Saturday, July 5, 2008

Victorian Elegance Bouquets Complete...

Last night I managed to stay up and finish Laura's toss (keepsake bouquet) and maid of honor bouquet. This morning, I woke up and finished her bouquet. Her bouquet flowers consist of light peach peonies with copper centers, peach ranunculus with the signature green centers, copper tone roses and mauvish purple roses with copper tone accents. I have to say, trying to put together a bouquet with peonies is a bit challenging just with the size/shape compared to the other smaller flowers, but I think they all came out really nice. The colors are beautiful together and the copper tones warm the entire bouquet. Laura didn't want any white or ivory tones in her bouquet and she wanted the focus to be on the copper color. So on her bouquet I decided just to use the copper toned flower clusters and add in more of the lighter copper tone roses. I used one more open peony to make the arrangement fuller and added some peony buds to fill in. She wanted her stems wrapped in all brown so I wrapped the stems with double faced chocolate brown satin ribbon and then crisscrossed back with brown organza ribbon.



Her toss bouquet and MOH bouquet were similar yet different. With those I went with the stephanotis with pearl pins and the tuberose flowers to fill in the gaps. I think it also brings out the colors of the other flowers quite nicely. Both of those were wrapped with the chocolate brown satin ribbon, but no secondary ribbon for those. Whoever receives the toss bouquet will surely be ecstatic to have something like this! (Laura.... I really hope you're just giving this to your special wedding guest and not doing a "free-for-all" toss.... Although the flowers are durable, they aren't meant to be tossed. :)

As I continue to make more bouquet orders and see how many people entrust me with their wedding day florals, it really makes me stop and think that the times have changed and people REALLY ARE looking for alternatives to fresh flowers. I think the even better thing for brides in terms of considering clay flower bouquets as an alternative is that someone (me) handcrafted each flower one petal at a time. I'm enjoying more and more the creative side of doing the flowers more so than the invitation side I guess because I continually perfect my flower making techniques. Well... onto the next orders in line (favors, baby shower invitations, guest book and more favors)...

2 comments:

Hasmin said...

Aloha Diane! just wanted to let you know that I've been admiring your work. :-) I am currently taking classes at DCCA and nearing the completion of C2. I hope that one day (with A LOT of practice) I too will have an ounce of your talent and expertise in the field of flower making! (I also love the look of peonies and ranunculuses-is that the plural form? lol)

Alyce said...

Interesting post..! Last month, I got a same bouquet from 1800Flowers for my sister.