fall wedding

Displaying your Bridal Bouquet

Got this sweet email just the other day. If you are wondering how to display your bridal bouquet, you can be sure that you won't get long lasting enjoyment like Anna will! Consider having a bridal bouquet recreation in silk flowers to have an awesome reminder of your wedding day that will last forever. Here's another post about Anna's beautiful anniversary bouquet.

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Just wanted to say thank you again :)

This beauty lives on my dresser and makes me smile every day!
— Anna | Washington

If you are interested in having a bridal bouquet recreated in silk flowers, contact me to find out how to get started!

Real silk Wedding flower story: Kelsey (Part 1)

Kelsey and I started meeting to talk about flowers last spring which gave us plenty of time to hash out the details of her November 2010 wedding. Her color swatch of the girls' dresses was a rich red, but wasn't too deep, more of a cheery fall red. She definitely wanted the Autumn look with matching red, gold and burnt orange flowers. She liked the style of the bouquet you see in my header picture, so I started looking for Gerbera Daisies in her color scheme. Knowing she liked callas as well, I found red and orange ones that worked perfectly. We tied off her bouquet with red satin ribbon and the girls all carried smaller versions of her bouquet with orange ribbon.

Tune in later this week, to see all the personal flowers and her gorgeous rustic centerpieces.

Real Wedding: Derick + Laura


I had the pleasure of working with local couple Laura & Derick on their October aisle-walk. We met together several times to talk about their design ideas and work through each phase together.

Laura originally sent me this picture to work from, and together we tweaked the design until it was perfect for them. The combination of gold callas, red roses, and purple irises makes for a vibrant and beautiful arrangement. Laura and Derick decided that they wanted the gold callas to only be in her bouquet and his boutonniere -- a special flower just for them. And since it was more of an accent color, we limited how much went into the bouquet.The rest of the arrangements were a variation on the bridal bouquet and groom's boutonniere.

Their wedding and reception took place at The Chart House in Lakeville, Minnesota which is located on Lake Kingsley. The beautiful waterfront location made for some great photo moments.




The ladies look gorgeous and those girls are too cute!

Thanks again Laura and Derick for bringing me into your special day. You two were so great to work with and I wish you many exciting adventures in your new marriage!

The Design Process: Changing Minds, Changing Styles

Designing bouquets and wedding flowers isn't a cut-and-dry procedure. As ideas evolve from a mass of flowers with no direction to carefully crafted bouquets and arrangements, so can your opinions and style begin to change. Here is an example of what typically happens as a bride and I work through her original design ideas and end up with the finished product. Enjoy!

The bride chose burgundy and ivory roses, and orange, gold, and burgundy callas for her fall wedding.

The bridesmaid posies incorporated mini ivory callas and larger burgundy callas.

She felt as if something was missing so we tried adding a larger ivory calla in the middle.

It wasn't quite doing it for her, so we added a gold calla, and bingo! Just adding a little pop of color made it feel complete for her.

Some ivory ribbon gave it that final touch for an elegant and unique bouquet.

Here's the changes her bridal bouquet went through:

Her bridal bouquet incorporated all her chosen flowers and colors and when she saw the original shape, she felt there was a little too much going on. So we began to play around with it.

Our first step was to take out the ivory, which decreased the size of the bouquet and left some holes. So she suggested we dye the ivory roses burgundy and re-insert them into her bouquet. The verdict? Too much burgundy.

Her final look was achieved by removing only some of the dyed roses, using those for corsages, and instead adding them to the bottom of the bouquet for a rounder look. Of course the ever-so-classy satin ribbon gave it a touch of elegance and made for a happy customer.

While this may seem like a lot to go through, don't be scared of speaking up! Your florist should be open to your suggestions and feedback. Voicing your opinion is the only way to get what you want. Of course, going with silk flowers is a great way to know ahead of time exactly what you'll be getting, and it will already have your stamp of approval.