Question from “Urban Bride” (super modern wedding « urban bride.)

Pomander Ball AisleQ. What are the balls of flowers called in this photo?

A. The ball of flowers is referred to as a “pomander ball” from the French word pomme dambre.  Pomander balls originated in the middle ages and were hung from a neck chains or carried in a vase.  These fragrant objects were used to ward off infection or to mask foul smells and often contained perfumes such as musk or civit.  Today, pomander balls have evolved into a sleak contemporary componant in many weddings and special events most commonly carried by a ribbon by flower girls and bridal party attendants.  The pomander balls pictured in the photo appear to have been constructed using Daisies which are both cost effective relatively durable.  The design process is a bit tedious and labor intensive but well worth the end result.  “Urban Bride” mentions the possibility of floating pomander balls in a pool.  Be careful, if designed in standard Oasis floral foam, they will sink.  Try using a circular piece of foliage covered styrofoam with the pomander ball seated atop.  Depending on the size of the styrofoam “float”, candles can be added for warmth and ambiance to any poolside evening event. 

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A serpentine runner recreates the feel of a garden-walk stroll. Two large floral displays mark the garden entrance and frame the path ahead. Lined with an assortment of green and floral bedding plants, this meandering path leads to a welcoming floral archway which punctuates the ceremony area. This wedding at the Drake Hotel Chicago was selected by NACE (National Association of Catering Executive) as wedding of the year. (www.flowerswithfeeling.com)View Flowers with Feeling Videos View Flowers With Feeling Photos

Originally used to create a floral garden archway during the ceremony, these large matching floral displays are repositioned to frame the newlyweds at their reception. The bride and groom are sure to be the center attention as they are seated at a half-moon sweetheart table highlighted with a single dramatic cascading design. (www.flowerswithfeeling.com)

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