters

We are going to start blogging regularly again--and we want to use this as a tool to share even more photos of different designs we create, discuss colors, give wedding advice, and show behind-the-scenes of all the projects we get to work on!

This year has so much in store for Evergreen Flower Co. We are super, super excited about all of our clients weddings this year! So many beautiful color schemes and different styles. I'm definitely going to do my best to take as many photos as I can! If I had it my way, each bridal bouquet would get its own personal photoshoot. We are going to be sourcing our product from a lot of different places this year, including some of our very favorite local farmers! Stay tuned for that one! 

Our Assistant Designer, Megan, is now designing Lead next to me, and we hired another girl, Johni! Johni is our Studio Coordinator (fancy for, keeping us on schedule during delivery and designing with us all other times). We will do introductions with them in a later blog post.

Other updates for Evergreen Flower Co. include our very minimal list of 2017 goals! If you're interested, these are a few of the things we are really, really focusing on this year:

  1. responding to emails faster
  2. sourcing unique product from as many local farmers as possible
  3. searching for more direct light when taking photos
  4. enjoy every second we can of designing this year!
  5. crock pot Fridays (because Fridays are our longest day... and Jimmy Johns already knows my name, so I'd like to put a stop to that...)
  6. drink more water and have a cooler ready in the car with water bottles for wedding days :)

Do you have any goals for this year? 

For now, here are some photos for you to enjoy of two arrangements we designed with leftovers and just for fun today! We think they are sisters...