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Smoked Salmon Dip with Kelp Pickles

I recently read a story about a Juneau-based company that made food out of kelp. I was immediately intrigued by the idea. One of the best dishes I’ve ever eaten was when I spent a summer in Kodiak and a Chinese woman prepared braised fresh kelp for me.

Barnacle uses bull kelp to make salsa, spice blends and pickles. Their Instagram account displays gorgeous photos of Southeast Alaska along with how they prepare their products and what to serve with them.

Their dill kelp pickles are tangy, slightly sweet and, well, of the sea. What a perfect ingredient to add to a smoked salmon dip.

Smoked salmon dip with Barnacle brand kelp pickles | a delicious appetizer that will wow your dinner guests | recipe by Natasha Price of Alaska Knit Nat

This dip comes together in no time and is a real crowd-pleaser. Impress your dinner guests by revealing its secret ingredient — wild kelp!

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Alaska Weddings – Olivia + Neil

In December I had the opportunity to create wedding flowers at Our Lady of The Snows Chapel in Girdwood. I’ve seen many photos of this quaint cabin in the woods but there was something special about being there in person for the first time.

Olivia and Neil were looking for a wintery floral decor without too much of a Christmas look so I used flowers in deep magenta and scarlet.

A huge thanks to Grace Adams Photography for her breathtaking photos. She’s one of my favorite wedding photographers and I was thrilled to finally be able to work with her.

A perfect winter wedding to be sure.

Red and white wintertime bouquet designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com | Photo by Grace Adams Photography
Photo by Grace Adams Photography

The bride’s bouquet was brimming with the most exquisite white waxflower. She had wanted anemones in her bouquet but they unfortunately weren’t available. I was so happy Olivia was open to my using burgundy gerber daisies instead. Their dark centers gave the look of anemones and are much more durable a flower.

Red and white wintertime bouquet designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com | Photo by Grace Adams Photography
Photo by Grace Adams Photography

The dark bridesmaids’ dresses made all the bouquets pop!

Flower girl adorned with a crown of baby's breath and spray roses | designed by Natasha Price and Photo by Grace Adams Photography
Photo by Grace Adams Photography

It was hard for me not to wear around the flower girl’s crown, which was chock full of baby’s breath, waxflower and spray roses.

wintertime boutonniere's with blush, white and red | designed by Natasha Price and photo by Grace Adams Photography
Photo by Grace Adams Photography

Red hypericum berries gave the boutonnieres a little bit of punch.

Altar centerpieces in burgundy and ivory | Designed by Natasha Price and photo by Grace Adams Photography
Photo by Grace Adams Photography

The altar centerpiece was one of my pride and joys. Trailing amaranthus was spilling over the sides and with the eucalyptus, stock and waxflower filled in between the roses it smelled so good!

Altar centerpieces in burgundy and ivory | Designed by Natasha Price and photo by Grace Adams Photography
Photo by Grace Adams Photography
red and white altar arrangement designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com | photo by Grace Adams Photography
Photo by Grace Adams Photography

The altar was framed with two large arrangements bursting with color and happiness.

red and white altar arrangement designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com | photo by Grace Adams Photography
Photo by Grace Adams Photography
Red and white wintertime centerpiece designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com | Photo by Grace Adams Photography
Photo by Grace Adams Photography

I had so much fun designing the centerpieces and got some wonderful assistance from my friend Rachel of Alaska Blooms Peony Farm.

Red and white wintertime centerpiece designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com | Photo by Grace Adams Photography

But what I really enjoyed working on was the garland for the sweetheart table.

Sweetheart table garland made with roses, waxflower, hypericum berry, baby's breath and eucalyptus | designed by Natasha Price

Sweetheart table garland made with roses, waxflower, baby's breath and eucalyptus | designed by Natasha Price and photo by Grace Adams Photography
Photo by Grace Adams Photography

Congratulations, Olivia and Neil!

Alaska Weddings – Caitlin + Jason

I don’t have the opportunity to do winter wedding flowers too often. Alaskans make the most of their summer and usually get married from June-August. When bride Caitlin hired me for her January wedding I was thrilled. She wanted all white and greenery.

