Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cathy's Bridal and Bridesmaids Bouquets ~

Cathy's sweet, fragrant Bridal Bouquet of 
Lily of the Valley, Hydrangea and Pittsosporum Leaves
Floral Design by: Stephanie of Bouquets of Austin, Austin, TX
She chose to have her flowers preserved and arranged
around her Wedding Program on a Wildflower Purple
Background and in an 8x10" Silver Frame
Cathy also sent a bridesmaid bouquet of purple and white Calla Lilies!
Floral Design by: Stephanie of Bouquets of Austin, Austin, TX
 Cathy chose to have these gorgeous Calla Lilies
arranged around her Wedding Invitation,
on a Wildflower Purple background and in
an 8x10 silver oval frame!
"They are perfect. We already hung them next to our wedding photos. I have received so many compliments! I couldn't be happier. I would not hesitate to use your services again or recommend you!"   ~Cathy, Bride

Thank you, Cathy, for the pleasure of preserving your bridal and bridesmaids flowers! 
~ Annie, Pressed Garden
All Pressed Flower Art by: Annie Fentz Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Austin, TX 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Kori's Very "Texas" Bridal Bouquet ~*

Kori's Sunflower, Daisy, Yellow Rose, Buplerum and Feverfew
Bridal Bouquet was as beautiful as it was "Texan"!

Floral Desigh by: Zuzu's Petals, Georgetown, TX
Photography by: Eureka Photography, Georgetown, TX 

Her wedding flowers were pressed and arranged on a teal blue
background, in an 11x14" barnwood frame!

 Kori also chose to have her left over petals made into Scrapbook Squares
(Little 2" squares to use in her wedding scrapbook album)
Thank you, Kori, for the pleasure of preserving your truly Texan bouquet! ~Annie

All Pressed Flower Art by: Annie Fentz Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Austin, TX


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Julie's "Princess Kate" Bouquet ~*

Julie carried this sweet, exquisite "Princess Kate"
bridal bouquet of Lily of the Valley, Astilbe, Stephanotis and Ivy
in her wedding.
Bridal Bouquet Design by: Events by Reese, San Antonio, TX

Each bell in the Lily of the Valley, and all the other flowers and leaves
were each hand painted by Annie before presented on the
lapis blue background and framed in an 8x10 silver oval frame.

Thank you, Julie, for trusting Pressed Garden to transform your 
beautiful bouquet into an heirloom!
All art by: Annie Fentz Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Austin, TX 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Karen's Cheerful Bridal Bouquet ~*

Karen carried Roses, Lilies, Orchids,Stock, Freesia and Blue Delphinium!
 This cheerful bouquet was shipped from South Dakota!
Floral Design by: Rockingtree Floral, Sturgis, SD
Her flowers were pressed and preserved on an ivory background
and in an 11x14" barnwood frame! 
A closer view! 

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

All Floral Preservation Art by: Annie Fentz Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Austin, TX

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

This was a really fun bouquet to preserve.
The groom called me about a week before the wedding,
looking for a unique gift for his bride on their wedding day.
I put together a gift card for him, filled with little pressed flowers,
to make it fun when the bride opened the card!

This is Parisa and Jeremy's Wedding Day!
Her bouquet was a beautiful mix of David Austin Roses,
Bush Roses, 4 Types of Ranunculus, Hydrangea, Carnation,
Grevillea, Boronia, Baby's Breath and Eucalyptus Leaves, Painted Gold!

Bridal Bouquet Design by: Visual Lyrics Floral Artistry of Cedar Park, TX

Parisa's flowers are pressed and mounted on a black background,
and in a 16x20" gold frame.
Closer view of Pressed Flower Art!
 One word: BREATHTAKING. I finally saw your incredibly beautiful artwork yesterday and, WOW. 

Annie, you have such a unique and rare talent. I'm behind blessed that Jeremy found you and reached out. My bouquet is unbelievable and looks perfect on the black matte and in the gold frame. THANK YOU! We are currently remodeling our 1st floor and cannot wait to add it on a very perfect space on our wall. 

We sincerely cannot thank you enough. I can guarantee any friends/family/self will be reaching out to you in the very near future. 

I love, love this beautiful piece of artwork. We have posted all over our social media and linked into your website. 

Thanks so much, Annie. Keep up the beautiful work! ~ Parisa and Jeremy

Thank you, Parisa and Jeremy, for letting me be part of your story!
It was a pleasure preserving your bridal bouquet!
~ Annie, Pressed Garden

All Pressed Flower Art by: Annie Fentz Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Austin, TX

Monday, August 10, 2015

Flowers Recommended for Pressing

When you are planning to have your bridal bouquet preserved,
this list can guide your choices, as there are so many!

This was one of the most difficult bouquets I've ever pressed
.....and the most fun!!!
You will see Artichoke, Succulents, Cabbage, Seed Eucalyptus and Scabiosa Pods.
I've also pressed Cotton Boles, Billy Balls Hypericum Berries and Pin Cushion Protea!
Those are some of the unusual things I've pressed, but here is a list of the more common flowers I've pressed with success.  Keep in mind, there can be outside factors that can effect a flowers success when pressed, such as chemicals sprayed on the flowers, and how the bouquet is treated before it arrives at my studio.

Flowers Recommended For Pressing

  • Alstromeria
  • Baby's Breath
  • Calla Lilly
  • Carnation
  • Dahlia
  • Daisy
  • Delphinium
  • Dendrobium Orchid
  • Fern
  • Freesia
  • Garden flowers (many)
  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Heather
  • Hydrangea
  • Hypericum Berries
  • Ivy
  • Lavender
  • Lilac (purple)
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Lisianthus
  • Lotus Pod
  • Lupine
  • Orchids (most)
  • Queen Anne's Lace
  • Peony
  • Protea
  • Ranunculus
  • Rose
  • Sea Holly
  • Statice
  • Succulents
  • Sunflowers
  • Stock
  • Tulip
 Pressed Garden has developed many techniques with more difficult flowers and has had success with flowers believed to be "unpressable".  Still, there are some that still give me problems.  I've only found one plant that I will not use in my pressed flower designs and that is Asparagus Fern.  Here are some items that I will still press, but their outcome is inconsistent:  
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Berries (some, not all)
  • Billy Balls
  • Chrysanthemum (some, not all)
  • Gardenia
  • Iris
  • Ornamental Cabbage
  • Plumosa Fern
  • Scabiosa Pods
  • Snapdragon
  • Stephanotis
  • Succulents (some, not all)
  • Zinnia

These Lists are not exhaustive, so if your favorite flower is not here, feel free to ask.
I will always, always try to press everything!  ....because I love the challenge!

Take this list with you when you meet with your floral designer!  Enjoy planning your beautiful bridal bouquet, with the assurance that I will do my
best to press every item in your bouquet!