Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Freeze-Dried Wedding Bouquets

Freeze-drying is
a process for
flower preservation
that retains the
color and texture
of products.
Unlike air drying,
the product's shape
is maintained by
virtue of it being
While frozen, the moisture
is removed by way of vacuum,
leaving all other substances
in the flower, such as pigment
and structural parts immobilized.

The result is a beautiful, natural
looking product that lasts many years
with proper care. To preserve the
luster and life of the product,
pre- and post-treatments are applied.
The process requires a machine containing
two refrigeration units and a vacuum system.

As soon as we receive your flowers, we apply
a pre-treatment and use infra-red heat to
evaporate excess moisture. Next, the flowers
need to be frozen within fifteen minutes to
prevent the petals from turning brown.
After twelve hours the drying process starts,
which takes up to fourteen days of carefully
regulating the freeze-dry machine. When the
product is dried, the post-treatment must be
applied within twelve hours. If necessary, we
enhance the colors of the flowers, and your
Wedding bouquet is ready for framing.

Nature’s Beauty will preserve your freeze dried
flowers by mounting them in a wide variety of
attractive choices, including shadow boxes,
glass cases, or frames with an acrylic dome.

As one of life’s most joyous events, a wedding
comes with heart-warming memories.
To preserve those memories, Nature’s Beauty will
create a lasting tribute including photos,
invitations and other heirloom objects to compliment
your wedding flower bouquet.
What better way to remember your wedding for
many years to come!


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Summer to October Weddings

This is such
a busy time
of year.

The transition
from summer to
school and the
Holidays is always
difficult, especially
when you have students
getting back into
their weekly schedule.
It seems that everything
hits all at once.

You go from relaxing on a lazy summer day,
to the beginning of school when there seems
to be 4 activities scheduled for each day!

Because of our cold weather this summer,
we feel robbed of our usual sunny Southern California
summer season.

For Brides, the cooler weather was sometimes a welcome
relief from the sizzling heat, other times made for a
chilly outdoor ceremony at the beach.
When we did finally get the hot weather, it was so extreme,
we were all miserable.

Questions to ponder...

When was the last time we had 113 degree weather one week,
and had the temp. drop to 60 degrees in just a few days?

And, when was the last time we had so much rain in October?

Fortunately, this year October Weddings have had pretty good
weather on the weekends.

Did you know that October has as many Weddings now as June?

It’s not the “off season” anymore.

Have you seen any trees changing color yet in your neighborhood?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Wedding Customs

Many wedding
customs have
been popular
since ancient
For example,
Roman brides
probably wore
veils more
than 2,000 years ago.
Bridal veils became popular in the
United Kingdom and the New World during
the late 1700's.
The custom of giving a wedding ring dates
back to the ancient Romans. The roundness
of the ring probably represents eternity,
and the presentation of wedding rings symbolizes
that the man and woman are united forever.
Wearing the wedding ring on the ring finger of the
left hand is another old custom. People once thought
that a vein or nerve ran directly from this finger
to the heart. An old superstition says that a bride
can ensure good luck by wearing "something old,
something new, something borrowed, and something blue."
Another superstition is that it is bad luck for a bride
and groom to see each other before the ceremony on their
wedding day.

After many weddings, the guests throw rice at the
bride and groom as a wish for children and good fortune.
Rice was once a symbol of fertility, happiness, and long life.
The bride may toss her bouquet to the unmarried female guests.
The woman who catches the flowers will supposedly be the next
to marry. This custom probably started in France in the 1300's.
The bride may also throw her garter to the unmarried men.
The man who catches it will supposedly be the next male to marry.