Archive for April, 2009
Traditionally, boutonniers and corsages are given to the immediate family, groomsmen and ushers. Sometimes they also are requested for the officiant and for those who perform a special task, i.e a reader, candle lighter, guest book person…
Boutonniers are usually made with one traditional or unusual flower, highlighted with texture, such as herbs, berries or small seedpods; or they can be made up with texture only. Often, the flower coordinates with the flowers of the bridal bouquet.
Corsages are larger and are made with several flowers. They usually consist of 3 or 4 flowers, or are made with great detail , using a selection of small blooms and texture. Pin-on corsages are most popular, but some ladies prefer a wrist corsage or a corsage pinned on their small purse. Sometimes the mothers of the bride and groom prefer a small nosegay: this is a small hand-tied bouquet, wrapped with ribbon or carried in a small silver holder.
Only flowers that do well out of water for many hours are suited for corsages and boutonniers. Roses, calla lilies, freesia, lily of the valley, orchids, blossoms of stock, nerines and delphinium, many herbs, berries and seedpods are all good choices.
This nosegay, tucked in a lovely silver holder, is made up with herbs, grasses, seedpods, berries, scabiosa and cymbidium orchids
Lavender, dill, small succulents, berries, seedpods, pineapple blossoms and scabiosa buds were used for this delicate and detailed wrist corsage
In every culture around the world, wreaths always have been associated symbolism of eternal love.
They can be designed around walls and doors and used in a variety of ways as centerpieces. Or they can be worn as head dresses by brides or flower girls alike.
This wreath, covered with dahlias, roses, chocolate cosmos, scabiosa, green blackberries, figs and other textures sits on the rim of a compote, filled with berries, cherries and plums
This wedding took place at the beach house of the bride’s parents. The front door was decorated with a wreath made out of driftwood that the bride had collected at the beach a few weeks prior to the wedding.
The new class schedule for the spring/summer classes is up on my website.
You will learn how to utilize the bounty of the Willamette Valley, whether from backyard gardens, the local farmer’s market or the grocery. Classes emphasize readily-available materials and common household items to create one-of-a-kind arrangement that are an expression of your unlimited creativity and ingenuity. These classes will change the way you look at your own garden, our abundant landscape and the world around you. Please call early to reserve your place!(503-236-5829).
The hands-on classes are limited to 8 students per class and are conducted at my studio – 2754 SE 33rd Place, Portland, OR 97202. Prices include flowers, supplies, use of tools, and best of all, your creation goes home with you! Receipt of your payment for the full tuition secures your place in the class.
If you would like to schedule a special class for a group of friends to celebrate birthdays or other special occasions, you can request times on weekends, weekdays or evenings.
Kate Bryant, who is professional gardener, as well as a writer for Portland Spaces Magazine, has attended several classes in the last few months. She offered to write an article about her experience – please check out her blog entry at: http://www.portlandspaces.net/blog/plantwise
Here are some examples of what you will learn:
Small flower balls, also called pomanders, or delicate posies arranged in a willow or satin basket are popular for the little ones. If you like the idea of having the flower girl throw some rose petals, make sure to check with the site if throwing petals is allowed. Eight or nine year old flower girls often like to carry a small bouquet. Head wreaths, made with delicate blossoms and berries are always a sweet touch.
A small boutonnier is perfect for the ring bearer ; he can also carry a pillow made with small flowers or moss.
These flower pillows were made with kermit mums, dotted with small pearls.
There are several ways of decorating a pew end. Pew arrangements range from the extravagant to the small. Lavish cascading arrangements, attached to the pews or candelabras, create a sense of opulence. However, the budget-minded can decorate by embellishing only every third or fourth pew and by being creative. For example, by using more texture and greens and fewer flowers, the arrangements can be made less expensive, but just as eye-catching. Here are some examples:
During the spring, flowering branches can be very effective. Summer and fall offers such an array of berries, pods, fruits and amazing foliage; they can be used in fabulous hand-tied arrangements for the pews. Later they can be transferred to chair-backs at the reception. In the winter, small swags of holly and evergreens will be wonderfully aromatic and they will add the perfect touch at the ceremony.
The dark wooden pews were lavishly decorated with white and pale pink cascading arrangements.
Cones, covered with aspidistra leaves, are filled with hydrangeas. Later the cones can be hung on chair-backs or they can be placed on window sills or on the buffet.