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How Flowers Make A Great Visual Impact For Live Stream Weddings

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in more than a year of upheaval and disruption to weddings as we used to know it. Over the course of the last 18months, we have gone from 10 pax wedding ceremony only – to wedding receptions of 50 pax, then to 100 pax, and down to 50 pax ceremony only again. Who knows what the next few months will bring, or when and how regulations will change. 

Immediately after the Singapore Circuit Breaker in 2019, we decorated a church wedding which had only 10 pax. The bridal couple decided to decorate the church with flowers as though there were more than 100 pax. The bride, Yining, told us that theirs is a live stream wedding and she wanted to make it as memorable as possible, even though there were only 10 pax allowed at the ceremony. And thus with limitations on the number of guests at weddings, depending on which Phase we are in, live stream wedding ceremonies has become the new norm.

We have decorated many weddings in this pandemic, but it was only when Edwin & Mae shared with us their live stream wedding video, did we see for ourselves how great a visual impact the wedding flowers made in the video. The flowers framed the couple beautifully throughout the ceremony, the flowers were visible in almost every angle of the entire video, and the flowers created such a lovely celebratory mood and a joyous ambience for their wedding.

For the purpose of this blog, below are some screenshot captures of Edwin & Mae’s live stream wedding, to illustrate how wedding flowers play a significant role in the overall look and feel of the wedding ceremony.

Live streaming weddings will be here to stay for awhile. Even though wedding guest numbers are limited, it is worthwhile to opt for more wedding flowers because the floral décor greatly enhances the visuals of the live stream ceremony.  And the best thing about live stream weddings is the unlimited number of family relatives, friends, colleagues in Singapore and overseas, who can be a part of your very special day.  They can enjoy and see up close and personal all the details of your beautiful wedding ceremony. 

Credits:

Bridal Couple – Edwin & Mae

Live Stream – Project X

Flowers – Crafting Happyness by Blooming Garden Pte Ltd

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Blooming Garden’s Blue Roses

Blue roses do not exist naturally because the blue gene – delphinidin – is not present in the rose plant. A Japanese company Suntory used genetic modification to create the first real blue roses but they are actually a lilac purple shade instead of true blue. Hence when you see blue roses today, it is almost certainly a white rose dyed blue.

We have done our fair share of blue roses arrangements, dyeing white roses with blue colouring. Similar to the primary school experiment where we put flowers in food grade colouring and watch the flower petals change colour after absorbing the coloured dye. However, it does take some skill and experience to get the recipe just right in order to produce a nice shade of blue rose.

For the purpose of this blog – here is a negative example of what we don’t want to end up with when we dye our blue roses.  The blue rose is speckled, with blue dots on the petals. This is NOT our  ideal standard.

*Disclaimer – this blue rose was dye in a hurry, just to create a sample mock up for a customer. It was never meant to be the actual product.

The pictures below depict how we prefer our blue roses to look like, if customers order about 5-7 days in advance. The roses have a fairly even shade of medium-light blue. When we dye a bundle of white roses, each stalk of rose is a work of nature, hence different stalks of roses may end up slightly different in terms of how evenly the blue tone turns out, or how dark the blue colour emerges.

We prepared these blue roses for table centerpieces at a Bar Mitzvah (a ceremony and celebration for a Jewish boy at the age of 13 when he takes on the religious duties and responsibilities of an adult). Blue for boy – hence the special request for blue roses.   

We do have another type of premium quality blue rose – however these require at least 2-3 weeks pre-order in advance. As you can observe in the picture below, our premium blues have 2 distinct qualities. Firstly, the blue colour tone is more even with no speckles. Secondly, the blue shade is deeper and richer.

In order to produce this premium quality blue rose, we need to start with very fresh, good quality white roses, which we prefer to import them directly from overseas suppliers. Hence the longer lead time needed for such orders.  In the picture below, you can see that we used these premium blue roses for a wedding proposal bouquet ordered by our customer for his engagement.

