wedding bouquet

textural showstoppers

Suggest this dramatic bouquet and coordinating cocktail ring for brides and their attendants.

Brides searching for tropical-inspired or out-of-the-ordinary floral accents will be wowed by this stunning bouquet, with its spiky textures and warm color palette. A hip, oversized cocktail ring featuring a billy button makes a complementary, modern accessory to accompany attendants or others in the ceremony.

The bouquet is constructed by first inserting deciduous huckleberry stems around the base of a bouquet holder, then trimming them with scissors into an even circle. After the pincushions (Leucospermum ‘High Gold’) and conebushes (Leucadendron ‘Lennox’) are arranged, the bouquet is encircled by a “ribbon” of decorative mesh that is cut into a strip with frayed edges.

Sturdy Cymbidium orchid petals and Hydrangea florets form the base for the colorful, attention-grabbing billy button (Craspedia) on the ring, which is handmade from aluminum and bullion wire. Choose these or similar sturdy blossoms.

MATERIALS: Silver Aluminum Wire and Bullion Wire and Oasis® Floral Adhesive from Smithers-Oasis; ArtMesh® from ArtMesh/Earth-Deco; Leucospermums, Leucadendrons and deciduous huckleberry from California cut flower growers; miniature Cymbidium orchid, billy button (Craspedia) and Hydrangea from favorite suppliers.

Ring design by Christina M. Burton, AIFD

Bouquet from Winning Bouquet Combinations. To order, call (800) 367-4708, or visit the “Bookstore” here.
 
HOW TO 1:
Coil aluminum wire several
times around your finger to
create the ring form, leaving
the tail of the aluminum wire
bent upward on the top side
of the ring.
 
HOW TO 2:
Flatten a ball of bullion wire as
a base for the flowers, and
impale it on the vertical
aluminum wire tail. Trim the
tail to about a quarter of an
inch, at a 45-degree angle.
 
HOW TO 3:
Remove the center from a mini Cymbidium, and affix the outer petals to the ring base with floral adhesive. Glue on Hydrangea petals, and finish with a billy button impaled on the aluminum wire tail.

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