What initially started as a month long passion project turned into a 3 month long test of patience and endurance. I'd like to say my craft is all the better for it.
Known as one of the most impressive bouquets in floral history, Princess Diana's bouquet measured 42" inches long and 15" wide. The bouquet consisted of gardenias, stephanotises, freesias, Odontoglossum orchids (royal wedding orchids), lily of the valley, Earl Montbatten roses, hedera ivy, tradescantia, sprig of myrtle (from the original myrtle from Queen Victoria's wedding bouquet), and veronica. To say the lease this was my biggest challenge yet!
When it comes to starting such big projects I like to stay as organized as possible. I researched extensively other florist who attempted to recreate the iconic bouquet. It was a challenge making the bouquet especially with the lack of clear photos from the time. I found two sites that helped greatly on making the replication happen Marilyn's Royal Blog and Holidappy .There I found lists of the actual plants as well as fun facts about the bouquet. I decided to start with the hardest and most time consuming plant- the hedera ivy.
With most new plant there's a lot of trial and error, this ivy was no exception. I first started off by hand cutting each leaf and than creating a bleach paint mixture to paint on the vine details. Initially I was content with the design but decided later that the entire bouquet needed to be more mixed.I went back to the drawing board and recreated a newer more "natural" looking ivy (pictured first on the left). This ivy was a more muted and olive green than the first. I also used an opaque white paint pen to draw more delicate lines. To make my life easier I also created two paper leaf templates so creating a gradual size decrease would be simpler.
Once I was satisfied with the look of my ivy I went down my list of plants and made one mock up of each flower or green. I continuously rotated and placed in vases the few flowers I had to make sure that the overall look matched the original. From there it was fairly "simple" to make multiples of certain flowers to create the full flowing bouquet we all know.