Although natural blue roses are non-existent, dye blue roses are a good alternative when it comes to send blue flowers or using blue roses for weddings and events. When dyed properly and arranged by skilled hands, they can look most mesmerizing and magical!

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Sunflower Basket (Behind-the-Scene)

Our sunflower arrangements have always been popular with our customers.

This sunflower basket is less feminine, compared to other flowers, hence it is very suitable for recipients who are gentlemen, especially for a male friend or family member. Alternative, there are some ladies who are avid fans of sunflowers, loving the cheerful disposition of these flowers, so these baskets of sunshine are a great way to wish someone ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘Congratulations’ or just to brighten their day.

Here’s a BTS (behind-the-scene) video of how we arrange our baskets of sunshine!

We hope you will enjoy watching the process as much as we enjoyed arranging the florals.

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Asymmetrical Deconstructed Greenery Arch

Asymmetrical Deconstructed Greenery Arch – that is a mouthful – here’s a simple breakdown of what it is:

Asymmetrical – where there is a difference in length, width, height, shape etc. The structure on the right is thicker and wider than the one on the left.

Deconstructed – to deconstruct means to break down into components. So there arose, in recent years, a trend whereby instead of having a full arch, we have parts of an arch. How much of a full arch is a deconstructed arch? That’s entirely up to each wedding couple’s preference. Here we have the 2 sides of a circle arch, sans the joining top portion.

Greenery – as the word suggests, this means all green or mostly green, featuring foliage as the main component instead of flowers. Here in our arch, we kept the flowers to less than 20%. Just a little touch of blooms to bring some highlight and brighten up the arch.

For this wedding couple, the idea was to create a rainforest theme greenery arch, something different from the ones we have done previously which feature mainly eucalyptus varieties.  Hence we chose different types of green leaves that come in different shape, size and colour tone, so that we could create texture and the feel of how different plants grow randomly over each other in a rainforest.

This is an arch we really enjoyed creating because it was fun to work with many types of leaves and just layering them over each other. It may seem random, but all the leaves flow together seamlessly and naturally to the shape of the deconstructed arch.

We love it!

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999 Red Roses Centerpiece

It isn’t everyday that we get a request for 999 roses. 99 roses bouquets are common enough but a 999 red roses centerpiece comes once in a blue moon. We were definitely excited about this project but at the same time a tad nervous because the delivery was a day before Valentine’s Day, which occurred after the 2nd day of the Chinese New Year.  This adversely affected the supply and cost of red roses during February 2021.

The situation was further compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has already caused the prices of flowers to rise beyond anything we have seen in the last 20 years, and the reliability of flower supply is no longer like the pre-Covid days.

Suffice to say, when the roses we ordered from Kenya arrived in good condition, in the midst of the Valentine’s Day scramble for red roses, we breath a sigh of relief! Half the battle was won when we could get our hands on quality flowers needed for the arrangement. Thereafter comes the laborious job of unpacking and de-thorning 1000+ red roses.

The 999 Red Roses Centerpiece was to be displayed at a wedding held at Capella. Whatever floral structure we were transporting, we had to make sure that it fitted through the narrowest doorway or lift doors, from the loading bay to the ballroom.  As this was a very large structure, we also had to figure out a way to transport it in parts and made sure that it was easily re-assembled in the final destination.

A day before delivery, we begin to arranged 999 red roses into the circular shaped that we envisioned. This was a very heavy structure because of the weight of the wet floral sponge, and the sheer number of roses, so a solid base structure was paramount. The challenge was to arrange the roses in such a way as to achieve depth visually and to also form a slight mound shape – we just didn’t want the centerpiece to look stiff and flat.

The entire centerpiece measured about 1.5m in diameter. Definitely no doorway or lift door width from the loading bay to the ballroom is more than 1.5m at Capella. So how did we transport it? Bit of a trade secret here – let’s just say we “divide & conquer” and then we re-assembled it, surrounded the centerpiece with ecualyptus leaves and covered the circumference neatly.

Our team was pleased with the final look and we were pretty sure that it made a huge impression at the wedding, especially since it was just a day before Valentine’s Day. What a fun and exciting endeavor!

