April 02, 2013

I am absolutely obsessed with today’s gorgeous Bouquet Blueprint!!! Beautiful hues of yellow, green and orange make up with stunning bunch… and there are so many textures I don’t know where to look first! Perfect for any spring or summer wedding… especially since we are all in love with bright colors this season!

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BOUQUET // This bright mix is available all year round! Some products such as the Billy Balls and cotton bolls are available dried or can easily be dried after the event for a long lasting keepsake. For this bouquet dried cotton bolls were used and can be purchased many places online. Since the stems of the Cotton Bolls are cut short the stem is simply glued into the bouquet using floral glue. Multiple blooms come on each stem of spray roses and the number of blooms will vary per stem. For stems with fewer blooms, cluster them together for a fuller look.

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PRESERVING ELEMENTS // Many Brides like to keep part of their bouquet as a long last memento. This bouquet has some perfect elements to air dry! The Billy Balls as well as cotton bolls will hold their color perfectly when they are completely dry. Spray roses will change color slightly however they hold their shape just as well as a standard rose. An easy way to dry these flowers would be to hang them upside down in a dry area leaving space between the blooms to prevent a buildup of moisture. This process can take two weeks or longer. Apply a light coat of hair spray after they are completely dry.

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RECIPE // 6 stems of Hanging Amaranthus // 3 stems of Song of India // 10 Stems Billy Balls (Craspedia) // 9 Stems “Babe” Spray Roses // 9 Stems “Sun City” Spray Roses // 5 Cotton Bolls (with a short stem)

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CARE // All of these flowers are very hardy. They can be kept out of water for hours at a time and shows little wear. Spray roses do dehydrate quicker than standard roses and should remain in a small amount of water until ready to use. In extreme heat a light mist over the flowers while out of water will be beneficial and slow the dehydration process.

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BOUTONNIERES // When selecting blooms to use in boutonnieres there are a few things to keep in mind; size, longevity and ability to withstand abuse. Spray roses and Billy Balls pass these criteria with flying colors! They are light weight and show very little abuse from hugs. Song of India leaves also make perfect accents as they bring in the bright yellow color and remain perfect throughout the day since they are tropical foliage. Song of India was used a few different ways in these boutonnieres; on the stems, long and looped.

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Amazing photography by: Studio 11 Weddings // gorgeous florals by: Floral Designs by Jacqueline Ahne // styling/layout by: Jen | Something Turquoise


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