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Personal flowers for pint-size bridesmaids and tiny attendants.

When cherubic young children are asked to lend their little hands to any matrimonial union, they often have a way of stealing the show. So as they stroll down the aisle, with every eye upon them, pair them with equally show-stopping personal flowers to share the spotlight. These selections, for fall and winter weddings, will undoubtedly fill the bill.

Designs by Talmage McLaurin, AIFD

Dresses from the WaWa Collection from Watters & Watters

beaded blossoms
This coordinating boutonniere, corsage and pomander set features a spray version of the new ‘Lea Romantica’ garden roses. The exquisite blooms, some of which are clipped from the central stem, are accessorized by sprays of beads and beaded blossoms, the crimson hues of which unite the peachy roses with the ruddy Gerbera centers featured in the pomander. Assembled as an elongated corsage, the little lady’s personal flowers resemble an exquisitely tailored detail on the gorgeous gown.

MATERIALS: ‘Lea Romantica’ garden spray roses from Flower Transfer; Oasis® Sphere from Smithers-Oasis; Floratape Stem Wrap from Alcan Packaging; beaded garland from Hill’s Imports, Inc./Park’s Company; ribbon from Renaissance Ribbon; Gerberas (centers) and coral-bells (Heuchera) foliage from favorite supplier.


autumn pillow

Chrysanthemums and sea holly, in a fall palette of gold and russet hues, compose a seasonally organic trim for this charming ring-bearer’s pillow. The blooms are glued—with liquid floral adhesive in this case, but low-temperature glue also can be used—onto the pillow’s lacy trim, most of which is snipped off and discarded. Gold-trimmed beaded sprays lend a bit of shimmer to the pillow’s botanical edging and to the coordinating sea-holly boutonniere.

MATERIALS: chrysanthemums, sea holly (Eryngium) and Hypericum from Fresca Farms; bead sprays from Jim Marvin Enterprises; Square Pillow from Syndicate Sales; FloraGlu Liquid Adhesive from Floralife.

fragrant pomander
TFrom Meilland’s “Garden Rose” collection, the large, citrus-scented golden rose is a grand focal point in this alluring autumnal pomander that also features several of the delightful new ‘Romantica’ family spray garden roses and a texturally intriguing sea holly. The materials are glued to a handcrafted ribbon orb base and also are applied, with liquid floral adhesive, to a plastic headband, which becomes a refreshing alternative to the traditional garland headpiece.

MATERIALS: ‘Toulouse Lautrec,’ ‘Sunny Romantica,’ ‘Lea Romantica’ and ‘Quatre Cœurs’ garden roses from Flower Transfer; sea holly (Eryngium) and Hypericum from Fresca Farms; ribbon from Morex Corp.; FloraGlu Liquid Adhesive from Floralife; Gerberas (centers) from favorite supplier.


carnation glamour

Reflecting some of the sparkle of the holiday season, creative wire coils in sparkling silver and fuchsia are paired with gold and fuchsia corsage pins that are inserted through the coils’ centers. The inventive accents, grouped into small clusters, are pierced into the centers of some of the crimson-tipped carnations, which are assembled in a lavish nosegay. Used in mass, these basic bicolor blossoms achieve a dramatic winter chic, and used singly, they make striking boutonnieres for the gentlemen.

MATERIALS: wire coils from Fleur de Wire/Artistic Wire; Ocean® Brand corsage pins from Milton Adler Company; carnations and silver holder from favorite suppliers.

winsome winter snow

A glistening snowflake Christmas ornament is an elegant armature for these frosted pink spray garden roses, which are snipped apart, wired and taped, and slipped through the snowy holiday accessory. The flake’s pearly tips add a dramatic wintry collar, the icy effects of which are echoed in the dusty miller accents. Attached with a hairpin-shaped wire, a metallic mesh tube ribbon shimmers softly beneath the diminutive creation.

MATERIALS: ‘Lea Romantica’ garden spray roses from Flower Transfer; snowflake ornament from Bethany Lowe Designs; Knit Wire Tubing from Accent Décor; dusty miller from favorite supplier.

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