You don't want to invest in flowers for your wedding because flowers die. Amiright? I've heard this statement a few times, and it always makes me feel kind of sad, because many times those brides go on to choose silk or wood flowers, simply because they don't want their fresh flowers to die. They want to keep their flowers forever.
Fresh flowers tie all your wedding decor and theme together, as well as add life, elegance, and movement to every photograph, and they don't have to lie wasted in the trash after your wedding day. In fact, there are several ways to keep your wedding flowers...forever.
1. Invest in a quality photographer
Besides hiring a professional floral designer, I think a high-quality, professional photographer is one of the best decisions you can make for your wedding. An experienced photographer is going to take the time to set up your bouquet (along with other sentimental bridal details, like your grandmother's pearl necklace and your fiance's wristwatch) in such a way that you will look back on the photograph and remember those sweet items that brought so much joy.
An experienced, professional photographer will not only take close ups of your bouquet, but also include your bouquet in the bride and groom shots, because they know it will add color, texture, and interest to the photographs. So not only will you get amazing photos of your wedding, but when you look back at them you will see your gorgeous bouquet, perfectly preserved.
2. Have your bouquet custom illustrated
I first met Dustynn from Mint and Main at the Ladies Night Out in Thatcher. Her art is adorable and after talking with her, I learned that she custom illustrates wedding bouquets! You guys, I seriously fell in love with these. You can see her work above, and I think not only is it so pretty, it's so unique to have your bouquet as custom art in your home.
3. Pressing your flowers
Pressing flowers is for sure my favorite way to preserve wedding bouquets, and something that I like to do for my brides. You can press just a few blooms or press every flower in your bouquet, and it's really easy. After your flowers are pressed, just glue them onto some heavy weight paper, frame, and hang on your wall! Or check out Pressed Garden, who does a phenomenal job at recreating your entire bouquet using the flowers from your bouquet.
3. Dry your flowers
When I was a kid, I would pick flowers and hang them upside down from the shelf above my head in order to dry them. Hanging your bouquet upside down is not the only way to dry them, however. You can also use silica gel sand to dry them, and there are several YouTube videos to help. I will admit that this is probably my least favorite way of preserving your flowers, as I think--similar to silk or wood flowers--they attract dust and it's very difficult to keep them clean and beautiful looking (it's much easier to protect and dust off your custom floral art on the wall than trying to get into the nooks and crannies of dried or faux flowers!).
I completely understand that you want to preserve the beauty of your wedding bouquet. I struggle with this too, because when I get the most gorgeous and unique flowers in my studio, I want them to live forever, and it can feel discouraging to think about how soon after your wedding they will, well...die. But that doesn't mean their beauty isn't worth having at your wedding, and I really hope this post helps you to see there are several ways to preserve your flowers if you want to keep them for sentimental reasons.
With love + (perfectly preserved) flowers,
Throughout my time as a floral designer, I have learned that for many brides, when they think of a bridal bouquet, they think of the traditional rose and they just aren't that excited about it. I totally get it. Traditional roses aren't for everyone, but I really believe that flowers are for everyone. So if roses aren't your thing, no problem; let's see what else is out there that will make your summer wedding stand out.
Dahlias are just big, fluffy flowers with lots of color variation and lots of petals. Have you ever heard of dinner plate dahlias? It's because they are literally as big as a dinner plate. During the summer months dahlias are in season so they get especially big and bouncy. Cafe au Lait Dahlias are my favorite, but they come in lots of different colors and are perfect for a summer wedding!
Blushing Bride Protea
Blushing Bride Protea are somewhat difficult to get when they are out of season. Which is why summer brides should take full advantage of these gorgeous flowers for their wedding! They have the perfect mix of creamy and pinky tones. Plus, they are called "blushing bride" which is just too cute and apropos for a wedding.
Is it a flower maze? Is it a flower brain?? Is it a flower alien?!?
Nope. It's coxcomb and it's so cool. It comes in super bright colors, too. Think bright magenta, bright orange, bright yellow. I love how funky it is and if that's what you're after for your wedding flowers, coxcomb is the perfect fit.
There are many, many more non-rose flowers out there that are perfect for summer weddings, and I think many brides just don't even know about them. So if traditional roses just don't tell your story, don't fret. I am absolutely certain that we can find the perfect flower to fit your style and personality!
I first met Melissa at the Gila Valley Bridal Fair in February. She was just so sweet and so cool. Working with her to design her wedding flowers has been a dream because she is just so kind and easy-going. I could tell that her bouquet held a lot of meaning for her, and it was such an honor to incorporate parts of her heritage and family. She knew she wanted succulents for their interest, thistle for her Scottish heritage, and roses to remind her of her grandpa giving her roses as a child. She also wanted lots of texture, which is what Poesy Floral Studio is known for!
