I’ve had the idea on my mind for a while now to write a blog about the Framed Florals process, start to finish from the eyes of the client. I was recently reminded of this idea on my To-Do List by a recent client of mine, Jaimie, who suggested collecting all the photos of her flowers, fresh, pressed, and framed. Grateful Jaimie was so invested in her flowers, the design process, and the preservation process!
I connected with Jaimie when I participated in New York Mags Wedding Event last winter! Jaimie literally referred to me as her “favorite vendor” so needless to say, I was SO happy to work with her on her flower preservation.
I’ll start off by saying Jaimie’s flowers were far from the traditional green & white bouquets couples have been loving this season. Her flowers, designed by Atlas Floral, were bright and reminded me of a lush summer garden. In Jaimie’s words, “During planning I saw a lot of white and pastels in pictures, but I really wanted to brighten things up for my own wedding, especially for the summer. I loved the idea of incorporating lots of greenery, and always just envisioned shades of pink throughout. I knew I wanted an organic, "just picked" feel - nothing too round, or too "perfect." Our venue was indoors, but on the water with lots of beautiful windows - I really wanted the vibe to feel like a fun, lively, summer party and I felt like our flowers helped accomplish just that!”
After their wedding I coordinated to receive the flowers and began the pressing process. I start by taking the bouquet and centerpiece apart, sorting flowers and greens into separate piles, and clipping away, and dissecting the arrangement! (My pup Tony was in the studio that day so couldn’t help but take some glamour shots of him and these gorgeous flowers!)
The flowers dried out for about a month, and then in the following weeks I went through the collection of pressed blooms and pulled out my favorite stems. The ones with the best color retention, most interesting shapes, a variety of sizes, anything I thought would look beautiful floating in a frame. And those favorite stems are the ones I generally photograph, label, and post on Instagram!
I sent over 3 options of composition for them to pick from. Once Jaimie and her spouse settled on a final look, I sent over small frame options with the remaining elements. Then when the collection had been decided, I started the framing process. Each stem and flower was carefully affixed to the glass, and the wooden frame was assembled by hand. So much time and detail goes into each frame, and I’m grateful for my clients patience as it’s far from a quick process!
And there you have it! I’m in love with how these frames turned out. Framing this collection was such a pleasure, and working with clients as wonderful as Jaimie and Tom makes my job that much better. Thanks for trusting me with the great honor of preserving your flowers!