On November 3 & 4, I attended a 2 day intensive wedding floral workshop lead by the amazing Holly Chapple and Laura Iarocci. It was conducted at Laura’s studio, Faith Flowers, in Atlanta. It was a magical 2 days and we all learned so much. The flowers we worked with were gorgeous! I learned some interesting techniques like using an oasis bouquet holder inside a bouquet (in the middle amongst the rest of the flowers) to support more fragile flowers like ranunculus or dahlias.
On the first day we created a bouquet and a halo. We had so many flowers (stock, garden roses, ranunculus, gomphrena ….) to include in the bouquet, it was difficult keeping them all together. We wired the garden roses to give them more flexibility in movement. We did a combo of wiring and gluing for the halos.
On the second day, we made a large centerpiece arrangement. I watched as Laura used turkey wire to secure the floral foam into the container. Using turkey or chicken wire prevents the foam from breaking apart…. lest it fall over or be dropped (that never ever happens … ha!). Then Laura started by arranging plant line material (myrtle) to create the top of the centerpiece. She filled in the lower area with salal (aka lemonleaf). She also used pennycress (better photo of pennycress found here) and wax flower to fill in the bare spots. Pennycress – a weed – adds a nice light and feathery texture to arrangements.