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Go Long with Your Flowers: For Your Centerpieces
Extend your foliage horizontally for instant crossover appeal.
To push traditions, contributing editor Livia Cetti, owner of The Green Vase in Riverdale, New York, clustered tree peonies, garden roses, and blood lilies, and draped euonymus and camellia foliage from one vase to the next.
The Details (vessels, from left): Waterford "Lismore" bowl. William Yeoward Crystal "Victoria" vase. Vera Wang by Wedgwood vase. William Yeoward Crystal "Victoria" vase and "Kathleen" bowl. Calligraphy by John DeCollibus of Beyond Words.
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Go Long with Your Flowers: For Your Bouquet
Preview the expansive lines of your centerpieces by carrying a cascade of tree peonies, roses, gloriosa lilies, and vines down the aisle. Its sweeping tail recalls, appropriately enough, the train of a wedding gown. After the ceremony, give the bouquet another life by displaying it prominently on a sweetheart table or next to a guest book.
The Details: William Yeoward Crystal "Naomi" tazza. Mokuba ribbon #30000, color 15.
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Go Long with Your Flowers: For Your Boutonnieres
Centerpieces and bouquets usually get most of the floral attention, but just because boutonnieres play supporting roles doesn't mean they can't be every bit as impressive. On a stage so small, the key is to consider every detail -- from the shape of the flower to the arc of its stems to the way it's wrapped. When all of these elements come together, the result is nothing short of breathtaking. Here, a roundup of eye-catching ideas for any lapel. Clockwise from top: A cluster of blood lily florets; purple clematis buds with euonymus leaves; a trio of yellow fritillaria blooms knotted together with gold cord; a classic pink garden rose in Mokuba 5mm picot ribbon #1550, color 12; a speckled fritillaria flower tucked with black pussy willows and fritillaria leaves into a mesh basket, which we created with Gelberg Braid gold mesh ribbon and a gold cap from The Green Vase.
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Reach High with Your Flowers: For Your Bouquet
While it's true that ruler-straight lines rarely -- if ever -- occur in nature, these flowers come remarkably close. Have them stand tall and proud for a modern, uplifting look.
Lilac-colored Dutch irises anchor this architectural bouquet, while deep-purple scabiosa and fluttery sweet peas lend softness and texture. For added visual interest, a flowering plum branch breaks the composition's linear plane, and a crisp, crimped ribbon creates the unique handle. We used Mokuba pleated ribbon #0492, color 17.
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Reach High with Your Flowers: For Your CenterpiecesIrises are traditionally grown near ponds. To reference their waterside roots, they were placed (along with parrot tulips, babiana, and the same variety of blooms used in the bouquet) in moss-covered islands resting in wide Calvin Klein Home "Verso" bowls. "You can get the same results using 'frogs,' a bed of pins that keeps stems upright," says Martha Stewart Weddings style director Kate Berry.
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Spread Out with Your Flowers: For Your Ceremony Markers
Consider this the new rustic chic (no sunflowers necessary). These organic arrangements allow the greenery to arc, drift, shoot up, and hang low -- just the way nature intended.
White ranunculus, roses, drooping clematis vines, spiraea branches, and sprays of fritillaria are enchanting enough on their own, but pair them with floor-dusting weeping willow and they set a dreamy backdrop for your vows. To hold and vibrantly display the flowers and foliage, we enlisted two Universal Steel Fabricators vases with stands, 718-342-0782.
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Spread Out with Your Flowers: For Your BouquetNot into prim bows? Not to worry. Hellebores, green Japanese spray roses, fritillaria, apple blossoms, snowdrops, and double narcissus are softly knotted together with a long, luxurious ribbon. We used velvet Mokuba ribbon #2600, color 13, to complete this relaxed, every-which-way bouquet and kept the stems short and uniformly trimmed.
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Spread Out with Your Flowers: For Your Centerpieces
Imagine your guests dining under this amazing canopy of sweeping Solomon's seal, spiraea branches, ferns, Japanese spray roses, ranunculus, and apple blossoms. The assortment of handmade vases imparts a contemporary feel, and their thin necks keep stems tidy, while letting leaves and flowers go wayward overhead. Smaller, single-flower arrangements of snowdrops and ranunculus rest in everyday drinking glasses.
The Details: Bollen Glass "Marica" vases, ochrestore.com). CB2 "Intent" glass. Lobmeyr "Patrician" water glass, kneenandco.com.