When floral designer Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers told us she wanted to use our artificial flowers outdoors to create a field of flowers, all we could think was GENIUS. Brides everywhere dream of that magical outdoor wedding surrounded by wild flowers, but sometimes mother nature needs a little help. That is how this styled shoot was born.
This shoot took place in the beautiful alpine mountains of Utah. I’ve lived here all my life, and I come up to this spot every summer to see the views and the wildflowers. I have always imagined a little wedding here. The wild beauty and rugged strength of the mountainside can be such a beautiful metaphor to love.
The most important thing to me when creating with flowers is that they look fitting in the environment that they will be going in. Whether that is a wedding in a field, a corporate event in a modern building, or an arrangement for the dining room table, I want to make sure the flowers look appropriate for the setting. When I am working out in nature, it is of utmost importance to me to make sure the flowers compliment the surroundings or look like an extension of it.
The mountain setting here has plenty of big views and beauty that is large scale, but this particular spot had pretty dry, barren ground and we wanted to create a soft setting for this little wedding ceremony setup. There are certain times where using false flowers is really helpful!
I have used false flowers in large installations as an under layer to fresh flowers. They are a great way to flesh out the foundation to the installation so that you can put the more fragile, real flower on top and have a structure underneath them that isn’t at risk for dying. I create ceremony installations all the time in the outdoors in dry, hot weather, and have to work very hard to keep them alive until the ceremony begins.
I put these into the field in clusters that mimicked the way clusters of flowers would grow there naturally. I used bricks of foam or small round floral pods to hold the flowers. Since the flower stems have wire in the center, they were strong enough to poke all the way through the foam and into the dry ground so that they were more sturdy.
We used a variety of flowers in lavender and white tones, and placed them in the grounds in varying heights so that they looked like they were naturally growing there. We nestled the foam pieces down into natural low spots in the dirt, or behind some greenery that was naturally growing there. If there was foam still showing through the clusters of flowers we cut some of the fern leaves that have a nice broad shape, and plugged them in to cover the foam. The stems were strong enough to hold up in a little mountain wind, but flexible enough to bend to where I wanted them, it was perfect!
Mixing false with real flowers is a great way to bulk up the fresh flowers you are installing, and they wont wilt! I was able to find some beautiful flowers in lavender and white colors from afloral.com and they looked totally natural in the setting. All of the flowers in this ceremony setup were fake, and people only knew they were fake when I told them!
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Floral Design & Styling: Sarah Winward | Photographer: D’arcy Benincosa | Dress: Houghton NYC from Loho Bride | Makeup & Hair: Bella Cosa Beauty | Model: Lauren Blesdoe | Flowers: Afloral.com | Paper suite: The Little North Sea Studio