Caitlin and Jason lucked out – the morning of their wedding it was like a magical snowy fairy land. Anchorage has been severely lacking in snow for the past four winters and this year hasn’t disappointed. We got about 18 inches on their wedding day.

Thanks to Erica Rose Photography for capturing my florals so perfectly!

Caitlin wanted simplicity so I went with white stock, roses, carnations and waxflower mixed with eucalyptus.

The perfect winter wedding bouquet | roses, stock, waxflower and carnation mixed with eucalytpus. Flowers by Natasha Price and photo by Erica Rose Photography
Photo by Erica Rose Photography

Caitlin had me wrap her bouquet in blush silk ribbon. I was overjoyed to finally have the opportunity to use this. It was a dream to wrap and tie! She had me add a little “something blue” at the last minute.

The perfect winter wedding bouquet | roses, stock, waxflower and carnation mixed with eucalytpus. Flowers by Natasha Price and photo by Erica Rose Photography
Photo by Erica Rose Photography
The perfect winter wedding bouquet | roses, stock, waxflower and carnation mixed with eucalytpus. Flowers by Natasha Price and photo by Erica Rose Photography
Photo by Erica Rose Photography

It was the perfect combination when it came to outside shots. Look at that snow globe of a world Caitlin got!

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Alaska Weddings: Ariel + Erik

I’m always learning something new with each wedding. With Ariel and Erik it was sending fresh flowers nearly 1,200 miles. This couple lives in Unalaska and for the first time I shipped my floral creations far, far away.

Burgundy and white wedding | a bridal bouquet with carnations, roses, amaranthus, lisianthus, tree fern, eucalyptus and salal. Perfect for a winter wedding. | designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

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Alaska Flag Hat revisited

Last summer a friend commissioned me to knit her a slouchy Alaska Flag Hat. It turned out to be a hit and I knit more than 30 of them for various Alaskans. Several asked for a kids or non-slouchy version as we can’t all look as spectacular as Fernanda in a slouchy hat.

I’ve been meaning to rewrite the pattern for months but have been overwhelmed by my floral business. But when a friend of mine texted me her family photo this year, I knew it was time.

Alaska flag hat - a free pattern for children and adults from Alaskaknitnat.com
Photo by Jennifer Hughes Photography

I mean, how adorable is this family?

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Alaska Weddings: a weekend of Lisas

Flower combinations and colors constantly amaze me. This weekend I had two weddings that couldn’t have been more different. Both were rustic. Both brides happened to be named Lisa.

The first Lisa is having a country western style wedding with dusty rose, pale pink, ivory and tan themes. I was thrilled when Rebecca of LaBoum Events asked me to make these flowers. She wanted an arrangement inside a birdcage. Uh…yes! That’s so cool!

Birdcage flower arrangement for a fairy tale wedding. Made with eucalyptus, carnations, football mums, roses, stock and spray roses | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

I picked wild moss from a nearby forest to line the cage and filled it with eucalyptus of all kinds, dusty rose carnations, roses, feathers, stock, mums and limonium.

Birdcage flower arrangement for a fairy tale wedding. Made with eucalyptus, carnations, football mums, roses, stock and spray roses | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

The bouquet was shabby chic.

Shabby chic bridal bouquet made with eucalyptus, feathers, carnations, football mums, roses, stock and spray roses | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

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Alaska Weddings: Lena + Ivan

Last winter I did flowers for a couple in Alyeska. When I delivered them to the bride’s suite she introduced me to her maid of honor and said she would be getting married next summer.

Fast forward to today when I delivered flowers to bride Lena’s suite and I was greeted by last winter’s bride. The tabled turned and she was now the maid of honor. I love how small this town is.

Lena and Ivan’s colors were navy, coral, cream and orange. A perfect palette for the amazing autumn weather we’re having.

A perfect fall bridal bouquet. Solidago, white roses, orange spray roses, salmon hypericum berry, billy ball, scabiosa pods, peach carnation and seeded eucalyptus wrapped in burlap with jute twine corset | designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

This bouquet made me giddy! The most perfect little orange spray roses looked like miniature garden roses. Combined with peach carnations, cream roses, solidago, scabiosa pods, salmon hypericum berries, billy balls and seeded eucalyptus — this bouquet was just what the bride ordered.

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