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Alaska Weddings: Cara + Tyler’s Mountaintop Romance

Most Anchorage residents would tell you that autumn is here. It arrived last Tuesday, to be precise. There was a nip in the air this morning as I made my way up the windy dirt road to Arctic Valley for my last gig of the wedding season.

Cara and Tyler chose a rustic theme for their wedding, which was fitting against the wilderness surrounding the Arctic Valley chalet. Burlap table runners dressed with vintage lace and slabs of raw birch logs surrounded by moss were just the right touch.

Wedding centerpieces made with blush garden roses, lisianthus, carnations, queen anne's lace, stock, alestroemeria and myrtle | Wedding flowers designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Cara chose pink, blush, white and sage green for the floral arrangements. The shabby-chic color palette complimented the rest of the decor perfectly.

Bridal bouquet with blush garden roses, queen anne's lace, stock, lisianthus, eucalyptus, and spray roses | Wedding flowers designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Bridal flower crown with lisianthus, alestroemeria, Italian ruscus, dried lavender, baby's breath and spray roses | Wedding flowers designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Alaska Weddings: Cara + Tyler | Corsages made with myrtle, baby's breath and wild bear berry and lowbush cranberry. Wedding flowers designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Bridal flower crown with lisianthus, alestroemeria, Italian ruscus, dried lavender, baby's breath and spray roses | Wedding flowers designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

I had the pleasure of working with feather-light garden roses, the color of rosy cheeks on a crisp autumn day.

Wedding arch garland made with salal, quecalyptus, baby's breath and blush garden roses | Wedding flowers designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

The mother of the bride requested a garland over the birch tree wedding arch, which I was looking forward to creating. It was my first try at a garland and I constructed it sort of like a giant flower crown. I put the garden roses in water tubes and wired them in just before hanging to ensure the blooms lasted as long as possible.

Wedding centerpieces made with blush garden roses, lisianthus, carnations, queen anne's lace, stock, alestroemeria and myrtle | Wedding flowers designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Wedding centerpieces made with blush garden roses, lisianthus, carnations, queen anne's lace, stock, alestroemeria and myrtle | Wedding flowers designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Bridal bouquet with blush garden roses, queen anne's lace, stock, lisianthus, eucalyptus, and spray roses | Wedding flowers designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

What a truly wonderful close to my wedding season. This was a challenging, fun summer. I learned a lot through my experience of being a new florist on my own and I’m grateful to the brides who put their trust in me. I can’t wait for next summer!

8 Simple Steps to Long-lasting Grocery Store Flowers

Yesterday was my birthday and I’m fortunate to have friends and family who know me well enough to buy me flowers on my special day. Fresh flowers add so much cheer to my home, but this simple luxury isn’t something I can always afford. That’s why I like to make my fresh flowers last as long as possible before having to toss them.

Here are some simple ways you can make your grocery store flowers liven up your home for several days.

8 Simple Steps to Long-lasting Grocery Store Flowers | from Alaska Knit Nat

1. Buy fresh flowers

This may seem like a no-brainer, but the less time the flowers have been in the grocery store, the longer you can enjoy them in your home before they wilt. Look for blooms that haven’t yet fully opened. If you’re buying lilies or daffodils, select a bouquet where only a couple have opened and several are still closed up. This will ensure you will have blooms for days to come. If purchasing roses, avoid the romantically opened blooms. Those will only go bad quickly. Here’s a rose tip: gently squeeze the base of the bloom. It should feel sort of firm like a golf ball. If it’s squishy, then that rose is on its way out.

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Flower Magic in the Midnight Sun

My best friend Kelly and I have a long past of frolicking through the Anchorage woods together. We frolic and collect. Sometimes it’s moss. Sometimes it’s branches, but most of the time it’s flowers.

One great thing about Alaska summers is the endless sunlight. Tonight we decided to go pick daisies on the side of the road. We set out at 9 p.m. By the time we completed a flower crown it was 10 p.m. and still plenty of light for a photo shoot.

Flower crowns are surprisingly easy. All you need is some floral wire, floral tape and small clusters of wildflowers. We used lilac, daisies, beautiful Jacob’s ladder and wild roses.

No tutorial today, but I just wanted to show off my beautiful friend.

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