#BouquetBreakdown - The "Nikki"
We're coming at you with a super unique bouquet for this bouquet breakdown. We'd be lying if we told you this bouquet was a breeze to make. The giant tillandsia xerographica was HEAVY! Our traditional wire and stick method that we use for other non-flower things like succulents did not work for this. We had to think outside the box. Our solution, a chicken wire cradle! Hidden under all that greenery and all those blooms was a chicken wire cage. We carefully glued and wired the xerographica in the cradle and then filled in with blooms and greens around till the cradle was hidden.
So why do we love this bouquet?
We love a challenge and we love to problem solve. Side note: many of you may not know, but I(Emily), am a real math and science nerd. Till life decided it had other plans for me, I was set to attend Iowa State University as a chemical engineering major. Wild! I know! While I am kind of sad I wasn't able to follow through with that path I am so incredibly happy with the path life has provided to me. With that backstory, I am sure you can see why we love problem-solving and critical thinking. The tougher the challenge the more interesting it is to us.
So what's in this bouquet?
We'll cut right to the chase with this one and start with that huge air plant!
Tillandsia Xerographica: The tillandsia xerographica aka the "Queen of Airplants" started to become more popular in bouquets over the last couple of years. They are a dry-forest epiphyte that grows without any soil. They simply require high light conditions and a good 20-30 minute soak upside down in water every week or so. We love having unusual things like the tillandsia xerographica in bouquets because it adds a special element. Once the other traditional blooms have faded you can pop this out of the bouquet and have it live on as a special memory of your wedding day. They are available year-round but are one of the most expensive things you can add to a bouquet. For that reason, we give them $$$$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
White Ranunculus: Ranunculus the new favorite for us! This time we used it in white to give the bouquet another textural difference to contrast against the white roses. While it may not be super noticeable at first, we find that even the smallest change in bloom structure or petal structure makes a difference. Ranunculus are available in a rainbow of colors and are super hardy out of water. They are available year-round and we give them a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Playa Blanca Roses: Playa Blanca Roses are a wedding staple in our opinion. Anytime you see a white rose in one of our bouquets it's 95% of the time a playa blanca. These stunning white roses open up so large and have a more garden rose feel to them even though they are just a standard rose. A fun fact is that the playa blanca rose is named after the southernmost town on the Spanish island Lanzarote. It is truly a stunning pure white rose. Playa blanca roses are available year-round. We give them a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Blue Thistle: Blue thistle is another secret texture element we love to throw in. The quite literal sharp lines and points of this flower are so unique. When you're thinking you still need something blue for your day, this is almost always our go-to. While we admit we do use the blue color quite often, we find ourselves using the green and purple varieties just as much. Blue thistle is available year-round and we give it a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus: We're going to go out on a limb here and deem this the "king of eucalyptus". You may notice that we use it in almost every bouquet. The truth is wedding couples absolutely love it! It has a stunning silvery sage green. Silver dollar eucalyptus is available for the most part year-round but does go off crop for a short stint in the spring. We give silver dollar eucalyptus $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Seeded Eucalyptus: Much like it's cousin silver dollar eucalyptus we can't get enough of this stuff either! While the silver dollar eucalyptus may be the king of eucalyptus, this is probably the queen of eucalyptus. With this eucalyptus variety, it is truly sought after for the all-important texture element. The tiny seeds are just so versatile and just give the bouquet that much more dimension and interest. Seeded eucalyptus does go off crop in the early spring and some parts of the year can have brown cupped seeded instead of the desired green seed pods. We give seeded eucalyptus a $$$ out of $$$$$ rating on our expensive scale.
We hope you loved our bouquet breakdown of the "Nikki" leave us your comments below!
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