Wedding Flower Preservation
Preserve the moment for a Lifetime
with custom designed commissioned artwork & functional home decor.
You already spent a fortune on flowers, don't let them wilt. We love working with happy couples to create luxury pieces commemorating their special day. As a boutique art studio, space is extremely limited, book in advance to secure your space in our calendar.
The Preservation Process
Preserve a piece of your wedding as modern luxury artwork custom designed for you!
1 | Contact us about availability
As a boutique art studio, we have limited availability in order to give each of our clients' special occasion artwork the attention to detail we pride ourselves on. Please contact us to check our availability as soon as possible.
2 | Decide on which custom heirloom pieces you can't live without!
We have so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to choose! Don't worry, you can always upgrade or add to your selections after the flowers have dried, and during the design process. However, certain pieces require specific methods of drying so there may be limitations for adding on. It's best to have as many selections solidified as possible in advance. We do require selecting one of our main items to then select items under the additions category.
3| We draw up a contract & you place a 50% deposit.
We require a minimum spend of $400 on artwork as well as a signed contract and a 50% deposit to secure the date.
4| Set up a drop off appointment or send shipping instructions for your flowers
For drop off, we are conveniently located in the CBD at 404 Magazine St, between Poydras and Natchez Streets. Please confirm when you will be dropping off as all drop-offs and pick-ups are by appointment only. For shipping, please be sure to provide a tracking number. We will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your flowers until we receive them. Payment is due when we receive the flowers.
5| We dry everything according to your contracted items
When we receive the flowers, we will document the condition and dry them using multiple methods depending on which items you selected and the species of the flowers and foliage. We will keep your flowers safely in drying until we are ready to work on your designs.
6| We send you sample design layout options to help guide the artist’s on your aesthetic
Prior to the design process, we will send sample design layout options for you to choose from. Here you can let us know of any specifications such as specific flowers to include or exclude and any additional items you would like such as paper products, ribbons, lockets etc.
7| We pull your flowers out of drying & send over your custom designs.
We offer designs based on our experience as to how to achieve the best result for your custom artwork. Our artists will take your preferences into consideration while designing your layout, however if your flowers do not work for your preferred selected layout, the artist may send an alternative option. Dried flowers are fragile, so we only offer two redesigns after the initial suggested design to ensure your flowers still look their best.
8| Once approved, the resin process begins
We begin pouring your resin artwork as soon as the designs have been approved. After the last layer is cured, we demold and begin the sanding & polishing phase. Depending on the size of the artwork, this process will take several weeks if everything goes perfectly. We take as much time as needed to perfect your artwork to the best of our ability. Our current turnaround time for the entire process is around 8 months from receiving your flowers. *We do not give estimates or guarantee completion dates; this turnaround time may change prior to your order without notice. We work in the order in which we receive the flowers. Please know that we are working as quickly as we can without diminishing our quality to complete your commissions as soon as we can. Feel free to reach out for updates throughout the process.
9| Your commissioned artwork is complete!
We will arrange for pick up or shipping the artwork to its final home.
10| Cherish your memories preserved for a lifetime!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long does the process take until I receive my finished artwork?
We work on commissioned artwork in the order of which we received the flowers. Each order will take a different amount of time depending on many factors such as number of items in the order & size of those pieces as well as the specific items selected as some items take more labor than others. Currently for special occasion preservation from weddings or funerals, we have an average of an 8 month turnaround time. However, we do not give estimates or guarantee completion dates as issues can easily occur with resin even though we as professionals perform every step perfectly. Resin is a forgiving medium but fixing issues such as dust on top coats can take time and the finished timeline is unpredictable. Feel free to reach out for updates on our timeline but please be kind as we are working hard with care and attention to detail to create your custom keepsakes at the highest quality possible.
How long will my resin artwork last?
Provided you take care of your resin artwork, it should last a lifetime. We use a hard curing resin which results in a glass like finish that is scratch resistant. Our resin has built in UV protection to prevent your flowers from fading and slow the yellowing of the resin over time. All resin will eventually begin to yellow but you can prolong the life of your artwork by keeping it out of direct sunlight & away from high heat sources.
Will my flowers change color?
Yes, your flowers will change colors during the drying process. The extent that they change, depends on a number of factors. Not all white flowers will stay white, many varieties will turn ivory or if pressed, may turn beige. Lighter colored flowers are more likely to show bruising once in resin. Mid range colors tend to stay very similar to the original shade but deep reds and purples will become much darker or in some cases turn bright pink if pressed. We love this part of the process!
Do you work with already dried flowers?
Yes! Bringing new life to dried flowers is one of our favorite services that we offer. Since they are already dry, we can't press them but we can use them in any of our 3D molds or use the petals for our smaller selections. Even in jewelry. Contact us to discuss options and availability.
My event already happened, will you take my flowers?
We accept flowers up to 4 days after the event if we have availability. We need time to feed the flowers and bring them back to their peak (as much as possible) before drying. We generally do not offer pressed options last minute unless you only want loose petals in your designs as pressing is extremely labor intensive & we plan our work weeks in advance.
I wasn't able to preserve my flowers, should I just buy new ones?
Yes! Contact your florist to have a mini bouquet remade and bring or ship to us directly for drying. Don't want to use your same florist or ship to us? No problem, we can connect you with a local florist to purchase the flowers so we can create your custom artwork!
Contact us to preserve your special flowers!
We'll send you a catalog with our current options, draw up a contract and set up a flower drop off appointment.