Floral Idea of the Week (05)

Bridal bouquet

Majestic green

The godfathers of this arrangement could be the golden orbs of emperors and kings.

But in this case it is only one hemisphere made of hard floral foam, covered with overlapping olive leaves using pins and glue, and ending up looking very noble. The bride holds it between her fingers, a very simple operation that needs no special introduction.

The rod which is about 60 cm long runs down from the hemisphere and holds everything else. 5 gauge and 7 gauge wires are fixed to it using the overlap technique to form a kind of “brush“ which is then sprayed with grey paint. Blossoms and berries are then skewered and glued on to the ends of the wires. The glue also guarantees that the incisions are properly closed to avoid too rapid moisture loss.

Despite its length, the bouquet is as light as a feather and so causes no discomfort to the bride.

Design alternatives:
If a denser surface structure is desired, other techniques, such as garland making, or squashing together bronze net followed by covering it with floral material, and so on, would be appropriate. In this arrangement however the aim was to achieve transparency and the overlapping wire technique was chosen. It provides the noble Dendrobium orchids plenty of air, to be displayed to their full advantage together with the Hypericum berries.

Floral materials:
Olea europaea (leaves). Dendrobium x hybr. 
Callocephalus brownii. Hypericum (berries).
Vanda rothschildiana (aerial roots). 
Hoya linearis. Lichen fibres.

Nonfloral materials:
5 and 7 gauge wire. Tension wire. Cold adhesive. 
Grey spray paint. Dry floral foam. Pins.

More information?
You will find them in the book „Bound plus“!

In his second book work of floral craftsmanship Gregor Lersch comprehensively covers the theme „tied arrangements“ and everything that evolved therefrom over the course of time: contemporary bridal bouquet techniques, hand-held bouquets for all seasons as well as free standing tied arrangements. Though it is the craft techniques that are given pre-eminence, design, thematic elements, and botanical and emotional aspects of the arrangements are not ignored.
Contemporary examples of applications of techniques, as well as of their meaning within the design process are provided. It is afterall only in the execution that the chosen technique proves itself to be sensible and intelligent. 150 arrangements relevant to design practice are supported with a separate technical section and the obligatory pull out margin in order that each arrangement can be practically copied.