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March 14, 2017

Repurposing Floral Arrangements from Your Wedding

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You’ve been waiting your whole life for this moment. You’re getting married, and with great celebration comes great planning. First thoughts in the planning process are often the venue, your dream dress and food to impress the guests. Yet with all this in mind, it’s important to remember that your bridal flowers are something to put great thought and design into. They are a treasure to be seen, and a lot of time, planning and budgeting goes into your florals to bring your wedding and theme to life. However, due to the life span of these gentle blossoms and their fleeting beauty, many tend to shy away from grand floral pieces to avoid the guilt or afterthought that your flowers will only have a life span of a few hours. What happens to these radiant beauties after the reception has ended and guests are walking out after they danced the night away? Though their sole purpose is to bring beauty, romance and charm into your wedding day ceremony, pictures and reception, some couples deem it a waste of money that flowers are used only for one night. They end up scaling down the designs they had dreamed of, so as to not feel bad about having large amounts of “wasted money” sitting around.

 

DIY Wedding - Alisha & Daniel - by Shea Shoemaker - via Something Turquoise.com

DIY Wedding – Alisha & Daniel – by Shea Shoemaker – via Something Turquoise.com

 

What if there was a way to repurpose these gorgeous flowers and have them live on for days after the wedding day? It’s time to “go green” (pardon the pun!) and do even more justice to these living treasures. This is a new trend that is roaring in the floral industry. We love and value the longevity of a flower’s life and would love nothing more than to see flowers bring more pleasure to people’s lives after the big day. There are many awesome new DIY ideas to re-using, re-inventing and re-purposing your arrangements, and we know you will love them as much as we do.

For the Crafter: DIY till your heart’s content

 

For our Pinterest and DIY doers out there reading, we have the perfect relaxing day craft that is easy and simple to create! Turn your flowers into homemade potpourri and have your wedding day live on for years with this scented mixture. A real fun aspect about homemade potpourri is that you can tailor it to your personal liking and fragrance palette. With all of the flowers you take home, you can make different batches full of different recipes and a variety of ingredients, or even create a signature mix that is a classic in your home. Display it in a beautiful jar or divide your new creation into small burlap pouches and gift them as a thank you to your bridal party and guests for a sweet reminder of a good time. One recipe we found that works beautifully:

Ingredients

  • Flowers
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Essential oils
  • Spray bottle
  • Citrus fruits (optional/ to your liking)
  • Fresh herbs (optional)
  • Whole spices (optional)

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200˚F.
  2. Cover a sheet tray with parchment paper.
  3. Cut the flowers from the stems right below the heads and place them on the tray, or remove individual petals and place in a single layer on the parchment paper.
  4. Add scent to your potpourri: Citrus fruits, rosemary, lavender, thyme, cinnamon sticks, cloves, or allspice.

For more details on how to make this potpourri, visit Popsugar.com

 

Gifting Your Flowers

 

Lately, brides are selecting smaller and more intimate weddings, which leads to smaller and more intimate décor and florals. Though it may not be obvious, this serves in your favor while re-purposing your wedding day florals. You spent time choosing flowers, designing arrangement ideas with your chosen florist, and envisioning décor that works perfectly for your big day. When all is said and done, why not re-gift the joy you had handpicked and created with love? Your centerpieces can be a lovely way to gift a piece of your special day to those closest to you as a token thank you.

 

The Joy of Sharing

Wild Flowers - Beautiful Mason Jar Centerpieces - via Beautiful-Bridal Blogspot

Wild Flowers – Beautiful Mason Jar Centerpieces – via Beautiful-Bridal Blogspot

 

On your big day, the sheer joy, excitement and love, is a feeling that cannot be described. Not only are you celebrating union with the one you love, you are surrounded by the people that mean the most to you. You heart is as full as ever, and what better way to wrap up your journey than to pass that happiness and love on to others?  One way to share your bliss with others is donating your arrangements to those that may need something to smile about. Several hospitals and nursing homes gratefully accept arrangements for their patients to enjoy and adore. This is a beautiful gesture and a loving way to share pieces of your special day with those who could use a touch of cheering up.

