Hydrangea and Rose
Bridal Bouquet Design Techniques
This hydrangea and rose wedding bouquet is a continuing page from DIY tutorial. In the previous pages the body and cascade of the bouquet was made from the hydrangeas. It's now time to add light pink roses to the design.
Begin by cutting a long stemmed pink rose and inserting it into the bottom of the bouquet holder, pointing completely head down. Insert deep enough into the holder to secure it into the foam.
Since I wanted the next rose to face outward in the cascade rather than downward, I wired the rose, taped with with florist tape and bent the rose as shown.
I've attached a Cowee pick to the end of the wire. This will insert into the wet foam, swell slightly and tighten the stem of the rose in the Oasis. The slender wire by itself may slide out of the bouquet without the Cowee pick.
Now I come up in the cascade, above and to the right of the lowest rose. I nestle the wire deep in among the hydrangea blooms and insert the pick up into the bouquet holder. See how the full face of the rose now faces outward in the cascade?
Although I cut the stems of the other roses for the design long enough to insert in the bouquet, I'm going to go ahead and attach Cowee picks to these flowers as well. This is a crowded bouquet, with a lot of large stems in the foam. I want to be sure each stem is secure in the foam.
I quickly twist florist tape over the wire of the Cowee pick - but I am careful not to cover the cut end of the rose and leave plenty of wood exposed. I still want the flowers to be able to draw water out of the foam for nourishment. <
Without the florist tape the wire can sometimes catch and snag and become tangled when inserting the stem into the foam. .
I continue to add more roses, staggering up the cascade as I go.
I will continue to space out the rest of the roses. I'm going to add Gerbera daisies later, so I'm careful to leave space for those flowers to be inserted.
To avoid the look of a "flat" bouquet, I raise the heads of the roses above the hydrangeas, giving some depth to the bouquet design.
This hydrangea and rose wedding bouquet is now ready to have the pink gerber daisies added. It's actually pretty enough to carry down the aisle as it is right now!
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