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the Floral art of
Preservation
MAKE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS LAST FOR YEARS TO COME
BY BREANNE GEORGE
After months upon months of preparation leading up to your wedding day, when the moment finally arrives it seems to fly by in an instant. That is why so many brides choose to save such keepsakes as their wedding dress, veil, invitations, even cake topper, as mementos of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion. However, one of the most important elements of your wedding day – the flowers – is also the most fleeting. Brides can spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on their flowers, from centerpieces to their bouquet, only to have them wilt away soon after the wedding. With modern freeze-drying technology, it is now possible to keep your flowers for years to come as artistic keepsakes and timeless jewelry.
Linda Saadeh, owner of Timeless Moments Floral Preservation in North Royalton, has been creating works of art with preserved flowers for more than 16 years. She owned a full-service bridal shop for several years, but got involved in floral preservation after noticing an increased demand from local brides. “I had an in- house florist who did fresh flowers for weddings, and we always had customers that would come back to us with their bouquets and wanted to know what to do,” Saadeh explains. While she didn’t know the answer at the time, Saadeh learned of the freeze-drying process after reading about it in a trade journal years later. After leaving her bridal shop, she decided to start a floral preservation
business to bring this unique service to brides in Northeast Ohio. With the com- pany’s website, www.timelessmoments.com, Saadeh has expanded her floral preserva- tion business nationwide.
All types of flowers can be preserved; however, daisies tend to fall apart in the freeze-drying process due to their delicate petals. What is most important is the quali- ty of the flower rather than the type, Saadeh emphasizes. It is best to plan ahead if you want to preserve your flowers, which should be kept in peak condition prior to the freeze-drying process. Saadeh recommends that bouquets stay hydrated and kept in a refrigerator and long stem flowers be trimmed and placed in water. You should plan to have the flowers dropped off the
Sunday or Monday following the wedding. “The better the quality of the flowers and the sooner we get them, the better the end result will be,” she explains. “As you start going farther into the week the flowers will start to deteriorate.”
Before the flowers are processed for preservation, they are photographed, dia- grammed and the bouquets are disassem- bled. The freeze-drying process involves a machine extracting water vapor from the flowers. Moisture blockers and color enhancers are then used on the flowers to add color vibrancy and to protect them from sunlight. Once the process is com- plete, the preservationist can then put the flowers back in their original design or create a new one.
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