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5 ways to make your solemnization stand out!

not just using florals. by choosing carefully your props and other accents, you can easily make your solemnization stand out.

so a lot of my brides always ask “is it worth it to spend so much on a 30 minute affair?” first, you shouldn’t spend “so much”, spend what you can. i always advise my bride to be practical, spend on what they afford.

think about it this way, this 30 minutes will be one of the most important 30 minutes in your life. all eyes will be on you and your stage, photographers and your friends will be clicking away. its the time of your life that you wanna encapsulate in that wedding video, on the wedding book. so if you can prepare for this why not?

here are 5 ways to make your solemnization stand out without breaking your bank.

  1. Venue

Choose a venue that is already pretty, no need much to be done for it to look personalized and spectacular.

Alkaff mansion is one such venue that i always love, the gazebo especially. The old floral grills, the scallop tiles and the pillars. i have seen people curtain-ing off the insides for a chapel look which is pretty nice too, but don’t over-do it.

in this case, i prefer an open-air look. using only a floral garland overhanging the main side of the gazebo and creating an aisle using flowers. Take note that, i paired this couple up with bright pink for a pop! PIC-24.jpg

a closer look on the fresh floral garland adorning the gazebo. using 6 different kind of roses, gigantic bright pink roses, spray roses and also David Austin roses. PIC-14.jpg

2. A heirloom or vintage piece as signing table

if your venue doesn’t permit too big of a sit-down crowd, a piece of advice: get a chop-chop-curry-pok JP. You could do a few rows of sit-downs ( for the ah mas, preggers and mom with kids) but the rest could stand up.

Check out Apple & Ben’s wedding where their wedding solemnization “table” was in fact her grandma’s sewing machine. How cool is that?

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3. Backdrop

if you are having your solemnization in the middle of nowhere, fret not! Backdrop is the easiest way to pull people’s attention to the right spot, unless you tell me Mt. Fuji is your backdrop then fine. Otherwise in Singapore, creating a focal point is important otherwise all your friends and families will just be glued to their phones when you are saying your vows.

I have a few of these already-made backdrops for rent, the below macramé was hand-knotted by myself ( read more about it on The Wedding Scoop! ). Send me an email for more backdrops that I have on hand.

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4. a floral arch

the easiest thing for a florist to say is: “ADD MORE FLOWERS! FLOWERS HERE, FLOWERS THERE, FLOWERS EVERYWHERE!!!!!” Its easy to say, I will probably die when i’m really doing it. But no, more doesn’t mean good. it looks a bit cliché and trying-too-hard. But just an arch like below is good enough. Framing the picture nicely.

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5. Last but not least : A bevy of pretty bridesmaids.

so if you don’t have the above 4 points, its ok! never mind, jio your chio-est girlfriends. at this point in time, doesn’t matter if you know them or not. I AM KIDDING LAH! But having pretty bridesmaids really do help. they are like the preview of the show, helping the bride calm the guests before she walks in and providing the suspense for the groom!

TIP: i prefer bridesmaids with bouquets, otherwise they don’t know what to do with their hands and then they will start throwing gang signs.

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So, hope you find something useful in this post. till the next post!

xxx

fiona t

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Fruity Rustic Charm @Food For Thought

Wedding of Apple and Ben, photographed by AndroidsinBoots.

When Apple came to look for me, she had loads of awesome ideas. Things i wished i would have done in my own wedding. She wanted foliages, she wanted soft willowy look and she wanted fruity ( as per her name! ). in short, what she wanted was extremely rustic and if you wanna go full force rustic i assumed the outdoors or somewhere airy. However, her love for pancake also cannot be forgotten. Choosing Food for Thought at the National Museum as her venue, here comes the big challenge.

We will have to find a way to tie in the rustic look with the strong and solemn interior of National Museum of Singapore. And most of the time, floral decor is the best way to go about it. With Apple’s heirloom items and with the excellent photography skills of AndroidsinBoots, and a touch of flowers may i present A&B’s wedding at Food for Thought.

 

Apple specifically asked for an oversized bouquet and as flowy as possible. Using peonies, vintage roses, strawberries, little pineapple pods, spirea and assorted wild mix. I tried my best to create the biggest bouquet of my life.  Dangling the strawberries is freaking hard work. applebouquet.jpg

At their wedding, Apple created their own wedding sign and Apple’s dad created a rack filled with memories for the couples. I simply adorned the frame and sign with fruity garlands.

