About Preservation

*at this time, it is a minimum of 6 month turn around*

 

The Freeze Dry Process is the best known technology to preserve your flowers’ color and natural beauty. 

Prior to drop-off, be sure to keep the stems of your flowers in water and (ideally) in the refrigerator. 

DO NOT FREEZE.

 

Upon arrival, your bouquet is photographed for our reconstruction records. Then, it is gently dismantled, bloom by bloom and prepared to be dehydrated.

 

Prior to being freeze-dried, flowers are gently laid out on trays and are kept frozen. Once inserted into the freeze dry machine the flowers undergo a 21-28 day cycle. Your flowers will be frozen to a low of -24 degrees and then slowly raised back up to 70 degrees. The ice crystals sublimate from frozen crystals to water vapor by way of vacuum pump, slowly extracting the moisture from your flowers. This process assures a completely dehydrated bloom that retains its texture and most of its color, however, color can change during this process.

 

Once removed from the freeze dryer, the flowers are reinforced with stem wiring, airbrush tinted where appropriate, and a post treatment for longevity is applied. A designer will reassemble your bouquet to your chosen design. After assembly, your design will be sealed in its frame with a UV protective cover. 

Flower Care Advice

 

The fresher your flowers are when they arrive at our store the more beautiful they will be as a finished piece. It is important that we receive the flowers a day or two after the event so we many give them immediate attention. It is not necessary to choose your design at this time. Enjoy your honeymoon and upon you return we will schedule a time to go over your personal design choices.

 

Appoint someone to care for your flowers during the event and follow through with getting them to us, whether we arrange to pick them up, or they are brought to our store. We are happy to chat with your appointed person prior to the event to assure flower care. Be sure to include the ribbon, pins and any jewels for us to use in your final keepsake.

 

If you have extra flowers from centerpieces that match your bouquet it is helpful to send them along for replacement possibilities also. If you would like a memento, such as an invitation, photo, tribute or other such item included in your frame, send those along as well. Most importantly, do not hesitate to email LegendsFloralPreservation@gmail.com with any questions.