boutonniere

Colorful Fall Wedding

Nowakowski-Wedding-BP-Favorites-00191-e1416806318772.jpg

Steve and Rachel's September wedding was a very fun one for the Trisha's Flowers team! Rachel wanted the flowers to be the most colorful part of her wedding, and I think it was a success! We used quite the variety to pull this all together which is always exciting for us. The textures and colors made this wedding really stand out. All photos by the talented Megan Wark of Blackstone Photography

Billy buttons, hypericum, protea, straw flower, dahlias, delphinium, bells of ireland, beauty berry, celosia, gomphrena, eryngium, wax flower, and the list goes on and on!

We had the pleasure of making a floral crown for the bride. A crown is such a beautiful statement piece!

The groom's boutonniere was orange wax flower, billy buttons, eryngium (blue thistle), and pussy willow.

Each bouquet had one protea in it. This beautiful flower is actually South Africa's national flower, and brought some unique color and texture to the arrangement.

Hydrangea Wedding

image-31-e1411752980433.jpg

Now that summer has come to a close, we look forward to seeing all the beautiful photos from all our brides we had the pleasure of working with. Here are a few snapshots from one summer wedding with beautiful coral zinnias, green hypericum, baby's breath, and green mums. The flower that really stole the show was the hydrangea. Don't those lovely full bunches look gorgeous?! Check out the photos below. Note: All of the reception flower arrangements were DIY. Photos taken by Kelsey Renee Photography

Behind the Scenes

DSCF2503-e1411092374725.jpg

Here's another behind the scenes look at what's been going on at Trisha's Flowers! We have quite a few fall weddings coming up and we're loving every minute of it! Here are a few snap shots of the team at work in the barn this week.

One of many trips in and out of our wonderful cooler. Some wedding weekends this cooler is packed to capacity and we fill up 3 other fridges as well!

Donna working on all the lovely bouquets for this weekend.

This beauty is an alter arrangement! Pro tip: we always fill these containers with floral foam (Oasis) in order to get the maximum amount of flowers in a small amount of space. The foam allows for a much taller arrangement as well!

The roses we got in this week were amazing! So full!

A wrist corsage

Donna adding the finishing touches to the bouquets. Just putting the bouquets together is only half the process. We wire them, wrap the handle with tape, glue on some greenery to cover any gaps underneath the flowers, and then wrap the handle again with ribbon or twine. It can be time consuming and test one's patience, but it's those little details that make the bouquet feel and look finished.

Today we did something new for this wedding. Each of the boutonnieres were assembled in a wine cork! It took us about 20 minutes of trial and error and lots of brainstorming to get it just right, but we think they turned out great! You should have seen us with all of our tools trying to figure out how to make a hole in the cork. I believe a screw, a large nail, a hammer, a pair of scissors, and a screw driver were all involved!

Blue and White Peony Wedding

AMANDA-ELLIOTT-0511-e1407350006766.jpg

Here's a glimpse at a wedding we did this past Spring. The bouquets had such a fun variety including peonies, roses, bold blue delphinium, pale pink astilbe, lambs ear, wax flowers, and brunnia. This was a fun wedding to do, and looking back makes us miss the very short peony season. All photos by the talented Janae Rose Photography

We think it's so cute when the flower girl has her own mini bouquet.

This pew end made of seeded eucalyptus, wax flower, and delphinium is simple yet elegant.

We have these tall vases available for rent and they make wonderful centerpieces. The height makes it easy for guests to see across the table as well as give a dramatic touch.

What's Happening in the Barn

DSCF2479-e1407098197202.jpg

This was another 3 wedding weekend here at Trisha's Flowers (I believe the third one we've had so far this year!) That many weddings means a full cooler, glue covered fingers, double and triple checking lists, and loads of beautiful flowers. Here's a few pictures of the team at work in the barn this week.

Lindy working on boutonnieres

Trish arranging one of the many beautiful bouquets

Buckets and buckets of babies breath

Stacks of boutonnieres

Delicate babies breath wreaths

Lots and lots of bouquets

 

How to: Make a Boutonniere

DSCF2327-e1397614177866.jpg

Hey everyone! Today we'd like to teach you how to make a simple boutonniere. Here's a list of the things you'll need:

- floral wire

- floral tape

- clippers

- glue

- pin

- sturdy leaf

- focal flowers

- filler flowers

- twine or ribbon to cover the stem at the end (optional)

Ok, now that you have all your supplies, let's get started! First you'll want to start by making a 'base' for your boutonniere. Taking your sturdy leaf, 'stitch' through the back and back down so that your leaf looks like this:

Now, bend your wires down. We're trying to create a stem!

Next, using your floral tape, tape the wire all the way to the bottom so that no sharp edges poke through. You'll want to catch a little bit of the leaf in the tape to stabilize. Floral tape isn't like other tapes that stick with little to no pressure. This tape is almost like a wax and becomes adhesive when stretched while applying pressure.

This is what your leaf will look like from the back:

Next you'll want to wire your focal, or main, flowers. Why wire them, you may be asking? Well, because you want your flowers to be flexible in order to get the exact shape and angle for your boutonniere. Stems easily break or become floppy when moved around too much, so wiring makes your work more moldable. Here is one way that we wire flowers:

Taking a piece of thin floral wire, create a very tiny hook

Pull the wire carefully through the center of your flower, stopping when you can no longer see the hook.

Once it is pulled through, tape it the whole way down (including the existing stem) so there are no sharp edges poking out the bottom. Now that you have your focal flowers wired, and your base ready, you can tape them all together. Maneuver your flowers into the right position, and hold on tightly so they don't shift as you tape them together.

Now you're ready to glue in your filler flowers. We use glue instead of wire for a couple reasons. 1. Most filler flowers that we use are too small to wire, and 2. You want your boutonniere to be as light weight as possible, so adding more wire and tape would weigh it down. This process can be a little messy so you might want to lay down some newspaper to catch the drips. A little bit of glue goes a long way, and be careful to keep everything tucked behind your main flowers so you can't see the glue.

We keep a mirror in our workspace so that we can check how our boutonniere will look pinned to a shirt. It's amazing how different it can look while sitting flat on a table compared to on a person. Lastly, now that you have everything in place, you'll want to cover your stem with something. Depending on the occasion it could be ribbon, burlap, twine, fabric, ric rac, or whatever you can think of!

And of course, don't forget the pin! You did it! Give yourself a big pat on the back!

 

Babies Breath Wedding

header-e1390944165517.jpg

Tim and Vanessa had a simple, yet elegant, November wedding. Working with a smaller budget, they went with babies breath for the bulk of their flowers. This sturdy staple flower, usually found as a filler in bouquets, can make a classic and delicate statement when grouped together as the main attraction. Here are a few pictures from their beautiful day.

 

(all photos from Janae Rose Photography)

Alexis + Broke [Monochromatic Wedding]

ALEXIS-BROCK-559-e1386714801944.jpeg

Alexis and Broke had an early November outdoor wedding. The weather turned out to be amazingly warmer than usual and everything worked out beautifully. This wedding was so much fun to do, and we loved playing with the colors she chose. With each of the groomsmen and bridesmaids wearing different, but corresponding colors, the flowers were very eye-catching. Check out some of these pictures from her big day

To see more beautiful pictures of their wedding, check out the photographer, Janae Rose Photography's website.