A permanent posy offers a
sturdy start to showcase fresh Freesias.
This bouquet’s base of permanent Hydrangeas and its quick-to-construct
permanent leaf collar are not only efficient to arrange ahead of time
but also withstand the many demands of a wedding day, such as rough
handling, lack of water and temperature fluctuations. The Hydrangeas
recede into the background and let the fresh Freesias shine, while a
contemporary striped ribbon enwrapping the stems accentuates the
complementary green and fuchsia hues.
By choosing a permanent base, designers also can color match the blooms
to the bridal party attire well ahead of the date. The Hydrangeas and
leaves for this posy were plucked from a single permanent bush, adding
cost savings versus purchasing multiple individual stems. The collar
requires no special mechanics but is simply created by arranging and
gluing permanent Hydrangea leaves into a circular form.
This design makes a stunning bridal bouquet, but the technique also can
be an efficient way to create multiple bouquets for a large group of
bridal party members. While the Freesias won’t dry permanently in this
base after the wedding, the faded fresh blooms could be plucked out to
leave a precious permanent keepsake of the special day.
MATERIALS: permanent Hydrangeas and leaves from Autograph
Foliages; Freesias from The Sun Valley Group; ribbon from burton +
BURTON; Oasis® Waterproof Tape from Smithers-Oasis.
Trim permanent Hydrangea leaves from their stems.
Overlap the leaves, and
secure them into a circular
form with cool-melt glue. Be sure to leave an opening in
the center of the circle.
Hydrangeas into a cluster,
bind them midway down the stems with waterproof tape,
and slip the cluster into the
leafy bouquet collar. Arrange fresh Freesias into the Hydrangea
Secure the leafy collar to the Hydrangea and Freesia stems with
waterproof tape. Finish the bouquet handle by wrapping the entire
length with ribbon and leaving two decorative tails.
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