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Apple also used a vintage sewing machine her grandma gave her as solemnization table. Circling the theme, the couple gave measuring tapes as wedding favors and scoured vintage stores looking for old vintage drawers as their centerpieces. Vintage drawers contained photos of their parents and themselves, old buttons and thread spools with little flowers.

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Her love for pancakes also allowed me to create a self-serve Pancake station for the guests. And most interesting of all, instead of a traditional wedding cake Apple and Ben opted for a pancake stack as her wedding cake. Pouring maple syrup on it to seal the deal instead of cutting. How apt!

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this has more meaning that cake cutting don’t  you think?!

a funny and unforgettable moment happened when the bride and groom told me his prickly pineapple boutonniere struck her when they were about to kiss.

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Apple & Ben are also photographers and they customized their own photo booth, I designed a simple moon shaped arch as backdrop. Here’s me and my sister elf.

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and lastly some kind words from the couple themselves. I couldn’t be happier how it turned out and really glad that the couple loved it.

From Apple
“The Strawberries and Baby Pineapples were definitely a conversation starter at our wedding ! Till today our relatives still talked about my husband’s pineapple boutonniere poking me while we kissed ! Everybody definitely had a good laugh about it.My husband friends ( the guys ) definitely loved the pineapples and warned everyone in the group chat to be careful of hugging the groom lest you get poked as well.
The old folks loved the pineapples as it symbolizes ‘Huat’ good fortune and good blessings for our wedding.
At first i was so worried that my handwritten wedding signage wouldn’t fit in yet Fiona decorated it well with apples and matches my name !
Mixed fruit garland beautify the gigantic plain white photo frame that my father hand made.
Our guests were attracted to take photos in front of the lovely floral wreath backdrop by Fiona.
We had a pancake station and we got Fiona to ‘style’ our wedding pancake ! With her straightforward nature and unique taste, i knew i could trust her to surprise me which she certainly did.
Kudos to her for liaising with the restaurant about the pancake sizes and to work with the limited ingredients on hand.
My family and friends couldn’t comprehend my idea of signing our marriage certificate on my grandma heirloom sewing machine, pancake as wedding cake, apples as decorations. I’m so glad that Fiona supported my idea.
Fiona helped me to cope with the stress of planning the wedding with just 2 months to go and juggling with the home renovations.
She is not just as a stylist but also as a friend with good advice on turning my ideas into reality and even better that what I had envisioned!”

Here’s wishing the couple forever love. big Muacks to them! xxx

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later peeps.

fiona t

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Weaver’s Styled Shoot – Outfits and Jewelry

My virgin styled shoot. I can humbly write it is easy coordinating this just because everyone who participated are super zealous with what they are doing. What is hard is the work each of us put into our product, we focused on hand-made goodness and everything DIY and thus I named it Weaver’s. Individually, everyone created something with their bare hands and collectively all these crafts came together as one. It was a shoot i truly enjoyed putting together and i sincerely thank all participating vendors for their craftiness! And am I glad I found camaraderie amongst these talents. Let me present you… Weaver’s Part I – specifically outfits and Jewelry.

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For this shoot, I needed bright and cheery shots and was hunting for a suitable photographer when I saw how Bloc Memoire’s photos are exactly my style. Bloc Memoire Photography a dynamic couple team is every bride and groom’s dream team. Guan Hui is a funny lad who loves taking the “big” pictures while Silvia the reassuring one takes in every intricate details. Together as one, there is no moment in a wedding they will miss out. Apart from taking awesome pictures, Guan Hui is secretly trained at some aborigine outpost as a sun-dancer. Weather forecasted 99% rain on our shoot day, but all thanks to our blessed sun-dancer, it was all sunny. Miraculous!

hand-knotted macramé backdrop adorned with hanging planters. macramé chair swag and my little posy.

hand-knotted macramé backdrop adorned with hanging planters. macramé chair swag and my little posy.

The brief to all vendors were simple, written in words with minimal pictures I strive to allow my vendors to do what they do best. The essence of having a styled shoot –  1. is to educate bride and groom ( that this is do-able) 2. to showcase our talents 3.lastly, to push boundaries. Up till now, boho inspired brides are few and far between in Singapore. Our elderlies often comment how boho gowns are like sexy pajamas, and my hand-knotted backdrop probably look like curtains but with this styled shoot i hope everyone can see if everything is paired right it creates a beautiful wedding setup.

