Hey all! I’m Kathrynne, a military wedding photographer based in Maine. I’m so pleased to have virtually “met” Marquette via Facebook. What a world we live in, huh?! That you can meet new friends across the world now! She is such a sweet person (not to mention an incredible image maker) and I can’t wait to meet her in person someday soon! But today, I am very happy to share my ideas on how to preserve one of the most beautiful details of your day 🙂
When I was planning my wedding back in 2015, I vaguely recall reading an article that was outlining some of the regrets of various brides. Much to my surprise, wedding bouquets was one of them. Not that they had one! But, instead, that they didn’t plan to preserve them. So as I went about planning our wedding I knew it was a little detail that I wanted to incorporate. Because who wants to regret something about the best day of their life?!
But as the day drew nearer, and the stress rose higher, and the budget got a little bit tighter (because it was nearly all spent by that point) little things like coming up with a plan for wedding flowers kept getting pushed to the side. And eventually, forgotten. (Wow! This sounds like the prologue to a Disney tragedy haha!). Until the day of the wedding that is.
As my new husband was stuffing my ball gown and accompanying train into the car and off the hotel, I called to my mom or photographer (I don’t recall which), “Please, someone dry my flowers!” Or something along those lines.
When we returned from our honeymoon my mom handed me a box with my dried bouquet in it. My photographer was kind enough to hang and dry them for me and for that I will be forever grateful because she listened to the request of a crazy, rushing bride and totally delivered.
Sadly though, they were quite fragile. I kept them for a few weeks after, not able to bear the thought of throwing them away, but watching them slowly crumble was worse. So what can you do to avoid this Disney-like tragedy? Well, I have some solutions for you 😉
What to do with your bouquet after your wedding: MAKE POTPOURRI
So after I had to throw my dried bouquet away, I started thinking about what I could’ve done differently. It was kind of silly since there wasn’t anything I could do about it, but one of the things that came to my mind was making potpourri with the dried blooms.
Granted, I didn’t have a clue how to make potpourri (although you can see how I do it now here), I was sure that Google could help me out. But then I remembered that the only time I had seen potpourri used was on the back of a toilet with a doily. That wasn’t really my thing so I decided to pass.
What to do with your bouquet after your wedding: PRESS THEM
But as I was needlessly thinking about it, another thought crossed my mind: to press them into a photo album along with prints from the day. The thought of having something so tangible next to a visual reminder of the It was a very romantic idea that I really wish I’d done now.
What to do with your bouquet after your wedding: LET YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER SPEND A LITTLE EXTRA TIME WITH THEM
So you know those gorgeous wallpapers that are essentially these giant floral murals? Yeah, check out that link because they’re kind of amazing. Well, the life like ones are actually called still life photography which I believe stems (no pun intended 😉 ) from the old master’s that would paint pictures of ordinary things that you would find in a home, like a vase of flowers.
I think the origin of this kind of photography gives a feeling of artistry to these images. I’m completely in awe of how Chicago wedding photographer, Emilia Jane, beautifully executes these floral portraits.
Now you may not want a whole wall full of your flowers, but I’m sure they were, are, or will be absolutely gorgeous. And if you are as attracted to beautiful aesthetics as I am, having a lovely image of them framed in your home will definitely be appealing.
So let your photographer have a little more time with your florals and create a work of art for your home. Maybe even consider asking about a studio session where she can light them in the perfect environment. But this may truly be the best way to let them live on.
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