Stargazer lilies are one of the most striking members of the lily family. The flowers are between 6 and 8 inches wide with deep pink petals that have variegated white margins. These lilies also contain a stronger fragrance than that produced by Asiatic lilies, and bloom later in the summer than most other lilies. The color combined with the fragrance make stargazer lilies ideal flowers for late-summer bridal bouquets, especially when paired with roses.
Assemble your bouquet just before you will use the bouquet. This ensures that the flowers look their freshest. Alternately, you can assemble the bouquet overnight if you leave it in a refrigerator until just before using it.
Strip thorns and foliage away from the stems of roses, and extra foliage away lily stems using stem strippers.
Fill a sink with water. Hold the stems of the flowers beneath the water and cut 2 inches off the ends at an angle with a stem cutter. Allow the flowers to drink for a few moments. Then transfer them to a bucket filled with water for holding.
Arrange your flowers with your right hand, and hold the bouquet in place with your left hand. Hold a stargazer lily in your left hand to act as the center of the bouquet. Arrange four roses around the lily at the same height to encircle the flower. Work outward with the roses, building concentric rings of flowers. Each ring should be a slightly different height. Place each of the remaining four lilies in a concentric ring spaced equally from one another to cover the sides of the bouquet. Continue to build the bouquet until you have a perfect dome-shaped bouquet.
Cut the stem bottoms with the stem cutter so they are the same length and dry them with a paper towel.
Cut a length of ribbon that is three times longer than the length of the stems. Tuck one end of ribbon inside the stem bundle. Wind the ribbon around the stem in a long spiral. When you reach the bottom, continue wrapping the stems in a spiral going up the stem.
Tuck the ribbon under a spiral turn and secure with pearl-ended corsage pins.