The palette for the bridal bouquet is more vivid with pink garden roses (some barely budding, others full and layered like a tulle skirt), pink-tipped hydrangeas, and variegated geranium leaves, which add fullness.
Small tailored garden roses in buff set the stage for dramatic pink French garden roses. Clematis buds and vines tumble out between them, and peach silk ribbon accented with tiny gold tassels reinforces the unusual color combination.
Velvet-stemmed tweedia add that "something blue" to a white-on-white bouquet of spray and tea roses, lisianthius buds and flowers, and ranunculus. A slim, metallic-silver vintage ribbon lends a touch of sparkle.
Rosy coleus makes for surprising foliage in a bouquet. Along with papery abutilon flowers, it surrounds a handful of Dutch roses in dusty and burned pink hues, and flutters as the bride walks. Velvet ribbon makes the bouquet more formal.
This bouquet combines sweet peas, roses, and feathery astilbe with helichrysum and beaded leaves. Individual pink sequins affixed to wire stems are interspersed among the blooms. On the handle, mother-of-pearl buttons dangle from metallic-pink ribbon.
The sunny splashes of color here come not from the flowers' petals but from their centers: the apricot trumpets of cream-color narcissus and yellow-green anthers of white clematis. Narrowly striped ribbon is a lively accent.
This mostly tulip mix contains orange-and-yellow Dutch, pink Dutch double, French striped parrots, pointy mini-flames, and green-edged peony-flowered tulips. Yellow lupin are sprinkled throughout the asymmetrical cascade tied in royal-blue ribbon.
The bright whites of grape hyacinths, papery sweet peas, and pearl-like lilies of the valley are paired with green-and-white hellebores and fritillarias. Its ribbons -- scalloped faux suede over grosgrain -- are trimmed with a dotted button.
Beaded florets, strung by hand, glint like tiny holiday lights amid cymbidium orchids, bupleurum, gloriosa lilies, and lady's mantle; velvety gold-tipped cockscomb lend their own luster. The stems are wrapped in a wide gold band of satin ribbon.
As rich as a floral still-life, this dome-shaped bouquet of warm-hued garden roses is enhanced by dates and kumquats brushed with gold metallic powder and set on wire stems. Metallic shell-shaped trim wraps the wider ivory satin ribbon.
For an enchanting accessory, follow the Victorian tradition of carrying flowers in bouquetiers, or elaborate vase- or bowl-shaped holders: Clothe blooms, such as garden roses and fragrant narcissi, in a handsome, lacy wool cuff.
To make an autumn or winter bouquet even more lush, include cockscomb -- the deep-pink ruffle-edged flower here -- and then highlight its rich texture with a thick velvet-ribbon bouquet wrap. This example also contains calla lilies and sweet pea.