Friday, May 31, 2013
floral arranging: week four, the bridal bouquet
This week in floral arranging the assignment was to make a bridal bouquet and boutonniere. My biggest challenges were finding the flowers. Prom season is here and roses are in high demand. I did consider visiting a rose garden with my clippers but was too afraid to get caught. I still wish I did as straight from the garden roses are so gorgeous.
After watching the videos, I came up with my color scheme which was whites, pinks and pale purple. I visited three grocers and two florists on the search for my perfect flowers. I did not find them but, I came as close as I could to my vision. I splurged on 5 white roses which were my favorite of the two roses here the other being pink ones that were really not that special. There are two varieties of spray roses in pink and white though quite different in shades giving it a nice balance and pale purple snapdragons.
All of my flowers were purchased yesterday and though I tried to complete my assignment that afternoon I ran out of time and would not have had natural light to photograph them in. I redid the arrangement this morning and photographed the arrangement while both kids were at school this morning. My second biggest challenge today was that the flowers were already starting to turn and drop while I worked on it because we are in the middle of a heat wave here and temperatures are in the 90's.
What I love best about this arrangement is the color scheme. It is not one I necessarily gravitate towards but, became very focused on. It is so feminine and light!
Well, if you make a bridal bouquet you also need to know how to make a boutonniere. For this I went with a bright pink tea rose to contrast with the pale pink spray rose. I had run out of white flowers.
I have really enjoyed this course and have learned a lot. It is a bit sad to see it end but, I know I will keep playing with flowers in the days to come.