From wedding cakes to fashion and invitations to signage, the pressed flower trend is one that isn’t going anywhere any time soon. So when we took in the sheer wonder that is the giant flower press DIY backdrop in this elopement inspiration, we wasted no time in sharing!
Fresh off their first-ever workshop dubbed The Wandering Capri, photographers Kacie Herd & Jayde Cluff shared this stunning Southwestern-inspired elopement. A quick scroll might have you wondering—where in California/Arizona/Mexico is this? But you’ll have to travel a lot farther south to find out. Because Cactus Country is a nursery, restaurant, and wedding venue, it’s also Australia’s largest cactus garden and it captures that Southwestern vibe perfectly.
Below, we’re diving into all the inspo with a fashion-forward boho couple, details out of a desert dream, and all the tips to DIY your own flower press backdrop!
The invitation suite designed by Summit and Sage perfectly preps for the Southwestern-inspired soirée that is to come.
A thousand times YES to that banner by Daydreamer Creative Studio!
The Boho Wedding Dress
Raise a Glass
We’ll drink to this display!
The furniture and tableware were provided by Event Den and honestly, those glasses are worth planning an entire dinner around. How cute are they?
Psst—see that stunning pressed floral cake by Sweet Spot Cakery back there? It might just be a clue as to what’s to come…
Hello, platform boots! Loving those!
DIY Flower Press Wedding Backdrop
We are huge fans of flower press wedding details and this arbour is an absolute dream! We begged Kacie for more details about the backdrop and she sent over all the instructions to build your own.
How to Build a Flower Press Backdrop
Two large acrylic sheets (the sheets used here were 1.8m tall, roughly 70 inches)
- Electric saw and sandpaper
Drill and small nuts and bolts (to hold the two pieces of arbour together tightly once the flowers are in)
Wooden beams to make a stand and run up the sides (see photo above)
- Flowers to press that don’t go mouldy and that dry well (could also use pre-pressed flowers)
1. Cut the arbour.
To cut the acrylic to make an arch, make a point in the middle of the arbour near to the top. Then, attach a piece of string with a pencil at the end to sketch out the shape.
To cut it, you need a good saw or electric saw. We then sanded the sides for safe transport as the edge of the arbour was quite sharp.
2. Press the flowers.
- Remove only one side of the transport paper on the acrylic to lay your flower arrangement, then press the second layer (with one side of transport paper removed) over the flowers
Tip! Leave the remaining sticky transport paper on the acrylic the whole time as acrylic scratches easy. Leave both outside pieces on until you get to your shoot/wedding location and then peel it off.
3. Use a drill to make small holes along the sides of the acrylic arch then tightly screw the nuts and bolts throughout.
4. Create a secure stand.
- Run two pieces of wood up each side at the back (which you can hide behind floral arrangements) before attaching to a wooden stand.
Lovers Before the Storm
A storm began to roll in just before they wrapped up but we think it made for some killer moments!
That sky! That desert vibe! These two babes! WHAT a shot.
Okay, stunners, we see you. What a rad day with so many cool ideas. Thanks to the talented team for sharing all the details!
Don’t miss the video below by Jess B Films—there’s a peek at the big backdrop reveal!
photography: Kacie Herd & Jayde Cluff // venue name: Cactus Country, Strathmerton, NSW, Australia // florals: Bryants Buds // wedding dress: Rue de Seine // wedding dress boutique: The Bridal Atelier // groom attire: ASOS // videography: Jess B Films // paper goods: Summit and Sage // cake: Sweet Spot Cakery // tabletop rentals: Event Den // furniture rentals: Event Den // linen rentals: Event Den // models: Michelle and Juan // banner: Daydreamer Creative Studio // earrings: Christie Nicolaides