We are always up to a challenge here at In Bloom so when a recent bride asked us to make her a gorgeous glamelia as her bridal bouquet we were happy to channel the classic, throw back look. Glamelias were highly popular in the 1940's and 1950's and in the last few years have started to come back into fashion for brides seeking a simple, classic and unique look. These composite bouquets are made by gluing, sewing or wiring each individual petal onto the base of a rose to create one large bloom that makes a statement and is still delicate enough for a bride to carry. Our lovely bride wanted a simple and classic look to compliment her beautiful day which I believe we achieved with this simple bouquet.
We used two different types of freeze dried roses when making this glamelia to make sure it would last beyond the wedding day for our bride and still retain the texture of a fresh cut rose. Back in 2008 Katherine Heigl carried a beautiful glamelia made of a composite of white roses, a very elegant look.
Glamelias, while often time consuming to make, can be a great DYI for a bride or her bridal party to set out and do themselves for that personal touch. For those brides embracing a vintage style wedding this is a great way to pull the best out the 40's and 50's and will bring a certain nostalgia to your wedding.
So, if your hearts desire is for a delicate and beautiful single flower for a bouquet, consider a glamelia and all the tradition they hold.
The Hispanic Society of America held their fall Gala this October at the beautiful 583 Park Avenue venue. What a great space to host a beautiful event and beautiful people, like honoree Liliana Godia. All the guests arrived in spicy, colorful attire and the vibrant fall tones of the flowers set the mood for an evening full of dancing and celebration. These cocktail arrangements featuring orange circus roses with a touch of bush ivy are a fun contrast against the classic, metallic hobnail vases.
After the cocktail hour the guests arrived in the main ballroom which features a gorgeous crystal chandelier framed by the high, dramatic ceiling.
The tables featured two different style of arrangements, one which was a silver candelabra accented with circus roses, bright fuchsia dahlias, orange and red dahlias, mango calla lilies, green coxcomb, rust colored cymbidium orchids and a touch of rose-hips. The base of the candelabras were illuminated by over-sized votives in amber glass holders.
The other tables are set with three different arrangements each in a mercury glass compote. The largest of the three arrangements played off of the flowers used in the candelabras; dahlias, circus roses, bush ivy, rose-hips, cymbidium orchids, mango calla lilies and coxcomb. In another mercury glass dish, a cluster of orange and red seasonal dahlias popped against the vibrant table linens. The third arrangement was a beautiful mound of rust and brown cymbidium blooms delicately placed in a simple compote. Accenting these clusters of arrangements were amber votives and crystal candlesticks which made everything sparkle.
The night seemed to go off without a hitch and the guests truly enjoyed themselves. What a great way to recognize members in the community and bring us all together through the history and art that make up a beautiful group of people!