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These Bouquet Blueprints are literally my favorite articles that I share here each month. There is something so special about holding wedding bouquets, and I’m the lucky gal who gets to play dress up with amazing designs that the insanely talented Floral Design by Jacqueline Ahne creates just for us. Like this Crimson Christmas stunner. Deep red blooms including Amaryllis, the holiday fav, and lightly silver-spray painted seeded eucalyptus bring this christmas bouquet to life. The red anemones provide the perfect pop of white, while the hypericum berries add a shiny red texture that reminds me of cranberries… all tied up with a big red bow!
Amaryllis is an iconic Christmas flower making it perfect for this winter bouquet. It is only available November till April with peak availability December and January. They come in a wide range of red and pink tones including some stripped varieties. When designing with this flower be careful not to touch the blooms too often as they do tend to show damage easily. Anemones are also seasonal with their availability from November till May.
- 1/2 bunch seeded eucalyptus (with a light coat of silver spray paint)
- 3 stems red amaryllis
- 10 stems red anemones
- 8 stems deep red roses
- 6 stems hypericum berry
The anemones in this bouquet are the most sensitive to water. So it’s best to make sure they’re properly hydrated before designing the bouquet and to keep the finished product in water until ready to use. When removing the bouquet from water, allow extra time for the water to completely drain from the amaryllis. The stems are large and hollow which allows them to hold a large amount of water. Again, make sure to not overly handle the amaryllis blooms because they do show damage easily.
When adding an element of sparkle or metallic shine to a bouquet the easiest way is to paint foliage. This seeded eucalyptus is a perfect element to paint because it’s a hardy leaf that does not distort when painted and does not have multiple layers that need to be painted. Instead of a solid silver finish, a light almost glitter finish was used in this bouquet to give the illusion of a metallic look with out over powering the beautiful blooms. For a realistic look, it’s usually best to minimize painted elements and allow the natural blooms in the bouquet to shine.
Bouquet Blueprint Credits
Photography: Mike Carreiro Photography for Something Turquoise // Florals by: Floral Design by Jacqueline Ahne // Styling: Jen | Something Turquoise // gorgeous wedding dress courtesy of: Justin Alexander #8635
“We were inspired by Laura of Lauraland Design’s family cabin. It is nestled up against a national forest with wildlife galore and Colorado’s collegiate peaks towering in the distance. We wanted a truly DIY inspired party for this lovely couple. The rich color palate was chosen first; greens, browns, pops of red, and accents of gold. The short lace wedding dress from Blue Bridal Boutique was perfect to show off Lindsey’s winter boots. We borrowed and made many of the key pieces for the shoot including the fur Lindsey is wearing. It is a family heirloom of Laura’s mom. We stacked logs from the wood pile on the property to make up the cake table, pine needles and branches were found on the ground to as accents throughout the shoot, and we found all of the pinecones that made up Lindsey’s headpiece on the property…
The tablescape put together by Christina Dunn was made up of moss, candles, antlers, pinecones, pomegranates, lanterns, and artichokes. Melted wax on the candle holders gave them a romantic feel. Lindsay’s fiance, Dayne, dressed himself with some pointers from the girls. They make the perfect pair to photograph. We had so much fun putting this shoot together for a real couple in the mountains of Colorado.” – Tess Polivka Photography
Photography: Tess Polivka Photography // Event Planner: Christina Dunn of Belle & Bijou Social // Stationary: Lauraland Design // Cake: Whipped Bakery // Wedding dress: Blue Bridal Boutique // Real couple: Lindsay & Dayne
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