“A thoughtfully chosen photo frame becomes a distinctive ready-made collar for a seasonal bridal bouquet”
Creating amazing armatures and bouquet collars is standard practice among contemporary floral artists today. In addition to being functional, these structures can lend a signature element to the designers’ compositions. Often, however, they can be labor intensive to create – so much so that their cost isn’t affordable or justifiable (if the floral designer adequately charges for his or her time and materials!).
Looking for innovative ready-made alternatives, Arthur Williams, AIFD, EMC, CPF, ventured into a local craft store. Viewing common items in a different light, he found several adaptable options, including the very affordable ($6) laser-cut “filigree”-patterned photo frame he incorporated into this bouquet. With the addition of a few taped wires, Arthur transformed the romantically ornate wood frame into a unique, custom bouquet collar, which could be further customized with wood stain or paint. The photo frame can be repurposed after the wedding by the bride to display a favorite wedding photo.
To create harmony and unity between the collar and the bouquet, Arthur added three multi-petaled wood flowers into the design which, with the resurgence in popularity of dried and preserved botanicals, are very on-trend and perfect for autumn weddings!
In addition, Arthur chose a soft neutral color palette to evoke the feeling of late fall or early winter, and he selected the botanicals for their textural qualities, to elicit thoughts of comfy sweaters and a seasonal woodsiness.
Tape three or four lengths of taped 18-gauge wire with green or light green stem wrap, and then wrap brown paper-covered wire around one end (approximately 2 inches) of each of the pieces of taped wire. This will help camouflage that section of each wire when you attach them to the wood frame.
Attach the lengths of taped wire to the wood frame, equidistantly spaced, by twisting the paper-covered-wire ends tightly around the inner edge of the frame. This will create a support structure (“handle”) for the frame with which it can be secured to the bouquet.
Create the bouquet using the spiral hand-tied technique, arranging the stems through the opening in the photo frame collar.
Wrap the binding point of the stems with your preferred material (waterproof tape, raffia, covered wire, cable tie, etc.), and then camouflage that wrapping with a coordinating ribbon of your choice.