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Bouquets: Stephanotis and the Victorian Rose

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter/Spring 1997

Pure white and as fragile as snowflakes, these blossoms, left, are traditional bridal favorites. Pearl-topped corsage pins are inserted into the bell of each flower -- either a teardrop or three small round-headed pins in each. A row of pins finishes the satin handle. A single blossom makes a captivatingly simple boutonniere.

The Victorian Rose
A fantasy bouquet can be constructed from 600 individual rose petals wired in place around a single, central flower. It took three people six hours to complete. Floral designer Michael George began by taking apart about 100 roses to remove the middle layer of petals, which have the right color, size, and firmness for the bouquet.

1. A loop of 24-gauge wire is threaded through the base of each petal and leaf. "We literally sew the petals with wire," says George.

2. The ends of each loop are squeezed together and bound with white floral tape.

3. Once all the petals and leaves are ready, he arranges the petals in concentric layers around the central flower and wraps the stems with floral tape after every layer.

4. A halo of leaves is wired on last, and the handle is finished with satin ribbon.

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