How I created a Bouquet for a Mother with Cancer, and her daughter.

A Bouquet for a Mother with Cancer

A Bouquet for a Mother with Cancer

A Bouquet for a Mother with Cancer

I was recently asked to create a bouquet for a mother with cancer, and her daughter. When someone mentions cancer, you’re heart instantly collapses. It is not nice, and whilst many do fight through and defeat the horrid ordeal, it still takes away too many people, and it often takes them away earlier than expected.

It is not the first time I have been asked to create a bouquet for a family dealing with cancer. And it is not the first time I have been asked to make one, in particularly for a mother and daughter. This bouquet represents many things and I wanted to explain it all in this blog.

My client, requested this bouquet as a gift to her friend and her friends mother. The friends mother has cancer. The cancer is spreading to the bones, and she may only have months to live. The flowers used to create this bouquet, each have a particular meaning, including the colours I used.

The brief I was given, was that the mother loves red, and bright colours. She is not a fan of pastels.

Favourite flowers: Roses, Tulips and Violets.

With this I went and planned out this incredibly special keepsake bouquet.

I started with the roses. I wanted those to be the main piece of the puzzle. Arranging a bouquet, is just like a puzzle. You need to make sure everything fits into the right place.

The meaning of the flowers, and the colours.

Now I don’t know this mother and daughter, I have never met them…but for me the flowers represented a few things.

For the roses I chose red. Red roses mean enduring love, passion and respect.
– the love between a mother and daughter
– the love that shows through the daughter and the way she supports her mother through this journey.
– the respect they have for each other.
– and possibly the respect they have for cancer.  I say this, because in order to fight this nasty thing called cancer, there must be some level of respect for it, because at some stage, you need to acknowledge, and accept that you have it (or that someone you love has it). Only then, can you begin to understand it, and begin to fight it.

I then looked at designing the tulips. This was brand new design that I have created, and brought to life.
I chose the colour orange for this flower on this occasion. Orange is a bright, bold and vibrant colour.
Orange tulips in particular mean energy, enthusiasm, desire and passion.

I wanted to use orange as a way to send out positive vibes.
– to represent energy, to have energy in the mind, body and soul, to fight cancer and stay positive throughout. I’m not trying to come off airy fairy, but I truly wanted to express those positive vibes through the flowers.

And lastly, purple violets express royalty, innocence, abundance and true love. 
– a mother to a daughter, can be looked at as a queen. 
– Both mother and daughter, are innocent. Innocent victims to that horrid thing called cancer. 
– and there is no denying, that the love between mother and daughter is true.

That is how I created a bouquet for a mother with cancer, and her daughter. 

This bouquet represents them and their journey.
Both now, here, today, in the living.
And one day, as the flowers live forever, so will the memory of this mother and daughter. 

A Bouquet for a Mother with Cancer 

 

Wedding Flowers: Fresh or Felt

Wedding Flowers: Fresh or Felt

There is no doubt about it, unless you have been planning your wedding since you were 6 years old, making decisions about your wedding can be a struggle. Well it is for me anyway…and even harder making a decision about wedding flowers!

I am new bride-to-be, only being recently engaged in February 2016. I haven’t always known what I wanted on my wedding day, so even beginning the planning process was hard. Big wedding vs small wedding, somewhere close to home vs. tropical island, fresh flowers or fake.

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My mum has worked in flower nurseries for the best part of 20 years, and I have always loved watching her many varieties of roses bloom in her garden, amongst other flowers. The few fresh flower bouquets I have received in my life have been gorgeous, and they have definitely made my day.

But as much as I love fresh flowers, I damn well hate it when they start to die. They start to turn brown and/or wilt, and it is depressing! Not to mention that I get hay fever, so pollen tends to get make my top lip feel like it is swimming in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!

Here is where I come at a cross roads for my wedding flowers, between having fresh or fake flowers. Of course, I can get as creative as I like with my very own felt flowers, but I would love to have a mix of fresh flowers, although, if I want to keep my bouquet, I would have to reconsider the fresh flowers (unless they were dried properly afterwards).

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So here are my personal pro’s and con’s to having fresh and/or felt flowers.


Pro’s of Fresh
– Real flowers are beautiful

– You can get some beautiful scents from fresh flowers, creating a natural fragrance during your wedding day.
– They can be freeze dried, or dried naturally.
– In season flowers can be cheaper.


Con’s of Fresh
– Some flowers are seasonal. Out of season flowers may still be available, but likely to be more expensive

– They die
– Pollen can trigger allergies/hay fever.
– Unless you know how to dry them properly or get them freeze dried, you literally have no use for them afterwards.
– During summer or winter months, more fragile flowers may need care.


Pro’s of Felt
– Hard wearing, non-fragile.
– No need to dose up on allergy relief.
– No need to water.
– They will last for a very long time, if not forever, with the right care.
– Bridal bouquets etc, also make great thank you gifts, as they can also take them home as a keepsake.
– You could use your favourite perfume, to give a light spray on the felt, bringing scent to the flowers.
– Weather conditions will not affect them.
– If you choose to have a and tied bouquet, you can rearrange them after the wedding and display them in a vase however you please.


Con’s of Felt
– Depending on the amount of flowers, yes it can be expensive due to the amount of time that goes into making each flower, so the con is really only dependent on the style of your wedding, your budget, and design. (but then again, that kind of goes for fresh lowers too!)
– There is a bad stigma amongst some, that fake flowers look cheap.

 OK, so I struggled to find con’s for felt flowers. It might seem a bit biased, but from a bride-to-be perspective, and taking into consideration my hay fever etc etc, I do believe felt flowers can be a wonderful part of your big day.
I know that it is not everybody’s cuppa tea, but for those wanting an alternative to fresh flowers, definitely don’t hesitate to get quotes and ask questions about felt flowers.
You can view our weddings page here or our portfolio for a range of felt flowers..

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