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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011