Salal Leaf

Wedding Bouquet Tutorial

Now comes the fun part.  I love the look of a hand tied bouquet - but as a florist I advocate that a continual water source (such as Oasis foam) which is vital to the life of the flowers. 

Bouquet holders also are much easier for DIY brides than having to master the technique of rotating a large handful of flowers in order to achieve a rounded, well designed look of a true hand tie.

Thus I have the best of both worlds when I create a "mock hand tied" look for bridal bouquets using a holder   This gives the flowers stability, considerably lessens the weight and bulk of the final design and provides a continual water source for the flowers.

I love the look of Salal (also commonly known as "Lemon Leaf").  It is available year round and the leaves have a dark green glossy finish.  The leaves are fairly broad, usually measuring about 3 or 4 inches long.  They are usually packed in 2-pound bundles - so the amount of stems you receive is bases on weight, not number of stems.

Lemon leaf has a flat face surface and looks beautiful for edging bouquets, backing corsages and boutonnieres or clustered in centerpieces.

The leaves spiral around the center stalk and face in different directions.  I like cutting them off the center stem so I have more control in a bouquet of how to place the face upward to it's best advantage.

I want to create the illusion of a hand tied bouquet for this design, so I began adding clusters of lemon leaf around the edge of the holder.

Don't worry about perfect placement unless you want a flat collar look.  I'm just tucking the leaves in the sides to give the illusion of a casual bouquet of flowers hand gathered together and framed with greenery.

Extend the leaves a little beyond the outer flower heads and tilt downward a little, to hide the underside of the bouquet holder.

Add as many as you find pleasing to your design.  I wanted a casual frame to surround the entire bridal bouquet, so I used only a few leaves.

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