Spring Wedding Bouquet

2022 promises to be a HUGE wedding season...and beyond beautiful when designing with the Pantone Color of the Year Very Peri. In this Flower School How-To Video Leanne demonstrates a modified spiral hand-tie technique as she creates a fragrant and romantic wedding bouquet with garden roses, white lilacs, and oh-so-sweet sweet peas! Enjoy!

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The wedding season for 2022 promises to be huge. With the Pantone color of the year, Very Peri, it promises to be beautiful. In this video, a romantic hand tied wedding bouquet.

As I was gathering my materials, I reached out to my friends at Florabundance.com. Their website is so easy to navigate and you can sort by color. So I started hunting for things that were the Pantone Very Peri hue. Look how wonderful sweet pea, scabiosa, lisianthus, gorgeous right in that palette. Then I added in some white because I ran across the lilacs and I thought, "I have to have lilacs." And roses, garden roses, the Princess Miyuki, and the Blanche spray rose. Paired together, it's going to be a beautiful bouquet. The base mechanics, I'm going to create an armature using one strand of Italian ruscus. I'm just going to pull it around on itself, tie them in a knot, then tucking it all together using just a small amount of bind wire, secure that in place and that becomes the base of the bouquet.

To begin the bouquet, adding in the roses. I've already removed the foliage and the thorns so that I can set them right down into my hand. Some tucked low, so it's going to add depth and then some, a little bit longer, so it adds height. Then turning, bringing in the Blanche spray rose, Turning, maybe one more of the Princess Miyuki, again, keeping it low. Turning, another of the Blanche and I've got a nice base to begin the bouquet. Now I can go back and start adding in my beautiful, Very Peri blooms. Maybe a stem of lisianthus, coming into the side, and turning. Maybe a sweet pea, letting it come out a little bit further, turning. You can always go back, find a bloom and slide it in so that you get some of that Very Peri towards the center, leaving it a little taller. With the armature of foliage, it helps hold everything in place so that you can just gracefully add blooms, letting it trail, bring in another bloom, sliding it through. And you'll find as you do this, if you work in front of a mirror, you can balance much more easily.

You can see I've started elongating, creating more oval form. That will allow me to add in the lilac, letting it trail outward, bringing in the white to the sides and turning. Another stem, turning. I think more of the sweet pea, getting a little more extension, more lilac. Balancing out on the opposite side, more sweet peas. Then coming back, looking at the front and the back, balancing. Looking to see which side do I want the front and which side do I want the back. I want them both beautiful but sometimes one is a little fuller than the other and the way my scabiosas are facing right now, I think my front is going to end up that direction. So then I'll continue adding blooms facing that direction so that I get fullness on the front and little bit flatter on the back.

As I finish, I look at the bouquet, front and back, check it in the mirror and look for holes. Where do you need to tuck in? Maybe another rose towards the center to get a more solid base, treating it in between all the scabiosa. Maybe pulling the scabiosa and repositioning so that you get everything right the way you want it to be. Doesn't have to be straight centered, but it needs to be balanced. Then coming back in, a little bit more of the Miyuki. Then turning again, double checking the back that it's covered in nicely. Turning it again, looking for where else you want to add a bloom, maybe another of the Princess Miyuki, out to the side. Turning, looking at the lisianthus again. Tucking it close. Then as you finish, got one last lilac, going to add that in there. To cover the base, fatsia leaves, tucking it in close, turning, creating a collar that supports all the stems and will conceal all your mechanics.

As you finish, you can tie it off using your bind wire that will lock everything in place. So it's comfortable to carry. Then cutting down the stems. Length can vary depending on your personal preference. The general rule of thumb, right now to stay on trend with length, is to cut them off about one hand length, so just a little below where my hand is holding, then wrap it with ribbon to conceal your mechanics.

The recipe, I sourced everything from Florabundance.com and then I mixed and matched with the white and the Very Peri hue. I started with one stem of the Italian ruscus. I ended with four stems of the fatsia. Then in the bouquet, I have five of the Princess Miyuki, two of the Blanche spray roses, and five of the lilac, ten sweet peas, 10 lisianthus, five scabiosas. And you can see it makes a beautiful bouquet.

At Floral Design Institute, we were thrilled with the Pantone color of the year, Very Peri, because it's such a flower friendly hue. You'll see so many videos, this bouquet and more on our website. Just search for Pantone Color of the Year and you'll see several different interpretations using these flowers.

Check out Flower School .com then gather your own flowers, create a beautiful romantic wedding bouquet. Take a picture, post it on social media and be sure to hashtag Floral Design Institute, so we all can see what you do, as you do something you love.

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