If you had told me in March of 2020, not only would my photography business survive that year, but that I would be starting the journey of a SECOND business three months later… I’d have laughed in your face! The thought of starting another business in the middle of global uncertainty while trying to keep another afloat sounds crazy. But here’s the thing, with God, all things are possible! If something is His will, nothing can stop it from being done. And apparently, His will for me was to begin a flower preservation business!
10 months of Youtube, online courses, buying supplies, market research, becoming a chemist, creating samples, incorporating our brand, building a new website, legal paperwork, and Flora Creek Place was born! Being passionate about your work has always been important to me. I have always been passionate about serving my couples and helping them with preserving their memories of their wedding day. Now I can do it in more than one way, and I am ecstatic about it!
The art of preserving flowers varies from pressed flowers in a frame to air-dried in a shadow box, and many ways in between! I have chosen to preserve flowers with epoxy resin art. This method is a lot more complex than others, but I personally love the look and modernism of it!
So how does it work? My first step is to dry the flora with silica gel. This helps to pull all of the moisture from the flowers and greenery. Any moisture, once encased in resin, will cause the flower to rot and turn brown over time. The drying process can take several weeks depending on the kind of flowers. Once everything is completely dry, I remove the flowers and begin creating a design in my chosen mold. It usually takes me several attempts to get my design the way I like it, but once it’s done, then I can begin pouring resin!
Epoxy resins are a two-component system consisting of resin and hardener. By mixing the two components, a chemical reaction takes place so that the liquid resin gradually hardens to a solid acrylic. This chemical reaction can actually be very dangerous and requires appropriate PPE at all times. When it is time to pour the resin, I will pour several layers, one at a time, over several days. Pouring in layers allows the resin to have the chemical reaction, but not burn the flowers inside the mold. Once I’ve poured all the layers, the resin takes 7 days to fully cure and then it can be released from the mold and cleaned up to be displayed!
The result is a beautiful piece of art that looks like your flowers are floating in a solid piece of glass! If cared for properly, this piece of art will last forever. And how cool is it that you can look at your wedding bouquet everyday in your home now?!
If you’d like to learn more about our process and what we will offer, head over to the new website, www.floracreekplace.com! And we can preserve more than just wedding flowers! Anniversary flowers, birthday flowers, memorial flowers, etc. Do you have your wedding bouquet that you air-dried 10 years ago? We can preserve it too! Feel free to reach out with any questions! We cannot wait to serve you!
And don’t worry, we’re not quitting the photography business! This is just another way we feel God has called on us to serve and preserve, and we are so excited!!
Courtney Lynn Photography are husband + wife wedding photographers based out of Dallas/Fort Worth and an educator for small business owners who are hustling to create their dream photography business!
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