Tag Archives: wedding

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.

Continue reading Alaska Weddings: Jason + Rebekah

Alaska Weddings: Dianne + Matthew

Every wedding I make flowers for has a different style and Dianne and Matthew’s Wasilla wedding is one of the most unique this year.

Dianne wanted jewel tones of amethyst and peridot. She adores orchids, which I learned can be limited in color and style in Alaska. I packed her bouquet with fuchsia orchid, purple lisianthus, white roses, baby’s breath, trailing amaranthus, traipsing plumosa fern, sword fern and Italian ruscus.

Cascading bridal bouquet packed with orchids, lisianthus, roses, amaranthus, plumosa fern, baby's breath, sword fern and Italian ruscus | wedding flowers designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Continue reading Alaska Weddings: Dianne + Matthew

Alaska Weddings: Dylan + Hannah

Many brides I work with are Alaskan through and through and ask to have bits of Alaska incorporated into their flowers. This makes my job even more fun because I get to forage from the forest. Today’s wedding was full of forest ferns.

Alaska bridal bouquet with light blue hydrangea, lavender stock, lavender mini carnations, white spray roses, garden roses, lisianthus, wild ferns, green amaranthus, Italian ruscus, baby's breath, curly dusty miller and limonium. Deigned by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Hannah and Dylan’s wedding had a vintage vibe. As I was dropping off the flowers Hannah’s aunt arrived in a black A-line with a fascinator that belonged to her grandmother.

Continue reading Alaska Weddings: Dylan + Hannah

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

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

Alaska Weddings: a winter reception

In Alaska, winter solstice is kind of a big deal. It’s the shortest day of the year. In Anchorage we had a little under five and a half hours. It becomes part of the daily winter grind. The sun doesn’t rise until well after you arrive at work and it’s already set when you drive home for the day.

After December 21 we will gradually gain more daylight. It’s a celebratory time for Alaskans.

Recently a friend of mine got married and decided to have her reception around solstice time. When I was hired to make some centerpieces for her I was thrilled to create more wintery pieces.

Purple and lavender carnations, white chrysanthemums, eucalyptus and spruce sprigs were all I needed to bring some winter cheer to her reception.

Winter Weddings: Purple carnations, white chrysanthemums, spruce sprigs and eucalyptus create a soft, festive look for any winter celebration | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

The couple loves Italy so it was fitting that many of the bud vases were little limoncello glasses.

Winter Weddings: Purple carnations, white chrysanthemums, spruce sprigs and eucalyptus create a soft, festive look for any winter celebration | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Continue reading Alaska Weddings: a winter reception

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.