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Appreciating Our Frontline Healthcare Workers (@TTSH)

We are thankful for the opportunity to be involved in a collaborative project by Contribute.sg together with Project Wellness & PAP Community Foundation SengKang East, to distribute appreciation gifts to frontline healthcare workers at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) on the 31 May 2021.

This project involved having 800 pieces of 100% cotton pillow cases sewn by volunteers from Project Wellness, packaged together with 800 stalks of flowers and composed lyrics from @contribute_sg to TTSH. Delivered together with the appreciation gifts were handmade cards written, drawn and designed by the children from PCF SengKang East.

The weekend was well spent for our staff, preparing these 816 appreciation gifts, and reflecting on how blessed we are to be Singaporeans in this world-wide pandemic crisis.

We are grateful for our many frontline healthcare workers (especially TTSH) who made many sacrifices and endured this difficult period with resilience and perseverance!

Our heartfelt THANK YOU!!

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Boutonnieres & Corsages

We are proud of our boutonnieres and corsages because they are always skillfully made with the freshest blooms, in a variety of style that our bridal couples prefer.  Oftentimes we recommend matching the boutonnieres/corsages with the bridal bouquet design so that there is a theme that can be seen throughout the wedding flowers. You can view some of our boutonnieres and corsages on our wedding website.

For the gentlemen (groom, fathers, bestman, groomsmen), we make sure that the pin-on boutonnieres look elegant and substantial for the gentlemen’s suits. All our boutonniere and corsages comes with ribbons, unless our customers request to do without.

When it comes to the pin-on corsages for the ladies (moms, bridesmaids), we prefer to make them petite and light which is more suitable for what the ladies will be wearing.  Ladies’ dresses/blouses are often of more delicate material and any weighty pin-on corsage is going to sag and not sit well on the dress/blouse.  Years of experience have taught us to select lightweight flowers and fillers, and deftly arrange them into delicate corsages for moms, bridesmaids and sisters.

We also do just as many wrist corsages for bridesmaids, sisters etc, and again, we keep these wrist corsages as lightweight as possible, but with enough volume to cover the ladies’ wrist.

Another aspect of our personalized services is that we make the effort to differentiate the groom’s boutonniere from the bestman/groomsmen, as well as differentiating the boutonniere/corsages for the bridal couple’s parents. We just feel that it will be nice if different important people in the bridal couple’s lives have flowers that are a little special for them.

Traditionally (perhaps more than a decade ago) a form of safety pin was how boutonniere/corsages were attached to the jacket or blouse.  Today, we prefer to use the magnetic pin-on for our boutonnieres & corsages. The advantage being that the magnetic version is less likely to snag a thread on your expensive jacket or dress.

We also understand that it is not intuitive for folks to know how to use a magnetic pin-on boutonniere or corsage. All the more so on the morning of the wedding day when everyone is excited and perhaps even a little nervous, the last thing they want to do is to fiddle with the boutonniere/corsage or get frustrated while putting them on.

Hence we came up with a quick tutorial on how to attach a magnetic boutonniere/corsage to your clothing.

Key points to note:

  1. Always slide the 2 magnetic pieces apart – do not try to pry them apart.
  2. Always make sure that the boutonniere/corsage is positioned upright as you look into a mirror while attaching it onto your jacket or dress.

The boutonniere or corsage may be small flowers in the wedding, but it is worn by the next most important people, i.e. the groom, the parents of the couple, and the couple’s closest friends. Therefore these are important flowers that warrants some attention. View more of the boutonnieres and corsages we’ve done at our wedding website.

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Popular Types of Bridal Bouquets

For the brides-to-be, there are many different types of bridal bouquets to choose from and sometimes it can be mind-boggling. We hope that this blog will serves as a quick overview of the various styles that our readers can consider for their big day.  Our brides usually who us pictures (from the internet) of bridal bouquets they fancy, and we will either replicate or adapt to those pictures using imported flowers that we can source either directly from overseas or locally.  The bridal bouquets you see in this blog are all created for our bridal customers over the years.

