Options…There are so many!

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There have never been so many options for your wedding flowers! Whether it is for just the bridal bouquet and grooms flower or for the entire wedding party it seems your choices are limitless.

1) Fresh flowers: You can never go wrong with fresh flowers as a beautiful bouquet. The upside is they are fresh and fragrant. The down side is that by the time you are back from your honeymoon they are long gone unless you arrange for a preservationist or a family member to preserve them. Another downside is that many flowers are not available year around so you may be out of luck if your chosen flowers are out of season.
2) Button bouquets: What a neat idea. Several of the businesses I follow on Facebook incorporate the bride’s own buttons and or other trinkets. Check out these pages: https://www.facebook.com/IHeartButtonsuk?hc_location=stream, https://www.facebook.com/LOVEbouquets?hc_location=stream,
3) Silk flowers: There are so many silk and artificial flowers available from inexpensive dollar store stems to high end look like real stems. Many DIY brides choose to go with artificial flowers because they can be arranged and rearranged to their specifications. There are companies that specialize in using silk flowers and incorporating brooches and embellishments that create stunning bouquets. Here is one company that I follow that does stunning designs. https://www.facebook.com/TheTiaraBoutique?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser
4) Handmade flowers in fabrics and ribbons and paper flowers: These bouquets are fully customizable and can be designed to resemble fresh flowers that otherwise would be out of season. Here are two Facebook pages to view: https://www.facebook.com/ForeverPaperPetals?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cocroft-and-Delbridge/321051567622,
5) Feather flowers: Check out ETSY and Pinterest for some awesome feather bouquets.
6) Brooch bouquets: Are very popular! Brooch bouquets can be personalized by using your own collection or by asking each of your friends and family members to send you a brooch that can be included in your bouquet. Here is one of my favorite pages for brooch bouquets: https://www.facebook.com/LillybudsBespokeBouquets?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser
7) Or a combination. Many brides still want the traditional real flower bouquet for themselves and what I recommend is that they consider mixing the bouquet with live flowers and then incorporating another type of “flower” that can be removed and saved as a memento/heirloom. Combine brooches with ribbon/fabric flowers, Paper flowers with buttons, and the list goes on… not only can you choose flowers, now you can choose items to add. Fabric, jewelry, etc. from a beloved family member or pet. Love a cartoon character, super hero, and princess, whatever it is it can be incorporated very tastefully into any bouquet or grooms flower.

The options are boundless and allow the couple to fully personalize their arrangements!

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Anyone who has ever tried to grow flowers or anything for that matter, know that it takes time, patience and loving care.  The flowers of Cocroft and Delbridge are just like that but without the dirt.

 

First, you plan out what flowers you will grow.  The outdoor gardener pours over seed catalogs, combs the internet and drives to all the area nurseries to choose just the right combination of flowers.  I pour over fabrics and embellishments, comb the internet and drive to all of the area fabric/craft stores to choose just the right combination of supplies for my flowers.

 

So many choices!

So many choices!

Next comes the preparation of the soil and planting the seeds and plants.  For me next comes the preparing of the materials:  cutting fabrics and ribbons to the proper length for each flower and choosing embellishments.

Different lengths are cut for different flowers

Different lengths are cut for different flowers

 

Petals are made one at a time.

Petals are made one at a time.

The outdoor gardener watches and waits, tends their garden weeding and watering.  I form each petal individually sewing by hand anywhere from 5 to 20 petals for each bloom and then carefully sew them together to form a flower on a stem.  Then I form leaves and attach them to the flower and then cover the raw edges with fabric to form a calyx.  I finish each stem with floral tape to give each one a finished effect.

Fabric is chosen for leaves and then they are completed and attached

Fabric is chosen for leaves and then they are completed and attached

It takes weeks sometimes months for a flower to grow to perfection whether it is lovingly grown in the ground or created by hand.

Almost done..the flower is formed around a stem and leaves are added.  Then the calyx and finished with floral tape

Almost done..the flower is formed around a stem and leaves are added. Then the calyx and finished with floral tape

 

Lastly, gardeners display their finished products in lovely bouquets to share their beauty!!

Rosey Gold

Gardens that are grown with love are Beauty Full!

 

Until next time,

Cathy

 

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