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.
 
HOW TO 1:
Piece together a collar of
curly willow using wire that is
covered with brown floral tape.
Permanent wired vine can
also be used.
HOW TO 2:
Decorate the curly willow
collar with pearled cording
by entwining the cording
among the vines.
HOW TO 3:
Create four hairpins from
heavy-gauge wire, and pin the
willow collar into the bouquet
holder with the hairpins.

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