Martha Stewart Weddings editors choose their favorite centerpieces from real weddings that have been featured in the magazine.
Centerpieces made from hydrangeas, dogwood, spirea, roses, and fern are placed on mats made from the same paper as the invitations to Jayme and Chris's wedding. "I love the natural shape of this arrangement, and how it is spilling from the vase with abundant seasonal foliage," says Naomi.
At Lindsay and Reed's destination wedding in the Bahamas, short glass vases were filled with flamingo-pink peonies. "The simple components of this centerpiece make it so easy to pull off," Cara says. "This idea really proves that it doesn't take much to make a beautiful statement, no matter what your budget is or where in the world you're getting married."
Kate designed the centerpieces for her wedding using garden roses, sea oats, and blackberry brambles to continue the enchanted-forest theme of the affair.
"I love nature, so I wanted to use the late-summer flowers that were bursting all over California the time of year that I was getting married," says Kate. "In order to create a woodsy feel that wasn't dark, flowers were accented with red, unripe blackberries (which tied into the wedding's "berry" theme) and glass vessels were covered using birch bark."
Alison, the bride, gathered assorted vases and trophy cups from antiques shops on Cape Cod and found vintage books at used book stores to create visual interest in the centerpieces at her wedding. "This centerpiece had the perfect punch," says Shira. "The bold, royal blue flowers and corresponding books were not only beautiful, but they also fit the collegiate theme."
Mismatched silver vessels brimming with poppies, peonies, bromeliads, allium, grasses, and ferns created a plucked-from-nature look at Kimberly and Joncy's wedding. "I love how these lush centerpieces practically consume their vessels," says Erin. "The wild mix of florals looks like they've been gathered in a field by a linen apron-wearing painter, then plopped into vases as inspiration for her next still life."
Free-form centerpieces set in low wooden trays combine peonies, viburnum, dogwood, green parrot tulips, spirea, sweetpeas, double lilacs, maidenhair fern, and fiddleheads mix in perfectly at Sharon and Francis' outdoor affair. "The texture in the variety of blooms and colors in this arrangement is a great juxtaposition to the classic elements at this wedding," says Cari.
Fawn over the flowers these real brides chose for their bundles.See the Blooms