composite elegance

Five calla blooms are joined to create a grand blossom in this graceful bridal bouquet.

Design by Bill J. Harper, AIFD Fellow, AAF, FAM

    A traditional calla arm bouquet receives an enchanting update with this elegant composite version. Although it includes only three or four stems (depending on their size), the bouquet unites five calla blooms, secured around one another, to create a ravishing composite flower. Variegated Aspidistra leaves serve as decorative support, holding the calla heads up while uniting the creamy blossoms with the verdant foliage treatments.

     The flowers’ stems are bound with waterproof tape both beneath the composite bloom and near the ends of the stems. Ivy leaves, secured with glue, conceal the tape, and glitzy accessories provide further intrigue at each point. A rhinestone cuff is simply slipped over the leaf treatment at the base of the stems while the point beneath the composite bloom is treated with a bouquet buckle through which stems of fresh honeysuckle vine are secured. Boutonniere pins, decoratively inserted downward through the voids in the buckle, appear as part of the accessory while providing additional support.

     When placed in a tall, slender glass vase, this elegant composition can beautifully transition from bouquet to reception décor.

MATERIALS: callas, honeysuckle vine, ivy, variegated Aspidistra and florist wire from favorite suppliers; Bouquet Bucklezz from Fitz Design; Deco Cuff from Lion Ribbon; chenille stems from Milton Adler Co.; Oasis® Floral Adhesive from Smithers-Oasis.

Cut off the heads of four callas, removing their spadices. Leave an additional calla intact.
  HOW TO 2:
Wrap each cut bloom around the head of the intact calla. Secure each bloom with glue at the bottom edge, then insert a hairpin-shaped
wire at the same point to reinforce it.
  HOW TO 3:
Insert a chenille stem into each of two or three cut calla stems. Pierce the opposite ends of the chenille stems into the intact calla’s stem.

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