Aren't they cute?? I love his airplane tie bar! Kevin is on his way to becoming a pilot, and when I met Melissa she was wearing the sweetest airplane necklace. It's so lovely to see so many personal touches throughout their day.
I just love this picture of Melissa and her mom (not to mention the beautiful detail buttons on Melissa's dress!). I think candid photos are the photos that really tell the story of how much love went into this day.
Congratulations, Melissa and Kevin! It was so lovely to make your wedding flower dreams come to life.
Photography by Jessica Ajeman
I was really honored and just downright excited when Jessica Ajeman reached out to me about providing florals for a styled shoot at the Venue on Main. She gave me a few inspiration pictures and I knew immediately that I wanted to use the perfect peach-blush Shimmer rose. Mostly, I am just so grateful for her trust in helping to execute her vision. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do; it's the perfect inspiration for a spring/summer wedding! And be sure to see below for all the many other amazing and talented vendors that were a part of this shoot.
I cannot get over the details on this dress, guys. The buttons, the lace...and the HAIR ties it in all perfectly! So much texture, it's perfect!
Let's just all agree to put flowers on wedding cakes.
Be sure to check out these other vendors and their amazing work in the Gila Valley:
Photography: Jessica Ajeman Photography
Venue: The Venue on Main
Make up: Jillian Curtis Artistry
Hair: Camry Goodman
Event Planner: Jars & Lace
Cake: Cakes with TLC
Invitation Suite: Nora Belle Designs
Models: Britny Beals and Mckenzie Hancock
If you are anything like me, you probably started thinking about your wedding from a very young age. I have two older sisters, so we definitely went through a “pretend wedding” stage that lasted like five years.
Now that you are a bride, all of those dreams become decisions.
Many brides come to me and have very specific colors in mind. Blue and white. Pink and green. Red and yellow (okay, can we just get this out of the way and not do red and yellow? I just can’t.). Either way, they have one or two colors that they zero in on and often get “tunnel vision” about any other color. Rather than creating a cohesive, sophisticated design, it can often look overpowering, like the colors are competing with each other (or worse, competing with you!).
So let me broaden your understanding of color and design for a moment and introduce you to a color palette. A color palette is a selection of five to ten colors that complement each other rather than compete with each other. I like to think of it as like a color philosophy, rather than a color rule. Color philosophies always elevate the style, adding dimension and layers, making your wedding florals look more sophisticated. Even if you are on a budget, a color philosophy makes it seem like you really aren’t.
Let’s say you want red and white on your wedding day. A color rule might look like this:
Notice that the only colors you see are just that: red and white. The design is not very interesting, your eye only sees blocks of color, and it seems one-dimensional. Red. White. Green. The colors are harsh, rather than harmonious.
Here is an example of a color philosophy:
Notice that the overall effect is still red and white. But this time, the designer has incorporated depth. From the deepest shade of maroon to a dusty blush, the depth that the color brings is what makes this bouquet so interesting and beautiful. The red is softened, making it easier on your eye to travel seamlessly across the bouquet.
So rather than thinking this:
I want to challenge you to start thinking like this:
I promise you that when you incorporate a color philosophy in your wedding floral design, you will find it to be harmonious rather than harsh, complementary rather than competing, and beautiful over boring!
Need help finding that perfect palette? Click here to download your free color philosophy guide!
Woah! I was at the Gila Valley Bridal Fair on Saturday, slinging buckets of roses and saying hello to countless beautiful brides. It was way too much fun! Talking to lots of people is so my jam, and combine that with flower-ing, it was kind of the perfect day. So in case you missed the fun, Marquette LaRee was kind enough to take some pictures of my booth, which means I get to share them with you guys!
First of all, huge shout out to my best friend/event assistant Sarah! I could not have done this without her.
Thank you again to everyone who came!
Poesy Floral Studio will be at the Gila Valley Bridal Fair this year!
If you have been curious about Poesy Floral Studio and want to come check us out, I will be at the 2018 Gila Valley Bridal Fair on Saturday, March 3 from 1-5pm at the EAC Activities Center. I would loooove to meet you! Admission is a steal: $2 + a canned food item. And it benefits the Boys and Girls Club of the Gila Valley. Good stuff, right? And, one thing that I haven't mentioned to anybody yet is I will be giving away a free bridal bouquet! So whether you are a bride or know a bride or are planning to be a bride, come check out all that the Gila Valley has to offer for you!
Safford City Annex, Safford, AZ
Creating the florals for Kristin + Kurt's outdoor wedding was such a pleasure. The bride asked for succulents to be placed in not only her bridal bouquet, but also in the boutonnieres and bridesmaid bouquets. The design was so cohesive and it was so fun to see her vision come to life!
Images by Marquette Laree