Floral preservation is the process of extracting moisture from your flowers creating a dried flower while maintaining its natural shape. Floral preservation is an art form that has been in practice for centuries. At Always Blooming Creations, once we receive you fresh flowers, they are put through a six-step process.
First your flowers are photographed from several angles. The pictures will be used later during the design of your floral preservation keepsake. Your flowers are then carefully disassembled. This is necessary to ensure that all moisture is removed from the interior flowers as well. All flowers and inclusions are inventoried and placed in numbered storage containers.
In order to preserve the shape and integrity of your flowers, they are pre-treated and re-hydrated. Afterward, the pre-treated flowers are placed on trays and put through a drying process in which all liquids are removed. The drying time varies depending on the type of flower. During the preservation process the color of the flowers deepens with white flowers becoming creamy or more ivory and colored flowers deepening or intensifying in color.All keepsake flowers will antique over time with the flowers, matting and frame aging and changing color just as any artwork.When necessary flowers are color treated to help retain their natural look for as long as possible.Once the flowers are color treated they are ready for the post treatment to be applied. The post treatment is a thin layer of polymer coating, which is applied to the flowers to seal them and protect them from dust and moisture. Your treated flowers are then stored in special containers where the post treatment will dry completely. Your keepsake can include only the flowers from your event or you can add other items of your choice. Your invitation and/or personalized wedding keepsakes, a photograph, memorabilia from a favorite restaurant or any item that might invoke a memory you wish to preserve can be added to enhance your unique keepsake. You decide how much or how little to include. Once your display is chosen and the design decisions are made, your preserved flowers will be arranged by our Floral Designer creating you unique floral preservation keepsake. And finally, your keepsake is photographed and ready for your pickup and display.
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Creating a keepsake as special as your memory is our goal.