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Monday, April 8, 2013

Bridal Blooms

Spring is here and wedding season is upon us! Over the past few months I've had the joy of helping out with a couple of weddings and a wedding shower, so I'm excited to share some wedding-themed posts in the coming weeks.

Today I have some gorgeous wedding flower eye candy to share with you...

My brother-in-law was married last November and my mother-in-law offered to do all of the flowers for the ceremony. Andrew and I flew out to be with the family for the week before the wedding, so when asked if I'd be willing to help out with the floral arranging for the big day, I gladly accepted the invitation! My mother-in-law had taken a class on making wedding bouquets so it was really fun to watch as she assembled them.

She showed me the bouquet arranging technique that she was taught which involves holding the flowers between your thumb and index finger and twisting the bunch a partial turn each time you add some flowers (for a tutorial of this technique, check out this video).

The wedding had a fall theme and the decor was done in a palette of neutrals, so the flowers were all different shades of white. My mother-in-law pre-ordered a couple hundred white roses online and then the day before the wedding she and I went to a local produce market and bought all sorts of supplementary white flowers, berries, and greenery to mix with the roses in the bouquets.

One of our favorite finds were eucalyptus leaves which have a really lovely, soft, sage green, and slightly silvery hue. My mother-in-law used them around the base of the bride's bouquet. As you can see in the photos at the top of this post, they draped down in a natural, organic way and looked very elegant.

To add the finishing touch to the bouquets, the stems were wrapped with white satin ribbon and secured with a a row of beautiful pearl pins.

While the bouquets were being assembled, a family friend and I worked on making two large arrangements for either side of the church pulpit. Even though the roses had long stems, we couldn't get the floral spray effect we wanted by putting the stems directly into the tall glass vases we planned to use. To solve this problem, we filled each vase with a large block of floral foam. To hide the foam, we wrapped eucalyptus leaves around the interior of the vase between the glass and the foam.

Once the inside was covered in leaves we filled the vases with water. It was pleasant surprise to see the way the leaves glistened under the water. The effect was beautiful. We then created the arrangements by sticking the flowers into the top of the foam. The foam allowed us to take advantage of the long stems of the flowers and style a beautiful, organic spray with the roses and natural sticks.

My mother-in-law had read that when creating large arrangements it generally looks best to stick with just a few elements. We took this helpful advice (courtesy of Martha Stewart) and paired it down. We used roses, sticks, eucalyptus leaves, and berries and added in a few dried hydrangeas for texture.

This was my first time designing a really large arrangement so it was very rewarding to see it all come together...and as an added bonus, it knocked one thing off my 30 before 30 list. :)

The flowers complimented the beautiful bride, groom, and overall look of the wedding wonderfully and the big event was a very joyous day for all!

...isn't her dress gorgeous?!

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