We had two fantastic human models for our wedding shoot, but the star of the show was of the 4-legged variety – the talented Seymour Soslow. I love seeing (well-behaved) pets take part in wedding ceremonies, and they certainly deserve to dress for the occasion along with everyone else. The fantastic Philadelphia-based florist Sullivan Owen came up with this idea for a floral bow-tie for our manly dog model. A big thank you to Seymour’s mom, Lacey Soslow for allowing us to borrow Seymour for the afternoon! –Amy
All images by: de la Barra Photography
- wire cutters
- floral tape
- floral wire
- a dog collar of your choice (we used Seymour’s old fave)
- Berzillia berries
- Pear fruit on the branch
full how-to after the jump!
Step 1: Begin by taping the rosemary into two small flared bunches to set the shape and size of your bow tie
Step 2: Clip the stems of the rosemary so they are nice and neat and finish with floral tape.
Step 3: Layer one piece of Astilbe on top of each rosemary bundle and tape into place, clipping the stem to length
Step 4: Repeat on the other side.
Step 5: Layer the Berzillia berry on top of each bundle and tape into place, again clipping the stem to length
Step 6: To wire the ranunculus so it securely fastens the tie, clip the stem to about 2 inches, insert a 20 gauge floral wire directly up the stem all the way through the face of the flower
Step 7: Bend about 2 inches back down into a hairpin and pull the wire back through the flower so that the flower head is anchored to the stem with two wires.
Step 8: Clip wires to length and securely tape the wires and stem wrapping once down and back.
Step 9: Test fit your two bundles and determine where your Pear accent will look best before beginning the final assembly. Trim bundle stems if needed at this point.
Step 10: Tape your two bundles together to form the bow tie and tape the Pear branch in place.
Step 11: Take the Ranunculus stem and twist the wired stem all the way around the bundles so it forms the center of your tie.
Step 12: Secure the tie to the collar using twine or another ribbon of your choosing.