Sunday, October 6, 2019

Chelsea's Beautiful Tropical Bridal Bouquet ~

When Chelsea walked in with her stunning Tropical Bridal Bouquet, 
I caught my breath.
First of all, because it was simply gorgeous; 
Secondly, because I knew this day was coming.
I now live in Florida and it was just a matter of time 
before I would face tropical flowers and I had almost no experience.  
Nevertheless, Chelsea was unfazed by that and even told me not
to worry and just take as much creative license as I needed!
She and her groom dropped off this amazing bouquet of King Protea, 
2 types of Gingers, Peachy Roses, Tropical Leaves 
and even a tiny Pineapple. 

I was also given the grooms Lei of Ti Leaves and White Dendrobium Orchids.  
It was a playground of challenge and fun for me!!! 

She also left me with a bunch of extra flowers like Bird of Paradise,
 Leucodendum, Antherium and Pin Cushion Protea.

Chelsea's Floral Designer was: Fancy Free Nursery, Tampa, FL

And this is what I created! I worked all the components into one huge piece of art.
And honestly, I love it so much, I want to make one for myself!
Background: Neutral Gray
Frame: 16x20" Walnut

 A friend of mine said, "Annie, This looks like JOY!"


"We opened it last night and it is absolutely stunning. It turned out so beautiful, thank you so much for putting so much love and care into it. We’re both so happy and so excited to have it, now we just have to decide where to hang it! ~Chelsea, Florida Bride


Chelsea, Thank you so much, for trusting me with such an elaborate, 
gorgeous bouquet to play with...I seriously had a blast!!! 
~Annie, Pressed Garden 

All Pressed Flower Art by: Annie Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Winter Haven, FL

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Adare's Classic White Peony Bridal Bouquet!

Adare sent this classic all-Peony bridal bouquet from New Jersey to be preserved!
Floral Design by: Carol's Florist, Westfield, NJ


She chose to have her bouquet presented on a sage-green background 
and in an 11x14" gold frame

"I love it so much and am so grateful to you for providing me with something that I can cherish for a lifetime. Because of you I will be able to look at your work and smile thinking of the great memories that surround my bouquet. 
I appreciate all the ideas, support, and tips you have shared a long the way. 
From the bottom of my heart I truly can’t thank you enough."
~Adare, Bride


 Adare, I am speechless at your beautiful comments. Thank you for trusting me
with such precious flowers!
~Annie, Pressed Garden 

All Floral Preservation by Annie Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Winter Haven, FL

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Wendy's Lovely Flowers ~

Wendy had a lovely combination of lavenders, whites and burgundy flowers in her wedding!

Floral Designs by: Debra Gerry 


 Wendy's bridal bouquet and her groom's bout in the corner.  
A couple of hearts made from rosepetals in the opposite corner!  
Roses, Carnations, Astrantia, Fern and other Greens!

She chose to have her flowers pressed and presented on a 
Barely Pink background and in an 11x14" black frame.


Thank you it looks great! ~ Wendy, Bride, NJ
 Thank you, Wendy, for trusting Pressed Garden with your beautiful flowers! 
~Annie, Pressed Garden

All Pressed Flower Art by: Annie Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Winter Haven, FL
My Indiana heart just leaps at the smell, the feel and the looks of Peonies. So, when this bouquet came in, I was instantly in love! Nicole's bouquet contained one type of flower: Fragrant, Beautiful, Romantic, Soft Pink Peonies! 

Floral Design by: Belle Fiore, Nannet, NY

 11x14" Silver Framed Oval of Beautiful Peonies!
Background: Neutral Gray

 Annie, Your beautiful artwork arrived! I LOVE it so so so much 
and I cannot wait to put it on the wall and stare at it everyday 
and remember our wonderful wedding day! ~Nicole, Bride
All Pressed Flower Art by: Annie Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Winter Haven, FL 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Rose Petal Polka-Dot Candle!


