Today, hydrangeas can be found in a rainbow of watercolor shades, often mingled on the same bloom: Violet-blues might have pink edges, or gold-greens a rosy flush. A single flower can inspire the entire color palette for a wedding -- from the hue of the invitations to the tint of the buttercream on the wedding cake.
Lilies-of-the-valley evoke water droplets trickling over hydrangea florets, which are plucked from a single bloom and wired to form a loose grouping. The florets' muted green and rosy hues seem softened by the sun. Vintage velvet millinery trim swirls underneath like frothy sea foam.
Galvanized buckets, which can be found at hardware stores, are filled with moistened floral foam, which keeps hydrangeas fresh. Loop a thin but sturdy ribbon, such as grosgrain or seam binding, around the top of the pew, then string it through the bucket handles, and tie. Cut ribbon ends diagonally.
A wreath of blue hydrangeas framing one magnificent initial adorns a tree. The hydrangeas are inserted into a water-soaked, floral-foam wreath. For the initial, we threaded hyacinth blossoms onto pieces of floral wire -- one for each leg of the M, one for the center -- then twisted them together to form the letter; it's attached to the wreath with U-shaped pins.
Fawn over the flowers these real brides chose for their bundles.See the Blooms