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Cascading Bouquets

Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2002

Have you ever stopped to admire the twists and turns of an ivy vine or noticed the way the heads of daisies bob merrily above a sea of greenery? All plants and flowers have wonderful, quirky charms, but sometimes, on the way to becoming a tailored bouquet, they lose a little of their personalities. Not so with cascading bouquets.

These arrangements tend to show blooms and greenery closer to how they appear in nature, lovely from every angle. Also referred to as shower bouquets, cascades tend to be loosely gathered, with the flowers draping downward on their stems, often trailing with greenery or ribbons. They've been around for decades, but the versions pictured here, with their unexpected compositions and materials, feel new. They were created by Matthew Robbins, co-owner of the New York City floral-and event-design company Artfool. Robbins is taken with the form: "It's such an interesting shape for a bride to think about, even if it cascades only a little bit," he says.

Cascades can certainly trail all the way to the ground, but a demure oblong or inverted-teardrop shape, he maintains, highlights the beauty of the plants every bit as effectively: "A vine can be a vine, and a flower can show itself off the way it grows in nature." There's a cascade to suit every bride. Generally speaking, a long, extravagant bouquet is best with a formal gown.

A tall bride can carry a full, abundant cascade, while a petite woman would be flattered by a delicate, more compact arrangement. Once you find the right combination of blooms, a cascading bouquet will be a most becoming wedding-day accessory -- no matter which way you look at it.

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