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Glistening HandfulPinecones tipped in glitter glow like a halo around dusky blooms of mauve roses and miniature paperwhites. The delicate flowers soften the rustic sensibility of the pinecones, and accentuate the illusion of floating light.
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Holiday RedsFor big arrangements, the simplest geometry is best, as in this bouquet created for a Christmas bride. Velvety, perfectly opened amaryllis blossoms and Hypericum berries resembling beads of garnet are offset by lacy sprigs of arborvitae.
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Handheld WreathThe blue-gray of juniper boughs and deep green of arborvitae boldly replicate the cool colors of winter; the branches themselves determine the dramatic shape of the bouquet. Delicate, graceful snowdrops are tied onto the branches, tiny blossoms cascading as they would in nature.
4 of 15Shiny fabric leaves (actually appliques snipped from a ribbon) transform a classic white assortment into a glamorous wintry display. The wired leaves frame one edge of the cone-shaped bouquet and are mixed in among fresh flowers -- miniature calla lilies, Scabiosa, Delphinium florets, and lilies of the valley. Sterling-silver beads on wire stems are also inserted here and there. Sequined ribbon forms a band around the stems, and tendrils of silver ribbon drift over it.
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White CarnationsLightly fragrant carnations take their cue from the season, with each blossom as unique as a snowflake, even echoing a snowflake's filigreed form.
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Flecks of GoldIn a gilded cascade, 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 and adorned with "something old": a star-like rhinestone brooch.
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Velvet BouquetTo 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 wrap. This example contains calla lilies, sweet pea, and cockscomb in shades of pink.
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Domed NosegayMixing olives on silver-green branches and black ivy berries with Ranunculus gives this domed nosegay a loose, romantic feeling. The striped ribbon is pinned to a wide band.
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Classic ClutchA Victorian-inspired bouquet is made of a dozen white Vendela roses and lilies of the valley. Lady fern fronds form the frame.
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Black-Beaded FlowersGlossy, black-beaded flowers dance among puffs of white hydrangeas in a lush, rounded composition; the long, black-satin streamers are gathered at the ends in soft ruffles.
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Casablanca LiliesPerfect for a winter wedding, Casablanca lilies, some a hand-span wide, are wired into a plump and ruffled "ball" of lilies and intermixed with 20 silver-mesh leaves, some of which drift onto the bouquet's silvery ribbon.
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Wild BundleA loosely gathered offering of heather, wax flowers, lavender sweet peas, Genista, and Tulbaghia makes an attractive bridesmaid bouquet.
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A Wintry MixA festive bridal bouquet features white hybrid Nerine lilies interspersed with variegated Pittosporum, scented-geranium leaves, and a few sprigs of rosemary; it's tied with a velvet ribbon.
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