With the centerpieces complete, it's time to begin focusing on the personal flowers.
For this particular wedding there were no attendants, so I only had Carrie's bridal bouquet to do. Needless to say, it had to be magnificent. She wanted it to be a huge, and the true focal point of the day. I had set aside the best cuts of garden roses for her, as well as the laciest bunches of maidenhair fern, clematis vine, and all the peachy ranunculus (very scarce at the time) and set to work.
Some designers wrap and wire their bouquets stem by stem as they go. I, however, do everything in hand without wires or tape, which allows me to control and change the shape of the bouquet as I go. Though I knew this bouquet would be large when finished, I wanted it to have an airiness and lightness to it, like it was breathing. Below are a few images of the finished bouquet at the studio. Notice that I attached some sweet beaded pieces I found at the flea market to the stem wrap.
Now that all the major elements -- boutonnieres, corsages, flower girl halos, cocktail flowers, etc. -- are in place, and we're all packed up, we snuggle the flowers into a cooler and wait for Saturday morning to arrive.