Updated: Jul 15, 2021
From the onset of our journey into pressing flowers, we’ve had many inquiries about what to expect when purchasing preserved floral artwork. Therefore, we have put together some information that hopefully helps explain the process. From start to finish, the floral preservation process takes between 4-6 months. It’s a tedious process, however, preserving your florals requires a lot of care and attention to detail. It is truly an investment in order to achieve a beautiful piece you will treasure for many years. Many of our brides agree that receiving their piece in the mail months after their wedding date is like reliving their wedding day all over again! Below we will go through some of our most common questions so you'll know what to expect from your piece before you book!
Will my flowers look exactly like my fresh bouquet?
Color changes can and will occur for many different reasons and will likely continue throughout the different stages of your bouquets' newfound life. This has a lot to do with the chemicals your florals may have been sprayed with to keep them looking fresh throughout your wedding day. We ask that you overnight your bouquet to us because the fresher your flowers are at the time of pressing will affect the end result. Please be sure to follow your shipping instructions and take good care of your florals before shipping them to us.
The purpose of our color-enhancing method is to not only to attempt to match the colors in your fresh bouquet, but also to help your preserved piece retain its color as long as possible. Although we do our best to obtain the most accurate match, this is not something we can guarantee.
It’s important to remember that we are working with nature which can be very unpredictable. The red roses in your bouquet will darken during preservation. Some will turn burgundy, dark purple or even black which is why we use our color-enhancing methods; however, it is still possible for your preserved piece to see changes in color as it ages.
As previously mentioned, not all flowers will keep their natural color. Below are a few examples of color changes that may occur during the pressing process:
Red Flowers - Burgundy
Burgundy Flowers - Deep Purple
White Flowers - Ivory, Brown
Scabiosas - deep purple, sometimes even black (Scabiosas aren't always color-enhanced)
Red Ranunculus - deep purple, it’s rare that we are able to match the original color
Stock - Doesn't press well, flowers don't typically resemble their fresh form White + Maroon Scabiosa White Peonies Red Roses
Burgundy Ranunculus + White Laceleaf (Anthurium) White Stock
In general, flowers that are thick and flowers that retain a lot of moisture are very difficult to press. The outcome is almost always a mystery. An example of these include lilies, calla lilies, and most tropical flowers. Orchids are tricky but white orchids are even trickier as they typically suffer a lot of browning and tend to press very thin (see-through thin!). It’s important for us to receive a few extra flowers so we can preserve more just in case.
White and Purple Callalilies Flowers aren't the only types of plants we can preserve. We often receive bouquets containing succulents and have even worked with cactus and pinecones as well! Although these require a different preservation process that takes a little more work, it is certainly possible! However, it is important to have extras of these because just like thick flowers, the results are an absolute mystery. We are still experimenting and learning to find the best preservation methods for each. When it comes to a floral block, we recommend planting your succulent from your florals and we can provide an artificial succulent to use in your piece.
We recently decided to not work with bridal bouquets that contain all white flowers and no greenery. The reason why is because in general, white florals do not press the best. White flowers typically turn beige or brown during the preservation process. During the designing process, all-white bouquets blend together making it difficult for each flower to stand out. A common and easy solution for those brides who opt for an all-white traditional bouquet is adding greenery to their piece (even if the original bouquet didn’t have any). We also recommend adding different types of white flowers so that they are less likely to blend together.
Recreating your bridal bouquet
We absolutely love assisting brides with recreations! To ensure that your bouquet recreation resembles your fresh bouquet, we ask that you provide us with clear photos taken in natural light and a list of all flowers included. We ask for a list because we don’t want to miss any flowers in your recreation. Please keep in mind that not all flowers are available year-round. We have a growing floral library but if we don’t have a specific flower, we will need to order it and not all flowers are available year-round. Dahlias, for example, are available August-October. If we don’t have a flower you need in stock, we may need to delay your booking date until we can obtain your flowers or you can opt to use a flower that resembles what you need. Lastly, we ask that the photos you send us to be taken in natural light so we are able to see your bouquets' true colors. The final images your photographer provides you with have been edited and may have filters or color variations. We ask that you please submit close-up shots of your flowers in natural lighting so that we can match the color of your fresh flowers as close as possible.
Do flowers in resin look different than on a pressed piece?
Our new resin products are different from our pressed pieces in the way that they are dried and preserved. Some flowers in a floral block may be slightly color enhanced. We select only your best natural flowers to be used in your resin pieces. As always, we recommend following our shipping instructions carefully to assure that your flowers get to us in the best shape possible! This is crucial to the way they will look in your finished product. Damaged flowers that have bruises will slightly become translucent when encased in resin. Because our lucky charms and pendants are small, we can only use tiny flowers and greenery must be used.
Handmade process and designing your piece
Every piece we create is 100% handmade. From preserving your flowers to designing and color-enhancing your piece, the entire process is done by hand (many hands!). For this reason, your piece may differ from the work you see in photos on Instagram and on our website, but rest assured your piece will be beautifully unique. Slight imperfections are normal and to be expected with handmade products, especially when working with nature.
It’s important to keep in mind that every bouquet is different, therefore, each piece will also be different. We receive bouquets in many different styles, color variations, and bouquets containing many different varieties of flowers. We encourage our brides to go through our Instagram gallery for design inspiration. We’ll design with your ideas and preferences in mind but because your bouquet is unique, know that your preserved piece will also be unique and will not look exactly like the piece you liked on Instagram.
Framing, sealing, and aging
We are just as excited for you to receive your piece as you are! We love sharing as much of our work on Instagram as we can once the designing process is complete. You might even recognize your bridal bouquet in our Instagram feed or stories! If you see your bouquet, remember that it is not quite done yet. Your piece still needs to be cleaned up, sealed, and framed for its protection before it is ready to be shipped to you. We will give you a heads up and send tracking information once it is on its way!
As your preserved piece ages, you’ll notice color may change and you may also notice pollen or even small bits of loose flowers on the glass of a pressed piece. This is normal and to be expected. While our casting resins have UV inhibitors that will delay the change in color, however, keep in mind that all epoxy will eventually amber to some degree.
To protect your piece, treat it with a lot of love. Keep it away from direct sunlight, avoid humid areas and always be very gentle when handling it.
We hope this helps you better understand what to expect when booking our services. The processes and methods we used have been refined for several years, yet we are constantly experimenting to learn new ways in which we can improve our techniques to better serve our brides!
We are so excited to work with you and your florals to preserve your beautiful wedding day!
P.S. Still have a few questions? Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our FAQ section.