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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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Marin Wedding: Kate + Jeremy

A few months ago I was offered a unique chance to take my floral skills out of state. A family friend’s daughter, Kate, was getting married in Marin County, a paradise in the Bay Area. This was not only an opportunity to work with flowers I can’t get up in Alaska but it also meant I could reunite with my old floral partner, Evan Falconer of Paper Peony.

Marin Wedding - blush, ivory, white, cream and peach hues. Roses, mums and the cafe au lait dahlia. Absolute perfection | floral design by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com and Evan Facloner of Paper Peony

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Alaska Weddings: Peter + Jessica

Brides are all different. Some know what they want, others need a little more guidance, but some have a creative vision. Jessica was one of those brides. She and her mother came to me with the boldest theme I’ve encountered yet – burgundy, gold and deep purple. When they told me those colors, my eyes got big and I just said, “Oooooooh!”

A bridal bouquet of true majesty. Burgundy peonies, gold sprayed eucalyptus, antique pink carnations, red roses, white spray roses, burgundy and white stock, rosemary, purple mini carnations, Italian ruscus and leucadendron is a perfect wild, regal, ravishing flower arrangement fit for a queen! Designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

I seriously contemplated putting on my wedding dress just to hold the bridal bouquet (the above photo is the toss bouquet).

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DIY Mother’s Day Arrangement – a step-by-step tutorial

Spring has sprung (hopefully) and nothing makes your home feel “spring fresh” more than a fresh flower arrangement. Recently I had a coffee meeting with Rachel Christy, owner of Alaska Blooms Peony Farms,  and she pointed out that I’m a DIY bride’s florist. Indeed, many of the brides who hire me order the main floral pieces from me and then save money by creating centerpieces themselves. Since I’m a business of one person, I am completely fine with this arrangement. When a bride orders centerpieces I usually hire an assistant.

During a phone consultation with a Kentucky bride, she told me my floral business reminds her of small-batch whiskey makers. These are folks in Kentucky who make whiskey on the side of their normal jobs that are different from the standard whiskeys. I love that comparison.

Anyway, since Mother’s Day is the next floral holiday on the calendar (and often the busiest day for florists) I thought I would share a step-by-step tutorial on how you can make your own flower arrangement. Whether you’re a son, a daughter or a DIY bride, this should be helpful for anyone who is looking to be florally frugal.

If you’re in Anchorage, you can purchase beautiful greenery by the stem at Alaska Wholesale Flower Market. They range from $1.89-2.99 a stem. They also have gorgeous blooms there, but in an effort to save money I purchased grocery store flowers using a buy one, get one half off coupon.

DIY Mother's Day arrangement | Make a beautiful floral centerpiece in just a few simple steps using eucalyptus, baby's breath, alstroemeria and football mums. Tutorial by alaskaknitnat.com

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Alaska Weddings: Amy + Joe

Last-minute weddings are sometimes the best. When my high school friend Amy called me last week to ask if I’d make her bridal bouquet for her wedding this week, I couldn’t say no.

Amy asked for plum and white colors. Alaska Wholesale Flower Market had the most precious Moody Blues roses and deep purple mini carnations. Amy was sold.

Alaska Winter Wedding | purple roses, plum mini carnations, burgundy carnations, white roses, dusty miller, eucalyptus and wax flower. Bound with white ribbon and a purple corset. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Alaska Winter Wedding | purple roses, plum mini carnations, burgundy carnations, white roses, dusty miller, eucalyptus and wax flower. Bound with white ribbon and a purple corset. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Alaska Winter Wedding | corsages made with white spray roses, statice, sage, mini myrtle, eucalyptus and purple mini carnations. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Alaska Winter Wedding | boutonnieres made with white spray roses, statice, sage, waxflower, Sitka spruce, eucalyptus and purple mini carnations. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

I love presenting the corsages and bouts in a pretty way. My first step is to use grocery store doughnut boxes. They have the clear window on the top so you can peek inside and they are big enough to hold several boutonnieres at once. I happened to have some purple tissue paper that was perfect for this occasion.

Alaska Winter Wedding | boutonnieres made with white spray roses, statice, sage, waxflower, Sitka spruce, eucalyptus and purple mini carnations. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

I had a few leftovers so I made myself a little flower crown. I was able to stop by the reception in the evening and ran into all my old friends. It was a fun reunion. And, of course, I had Ivan model my crown.

Alaska Winter Wedding | flower crown made with white spray roses, statice, mini myrtle, waxflower, Sitka spruce, eucalyptus and purple mini carnations. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com
Blue Steel

Alaska Weddings: Alyeska promo photo shoot

Anchorage may be the biggest city in Alaska, but nearly every day I think of it as a small town. Kevin Bacon has nothing on Anchorage — we’re all about two degrees separated.

