Glamelia is a vintage style bridal bouquet from the 50th of the last century. It looked like a gigantic camelia flower when originally was made out of gladiolus petals.
That is why the bouquet was named Glamelia; a word created by composing two words –GLAdiolus and caMELIA. Suggested flowers for Glamelia bouquet: roses, ginger, gladiolus, Cymbidium orchid, protea.
We suggest creating a bouquet on the day of a wedding. If you create it a day before, keep it refrigerated wrapped in tissue paper or a plastic bag.
Bouquet holder materials: cardboard, 14-18″ long floral wire #16, ribbon.
Florals: 10-12 leaves (salal or any tropical leaves), 1 stem of cymbidium orchid.
Tools: glue gun with glue, scissors.
If you use monstera leaves, split them into stripes of the same size.
Cover the reverse side of a cardboard ring with leaves, overlapping each other. Apply glue on spots that are going to be covered with the next leaf because the hot glue leaves burn spots on a leaf.
Snap orchid petals and “lips” out of flowers and separate into three groups: large petals, small petals, and lips. Pile several small petals and trim about 1/2″. Trim anout 1/4″ of every lip.
Before gluing, arrange petals in rows on the ring, distancing rows in about a quarter of inch. Write down the number of petals in each row; it will help you do not run out of petals before finishing the bouquet. Use only 8-10 “lips” in the center of the bouquet. You can use the rest creating boutonnieres and corsages.
Now create a bouquet holder. Band pieces of wire in the shape of hair pines and pock them through leaf-covered ring cress-crossing each other. To create a holder, twist all wires together, then wrap with 5 layers of ribbon, securing each layer by glue. Finally, decorate the holder with a little bow. You can prepare a bouquet holder up to three days prior to the wedding and keep refrigerated in a plastic bag.
Glue the first row of larger petals horizontally, applying about 2” trails of glue at a time on the edge of the holder. The next row of petal glue under the angle of 15 degrees to the previous (to keep a petal in the right position, hold on it till the glue hardening). Repeat this pattern for every row.