"The Possibilities are only Limited by your Imagination"

About Us


Bridal Bouquet Services

Here at Waterford Past-Thymes we take your bridal bouquet and turn it into a keepsake for all time. Along with boutonniere's, attendant's & mother's bouquets and wedding flowers, can be pressed and preserved as a commemorative memento for you and your wedding party. Answering the question: What gift do I get everyone? Additions, such as invitations, save the date cards and photos can be added to your display.

Additional Services

Pressing and preserving flowers are not limited to bridal bouquets and wedding flowers. We press and preserve flowers for any special event. Anniversaries, a baby's birth, graduation, birthdays, Baptisms, Bar & Bat Mitzva's. Even funeral flowers can be a keepsake to always remember your loved one.

The Process

As soon as we receive your flowers, photographs are taken to ensure the replication of the style and shape of your flowers.  Our technique of pressing the flowers, kills any organisms or molds that could harm the integrity of the final product. As the flowers lay out to dry completely, you let us know how you'd like your flowers framed. Don't worry if you are not certain. Here at Waterford Past-Thymes, we offer a rough draft process. This is where we take your flowers, arrange them on top of the fabric color/s of your choice, lay frames around them, take photographs and email them to you. This way you can see what your flowers would look like on different fabrics and in different frames. Having that visual, assures you will love the final product!

Meet Melissa

Meet Melissa


 A dedicated wife and mother of two, Melissa Franzen started Waterford Past-Thymes in 2000 along with her mother-in-law Betty. Since Betty's retirement, Melissa has solely been creating pressed flower masterpieces for brides to cherish always.

Our History


Melissa has been a long time resident of Loudoun County. Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains where we got our name. Her passion for designing custom pieces of art using your flowers, along with almost 2 decades of experience, continues to delight brides all over the country.



While flower preservation is not limited to bridal bouquets, your design requests are always taken into account to create your custom treasure. As we say here at Waterford Past-Thymes, "The possibilities are only limited by your imagination"




 I just received my picture. Thank you so much!!! I love it!  It is so beautiful.



 The bouquet had rave reviews and have passed your card out to a ton of people!  My daughter is the first of her friends to get married and they all went gaga over it!! You made my Christmas totally bright!  Thank you!  



 I just wanted to say that we received my wedding bouquet and it looks great- even better in person! Thank you so much!  



 I received your work over the weekend and am thrilled - it is absolutely beautiful!  Thank YOU!  



 I just got my picture in the mail today and it is absolutely beautiful!! It is everything and more of what I planned it would look like. Thank-you!  



 I just got home to a beautiful surprise!! I absolutely LOVE my bouquet you did an amazing job on it!! Thank you again and if I know of any more brides coming up I will let then know :) take care