For my first post I decided to do some research on a variety of flowers and their cost because flowers are such a large focus, as well as large expense, in many weddings. I researched the top five wedding flowers and composed them into 3 photos. For my photos I went very simplistic because I believe the focus of the photos should be on the flowers. My photos have a lot of soft details in some of the photos and color enhancements in others.
The odd balls: Rose and Carnations
I call these the odd balls because they have the opposite reputations. Roses are known for being the most loved and most expensive flowers. Carnations, on the other hand, are typically known for being the cheapest flowers.
Roses have many color variations and are actually relatively inexpensive when purchased in the right places. The places I have found to be most the least expensive are places like Sam’s Club and Costco when you buy the roses in bulk as well as buying from a wholesale flower shop online. The online shop makes it even more convenient so it’s delivered right to your door step.
I discovered these photos on Flickr.com. With the design I decided to make the carnations the focus of the photo and brighten the white of the flower. Then I cut and embedded the image of the rose into the canvas. I blended the two photos and brought the carnations to the front. I chose to do minimal coloring enhancements because I believe these flowers can be used as filler flowers or in different ways whether it’s for décor purposes or for bouquets.
The two good to be true: Daises and Hydrangeas
I was shocked to see that hydrangeas and daisies were actually seen to be an inexpensive wedding flower. Gerbera daisies are inexpensive and come in a variety of colors. They are a great way to add a pop of color to any wedding décor or bouquet.
Hydrangeas are large so they make for a fuller arrangement with only 1-2 stems. In my experience the only down fall to having hydrangeas is that they tend to wilt quickly. What I discovered in my research is that if you cut the stem at a large angle and submerge them in water it keeps them fresher longer.
The photo was taken by Sacred Romance Floral I wanted the main focus of this piece to be the bright colors of the daises and the hydrangeas. For the daises I increased the magenta in the color balance to bring out the pink in the daisies. This emphasizes my point about adding a pop of color to the bouquet. For the background I brought it back to the green background the photo already had and made it a little softer.
The crowd pleaser: Baby’s Breath
Baby’s breath, you either love it or hate it but it’s perfect for couples on a budget. Baby’s breath is very inexpensive and is the perfect accent for almost everything in a wedding. I’ve seen baby’s breath used in center pieces, bouquets, and like in this picture as a decorative head pieces for a more bohemian bride or flower girls.
The photo of the baby’s breath I received from Sacred Romance Floral. You will notice that it also has roses in there which I love as it references to my earlier statement as well. I thought it was important to make this as soft as possible because baby’s breath is a delicate flower. I added a soft glow to the photo and a softer glow to the baby’s breath as well as the filler behind the text is a light beige and I feathered it to look lighter as well.