Book Review and Giveaway: Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

 When I received the book Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers in the mail to review I could not contain my excitement.  First because I love following Erin Benzakein's blog Floret.  Her posts are inspiring yet full of practical details and real life experiences.  I have also read Lynn Byczynski's book The Flower Farmer cover to cover.  With these two talented and knowledgeable ladies coauthoring this book I knew it would be worth the read.
Opening the book and skimming the photos I was immediately inspired by the variety they displayed.  There are photos of wedding flowers from all over the US and I even spied a couple from the UK visually proving that you can have beautiful wedding flowers sourced locally no matter where you live.  The wide array of flowers, foliage and colors used gives just a glimpse of the myriad of combinations limited only by the imagination.  Green beans will make a surprising but lovely appearance.

My favorite part of the book was the video content.  There are lovely step by step photos in the book as well, but the videos will give you much more confidence.  To watch Erin build a lovely, luscious french bucket arrangement before your eyes, you think, Surely I can do that!  You can see a sample of my new-found skill with corsages here.

The most valuable tip I gleaned from the videos was to realize it was okay not to have it look perfect the first try.  In the past when I attempted to arrange flowers I just expected to add them methodically together until I had something lovely, but now I feel more free to experiment and take things out if they just don't feel right.  Also to see that some arrangements have a bit of an awkward stage before it all comes together but it will work out in the end.  Watching the videos demystified the flower arranging process and gave me confidence I could replicate the looks shown.

To enter to win a copy of the book Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers just answer the question "What is your ideal wedding flower?" in the comments then indicate you have done so using the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.

As for me, my actual wedding flowers were white alstroemerias but I think garden roses make a lovely, timeless wedding flower.  I am partial to the coral and peach shades.

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  1. Pink carnations were my ideal wedding flower in 1986 and they are still my favorite.

  2. my favorite wedding flower to work with is dahlias...all the fabulous texture and color!

  3. probably dahlias or celosia. there are too many good flowers to choose from!

  4. The new varieties of Garden Roses - they look almost like a Peony