This is a simple craft that is fun, easy and quick!
Polka-dot Flameless LED Candle!

YOU CAN DO THIS!!!  



As you know, I preserve bridal, funeral and special occasion flowers.
There are always left over petals and I send them all back.
This is something you can do with left over rose petals!


Materials Needed:
Flamless LED Candle any size. (DO NOT use regular candles for this craft)
Pressed Rose Petals or Fresh Roses
(One Rose will provide many petals, so you only need one, unless you want multiple colors)
Glue or Double-sided Tape, Coins
Fresh Rose, Book and Copy Paper (if you are pressing fresh roses)



You can also press your own rose petals. 
(Keep in mind that they often change color while drying)
The roses pictured are yellow and red roses. 

Simply take the rose apart, placing the best petals between 2 pieces of copy paper and place in a book.
 (Do not use a book with glossy pages)  
You do not want the petals to touch each other.  
Close the book up and place some pressure on the book, such as other books, a brick, etc.  Your petals should be dry in about 2-4 weeks. 


When the rose petals are completely dry, take coins and 
trace around them onto the petals and simply cut out the circles!

Then, using a small amount of glue, or  double sided tape, attach the dots onto the candle!
Let the glue dry, and then you are DONE!! 

 TA-DA!!!!  You did it!!!  And I knew you could!!!

Another option is to cut shapes out of the petals with a hole punch,
 like hearts, butterflies, etc and decorated your candle with those also! 

I would love to see pictures of your candles!!!
Email them to me at: pressedgarden@gmail.com
I will post them on social media!  

That was fun!!! ~ Annie, Pressed Garden 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Stefanie's Beautiful Wedding Flowers!




Stefanie's beautiful Bridal Bouquet of Anemone's, Peonies, Ranunculus,
Snap Dragons, Sea Holly, Blue Delphinium, Dusty Miller, Succulents and a really cool silvery leaf I had never seen called Silver Berry!

Bouquet Design by: Blue Ridge Blooms of Nashville, TN

Stefanie chose to have her flowers pressed and presented on a 
Neutral Gray background and in an 11x14" barnwood frame!



It is beautiful, I love it! ~ Stefanie, TN Bride

Thank you, Stefanie, for the pleasure of preserving your beautiful bouquet! 
~Annie, Pressed Garden 

All Floral Preservation Art by: Annie Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Winter Haven, FL

Hollie's Gift for the Bride ~

I just love it when customers come back around!  Hollie wanted to give this bride the gift of preservation, so she shipped the brides bouquet from Louisiana! 

 The bouquet was a lovely bouquet of Roses, Ranunculus, Snap Dragons, Veronica, Anemone, Blue Delphinium, Eucalyptus and some really cool Evergreens. 

Floral Design by: Meghan Awalt, Shreveport, LA
 
A Crescent Design is what the bride wanted and I had alot of fun creating it! 
The flowers are on a Dawn Gray background in an 8x10 black frame.

3 Teardrop Beveled Glass Ornaments made from 
left over petals from the brides bouquet!

Little Glass Heart Confetti Pendant Charm - 
Filled with bits of the bridal bouquet and ribbon!

 She absolutely loves it!! Thank you so much for bringing her dream to life. ~ Hollie

Thank you, Hollie, for trusting me once again with such a fun project!
~Annie, Pressed Garden

All Pressed Flower Art by: Annie Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Winter Haven, FL

Sarah's Romantic, Lush Bridal Bouquet ~




Sarah's Romantic, Lush Bridal Bouquet of Blush Roses, White Roses,
 Ranunculus, Lisianthus, Hydrangea and Eucalyptus

Floral Design by: Monica Chimes, Long Island, NY



Sarah chose to have her flowers preserved forever on a Dawn Gray background 
and in an 11x14" gold frame.



Heart Glass Floral Confetti Pendant, filled with bits of the bridal bouquet and ribbon!
~Free! 

