Swoon Over Country Summer Wedding Arrangements
What better way to capture the romance of the countryside at midsummer than with a lightly scented, textural mix. Many of these ingredients, such as the herbs, lady's mantle and ivy trails, can be picked straight from the garden.
- Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging
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Flowers and Foliage
1 pink single rose
1 white leaf stem
1 rosemary sprig
10 mauve sweet peas
6 pink single roses
4 lilac and purple lisianthus
5 'Glomerata' bellflower
5 lady's mantle stems
6 purple veronica
3 trailing ivy stems
6 white leaf stems
7 rosemary sprigs
9 purple veronica
5 purple lisianthus
10 lady's mantle
7 pink spray roses
10 privet stems
1 bunch miniature hebe sprigs
1 small bunch sage stems
1 small bunch rosemary sprigs
1 small bunch peppermint stems
9 purple veronica
6 pink spray roses
7 pink single roses
pins (one per boutonniere)
shallow tray (one per pew end)
glazed earthenware container (7 inches high; one per table centerpiece)
plank of wood (optional)
This single rose boutonniere is meant to match the color of the roses in the bride’s bouquet.
Wire the rose, white leaf and rosemary according to the step-by-steps for wiring a boutonniere.
Mist the rose occasionally to keep it fresh until it is needed. Attach it to the lapel of a jacket using a pin.
Hand-tied bouquets are typically arranged in a precise, even sequence. These flowers are arranged more loosely and softly in a tiered linear pattern, instead, to create the distinctive, very romantic teardrop shape.
Prop a mirror against a wall at an angle and stand in front of it so you can see the bunch clearly reflected back to you as you work.
Divide the different ingredients into separate piles. Start with the longest stems — one of each of the lady's mantles, roses and ivy. Hold them in one hand at the binding point, which will be the base of your bunch. Insert smaller blooms on top and out to the sides at the binding point at an angle to create a spiral effect. Do not turn the bunch as you add these flowers.
Add bigger blooms to this framework, building the curved contour of the bouquet back toward you. Arrange the ivy trails and white leaf sprigs so that they rise a little higher than the other stems.
Secure the bunch with a length of raffia. Cover the raffia with a piece of entwined seagrass tied in a pretty knot. Trim the stem ends straight across with shears.
For more details on making a hand-tied bouquet, see our step-by-step instructions.
Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011
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