Visual Design Associates Bridal Bouquet Preservation 

About the Preservation Process

When I receive your flowers the first thing I do is to take them apart (separate individual rose petals, cut blooms off other types of flowers, etc.) and bury them in a silica drying agent.   When the moisture is out of the flowers, I transfer them to a clamped pressed where they are arranged between layers of paper and cardboard and pressed flat, and completely dried.    When flowers are finished being flattened, I contact you to either have you come to my studio to make your fabric and frame selections, or I send you a scanned sampling of your dried flowers by email.   I like to wait until flowers are dried and pressed before having you choose your fabric and frame, so you can get a true sense of their color, once dried.  On very rare occasions if flower color turns too brown (sometimes happens with orchids) I can apply acrylic paint to restore the color.

After your fabric and frame selections are made, I then re-create a two dimensional representation of your bouquet onto matteboard covered with batting/fabric by re-gluing the flowers into an artistic design.   I incorporate your original ribbon and pins (unless ribbon is so discolored it needs replacement).  I can also incorporate the invitation (only in the 16 x 20 size) or photo and the boutonniere into the piece .   When the piece is completed I will email you a photo of the finished product and then you can pay the balance due and I will ship the piece to you.

Back to Bouquet Preservation

Site and Images Copyright Eileen Slifer Sunstrom