Under Pressure


Various types, sizes and colors of flora and fauna are prominent in a wedding day, tying the theme together and bringing a breath of something natural and beautiful to the “I Do’s.” From bouquets and boutonnieres to cake flowers and ceremony decorations, the sheer number of florals needed for a wedding bumps booking a florist to the top of couple’s wedding to-do list.

But unless the couple, florist or wedding planner has a specific purpose for wedding flowers after the Big Day, those beautiful blooms end up wilting or being thrown away.

Preservation Press – a New Orleans and Lafayette-based company – offers an artistic outlet so wedding florals can live on well past the wedding day.

Pressed flowers have been used in art and home décor for many years. Preservation Press creator AC Venable and artist Hannah Castille are taking a cue from the past and transforming florals into modern pieces of art for everyone to enjoy.

The company offers custom orders available for dance recitals, funerals and, of course, weddings. Couples can send wedding florals after the Big Day and have the team turn them into keepsakes or pieces of art that can be displayed in the couple’s home. The intensive delicate process is laid out on the company’s website here, but involves weeks of climate control, paper changes and eventually ending up in the press. Because the two-person team Is limited to their five wooden presses, it’s important to get to the team and set up a contract as soon as possible. The whole processes from start to finish takes anywhere from three to six months and limited space due to the press number and volume of orders should put this process right behind booking your florist in order of importance.

To find out more information and to inquire about the process for your wedding head to preserve-press.com.



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