[MUSIC] Welcome to the flower school comm video library. I’m Leanne Kessler, director of the Floral Design Institute. And today I’ve got fifty flowers Calm in the studio. These protea are so fabulous. All of them on their website In this bridal bouquet. I’ll show you the professional techniques for making it lightweight and easy to hold and still luxuriously fabulous. We have so many fabulous flowers for this bouquet. The starting point, the gorgeous. King Protea. It’s amazing, super long-lasting and fabulous, Then from there, I just went through the 50 flower’s website and picked things by color. I started with some garden. Roses, it’s called natural pink. Then I wanted to go Darker for the autumn palette brought in the Jame’s story and the beautiful Marsala or maroon and then added texture, Scabiosa pods. Oh, they are grand and then eucalyptus so many different varieties from the Guney to the seated to the spiral Silver Dollar, lots of eucalyptus all to support the King Pro TIA. The biggest problem, really the only problem of working with the King. Protea is their stems. They’re so huge if I were to use two of them in the bridal bouquet, adding them together, not great. Look at those stems, it’s heavy, so you can take care of that as a professional florist. Do you know, just go ahead? Remove that stem. Cut it down! You can leave the leaves or not. I’m going to leave them because I like them then. Using an 18 gauge wire, just feed it through the leaves and then bend it down and repeat that you need at least two 18 gauge wires and it wouldn’t hurt to do three. That’s what I’m going to do is three of them. I’m just feeding it through the leaves, not piercing the stem, and it really can’t pierce it so hard and Woody, Then using your floral binding tape, the croissant ace tape that tightly together and create an artificial stem to support the flower by removing the stem, you remove weight bulk and by replacing it with the wire gives it so much more manageable, so then the question is always. How long is that going to last because there’s no water source, So I did one ahead. This one has been out of water for 48 hours and you can see 48 hours later. It’s still quite beautiful as I begin the bouquet. I shadow one of the Proteus, just slightly below and behind the other, so you can see how it just tucks in there. Then I can squeeze the stems tightly. That helps get the bonding started then. All you do is begin the bouquet like you would normally. Maybe you want to add little bit of the seeded eucalyptus sliding it into your hands head, one direction stem the other getting that spiral started, maybe a little bit of the goony eucalyptus getting some nice movement, then turn it bringing in another bit of the Silver Dollar. You can see the texture begins, then turn fill-in you just keep turning until you’re ready to add flowers as you add the flowers, it’s the same thing. Just keep tucking them in as you wouldn’t a spiral bouquet. That’s all we’re doing is creating a spiral hand. Hi, but using wired stems as the base coming in with some of the Scabiosa pods, tucking them low and tight to draw the eye inward, positioning them with the Protea, then bringing in a garden rose maybe to group together, then giving it a turn. The orchids pull a few out here, wait, drape out in a second turning thinking about the line, making nice horizontal movement with the focal emphasis lower floor. Ats remove them. Maybe save them for later and won’t work in this bouquet, but maybe in a corsage or a boutonniere. I’ll be bringing in a few more of the scatty of the pod, tucking them in and then looking at it in a mirror to make sure that everything is exactly where you wanted as I finish. We want to think about adding some draping movement, a few more of the orchids, letting them come out low and wide, carrying your ID downward and then turning again looking at it from all sides making sure that it looks pretty whether you look at it from the front or the side or the back turning. I’ll be bringing in another making that side a little fuller. So it gives it an asymmetrical balance and turning double-checking bring it back around to the front again, then adding in a little more seeded eucalyptus and then Lastly, just a little bit of the spiral and a few more touches of the Silver Dollar just to add that larger leaf format. Once you have the flowers where you want them, you want to bind it off? Thank yous bind, wire, the natural green hue pulling it out and then holding it upside down and wrapping above your hand snugly. Do this beyond two to three times. Make sure that it’s nice and snug, locking everything into place and then twisting the two ends together. And once you have that done, you can cut the stems down short If you’re going to do this a day or two ahead, which I would recommend doing. So you want to leave them long enough to set into a vase of water? So maybe you just cut off the lower four or five inches, but leave the stems relatively long that way. You can drop it right down into a vase of water and then do the final ribbon wrap later. The earthy look of the Protea lends itself to the burlap and that’s so on-trend, but it’s almost fading and it’s evolving on trend. Now there’s so much more ornate things like macrame crochet knitting, it’s all there, so mimicking a feel of the macrame and using the woven ribbon and just wrapping it around to cover up your mechanic’s awesome protea, in a fabulous bridal bouquet, it’s big, it’s showy, but because you know the professional mechanics, the handle is small, it’s not heavy, it’s easy to hold. It’s definitely amazing. Thanks to fifty flowers, Calm for providing so many great flowers. You’ll find this and more inspiration on our website At Flower School calm. I’ve got questions, you can reach us through there or pick up the telephone and give me a call at five. Oh, three, two, two, three, eight zero eight, nine. Because now it’s your turn. I want you to gather flowers. Create, take a picture and then I’d love to see posted on Social Media Tag Flow Design Institute. That way we all can see. Because now it’s your turn have fun and do something you love.