autumn wedding flowers


Tomorrow is Mustang Sally's wedding... she's the assistant coach of the Cheerios. The girls are a little beside themselves with excitement to see Sally in her gown. As Saucy's gift, she made the bouquet for the bride to carry on her big day. It's kind of an awkward thing to get photographs of when holding a camera on your own, but you get the idea. She's pretty pleased with the way it turned out and she hopes that Mustang Sally will be, too. The Cheerios will be waiting at the church to hand it to her when she steps inside.


Oh, and the flowers? They are breathtaking. Saucy got most of them at her very favourite local florist, Blossoms. It's her go-to for blooms when she needs them because there's always something beautiful and a little unusual to put into a bouquet or arrangement and for some reason, they last longer. This bouquet has beautiful orange parrot tulips, coral spray roses, yellow tea roses tipped with orange, brilliant orange dahlias, alstroemeria, hypericum berries, miniature sunflowers, orange freesia (so fragrant) and even tiny unripened blackberries - they have an orange hue right now.


Wrapping an informal bouquet like this isn't difficult but there are a few tricks to flower placement because some flowers have stems that resist bending and others are quite pliable. In this case, it was best to start with the long stemmed roses nearer the centre and start building around them, filling with the smaller buds and leaving a little room for the flowers to open fully overnight. Saucy doesn't wire her stems together - she has some cool stuff that's like an indestructible binding twine - but it's as thin as cello tape so it doesn't add bulk as more flowers are added and taped into place. This bouquet will withstand a small tornado.

In the morning, Saucy will pluck out any stray greenery that didn't fall nicely into place as the flowers opened, cull any bruised petals that look worse for wear and give the bottoms of the stem one last trim to be completely even... or not... sometimes the uneven stems can look a little charming... what do you think?

The fabric cuff wrapped around the stems Saucy picked up at the floral wholesale and it's handy because the whole bouquet can spend the night in a vase and be pulled out of water at the very last minute before the cuff is slipped back on with its velcro closure and handed to the bride.

Well, wish Mustang Sally congratulations. And some luck for Saucy. She's taking the wedding pictures. You'll see a few of them here next week, okay?

17 comments:

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Beautiful bouquet! I hope the wedding turns out wonderfully.

Nikki said...

WOW, those are beautiful! You have an excellent eye for color! I think she will be pleased with them, and will look great in her photos!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you did an amazing job, and I'm a florist. Are you sure you never worked in as a floral designer?

Steff

Suzy said...

Love it! Fall flowers and colors are so beautiful. I wish I could have been married in the Fall, but when your a teacher you are subjected to the summer hoping it is not 110 degrees outside.

Jerri-Lea said...

Congrats Mustang Sally! Your photos are going to be incredible! I only ever shot one wedding, it was so stressful. Fortunately the bride loved her photos.

Saucy said...

Well friends, it's early in the morning and I'm up and ready to go... almost! I'm making sure all camera batteries are super charged and the memory cards are clear and free. I've packed my "kit": camera supplies plus tissues, bandaids, parking money, my medication, breath mints...

And guess what? JWOWW the Cheerio is coming to help me take pictures. Loopy has to go to another function tonight. JWOWW is going to be a pretty famous photographer someday. I just know it.

Dayle said...

Ooooh is that Italian Ruscus I spy? It's the best greenery I think. :)

Angela said...

well my dear,

I was a wedding floral designer for years and I must say, I would have hired you in a second if you can whip together something like that practically with your eyes closed! Your choices were impeccable, the color, line, shape, and freshness, spot on - all and all a gorgeous end product I am sure that Sally will love it!

Good luck with the photos, I am sure that they will be gorgeous and a lot of fun to shoot! (PS: charge the battery!) ; )

Saucy said...

Yes, I will make sure I have my batteries charged... in all of my cameras! I've had issues lately (Jonas Brothers)!!

Joanne said...

Gorgeous! Love all those fall colors! Can't wait to see pics next week!

dragonflydreamer said...

You are so incredibly talented with wicked good taste. The bride's bouquet is gorgeous! My sister isn't a blogger, but I gave her your blog address because she has so much in common with you and I know she will be so inspired by you and all of your creative endeavors.

Rosa said...

What a fabulous arrangement. Such brilliant colors! Congrats to Mustang Sally. Can't wait to see pics of the wedding!

MJ said...

Wonderful bouquet! You are so talented! You even managed to find tulips in this season?! I would have loved tulips for my autumn wedding but no luck! Amazing what is available on the market!

Pepper said...

Beautiful. I am sure she was thrilled with them.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Lovely! I'm all about sunflowers right now, so this pleased me:)

Lindsey Sail said...

Wow! These are beautiful, you are very talented!

leafletdistributor said...

Nicely done! just as perfect as the wedding should be! keep it up! great design!