"It is AMAZING!!!! I absolutely love it. ...It’s so beautiful!!!!!! 
It’s a work of art, and you are an amazing artist! Thank you so much!"
~ Sarah, NY Bride 

Thank you so much, Sarah, for the pleasure of preserving your lovely flowers!
~Annie, Pressed Garden

All Pressed Flower Art by: Annie Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC



Faith's Sweet Bouquet



Faiths Sweet Bouquet of Romantic Pink Garden Roses, White Rose, 
Peonies, Hydrangea, Eucalyptus and Ruscus!

Floral Design by: Savoir Faire of Dublin, OH

Faith chose to have her flowers preserved on an Ivory background 
and in an 8x10" barnwood frame.


Because Faith's Daddy was in Heaven, his guitar pick was a 
little memento of his presence at her wedding. 
It was in her bouquet and easily added to the art. 
I love the loving, sentimental details like this! 
Glass Tube Confetti Pendant Charm filled with bits of the bouquet and ribbon! 
~ Free!

 
"Just wanted to let you know that everything arrived and oh my goodness!! It is gorgeous! We absolutely love it!! The frame is beautiful and the flowers look so wonderful! Thank you so much 🤗 I seriously can’t stop staring at everything!" ~Faith, Bride

It was truly my pleasure, Faith, to preserve your flowers! ~Annie

All Pressed Flower Art by: Annie Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC

Friday, June 28, 2019

Breann's Sweet Romantic Bridal Bouquet ~


Breann's Sweet, Romantic Bridal Bouquet of White Anemone, Pale Pink Roses, 
Sea Holly, Queen Annes Lace, Ranunculus, Hydrangea, Wax Flower, Dusty Miller 
and 3 kinds of Eucalyptus

Floral Design by: Christie Gulley of Christie Gulley Floral Designs, Oklahoma City, OK

 Breann chose to have her bouquet presented on a Dawn Gray background 
and in a 12x16" black frame.

 I really loved preserving your bouquet, Breann!
~Annie, Pressed Garden 

 Tiny glass tube Confetti Pendant Charm filled with bits of Breann's bouquet and ribbon!

Chelsea's Bridal Bouquet, Full of Texture!


 Floral Design by: Florologie 
Photography by: Laura Fumler Photography 
 
 Chelsea sent her bouquet from Georgia to be preserved!
White Miniature Gerbera Daisy's, Protea, Ranunculus Magnolia Leaves, 
Ruscus and Pink Rose Buds

Those little gray mushroom-looking plants are Silver Brunia.  
They really are so very cool, however, they are hard as rocks and will not press.  I hate leaving them out, but until I figure them out, they can't be included in the art. 

Chelsea chose a neutral gray background and an 8x10" black frame.

 Scrapbook Squares are little 2 inch bits of art that can be used in your scrapbook! 

 Little Heart Glass Confetti Pendant Charm, filled with bits of the bouquet and ribbon!




I absolutely love it! ~ Chelsea, Bride
I am thrilled, Chelsea! Thank you for trusting me with your flowers!
 ~ Annie, Pressed Garden
All Floral Preservation Art by Annie Fentz Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Winter Haven, FL

Mandi's Cheery Bridal Bouquet!

Look at this bouquet!!!  Isn't it FUN???  
Peachy Orange Garden Roses, Blue Delphinium, Yellow Billy Balls, 
Blue SeaHolly, Lavender, Raspberry Ranunculus and Stock, Solidago 
and a little bit of Eucalyptus!   
Floral Design by: Wild Bunches, Dripping Springs, TX

Mandi chose to have her bouquet mounted on a neutral gray background 
and in a silver oval frame.
Did you catch the little hummingbirds? 
Those little petals came out of the presses that way!

"....it looks amazing!" ~ Mandi, Bride
I really had fun with all these luscious colors!!! Thanks, Mandi!
~Annie

Glass Heart Confetti Pendant filled with bits of the bouquet and ribbon!

All Pressed Flower Art by Annie Fentz Smith, Pressed Garden