 

Bridal Exchange

 

Lastly, a great way to repurpose your flowers and recycle them back into the floral world is by pay-it-forward floral style. Though it may sound like a foreign concept, it is a new creative way to help those who may not have the budget for flowers on their wedding day, and many generous brides are starting this exciting and selfless trend. It can be easily arranged and can bring a lot of hope to brides and families of those soon to be wedded. Simply ask your venue, planner or florist to help find a bride that may need assistance. Not only does this eliminate the question of what happens to your centerpieces after your reception, but it brings joy and light to someone else’s big day.

Repurposing your flowers, whichever style you ultimately choose, is a thoughtful and respectful way not to let these beautiful pieces go to waste, and it can touch and bring a lot of enjoyment to many people’s lives.

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March 10, 2017

Garden Tea Party Bridal Shower

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There are many reasons to be excited about planning a bridal shower in the spring. Warmer temps and sunshine means the season’s loveliest flowers are in full bloom. Make the most of spring’s splendor by taking the fête outdoors and hosting a garden tea party bridal shower. Delicate teacups, bountiful bouquets, vintage silverware, delicious sandwiches and desserts start a list of party-prepping details. From the décor to the food, the aim is to create a light atmosphere that is romantic and feminine. Now that you have the shower theme picked out, it’s time to get started. Here are ideas to guarantee that your bride has the loveliest afternoon bonding with her dearest friends over tea and shortbread cookies.

 

Spring Floristry - Rose Filled Pink Tea Pot - via Idei Dekoru

Spring Floristry – Rose Filled Pink Tea Pot – via Idei Dekoru

 

Décor and Set Up: When it comes to choosing décor, focus on soft pastels, vintage, florals, lace, and silver and gold accents. The tablescape is a great place to start. Impress the party with centerpiece floral arrangements placed in teapots or a bouquet nestled inside an antique birdcage. Take advantage of being outdoors by hanging lace umbrellas, glass vases filled with flowers, or white lights from a nearby tree. Gilded and whitewashed frames are a stylish way to display special notes to the bride, photos, and food and drink menus.

In addition to the main dining table, set up food and drink bars using shabby chic furniture like a vanity or dresser. Not just a great organizational strategy, these stations can be adorned with lace tablecloths and small flower-filled vases. We suggest reserving separate areas for refreshments, English tea inspired fare, and desserts.

 

 

Tableware and Serveware: To create a delightful atmosphere, set the table with vintage-style plates, bowls, teacups, and silverware. If you don’t have these dishes on hand, ask friends and family, or search your local thrift store and Etsy. See about renting options as a last resort. And don’t worry if the plates and cups are not the same – a mismatched table is unique and full of charm. Accent napkins with delicate lace or ribbon.

Spread savory food on silver and floral adorned platters and large plates. For a truly sweet presentation at the dessert buffet, arrange cookies and other delights on elegant tiered stands. A cake with pastel frosting looks just lovely on a milk glass cake stand. At the refreshments bar, have a teapot of hot water, tea, milk, and sugar so guests can fix their own cup of tea. Serve cold beverages in glass pitchers.

 

 

Food and Drinks: Plan the food menu around delicate, light fare that would have greeted the guests of Downtown Abbey. Offer afternoon tea sandwiches such as the traditional cucumber butter and smoked salmon with dill and crème fraiche. Pair with deviled eggs, tomato basil soup, and a spinach and strawberry salad with balsamic dressing.

Where to even begin with dessert?! Make it a shower your bride will never forget and present her with a cake decorated with romantic flowers. Round out the sweets with classic shortbread, sugar cookies with edible flowers, scones with jam and clotted crème, lemon bars, and an assortment of chocolate covered fruit. Stick with traditional teas and offer black, herbal, and an iced flavor such as lavender-mint. Water with fruit slices and lemonade are perfect springtime beverages. For a cocktail, we can’t think of anything more beautiful and appropriately named than the Blushing Bride Champagne Cocktail made with champagne, grenadine, passion fruit nectar, and seasonal berries.