Instead of using models, I opted for a real-life couple simply because I believed joy, laughter and happiness exuded from real-life couples are not imitable. I am glad I found Wei Kiat and Chun Lin that suit our theme to a T.

The lucky bride-to-be was able to don two bespoke gowns. A flowy long-sleeved number by Caramel & Co. and a two-piece lace by Olive Suite Weddings.

Caramel’s dress was dreamy. Long and airy sleeved with lacy cuffs, deep V-necklined, teasing mid-riff, high slit and open half back. It is sexy but not over-exposed. I loved how Mel incorporate the boho-chic look so well into the shoot.

Caramel & Co's boho-inspired number

Caramel & Co’s boho-inspired number

Olive Suite’s gown was understated but not to be over-looked wooing all guys and girls! Two-piece wedding gowns are leading the trend right now and Olive nailed it by choosing this spaghetti-strap crop top with a gorgeous lace skirt.

Olive Suite's spaghetti strap crop top paired with overflowing lace skirt

Olive Suite’s spaghetti strap crop top paired with overflowing lace skirt

Pairing both gowns would be Mr. Gentleman‘s suit, opting for a summer filled dapper blue suit. Wei Kiat looked casual smart in this outfit.

Summer suit by Mr. Gentleman

Summer suit by Mr. Gentleman

Adornments on Chun Lin are by Pinwheel Jewels adding the finishing touches to her pretty outfits. What you guys might not know is that Fiona Treadwell also started out as a curated hand-made jewelry website, so when I first met Lianne we had so much to talk about. She has done such a good job scouring these hand-made goodness from around the world and having her onboard was really a gem to our shoot. From stacking rings and necklaces to ear-cuffs, giving the boho bride an edgy feel in this shoot.

stacking rings and necklaces, ear-cuffs and more.... just take my money already pinwheel jewels

stacking rings and necklaces, ear-cuffs and more…. just take my money already pinwheel jewels

On the next post it will be the remaining vendors namely Common Hands Stationeries, Swirl Dessert Tables, make up by Xara Lee and myself!

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Red Hot Wedding @ Marmalade Pantry

huat arhhh!!!! i cannot think of another way to start this blogpost, this was supposed to be a cny post, later postponed to v-day post then now i dunno how long more i can procrastinate to write a blogpost.

It was one of the most fun wedding i had to do, the brief was everything i wanted in a wedding. bride and groom were so easy-going and at the same time detailed, they prepared a presentation of themselves ( their results of their personality test! ), the colors they wanted, and what they envisioned their wedding to be like. and their brief to me was what every wedding stylist and florist would be happy to hear.

spray painted animals ( hippos and t-rex), bride wanted red for everything but rustic and a succulent bar to give the party-goers as take home gift ( double-up as a table menu). PERFECT!

His & Hers Bouquet: Hers was made up of Bright Red Roses, Mimosa, Dyed Eucalyptus, Spray Garden Roses, Gold Wheat. His was made up of Wheat and Spray Garden Roses.

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Solemnization took place in the open field at Marmalade, a simple affair. Decorated with an arch, aisle flowers, candle lit jars and plenty of balloons. Ring pillow has been substituted with a mortar signifying unbreakable bond. Page boy wearing a mini corsage and the flower girl wearing her own floral crown and a pomander by yours truly. Guests later released balloons.

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Just when the guests were checking in, they were greeted by a succulent bar with pretty receptionists. Succulents were re-potted into terracota pots that i dip-dyed in red and gold paints. Some were wrapped in burlap, which is also a part of their wedding theme. But they weren’t just wall flowers, these succulent planters also served as a main course menu as it was a free-seating arrangement.

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@souldeelight was here, i mean in writing. she wrote the initial draft, i simply copied it to the chalkboard.

@souldeelight was here, i mean in writing. she wrote the initial draft, i simply copied it to the chalkboard.

In the diner, the couple wanted a reception space to display the memorabilia they have accumulated over the years, both love photo-takings so they have an old school polaroids and camera. Most importantly, they wanted a wedding cake as well. I was in charge to look and designed the cake, hence i was very excited. it turned out beautifully.

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I really had fun preparing this wedding, spray painting and then sprinkle glitters on these animals to be used as part of table centerpieces. Paper fans and yarn art as backdrop, everything was DIY-ed by myself to help couple add in a personal touch for their wedding.

