Hannah’s preserved wedding bouquet…

My lovely bride Hannah, who got married December 30th at Sopley Mill here in Dorset, asked me to recreate her wedding bouquet for her in a series of pressed flower frames… That’s the beauty of what I do, I can go back in time, purchase the same kind of flowers, and get pressing…

When it comes to squishing flowers between two bits of wood, you’ve got to get them just at the right time of opening, trial and error taught me this over the years… I’ve got to admit, I had trepidation over one of her flowers, ranunculus… These bad boys can be a bit temperamental at the best of times, pressing them was a worry as they’re quite soft and fleshy, prime candidates to just rot away between the blotting paper… This is when the special treatment is called for. Instead of hanging them in my warm room at my studio, I took these guys home and baby sat them. The best place for them is right on top of the radiator, nice and warm and dry… Every few days I’d check them, keeping my fingers crossed! I was over the moon with the results, they kept their colour and you can also see the detail of the delicate layers of petals, this was a good day in the pressed flower world…

I’m at my happiest when I’m getting creative back at my studio… I had a series of frames to make for mum – mum in law and of course Hannah herself (what epic gift ideas by the way!)… everything was set out in front of me and I tweaked and played until it was just perfect… 

I like to create detailed linear designs with a layered effect, making sure you can see the best details of each flower, or piece of foliage… I honestly do get such a kick out of it… It’s very much like my wedding flower work, I play and tweak and play and tweak until it’s just right, then I stand back with a smile on my face and say ‘yes! That’s’ it’.

So this little selection is hanging on Hannah’s family wall’s, a piece of time preserved forever!