wedding bouquet

willow wrap

Curly willow lends a woodsy effect to an all-rose arrangement.

This beautiful composition of ‘Akito’ hybrid tea roses and ‘Cream Gracia’ spray roses, ranging from buds to blooms to petal-dropped calyxes, is enhanced with a vining collar of curly willow, which adds movement and dimension, not to mention a woodsy effect, to the monochromatic creation.
The curly willow, which is adorned with a twining of pearled cording, is secured to the bouquet holder with pins made from heavy-gauge wire. Although the pearled cording softens the rough-hewn collar, the bouquet has an outdoorsy feel and would be perfect for alfresco springtime events.

MATERIALS:  ‘Akito’ roses and ‘Cream Gracia’ spray roses from California cut flower growers; large straight-handle Wedding Belle Bouquet Holder from Smithers-Oasis; curly willow, pearled cording and heavy-gauge wire from favorite suppliers.

Excerpted from Florists’ Review 101 Wedding Bouquets with How-To Instructions.
Piece together a collar of
curly willow using wire that is
covered with brown floral tape.
Permanent wired vine can
also be used.
Decorate the curly willow
collar with pearled cording
by entwining the cording
among the vines.
Create four hairpins from
heavy-gauge wire, and pin the
willow collar into the bouquet
holder with the hairpins.

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