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In Full Bloom

Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2005

Flowers, the beautiful bounty of the garden, have been inspiration for the painter's brush, the musician's song, and, as showcased on these pages, the designer's vision; rendered in dreamy dress details, blossoms capture the romance of the day.

Left: Embroidered ribbon is hand sewn with crystal beading in a floral design that sweeps across the neckline of this silk and organza gown by Angel Sanchez. The detail is repeated in rows of ribbon on the A-line skirt from hip to hem.

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In bold or intricate scale, elegant floral patterns recall the grace and glamour of a bygone era.

Left: A full luxurious rose accents the bodice of this two-piece ensemble by Carolina Herrera; a ruffly petticoat peeks from beneath the skirt. The bouquet is a mix of pink and cream lisianthus.

Below: An overlay of re-embroidered tulle with a floral motif graces the neckline of a tissue-organza gown by Vera Wang; interlaced taffeta bands crisscross the waist, creating a slim silhouette.

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A shower of tiny petals or a lacy pattern of blossoms imbues an ensemble with soft beauty.

Left: Silk forget-me-nots dance gracefully like falling blossoms on a Monique Lhuillier gown made of silk illusion net and satin; a sable-colored silk sash cinches the waist.

Below: This Richard Tyler gown of flowery Alencon lace features a plunging neckline and a multilayered tulle skirt.

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Pale pink buds and a crown of exquisite blooms reflect the beauty of a midsummer garden party.

Left: A Swiss-dot silk tulle dress by Melissa Sweet has a ruched Empire-style bodice and a tiered ballgown skirt with a garland of silk flowers at the waist.

Below: A big, blush-colored silk rose by Karin's Garden emphasizes the dropped waist of an ivory Alencon-lace gown by Ines Di Santo.

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A simple accessory, such as a spray of silk flowers, gives color and dimension to white organza.

Left: A bouquet of silk roses descends the back of an ivory silk taffeta gown with pink silk organza bodice by Saison Blanche. Diamond ring by Michael B.

Below: Gossamer organza floats over a strapless Birnbaum & Bullock silk A-line gown with asymmetrical pleating. The gown is offset by a ring of silk roses in shades of pink, by Ellen Christine Millinery, placed at the waist. Lace-edged ivory shawl by Lulu Guinness. Diamond ring by Daniel K.

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For blooms beyond her bouquet, a bride might wear fresh flowers or silk posies to highlight the floral motif on her dress.

Left: A cluster of silk roses adorns the back of a ballet-inspired peach gown by Lazaro; the full silk tulle skirt is embroidered at the hem with pink flowers on a vine. It's paired with vintage lace gloves from What Comes Around Goes Around.

Below: This twenties-style dress by Reem Acra features silver and ivory beading in a botanical paisley pattern embroidered onto a ground of pink tulle. Glass necklace from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection.