Monthly Archives: July 2012


  • 3 boxes of boutonniere pins
  • 60 dyed blue stems of Dendrobium orchids
  • 4″ styrofoam ball
  • Glue dots
  • Water mister
  • Ribbon/pearl strand/mardi gras beads

Step by step:

1. Gather 6 Dendrob stems (approximately 6 stems per 4” styrofoam ball)

2. Deflower set Dendrobes (remove the pretty developed blooms)

3. Remove the mini stem from each bloom

4. Attach a handle to your ball (we used pearl strands affixed with glue dots and pins)

5. Get many pins ready (boutonniere pins in your preferred color)

6. Pin each individual bloom through the back of the throat onto the ball

7. Puzzle piece your Dendrobe blooms together, pinning each one, to cover the surface

8. Admire your flashy new pomander, and fill in any holes with extra blooms

9. Spray with crowning glory, or mist with water and enjoy!


We decided to create this for a bride who is getting married at the Montegut House on Royal Street.  These in the dark alley, perhaps a little taller with a few more votives would be really neat!  The fact that it brings your eye from the ground up is a winner to me.  So often it’s just pillars on the ground, in different heights (which is cool!) but this is being green, utilizing shutters from local homes and recycling unique vases so that there is a cohesive look but it’s not cookie cutter.  (And we can paint the shutters to brighten it up even more… a silver metallic?)  Nice, nice!!!

My very good friends Charlene & Greg were married this past June 16th, and I had the pleasure of making her bridal bouquet and her (many) bridesmaids bouquets.  I had been given a color palette to work with and being that she is Trinidadian she wanted COLOR in the flowers, except for hers!!!  Those were the only restrictions, and I only wish I could have taken her to the flower market on 28th street in Manhattan and let her hand pick the flowers she wanted.  Charlene trusted me, as she should ; ), and let me get creative and have fun in the design.  The bouquets turned out beautifully and I was really excited because I was able to choose the flowers from local growers, her mother-in-law to be’s backyard, as well as Greg’s families garden center.

Much love to Greg and Charlene!



Todays lesson:  Why stephanotis is expensive in a bouquet.

See the photos above?  When we order stephanotis we get a small plastic box filled with the blooms and no stem.  EACH bloom (and there are 25 to a box I believe) has to get a faux stem (wire added to the stem), and wrapped with corsage tape so that they can be used in your bouquet.  It takes a bit of time to prepare each bloom.

Now those brides who want crystals or white pearl head pins in the center of the stephanotis…  cha-ching!!!  (They don’t grow that way!)  So yes, more time and labor is involved in the production.  Keep in mind that stephanotis with Swarovski crystals is really stunning and makes an incredible impact, but don’t be shocked when you get your proposal and your bouquet is close to $300 or more, it’s the labor and the crystals/pins that jack up the price!