 

 

Shower Favors: Say goodbye to your guests with a parting gift that they are sure to love. If the teacups are not of sentimental value, let each guest take their cup home along with a small tin of blended tea, or small delicious treats. Even inspire them to plant their own blossoms with a miniature pot of flowers or small planter and bag of seeds.

 

 

While hosting a bridal shower is a lot of work, it is also your chance to be creative, bringing together friends and family to celebrate a special woman as she prepares for her wedding day. Make it a most memorable affair by taking the party out to the garden to enjoy a spot of tea amidst the spring’s fresh blooms.

 

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March 6, 2017

Flowers and Frosting

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A wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without a show stopping cake; the first piece cut as a newlywed couple, shared with joy, love and laughter. The cake is displayed for all to admire throughout the night until the treasured cake cutting ceremony where its details, design and individuality are greatly notice and appreciated. The evolution of the traditional wedding cake has progressed from a simple sheet cake to now offering multiple layers, tiers and decadent accents. One of the newest trends in the wedding industry is not only making flowers out of edible pieces such as frosting and sugar, but also featuring real flowers on the cake. This trend is hitting the scene in a great way, and is one that we can’t believe took so long to get here! The idea of incorporating your bridal flowers onto your cake ties the theme together beautifully and is a great way to ensure a one-of-a-kind picturesque confection.

 

Maisie & Steve Wedding - Floral Cake - Photo by HollyDeaconDesign

Maisie & Steve Wedding – Floral Cake – Photo by HollyDeaconDesign – via WhimsicalWonderlandWeddings.com

 

While picking a design or theme for your floral wedding cake there are a few things to keep in mind: the shape of the cake, color and foundation and lastly, the selection of flowers. The most popular and trendy cake shape is a tri-level cake, graduating in size from top to bottom. Yet in today’s industry, cakes are ranging anywhere from three layers to twelve layers of delicious designs. There is an assortment of shapes and silhouettes, varying from the classic round to a modern geometric masterpiece. This design leaves plenty of room on the top tier of the cake to house the flowers of your choice along with other spaces on the lower levels. You can design a cake that is perfectly symmetrical, or a more modern look is to create a proportional design, yet, one that is offset or staggered in its layers.

 

 

The next step before deciding on flowers is the medium your cake is made out of and what coloring matches your flower scheme. Options include traditional buttercream frosting, marzipan, fondant and the new and trendy naked cake. Buttercream and fondant cakes are often found in creams and ivories, but can be incorporated into your theme by dressing the cake up with metallic, rubies and more. These are traditional cakes that are featured in ballroom and classic wedding receptions. The naked cake design features slight frosting with natural cake appearances. This is used in many rustic or country settings, and is a beautiful non-traditional accent.

While these cakes are beautiful on their own in silhouette, frosting and taste, it’s time to dress them up and add a special touch to your reception. Adding big statement flowers to the top tier is a great way to make a bold statement, and keep a clean and classic look. Many also add florals strictly to the bottom of the cake, almost dressing up the pedestal and bottom layer to keep the rest of the cake simple and elegant. Another way to incorporate flowers is by placing them on every layer of cake. This is a more wild and organic approach. Covering each layer in flowers can work really well in a bohemian or garden theme wedding. A modern or contemporary cake is popular in a structured flower design from top to bottom, for example a cascading waterfall of flowers. Many options in design technique include fashioning clusters, creating patterns or displaying single blooms.

 

 

A great aspect of cake design is that it can be specific to your theme, your florals and your style. There are many types of blooms that fit beautifully on the cake of your choice, and a few of our favorites work really well to complement different styles. For a tailored or structured impression, having rhyme and reason in bloom choice can help achieve this feel. Yet, a mismatched group and contrasting varieties together can make for a beautiful, one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Picking your statement flower or showstopper can be the first step. Garden roses, peonies, and hydrangea are great starter pieces. They are the flowers to place first and work around, next adding in smaller species that complement. Ranunculus, daisies, spray roses and anemones are a great filler if you will. They are whimsical, colorful and can tie the entire cake design together. Lastly, many may think that adding in greenery can take away from the beauty, yet it’s exactly the opposite. Greenery and simple branches add lusciousness, color, and texture and build the cake from quiet and simple to loud and full. Some great greenery options are Italian ruscus, seeded eucalyptus and rosemary. The aforementioned work really well for classic, whimsical and vintage themes, while some other unique cake designs can include orchids, succulents and lilies; this is a more one-of-a-kind look that is specific to a theme or style.

