“I wanted something that I would want to hang in my house 50 years from now,” she says. “I wanted to keep something not just because it had meaning but because it had beauty, too.” Klein’s friends saw her finished preserved bouquet and requested she do the same for their bouquets. Just like that, the idea took off. She launched Hannah Klein Design in October 2018 and has preserved nearly 100 bouquets in her first year.
Each piece takes two months to complete. “Flower preservation is a really slow process,” she says. “Flowers need to be completely dried out before I design with them.” Klein designs what she calls Wedding Collections, which are custom-built frames holding dried bridal bouquet flowers in intricate, dazzling designs. Brides can choose a basic 8-by-10-inch custom creation for $100, all the way up to a three-piece collage set or a grand 16-by-20-inch single creation, both for $275.
“I haven’t encountered a flower I can’t press,” Klein says. “If I can’t use all the pieces of a flower, I’ll include pieces of it in the frame. I can press anything.”
Brides can choose one of six Wedding Collection designs for their preserved bridal bouquets. Other elements, like ribbons, stationery, photos and boutonnieres, can also be included in the final piece. Klein can even turn blooms into other custom pieces including coasters. Brides just have to deliver or ship their bouquets within four days of their wedding for the best results.
“I’m just so thankful I get to create with brides’ flowers,” Klein says. “I’m thankful for every bride, and I love that brides love their flowers. I know I loved mine, so when I meet other flower loving brides, I love the whole process.”