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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: 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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Alaska Weddings: Peter + Philly

Oh, how I love Alaska weddings! There’s something about an Alaska bride. She loves to incorporate her home state into her most special day. Philly was no exception. Her vision was simplicity for the bridal party and big and wild for the bridal bouquet.

The photos can’t do this bouquet justice. There are peonies from every angle. The wholesaler’s peonies were small, but thanks to an old friend with a big peony garden, I was able to compensate with two HUGE blooms, which are what take up most of the photos. While snipping these two gorgeous flowers I sneaked a couple of poppy pods, which add some vintage green to the arrangement. I foraged many wildflowers including clover blossoms, yarrow, cow parsnip and grass berries. Wrapped in lace and twine and you’ve got a soft beauty with a twinge of wild. Utterly romantic.
Alaska Weddings: Peter + Philly | Bridal bouquet with peonies, poppy centers, eucalyptus, veronica, chrysanthemums, wild clover blossoms and various wild grasses and flowers. Design by Natasha of alaskaknitnat.com

Alaska Weddings: Peter + Philly | Bridal bouquet with peonies, poppy centers, eucalyptus, veronica, chrysanthemums, wild clover blossoms and various wild grasses and flowers. Design by Natasha of alaskaknitnat.com Continue reading Alaska Weddings: Peter + Philly

Lina + Bill: A Midsummer Kaleidoscope

Last year my knitting friend Lina asked if I would design the flowers for her wedding. When she described the colors she wanted there was no way I could say no. She envisioned a wild, rainbow bouquet.

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

 

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

 

I created a slightly unkempt bouquet of peonies (from her own garden), Japanese asters, mini sunflowers, green trick dianthus, bupleurum, gerber daisies, spray roses, wild daisies, wild grass cattails and wild yarrow.

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

Lina had saved pussy willow branches from the spring, which I used on the boutonnières.

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat
The groom’s boutonnière mimics the bridal bouquet with a small band of lace wrapped around the fuchsia stem.

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

 

 

Billy balls are the perfect accompaniment to fuchsia spray roses and iridescent fuchsia ribbon gave everything a polished look with great pops of color.

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

Because the bride selected so many types of flowers I was left with an excess of product. I decided to make flower crowns for her daughter and niece who were flower girls. My mother models it here.

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

Marigolds and pale pink rosebuds from my garden were a necessary addition to the garlands.
Marigolds and pale pink rosebuds from my garden were a necessary addition to the garlands.

I had yet even more product, including a full peony (no way I was wasting that!) so I created a draping arrangement in an antique orange vase, which I left on the dining table in the wedding party’s bed and breakfast.

Midsummer Kaleidoscope Wedding | Alaska Knit Nat

Pink, fuchsia, orange, green, purple and yellow — a magical array of color for a perfect summer day.

Congratulations, Lina and Bill!

I was lucky to find pale pink yarrow growing wild in field by my local grocery store.
I was lucky to find pale pink yarrow growing wild in field by my local grocery store.

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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