For those of us who admired Kate Middleton’s bridal bouquet from her wedding to Prince William, Shane Connolly’s White Wedding class was a delight. We were able to recreate a bouquet similar to hers, delicate and detailed, under the watchful eye of the designer who designed the original. We only lacked Westminster Abbey and Lily of the Valley and a handsome young prince, but we managed to finish the day with beautiful bridal bouquets and an all white table.
One of the things English florists like Shane seem to be adept at is the wiring of flowers. It is an old-fashioned technique that requires a steady hand and a great deal of patience, however the results are quite wonderful. When you wire flowers such as Hyacinth and Amaryllis for a bridal bouquet, you are able to manipulate the stems (which are wires) in a way that would be inconceivable if the flowers were still attached to the stem. The look is beautifully natural and decidedly delicate. After a class with Shane, we all felt prepared to try this technique on our own.
In the afternoon, we created a high low centerpiece with a white theme using Spirea, Lilac, Anemones and Astrantia. The arrangements were timeless, unfussy and fresh.
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