If I could be a bouquet of flowers I would like to think this would be it….feminine, classic and with a pop of color!
All joking aside I was inspired to create this arrangement after doing a mock-up of my very best friend, Carly’s, wedding bouquet. It felt like too much pressure to show up the week of the wedding and create something so important without a little practice first. If you want to see the finished product check out my desert-inspired bridal bouquet post!
So once I had finished creating the bouquet I was left with about 12 extra Quicksand roses. If you have never heard of a Quicksand before let me just clue you in on one my favorite rose colors ever! It is the perfect blush rose for when you want a pink that isn’t too pink. You can order them from any wholesaler or sometimes I see them at my local Safeway grocery store. Super random, but always such a pleasant surprise.
Funny side note: When we went to the Los Angeles Flower Market to buy the flowers for Carly’s actual wedding they were sold out of all the Quicksand roses! Like within the day just sold out. Apparently, they are very popular! The good news is that the color Safari Sunset is very similar. It has little more of a dusty/ mauve color to it, but overall it’s a strong substitute.
Ok…tangent over… so I had the extra roses on hand as well as a few Scabiosa Pods and Cream Astilbe. Check out the image above to see what flowers I am talking about! From there, I picked up a couple of tangerine roses, pink ranunculus and a small bunch of greenery from my local Trader Joe’s to complete the look.
Let’s Talk Substitutions:
If you don’t have access to a flower market or you head to the store and they don’t have the flowers I listed above here are a couple of options for other flowers that will give you a similar look.
- Blush Roses- Don’t work too much about finding the “Quicksand” color exactly. Any sort of pale pink, soft peach, cream or even white rose would work. You are looking for a rose that when it opens will be on the larger side.
- Peach roses- Again don’t worry too much about the color anything in a soft pink, peach, tangerine, or cream will do. The main thing is you are looking for a smaller rose and if you can’t find that then you can always use a spray rose or even a tulip as another option.
- Greenery- You are looking for something that is sturdy. The stems of the greenery should stand up on their own. There are so many things that will work, but stay away from seeded eucalyptus. I love it. Just not for this arrangement. Too floppy.
- Ranunculus- You can always use a peony or large fluffy carnation in a soft pink.
- Accent Flowers- You need one type of flower that is feathery. Something like Goldenrod is very popular, they always have it in small bunches at my Trader Joes, and it is similar in style Astilbe. To substitute the Scabiosa Pods you are looking for something in a tight ball. Gomphrena, which is in season right now, or even Billy balls would work.
Other Materials Needed:
- 12 Blush Roses
- 6 Peach Roses
- 6 Ranunculus
- 6 stems of Greenery
- 2 Types of Accent Flowers- Astilbe and Scabiosa Pods
How to Whip it up
Step One- Create a grid on the top of the vase
- Circle the rim of the vase with your floral tape
- Lay a # over the top of the vase
- Circle the rim one more time
Step Two- Add your greenery.
You’ll notice I didn’t use a lot of greenery here. That’s because the real focus is on the blooms. However, you will still use the greenery to start building a structure, add texture and outline the overall shape.
Step Three- Add in 6 Blush Roses.
Make sure to place them at varying heights and don’t be worried if it looks too spread out right now! All the open space will be filled in.
Step Four- Add in the 6 Peach Roses
Tuck them in at varying heights below the blush roses and add one or two poking out above.
Step Five- Layer in the last 6 roses.
Step Six- Layer in the 6 Ranunculus
Again placing them at varying heights. The nice thing about Ranunculus is the shape of the stems. Don’t be afraid to let a few of them droop down over the sides of the vase. The effect can be super pretty!
Step Seven- Add in the Astilbe and Scabiosa Pods
The Scabiosa Pods can be clumped in small groups for added visual interest!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below and if you give it a try be sure to tag us with #everydayfleurish on Instagram!