Kim and Kroy's Wedding Flowers Real Housewife of Atlanta Style
If you follow the Real Housewives of Atlanta, you know that one of their stars, Kim Zolciak, married Atlanta Falcons defensive end, Kroy Biermann, on November 11, 2011. Their wedding was just documented on their reality show, "Don't be Tardy for the Wedding" on Bravo.
As usual, I am a sucker for celebreality weddings and of course, need to know what type of flowers were decorating this sure-to-be lavish event.
So, what kind of flowers do you have at a $1 million wedding?
Suprisingly, not very much. Kim carried a very simple, hand-tied bouquet of all white peonies and roses. Tucked in at the base of the round bouquet were large silvery dusty miller leaves.
Her bridesmaids and daughters walked down the aisle with white and peach rose bouquets with lisianthus blooms and buds tucked in and the same silver dusty miller leaves. Corsages and Boutenieres were small white roses.
Photos HERE. Scroll down for Kim carrying bouquet pic from Life & Style.
Kim and Kroy's extravagant wedding took place at the couple's Atlanta home. The event was coordinated by celebrity event planner, Colin Cowie, and it was rumored to have cost over $1 million.
Kim and Kroy were married in front of a white birch style arch covered with white hydrangea and white phaleonopsis orchids. Strands of crystals were hung on the white on white on white arch.
Like Kim Kardashian before here, the flowers probably cost a fortune, but all the white just washed out against, well... all the white. Sadly, the flowers this makes the flowers look like an unispired afterthought.
The reception, in a tent on the basketball court, had tall trumpet vases stuffed full of white Thai orchids. There were also tall vases full of white roses and shorter vases with white flowers placed around the reception space.
Again, the white, silver, white theme is a little washed out, for my taste. Even all the bridesmaids, family and flower girls where in white, white, white!
Fluffy White Peonies in the Bridal Bouquet
Peonies are extra large flowers, up to 6 inches across, that have a lovely fragrance when they are in full bloom. They can have a tinge of hot pink in them and when they are fully open you can see the yellow pistils and stamen in the center.
When they are closed, they are perfectly round, tight balls, starting at the size of a golf ball, and growing to the size of a softball when they are in full bloom. They have a very fluffy look, almost like flowers made out of soft tissue.
In Kim's bouquet, the peonies are clustered tightly and mixed with stems of fully opened blooms and closed blooms. They are the pure white variety, none that are open enough to see the centers and there is probably about 12-14 stems in the entire bouquet.
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White Virginia Roses
Interspersed among Kim Zolciak fluffy white peonies are stems of what appears to be white "Virgina" roses. Virgnia roses are normally shipped from Ecuador and have very soft petals which curl back and open for a full, classic, swirled petals bloom.
This variety of rose tends to lend itself very well to bouquets with peonies, because of the soft, tissue-like texture match.
The Virginia rose may have a creamier tone and may have hints of blush on the outer petals. It is a fraternal twin to the creamy pink rose, named "Anna", which has the same shape, texture and bouquet life.
Virginia roses are extremely delicate and bruise easily, so stems meant for a bridal bouquet should be carefully handled and NEVER be layed down on a table.
Instead, you should refrain from touching the heads and before putting them into the bouquet, strip their leaves and set them in a vase so that none are touching the other.
In Kim's bouquet, the roses have been allowed to sit for a couple days to softly open, possibly with a bit of "blowing" from the floral designer, done when the designer blows a quick burst of air into the center of the rose to open the petals artificially.
There are at least 8-10 stems of this rose in her bouquet.
If the roses or bouquet is accidentally dropped or bumped prior to the wedding, "bruises" or brown lines will appear within a matter of hours, so handle with care!
Bouquet Construction - Do It Yourself
With all of these delicate blooms gathered up in a rounded, mushroom shape, there may have been the need to wire a few of the stems to trim down on the thickness of the exposed stem "handle". If so, only a few of the stems needed to be removed from the heads of the flowers, wire inserted at the base of the blossom and floral tape wrapped all the way down. These stems would be hidden inside the natural stems.
The stems are tied with a chenille or green pipe cleaner, which is hidden behind a wide, 1 1/2" to 2" ribbon that is wrapped a few times a couple inches from the bottom of the bouquet and up to the base of the blossoms, leaving the natural stems exposed at the base. Crystal or pearl pins are inserted to secure the ribbon to the natural stems.
Although peonies can be pricey, it takes very few to fill up a large bouquet and construction is a snap, making this a surprisingly affordable bouquet for what was such a costly wedding.
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