Round bouquet

The most popular type of bridal bouquet has always been the round bouquet. This bouquet is relatively neat and generally arranged in a round shape. The limitations end there. The round bouquet offers endless design possibilities because of the wide variety of flowers, fillers and foliage we can use for this round shape.  It lends itself to a diversity of colours and look, ranging from the subtle to the sophisticated. A highly versatile bouquet for brides of all sizes, and it works with every single type of wedding dress silhouette, which makes the round bouquet one of the most popular bridal bouquet style.

Hand-Tied Bouquet

The hand-tied bouquet is also in a general round shape, however, it allows for parts of filler flowers or foliage to overflow out of the round shape, so you end up with a more interesting round bouquet with frills and thrills. The idea behind the hand-tied bouquet is as if you walked through a garden gathering flowers and putting them together as you go along. Therefore we want to see the natural flow of the flowers and foliage, allowing them to flow out of the bouquet and dance around with movement.  With greater texture and movement in a round shape, this bouquet draws attention to the bride and works well with most bridal gowns. A lot of our brides love this bouquet style because it looks so natural and reminds them of wild flowers growing in a meadow.

Nosegay

The nosegay is simply a pared down version of the round bouquet, retaining the interesting texture of different flower types, but in a tight, petite and lightweight version, making it much easier to carry around. The nosegay is befitting for a simple ceremony, perhaps a solemnization at the Registry of Marriage, or a micro-wedding (in our current Covid era). The nosegay is particularly suitable for petite brides, as it is smaller, about half the size of a round bouquet, hence it does not overwhelm the bride. It is also favoured by minimalist brides who prefer subtlety over extravagance.

Fan-Shape Bouquet

The fan-shape bouquet has the flowers and foliage fanned out, and is generally viewed from one direction, as opposed to the round bouquet that looks great from 360 degrees. This is a recent style that is gaining popularity real quick, and it reminds me a little of the old-school crescent shape bouquet.  This bouquet lends itself to an au naturale look, hence this style works well with simpler wedding gowns of lesser details and cleaner lines, e.g. an A-line dress, a mermaid or a sheath dress. Contrasted against an elegant and uncomplicated dress, the fan-shape bouquet looks pretty outstanding.

Cascading Bouquet

The cascading bouquet has flowers cascading downwards and is typically large and long. This bouquet has a grand royal look and is more suitable for taller brides who can carry off the long bouquet given their height. Orchids as well as other softer stem flowers/foliages are often featured in cascading bouquets because of their pliability and natural flow. This bouquet style is perfect for brides who want to make a grand impression, or brides who love the traditional classic and grand elegance that is evergreen.

Teardrop Bouquet

The teardrop bouquet is a smaller and shorter version of the cascading bouquet. It is lighter and easier to carry around, but still retains some aspect of the royal “Princess” bouquet, e.g. British Princess Kate’s and Princess Eugenie’s bridal bouquets. The teardrop bouquet is elegant and chic, suitable for brides of all physique. Brides who prefer something classic with a modern twist can consider the teardrop bouquet, which also works well with every gown silhouette.

Single Bloom Bouquet 

The single bloom bridal bouquet consists of mainly one flower type. This is a style for minimalist brides who has a preference for their favorite flower only. The single bloom bridal bouquet is usually round, arranged tightly and is relatively petite in size.

Monochrome Bouquet

The monochrome bouquet is usually a round and tight arrangement of 2-3 types of flowers in the tone, shade, tint of a single hue. For brides who prefer a cleaner look, without too many colours or textures in their bouquets. The monochrome bouquet goes well with wedding gowns that have elaborate, intricate details, e.g. lace, embroidery, beadings and crystals, because it doesn’t take attention away from the extravagant gown, but is a subtly companion instead.

Looking at the eight popular styles of bridal bouquets above , each one of them has its own alluring beauty. As the saying goes, “different strokes for different folks” – no single style surpasses another. It is a matter of your personal preference as a bride. and you should get to choose any bouquet that makes you happy on your special big day!