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DIY Hoop Wreath | a simple tutorial

This time of year isn’t the prettiest in Alaska. Snow is waiting to melt, everything is brown and dusty, and there’s a certain stale odor in the air. But there is LIGHT – so much daylight.

Erin of Blomma Designs, photographer Anne Marie Moran and I decided to take advantage of our ever-increasing sunlight last weekend.I brought my sister, Farra, along too. We all met at Erin’s studio to create modern floral wreaths. It was the perfect respite from Alaska breakup season.

Make your own asymmetrical wreath with this simple tutorial by Blomma Designs and Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com | Photos by Anne Marie Moran Photography

I thought we should share this crafting experience with a step-by-step tutorial. The luscious photos are by the talented and delightful Anne Marie of Anne Marie Moran Photography.

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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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Alaska Weddings: Kate + Joe

I love last-minute gigs. There’s a certain thrill about making people happy when they haven’t had a lot of time to plan. This was the case with Kate and Joe. Their good friend, Alyse had met me earlier this summer at a downtown Anchorage street fair where I was making flower crowns and she decided as a gift to the bride and groom she would purchase flowers for their Eklutna Lake wedding.

It was going to be a true Alaska wedding. The party wore XTRATUFs, the groomsmen donned Pendleton plaid with Patagonia puffy vests and the bride wore a yellow dress. Bride Kate wanted a wildflower, colorful bouquet and some corsages and boutonnieres.

It was a lot of fun working on this small wedding. For focal flowers I used small sunflowers and protea (also called pincushion). Surrounding these were purple mini asters, button mums and peach mini carnations. It was delightful.

Alaska Weddings: a bridal bouquet made with sunflower, protea, mini carnation, button mums, mini asters, limonium and eucalyptus. Just perfect for a lakeside wedding. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Alaska Weddings: a bridal bouquet made with sunflower, protea, mini carnation, button mums, mini asters, limonium and eucalyptus. Just perfect for a lakeside wedding. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Wrist corsages made with peach mini carnations, orange spray roses, purple button mums and limonium | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

My son was thrilled when I had some leftover flowers. He made his own arrangement to give to my friend Laura.

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Alaska Weddings: Kate + Kirk

Bridal bouquet made with purple anemones, fuchsia ranunculus, blue nigella, purple larkspur, daisies, baby's breath, pink spray roses and seeded eucalyptus | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Bridal bouquet made with purple anemones, fuchsia ranunculus, blue nigella, purple larkspur, daisies, baby's breath, pink spray roses and seeded eucalyptus | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com
Photo by Alexander Zoltai Photography

I had to start out this post with a photo. There’s no more unique flower than an indigo anemone. I’ve never seen them before and jumped with joy at the opportunity to work with them.

Bridal bouquet made with purple anemones, fuchsia ranunculus, blue nigella, purple larkspur, daisies, baby's breath, pink spray roses and seeded eucalyptus | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

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Alaska Weddings: Jason + Rebekah

Some things I never get tired of. Foraging for wedding arrangements has to be at the top of the list. For Rebekah and Jason, it was important that a part of their state be incorporated into their wedding theme of teal, green and purple.

For the flowers they chose peach and fuchsia roses and purple Japanese asters as their palette to which I added wild yarrow, grass and ferns.

Alaska bridal bouquet with peach and fuchsia roses, purple Japanese aster, green hypericum berry, dusty miller, baby's breath, orange spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and foraged yarrow, grass and ferns. The perfect wild Alaska wedding bouquet. | Designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

Finished off with a teal satin ribbon and presto – a lovely Alaska bouquet.

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Alaska Weddings: Carrie + Christopher

It’s been a busy summer of weddings and I’ve still got more to go. This week’s was one of my favorites. Bride Carrie asked for cheerful blooms mixed with Alaska foliage — just my style!

A bright and cheerful Alaska wedding | Bridal bouquet made with ivory roses, queen anne's lace, spray rose, Japanese aster, wild grass, astilbe, wild fern, wild raspberry and Italian ruscus. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaska Knit Nat

Pink, pink and pink. I love it. Spray roses, Japanese aster and salmon hypericum berry were the central blooms.

A bright and cheerful Alaska wedding | Bridal bouquet made with ivory roses, queen anne's lace, spray rose, Japanese aster, wild grass, astilbe, wild fern, wild raspberry and Italian ruscus. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaska Knit Nat

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