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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.