For this take on the time-honored gardenia cascade, Livia Cetti of The Green Vase added woody stems (Spiraea, Philadelphus, rhododendron) for a from-the-garden feel. Lilacs and PeeGee hydrangeas would be equally romantic. The pearl-and-emerald-hued bouquet is tied with vintage beaded trim and aqua silk.
Michelle Rago of Michelle Rago Ltd. prepared this mound of fully open and fringed tulips, ruffly peonies, lilacs, and sweet peas. It is a collage of textures, with small blooms fluttering among larger ones above a vintage jacquard cuff. Pearl-knotted silk ribbons complete the picture.
Greens, grays, and yellows add dimension to classic white. For the bride, the large, rounded blooms of Miltonia orchids mix with showy white clematis, smoky buds of dusty miller, dainty feverfew, and fuzzy lamb's ear foliage. Orchids and feverfew show up again in the maid-of-honor bouquet. Feverfew tied in grosgrain makes a sweet posy for the bride's mother.
The drama of white Cattleya orchids is unmatched by perhaps any other flower. Clustered together, their gently ruffled petals are reminiscent of sea foam on a wave. A slender, wired handle wrapped in ivory satin ribbon makes an abundance of the creamy blooms seem all the more spectacular.
In this asymmetrical bouquet, barely yellow double narcissus mingle among classic white narcissus with yellow cups and tubular freesias that have golden throats. Adding to the appeal, the freesias smell lightly sweet, while the narcissus have a heady fragrance. Wide and narrow-striped grosgrain ribbons with a pinned-on vintage button tie the tailored mix.
Michael George of Michael George Hybrid twined 18 clematis blooms and three leafy tendrils into a simple cascade that echoes the flower's trailing form. The dainty but abundant bouquet, bound with silk georgette, would suit a formal ceremony or a breezy one on a beach or hilltop.
Both the miniature calla lilies and the Ranunculuses display touches of pink and green in this fan-shape bouquet, which is romantic yet still modern. The layered ribbons -- an inch-wide checked grosgrain over a broad band of silk grosgrain -- play up the soft blush of the flowers.
The bright whites of grape hyacinths, papery sweet peas, and pearl-like lilies of the valley look even fresher when paired with green-and-white Hellebores and Fritillarias with their graceful tendrils. This featherweight nosegay has a just-picked charm and a delicate perfume. Its ribbons -- scalloped faux suede over grosgrain -- are trimmed with a dotted button.
The graceful quality of Fritillaria and miniature Cymbidium orchids enhances this bouquet's flowing composition, while lilies of the valley are sprinkled throughout like droplets. Accents of green -- in the foliage and on the tips of snowdrop petals -- punctuate the vision of soft white. A single dangling Fritillaria adds charm, while the silver metallic bow imparts elegance.
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. The trailing stems of the Clematis give the bouquet a gathered-from-the-garden feel, while ruffled white sweet peas fill it out. Narrowly striped ribbon is a lively accent.
What it lacks in color, this bridal bouquet more than makes up for in texture and fragrance. A glorious cascade of Stephanotis vine, Fritillaria, and Muscari tied with a cluster of lily of the valley is luxurious yet carefree enough to feel as if it's just plucked from the garden.
Fawn over the flowers these real brides chose for their bundles.See the Blooms