Thank you A&C for your trust, Sharol from Eternal Emotion for liaising with me. Thank you 50fifty for the great shots, i had too many to choose from. And lastly my elves for that day! Even the staffs from Marmalade were exceptionally helpful!

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and my favorite picture of the bride, groom and entourage

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Venue: Marmalade Pantry

Photography: 50nfifty

Planner: Sharol from Eternal Emotion

Floral and styling : Fiona Treadwell ( @fionatreadwell)

Cake: Strictly pastry

Calligraphy: Souldeelight (@souldeelight)

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despite Valentine’s day being over-rated, i still believe every couple should designate a day ( or more) to give flowers and celebrate over wine. not necessarily the feb of 14th though. even as florists, i say that because prices for flowers were insanely inflated ( a stalk of rose went up to $10 wholesale price, and you wonder why you are getting such a small bouquet? ) and i truly am repulsed by the grab-and-go flowers.

and precisely this is the reason why i only do customization of bouquets, many of my bouquets’ recipients were friends or repeat customers. otherwise, new customers are to provide me with a short description of their girls and some even attached photos! I truly enjoy the process as it definitely gives the bouquet i made a story behind it and thus make the recipients a one-of-a-kind girl. while every girl is sashaying down the road with a classic red-roses-baby’s-breath-bouquet or whatever-it-is-with-baby’s-breath, i say that boat has long sailed and now is the time for more wild and fun flowers.

i definitely had fun making all these creations, i start bouquet by bouquet. choosing the flowers, binding them together and then wrap them up one at a time. it is not a mass production but a very much quiet and serene process in my own home ( at the end it was like a mess ). i think about the girls as i made them; “this bouquet will look great along with the new yellow LV bag her boyfriend got her for V-day”, “this looks great with her red lipstick look”, etc. and this is also why i love my job, its personable and it makes everyone happy. what’s best? i get leftover flowers.

here is a short write-up and thoughts I had while making these bouquets.

classic bouquet with a twist : a reform of the red-roses-with-baby’s-breath, i used 3 different colored roses with italian ruscus in a cascading manner

classic bouquet with a twist

classic bouquet with a twist

peek-a-boo garden : an orangey hue bouquet with roses and ranunculus hidden among mini eucalyptus. this girl is a new found friend when i did her wedding last year, i always feel she has the power to turn something vintagey into something modern and thus give her a bouquet that is subtle but strong in colors.

peek-a-boo is not as subtle as you think with this neon wrapper

peek-a-boo is not as subtle as you think with this neon wrapper

hidden amongst the mini eucalyptus are these ranunculus and yellow roses

hidden amongst the mini eucalyptus are these ranunculus and yellow roses

rustic : a bright wintry feeling is what i am trying to convey. this girl always remind me of winter.

antique colored hydrangeas and wintry eucalyptus set the tone

antique colored hydrangeas and wintry eucalyptus set the tone

lilies : boyfriend asked for lilies and i already like the girl. i always think girls who likes lilies are alluring.

the sweet smell

the sweet smell

pure and simple : baby’s breath. they are always used as fillers. but sometimes these underdogs can be the main actor too. how gorgeous is this bouquet!!

no more underdogs

no more underdogs

for sarah : my brother’s girlfriend, a sweet and simple girl. i wanted a red hued bouquet for her and decided shes too young for it. so i did a match of pinkish undertone with green hydrageas

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sweet young thing

neon sputnik sweetheart : this is an interesting bouquet to make, i chose an array of playful colors inspiring the girl who received this bouquet to break out of her shell. and made it as daring and bold as possible by wrapping it with neon colored wrappers.

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everything playful

red lipstick : if you could see the girl’s face, you will be jealous. this pretty girl only deserves a pretty bouquet. she has this classic face which i thought if she ever wore a red lipstick and carry my bouquet, she will be my poster girl.

will you be my poster girl?

will you be my poster girl?

sweetest moments : i made these similar pair of bouquets inspired by the couple themselves. sweet and gentle.

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sweetest

callas : boyfriend knew exactly what she wanted. and she likes it fuss free. trust me, the bouquet wasn’t easy to made. i had to re-tie again and again.

