I am so excited about the lovely gals I have guest posting today! Becca and Richelle are the gorgeous flower experts behind the floral and event company, CK Blooms. Both girls are from Southern California, but are currently living in Salt Lake City, Utah and travel around for events. I was lucky enough to meet them when my husband did their branding and they really have a vision for beauty. So if you are looking for some beautiful flowers for a wedding or any special occasion, they are your girls. You can also follow their instagram to see some pictures that will have you swooning. Today they are so generously sharing their knowledge by letting all of us know how to make a fabulous bouquet at home. Flowers are a love of mine and I think they make everything look more beautiful, so I'm pretty excited to learn how to get a party centerpiece ready for the holiday season. Thanks so much girls!
| HOW TO MAKE A FLORAL ARRANGEMENT |
Everyone loves fresh flowers so today we are excited to share a simple way to create a floral arrangement. Whether it's for a party you're hosting or just because, this technique will work for anything.
SOURCING FLOWERS | Finding good flowers can be tricky. Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, or your local farmers market will usually have the best selection. Choose colors that will coordinate with your event and the season. Because summer is coming to a close, we chose bright colors as well as deeper tones to transition into Fall.
FIND A VASE | Get creative. Look for pitchers, urns, or bottles around your home that could be used as a floral vessel. The type of vessel you choose will really set the tone for your arrangement. We found this vase at West Elm. When you're out and about, keep your eyes open for fun vases so that you can start building a little collection of your own.
SUPPLIES | You will need a vase, shears, thin clear tape, and a variety of flowers
CREATE A GRID | Using clear tape, lay pieces of tape across the top of your vase creating a grid pattern. This will help organize your arrangement and keep your flowers in place.
PREP YOUR FLOWERS | Remove all greenery that will be below the base and trim your flowers to the desired height.
START WITH FOLIAGE | We like to use the greenery to outline the shape and height of our arrangement. Determine your height by holding it up to your vase and deciding where to cut the stem. Remember to cut at an angle. This will allow the stem to absorb the most water possible.
USE YOUR LARGEST FLOWERS FIRST | Space them evenly throughout your arrangement. Remember to rotate your vase while you're creating so that it looks consistent from all angles. Don't feel like they all need to be the exact same height. Varying heights add character to your arrangement.
SECONDARY FLOWERS NEXT | These are great to start filing in the gaps. We like to clump them in groups of odd numbers. It makes it less symmetrical and more playful.
FILLER FLOWERS LAST | Examples of these are berries, pods, wildflowers, etc. These give you an opportunity to add texture. Don't be afraid to forage for these. Often times you can find fillers like this in your own backyard.
Most of all, remember to have fun and don't take it too seriously. It doesn't need to be perfect. In fact, a loose, imperfect arrangement in the best kind.
All photography by Megan Robinson