Crown of beauty

Ro­man­tic roses, del­i­cate peonies, gor­geous green­ery – from na­ture’s pret­ti­est of­fer­ings, Vic Brother­son cre­ates head­wear to in­spire

New Zealand Weddings - - CONTENTS AUTUMN 2014 - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Cather­ine gratwicke & kyle books

Flo­ral stylist vic brother­son helps you cre­ate al­lur­ing flower ar­range­ments for your day

Flow­ers are un­ri­valled for their abil­ity to brighten any room. A long-stand­ing sym­bol of cel­e­bra­tion, na­ture and pu­rity, no em­bel­lish­ment im­bues ro­mance more than an abun­dance of fresh blooms. Whether it’s del­i­cate hair gar­lands, boun­ti­ful bou­quets or flo­ral clus­ters grac­ing the backs of re­cep­tion chairs, there are many ways to spread blos­somed love. As UK flo­ral stylist Vic Brother­son (who cre­ated Kate Moss’ wed­ding ar­range­ments) ex­plains in her new book

Vin­tage Wed­ding Flow­ers, your choice of big-day blooms is a di­rect re­flec­tion of your per­son­al­ity and style. Here, Vic demon­strates how to cre­ate petalled crowns.

A sIm­plE hAIr gAr­lAnd

Hair gar­lands, head­dresses and cir­clets ( all the same thing) are re­ally pop­u­lar, and not just for lit­tle flower girls, but also for the bride to wear af­ter­wards or for the cer­e­mony it­self. if mak­ing for the bride, i’d rec­om­mend you do a test run first, as they are time con­sum­ing and quite fid­dly. ideally they should be made on the morn­ing of the wed­ding, though at a pinch they can be made the evening be­fore. you also need to check that it’s com­fort­able, and achieves the look you want ( isn’t too lit­tle Bo Peep! ) the over­all tech­nique is the same for dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents, though the in­di­vid­ual flow­ers may have slightly dif­fer­ent wiring meth­ods. mixed fine wires of vary­ing gauges 0.38 to 0.9mm (for the flow­ers) About 30 flower heads, if small, or 15 to 20, if mixed and looser, as shown on the op­po­site page, top right (here the flow­ers are corn­flower, wild spray rose, laven­der, al­lium, flow­er­ing grass) strong wire as the base ( 0.9mm up­wards) made into a cir­cu­lar shape to fit the head gut­ter tape (you can use plas­tic or paper op­tions, green or white, depend­ing on per­sonal choice) string or rib­bon to tie at the back

1 Cut the selected flow­ers short, and let them drink in a jar of wa­ter for a cou­ple of hours so they are as strong as pos­si­ble be­fore they are wired. Make a base from a strong but not-too-heavy wire. Use the gut­ter tape to cover the wire and then make two loops at each end so you can eas­ily at­tach rib­bon or string when you are ready to wire the flow­ers.

‘ideally they should be made on the morn­ing of the wed­ding, though at a pinch they can be done the evening be­fore.’

2 Cut the flow­ers, leav­ing only a very short stem, and wire in one of two pos­si­ble ways: through the head with a U shape, push­ing the two legs through the flower head and ei­ther side of the short stem, then use one to wrap around the stem and other leg of the wire; or take the U-shaped wire through the stem leav­ing even amounts ei­ther side and fold down to sit ei­ther side of the stem and again wrap one leg of the wire around the stem and the other leg of the wire. Cut all the wired stems to lengths of ap­prox­i­mately 3 to 5cm.

Use the tape to cover the wires on each flower (make sure it is tightly bound – warm, dry hands make this eas­ier!).

4 Start­ing at one end, place a flower onto the base and tape it on. Con­tinue plac­ing and tap­ing the flow­ers onto the wire. Avoid cut­ting the tape – you will end up with a smarter, cleaner fin­ish.

5 Once you have fin­ished, make sure the two ends look pretty when next to each other and not too un­bal­anced (if it does not look right, you can al­ways add an ex­tra flower), then fin­ish by mak­ing sure the tape is firmly stuck be­fore cut­ting. At­tach rib­bon or string through the loops and bend the gar­land gen­tly into a cir­cu­lar shape. Ad­just the flower po­si­tions if nec­es­sary, but do so very care­fully – this is eas­i­est when the gar­land is on a per­son.

Rose­bud cir­clet A sim­ple mix of open and closed spray rose­buds would work equally well on flower girls, as smaller, finer cir­clets are per­fect on their lit­tle heads. Good luck heather Sin­gle-stem flow­ers are easy to thread. Stronger va­ri­eties such as...

Nat­u­ral in­no­cence A sim­ple cir­clet of gyp­sophila rests lightly on loose ten­drils. There are few flow­ers that can en­cap­su­late a wed­ding in a sin­gle swoop but lily of the val­ley and gyp­sophila do ex­actly that. Lily of the val­ley should be used...

ib­sestr Nat­u­ral omwaon­rtnni a dcw iabtnl­hodousudyt r, eatah­mviyse ilh. aen­dad­dirse ss

Ucme­on­saved­keert­thotte aeogt­tuwal­toc­tio­her­pre tti­aab­htp­beoenn at­coh wh s e r .

Scented gar­land The sim­plest of slen­der hair gar­lands made from rose­mary and laven­der. Us­ing fresh laven­der is best as it doesn’t drop.

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