Afternoon all. I hope you enjoyed this mornings thirty under thirty. We now have some DIY inspiration for you from Liz at Blue Sky Flowers. It is based on her mother’s wedding bouquet, which I think is such a beautifully sentimental idea.
photography by Kate Nielan
David Austin Patience Roses
Paper White Narcissi
Tools you will need –
As with any bouquet, start by preparing and conditioning your flowers – strip them of any unnecessary leaves and foliage, cut the stem with sharp scissors and place in fresh water. Put them into groups and decide what will be your feature flower – I wanted the David Austin Roses and the Lilac to be the lead with the Narcissi, Freesia as supporting cast
Take a rose, then a stem of lilac, then a piece of foliage into your hand, holding them lightly between first finger and thumb of whichever hand feels most comfortable. Gradually add the other flowers, crossing the stems in your hand so that the head of the flower is at angle to the left and the end of the stem is to the right and the flowers create a spiral
Check the flower heads are level and create a soft dome shape, adjust the stems up or down as necessary
When you have finished and are happy with the size of the bouquet, take a length of twine and wind it firmly around the binding point in your hand, tying the ends securely and trimming
Finish with a band of ribbon and pearl pins, cut the stems neatly
If you can research your mum’s bridal bouquet, find a suitable photo to follow or ask her what it included and I can base your wedding bouquet on your Mum’s and include special sentimental items into the bouquet such as a piece of jewellery or a piece of lace from her wedding dress, for example.
If you are a crafty bride, you can enroll onto a Blue Sky Flowers workshop and learn how to make your very own bouquet (details at the end of the post)
Our Wedding Bouquet Workshops, held at Blue Sky Flowers’ studio at New Covent Garden Flower Market, will leave participants clued up on how to choose and prepare their flowers and they will then create their own unique bouquet to take home at the end of the session
Workshops cost £70 per head and include materials, flowers and a glass of bubbly to add a sense of occasion. The workshops are dependent on availability and can be run for between 2 and 8 people
For more information, to make an enquiry or book a workshop, contact Liz Inigo Jones –
T: 07973 601045