Couture Bouquets

Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2002

The Ultimate Bridal Accessory as Work of Art
It is no accident that one of the frilliest white flowering shrubs in the American garden is known as bridal wreath. Most of us assume that brides are supposed to look soft, sweet, and romantic. However, the tailored, elegant bouquets on these pages are made for another kind of bride. She is modern, chic, and individual -- and she should have flowers to match. With their careful compositions and surprising juxtapositions, these arrangements evoke the world of couture fashion, that realm of creativity, superlative craftsmanship, and marvelous detail.

The woman who chooses to walk down the aisle carrying one of these bouquets -- say, the opulent white 'Vendela' roses, wiry loops of bear grass, and stems of velvety ranunculus buds -- will be unforgettably stylish, and she won't look like every other bride in town. In making the bouquets, we veered away from straight romance, aiming instead for beautiful artifice. We looked at the textures, colors, and shapes of flowers, then worked with them as raw materials, the way fashion designers use fabric, the way painters use paint. Indeed, a bouquet is a most personal accessory, an integral part of a bride's ensemble. Each of these is also an exquisite object on its own, best shown off against a simple, streamlined gown, just as art is most effectively displayed against pristine white walls.

Freesia    

Lily-of-the-Valley

Ranunculus

Roses

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