 

 

As you can see, integrating flowers into wedding cake décor brings a sense of enchantment, design and beauty that only Mother Nature can offer. The delightful beauty will be almost too good to eat.

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March 1, 2017

Springtime Flowers Feature

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For those of us not fortunate enough to live in eternal warmth, spring often signifies the much-welcomed peeling off restrictive layers, heavy woolen wraps and full length casings that double as winter coats. We’ve traded our cumbersome snow gear for the tailored sophistication of a trench coat and kitten heels. We breathe again and our world is filled with the budding optimism of sunlight.

Spring weddings are much like the light that breaks through the dense, grey haze of winter. They are flirty and fresh, bringing the first pops of bright color after the long departed summer hues have faded. They conjure images of lush rolling hills just beginning to sprout with green carpets and cobblestones wet from a light spring rain. Flowers, just like fashion, change for the season, and springtime flowers are some of the most beloved around the world. They are colorful, fun and bring sunshine into your days. Here at Bride and Blossom, we have a few of our favorite flowers that we love to work with during springtime weddings.

Peony: The bombshell of spring flowers, peonies add instant glamour to any bouquet or arrangement. Full, lush and downy petals with a heady and intoxicating scent, these luxurious blooms are perfect with any color palette and come in a range of tones from white, light pinks and fuchsias, to sunny corals and voluptuous reds. Use en masse for an opulent décor statement.

 

 

Gerbera Daisy: Modern, fun and unexpected, the gerbera daisy is a perfect choice for the adventurous and eclectic couple. A favorite floral for pop art inspirations and installations, it is hearty and comes in a spectrum of saturated hues. This youthful and nostalgic bloom invites a playful pondering of He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not…

 

 

Cherry Blossom: At once structured and wild, cherry blossoms add an ethereal element to any wedding. One of the best reasons to choose a spring nuptial is the chance to wed under a canopy of fairytale-worthy blossoming branches. While its petals are delicate and tissue-like, the branches are sturdy enough to be shaped into structures for arches and chuppahs and also add much needed height to table arrangements for cavernous venues.

 

 

Anemone: Delicate and feminine, yet modern, the anemone offers a soft floral touch for the contemporary wedding. The almost wave-like petals juxtaposed against the black center of the flower pose a striking vision for a sophisticated and dramatic effect. Anemones are a favorite choice for a classic black and white wedding palette.

 

 

Sweet Pea: Innocent and ladylike, these ruffled petals are the ultra feminine bloom. Like the layers of a sheer gauzy dress, these flowers whisper the coming of spring. Best used in clusters, their frilly delicateness leaves one breathless with their beauty. Available in a bounty of watercolor hues, these blossoms are lightly scented with a sweet floral perfume.

 

 

Tulip: Tulips are the ultimate spring flower and are readily available in a full rainbow of colors, from muted pastels to bright intense tones. Reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s slender and sleek iconic beauty, the tulip radiates sophistication and elegance. Simultaneously modern and nostalgic, tulips are adaptable to a range of décor inspirations. The tulips’ malleable swan-like stems make them one of the only flowers than can actually be shaped and molded into artistic sculptures. In some cases, they appear to languish as if in a floral state of ennui, adding to their refined allure.

 

 

When choosing the right floral for your wedding, remember to consider a few key factors:

  • Each flower has its own personality
    Make sure you are choosing one that speaks to your own individualism and yours as a couple.
  • Speak the language of your venue
    Make sure your choices echo the design and décor of your chosen space and don’t compete or disappear like a shrinking violet.
  • Don’t fall in love with a bloom that isn’t available in your color palette
    Check with your event planner or florist for the best options.
  • Timing is everything!
    Some blooms, while coveted for spring weddings, are fleeting. Make sure the blooms you choose will be available for your date.
  • Let the flowers shine!
    Make sure you’re choosing the best bloom for the appropriate arrangement. Don’t use delicate flowers for a powerhouse job, like a chuppah. Save the heavy lifting for more sturdy, longer lasting flowers or blooming branches.

