The Vintage Bouquet Bar
San Antonio is happening right now. In February, I went down to The Pearl Brewery area of town and stumbled upon the cutest little flower shop with a unique concept: sustainably sourced and local flowers, available for a “Build Your Own Bouquet”. I immediately knew I wanted to do a blog post on this charming shop but got even more excited when I discovered that they offered floral arrangement classes. Fast forward to May, and I signed my mom and I up for a special Mother’s Day Floral Class where we were instructed on how to build a whimsical floral arrangement.
As flower lovers, my mom and I were SO excited for this opportunity. I’m that person who buys blooms regularly, either at the grocery store or our local wholesale florist; that being said, I’ve never been fully satisfied with the way that my arrangements turn out. I usually just stick with hydrangeas because they’re bold and look great bunched together. Now, I feel confident that I can create something more artistic and I’m here to share everything I learned at The Vintage Bouquet Bar.
Before I dive into the floral arrangement process, I wanted to share a little bit about what you can find in the shop. Flowers are lined up, allowing you to pop in and select a few for a bouquet to take home if you don’t want to participate in a class. With Instagram worthy vibes, you’ll find every inch of this place is a perfect photo opportunity. They had delicious treats for us to enjoy while we listened to a few instructions to begin, and all of our flowers were evenly distributed in a bucket for our work station. They also sell vases, candles, and the special mechanism that allows your flowers to sit securely in the vase.
How To Create A Whimsical Floral Arrangement
The owner started the class with a few instructions that soon became our guiding rules for the floral arrangement. She started by stressing the importance of greenery in any bouquet. That needs to be your base and starting point of any arrangement. You’ll want to create a bed of greenery for the actual blooms to become nestled in.
She then stressed that you’ll want to have a focal point and that typically ends up as your big “statement” flowers like garden roses, peonies, etc. Space your statement flowers out so that they can be seen and make sure that you have a great color palette that compliments each other.
You’ll want to add in “filler flowers”, which would be smaller flowers like carnations. These flowers will still add a pop of color, but they may be smaller than your focal point.
Finally, you close with the whimsical elements, which will be tall flowers like linaria, and these can add height. I’ve documented this process step-by-step below so that you can see the difference after each part is added.
Our Finished Products
Below, I’ve given you a look at the finished products from our floral arrangement class! Mine is the first image below and my mom’s is the second. The owner put things into a great perspective when she said that everybody’s bucket essentially has the same items in it. Our personalities come out when we start arranging because at the end of the day, everyone’s bouquet looks just a little bit different. Let your personality shine through when you create something.
On Katherine: Loft dress, Splendid shoes (wedge version here, flats here), Nordstrom bag