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languid lines

purple tulips : and thats what she got. tulips are very fragile especially in our weather, the general public likes it enclosed but it is only natural if they bloom. and for those who hasn’t seen tulips full bloom its another kind of prettiness too.

purple adoration

purple adoration

green : what kind of a girl loves green? that was what i was thinking when i made bouquet? does she likes the nature? it was quite uncommon for me to get an all green bouquet so i jumped at the challenge. might have gone a bit overboard and so glad she loves it. it was a concoction of callas, tulips, orchids and the full attendance of eucalyptus family. if u like the herby smell, this bouquet is healing!

a concoction of green

a concoction of green

here are most of the stuff i have done, and again i am truly blessed i have supportive friends and family. the trust these people have given me to create these flowers, i am really beyond grateful.

one last picture to end the post!

its ok to be single! you should be loving it!

its ok to be single! you should be loving it!

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Valentine’s 2014

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W&D’s True Blessing

I couldnt believe how fast it came and went. Winnie and Dexter’s solemnization was something i was very excited about for a long period of time. Simply because i love working with couples who are very hands on themselves. From the very start, Winnie came prepared with a mood board (which i will share with you guys as well),a very detailed email with her requirements, and a very open mind (which i am so thankful for). to be honest, dexter was equally impressive as well. i can imagine the look on my hubby’s face if i were to ask him to browse through any of my bridal magazines. but not only did dexter browse them without the bride asking, he definitely involves himself in the process more than other grooms. *hard pat on your back!*

So W&D’s wedding is not typical at all. while all girls opted for a white gown for their solemnization, our eclectic bride mixed retrolicious warm olive dress for her theme. she did mention that she would have to challenge me with the flowers. i say bring it on! W&D's mood board

this theme color is definitely challenging to choose flowers from, especially when the bride told me she loves “flowers with many petals” and would prefer peony. but unfortunately the season for peonies was just over. at the same time, W&D kept in contact via whatsapp. she would sent in pictures of the flowers she liked, the gown she has tried and some of the many things she sent gave me inspirations for her actual day arrangement.

and this is what she has inspired me to do.

hersi chose the succulent as the main focus. for many who does not know what a succulent is, its part of the cactii family they store water in their hardy leaves. pairing the succulents with ranunculus, erygnium, blackberries, eucalyptus, kochia, silver brunia, waxflowers, boyfriend roses and lastly silver leaf as skirtings. all of them to compliment her dress and theme.

at the same time, i chose something a bit more playful for dexter. a bit of red berries to spice it up.

hisat the end of it all, i am very happy how his and her’s turned out.

i havent got a chance to mention their venue, which is as i am writing this, i begin to see why they chose it. floating pod in fullerton bay hotel. a modern front building with a heritage and retro interior! they are exactly like this! a very modern and stylo mylo couple but has very grounded faith and deep rooted family notions.

they planned a small solemnization with only really close friends and families involved. decor was chosen simply to spruce things up but not take away the beauty of the interiors. i advised her flowers in mason jars, and after the ceremony she could dedicate these jars to her loved ones to bring home. I DIYed the decor on the jars with matching ribbons and twine.

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and here is the solemnization piece, i chose a low lush piece to compliment the overall look. i really enjoyed doing this piece, i remember the hubs was with me and when it came together he commented that this is even better than our own wedding piece! and so the whole talk of having another ceremony rises… like twice isn’t enough?!

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and after my work’s done, i felt a mixed sense of joy and anxiety. worrying if she’s going to like it. and of cos she loves it!! whoopie!! Sweet bride even wrote me a lovely testimonial

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here is a photo of them on the actual day, i wish you both forever love.

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photo courtesy of Framewerks.

for more pictures, do visit the awesome photography site of Framewerks 

xxx

FT

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the perfect mess

exactly how i want to start my first blogpost. the perfect mess.

i adore blooms when they are alive, but somehow guilty that their life is so short-lived. whenever i have leftovers i hang them upside down on my window grills. few days later, they are immortalised. some blooms seen here were bought dried, cotton flower, haver and lavender.

here are some of the mess i made, what a beautiful mess.

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african black grass (above) and cotton flower (below) make great combination for a rustic wedding.

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foreground : the yellow balls, craspedia dried up nice. pairing it with a two-toned china rose.

background: blackberries

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pink spray roses and ecuador roses sitting on twine.

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tokyo garden roses with haver

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protea robyn dried up nicely

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cant get enough of these tokyo roses, when they were alive they were in coral grandoise in colour. now they dried to an almost neon pink lining the tips of petals.

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other than drying flowers up, pressed flowers are great alternatives of preservation. again while our blazing sun might be good for drying blooms, the humidity almost make it difficult to preserve their colours.

thats all for now flower folks.

xxx

FT

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the perfect mess

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