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The sweet hue—in a spectrum of shades from pale blush to bright fuchsia and coral—inspired these arrangements that have appeared in Martha Stewart Weddings. Take your pick of the blooms for your big-day clutch.
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An abundance of large blush pink and cream peonies is mixed with smaller clematis and sweet peas to make this opulently romantic bridal bouquet. Three pleated shantung-silk ribbons echo the peonies’ feathery lightness.
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Florist Sullivan Owen loves to use dinner plate dahlias, the large, pale pink superstars of this bouquet, which also features roses, astilbes, gladiolus, scabiosa, and quickfire hydrangeas. But she doesn’t limit herself to pastel shades. “I have a real penchant for darker hues like wine and burgundy,” she says.
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Queen Victoria would have fallen head over heels for these decadently feminine displays, with pops of neon pink that prime them for an ornate ballroom or an historic home in the 21st century. This profusion of peonies, ranunculus, roses, and mini gladioli is like a portable garden. Floral designer Matthew Robbins added sweet peas for a shot of green (“a great alternative to leaves,” he says) and tied it together with rich brocade ribbons.
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“Weddings should never feel cold, even in winter,” says Claire Marie Johnston, owner of Flowers Claire Marie. Her secret? She mixed frosty white hellebores and narcissus with soft-pink hyacinths and green anemones, added lilies of the valley and mini calla lilies for fullness, and then tucked in sprigs of juniper and velvety lamb’s ear for texture.
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One look at this handheld knockout and you’ll wonder why carnations were ever considered filler flowers. Aside from a few ranunculus and a halo of wire vine, they make up the whole stunning shebang.
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While monochromatic bouquets are, without question, gorgeous, there’s something about this tangle of technicolor beauties that’s so celebratory. Two variety of poppies are front and center: Icelandic and the more unusual peony poppy, both locally sourced from a Texas farm. Sunshiny ranunculus, fluffy peonies, showy protea, and delicately ruffled sweet peas are also tucked in.
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This clutch of red tree peonies, pink garden roses and daisies, and smoke bush is pure magic. For unexpected whimsy, attach butterflies to the blossoms with floral wire and tie on a length of satin jacquard ribbon.
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This bouquet evokes the richness of a Dutch painting. The pale pinks and peaches of the fluttering dinner plate dahlias, roses, ranunculus, and andromeda are tied together with plum ribbon to give the clutch a sophisticated edge.
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“I love the trailing, vinelike feel of a long, narrow bouquet like this one,” says florist Livia Cetti of The Green Vase of this cascading arrangement of tree peonies, cosmos, tulips, and delicate wire vine. “And since the silhouette is stretched out, there’s room for all the flowers to hold their natural shape instead of being mashed together.”
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Chamomile, heather, white daisies, scabiosa, gooseneck loosestrife, raspberries, and wild sweet peas mingle in a freshly picked arrangement tied with a yellow bow.
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Nice and Neutral
Small tailored garden roses in buff set the stage for these dramatic pink French garden roses. Clematis buds and vines tumble out between them, and generous lengths of peach silk ribbon accented with tiny gold tassels reinforce the unusual color combination.
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Feast for the Eyes
Tightly layered blush garden roses and ranunculus are accented with deep-purple anemones, speckled hellebores, mottled begonia leaves, and ruffly sweet peas in pink, lavender, and tangerine to give the eyes plenty to adore.
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