I recently reconnected with high school mate Peter Luchsinger of Pal Photography. When I told him I was a florist on the side he asked if I would contribute two bridal bouquets to a promotional photo shoot at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.

Without a bride providing me style guidance I was giddy with the prospect of having complete creative control. This proved to be a challenge as I had so many ideas — I have to hand it to brides. I forgot how tough it is to make a design decision!

I ended up with  a soft palette of cream, pink, white, peach, sage green and deep burgundy.

Winter weddings: a bridal bouquet with eucalyptus, alstroemeria, roses, spider mums, carnations and wax flower. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com
Photo by Pal Photography
Winter weddings: a bridal bouquet made with peach roses, burgundy chrysanthemums, carnations, alstroemeria, carnations and wax flower. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com
Photo by Pal Photography
Winter weddings: a bridal bouquet made with peach roses, burgundy chrysanthemums, carnations, alstroemeria, carnations and wax flower. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com
Photo by Pal Photography

View more photos from this shoot here.

DIY Flower Crown – A video tutorial

Flower crowns are my thing. I love making them and I certainly love wearing them. After months of working with Meringue Studio Boudoir and having a couple of booths set up with the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, I’ve had lots of people ask me if I have a tutorial for my flower crowns.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

This is Week Two of the Halloween Blog Party with AK Shopgirl, Tessie Style and me. I’m happy to announce this week’s theme: Woodland Creatures.

Check all three of our sites this week for costume ideas, décor, music mixes and more.

My flower crowns are no trade secret (although you do have to have a florist business license to acquire the light green floral tape). I’ve been held up by simple technological difficulties (I don’t have a tripod that allows for bird’s eye view).

I asked my husband to figure it out. Five minutes and some duct tape later, he had rigged up a suitable bird’s eye camera. Thanks to The Alaska Life for the free selfie stick — I finally found a non-silly way to use it ;).

Whether you’re dressing up yourself or your little girl this Halloween, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have a fresh flower crown to compliment your fairy costume.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Alaska Weddings: Charlee + Marc | Photo by Rhae Anne Photography
Photo by Rhae Anne Photography

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Photo by Kerry Tasker
Photo by Kerry Tasker
DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com
Photo by Laura Stennett Photography

DIY Fresh Flower Crown

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Materials:

Directions:

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Measure your wire around your head and cut the wire with four inches extra length.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Tear off pieces of floral tape about six inches long. You’ll need several, but I usually tear off five at a time.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

In this time lapse video I show you how I construct a partial crown, which is worn off to the side. I usually start in the middle of the wire and work my way toward the edge. If you want a full flower crown, start about three inches from one end and work your way toward the other end.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Prepare your flowers and greens by leaving two inches of stem remaining. Trim away any excess leaves or buds.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Starting at the middle of the crown, lay a green against the wire and tightly wrap the tape around it, working your way down the stem. Add a new flower to the wire and position it to cover the first wrapped stem. Tightly wrap this stem with the floral tape.

Work your way down the wire, positioning the flowers and greens in a herringbone fashion. I usually wrap a green tilting toward the left, then a flower tilting toward the right, a flower tilting toward the left and a green tilting toward the right.

Use your best judgment to nestle greens and flowers together. Pay attention to the natural curve of each flower and place them so they are featured in a pleasing way.

When you have about three inches remaining on the wire, stop adding more flowers. Wrap the ends of the wire around each other so it fits your head well.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Store in the fridge whenever you’re not wearing it. It should last for a few days.

Here is a one-minute time lapse of my making a flower crown. Pretty neat! View the long version here.

DIY Fairy Flower Crown | A video tutorial from alaskaknitnat.com

Alaska Weddings: Audra + Chris

Last month I got to create wedding flowers in Arctic Valley. Today I was at the top of Alyeska. What a fun experience! My assistant and I got to cram all the flowers into the tram and ride to the top of the mountain. Audra and Chris are tying the knot at Seven Glaciers Restaurant, a dining experience with unparalleled views of Alaska.

Alaska Weddings: Audra + Chris | Bliss at the top of Mount Alyeska
Riding up the tram was a unique floral experience.

Alaska Weddings: Audra + Chris | Bliss at the top of Mount Alyeska

The bride selected white hydrangeas, ivory garden roses, white tulips, football mums and blush vadella roses. What a perfect palette for a mountain top soirée — especially since it started snowing as we were setting up!

Alaska Weddings: Audra + Chris | Bliss at the top of Mount Alyeska . Garden roses, tulips, hydrangea, lisianthus, baby's breath and football mums

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