It sounds like the word for a sphinx's riddle, but anaglypta is actually the name of an embossed wallpaper the Victorians used to mimic costlier pressed plaster or tin. These days, it makes an easy centerpiece when affixed to flower-filled cylinder vases in varying sizes. Cut the paper -- available in many motifs (ours are from FYHome) -- to cover the vase, overlapping slightly. Wrap the piece around the vase, securing both ends with strong double-sided tape. Flowers by Naomi deManana.
Bride Allison Muench Williams chose a simple bouquet for her wedding. Composed entirely of delicate Eucharis lilies, it rested easily in her hands. "The fact that it was light and airy made it comfortable to carry throughout the cocktail hour," she says. "When my sister got married, she had a huge bouquet, and she ran to put it down as soon as she could."
The graceful quality of fritillaria and miniature cymbidium orchids enhances this bouquet's flowing composition, while lily-of-the-valley is sprinkled throughout like droplets. Accents of green -- in the foliage and on the tips of snowdrop petals -- punctuate the vision of soft white. A single dangling fritillaria adds charm; the silver metallic bow, elegance.
Large, open peonies settle into nests of twisted fern vines. Inside each basket is a shallow plastic bowl of water (for extra stability, use a wire grid to hold stems in place). A smaller nest atop the napkin at each place holds a more closed flower; its stem sits in a water tube concealed within the nest.
Pure white and as fragile as snowflakes, Stephanotis are traditional bridal favorites. Pearl-topped corsage pins are inserted into the bell of each flower -- either a teardrop or three small round-headed pins in each. A row of pins finishes the satin handle. A single blossom makes a captivatingly simple boutonniere.
With its frosted goblets and white-and-cream palette, this tabletop has a crisp, clean sensibility that's softened by a centerpiece of gardenias, calla lilies, ranunculus, Dutch tulips, and lisianthus. White peacock feathers interspersed throughout and gauzy fabric wrapped around the vase add an ethereal quality.
Pair green flowers with warm creams and clear whites, give them room to be wild and lush, and you'll never again equate modern with cold. While these centerpieces of viburnum, snowberry, bells of Ireland, asclepias pods, and carnations in salt-glass vessels could certainly hold their own in a downtown loft or art gallery, they're refreshingly free of attitude.
Strings of gauzy tulle pom-poms float above a whitewashed landscape, creating a dreamy, light-as-air effect. To ground the scene and add interest to a pure white palette, incorporate plenty of texture. Here, we chose a raw linen tablecloth, net fabric runner, lace-pattern porcelain vase, and a mix of sleek and gardeny blooms, including Eucharis lilies and dinner-plate dahlias.
In this asymmetrical bouquet, barely yellow double narcissus mingle among classic white narcissus with yellow cups and tubular freesias that have golden throats. Adding to the appeal, the freesias smell lightly sweet, while the narcissus have a heady fragrance. Wide and narrow-striped grosgrain ribbons with a pinned-on vintage button tie the tailored mix.
Michael George of Michael George Hybrid twined 18 clematis blooms and three leafy tendrils into a simple cascade that echoes the flower's trailing form. The dainty but abundant bouquet, bound with silk georgette, would suit a formal ceremony or a breezy one on a beach or hilltop.