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.

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Pew End

This teardrop pew end, which echoes the shape of the bridal bouquet and uses many of the same flowers, is a floral foam arrangement.

Make two holes in the top of a shallow tray. Loop a piece of wire through the holes; this wire will attach the arrangement onto the end of the pew when it is ready to be placed. Press a soaked square of foam into the tray. Tape it into place with florist’s tape.

Hammer a nail into a plank of wood and hang the tray temporarily; arranging the flowers while the tray is hanging will help you view the display from the viewpoints of the wedding guests - from the front and above.

Arrange the flowers and foliage according to the step-by-steps for a floral foam arrangement. Like the bouquet, a few stems at the base of the arrangement should be about twice as long as those around the sides and on top. If you make this the day before the wedding, mist the flowers after arranging and again once you have attached the trays to the pew ends.

Pew Floral ArrangementEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Table Centerpiece

Like the bouquet and pew ends, this table centerpiece is a romantic display full of scent and texture, but this time arranged in a rustic, earthenware container. If you have any roses left over after arranging the blooms, pull the petals off gently and scatter them randomly around the base of the vase just before the wedding guests arrive.

Cut a block of soaked floral foam so it fits inside the glazed earthenware container. It should also sit 2 inches above the lip so the foliage stems can be inserted at an upward angle to hide the rim of the container. Press the foliage in at angles to form a framework. Arrange sprigs of hebe in clumps (image 2).

Add the big pink single roses; space them evenly throughout the arrangement (image 3).

Cut small-stemmed pink spray roses from the main stems and place them (image 4).

Add the spears of veronica last. Fill any gaps with extra sprigs of sage or rosemary (image 5).

Balancing Texture and Scent

Mauve sweet peas tempt the senses with their fluttery look and soft, sweet scent. Lilac lisianthus and 'Glomerata' bellflowers balance and ground them with substance, while pink single roses make sure that romance is kept front and center.

Summer Flowers Placed in Tiered Linear PatternEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

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