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Spring and Summer Sensations

Alluring bouquets and coordinating boutonnieres provide inspiration for all your spring and summer nuptial needs.

Designs by Ann Jordan, AIFD, AAF, MMFD

Wedding planning will soon kick into high gear, and you need to be prepared with hot new ideas for a variety of ceremonial circumstances. Here is an array of warm-weather floral fare to get your busy wedding season off to an impressive start.

Hand-Tied Tulips
Because tulips, by their nature, tend to resist precise, formal arrangements, it’s often best to follow their lead and gather them casually, as demonstrated in this striking composition of bicolor orange and red tulips, the latter of which is a parrot variety. The engaging hues, when combined with the color of the maid’s dress, form an analogous color harmony, and a wide striped ribbon, secured with gold-tipped corsage pins, repeats the vibrant palette.

So that it will hold up under the pressure of loving embraces, a rose, in a golden-orange hue to match the bridesmaid’s tulips, is selected for the groomsman. The same wide ribbon wraps the rose stem. The ribbon is pinned in place, and the excess is folded over to form a tiny collar for the flower.

MATERIALS: ‘Princess Irene’ and “Roccoco’ tulips from The Sun Valley Group; ribbon from Designer Dispatch; Atlantic’s Ocean Brand Gold Pear-head Corsage Pins from Milton Adler Co.

Shining Star

Milky white callas and freshly blooming Dendrobium orchids flow elegantly from an exquisite cluster of Cattleya orchids, Oriental lilies, stars-of-Bethlehem and Freesias in this gorgeous traditional cascade. Enwrapping some of the calla stems, glistening beaded garland contributes the glitz required of such a grand bouquet. For best results, place the Cattleyas into water picks, wire them to wood picks and insert the picks into the foam.

Cattleya orchids pinned individually into the bride’s hair continue the glamour.

For the groom, an equally striking calla is enwrapped by a length of luminous beads, clipped from a crystalline garland.

MATERIALS: Cattleya orchids from Tayama Greenhouses; Dendrobium orchids from Orchids Direct; Oriental lilies, Freesias and stars-of-Bethlehem from The Sun Valley Group; Clear & Frost Flower Buds Garland from Hill’s Imports Inc./Park’s Company; Aquafoam® Bouquet Holder, Bouquet Balancing Ring and Aquapics® from Syndicate Sales; FloraGlu Liquid Adhesive from Floralife; Floratape® Stem Wrap from Alcan Packaging; wired wood picks from W.J. Cowee; callas, ivy and seeded Eucalyptus from favorite suppliers.

Lemon Lime

Cheery plaid ribbon pairs with a hand-tied nosegay of sunny yellow florals, interspersed with yellow stocks, to complete this delightful bouquet that can be tailored for both brides and maids. A few garland strands of apple-green beads enwrap the golden mound, adding youthful sparkle.

Using the same plaid ribbon from the bridesmaid’s bouquet, the stem of an exquisite open rose is wrapped from bottom to top and finished with a flourish.

MATERIALS: ‘Citronella’ roses from Eufloria Flowers; apple-green Deco Jewelry from Lion Ribbon Co.; stocks, miniature Gerberas and ribbon from favorite suppliers.

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