 

Some of the most evocative and romantic weddings are in the springtime. After a long and cold winter, we’re all ready to fall in love in the spring!

 

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February 27, 2017

Finding Wedding Flower Inspiration through Famous Works of Art

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Flowers have been the muse of artists for centuries. In Italian Renaissance painting, delicate botanicals bared symbolic meaning. The Impressionists painted blossoms to express their perceptions of the natural world. But you don’t have to be an artist to understand the innate power that a flower holds. Just think about the intoxicating beauty of a garden in full bloom, or how a rose is used as a gesture of emotion, communicating love or sympathy at times when words are hard to find.

The floral motif in art is vastly rich. For this reason, we thought it would be fun to curate a collection of artworks and explore how each piece can be used as inspiration for the bride-to-be who is in the process of choosing her wedding flowers.

 

Dutch Still Life Paintings of Flowers

Still-Life with Bouquet of Flowers and Plum - Painting by Rachel Ruysch

Still-Life with Bouquet of Flowers and Plum – Painting by Rachel Ruysch – via Wikipedia

 

During the Dutch Golden Age, artists showed their masterful skill creating still-life paintings, and flowers were a popular subject. Rachel Ruysch ran right alongside her male contemporaries, enjoying a successful career thanks to her distinctive style and beautiful flower paintings. Ruysch’s vibrant bouquets are rendered with exquisite detail, inviting the viewer to search for symbols and hidden surprises.

 

 

The expressive color palette, variety of textures, and unique flower combinations of the old masters form a springboard of ideas for wedding blooms. We love the idea of recreating the floral still-life as a table centerpiece, but with a modern spin. Mixing asymmetry with a natural feeling arrangement gives a nice juxtaposition to the overall design.

 

Georgia O’Keeffe, Calla Lily Turned Away, 1923

Calla Lily Turned Away - Painting by Georgia O'Keeffe - via Okeeffe Museum.org.

Calla Lily Turned Away – Painting by Georgia O’Keeffe – via OkeeffeMuseum.org

 

No other artist knew flowers better than Georgia O’Keeffe. Her up-close, abstract renderings of flowers captivate with sensual forms and soft graduations of color. One of O’Keeffe’s most famous works, Calla Lilly Turned Away, reveals the quiet beauty held by a single flower.

 

 

Elegant and sophisticated, the calla lily is a perfect flower for the traditional bride. A simple bouquet of trumpet-shaped blossoms in crisp white is timeless, yet chic. Cast a mood of modern romance with a sleek, airy tablescape that pairs the calla lily with white roses.

 

Henri Fantin-Latour, Roses in a Stemmed Glass, 1875

Roses in a Stemmed Glass, 1875 - Painting by Henri Fantin Latour

Roses in a Stemmed Glass, 1875 – Painting by Henri Fantin Latour – via Wikipedia

 

French painter Henri Fantin-Latour was known for his luxurious paintings of flowers, the rose in particular. There’s a striking duality to his works such as Roses in a Stemmed Glass, which wavers between technical precision and romanticism.

 

 

Forget the assumption that roses are too traditional or overused. Surprisingly versatile, the rose speaks the language of love in many different ways. Soft pink roses paired with chrysanthemums and greenery set an amorous tone in a table centerpiece. While a standard nosegay bouquet for bridesmaids gets a dreamy makeover by matching cream and pastel roses with sprigs of dusty miller.

 

Robert Mapplethorpe, Orchids, 1989

Orchids 1989 - by Robert Mapplethorpe - via Mapplethorpe.org

Orchids 1989 – by Robert Mapplethorpe – via Mapplethorpe.org

 

Defined by a balanced composition and high contrast between light and dark, Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs of flowers like Orchids exude grace and strength. Infused with a still, extraordinary beauty, the bloom’s transfixing power takes center stage.

