An assortment of pink calla lilies, nerine lilies, 'Valerie' roses, 'Candy Bianca' roses, and lisianthus create a feminine bouquet, wrapped in a cuff of eyelet-bordered fabric.
This bouquet combines sweet peas, roses, and feathery astilbe with helichrysum and beaded leaves. To give it a magical shimmer and shine, pink sequins affixed to wire stems are interspersed among the blooms. For extra glitz, mother-of-pearl buttons dangle from metallic-pink ribbon attached to the handle.
Jewel-tone viburnum berries accentuate the fluttery lightness of the purple hybrid delphiniums and mirror their dark centers. Slender brodiaea blooms hang upside down at the edges of the bouquet. A vintage green satin ribbon covers the handle and is tied with a two-tone bow.
From a distance, this bouquet of viburnum and a Queen Anne's lace look-alike appears to be a bunch of soft, puffed snowballs; a close look reveals tiny blooms. Like real snowballs, viburnum needs to be kept cool. Keep the stems in water, and mist the blossoms every half hour until you walk down the aisle.
A traditionally shaped bouquet becomes more unexpected with a profusion of blues, including azure miniature irises, and a variety of textures. This grouping would be delightful as a bride's "something blue." Muscari resembles small bunches of grapes; feathery scilla in the palest blue gives a sense of delicacy. The picot-edge bow reflects the flowers' wispiness.
This assembly of flowers in shades of green attains its fanlike silhouette through the use of wired gladioli and santini mums. Evergreen leaves offer a fresh feel, and ruffled lady's mantle provides extra texture. The handle, covered in white satin ribbon and chartreuse velvet, is embellished with a double strand of freshwater pearl beads.
This sweeping creation is a twist on the pageant (or "presentation") bouquet, named for the long-stemmed arrangement a beauty queen carries in the crook of her arm. It is 18 inches long and consists of hellebores, clematis, gladiolus, forget-me-nots, and sweet peas. Its grand dimensions are ideal for a formal occasion; for a more casual event, try paring down the size.
This bridal bouquet is overflowing with fragrance and texture. Ruffly sweet peas and tumbling lilacs, ranging from deep purple to almost pink, suggest romance. Tucked in between are more sweet peas in creamy whites, plus lamb's ear, oregano blossoms, and lisianthus. Two-tone ribbon binds the stems.
Florist Michael George creates his signature bridal bouquet, the couture rose, by removing the petals from many roses -- here he used 'Message' (the light yellow) and 'Ilios' (darker yellow) -- then carefully wiring them into a single, exquisite blossom six to seven inches across.
Whoever said red holds the patent on passion? Blooms in shades from the palest blush to deep melon blend together like watercolors for a bouquet so romantic, it would make a crimson rose swoon. This vivacious cluster of poppies, parrot tulips, garden roses, mini amaryllis, and cattleya orchids is barely contained by a wrapping of three hand-dyed silk satin ribbons in a coordinating range of peachy hues.
With its palette of white and pink, this fluttery mound of sweet peas, gladiolas, nerines, azaleas, and cymbidium orchids mimics the soft edges of a watercolor painting: It's impossible to put your finger on just where one shape begins and another ends. A wide, picot-edge voile ribbon imparts a modern touch to the bouquet.
What begins at one end with a few drops of pink in the blooms of sweet peas, hyacinths, and nerines culminates in a deluge of fuchsia peonies, ruby fringe tulips, and raspberry cyclamens. You could also create this gradient look, set in a low container here, with an aisle of vases. Complete the effect by wrapping favor boxes with our ombre-inspired paper.
Yellow flowers for a summer affair might sound trite, but when they're in a dramatic centerpiece of phalaenopsis orchids, mimosa blossoms, and gold and white French tulips that arc and bend perfectly, the effect is wholly original. To make a real splash, pair with an ombre tablecloth and set with our watercolor-style place cards that require no artistic talent -- just a printer.
This waterfall of 'Conca d'Or' lilies, eucharis lilies, jasmine, snow berries, phalaenopsis orchids, and cattleya orchids spilling forth from a band of yellow silk ribbon is as graceful as it is exuberant. Although its shape is free-flowing, there's nothing diluted about its appeal. For an added stroke of genius that coordinates beautifully, blot your programs with yellow watercolor.
Fawn over the flowers these real brides chose for their bundles.See the Blooms