Velvety chocolate cosmos form a cuff around lavender 'Paradise' roses. Inspired by fifties haute couture, the bouquet is finished with chocolate bows pinned to its handle.
The bride, Cheree, wears a Carolina Hererra lace gown and carries a bouquet of red, pink, and orange ranunculus with a single tiny golden bee -- one of the motifs she often uses in her work as a stationer -- perched among the flowers. The embroidered hankie, her something blue, is a gift from Martha Stewart Weddings editorial director Darcy Miller.
In Dutch flower paintings of the seventeenth century, every blossom has a symbolic meaning; in this modern bouquet, closed rosebuds allude to innocence. The floral palette embodies the classic artistic effect of chiaroscuro (the striking interplay of dark and light) by combining purple scabiosa and 'Black Beauty' roses with silvery lamb's ear.