 

 

For the bride who wants wedding flowers that are polished, yet exotic, white orchids are a wonderful choice. For dramatic elegance, emphasize the flower’s suspending curve. A cascading wedding bouquet of soft hued roses and white orchids looks absolutely divine going down the aisle. To create an atmosphere of spectacular romance, accent a tall table centerpiece with descending orchids.

 

Vincent van Gogh, Irises, 1890

Irises - Painting by Vincent van Gogh - via MetMuseum.org

Irises – Painting by Vincent van Gogh – via MetMuseum.org

 

Vincent van Gogh took comfort in painting flowers during his stay at the asylum at Saint-Rémy. A delicate serenity is sensed in his interpretation of the violet flower, which places an arrangement in a simple white vase against a faint pink background.

 

 

Irises are an ideal choice for the bride planning her wedding for late spring/early summer, when the flower is in season. White roses are a wonderful counterbalance to deep purple, producing a bridal bouquet that feels fresh and tranquil. A centerpiece of vivid irises accompanied with dianthus fashions a look that is stylish, yet refined.

The spellbinding allure of flowers is immortalized in many of art history’s most celebrated works. We hope this art-inspired guide helps the bride whether she’s searching for that special blossom that speaks to her heart, or in need of unique floral design ideas.

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February 21, 2017

Wedding Garland

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After the main event has happened and everyone is ready to celebrate, an unforgettable tablescape sets the stage for your wedding guests to relax, indulge and get to know each other better. Garlands are an impactful and gorgeous way to reinforce the overall theme of the wedding and give your guests something beautiful to take in while sipping champagne. They also are wonderful visually, as they offer one continuous focal point for the eye to follow. This keeps the table from looking overrun with adornments and translates well in photos. Garlands are also very adaptable and can be used with any color, floral or other inspiration for your wedding.

 

Suzy & Jerry - Wedding Garland - Bourne Mansion - Photo by Ryon Lockhart

Suzy & Jerry – Wedding Garland – Bourne Mansion – Photo by Ryon Lockhart

 

A few things to keep in mind if choosing a garland for your tablescape:

  • Make sure your garland doesn’t overflow into the space needed for your table settings. Check with your florist or event designer to make sure the table dimensions are adequate.
  • This may not be the best choice if you are planning to have a “family-style” dinner. Instead, choose smaller arrangements that can be moved to make room for food.
  • Mixing textures, complementary colors or tonal shades help the garlands from becoming monotonous.

 

 

Trends for 2017

 

Greenery Garlands: The Pantone color of the year, Greenery, is the perfect inspiration to draw from for your wedding and is amazing when used for a garland! So many ways to incorporate this in a garland, from sprigs of fresh herbs to petals that bloom from light jades and lime tones to budding baby kale buds. It also can oscillate from light and ethereal feeling to robust and hearty, depending on the greenery that you choose. For a more earthy and organic feel, try using olive branches and fresh rosemary, or if your wedding is more romantic and garden-inspired, lay eucalyptus and ferns down the center of the table. You could even have a more masculine and wintery garland when incorporating evergreens.

 

 

Full Flower Garlands: Utterly romantic, these opulent centerpieces are the glamour girl of flower garlands. Lavish, lush and sure to make your guests swoon. Plush roses and peonies are the ideal flowers for these but hydrangea and carnations are stunning en masse and come in an array of colors, especially wonderful for an ombre garland effect.

 

 

Candle Light Garland: For the ultimate sensual mood, drench your guests in candlelight. When florals are the expected centerpiece, candles as the visual focal point offer a memorable décor element. Keep sight lines in mind if using tall candelabras and don’t skimp. The more flicker, the better!

 

 

Saturated Color in Garland: Don’t be afraid to go full spectrum color! Be really evocative and bold with your color combinations and create an everlasting impression on your guests. Flowers come in many saturated and dense color options. Choose one flower in variant colors or a few colors in different blooms. Make sure to have focus and repeat throughout the garland so the eye doesn’t become overwhelmed. Go for unexpected combinations and have fun!

 

 

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