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
additional calla intact.
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
Insert a chenille stem into each of two or three cut calla stems.
Pierce the opposite ends of the chenille stems into the intact
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