choice bouquets

Color-focused hand-tieds, tussies and sheaves for any style of autumn or winter wedding.
Designs by Talmage McLaurin, AIFD

in the loop

     An armature created of loops of sisal ribbon makes assembly of this gardeny hand-tied bouquet quick and easy. The honeycomblike structure of ribbon, which creates a scalloped edge underneath the bouquet, holds botanicals in a range of bronze, yellow, green and white hues. For additional interest, and to show off their textural, vivid amber centers, sunflowers are used with their petals removed.

Materials: miniature callas from CallaCo; sunflowers, black-eyed Susans and Queen Anne’s lace from favorite suppliers; ribbon from Berwick Offray.

golden glory

     A feathery cluster of goldenrod is accented with rows of similarly hued roses and variegated croton leaves. The distinctive patterns of the overlapped foliage offer great textural contrast to the diminutive blooms of the goldenrod. To create this hand-tied sheaf, the stems of each floral “layer” are bound with waterproof tape, beginning with the goldenrod and finishing with the croton leaves, each of which is wired and taped. Ribbon conceals the final tape binding.

Materials: ‘Gold Strike’ roses, goldenrod (Solidago) and croton leaves from favorite suppliers; Oasis® Waterproof Tape from Oasis® Floral Products.

more than words

     Romantic and literary, this dramatic bouquet exhibits a personalized charm with a special leaf treatment. This technique is a great way to incorporate a book with special meaning to the bridal couple or to repurpose one that is past its prime. Try this technique with books of poetry or those written in other languages.

Materials: miniature callas from CallaCo; miniature Cymbidium orchids and ninebark (Physocarpus) from favorite suppliers; salal from The Sun Valley Group; Elegant® Bouquet Holder from Oasis® Floral Products; Tack 2000 spray adhesive from Design Master Color Tool.

... To view 6 more designs, look to the September 2010 issue of Florists' Review.

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