Our New Favorite Way to Preserve Your Bridal Bouquet

We just love Philly florist Papertini’s unique designs.

Our New Favorite Way to Preserve Your Bridal Bouquet

One of our favorite before-and-after shots of Papertini’s bouquet-preserving services.

So, yeah, we love this.

We’ve seen many a dried bridal bouquet displayed in a glass vase or a glass case or a glass dome and various other vessels, and they’re always pretty—they’re dried flowers, after all, and obviously, they’re more than that. They’re a pretty significant tangible memento of a pretty spectacular day.

But when we caught wind of what Philly florist Tanti Lina, owner of Papertini Floral & Event Design (you may have noticed her work in the gorg wedding of Tim & Ying-Lee in the current spring/summer 2013 issue of Philadelphia Wedding!), was up to when it came to preserving bride’s wedding-day bouquets, we knew we had to share it with our brides.

Lina is preserving wedding bouquets by turning them into custom works of art. It goes like this:

  • Brides send their bouquets to Lina’s Philadelphia studio to start the process. They can be fresh, they can be already dry—they can even be two or three years old!—so there’s no rush to get them to her the day after your wedding as you dash to the airport to make that honeymoon flight.
  • She’ll work with you on the process, requesting pictures (they don’t have to be your professional ones!) and details—from your dress and accessories to the décor, cake, and even invitations—from your wedding day, and your sources of inspiration to come up with a design that really reflects you.
  • Once the flowers are dry, she’ll take the bouquet apart—so that’s got to be something you’re cool with—and only uses a certain few of the flowers, painting, altering and embellishing them to create a piece of art.
  • There are currently two sizes available for her shadow-boxed preserved presentations—8×8 and 8×10 in black, white or natural wood—but she’s never repeated a design, meaning that no two pieces will ever be alike. You can also choose between a paper-based backdrop or a fabric cushion base for your final product.
  • You’ve got to make an appointment to pop in and figure out the details of your bouquet’s preservation with Lina—but you don’t have to have used Papertini’s flower and event design services for your wedding; any bride is welcome.
  • Prices range from $125 to $175.

We love the idea of keeping your bouquet around forever in non-bouquet form. Even if you’re the only one who knows what it is when you walk past it in your home, it’s such a cool, personal way to keep it close.

Are any of you planning to dry or preserve your bouquet in any way after your wedding? What did you have in mind?

Our New Favorite Way to Preserve Your Bridal Bouquet

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  • BlindChow

    Play action might be more successful if they actually ran the ball more…

  • daggolden

    Vick isnt the only QB who every struggles. Cleveland was a top defense last year and he struggled. While Jay Cutler went against the worst defense in the NFL last year GB
    and week 1 and threw 4 picks and was sacked 7 times. No pass protection equals bad QB. Ask Tom Brady in superbowls vs Giants.

  • TD Campbell

    “We were in Cover-2, and Vick not being the tallest of quarterback, he
    loses zone droppers occasionally,” Jackson told reporters after the
    game. Makes a lot of sense. This is the third year with Michael. He hasn’t gotten taller. How about “putting him in better position to succeed?” Mike does a lot right. Let’s stick to that. I reject the inability to lead long sustained drive theory. He did it to win the first game.

  • poetx

    thanks for taking a look at the numbers, sheil. great stuff, as always (and not because it confirms what i’ve been saying).

    if you are looking at the percentages, they ran PA on about a third of his snaps. ok. but when you look at the raw numbers, 19 play action passes in a game where you only called around 20 runs is hard to explain.

    you also point out that an inordinate amount of bad stuff happened on that third of his passes which were off play action. 2 INTs and his ONLY 2 sacks. i would not be surprised if opposing defenses have carte blanche to check to a Corner or Slot blitz to the backside of any run fake because THAT (going back to monte kiffin and the bucs when he was in ATL) is the way to neutralize the bootleg threat.

    all the eagles would have to do to counter this (well, aside from not calling PA when we’re not showing any interest in running the ball) would be to pull a frontside blocker to the backside to set the edge. in fact, this is PRECISELY what clay harbor did on that 1st play from scrimmage in the 59 pt explosion against washington on MNF.

    the coaches HAVE to give him some protection there. if they MUST play fake, do it off of the zone/read look out of the gun so vick can see any edge rushers encroaching from either side, and give him hot options (quick slant, quick out, seam) so that he can get the ball out quickly as a failsafe. you know, the way regular pro offenses work.

  • Thank you so much for the feature!
    We love what we do and we appreciate you sharing the love! ^___^



  • LeAnne

    What a great idea! Unique and very special! And if you create your bouquets with silk flowers, you don’t have to worry about preserving the flowers and you can still create this great keepsake! http://www.afloral.com/Silk-Wedding-Flowers