Enlist low bunches like these for long tables, bars, and sideboards. "To encourage conversation, your flowers should follow the lines of the table -- circular arrays for rounds, and linear ones for rectangular shapes -- without blocking everyone's view," says Berry. And to make common blooms look new again, use them in atypical shades. Rather than pink and white, these lady-slipper, cymbidium, and oncidium orchids are brown and yellow. And they're set off by maroon smoke-bush flowers and leaves from sweet-potato vines. The Details: Ethan Allen small alabaster mini vase. She is wearing Crewcuts by J.Crew "Lida" dress.
Elevate your tablescape by hanging a floral arrangement overhead. We created ours by placing a fuchsia plant in a metal basket lined with moss and floral foam, and filling it out with garden roses, dahlias, gloriosa lilies, and camellia foliage. On the table below, we filled a low alabaster centerpiece from Ethan Allen with water, pillar candles, and loose buds. And we kept the place settings monochromatic with Juliska's "Fiorella" goblets, Kate Spade's "June Lane" plates, and the "1810" pattern of flatware from International Silver.
To make a classic white cake anything but garden variety, add fresh flowers. We gave a three-tier fondant-covered cake (ours was made by Mark Joseph Cakes) some height with a simple cake stand by Astier de Villate. Then, we draped small, colorful blooms around the cake in an asymmetrical fashion. We used fuchsias on the vine, mini orchids, and orange nerines, but you can sub in your own favorites. Check with your florist to be sure the flowers you want aren't toxic. And make sure your caterer removes them before serving.
Fawn over the flowers these real brides chose for their bundles.See the Blooms